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Famous patients: Mickey Mantle

In an earlier blog I described the differences between first, second and third class patients. I remembered that I had done a similar piece when Mickey Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995), a famous baseball player, died. 604 more words

Chronic Conditions

The Affordable Care Act & Emergency Medical Services: A Glimpse of Where We Are Now, a Vision for Change, and an Evolving Plan to Move Forward

by Ramon A. Robertson

With an estimate of 240 million calls per year, 9-1-1 operators are shockingly busy — collectively, that’s a numbing 8 incoming calls per second in perpetuity across the nation. 1,392 more words

I Made HOW Much ?!?!

This past week CMS released Provider Utilization and Payment Data: information on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare professionals. 573 more words

Editorials & Opinions

Famous patients: Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks is perhaps the most widely distributed patient in the history of the world. Her cancerous cells are everywhere – more than 50 metric tonnes of them have been grown in laboratories around the world and some have even been sent into space. 771 more words

Healthcare Policy

SNF Value-Based Purchasing Under SGR Extension

Earlier this week President Obama signed into law H.R. 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. The sole impetus of this legislation was to once again avert – by one year – the nearly 24% cut to the Medicare physician fee schedule that was initiated as part of the… 602 more words

Healthcare Reform

Descartes and modern medicine

In his Sixth Meditation, René Descartes (1596-1650) compares human bodies to mechanical entities like clocks. “[S]o also the human body may be considered as a machine so built and composed of bones, nerves, muscles, veins, blood and skin that even if there were no mind in it, it would not cease to move in all the ways it does at present when it is not moved under the direction of the will” ( 614 more words

Sholom Glouberman