Just Read: Transforming the Health Care Response to Intimate Partner Violence

Just Read: Transforming the Health Care Response to Intimate Partner Violence

Co-authored by one of my favorite physician colleagues, Brigid McCaw, MD (@BrigidMcCaw) whose work is an example of what happens when physicians lead. Clinicians use tools embedded in the electronic health record to facilitate screening, intervention, documentation, and referrals. Electronic health record questionnaires and progress note tem- plates include prompts for further inquiry (eg, “Are … Continue reading Just Read: Transforming the Health Care Response to Intimate Partner Violence

Just Read: Can Physicians Manage the Quality and Costs of Health Care? The Story of the Permanente Medical Group

Just Read: Can Physicians Manage the Quality and Costs of Health Care? The Story of the Permanente Medical Group

To know where you’re going, it’s important to know where you came from….

This book, published in 1991, gives a physician’s eye view of one of the most significant health movements in the United States – prepaid, integrated health care with a social mission.

Before reading the book, I already knew that part. I didn’t appreciate its scope in American consciousness, though:
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Just Read: Debunking the “Bathroom Bill” Myth: Accurate Reporting on Nondiscrimination – A Guide for Journalists

Just Read: Debunking the "Bathroom Bill" Myth: Accurate Reporting on Nondiscrimination - A Guide for Journalists

Any journalist or communication professional reporting on LGBTQ issues should read this guide.

And yet, they don’t take the time to use proper terminology, as professionals in their own business.

It’s possible I’ve referred you to this post if you are one. See below for the reason why.

National Public Radio (@NPR) has had particular trouble with this concept (see below). Continue reading→

Just Read: The Total Health of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (Safety & Access Study)

Just Read: The Total Health of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (Safety & Access Study)

A very cool unintended (or intended?) consequence of sensing your environment is that you start to think about how to improve it.

With that in mind, and with stimulus provided by the Design and Health Leaders Group of the American Institute of Architects, and the team at the Washington, DC Office of Planning, I found this look at the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT), which the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health is fortunate to co-inhabit.

Why fortunate?

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Just Read: “Universal Design” – Focus on Building Inclusive Bathrooms In the First Place

Just Read: "Universal Design" - Focus on Building Inclusive Bathrooms In the First Place

The architects (@AIAnational) just taught me the coolest concept when we got together recently. (see: Bleeding to Leading – Design and Health at the American Institute of Architects).

“Universal Design” caused the skies to part and the sun to shine through into my double rainbow atmosphere.

Why? Because it’s a known practice in design for creating respectful, accessible environments, including for the LGBTQ community, including bathrooms. Continue reading→

Just Read: Safe sidewalks as the new indoor plumbing, in ArchitectureBoston

Just Read: Safe sidewalks as the new indoor plumbing, in ArchitectureBoston

As I have a very long overdue post for a colleague about my thoughts on blogging, one of the points I would make is that the best part of engaging in social media is that instead of looking for things, things start finding you.

And so, in response to my recent post(s) about architects and doctors (see: Bleeding to Leading – Design and Health at the American Institute of Architects, I received this message:
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Just Read: Fee-For-Service, While Much Maligned, Remains The Dominant Payment Method For Physician Visits

Just Read: Fee-For-Service, While Much Maligned, Remains The Dominant Payment Method For Physician Visits

The title says it all. From the current issue of Health Affairs (@Health_Affairs).

Note that the study looked at actual visits booked by physicians so it doesn’t capture payments made to physicians for patients who didn’t visit.

It can be a confusing world when a health professional is trained and emotionally incented to be rewarded for health but not physically/financially. Continue reading→