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  • 09/18/18
    Health care today looks much different than in the past and leaders at traditional hospitals are finding it necessary to expand their services outside the hospital, particularly into the post-acute and ambulatory care sectors. Expanding services to include other types of care facilities means expanding your supply chain and with that comes complexities, risks and opportunities.more...
  • 09/14/18
    Several years ago, a 16-year-old girl was brought to the emergency department at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. for care. Police officers had found her in a local motel room after she had been kidnapped from a bus stop in North Carolina. The investigation showed she was being forced into prostitution and trafficked between Maryland and Virginia.more...
  • 09/12/18
    I’m fortunate enough to work for a company that recognizes the importance of reducing chemical exposure and equally fortunate to serve in a role where my focus is educating our health care partners about the dangers of chemically laden products. Decades of research has clearly shown that we must limit our exposure to a variety of dangerous materials because of the known harmful effects on both human health and the environment.more...
  • 09/11/18
    It was reported in March that U.S. consumer credit card debt exceeded $1 trillion for the first time. Just how big is one trillion? A trillion is one million million. It would take 31,709 years to count to one trillion if you didn’t stop to eat or sleep. Imagine your dad back in 1968, piling the family into the station wagon for a road trip to the Grand Canyon. As you pulled out of the driveway, he cheerfully suggested that you count to a trillion as a way to pass the time. Had you stuck...more...
  • 09/05/18
    I recently had the pleasure and privilege to represent Vizient and present at a public hearing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), focused on removing barriers affecting the uptake of biosimilars, which offer a cost savings for some of the most expensive drugs on the market. Given the steep price for medications in our country, the importance of conversations like this cannot be overstated.more...
  • 08/30/18
    My favorite philosopher, Yogi Berra, once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up somewhere else.” It’s an easy argument to show that we continually end up somewhere else in our current health care performance improvement efforts, and most times that somewhere else is the land of no change. No matter the laudable efforts of many people, we seemed to get derailed in our improvement efforts by everything from unengaged clinicians to a lack of...more...
  • 08/29/18
    In the age of near-constant mergers and acquisitions, health systems are taking on tremendous costs in the form of third-party—or purchased—services. When a hospital or health system acquires additional facilities or a private practice, it inherits all of that entity’s contracted purchased services, including IT and telecom, clinical services, security, maintenance and more.more...
  • 08/22/18
    Something in the newspaper caught my eye recently, which triggered a sequence of free-association thinking that ultimately led to a mixture of concern and hope for the future of health care. It was an almanac reference to the last close encounter with Halley’s Comet in 1986. Named for an English astronomer who was born in 1656, the 6-mile-wide chunk of rock and ice hurtling through space at 158,000 miles per hour intersects Earth’s orbit every 75 years. Contemplating the fact that...more...
  • 08/20/18
    Nurses are often said to be at the heart of health care and recently, five other nurses and I went on a medical mission trip to Malawi, which is known as the “The Warm Heart of Africa.” It took five flights and 70 hours to travel the 8,000 miles from my home in North Carolina to reach Malawi. Once we arrived, it was then a two-hour van ride to reach our final destination for our week-long mission. Now that I'm back in the States and looking back on the trip, my heart is full...more...
  • 08/09/18
    The House of Representatives has high-tailed it out of town for their annual August recess and the Senate will return next week to continue working through nominations and the government funding bills. That’s exactly as thrilling as it sounds, and normally, it’s a pretty quiet time here in Washington, DC.more...