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Digital Healthcare – Is it for real this time?

Imagine! Amazon gobbles up Whole Foods! Tesla aims to put a man on Mars! Uber’s looking into flying taxis!  Who would have believed it? Actually, the most remarkable aspect of these statements is that they’re already yesterday’s news. That’s how fast advances in technology are changing traditional business models.

Meanwhile, we in healthcare languish in the […]

By |October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Digital Healthcare – Is it for real this time?

Ask your Doctors about…

Where and how they get information about new drugs.

A few will lie and say they get their facts from medical journals (and in published studies of course, not from those silly misleading ads!) Most will say they learned about them from colleagues. If they’re honest, some might even credit pharma reps.

Here’s what nearly all refuse […]

By |August 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ask your Doctors about…

Tired of being hammered for price gouging? Here’s some things we can do.

First, we can get behind our industry’s “Share the Savings” initiative, launched in early April, 2017.  If you’re unfamiliar with the program, here’s some background.

If you or someone in your family has had a medical procedure recently, you’ve likely been astounded at the huge gap between listed charges and the discounts given to the payer.  […]

By |June 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tired of being hammered for price gouging? Here’s some things we can do.

Does It All Come Down To Money? Can’t We Elevate The Dialogue?

Three–well–two cheers for Janet Woodcock!  Last September, as head of the FDA drug evaluation and research center, Dr. Woodcock pushed through an accelerated approval of eteplirsen (Exondys 51) for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).  For the last 20 years, affected families have lobbied vigorously for at least a “chance to try” this promising drug, which is […]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Does It All Come Down To Money? Can’t We Elevate The Dialogue?

Could a New Administration Get Us Back in the Business of Finding Cures?

It was exhilarating, in last December when the Senate joined the House of Representatives to demonstrate that Congress can actually accomplish something. With overwhelming bipartisan support, both bodies passed the 21st Century Cures Act. Donald Trump’s repeated chastisement of the FDA during the campaign for over-regulation and not doing enough to promote cures was also […]

By |February 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Could a New Administration Get Us Back in the Business of Finding Cures?

Are You Putting Your Paranoia to Work?

Chess grandmasters, after carefully calculating the implications of their next move, typically pause for one last look at the board – to search for what they cannot see.  “What refutation am I overlooking? What hidden disaster awaits me?”  In short, they call upon their sense of paranoia.

Great leaders have this skill. They have one eye […]

By |January 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Are You Putting Your Paranoia to Work?

New Grad? No Job? Not Acceptable!

Remember when a college degree was the key to a rosy future? Well, BA’s aren’t opening as many doors as they used to. Nearly 6% of college grads can’t find a job, and twice as many can’t find a position that fits their talents. What’s worse, many grads are buried in debt – which they […]

By |December 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Grad? No Job? Not Acceptable!

Pharma Pricing. If We Don’t Fix It…

Someone else will.  And it won’t be pretty, to be sure.

It won’t be long before Congress will tire of simply badgering pharma CEOs and decide to actually do something about pricing scandals. Maybe they’ll create an oversight panel with the power to impose fines for “predatory” pricing.  Or perhaps they’ll allow Medicare to negotiate drug […]

By |November 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pharma Pricing. If We Don’t Fix It…

Health Insurance Companies: Time for a Trust Buster?

It might be funny if it weren’t so scary.  Aetna is wooing Humana and Anthem is pursuing Cigna. Shades of Sadie Hawkins Day, for those who can remember that far back. As I write, it looks like Aetna may prevail, but the Department of Justice is frowning on the Anthem deal.  Don’t get me wrong. […]

By |October 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Health Insurance Companies: Time for a Trust Buster?

Will the Cancer “Moonshot” Leave Some Folks Behind?

You can see it everywhere. On TV.  In the papers. In ads. The decades of struggle against cancer are paying off. We’re starting to see some real progress in terms of overall survival and prolonged remissions. Perhaps encouraged by the appointment of Joe Biden as the Anticancer Czar, even the FDA seems to have set […]

By |September 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Will the Cancer “Moonshot” Leave Some Folks Behind?