What About the Vending Machines? November 28th 2015

I always get a kick out of checking out the vending machines in hospitals, corporate offices (including health insurance companies), fitness facilities, and even schools.  Amidst the 'culture of wellness' that so many employers and school districts want to create, there in the break room, or the kitchen, stands a massive vending machine full of…

Prescription Drug Use on the Rise November 6th 2015

More Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs, a new study finds.  But most of the top 10 drugs are for preventable conditions. 59% of adults used prescription drugs in 2011-2012, up from 51% in 1999-2000. For the study, published Nov. 3rd in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the researchers used data…

Health Care Transparency–The Incredible Journey February 27th 2015

Transparency.  Officially defined by Merriam Webster as "the quality that makes something obvious or easy to understand." Transparency in health care.  Might as well (affectionately) refer to it as the Incredible Journey.    There are many efforts going on currently that seek to create price transparency in health care.  Call me crazy but making the pricing of health care 'something…

Do You Have a Hospital Fantasy? February 6th 2015

Did you ever feel so busy and stressed that you thought being admitted into the hospital might give you a little rest and relaxation? A while ago, Katrina Alcorn wrote a piece for the Huffington Post where she describes that she had conducted an “unofficial poll” of 141 people and “almost half of them said yes, they have…

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