Angioplasty, anyone?

Soon there will be a rush for hospitals to enter the field of elective percutaneous coronary interventions. Most commonly referred to as coronary angioplasty,...

Science behind vaccination is strong

Controversy around the safety of vaccination is nothing new. Even as society has experienced irrefutable success in controlling and eradicating many diseases, and with...

Integrity at nonprofits

What does integrity mean and what’s it worth? To a nonprofit organization, it should be everything.It’s tax season. Many of us wish we had...

The health insurance exchange middlemen

The recently created Michigan health insurance marketplace allows people to purchase health insurance online.And if incomes are low enough (below 140 percent of the...

Economic freedom is key to health care reform

I left the recent West Michigan Policy Forum with a bit of a different perspective than most who attended.Most of the news blasts from...

The health of Certificate of Need

Once again, our legislators have opened season on the Certificate of Need program, or CON, in the health care industry.Despite ample evidence of its...

Cultural competence: Have we arrived?

As the face of America darkens — and the West Michigan community becomes increasingly diverse — it’s important to step back and assess our...

Health care evolution: A new era of taxes

As the evolution of the new era of health care continues, it’s critical for us to evaluate the complexity of these new laws from...

Wear blue for men’s health in June

As we enter the month of June and celebrate Father’s Day, it's only natural that we begin to reflect on the men in our...

The heart of health care reform: Part II

Editor’s note: This is the second post in a two-part take on the role of the consumer under Obamacare. The first post is here.Wading...

The heart of health care reform: Part I

Editor’s note: This is the first post in a two-part take on the role of the consumer under Obamacare. The second post is here.We've...

A case of mistaken hospital billing

A little more honesty in hospital billing, please.Hospital bills can be very confusing to individuals.Think of the reaction by the Medicare program when it...

Fixing our broken health care: Part II

Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part post. The first part is here.Personally, I might not have approached financial access the...

Fixing our broken health care: Part I

Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part post. The second part is here.The issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare,...

Should health care be limited to the insured?

Opponents of Obamacare have been justly criticized for not having an alternative plan in case Obamacare is repealed. An answer is easily at hand....

Who will pay for Obamacare?

Washington’s talk about Obamacare is loaded with hidden messages. They all amount to the same thing: let the other guy pay. Unfortunately, the other...

How should hospitals calculate CEO compensation?

There has been much to do about the salaries paid to top hospital executives. Some say that no one is worth that much. Others...

What’s the deal with health care advertising?

I have some questions about the need for some health care advertising. Advertising in health care indicates current concerns. Consider the messages you often see. Dr....

How can we prevent ‘never events’?

Everything has risks. This is especially true in health care.For example, surgical errors occur more than frequently in the U.S."Never events"Things that should never...

Can health care providers deliver care on a budget?

Want to save $2 trillion in health care spending over the next decade? It could be done without adversely impacting care, if our government...

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