Thursday Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts #34: What is the message of ripped jeans?

Ripped jeans are forbidden when one books a trip in South Korea to the demilitarized zone. The dress code is strict. Also no flip flops. These rules are strictly enforced as North Korean soldiers take photos and produce propaganda and signal to their people that other countries are too poor to afford proper clothing. This made me think […]

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Thursday Thoughts #33: MACRA

Meet MACRA is the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act which was passed quietly with overwhelming bipartisan majority (yes this is still possible). MACRA is Medicare’s new reimbursement system, which will very likely also affect the policies of other payers such as insurance companies. MACRA replaces the sustainable growth rate (SGR) and a patchwork […]

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Thursday Thoughts #32: The Age of the Consumer

I had the opportunity to listen to a fascinating panel discussion by Forrester Research CEO George Colony and Chief People Officer Lucia Quinn at the Harvard Business School. Forrester Research is one of the most influential advisory firms in the world on the technology research front. They analyze surveys of more than 500,000 consumers and […]

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Thursday Thoughts #31: Positive Affect

  As the old saying goes “No situation can’t be made worse by guilt.” Guilt occasionally gets piled on patients – by others or by themselves – for having gotten cancer or some other evil because they didn’t have the right (positive) mind set. Last week in Thursday Thoughts #30 I examined the effects of […]

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Thursday Thoughts #30: Negative Affect

At one of the recent meetings of the Radiological Society of North America we presented a study that looked at how patients’ mood affects the likelihood of adverse events during invasive medical procedures. You all may have had the experience of interacting with a person who is giving off negative vibes. In daily life such […]

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Thursday Thoughts #29: Drug Usage During Medical Procedures

I was just renewing my license requirements and reading up for some continued education credits. During my research, I came across an article that compared two different ways of placing a gastrostomy tube e.g. a feeding tube that exits the stomach through the skin [1]. One approach took longer than the other and patients received […]

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Thursday Thoughts #28: Confidence

How can you get confidence when you really need it? Elizabeth Moss Kanter from Harvard Business School wrote a whole book about what makes winning streaks and losing streaks of teams and how the behavior at the top and the bottom of achievement shapes your odds of doing well [1]. The key ingredient for success […]

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Thursday Thoughts #27: Drugs from the Big Bottle

The other day in the drugstore I observed how the pharmacist counted pills out of a big bottle and then scooped them by her bare hands into the vial the patient was going to receive. I don’t know how many prescriptions she had taken out of the hands of sick customers, how many times she […]

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Thursday Thoughts #26: Alternative Facts

  Sometimes people look at the same thing and “see” something quite different from what their neighbor perceives. You may have seen the picture of the lady before and be asked what you see. Some see an old woman; some see a stylish young woman. The science of perception found its expression in the Gestalt […]

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Thursday Thoughts #25: Try to Break Your New Year’s Resolution

You may be surprised to find that if you really TRY hard to BREAK your new year’s resolution you may actually stick to it. That is the power of the word “try.” Use it and the opposite will happen. Alternatively, you can decide upfront not to have a resolution. At the beginning of the new […]

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