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In 1997, Drs. Theodore Tyberg and Kenneth Rothaus authored a book intended to serve as a public guide for successful hospital navigations. Hospital Smarts became universally acclaimed for including clear and concise advice on how to identify the need for hospital care, to prepare for admission, to ask about your procedure or treatment, to identify the key players in the hospital, and to follow a successful discharge with post-care treatment / rehabilitation.

More than 68 Million people were admitted to registered and community hospitals in the US in 2015.* While these visits are naturally stressful and full of unknowns, you can learn and prepare fully to maximize your chances for successful hospitalizations. This website presents the most important chapters of the book for your reference.

Latest News

    • 17 OCT 16
    Breakthrough for Type 1 Diabetic Patients through FDA-Approved Artificial Pancreas

    Breakthrough for Type 1 Diabetic Patients through FDA-Approved Artificial Pancreas

    By Dr. Ted Tyberg, M.D. The Food and Drug Administration announced that they approved the new Medtronic artificial pancreas system for type 1 diabetics. Presently, diabetics must test their blood sugar by sticking themselves several times a day and telling their pump how much insulin to deliver. A continuous glucose sensor that a patient implants

    • 10 OCT 16
    Really?  I Mean, Really??

    Really? I Mean, Really??

    By Dr. Kenneth Rothaus, M.D. Stories about hospitals and other healthcare facilities data being stolen abound. Hundreds of thousands of social security numbers are stolen from the IRS. Russian hackers are reportedly responsible for breaking into the servers of the Democratic National Committee.  The release of purloined emails is alleged to be timed to influence

    • 10 OCT 16
    Young Adults Missing in ACA Exchanges Undermine The Law’s Mission

    Young Adults Missing in ACA Exchanges Undermine The Law’s Mission

    By Dr. Kenneth Rothaus, M.D. HealthLeaders Media reports that 49% of consumers do not understand their health plan costs. In the past, health insurance with relatively low deductibles and low co-pays was provided by employers. Because of the low out-of-pocket expenses that were incurred, consumers had no incentive to educate themselves as to the true

    • 04 OCT 16
    Studies: Weight, Blood Pressure Control Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancers

    Studies: Weight, Blood Pressure Control Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancers

    By Dr. Kenneth Rothaus, M.D. Patients freely come to the plastic surgeon’s office seeking liposuction or other modalities such as sculpture lasers to reduce the amount of fat around their abdomen, their so-called spare tire. Location of this fat can make a difference not only in the ability of the surgeon to remove it but

    • 13 SEP 16
    The Carrot and The Stick

    The Carrot and The Stick

    By Dr. Kenneth Rothaus Many of the big health insurance companies are withdrawing from the exchanges established under Obamacare. These exchanges represented one of the major innovations of the ACA.  One of the other pillars of cost savings in the Affordable Care Act was the Affordable Care Organization (ACO).  These too may be losing participants.

    • 12 AUG 16
    The Hospitalist and How They Have Improved/Worsened (pick one) Medical Care

    The Hospitalist and How They Have Improved/Worsened (pick one) Medical Care

    By Dr. Kenneth Rothaus What is a hospitalist?  Basically, the hospitalist is a physician who practices exclusively in a hospital, in-patient setting. Although this specialty is a relatively young one of 20-25 years, hospitalists now represent one of the largest specialties of internal medicine numbering in excess of 50,000 physicians.  What created the need for