Trust, but verify: Are hospitals following evidence-based standards?

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by Staci Porter May 2019 – The Russian proverb “Trust, but verify” entered the American lexicon in the 1980s when it became a favorite mantra of Ronald Reagan during arms-reduction negotiations with the Soviet Union. Reagan understood that while trust can provide a strong foundation for a relationship or agreement, verification is also needed to… Read more »

The Key Components of a Successful Remote Patient Monitoring Program

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By Robin Hill April 2019 – With U.S. healthcare evolving toward a value-based system that rewards quality over quantity, provider organizations are being required to take on more patient risk than in past contractual agreements with payers. That means providers must collect as much relevant patient data as possible to develop risk-minimization strategies. As a… Read more »

The Mother of All Public Health Crises

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By Matthew Sappern March 2019 – Expectant mothers might want to consider medical tourism to Poland or Estonia or Saudi Arabia.  According to the CIA World Factbook and a study in the medical journal The Lancet, these countries and MANY more have better rates of maternal mortality than the United States. (1)  The US ranks… Read more »

The Most Important Thing a CEO Must Do – Part Two

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by Jim Gibson (This article originally appeared in Healthcare Musings in November 2011) February 2019 – Last month’s article discussed how finding and attracting good people is Job #1 of the successful CEO. There are many ways to do this, and the methods vary according to circumstances. A common approach – and one that is… Read more »

The Most Important Thing a CEO Must Do – Part One

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by Jim Gibson (This article originally appeared in Healthcare Musings in October 2011) January 2019 –  It seems that every couple of months I read someone, usually involved with early stage companies, commenting about the top priority of the successful CEO. The most recent example was a story on Inc.com about Kevin Ryan, founder and… Read more »

HIPAA Violations: Prevention & What To Do

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By Ken Lynch, CEO, Reciprocity, Inc. Gibson Consultants Note: HIPAA has become a household issue during the past 22 years. However, with so many new healthcare companies being formed, a primer on its requirements, definitions, and compliance might be useful to new market entrants. January 2019 – All organizations are required to adhere to HIPAA guidelines in… Read more »

The Myth of the “A Player”

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by Jim Gibson, President, Gibson Consultants (This article originally appeared in Healthcare Musings in March 2010) November 2018 – A few years ago, when my children were in the lower grades of elementary school, the Superintendent of Schools delivered what instantly became one of my favorite lines. Compassionately breaking the news to the parents that… Read more »

The patient population failed most by the Fee for Service system

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By Dan Gebremedhin, MD October 2018 – As a physician and health plan executive turned healthcare tech/service investor, I’ve enjoyed bringing a fresh perspective to examine the gamut of healthcare business models over the last 3+ years. In that survey, I’ve come to appreciate a factor of paramount importance in successful business models: alignment of… Read more »

A Plea to All Men

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Author’s Note: Seven years ago, I underwent a fairly common life-saving surgery. While there has been much discussion – and some misunderstanding – about screening for this condition, this remains true: vigilance amid the patient-doctor relationship is still the wise choice. This article originally appeared in Healthcare Musings in May 2012. by Jim Gibson, President, Gibson Consultants August 2018 – While surfing… Read more »