New Articles

02 Feb Building the Will for Change

By Jordan Harmon When patients come through the front doors of a hospital, they are inevitably greeted by compassionate clinicians and staff. Why then do we so consistently fail to provide high quality, affordable care?  Much of what drives our industry is the will to help...

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26 Jan Spend Less. Live Better.

By Diane Scheb  RN, MSN Spend less.  Live better.  Except, she didn’t have that long to live.  Maybe 10 days. . . probably not. Thirty-three years old, an illegal Mexican migrant worker, she was diagnosed in an emergency room with an aggressive stomach cancer two years ago and...

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19 Jan Give Lungs a Chance

By Danielle Moriates, RN When babies are born prematurely, they often lack surfactant – a soapy substance produced in the lungs that helps to keep the air sacs open. Without surfactant, these tiny babies fight to breathe, a condition known as infant respiratory distress syndrome. Within...

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12 Jan Not as Simple as We Think

By Kristin Morin, MSN RN I wish lowering healthcare costs was as easy as “cost awareness”, but as one patient put it, “I never pay the first few bills, because the amount changes every time a new bill is sent.”  The payment system is so fragmented...

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05 Jan A Second-Rate Life

By Kunal Arya Last year, I underwent a colectomy, a surgery that removed my entire colon. Afterwards, I had to wear a temporary waste-collecting pouch attached to my abdomen known as an ostomy. Until my next surgery, I was now an “ostomate.” One of the early side-effects...

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29 Dec Because I Can

By Christen McCurdy Sometime while I was still in high school, my mom began to have trouble breathing. She had never had asthma before; an Albuterol inhaler helped for a while. Still, cold season was a nightmare, and later, so was allergy season, and every year...

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15 Dec Managing Care Through Guidelines

By Peter Nesbitt In 1991, The Managed Care Alliance (TMCA) began providing medical care to thousands of patients in South Eastern Pennsylvania and over the next ten years it grew to a nationwide program. TMCA was an experiment. Could a non-adversarial, cooperative partnership between care providers, patients,...

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08 Dec Dizzying Costs

By Kevin Davis It started with a mild case of nausea and got progressively worse. I became dizzy and shaky, but tried to ignore it. There was work to be done that afternoon. We were moving boxes into storage at my in-laws’ house in Michigan, and...

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