Gun Rights and Healthcare as a Right: Where Do We Go From Here?

Gun Rights and Healthcare as a Right: Where Do We Go From Here?

“Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” evolved from a Southern gospel song to become an anthem of the Civil Rights movement of the fifties and sixties. It’s a phrase that frequently pops into my head when I am frustrated with my progress against a goal. It comes to mind now...
Are Consolidation, Competition, and Innovation the Answer? Part 3: A Closer Look at Consolidation

Are Consolidation, Competition, and Innovation the Answer? Part 3: A Closer Look at Consolidation

Consolidations, affiliations, acquisitions and mergers in healthcare are announced every week. The picture associated with this posting reveals that an affiliation occurred a few years ago between the critical access hospital in my little town and the Dartmouth...
Are Consolidation, Competition, and Innovation the Answer? Part 2: A Closer Look at Innovation

Are Consolidation, Competition, and Innovation the Answer? Part 2: A Closer Look at Innovation

“Consolidation, competition, and innovation are the answer to what?”, you might ask. Keeping it simple, I mean the high cost of care and the Triple Aim. To keep it short I could just say, all three will help, but even maximized to the nth degree they will never in and...
Are Consolidation, Competition, and Innovation the Answer? Part 1

Are Consolidation, Competition, and Innovation the Answer? Part 1

Are systems consolidation, competition and innovation the triple play that will deliver quality care for everyone at a sustainable cost? Perhaps before we try to answer that question we should avail ourselves of the lessons learned over the efforts of the last fifty...