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Ron Donelson No area of clinical over-treatment is as egregious as musculoskeletal (MSk) care. Mis-diagnoses resulting in mis- and over-treatment and wildly excessive spending are especially blatant within low back pain (LBP) care. The conventional LBP clinical exam and imaging diagnostics are unable to identify an...

Brian Klepper

All growing health care organizations struggle for visibility. Within the vast health care universe, thousands of companies strive to be noticed as better and different than others competing in the same spaces. Organizational health care buyers face an overwhelming signal-to-noise challenge, trying to discern whether programs improve quality and cost and, if so, by how much. It’s a market beleaguered by untrustworthy information, and it’s an arrangement that favors vendors’ interests, at purchasers’ expense. Those delivering higher value – consistently better health outcomes and/or reduced costs – may be surprised to find lukewarm reception from the health plans they thought would be eager to learn of new ways to deliver better results. The cold reality is that most health plans make more if health care costs more. Only organizations that are at financial risk for management of quality and cost – e.g., fully insured health plans, managed Medicaid plans, Medicare Advantage plans – are likely to be eager for approaches that can streamline processes and improve outcomes.Read More

Bombardier, the manufacturers of the Learjet, collected data and programmed what it learned about critical failures in systems. They've also created a live indicator. The goal: safe flights. Brian Baker Originally Posted on The Doctor Weighs In Here on October 18, 2018 Photo by GEORGE DESIPRIS from Pexels Brian...

Scott Martin In today’s American healthcare system, employers can’t order Lipitor directly from Pfizer for their employees. Instead, employers and employees are forced to buy drugs through a middleman, the pharmacy benefits manager (PBM). Fingers have long been pointed in both directions to blame the other for...

David Contorno “No one is telling you that what it takes to be successful has changed……until NOW” -Jim Keenan, author of Not Taught “Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think”...

Nick Soman, CEO of Decent Originally posted 9/20/2018 on Hackernoon Americans hate their health insurance more than everything but Comcast. Literally: the industry gets a lower net promoter score than any other except TV and internet service. Net promoter score (NPS) by U.S. industry We hate our health insurance...