Thursday, April 27, 2017

Savor the oxymoron

As I no longer consider myself a resident of Amarillo, I suppose I could be quiet about this.

But, c’mon, y’all. You know me.

I just caught up with today’s main editorial in the Amarillo Globe-News and once again, the execrable stupidity, in this case, is a public health hazard. The editorial is trying to draw an unintelligible parallel between auto accidents and a dangerous disease, thus, “Compared to recent national media-overblown reports of deadly illnesses such as Ebola (fewer than 10 people were quarantined in Amarillo from West Africa in January 2015 in order to be monitored for Ebola virus symptoms), the most dangerous thing most of us will ever come into contact with is a steering wheel and a gas pedal.”

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Who will lead a reform of health care?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants more transparency from the private accrediting agencies that inspect health care facilities, according to a report in ProPublica.

The major private accrediting organization, The Joint Commission, has for years evaluated facilities that, under federal rules, would serve as proxies for the state inspection of how well the facility is performing. If awarded accreditation, the facility would be eligible for reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid. This is known as “deemed” status. But, as the ProPublica story points out, this system is deeply flawed.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another diversion from treason with Russia

Am I the only one who thinks the President Bannon/45 “armada” headed toward the Korean peninsula was a Kabuki Dance?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Why are hospital administrators gutless?

As a 1969 graduate of the old hospital administration program at the University of Iowa, I follow how hospitals handle a wide range of issues. The history of hospitals in the United States, from the first one in Philadelphia founded by Ben Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond until the contamination of the U.S. health care system by the Republican and Ronald Reagan, reflected a sense of community and charitable behavior. Nonprofit corporations and religious sponsorship dominated the hospital sector; and, the behavior of the leadership in the industry reflected that philosophy.

Which is why this story caught my eye.

Monday, April 3, 2017

It's time to wage war for democracy

One of the most important issues we are facing in our current political climate, as the past recess
demonstrated, is that GOPers want to stay loyal to their patrons, not their constituents. Therefore not only must we find a way to reach elected officials but we also need to have them understand the threat from the grass roots. It might be possible to overpower those legal bribe, a/k/a, campaign contributions, from the corporatists and oligarchs, with voices loud enough in the various forms available.