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February 22, 2017

The Knick by Gregory Clark

"The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same" When I first watched The Knick two years ago, it seemed like a show about the past and the rapid pace of medical discoveries in the early days of modern medicine, before antibiotics, when patients were still brought into the […]
February 22, 2017

New Legislation Seeks to Prohibit Clinicians from Stopping Life-sustaining Treatment without Consent

In a series of articles, I have described jurisdictions like Idaho, Oklahoma, and Ontario as "red light" states, because they prohibit clinicians from removing life-sustaining medical treatment without surrogate consent. Now spreading across the count...
February 21, 2017

The Convenings - Meaningful Conversations about Living and Dying Well in Minnesota

February 21, 2017

User Beware: Privacy Settings just a Facade

By Brenda Curtis, Ph.D. Social media platforms continue to improve and refine their privacy settings as the demand for advanced user protections increases. Although enabling catered privacy settings to online profiles allows users to indicate who they would like share personal information with, it does not necessarily protect them from the platforms – i.e. websites … More User Beware: Privacy Settings just a Facade
February 21, 2017

Medicare Spending at End-of-Life Is Declining

Fifteen years ago, nearly 20% of Medicare spending was on patients in their last year of life.  Today, it is less than 13%.   Patients are living longer and older patients tend to spend less on medical care in their final years of life than ...
February 21, 2017

The Aftergift

“… and maybe then you’ll hear the words I’ve been singing; Funny, when you’re dead how people start listen’n…” If I Die Young (2010) by The Band Perry It was in the fall of 2015 that I received a call from a Mrs. Jones.  She went on to detail how her husband, Robert, had died […]
February 21, 2017

Rural Voters Elected President Trump. Is He about to Ruin Their Local Hospitals?

It’s not an easy time to be a small, rural hospital. Insurance companies aren’t willing to pay generously for your services, given your measly market share. You are increasingly forced to compete against large integrated healthcare systems – conglomerations of … Continue reading

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February 21, 2017

AI and the Trolley Car Dilemma

I have always hated the Trolley Car dilemma. The god of that dilemma universe has decreed that either one person or five people will die as a result of an energetic trolley car and a track switch position that only you control. Leave the switch in place and five people are run over by the trolley. Pulling the switch veers the trolley onto an alternate... // Read More »
February 20, 2017

“Docs v. Glocks”: Gag rule lifted

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the AMA, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all encourage their members to ask parents about firearms, in the same spirit as they ask about automobile restraints, swimming pools, and other factors that relate to the health of their patients.  If parents report that there are firearms in the […]
February 20, 2017

Simon's Law Legislation Introduced in Texas

Senator Perry Last week, the Kansas "Simon's Law" bill got a hearing before a Senate committee.  Just two days earlier, a similar bill was introduced in Texas.  S.B. 883 would add two new sections to the Health & Safety Code. Sec. 166...

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