Category: Blog

Chipping In From Off the Green

Many doctors are getting the feeling that it is getting harder and harder to satisfy patients. After all, between rising co-pays, a dysfunctional system, and lousy parking, there is only so much that is under their control yet they seem to bear the brunt of complaints.  – See more at:

Does Digital Health Help Patients Learn?

So much information. So little understanding. How else are we to interpret a landmark 2006 report noting that only about 12% of US adults had a proficient state of health literacy whereby “individuals can obtain, process and understand the basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions,” as recently reported in JAMA. –… Read more »

Music in the OR: Mandatory Mozart?

An article about banning cell phones in the OR got a lot response. Now we hear about how playing music in the OR can be a distraction and interfere with communications during surgery.– See more at:

Medicare in Mexico

In most situations, Medicare won’t pay for healthcare or supplies you get outside the United States. The term “outside the US” means anywhere other than the 50 states of the US, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. More and more Americans are retiring in other… Read more »

Outplacing Doctors, Graduate, and Medical Students

It might seem that the last people in the world who would need help with outplacement services would be doctors, medical students, and bioscience graduate students. However, some recent trends indicate that the demand for these kind of services will be increasing: – See more at:

10 Things to Do When Your White Coat Gets the Pink Slip

US Physician salaries have plateaued and so has the number of employed physician placements, with more hospitals looking for advanced practice professionals. In addition, there is a culture clash for formerly independent doctors when they become employees. Finally, sick-care is right-sizing, so it should come as no surprise that doctors are being fired. – See more at:

Can Doctors Manage Populations?

There appears to be a growing consensus around the notion of population health. Investors are betting on predictive analytics and big data. Payors are turning into information management platforms. Data infomediaries are clicking their little hearts out figuring out the trends. And, all the while, doctors and their patients are being poked and prodded to… Read more »

Becoming Dr. Trump

Like him or not, Donald Trump has risen to the top of the polls. I’ll leave the reasons why to the political pundits, but one cited reason is his mastery of the media and the sound bite, a key attribute for any 21st Century candidate. – See more at:

How to Change Your Response to Change

We all know the old saying that there is nothing permanent except change. How you respond when someone moves your cheese—and your understanding or how others do, either as patients, clients or customers—will help explain why people do what they do, use what they use, or buy what they buy. – See more at:

10 LinkedIn Posting Sins

Despite the pervasiveness of social media and patient interest in using it to communicate with their healthcare providers, doctors are lagging in its use and trying to come to grips with the most appropriate use of social media sites. – See more at: