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National Pain Day

By Angelika Byczkowski I resent that we pain patients are essentially being called liars by the anti-opioid brigade, as they refuse to believe our pain is as extreme and debilitating as we claim.  Some of the non-opiate medications they propose

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A request to my doctor: Listen, answer, explain

By Ralph Warren After a recent less-than-satisfactory appointment with my cardiologist, I was troubled by how common poor relationships between doctors and patients are. When did doctor and patient relationships, so necessary to the successful treatment of long-term illnesses, become

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Changing the patient-centered dialogue: Moving the conversation from why to how

Healthcare increasingly has been built around the wrong things. We enhance electronic medical records when the records themselves are mainly built around maximizing revenue (not the patient). We build new healthcare facilities when these buildings simply are another place for

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My son, and his doctors

By Jeff Stimpson My 14-year-old son Alex was born 10 weeks premature, and spent the first year of his life in the hospital. About two months after his birth, he began to show signs of the autism that has since

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Keeping it simple

Creating a healthcare system that is centered on the needs of patients and their families is a key to the kind of transformation that is needed in the United States.  Patient-Centered Care is both very simple and very complex.  Creating

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The “token” patient

Being patient-centered is all the rage. Healthcare organizations make a big deal about having “patient involvement;” We have an entire center focused on patient-centered outcomes; We see federal agencies releasing reports on patient-centered care and empowerment; and, We even have

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Healthcare is a team sport

In healthcare one of the key issues we often have to address is fragmentation. When we deliver care, often we do it in silos with little or no incentive to work with other disciplines. Much of this behavior is driven

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Access to health information

Access to information for patients and their family members is one of the most important steps in the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system.  Increasingly patients want access to information about their own healthcare. There may have been a time

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Healthcare leaders from near and far must innovate together

In a recent article in the Atlantic on why our “best and brightest” end up in Silicon Valley and not Washington, D.C., the author describes a shift where historically the “up and coming” would enter politics to make a difference,

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Introducing “Our Stories”

Here at Occupy Healthcare we have always been about transformation. We know that creating the healthcare system the community deserves is obtainable, and we want to work collectively towards that system. Our team has spent considerable time discussing the importance

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