Chronic Care Strategy: A Cure for What Ails Us?

07/14/16
Rather than any early knockout in one of his epic matches, eulogies last month for boxing legend Muhammad Ali memorialized his three-decade, very public fight against Parkinson’s disease. The once fleet-footed heavyweight champion’s chronic condition, in the words of former president Bill Clinton, “made his life bigger, not smaller” as he championed greater awareness and resources for the condition. More

Reading the CMS Tea Leaves: What to Watch For in the Future

06/29/16
Acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Andy Slavitt said earlier this year that CMS often can be viewed as a “black box with opaque regulations and limited back and forth about our policy reasoning or our implementation constraints.” That feeling is commonly held by hospitals across the country, as well as policymakers in Washington. The agency is seeking to shed that reputation and engage more openly with stakeholders, but trying to forecast the... More

Health Care Strategy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

06/22/16
Rather than any early knockout in one of his epic matches, eulogies last month for boxing legend Muhammad Ali memorialized his three-decade, very public fight against Parkinson’s disease. The once fleet-footed heavyweight champion’s chronic condition, in the words of former president Bill Clinton, “made his life bigger, not smaller” as he championed greater awareness and resources for the condition. More

Winston Churchill and the 80/20 Rule

06/07/16
Rather than any early knockout in one of his epic matches, eulogies last month for boxing legend Muhammad Ali memorialized his three-decade, very public fight against Parkinson’s disease. The once fleet-footed heavyweight champion’s chronic condition, in the words of former president Bill Clinton, “made his life bigger, not smaller” as he championed greater awareness and resources for the condition. More

If Exam Rooms Had Wings: Lessons from the Airlines

05/25/16
Rather than any early knockout in one of his epic matches, eulogies last month for boxing legend Muhammad Ali memorialized his three-decade, very public fight against Parkinson’s disease. The once fleet-footed heavyweight champion’s chronic condition, in the words of former president Bill Clinton, “made his life bigger, not smaller” as he championed greater awareness and resources for the condition. More

Use Mock Accreditation Surveys to Address Common Problem Areas

04/29/16
One of the areas of greatest concern for pharmacy practice, in terms of both cost and impact on patient care, is the increasing development of pharmaceuticals that could be classified as “specialty.” While there is no universally accepted definition of a specialty drug, most characterizations include attributes such as: • High cost • Limited extent of use • Technical complexity of delivery and/or administration • Treatment of complex and/or... More