Patients and experts explore what it takes to find good health care and make the most of it.

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Has Patient-Centered Health Care Run Amok?

Trudy Lieberman | July 22, 2014

In the late 1990s, when the Institute of Medicine released their landmark Quality Chasm report saying that patients "should be given the necessary information and the opportunity to exercise the degree of control they choose over health care decisions that affect them," I don't think this is what they had in mind...

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How to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections

Bonnie Friedman | July 21, 2014
We go to the hospital to get better, right? But it doesn't always work that way. Sometimes patients become sicker, not because their illnesses are untreatable, but because deadly bugs can overtake a hospital's ecosystem and wreak havoc, especially among the most ill. Not long ago, this happened to my husband...

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Remembering Jessie Gruman

Center for Advancing Health | July 18, 2014
A message from Jessie's family and excerpts from tributes that have been written in Jessie's honor.

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In Memoriam: Jessie Gruman

Center for Advancing Health | July 14, 2014
The president and founder of the Center for Advancing Health died at home on Monday, July 14, 2014 after a long illness.

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A Patient Responds to What 'Experts' Say About Patient Engagement

Carolyn Thomas | July 14, 2014
I was one of the patients interviewed for the recently published Center for Advancing Health report called "Here to Stay: What Health Care Leaders Say About Patient Engagement". It's an interesting, illuminating and frustrating document to read. My concern, as a person who's pretty darned engaged in my own health care, is not that the phrase is meaningless. It's more that non-patients have co-opted the concept of patient engagement for their own purposes...

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What Physicians Told Us About Patient Engagement

CFAH Staff | July 9, 2014
"Being engaged in our health and health care makes the most difference to us as individuals. Our actions need to reflect our own goals, our values and preferences, and what we are willing and able to do to achieve them," says Rushika Fernandopulle, MD, Co-Founder and CEO of Iora Health.

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What's Wrong With Health Insurance Policies That Cover Less?

Trudy Lieberman | July 9, 2014
Insurance companies and a group of senators headed by Alaska Democrat Mark Begich think they have a great idea for getting more young people to sign up for health insurance...

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Stop the War on the Emergency Room (Fix the System Failure)

Nick Dawson | July 8, 2014
The ED is convenient, it's open 24 hours, it does not require an appointment. So when the stomach bug or kitchen accident gets the best of you at 9:00 pm, and your doctor's office is closed, where are you going to go? And, yet, we still chide people – via reporting, casual comments and the communication of health systems – for using the ED for "non-emergent" needs. What I'd like to see is more hospitals flinging open the doors of their EDs and saying, "We'll take you, any time, for any reason, and you won't wait long or pay an arm and a leg"...

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