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Medicare Hospital Fund Runs Out in 2026

The future of Medicare just got worse. The annual Medicare Board of Trustees sent its 2018 report to Congress last month. It was not a pretty picture. Overall, the Medicare program took in $705 [...]


Time to Improve Mental Health Care

The case of 17-year old Jordan “Jordie” Binion highlighted once again the heartbreak of mental health care in the US. This week, NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden interviewed the young man’s parents, [...]


Better, Safer Healthcare: Take the Pledge

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Part of me delights in the idea of championing better, safer healthcare. It’s a time to celebrate the improvements made over the past ten to [...]


Going Home at Last: Hospital Instructions

“You’re going home today” may be the sweetest words when you’re in the hospital. Whether you are taking a new baby home with you, or going home with a walker at the age of 85, getting out of the [...]


Part 4-Hollywood Hills Nursing Home: Ticket #4301 | Part IV – Nursing Home Ratings – Can Consumers Trust Them?

The final part of the Hollywood Hills-Hurricane Irma disaster analysis is the idea of selecting Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in the first place.  Much has been written about how to [...]


Part 3-Hollywood Hills Nursing Home: Ticket #4301 | Part III – The State, the County and the Power Company

(Background) On Sunday, September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit Florida. Among the places affected, was a privately-owned nursing home, 10 miles south of Fort Lauderdale, called The Rehabilitation [...]


Ambulatory Surgery: Choosing a Facility

If you need surgery in 2018, chances are increasing, that it will be done as an outpatient.  The latest report from the federal government estimated nearly 29 million visits were made for [...]


Part 2-Hollywood Hills Nursing Home: Ticket #4301 | Part II – The Nursing Home and its Emergency Plan

In the early days after September 13, the Hollywood Hills nursing home, through its corporate parent provided a timeline of their actions related to Hurricane Irma.  (The timeline was updated in [...]


Hollywood Hills Nursing Home: Ticket #4301 | Part I – The Tragedy at Hollywood Hills

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. No relief from the risin’ tide. Somethin’ in the way of the world has changed, broken apart and rearranged. (From the song River’s Rising by Drew Emmitt)

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