Understanding and Instilling Trust in Our Patients

Periodically, there are discussions regarding the critical component of trust in healthcare. Currently, the present pandemic is a prime example of the issue. Some, we observe, inherently trust science; others prefer the approach, I need to distrust you until you prove to me you are trustworthy. A third category proclaims I trust you; however, I must verify the… Read More »

How Can We Make “Good” Choices Easier?

FROM THE ARCHIVES! I will be re-posting some previous posts that I think are appropriate to share once again. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Changing behaviors is seldom easy. Behavioral economics and habits play a crucial role in our response, and undoubtedly, we do not fully appreciate the complexity of these issues… Read More »

Being Mindful Matters

FROM THE ARCHIVES! I will be re-posting some previous posts from this year that I think are appropriate to share once again. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some previous posts that are relevant to the uncertain healthcare climate we are navigating right now… Read More »

What is the Basis for Denial and Conspiracy Theories?

When in conversations with others on complex topics, I am frequently perplexed when what they say seems so illogical to me and incongruent with scientific data.  For instance, currently, in this pandemic, this occurrence could not be more befuddling. Throughout COVID, the amount of “anti-vaxxers,” “anti-maskers,” and those who genuinely believe this is a hoax, is frankly astounding.… Read More »

Persevering When All Hope Seems Lost

These are unprecedented times. For the first time since the pandemic began, COVID deaths per week have surpassed those of cardiac disease. Daily, the news bombards us, spouting opinions about everything from everyone, and many face economic uncertainty. Also, many of us are struggling to decide whether or not to visit family over the holidays, and we live… Read More »

Cognitive Assessments Can Help Identify Needed Care

As we age, cognitive impairment becomes more likely. Simultaneously, our natural living conditions increase isolation and distance from support networks, including mitigating treatments that can negatively impact mental stability. Unless we deliberately and diligently assess those we serve, we have no awareness of such needs. Although cognitive decline tends to occur insidiously, repetitive assessments are still necessary. With… Read More »

Why Are We Slow to Stop Inappropriate Care?

One of our shortcomings as health care professionals is our acceptance of evidence-based medicine, especially when the data proves that abandoning practices is required.  And despite robust, research cataloging practices, that add little value, such activities remain widespread at a considerable cost and increasing the likelihood to harm. As professionals, the question remains, “Why are we so slow… Read More »

How Alternative Payment Models in Healthcare Can Impact Cost

As we continue to focus on value-based payment models, there is a strong belief that moving away from fee-for-service payments towards a per-patient rate for primary care providers will decrease overall costs. The counter concern is that this may also lead to reduced care because of the financial incentive to avoid services. Primary care providers (PCPs) have the… Read More »

The Value of Radiology Services in Value-Based Care

Radiology services play an essential role in value-based care. Yet, some believe that such services fall into the category of cost; however, if we change our perspective, we can consider such activities may elevate the overall value we deliver. In fact, diagnostic radiology can have a clinical benefit because it can help to refine differential diagnoses, define and… Read More »