Category Archives: Blog entry

Health Care Workforce Violence, a Worsening Issue

Healthcare workers play a crucial role in serving others, especially when their patients are at their most vulnerable. They provide their services with utmost dedication and respect, going beyond their duties to show empathy and care. However, they are also at a higher risk of experiencing violence at work, accounting for 73% of all nonfatal workplace injuries. Moreover,… Read More »

Does Tax Exempt for Hospitals Mean a More Holistic Approach to Community Well-being?

In an era where healthcare expenditure looms large and continues to grow, discussions surrounding non-profit hospitals’ tax-exempt status have gained momentum, triggering conversations to the value communities are receiving in lieu of tax revenue generation.  Hospitals were borne out of the social necessity of where to care for people who are sick when they could not be cared… Read More »

Embracing Human-Centered Care: A Paradigm Shift in Healthcare

In our continual pursuit of delivering enhanced value to those we serve; we are embarking on a transformative journey. One that shifts our approach from a solely physiologic model to one more rooted in understanding human conditions and behavioral economics. Rather than solely educating individuals on their disease states, our focus now lies in activating and engaging them… Read More »

Navigating the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Health Equity

Currently, it seems Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the forefront of everything, including influencing and transforming healthcare. At the same time, there continues to be a growing emphasis is on ensuring equitable access to healthcare services. Recognizing the potential biases within AI systems, the Department of Health and Human Services has taken a significant step by proposing rules… Read More »

Navigating Board Certification: Finding a Balance Between Knowledge and Practicality

In the dynamic realm of medicine, the pursuit of knowledge is a fundamental pillar for dedicated professionals. Particularly in a field where information continually advances and evidence-based practices shape patient care, the importance of maintaining board certification is a crucial consideration. However, as physicians navigate this landscape, a fundamental question surfaces: Does board certification genuinely reflect a physician’s… Read More »

Elevating Healthcare through Effective Communication Channels

In a rapidly evolving society, the need for effective communication methodologies has never been more critical. While we often emphasize shared decision-making and personalized communication with individuals, we must also recognize the vital role that effective health communication plays in shaping public health. In today’s age of social media, a 24-hour news cycle, micro-targeted messaging, and advances in… Read More »

The Double-Edged Sword Behind Quality Metric Reporting

In our unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality healthcare, the industry has seen an influx of quality metrics implemented by government agencies and private payors. While the intention behind these metrics is commendable, we must pause to reflect on their actual value, as the costs associated with their implementation can potentially worsen the care they seek to improve. A… Read More »

The Importance of Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALY) in Healthcare Policy

In the ever-evolving healthcare landscape, value, defined as the relationship between cost and quality, stands at the forefront of discussions. Measuring the cost-effectiveness and the actual value of medical services and treatments has long been a complex endeavor. Enter the Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY), a gold standard in assessing the benefits of therapies, which has provided invaluable… Read More »

Navigating the Complex Landscape of Prior Authorizations in Healthcare

Recently, a colleague shared an article with me, “The Two Words That Can Make Health Care a Nightmare,” by Chris Stranton, highlighting the challenges posed by prior authorizations (PAs) in healthcare. While I agree that PAs can be problematic, it’s crucial to delve deeper, and consider the broader context surrounding their use. Prior authorizations have long been a… Read More »