Category Archives: Health Care

Patient-centered Care Works Better

Here’s some shocking news, as reported in the Reuters article “Patient-centered care linked to better outcomes.” Patients tend to do better when their doctors pay attention to their individual needs and circumstances, according to a new study. “In a sense … Continue reading

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Playing Doctor

Today, Lisa and I performed surgery . . . right there next to the Macy’s at the mall. We were there after another of my early morning swim classes—where I learned to kick better—and an 8-mile run after I got … Continue reading

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If You Have to Ask the Price… Radiology

What if there were a way to reduce the cost of healthcare in the US by $100 million? There is. “What is it?” you ask. Read on. As a result of some work projects, I subscribe to a couple of … Continue reading

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If You Have to Ask the Price… Canadian Edition

One of the best things about last weekend—and there were so many—was the conversation. Scully let me crash at her cute little house, and we talked. A lot. In fact, I was a bit worried that I was boring her … Continue reading

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Beating the Advocacy Drum on the Day after World Diabetes Day

Yesterday was World Diabetes Day, the date that would be the 120th birthday of Frederick Banting, the principal investigator of the project that isolated insulin, preventing diabetes from being a death sentence for those of us who can’t make our … Continue reading

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Things You Should Be Reading – August Edition

Hey everybody, I’m about a week late with the August edition of “Things You Should Be Reading.” There’s a little bit of something for everybody here. Brilliantly smart-ass responses to completely well-meaning signs (via John Nack) It’s been a very … Continue reading

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Strike while the Iron is Hot

From the annual report of the diabetes management program of a Boston-area hospital: Observationally, patients who had 3 visits each [with a diabetes educator or nutritionist] had greater decrease in HbA1c.* Those individuals with 1 visit only, [had an A1c … Continue reading

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Health Care Law Turns One

Happy first birthday, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (né health care reform bill)! You’re not perfect and are kinda responsible for getting your birth parents kicked out of the house. I don’t blame you per se; the Democrats were … Continue reading

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Capping Medical Payments

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how to keep healthcare costs down. There are a number of options, and the one that Massachusetts is set to implement will create accountable care organizations (ACOs) with “global payments.” In this system, … Continue reading

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Helpful iOS Apps for Diabetes

I’ve been thinking about iPod/iPhone/iPad apps for good reason lately. My research into how to write such an app of my own continues apace, and I’ve contemplating exactly what I can make it do. I’ve also been thinking thinking about … Continue reading

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Number Needed to Treat

Here’s a little something to get you in the right frame of mind for some upcoming posts. From Wikipedia, number needed to treat: The number needed to treat (NNT) is an epidemiological measure used in assessing the effectiveness of a … Continue reading

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Personalized Health Data (via CGM)

I’m going to start right off by saying that I love my CGM. Once I made a few calibratrion-related changes and after I decided that it was never going to give me very good information during the first half-hour (or … Continue reading

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T.R. Reid: The Healing of America

This evening I started reading T.R. Reid’s The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care (2010). It’s a more detailed version of the PBS Frontline show he wrote and narrated a couple years ago. … Continue reading

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If You Have to Ask the Price … (part 3)

It’s been a couple months since I last wrote about healthcare costs here and about a year since I took a more in-depth look at the subject. But the subject of health economics is on my mind all the time. … Continue reading

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Picking Winners and Losers in the Prescription Drug Wars

This article will soon be is cross-posted on the DSMA weblog. Many thanks for the opportunity! Note: I know this post is long. Here’s the takeaway in a nutshell: In the American system, we can have lower prices or more … Continue reading

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