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WellSpan Health – Members on the Move – Dr. Neal Friedman is medical director for disease management

WellSpan Health – Members on the Move – Dr. Neal Friedman is medical director for disease management – Brief Article Neal Friedman, MD, is medical director for disease management at WellSpan Health and medical drector for South Central Preferred in York, Pa. Previously, he served as a consultant specializing in care management and was vice […]

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It’s politics, then process, then policy: friendly political advice for physician executives from a rehabilitated medical lobbyist

It’s politics, then process, then policy: friendly political advice for physician executives from a rehabilitated medical lobbyist Kimble Ross Will Rogers once observed that watching the United States Congress in action gave him the same feeling as “watching a two-year-old pick up a hammer.” During my tenure as a state medical association lobbyist, I occasionally […]

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A centralized verification system

A centralized verification system – Physician Credentialing James W. Cole IN THE PROCESS OF CREDENTIALING PHYSICIANS IN the United States today, hospitals, state boards of licensure, HMOs, managed care entities, and many other organizations must address at least two core issues for each applicant. One of these deals with confirming that the basic background information, […]

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Outcome first target of technology assessment – Health Care Technology

Outcome first target of technology assessment – Health Care Technology – Column Elizabeth Brown HEALTH CARE TECHNOLOGY In the evaluation of any type of medical service, a broad range of technology assessment methodologies can be used, ranging from sophisticated meta-analyses, to reviews of the published literature, to consensus panels, or even to the intuitive unarticulated […]

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Process redesign part 2: process analysis

Process redesign part 2: process analysis – Nuts and Bolts of Business David P. Tarantino Imagine that you are charged with finding a solution to improving the functions of a new operating room suite by leading a process redesign. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In my previous column (“The Nuts and Bolts of Business,” November-December 2003), I discussed […]

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Dear Editor – Brief Article

Dear Editor – Brief Article I enjoyed Kent Bottles’ insightful article on genetics in the March/April issue of The Physician Executive. I am the Chief Medical Officer for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion for the state of Wisconsin. I am also the Chair of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Group on Genetics (based […]

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Cost shifting: the final straw in federalization of health care

Cost shifting: the final straw in federalization of health care – health insurance policy Alfred Taricco Cost Shifting: The Final Straw in Federalization of Health Care The history of the U.S. health care delivery system can be compared to the four seasons (figure 1, page 29). Spring, when everything is readying for bloom, was the […]

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The virtual patient encounter—units of service in the electronic age

The virtual patient encounter—units of service in the electronic age Alan P. Marco If work is not being completed, is it because the staff is not working efficiently or because there are simply too few staff to complete the work? Units of service (UOS) are a common reference tool in health care management. The expected […]

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Planning for change

Planning for change – Career Management Barbara J. Linney CAREER MANAGEMENT In this article the author discuss issues to think about if you are planning a career change, ways to continue what you are doing but change your environment so you will be more satisfied, and a technique for changing something about yourself if you […]

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Total Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide to Management Involvement.

Total Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide to Management Involvement. – book reviews Stephen Barchet Service, quality, and value are today’s watchwords. They appeal to nearly every business, industry, and commercial activity. Suppliers who ignore their buyers’ and/or customers’ wants and preferences do so at considerable risk to themselves and their enterprises. The list of those […]