In the last two weeks, my mother and my husband had surgery. I'm happy to say that both had relatively positive experiences and outcomes. However, what was striking to me was the difference in the course of their stays.
Some background: I've been a nurse and have lived in Las Vegas for a long time. I know and work with lots of people in...Read more
Each year at this time, I begin humming a tune in my head by song writer Bob Franke: "Thanksgiving Eve." The simple and inspiring lyrics begin with:
It's so easy to dream of the days gone by
So hard to think of the times to come
Nostalgia for "days gone by" is part of the human condition. It helps us appreciate and commemorate the past and...Read more
Recently, my family and I attended a chili cook-off in our neighborhood. Although we did not win the cook-off, I'm still confident our beef-cubed chili, with just the right amount of spices, is a winner. Nevertheless, between the aromatic spells of chili, fall, pumpkins and cider, I enjoyed talking to and getting to know folks in my neighbor's backyard, many of whom I had never...Read more
Constant change is the "new normal" in health care, and for me, some of the most exciting changes involve redesigning the way we pay for care. Recent federal legislation and Medicare program directives have aligned the monetary stars in favor of fundamental change in provider reimbursement, emphasizing health outcomes and value over volume of services.
Public and private payers, purchasers, providers and consumers all recognize that...Read more