The Attack on Medicaid and the Spirit of the Fourth of July

The Attack on Medicaid and the Spirit of the Fourth of July

When I heard that Mitch McConnell had announced that he would not be seeking a vote in the Senate on the “Better Care and Reconciliation Act of 2017” before the July 4th recess I was upset because McConnell’s move seemed similar to the one Paul Ryan pulled in March...
Sharing “Deep Stories” to Use Empathy in the Quest for the Triple Aim

Sharing “Deep Stories” to Use Empathy in the Quest for the Triple Aim

A couple of weeks ago when I gave you Dr. Patty Gabow’s letter to Senator Alexander I reported that I was reading Arlie Russell Hochschild’s recent book, Strangers In Their Own Land:  Anger and Mourning on the American Right. In that book Russell seeks to be...
Creating Healthcare Success Using Lean and Redefining the Relationship Between Managers and Clinicians

Creating Healthcare Success Using Lean and Redefining the Relationship Between Managers and Clinicians

As I look back over my experience both as a practitioner and as a medical leader, I am reminded of the joke that the life of an anesthesiologist is composed of long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of terror. Nothing describes a moment of terror for me more...