Tag: hospital

Don’t Get COVID-19 Without Having a Plan Ahead of Time

 

Let’s say that, God forbid, you end up contracting COVID-19. What are you going to do? That’s not a rhetorical question, it’s serious, and one that needs to be answered by everyone well before they get a positive test result. I did not have an answer to that question before I tested positive and now I’m kicking myself. And I’m pretty certain that’s been the case with millions of other people as well.

So here’s how it went down for me. I had some very mild symptoms (which later got worse) and decided to get tested just to be on the safe side. Since my job involves going in and out of doctors’ offices and hospitals, I was at higher risk than the average person. But since I had been doing that for months on end without getting the virus, I assumed that mask- and glove-wearing was keeping me safe. Wrong!

Jeffrey Singer joined host Ben Domenech to discuss the ways in which to treat COVID-19 based on his own experience as a general surgeon and Senior Fellow at Cato Institute. Singer discusses how hospitals, schools, and American leaders are calculating risk in their response to the Wuhan virus.

Singer’s hospital has delayed all elective procedures due to COVID-19, which includes any surgery for which the patient can choose the date. Singer argued that the system of power, in which the governor can dictate when the economy can reopen, has created imbalanced incentives. The person in charge will always be more cautious than they need to be to avoid criticism later on, which Singer said can hurt people.

What Your Hospital CEO Is Thinking

 

I’m currently in Charlotte, NC, working as a document review attorney. My current case involves hospitals and insurance companies, and my job is to look through thousands of emails in the inboxes of various executive and operational officers. There’s the confidential information that pertains to the case (which obviously I won’t be talking about), the day-to-day minutia of running any business (“So and so is training their replacement because while diligent and hard working, they are not a model of change-friendly leadership” is a masterful bit of corporate-speak), and the personal correspondence that probably shouldn’t have been sent from one’s work email (“My real estate agent is so lazy and lacking initiative he should be a government bureaucrat!”). But there’s also plenty of non-confidential information, from Wall Street Journal articles to slides of public presentations, and that information paints a picture of the medical industry today that I found fascinating, and I think Ricochet will too.

First and foremost, hospitals are well aware that health-care is too expensive, too hard to get, opaque in its pricing, and often wasteful in its execution. Further, they recognize that their options are either to improve themselves or be replaced by more consumer-friendly options. Chief among these ideas is the idea of moving away from “fee-for-service” models, where they are paid the services performed, to a “fee-for-value” model, where they are paid for improving the patient’s situation. Part of this is by reducing complications, a trend that Medicare is pushing by penalizing hospitals that have too many hospital-caused complications.

FBI’s Phoenix Office Launches Criminal Probe of VA

 

Veterans Medical CareBefore Cantor and Bergdahl, Washington was transfixed by the shocking Veterans Administration scandal. Thankfully, many officials inside and outside of the Beltway continue to investigate the unconscionable mess that left America’s heroes without health care.

FBI Director James Comey confirmed Wednesday that the bureau’s Phoenix branch has opened a criminal investigation of the Veterans Affairs Department, amid mounting calls on Capitol Hill for the Justice Department to get more involved.

Comey confirmed the bureau’s involvement during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Officials previously made clear that federal prosecutors were helping in an inspector general investigation, but the probe by Phoenix FBI agents marks a new phase.