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A child walks alone

The high cost of child neglect

Dec 09, 2013 - economy, family, healthcare - 0 Comments - Standard
A child walks alone

A child walks alone

This article is about foster care, adoption, child abuse, child neglect and all their related demographics. Why is this important to you and me? Well if we know who is in foster care then we can see where more foster parents are needed. If we see how keeping children with their biological parents or by adoption increases the likelihood of those children doing well in society then we can advocate for more adoptions and keeping more children with their birth parents.… Read the rest

Planning for Change

Business Continuity and Healthcare

Aug 01, 2013 - healthcare, industry, technology - 1 Comments - Standard
Building blocks

Building blocks

You are running a business, it could be just you twenty-five people, a few hundred or several thousand. One day the power goes out. No problem right? It will go back on in a few minutes, you think. Well, after a few minutes you think it will be about an hour. An hour goes by. Well, you think, maybe in an hour or two more.… Read the rest

Global Energy Consumption

Finite world resources

May 01, 2013 - economy, industry, technology - 3 Comments - Standard

We want a world that is good to us, good for us and our future. We want to live in a world that is at peace and provides for everyone, where we all have a chance to make it and where we can live out our dreams. We want a world that supplies not only what we want, but what our children want and more than we want.… Read the rest

Woman upset

Trauma, PTSD and treatment

Mar 26, 2013 - family, healthcare - 1 Comments - Standard
Angry at child

Angry at child

We look at the news and we see war. We ride down the road and we see an accident. We hear about a hurricane and worry if it will hit our region. We see children in other countries running for cover as machine guns fire over their heads. We think they must cry themselves to sleep. In all these cases, we think they are suffering with the trauma of life.… Read the rest

Codependent's Venn diagram

Codependent relationships defined

Jan 02, 2013 - family, healthcare - 3 Comments - Standard
Codependence Venn diagram

Codependence Venn diagram

A healthy family requires healthy relationships between family members. Parents need to be whole or emotionally complete with good coping skills, good communication skills, have a strong moral sense of right and wrong, have the ability to express love and other emotions in positive ways and the ability to teach all of these things to their children. The children raised in such homes should then grow up internalizing these skills and values perpetuating the ability to have functional, healthy, fulfilling relationships with others when they become adults.… Read the rest

EHR in the hospital

Health care reform through EHR

Sep 05, 2012 - healthcare, industry, technology - 0 Comments - Standard
EHR in the hospital

EHR in the hospital

Why do we need health care reform? Why do we need hospital process reforms? Why do we need EHR’s implemented in hospitals and in large multi-specialty ambulatory practices? If we do it right we can save money, time, your health and improve your outcome when you seek help from these places. The reform of hospital processes if implemented thoroughly will reduce both costs and error levels in those hospital that implement those changes.… Read the rest

Federal Empowerment Zone 1

A policy for healthcare access

Mar 25, 2012 - economy, healthcare, politics, technology - 1 Comments - Standard

Below is a policy proposal I wrote and submitted to the United States Congressional Finance Committee:

PROMOTING HEALTHCARE RELATED INVESTMENT IN HIGH NEEDS AREAS

Federal Empowerment Zone 1

Federal Empowerment Zone 1

OVERVIEW OF THE PROBLEM

Based on a comparison of discharges for avoidable hospital conditions (AHCs), we find that Paris provides greater access to primary care than Manhattan. Age-adjusted AHC rates are more than 2.5 times as high in Manhattan as in Paris (Gusmano, Rodwin, & Weisz, 2011).… Read the rest

Supply and demand

Healthcare, your treatment and elastic economics

Sep 25, 2011 - economy, family, healthcare - 2 Comments - Standard
Supply and demand

Supply and demand

When you go to see your doctor the last thing you want to know is if your healthcare treatment is being dictated by market economics right? Well, right now for the most part what the doctor feels is necessary for you to get better is what you get not how much of a specific treatment is left to give out.… Read the rest

Samaritan

The poor today, Samaritan revisited

May 15, 2011 - ethics, politics - 11 Comments - Standard
Samaritan

Samaritan

(Mat 25:37-Mat 25:40)  Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You? And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You?… Read the rest

health has its price

Mental health in NY: Capitation at work

Apr 25, 2011 - economy, healthcare, politics - 4 Comments - Standard
health has its price

health has its price

On January 5, 2011 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an Executive Order establishing the Medicaid Redesign Team. The Medicaid Redesign Team was given the task of providing guidance, advice and recommendations to the Governor on ways to save Medicaid dollars while improving medical outcomes. The board consisted of 25 members whose task was to submit a report by March 1, 2011 of its findings and its recommendations for consideration in the budget process for the 2011-12 New York State fiscal year.… Read the rest

So little for so much

Why we can’t shop for a bargain CAT scan

Sep 16, 2010 - economy, healthcare, industry - 1 Comments - Standard
Shopping for health
Shopping for health

In traditional markets, buyers exert pressure on the quality of products they want to purchase. This is because of people’s ability to buy or not to buy a manufacture’s product, depending on how they view the quality of the product at a certain price. The quality of most consumer products for purchase is apparent through review, comparison and competition.… Read the rest

The New Morality

A nurses dilemma of trust

Dec 22, 2009 - ethics, healthcare, industry - 0 Comments - Standard

I have been pouring over a lot of healthcare statistics lately, among them the costs of maintaining a hospital and what can be saved from their budgets. Of many of the topics I looked at are paperless script systems, EHR/HIT systems, bar-coding systems, and how insurance claims are allocated. Another topic I have gone over is the cost in medical errors, specifically medication errors.… Read the rest

The Rosetta Stone

Squeezing money from a health care stone

Aug 10, 2009 - healthcare, industry - 0 Comments - Standard
The Rosetta Stone

the Rosetta Stone

Ambitious global attempts have been undertaken to analyze many countries’ healthcare systems to document what has facilitated positive change and what has not. Everyone then armed with the data sit and pour over the stacks of paper to figure out how to better our healthcare system and suggest policy. Once it gets to the sub-committee though it dies a slow death to be transformed into some would say pork or other type of species the public would rather not look at.… Read the rest

Out of Pocket in Ten Years

Why WE can’t afford healthcare

Jun 15, 2009 - economy, healthcare, industry, politics - 0 Comments - Standard

During the 1940’s employee insurance became the standard model by which health care clients begin to pay their medical bills. Offering employee health insurance became a primary method of attracting employees in part because it was an inexpensive benefit. Another reason employer’s began offering medical coverage was because during World War II employers were barred from raising wages. Employers needed to attract good employees and offering health coverage was one of these methods.… Read the rest

A hospitals temp bandage

The coming hospital crisis

May 18, 2009 - economy, healthcare, industry - 2 Comments - Standard
A hospitals temp bandage

A hospitals temp bandage

I have been doing research lately on the last twenty years of Medicare and Medicaid. One thing that struck me was the expansion of each of these programs to a greater numbers of people, including children. These are excellent policy strides, but unfortunately when you look at their respective legislative time-lines you will notice something unusual. After many of the expansions, the omnibus reconciliation bills that follow cut payment schedules.… Read the rest