Feb 6, John James, Robert Scully, Casey Quinlan, Bill Adams, Helen Haskell, Poppy Arford
The Patient Council of the Right Care Alliance developed a number of questions to form a national survey of Americans to guide policy makers, asking: What worries you about American health care? Political forces are trying to shape and reshape American health care without hearing the voice of patients. This survey gives direction to what the American health care industry must change to earn back the trust of patients it is supposed to serve.
Feb 5, Michael Millenson
Super Bowl Week ended with the San Francisco 49ers and 161 U.S. hospitals having something in common: both were publicly penalized, both lost money as a result, and both passionately believed the process was unfair. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to decide whether their objections were sensible or sour grapes and, in the case of hospitals, the real-life consequences are not a game. Unfortunately, better refs alone won’t put patients out of danger. Instead, we can learn from golfers and build a culture that promotes patient safety, and reminds hospital executives and clinicians why they went into this field
Feb 4, Alya Ahmad
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have a major long-term impact on health. As a pediatrician practicing in the San Joaquin Valley, Dr. Alya encounters the consequences of the social determinants of health everyday. Pediatricians are in a position where they can advocate for their patients from an early age. It is crucial for them to work to identify kids exposed to ACEs through routine screenings and establish prevention programs for our vulnerable youth.