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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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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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!

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…

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

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?

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)

“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

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

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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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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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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