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posted 07/11/2018
A yearlong effort to obtain basic Medicaid provider data in L.A. was rebuffed. Some health care leaders shut their doors gently. Others slammed them shut.
posted 02/14/2018
Victoria Sweet’s new book offers a personal take on where modern medicine went wrong, and suggests that corporate restraints stand in the way of a more thoughtful approach to care.
posted 07/14/2017
A new study finds less than 20 percent of physicians' electronic notes were made up meaningful text. The remainder — mostly auto-filled "junk" text — does nothing to help doctors understand what's going on with patients.
posted 04/21/2017
U.S. spending on health care alone is large enough to make it the world's fifth largest economy. A more thoughtful, evidence-driven approach to delivering care could curb such staggering statistics.
posted 01/26/2017
When it comes to vaccines, the ongoing struggle against unsubstantiated fringe theories can eclipse other valid concerns about the frequency and type of vaccines doctors prescribe.
posted 12/14/2016
Hospitals can be dangerous, uncomfortable places. As two recent pieces in high-profile medical journals detail, the "hospital-at-home" approach can offer a better alternative for many patients.
posted 11/22/2016
New models in Britain and the U.S. take a larger view of the forces that shape people’s health. That’s because sometimes a patient needs an air conditioner more than a hospital bed.
posted 10/31/2016
Will a diagnosis of “prediabetes” motivate meaningful lifestyle changes among patients, or simply lead patients and providers to use medications rather than refocus on aggressive lifestyle changes?
posted 09/28/2016
In order to see whether heart stents actually improved patients' lives, the VA health care system decided to ask them directly, before and after surgery. But does this approach work?
posted 06/14/2016

Two physicians argue that the effort to track health care quality needs to do a better job of measuring the misuse and overuse of health care services.

Michael Hochman's Blog

A yearlong effort to obtain basic Medicaid provider data in L.A. was rebuffed. Some health care... more »
posted 07/11/18
Victoria Sweet’s new book offers a personal take on where modern medicine went wrong, and... more »
posted 02/14/18
A new study finds less than 20 percent of physicians' electronic notes were made up meaningful... more »
posted 07/14/17