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How often do you hear the following: the average senior utilizes  25% of their lifetime health spend during their last six months of life.  Too much. All that service use in such a concentrated period suggests possibilities. ICUs and inpatient care have great costs.  Our…
A lot has been written about physician (or provider) burnout. Some of the highest burnout rates include internists and ER doctors, both of which live in our wheelhouse, and some factors that impact the burnout rate have included too many bureaucratic tasks, insufficient income, the…
By: Dr. David Schwartz Senator Elizabeth Warren once said, “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.” While somewhat amusing on the surface, Warren’s comment cuts to the core of why my colleagues and I decided to form…
By: Dr. Allison Schneider Throughout my Palliative Care rotation during this last year of medical school at UCSF, I began turning to writing as a way to both process and remember some of my patients and the intimate moments we shared. This is the second pair…
By now, you’ve probably heard the news: providing a price transparency tool to patients does not seem to lower healthcare prices. In fact, according to this very large JAMA study, patients who were offered access to a price transparency tool seemed to spend slightly MORE…
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mark Cowen, who is in the Department of Medicine and is the Chief of Clinical Decision Services at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. He and his team sought to analyze the relationship between patient’s admission risk…
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