Healthcare News

  • New Programs for Providing Proactive and Urgent Care

    New Programs for Providing Proactive and Urgent Care

    By Dr. Kenneth Rothaus There have been many recent reports in the conventional media and internet about programs designed to decrease both, the incidence of primary admissions and the numbers of patients that get readmitted after a hospitalization. Anthem Blue Cross ACO of California is one such organization. An ACO or accountable care organization links

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  • ER’s Not Ready For Children?

    ER’s Not Ready For Children?

    By Dr. Kenneth Rothaus – April 29th, 2015 There was an article by Laura Landro this week in the Wall Street Journal on the availability of pediatric care in hospital emergency rooms. It was interesting (and more than a little disconcerting) to learn that of the 30 million children treated in hospital emergency rooms each

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  • Rural Hospital Closings Prove Fatal

    Rural Hospital Closings Prove Fatal

    By Dr. Kenneth Rothaus A Texas newspaper ran a disturbing story about the ramifications of the closure of rural hospitals. The story may be about Texas but I bet it is not unique and is occurring in many other states as well. As the article points out. the situation in Texas may be worse as

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  • POLST and Advance Directives

    POLST and Advance Directives

    By Dr. Kenneth Rothaus, MD The New York Times (Tuesday March 17, 2015 page D2) recounted the story of an elderly man who had an advance directive that stated in the case of a critical medical problem he wanted to be comfortable only, and did not wanted any heroic measures. Unfortunately, several years later he

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  • Tone it Down

    Tone it Down

    By Dr. Ted Tyberg                                                     March 3rd, 2015 A report by the World Health Organization ( WHO ) warns that some 1.1 billion (yes, billion) young adults in middle and high income countries are putting their hearing at risk by using personal audio devices unsafely and exposing themselves to damaging sound levels. This may be exacerbated

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  • NSQIP – Why These Five Letters May Make Surgery a Safer Experience

    NSQIP – Why These Five Letters May Make Surgery a Safer Experience

    By Dr. Kenneth Rothaus The National Surgical Quality Improvement Project, in cooperation with approximately 600 hospitals, collects and analyzes their individual data, compares it to other hospitals, and helps hospitals find and plug the gaps in their safety net. An article in Health Care, a section of the Wall Street Journal, reviews some of the

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