Tag Archives: Transparency

Them, Not Us

Brian Klepper Posted 1/7/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog “How many businesses do you know that want to cut their revenue in half? That’s why the healthcare system won’t change the healthcare system.” Rick Scott, Governor of Florida Former … Continue reading

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Our Aim Is At 100%. Other Than That, We Are At Zero

Paul Levy Posted 3/21/12 on Not Running a Hospital The power of transparency, as I have noted, is that it provides creative tension within hospitals so that they hold themselves accountable. This accountability is what will drive doctors, nurses, and administrators … Continue reading

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Dallas’ Parkland Memorial: Will Transparency Finally Rule

Paul Levy Posted 2/15/12 on Not Running a Hospital I recently reported about the reluctance of the board at Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital to make public the consultant’s report prepared by order of CMS to review quality and safety issues in the … Continue reading

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Trusting Government: A Tale of Two Federal Advisory Groups

David C. Kibbe and Brian Klepper Posted 2/2/12 on the Health Affairs Blog ©2012 Health Affairs by Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. Americans increasingly distrust what they perceive as poorly run and conflicted government. Yet rarely can we see far … Continue reading

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CalPERS Innovative Program for Hip and Knee Surgeries

Nick Vailas Posted 1/24/12 on Healthcare Transparency Now CalPERS – the California Public Employees’ Retirement System – covers 1.3 million retirees, managing both their retirement and health benefits.  It recently introduced a program for knee and hip surgeries that effectively … Continue reading

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Why Only Non-Health Care Business Can Save America From The Health Care Industry

Brian Klepper The attached PP deck is a presentation I’ve given several times that has received an overwhelmingly positive, if frightened, reception. It is, perhaps, the most disturbing public argument of my career (which is going some), because it tries to … Continue reading

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How Much Does It Cost To Have A Baby

Kenneth Lin Posted 1/24/12 on Common Sense Family Doctor When my wife delivered our second child in 2008, the hospital sent our health insurance company a bill for $8569. The insurance company then wrote off $4117 of that bill, paid $4352, … Continue reading

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Doing Things Right: Why Three Hospitals Didn’t Harm My Wife

Michael Millenson Posted 12/04/11 on Kaiser Health News  My wife was lying in the back of an ambulance, dazed and bloody, while I sat in the front, distraught and distracted. We had been bicycling in a quiet neighborhood in southern … Continue reading

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Ohio Steps Backward On Transparency

Paul Levy Posted 10/31/11 on Not Running a Hospital After expressing enthusiastic support for many quality initiatives by hospitals in Ohio, I must report with disappointment an action by their trade association to dismantle the state’s hospital transparency website.  This article summarizes: The Ohio … Continue reading

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An Open Letter To Donald Berwick, CMS Administrator

August 4, 2011 Donald Berwick, MD, MPH Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Department of Health and Human Services Room 445–G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201 RE: Availability of Medicare Data for … Continue reading

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Why Transparency and Innovation Will Ultimately Trump Fee-For-Service

Lynn Jennings The current FFS model does not compete in the open market the way that most services and commodities do, based on price, quality and availability.  If we had a transparent market for health care, providers would be forced … Continue reading

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Rads Are Good For You. Take Twice As Many

Paul Levy First published 6/19/11 on Not Running A Hospital Dear Mrs. Smith, I am writing to inform you that we exposed your body to an unnecessary level of radiation during your visit to our hospital. Oh, by the way, … Continue reading

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Getting Transparency Right

Paul Levy First published 6/1/11 on Running a Hospital This is about transparency, when it is useful and when it is not. The term is now an established part of the health care lexicon, but there is little substantive discussion about … Continue reading

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Who’s on First?

Paul Levy First published 4/18/11 on [Not] Running a Hospital This story about the Joint Commission in the Boston Globe is disheartening. The lede: The national organization that accredits hospitals will tackle the failure of medical staff to respond to patient alarms, making it a top … Continue reading

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How Veterans Are Winning the (Quality) War

Paul Levy First published 3/31/11 on [Not] Running A Hospital At a seminar last night at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School, one of the students asked a question along the lines of, “How do you know when … Continue reading

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