Monthly Archives: September 2016

  • Hospital Noise: The Issue That Just Won’t Go Away

    In reviewing my posts from the past year, I discovered that have not written about hospital noise for a while. I have, however, given presentations about hospital noise, offering my opinions and sympathy about it — because so much work has been invested in this issue and it just will not go away. So, rather

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  • What Can We Do To Improve the Patient Experience of Dying?

    It has been 40 years since Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) was introduced as the first right for a patient to refuse medical care. However, in a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Jeffrey P. Burns, M.D., M.P.H., and Robert D. Truog, M.D, state that the term and its respective use and meaning are still

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  • When the Healthcare System Has a Stroke

    Not sure you heard, but one of the arteries in the heart of the U.S. healthcare system collapsed. Yup, a stroke. Blockages abound; both brain and heart. In addition, the system suffers from obesity and malnutrition.

    Aetna is ending its participation in the state exchanges leaving millions abandoned without insurance, and with few options. Aetna is the largest insurer, but not the only one to exit the insurance exchanges.

    Their reason? “Too many sick people.”

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