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  I call med mal the joy that keeps on giving.  It's blogger's crack.  We all love med mal goodness. Medscape released their 2015 Malpractice Report--and as always, the results provide some interesting grist for the mill.  I will not go through all the findings, but…
People ask me periodically how I am doing with my Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Sometimes the question is easy and quick (last hemoglobin was 14.6, WBC 5.8, Platelets 124). Sometimes I am asked how I am balancing work, family, health/illness, etc. This one is harder.…
SHM initiatives, clinician burnout, Medicare and new end-of-life care tools appeared in the last two weeks of media highlights in medical and regional news outlets. Because hospitalists are more frequently managing inpatient care of adults 65 and older, Medscape recently featured Journal of Hospital Medicine…
  When you follow the healthcare sector, you can depend on December being the time CMS and Health Affairs release cost growth estimates from the prior year.  All the papers give the news big time attention (see here). After looking at the charts annually, you inure…
By Mark Mallozzi Hospital-based physicians are no strangers to teamwork. Almost every department is made up of diverse individuals with varying levels of training and specialties in collaboration with one another to deliver quality care to their patients. But this diversity extends only as far…
by Edward Ma, MD, SFHM Hospitalists play an important role in creating the healthcare systems of the future. That’s the lesson I took away from the Independence/Jefferson Health Hack last month at Jefferson Innovation in Philadelphia. Before I became a mentor at the Health Hack,…
I have won as a father. [caption id="attachment_13770" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Source: starwars.wikia.com[/caption] My daughters are enamored with Star Wars. It’s a simple victory to watch my children appreciate some of the same movies and music that I grew up loving. I can’t whip my nae…
  We all walk into the supermarket and see an abundance of goods. Every item has a place under alluring lighting and come-hither ads. The displays move you and your wagon, despite your beliefs, through the aisles in a deliberate way. The Walmart Supercenter manager wishes to…
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