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Health Wonk Review, summer research edition

I haven’t blogged a lot lately because the real work tends to get in the way. There’s only so long I can spend in front of the computer each day before I start to get a little antsy. OK, a lot antsy.

Fortunately, others are more focused on their blogs than I am, and that brings me to the latest iteration of Health Wonk Review, hosted by Brad Wright at the Health Policy Analysis blog. With summer here, this is the last edition of HWR until July 22, because, let’s face it, everybody needs a break from time to time.

Wright focuses quite a bit on research, but does link to one IT post and another about the patient-centered medical home. He also includes some editorial cartoons culled from around the Web, notably this one from Orlando Sentinel cartoonist Dana Summers. The elephant in the room re: health reform is tort reform, Summers suggests. Yeah, we haven’t addressed the liability problem yet, but the fee-for-service payment system is, in my humble opinion, the greatest culprit. There’s that little matter of poor quality, too.

June 28, 2010 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Health Wonk Review: Reform edition

Though I don’t really think the “historic,” recently enacted legislation on health insurance is true “reform,” the latest edition of Health Wonk Review, hosted by Rich Elmore at Healthcare Technology News, focuses on this subject. (Elmore has several images of pigs flying. I’ll have more later on why I don’t think this is such a landmark event.)

My column in FierceHealthIT about the implications for health IT with Don Berwick being chosen to head CMS is one of the posts reviewed. I guess that makes me a wonk.

April 1, 2010 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

It’s crunch time at Health Wonk Review

The latest Health Wonk Review went up earlier this week at the BNET Healthcare Blog, a site I’ve contributed to. Host Ken Terry, late of Medical Economics, focuses on the myriad opinions surrounding the comprehensive healthcare reform proposals that have gripped Washington.

My post about the American Medical Association‘s curious reaction to the national health IT push made the list of interesting reads not directly related to the reform debate.

July 10, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Politico cites Health Wonk Review

Politico Pulse, the health reform blog of D.C. insider publication Politico, has cited Health Wonk Review as its blog of the day. I’m a regular contributor to the biweekly HWR, but the credit needs to go to Julie Ferguson at Workers Comp Insider, Joe Paduda of Managed Care Matters and the other bloggers who host this rundown of opinions from the blogosphere.

June 8, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Health Wonk Review, Boss-town edition

Health Wonk Review is shipping up to Boston this week, over at the Boston Health News blog.

There’s a musical theme to this one, which is why I linked to a Dropkick Murphys video above. They’re from Massachusetts, as are groups such as Boston (obviously), Aerosmith, the Pixies, the Cars, the J. Geils Band, and, yes, NKOTB (formerly New Kids On The Block). Curiously, HWR host Tinker Ready returns to her New Jersey roots to salute Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

My post about an outrageous statement by Epic Systems chief Judy Faulkner makes the cut–albeit under “Spare Parts”–but there’s a long, Boss-like setlist of posts to pique your interest. I particularly recommend the item from Health Care Renewal about the empty digital hospital in Birmingham, Ala., that was supposed to be the jewel in the HealthSouth crown until the feds caught up to Richard Scrushy and his greedy minions.

May 28, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Gorging on Health Wonk Review

Step up to the smorgasbord that’s the latest edition of Health Wonk Review, over at the Workers’ Comp Insider blog.

There’s plenty about the health-industry deal with President Obama to reduce health spending by $2 trillion over a 10-year period, the $10 million extortion attempt with Virginia health records and, of course, swine flu, but it also includes my post on teletrauma care.

May 14, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Health Wonk Review makes progress

The newest Health Wonk Review is riding a “Carousel of Progress” over at the Pizaazz blog. Hosting this blog carnival is Glenn Laffel, who takes us for a ride around the freak show commonly known as U.S. healthcare. IT even gets its own section.

Thanks, Glenn, for including the post about my experience at the doctor last week, and for the well wishes. I’m feeling a lot better now, though the cough is lingering. I guess that’s how bronchitis works.

April 16, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Health Wonk Review spams us

Health Wonk Review is up at the InsureBlog, and this week’s host Henry Stern blocks all the spamblog attempts by dishing out Spam recipes alongside this week’s entries. It’s kind of like pairing fine wine with food.

February 19, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Health Wonk Review rocks the Inaugural


The latest Health Wonk Review is up at the Disease Management Care Blog. Host Jaan Sidorov, M.D. (that’s right, a real physician blogger), waves the flag this time in honor of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States. Well, Sidorov actually doesn’t even get to Inauguration Day, preferring to dwell on the spectacle of the We Are One concert last Saturday. It was more fun than watching the Obamas dance to the same song at each of the 10 inaugural balls they attended anyway.

Through SCHIP and MedPAC, Ingenix and the California Supreme Court, even to a little Obama buzzkill on Medicare Advantage, Sidorov rocks out. He leaves health IT to the encore, closing the show with a bulimia-inducing performance by lil’ ol’ me. It ain’t a party till someone pukes!

January 21, 2009 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Health Wonk Review, time to cut my hair?

The latest Health Wonk Review is up at the e-CareManagement blog of Joe Friday, a.k.a. Vince Kuraitis. His “Just the Facts, Ma’am” Edition of the Review is hot on the trail of a suspect, namely the U.S. healthcare system, wanted for disorderly conduct.

My contribution falls into the category of “The Usual Suspects and Hippies.” I need to consult my attorney, but I believe I am absolved of any deviant behavior that may or may not have been committed before I was born in 1970.
Peace.

December 10, 2008 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.