Pulling Back the Curtain on Physician Referrals

Pulling Back the Curtain on Physician Referrals Over 100,000 times today in the United States, a visit between a patient and his/her physician ended with something like this: “I recommend you speak with a surgeon.” That simple statement sets a complex set of wheels in motion, not the least of which are the wheels turning…

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Surgery: Under the Microscope

Surgery: Under the Microscope “The Butchering Art” by Lindsey Fitzharris offers an in-depth and, shall we say, colorful look at the primitive days of surgery and healthcare. When it comes to the understanding of human health and the delivery of care, we should all be thankful to be alive in 2020 and not 170 years…

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Most Vulnerable Patients Make Costly Surgery Decisions

Research: Most Vulnerable Patients Make Costly Surgery Decisions A recent Goldfinch Health survey revealed critical insights into health literacy and the way consumers consider surgical decisions. Spoiler alert: novice surgical patients make costly decisions and they and their employers shoulder the consequences. But, first, a bit of background. We asked consumers: “Imagine you just found…

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The World’s Best Cup of Coffee

The World’s Best Cup of Coffee “Center of Excellence” It’s a term you may have seen used by health insurers, hospitals and surgery centers in recent years. You might be surprised to learn no universal definition exists for qualifying a surgery center for the distinction. At its worst, a hospital or surgery center hanging the…

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Taking the Temperature of Surgery Quality

Taking the Temperature of Surgery Quality Ubiquitous in modern society, the thermometer was once a breakthrough technology centuries in the making. When leading scientists some 300 years ago finally put together the necessary elements, what resulted was revolutionary. At a glance, you could know the temperature. You didn’t know relative humidity, wind speed, or any…

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A Meaningful Scoreboard for Surgery and Return to Work

Creating a Meaningful Scoreboard for Surgery Navigation and Return to Work A football scoreboard includes just a few key elements—scores, down and distance to first down, quarter and time remaining. The football rulebook, however, is a different story, coming in at just under 100 pages. As we set out to create a Return on Investment…

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A 19th Century Physician & 21st Century Healthcare

What a 19th Century Physician Can Teach Us About 21st Century Healthcare While excitement and optimism largely define a trip to the hospital for the delivery of a new baby today, a different emotion accompanied a visit to an 1840’s maternity ward. Fear. At that time, one in ten mothers would die before she left…

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The 4-Hour Workweek Approach to Employee Healthcare

The 4-Hour Workweek Approach to Employee Healthcare  “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss has spent years on the New York Times bestseller list by selling a provocative idea—maybe we’re all working too hard?  One of the most intriguing concepts covered by Ferris in the book is the effectiveness of combining the Pareto principle with Parkinson’s…

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