Category Archives: Blog entry

Healthcare payment wargames

Drastically changing healthcare landscape turns payment wargames into reality As a kid, I remember watching a movie about how a computer that was simulating a war game went hay wire and almost started World War III. When I attended business school, part of our initial class was a healthcare simulation game where we all represented a different part… Read More »

Life vs. Non-Death: Evaluating quality of life based on patient wishes

Western medicine is focused on diagnosing and treating illnesses.  We have been taught that way, trained that way, and act that way.  Diagnosing accurately and treating appropriately are done in an attempt to prevent early death.  But, if we are successful in preventing untimely death, what have we created? If asked what the opposite of death is, most… Read More »

Diseases of life: Life situations act as barriers to care

Healthcare today has become disease-centric. We not only focus heavily on the biomedical needs of our patients, but we do it from a disease-defining perspective. We have pathways and guidelines that are disease specific, we have specialty clinics that are disease specific, and our treatments are very focused on treating a disease. Working from this disease-based paradigm has… Read More »

Sister, Thank You

I am blessed to work for an organization that was founded on the principles of the Catholic Church. As time has gone on, there has been a direction of turning over the leadership of the organization to lay leaders. As part of my personal growth, I was asked to journal about how I feel as this transition and… Read More »