Blog Posts (6)
February 22, 2013
Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
In a National Public Radio story on February 15, economist Dean Baker shared his idea that physicians should be looked at like any other commodity if we want to bring the cost of health care delivery down.…
February 21, 2013
Ellen Fox, M.D.
The idea of evaluating ethics quality in health care is not new—but until now, it has proven to be easier said than done.…
February 4, 2013
An article in today's American Medical News reviews what types of patients are more lawsuit prone. And it offers some strategies for addressing legally risky patients.
One risk factor identified is: "If people beg for a procedure or...
February 3, 2013
When your doctor urges you to do something said to benefit your health, do you obey? If not, why not? This blog thread is about how my visitors feel about following orders from those who might be considered as "authority figures in medicine". What foll...
January 18, 2013
Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
In the Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes said that in the state of nature, life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” While Hobbes was describing a world without a government, he might as well have been describing the state of health in the United States in 2013.…
December 21, 2012
Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.
One of the biggest stories in the news as this year ends is that of the U.S.…
April 14, 2015 2:14 pm
Large-scale health data breaches reported by doctors and health plans have been rising steadily, a new report shows.
February 12, 2015 4:30 pm
Seniors admitted to the hospital intensive care unit (ICU) were more likely to die or sharply decline soon after their release depending on how well they functioned beforehand, according to a new study.
January 30, 2015 2:50 pm
The White House is committing $215 million to support efforts to develop personalized medicine, a priority the President touched on in his State of the Union earlier this month.
January 29, 2015 2:55 pm
President Obama will seek hundreds of millions of dollars for a new initiative to develop medical treatments tailored to genetic and other characteristics of individual patients, administration officials say.
January 26, 2015 2:49 pm
Aging research, as we knew it in the 1990s and 2000’s, is being abandoned in favor of something much more ambitious. The central features of longevity research include an embrace of big data, a pivot away from studies hoping to find aging genes, a recognition that aging is best thought of a collection of diseases, not just one disease.
January 20, 2015 7:16 pm
A contract dispute between health insurance provider Blue Shield of California and the Sutter Health network of doctors and hospitals is threatening to force nearly 280,000 consumers in Northern and Central California to find new doctors.
September 23, 2014 1:55 pm
Although doctors say many patients in hospitals could be wearing their own clothing below the waist, and most want to, a majority still don’t, according to a small Canadian study.
September 15, 2014 5:14 pm
Two of California’s largest health insurers are partnering to create a massive database of patient medical records. But the system faces significant technological challenges and privacy concerns.
September 11, 2014 2:54 pm
In this edition of Health Reform Watch: Harvard Asst. Professor Ben Sommers explains his widely-quoted study showing a measurable drop in adult deaths in Massachusetts in the wake of the state’s health reform program, the model for the Affordable Care Act.
September 8, 2014 6:47 pm
President Barack Obama’s top health adviser on Monday called for an end to partisan bickering over Obamacare, saying the public and businesses are sending a clear message to Washington that it is time to move on with implementing the law.
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