My love for Atul Gawande’s writing knows no bounds: He makes the complex simple with an economy of words.
If you have never read one of his books, you must. The term Gawande-esque did not materialize because he has a knack for picking the right subjects at an opportune time. He has a following because his gift allows the physician reader not just to comprehend an issue, but catalyze and make us believe the problems we face in healthcare have answers.
His new book, Being Mortal, reviewed here by Bob W., gets the Frontline treatment on PBS. As hospitalists, we all should make an effort to watch the broadcast. I think the topic and creator have something very, very unique to convey.
So out in the varied land of hospital medicine, I have noticed something that I have no clear explanation for. It turns out there is often a gap in productivity between that of NP/PA providers and physicians. The range of the gap varies wildly – I just got off the phone with a HM group […]
Before our spring break trip to New York City, a few of us in the house started to have the sniffles. As soon as my wife hears an extra sneeze, the giant pot is out, a chicken is boiling, and matzo balls are being rolled. Dinner for the next few nights will be complemented with […]
In my previous post, I discussed the challenges associated with measuring hospitalists’ patient satisfaction scores. I noted that CMS never designed the HCAHPS survey to evaluate the performance of individual providers or groups; it is only valid for assessing hospital-level performance related to patients’ experience of care. I also reviewed some structural impediments that likely […]