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  • 05/17/19
    About seven years ago, my wife was in labor preparing to give birth to our first child. Because it was a full moon, seemingly every other expectant mother in the greater Washington, D.C. area was also in labor. While the research may be out on whether a full moon induces labor, anecdotally, it sure seemed to be a factor, because when we arrived at the hospital no delivery rooms were available, so we took up a multihour residency in the maternity waiting room.more...
  • 05/16/19
    At home or in the workplace, the furniture you live with has likely been chosen for comfort, function and aesthetic quality. The last thing that you think about when pulling up to a desk or sitting on a couch are the chemicals lurking inside them – the hidden, secret ingredients. Because 90% of our time is spent indoors, it’s worth asking: Is the furniture you, your employees and your patients live ­with – and on – created with chemical safety in mind?more...
  • 05/14/19
    The ever-advancing world of health care delivery is both amazing and costly. Every day new technology is introduced to the marketplace giving providers the ability to treat conditions that just 10 years ago would not have been possible. Investment in the latest medical capital equipment is required to provide optimal patient care, but it comes with a substantial price tag.more...
  • 05/13/19
    In his watershed novel originally published in 1961, Joseph Heller chronicles the experiences and probes the psyche of a World War II bomber squadron. A former B-25 bombardier himself, Heller has the story’s protagonist confront a military rule that typified bureaucratic operating and reasoning, and in the process, creates an enduring idiom – Catch-22 – which has become a part of mainstream vernacular.more...
  • 05/10/19
    Nurses, we’ve all been there: our first day on the floor as a new graduate nurse. I remember mine. Six-thirty in the morning, walking onto the cardiac unit with a slightly nauseous feeling, hoping that my preceptor would be nice, that I wouldn’t make any mistakes, and that I would appear to actually know something. Little did I know that first day would be easy compared to some that would follow.more...
  • 05/09/19
    The month of May, named after Maia, the goddess of fertility – along with the goddess of spring and growth – is the perfect time to remind the women we love how important it is to stay healthy – and not just because we celebrate Mother’s Day. The month is chock full of female-friendly observances designed to ensure that women keep their health top of mind.   more...
  • 05/08/19
    In a previous blog, one of my colleagues shared information about CMS adding a second cohort to Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced), and the addition of outpatient total knee arthroplasty to this voluntary program, which provides utilization and spend data for hospitalization plus 90 days of the episode. The application period for the second cohort opened on April 24 and will only be open until June 24.more...
  • 05/08/19
    As we celebrate National Nurses Week, I reflect on this past year and my professional and personal experience in assisting the new graduate RN on the journey to becoming a professional, skilled nurse. more...
  • 05/07/19
    This just in: You aren’t getting any younger and neither is anyone else. What this means for the health care industry is, well, complicated.more...
  • 05/07/19
    One day I was listening to a hospitalist express concerns about the nursing staff, a team of professionals I had the pleasure of leading.more...