View the recent public presentation, “Health Reform in Idaho: A Panel Discussion on the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Idahoans,” that I took part in with Susan Johnson, director for Region 10 of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Bill Deal, director of the Idaho Department of Insurance. The event was [...]
With all the talk of reducing costly hospital stays, why does it make sense for St. Luke’s to build more hospital bed capacity? This is one of the questions I got from Dr. Don Berwick, the former president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & [...]
Setting up for the MSTI prom at St. Luke’s Boise on Friday. This is the fourth year that MSTI staff members have organized a spring dance for young patients, whose peers are attending school dances at this time of year. This year’s party, which took place Saturday in the Anderson Center, had a 1950s theme.
I’ve just finished visiting with employees, physicians, board members, and community partners throughout our System, and sharing with them what inspires me, what concerns me, and what our vision is for delivering accountable care and doing our part to fix what’s broken in health care. Here is my spring report. Thanks for watching, and please [...]
Last night, I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel with Susan Johnson, director for Region 10 of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Bill Deal, director of the Idaho Department of Insurance. The panel discussion, sponsored by Boise State University and the Idaho Public Health Association, was moderated by Jim [...]
I wanted to share my thoughts about the recent U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the 2010 health care law. For a refresher on the issues before the court, see my March 6 blog entry, “The Health Care Reform Law Challenge: Broccoli or Sour Grapes.” Day 1: The question presented: the applicability of the Anti-Injunction Act. This [...]
Qualis Health today announced St. Luke’s Health System as the winner of an Idaho Qualis Health Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality for our work during 2011 to reduce sepsis mortality. I’ve asked Dr. Samantha Collier, St. Luke’s Health System Chief Quality Officer, to share her thoughts on what went into our success in fighting sepsis, an [...]
I’ve asked St. Luke’s Health System Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Marc Chasin to share his perspective on our myStLuke’s electronic medical record system. His observations are presented here. I’ve introduced Dr. Chasin in a previous post, and you’ll be hearing more from him and other members of our executive team as our journey of transformation continues. The greatest challenge to any thinker [...]