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The Best Diet

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Six Cardinal Rules when attempting to lose weight and/or reduce the risk of heart and other diseases You MUST take in (eat) less calories than you burn (by exercising and being active) Portion size must be reasonable; do not eat to satiety; try to eat a fair amount of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, but consume Eat fewer carbohydrates, especially refined and high sugar-loaded ones. Enjoy more polyunsaturated fats (e.g., plant oils and fish). Veer away from low-fat dairy products and nuts.

Healthcare Reform in the U.S.

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The United States is the only wealthy, industrialized country that does not ensure that all of its citizens have healthcare coverage. Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations, Institute of Medicine at the National Academies of Science, January 14, 2004, last accessed Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Nexus of Quality and Cost

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The quality improvement movement has changed its focus from improving the health of patients to obtaining the greatest return for the investment.  Why? Because experience has shown, time and again that the former is beyond our abilities, beyond any 'carrot and stick' approach to patient care, and beyond any contrived incentive realignments.  When it comes to lifestyle management, we fail, miserably.  For instance, getting people to stop smoking, the only thing that has worked is raising the pric

Changing How Medicine's Practiced

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The Bio-Psycho-Social, Collaborative Model of Healthcare "It is possible to screen for and treat depression in the primary care setting. Collaborative care for depression can succeed in diverse settings with a range of staffing combinations, patient demographics, and physical layouts. Centralized data support is essential to drive operational workflows and quality improvement across multiple sites."

When Practitioners Collaborate, It Can Clinically Help, Financially Hurt or Both

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Is it the patient's fault when they end up getting needed care out-of-network, i.e., from physicians who aren't part of the managed care network, the referral list is too thin or restrictive, the right specialist is elsewhere (or so it seems), or simply because there was no opportunity to choose an in-network doctor? Referrals Tell Us a Great Deal About Collaboration Among Practitioners

Race to Health Info Tech--Tortoise or Hare?

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Bridging the costly gaps in patient experience and engagement, health care analytics, population health and precision medicine is fundamental to reform, but practitioners believe that kind of reform will increase the costs of care too much.  Here follow a few related comments and stats: 61% believe "electronic health records (EHRs) could have a positive impact on their businesses" 82% cited their biggest challenge in implementing HlT is cost.

Doctoring All Of Health Care At Once

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The U.S. practices of medicine and surgery aren't as cost-effective as other countries. We suffer intolerable costs (poor value) and huge variation in our practices, the way we fail to coordinate care and communicate, health care reform is vital.   Caveat: The means to a desired end–A truly integrated electronic medical record with acuity or case-mix assessment, point-of-service alerts and patient tracking (process and outcome) is necessary. Why are we not doing the right thing?

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