In Memoriam: Emily Friedman
Physician-assisted suicide, access to unapproved drugs and refusal to inoculate children — patients are seeking ever-more controversial rights. How should providers respond?Read More
According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose is now the most common cause of injury death in the United States. How can providers help to stem this deadly tide?
February 2, 2016
Theoreticians and policy wonks can pontificate endlessly, but there is nothing like being a patient to learn about what is right and wrong with our health care system.
October 5, 2015
Many new pharmaceuticals cost nearly $100,000 a year. Insurers are complaining and patients are priced out of the market. Will this lead to another debate about rationing?
August 5, 2014
Overprescribing powerful prescription pain medications, intentionally or unintentionally, is a national epidemic, according to the CDC.
December 11, 2013
A radiology technician addicted to an opiate exposes hundreds of patients to hepatitis C. A pediatric nurse murders infants and young children. A physician becomes a poisoner. Although there have been serial killers in health care for more than 10...
December 3, 2013
State health officials detail efforts to use the power of the purse to change provider behavior.
October 14, 2013
One of the Affordable Care Act's key features — health insurance exchanges where the uninsured and others can shop for coverage — is now in effect. It's likely to be an interesting experience for all concerned. What are the potential o...
October 1, 2013
People have been arguing about care at the end of life for decades. We now have hospice, palliative care and physician-assisted suicide (the latter is legal in Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington), but the battle goes on. The questions are, "W...
August 6, 2013
The success of population health improvement initiatives will depend not on payment policy or inspirational models, but on the hearts and minds of those who work in our hospitals, medical groups, community health centers and other sites of care
June 4, 2013
There is a massive effort under way to empower patients by providing them with better health care information. But do they understand the data? Do they actually use them? It would be a shame if the push for informed "patienthood" became a party to...
May 6, 2013