“We NEED death panels,” he said.
In the same year that the New England Journal of Medicine cautioned against using the word “reform” because it is still inflammatory, Rattner was using the “D” word.
Apparently, there’s nothing more uplifting for the human body and spirit than gratitude.
At least, according to Dr. Oz.
We at TeleTracking agree. In fact, gratitude is often a subject of discussion in company gatherings. And we have a lot to be thankful for:
1) We work for a company that makes a difference in people’s lives. That gives us a reason to take our jobs in healthcare automation and real-time capacity management very seriously, and a reason to keep striving to make our products better. We could be making “Twinkies.”
Recognizing TeleTracking’s role in impacting some of the major contributors to waste, specifically around the inefficient delivery of care, it was the “How To” that got the clients in attendance excited.
Saying TeleTracking’s role is to “Protect Your Mission by Improving Your Margin” company president Michael Gallup announced in his opening remarks that TeleTracking intends to expand its operational platform to automate every non-clinical activity in hospitals and health systems, including ancillary and outpatient processes. » Continue reading
Writing in the September 10th issue of The Atlantic, physician Richard Gunderman took issue with the Institute of Medicine for using the word “industry” to describe healthcare in its recent study on waste in the system, titled “Best Care at Lower Cost.”
His blog article, “The Fallacy of Treating Health Care as an Industry,” is a very real example of the complex challenges and multiple opinions of what it takes to deliver the best healthcare at the lowest cost in America. Dr. Gunderman challenges the IOM’s assertion that one third of U.S. annual healthcare spending — $750 billion – is “wasted.” He also disagrees with the study’s conclusion that much of this waste can be eliminated by adopting practices from other industries.
For example, it took almost as long to say “The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations” as it would to get an annual check-up. So the acronym JCAHO evolved. Those in the know pronounced it “JAY-CO.” Those not in the know pronounced it “J-ca-hoe” or worse.
Yet prevention is what some large health insurers are literally banking on to save the U.S. healthcare system.
Healthcare futurist Clement Bezold recently sketched several possible scenarios for tomorrow’ s healthcare, the most likely being the Patient-Centered Medical Home, in which constantly updated electronic medical records promote more timely preventative care, and employer-sponsored health insurance shifts to health insurance exchanges where employees move to high deductibles and catastrophic coverage.