Pasadena Ronald McDonald House

Pasadena Ronald McDonald House

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Western Regional College Bowl

Western Regional College Bowl

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College Bowl Mixer

College Bowl Mixer

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Taming the rise in health spending…

Taming the rise in health spending…

No surprise to anyone who reads this blog, I’m sure, but health care costs continue to rise at rates eclipsing the rise in overall spending…

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Driving Operational Excellence

Driving Operational Excellence

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Return of the Public Option…Really?

Return of the Public Option…Really?

In response to my dismissal of Bernie Sander’s campaign for the presidency, my best friend and mentor advised, “Never underestimate an old man with a…

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2017 College Bowl!

2017 College Bowl!

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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Integrating the Principles of Patient Centered Care

Integrating the Principles of Patient Centered Care

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at Hemet Valley Medical Center

at Hemet Valley Medical Center

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Congratulations

Congratulations

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How Sweet It Isn't...

How Sweet It Isn’t…

We’ve all seen it.  Kids and grown-ups leaving the movie theater concession stand with soft drinks in containers so large that one often takes both…

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The ACA is dead… Long live the ACA!

The ACA is dead… Long live the ACA!

I am beginning to feel like I should turn in my psychology credentials because I struggle to understand how Senator Sanders whopped Secretary Clinton in…

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The Evolution of Science and Medicine has Moved into Warp Speed with One New Nobel Prize-eligible Technology development…

The Evolution of Science and Medicine has Moved into Warp Speed with One New Nobel Prize-eligible Technology development…

Move over Pasteur, Curie, Salk.  Make way for Jennifer Doudna, a molecular biologist at UC Berkeley, and Emmanuelle Charpentier from the Max Planck Institute, whose…

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Lott’s Laws for 2016

Lott’s Laws for 2016

Here are my top 5 New Year’s resolutions for health care providers: Focus more of your marketing budget on improving your organization’s brand.  What you…

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What’s up with those Rx ads on TV anyway?

What’s up with those Rx ads on TV anyway?

Prescription drugs are the fastest growing component of health care spending, to be sure.  But don’t go slamming Big Pharma for boosting health care costs…

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Managing Care for the Acute Mentally Ill in California is Insane (Redux)

Managing Care for the Acute Mentally Ill in California is Insane (Redux)

“California’s hospital emergency rooms are becoming increasingly crowded with mentally ill and often disruptive patients, partly the result of inadequate mental healthcare and sometimes injudiciously…

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ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR: MERGERS EVERYWHERE

ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR: MERGERS EVERYWHERE

Is it just me or did the pace of health plan mergers and consolidations move into a higher gear in recent weeks? Anthem is courting…

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TIME TO GET SMART ABOUT A WEIGHTY PROBLEM

TIME TO GET SMART ABOUT A WEIGHTY PROBLEM

It was hard to get on the front page with important news during the last two weeks of June.  The Confederate flag controversy, the hunt…

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Hour of Power Networking Event

Hour of Power Networking Event

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IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT WILL KILL YOU

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT WILL KILL YOU

When asked recently what worries him the most, Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates without hesitation qualified super-resistant, killer microorganisms as the number one…

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BOG Spring Exam Series

BOG Spring Exam Series

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Approved for 1.5 ACHE Face to Face Credits

Approved for 1.5 ACHE Face to Face Credits

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Medical Homes: Great Initiative…Flawed Reality

Medical Homes: Great Initiative…Flawed Reality

My daughter fell ill recently with a persistent fever and a chronic headache that our home treatment efforts were not curing.  So, my wife did…

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with Marcia Manker

with Marcia Manker

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Annual HCE/SOHL Networking Event

Annual HCE/SOHL Networking Event

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Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Permitted in California?

Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Permitted in California?

The proponents of physician-assisted suicide as an end-of-life option for California residents diagnosed with terminal illnesses are again advancing a bill –SB128 (Wolk and Manning)–…

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Death is not optional!

Death is not optional!

 “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” —Isaac Asimov Of all the accomplishments achieved by Americans in the past century, one…

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Learn More

Learn More

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The Social Transformation of Primary Care Delivery

The Social Transformation of Primary Care Delivery

I fell ill while away on a business trip last month.  If I were in California, I’d simply call my PCP of 25 years and…

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Selma Disappoints!  Remembering LBJ on the 50th Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid

Selma Disappoints! Remembering LBJ on the 50th Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid

Movie goers around the world will soon view a new biopic on the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Selma, the film chronicle of the…

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Remembering Health Care in 2014: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Remembering Health Care in 2014: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

A lot happened this year, to be sure.  Marketplace consolidation moved into a higher gear, and the design of new delivery system models got a…

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An Election Day Afterthought

An Election Day Afterthought

I really do not understand the malaise that grips most Americans about voting in mid-term elections…I really don’t.  My interest in the election on November…

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Voters asked to approve a dopey law…

Voters asked to approve a dopey law…

Proposition 46 asks California voters to decide if doctors, like athletes, must submit to random drug testing conducted by the hospitals where they treat patients. …

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Advance to Fellow

Advance to Fellow

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with Sean Fleury, Cyber Security Director at Alvarez & Marsal

with Sean Fleury, Cyber Security Director at Alvarez & Marsal

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at Allure Banquet Hall

at Allure Banquet Hall

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