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Jun

Concussion and the Parallel Journey

That’s not the actor Will Smith standing next to me, it is Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life “star” of the movie Concussion.  Dr. Omalu was the dinner speaker at the recent meeting of the Vizient Mid-Atlantic Region leadership in Williamsburg, VA.  His story and the Vizient story share some interesting parallels. Dr. Omalu is a more »

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May

Arnie’s Army

While I am not a golfer, I have an appreciation for its history and the role that Arnold Palmer continues to play, even into the 21st century.  A native Pennsylvanian, Palmer learned the game from his father (head pro and groundskeeper at LaTrobe Country Club) and is one of the best professional golfers the game more »

5
May

Don’t Mess with Texas

Last week I wrote about the Trivergent MSO in Maryland, (“Canary in the Coal Mine”) and their  overarching structure which associates three distinct community hospital members.  Well, it appears I’ve discovered a trend in the form of the Texas Care Alliance (TCA), headquartered in Dallas.  According to their summary strategic plan, TCA was created in more »

2
May

Canary in the Coal Mine

The State of Maryland has been on a unique journey for the last two years as the only state in the nation where healthcare is currently delivered under a population-based budget.  Maryland “promised” the federal government that by the end of 2018, 80% of hospital revenue in the state, for state residents, would shift away more »

28
Apr

Meeting a Winner!

I did not know the winner of the inaugural Hearst Health Prize until the moment that Hearst Health CEO & President Dr. Gregory Dorn and I opened the envelope on stage at our Population Health Colloquium on March 8, 2016. Therefore, it was an extra pleasure to visit the winner, Community Care of North Carolina more »

15
Apr

Deep Space

As a boy growing up in the 1960’s, I often dreamt of being an astronaut and envied the fighter pilots-turned space explorers who seemed to have “all the right stuff”.  Instead of blasting off into low earth orbit, I traveled to Verona, WI to the headquarters of the venerable EHR developer, Epic.  Perhaps you’ve been more »

5
Apr

A Heart to Heart Conversation at the ACC

Picture the largest auditorium in North America, at the McCormick Place in Chicago, overflowing with more than 3,600 cardiologists from around the country and abroad.  Now, add in the opening ceremony, including a video greeting from Michelle Obama, and you have all the ingredients for a heart pounding, educational experience.  In this setting, I was more »

1
Apr

A Good Way to Celebrate Doctor’s Day

Did you know that National Doctors’ Day, the US holiday created to recognize physician service, started in 1933?  I had the privilege of celebrating Doctors’ Day this year by serving as the plenary speaker for the 13th Annual National Doctors’ Recognition Day Symposium hosted by the Bronx County Medical Society in New York State.  The more »

6
Jan

Lucky Thirteen

I started off the New Year with one of my favorite events…no, not the Mummers parade…but a unique program on our center city campus. This past Monday I got to meet with over 260 third year medical students for a special annual ritual we call “Interclerkship Day.” 2016 marks the 13th time that my colleagues more »

12
Nov

Population Health 2020

I love working with state hospital associations!  I get to meet colleagues from a large geographic area and have an opportunity to learn about the roll-out of health reform in different parts of the country. At the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA), they set aside three hours for me to do a deep dive on “Envisioning Population more »

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