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Disruptions on the Yellow Brick Road

April 28, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

American health care is caught in a cyclone. Every patient, every doctor, every hospital is buffeted by gales blowing hard from the whirlwinds. Lives are upended. Reportedly people have died. And many folks couldn’t be happier about it. Downright gleeful.[read more]

E-cigarettes: The California Cooler of the 21st Century

April 24, 2015 by David E Williams

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New data show 13 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes. They seem safer than smoking, but my view is that, at least for kids, they lower the barriers to unhealthy behaviors by making drug use more like having a candy or soft drink.[read more]

Addressing Medicare Cuts

April 17, 2015 by Abby Norman

Yesterday, the house made a fascinating bipartisan decision to repeal the current Medicare payment model and implement what they term the “doc fix” for reimbursing physicians for their Medicare/Medicaid patients. But the problems to be solved with the reimbursement process are far more complex than a relatively simple patch could possible rectify.[read more]

Whole Foods Medical, Competitive Wellness and Rutabagas

April 14, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

The well-established chain of Whole Foods Markets has long been a grassroots evangelist for natural and healthy foods. And they may be another enterprise entry in the increasingly competitive healthcare delivery arena once reserved for doctors.[read more]

Cause Marketing: Autism Awareness Month

April 12, 2015 by Michael Sherman



April is Autism Awareness Month, and it’s a prime opportunity for healthcare providers and facilities to shed light on this condition that affects 1 in 68 children. A successful “cause marketing” campaign can increase awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and bring about positive change in the community and beyond.[read more]

The Fallacy of Patient Engagement

April 10, 2015 by Bill Crounse

Patient engagement

There’s no question that when we are in pain, injured or very sick that we are “engaged” patients. Not only is the patient engaged, but often his or her entire family. The problem is that when we are well again, we tend to disengage and fall back into our usual routines.[read more]

Cancer Drugs: Why the High and Rising Prices?

April 10, 2015 by David E Williams

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While politicians wring their hands, pricing strategists at pharma and biotech companies take action by charging high and rising prices for products for life-threatening illnesses. Cancer is Exhibit A, with many drugs costing more than $100,000 per year of treatment. I don’t expect any dramatic clampdown on cancer drug prices in the near term.[read more]


Biopharma Beat: Patient Engagement Throughout the Drug Development Lifecycle

April 9, 2015 by David Davidovic

"Patient-centricity" in clinical development has been evolving from mere patient participation in the study itself to patients actually being involved in the study design and data collection processes. Furthermore, patient participation is, albeit slowly, penetrating every other lifecycle stage of R & D as well.[read more]

Taking Patient Engagement Into the Shark Tank

April 8, 2015 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

Shark Tank billionaire Mark Cuban waded into the healthcare conversation recently. While the topic of patient engagement and ownership of health data has been growing in magnitude, to have a high-profile influencer like Cuban enter into the mix and accelerate the conversation is a bit of an unexpected gift.[read more]


Strengthening Global Healthcare Systems Through Public-Private Partnerships

April 8, 2015 by Roland Chalons-Browne

Following the recent financial close of the Bilkent Integrated Healthcare Campus in Ankara – Turkey’s third and largest-ever healthcare public-private partnership (PPP) – it seems a good moment to take stock of the role PPPs are playing in today’s healthcare systems. As such, I would like to share some thoughts on this topic.[read more]

Are You Engaged Yet?

April 7, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Hold out for real engagement.

The “patient engagement” idea has drifted through the wonkosphere for a decade or so. The meaning is nebulous and is often confused with consumerism. A simple definition comes from the (now defunct) Center for Advancing Health: “Actions people take to support their health and benefit from their health care.”[read more]

How Ebola Spreads, and the Response from Public Health Officials

April 6, 2015 by Frankie Rendon

Ebola facts

We may not hear much about it in the daily news cycle, but the Ebola epidemic that has plagued Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia certainly isn't over. According to the World Health Organization, more than 20,000 people have been infected. Of those, 10,000 have succumbed to the disease.[read more]