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Secret Shoppers: Needing A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind’s Blowing

Brian Klepper June 28, 2011 Every now and then, a well-intentioned administration does something relatively harmless but so hare-brained and openly foolish that it takes our breath away. The Obama Administration’s primary care “secret shopper” plan fit this bill, and … Continue reading

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A Physician Fallow Program To Improve Quality, Safety and Costs

David C. Kibbe and Brian Klepper First published 6/22/11 on the Health Affairs Blog Copyright ©2011 Health Affairs by Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. In a recent New York Times op-ed, Rita Redberg MD, a cardiologist and Chief Editor of Archives … Continue reading

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Cost, Medicaid and the Impetus for Change

Brian Klepper This brief summary of a New England Journal article caught my attention yesterday. An audit study in which research assistants posing as mothers made paired calls to the same clinic and attempted to schedule an appointment for a child … Continue reading

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Seeking What’s Possible

A little more than 13 months ago, my wonderful wife Elaine was diagnosed with stage 3c primary peritoneal (ovarian) cancer. So the last year has been filled with the ravages of chemo-therapy and all the miseries that attend it. A … Continue reading

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Seeking What’s Possible

Friends, A little more than a month ago, Elaine was in the kitchen, cooking and I was sitting at the counter, writing. She suddenly whirled around and said, “It’s a year today. It’s April 26th. The big surgery was a … Continue reading

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Stifling Primary Care: Why Does CMS Still Support the RUC?

Brian Klepper, Paul Fischer and Kathleen Behan First published 5/24/11 on the Health Affairs Blog. Copyright ©2010 Health Affairs by Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. Last October, the Wall Street Journal ran a damning expose about the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), a secretive, … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Brian’s Note: With yesterday’s announcement that Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies had won the Pulitzer for General Non-Fiction, I thought it might be appropriate to rerun this review from last December 5, 2010. BRIAN KLEPPER The opening page … Continue reading

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