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The Team Will See You Now...What Team?

Jessie Gruman | February 27, 2013

Have you heard that soon most primary care in the US will be delivered by teams? Yep. Team-based care is one of the characteristics of the patient-centered medical home, a way of organizing the care of patients that allows primary care clinicians to see more patients in a day while at the same time delivering better care.

Those Confusing EOBs…Once Again!

Trudy Lieberman | February 27, 2013

Let’s face it. Despite all the rhetoric about health care transparency, most health care providers really don’t want patients to know the price of their products and services.

Comparative Effectiveness Research: Jennifer Dingman, Founder of PULSE

Jennifer Dingman | February 20, 2013

I got involved in patient safety many years ago after I lost my mom in early 1995 due to medical errors. While my mom was in a coma for seven weeks, I met other families in ICU. Many of them – the majority – had unanswered questions.

Buying Health Care from a Boutique

Trudy Lieberman | February 20, 2013

Somehow, I don’t think of money-back guarantees when I think about going to the doctor. Yet as textbook marketing principles creep into health care, a few medical providers are beginning to look like sellers of toothpaste and detergents.

An Open Letter to Mobile Health App Developers and Their Funders

Jessie Gruman | February 13, 2013

Two recent experiences left me ornery and impatient about the current state of mobile health apps. Why haven’t they just taken off?

Does the U.S. Get Value for Its Health Care Dollars? – Part 2

Trudy Lieberman | February 13, 2013

It turns out Japan has much to teach us about improving health…In many ways, Japan scores much higher than the U.S. when it comes to the health of its population.

Latest Health Behavior News

Health Behavior News Service | February 12, 2013

This week in health behavior news: Effects of deployment on those left behind | Commuting style linked to weight gain | Drugs for fibromyalgia may do more harm than good | Accidental poisonings leading cause of deaths at home

An Accidental Tourist Finds Her Way in the Dangerous Land of Serious Illness

Jessie Gruman | February 6, 2013

Health Affairs February issue, A New Era of Patient Engagement, selected my essay, An Accidental Tourist Finds Her Way in the Dangerous Land of Serious Illness, for its Narrative Matters piece. In the essay, I share experiences from my latest cancer diagnosis and call for policies to support patients and families with the increased responsibilities they face to find good health care and make the most of it.

Medical Errors: Can Patients and Caregivers Spur Improvement?

Conversation Continues | February 5, 2013

A new report from Minnesota on medical errors shines a light on the fact that their frequency remains stubbornly high. Can patients and caregivers make a difference?

Palliative Care: Easier Said than Done

Conversation Continues | February 1, 2013

If we want our end-of-life wishes to be properly carried out, we have to prepare in advance and our clinicians must also be prepared to help us realize them.