Archive | April, 2009

Hilarious Medical Transcription Snafus: My Faves and Yours

This is my 100th blog posting, so it seemed like a good time to get a bit frivolous. The NY Times recently ran a front page story about websites that collect user-submitted triviata – such as “Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves” (pictures of bulldogs wearing bunny ears or cocker spaniels in Yoda costumes) – […]

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On Quality Measurement, Babies, and Bathwater

Quality Measurement mavens are reeling these days, as a result of the air being let out of high-profile measures such as tight glucose control, door-to-antibiotic time, and beta-blockers. Some critics have even suggested that we put a moratorium on new quality measures until the science improves. I hope we don’t. I think we’re seeing a […]

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“Mr. Obama, Tear Down These (Hospital) Walls”: Readmissions in Context

I like readmissions. Well, that didn’t come out quite right, did it? What I mean is that I like focusing on readmissions as a potentially actionable quality measure. I believe that it’s possible to prevent many readmissions, thereby improving quality and lowering costs. And compared to mortality (the other hot outcome measure), the need for […]

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