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HealthTrust: The Problem With Overdiagnosis

The Problem With Overdiagnosis, which appeared in the Q3 2016 issue of HealthTrust’s The Source magazine, has been one of my favorite articles to research and write for HealthTrust.  I’d like to take 100 percent credit for coming up with the idea, but that credit goes to a 2015 New Yorker article written by Atul Gawande called Overkill. The concept of overdiagnosis—and the subsequent overtreatment that often comes with an overdiagnosis—is really interesting to me, and should be interesting to lots of people—whether providers, patients or payers. Read the full article here. 

HealthTrust: Getting Up to Speed on UDI Requirements

Sometimes when I get an assignment, I look it over and think, “Oh, I know a little something about that already.” That’s a good thing, because that means I’m not starting from scratch. This article in the Q2 2016 issue of HealthTrust’s The Source magazine was not one of those assignments. I may have not even known what UDI stood for. (Answer: Unique Device Identification.) Read the full article. 

The Source: Adding Predictability to Energy Bills

For the Q4 2014 issue of The Source, the magazine for HealthTrust purchasing group, I wrote about one of HealthTrust’s many solutions to help hospitals curb costs, and in particular the unpredictable costs of energy, through natural gas and electricity procurement. Their strategy, which focuses heavily on hedging, is not just about securing the lowest price, but securing a price that hospitals can count on in the future. Read the full article. Health Care in Oh-Penn

Here’s another article I wrote for, this time for the Oh-Penn Interstate Region, which covers five counties in Eastern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania. Located in the Rust Belt, it’s certainly not an area known for economic growth, but that doesn’t mean innovation isn’t happening. As I learned from working on this article, the hospitals and health-care providers in the Oh-Penn region are responding to patient population growth by expanding health-care services and enhancing their use of technology. Read the full article here.