One of those days…

Have you ever had one of those days where you had things set out to do and well, life happened? You didn't even get close to what you wanted to do that day. And you felt upset, aggravated or even defeated for not accomplishing what you had hoped...? Today was one of...

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How to live with Intention

In this week's episode of Reflective Fridays, I share a personal story about living with intention. https://youtu.be/xQDhde3h2so Sometimes it can feel like a struggle to make it through the day - especially when it feels like you have been thrown one or one hundred...

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Snow day

Ahhh, New England. Thanks to global warming I have had 60+ degree days in February and silly me, I was getting used to those... Well, I am reminded today of where I really live as the snow is here and falling and school has been officially closed. As an aside, I think...

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Just be Still

Every day is important - every theme is important, every step is important. But there are some that exist as the backbone of all the others -- and to me, the day - the theme- that may seem as frivolous to some is one of the most important. Treat yourself Thursday....

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The Opposite of Resistance

I am working on a project right now that I am super passionate about. Have you ever been involved in something that when you worked on it you lost track of time, experienced joy, felt so productive and just smiled while you were doing it? That's exactly how I feel....

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Where are your actions focused today?

I can honestly think of no better way to follow Mindset Monday -- the encouragement and reminder to set your mind on something you’re passionate about -- than to urge you to heed the call to rise up and take action! Taking action means being aware.  What is it you see...

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Mindset Mondays!

Welcome to Monday and to February 1st! The beginning of a month, the beginning of a week -- the beginning of a movement.  It’s with this mindset that I am delighted to invite you on a journey - a journey of self-reflection, self-discovery and growth. The idea is born...

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Getting out of your Comfort Zone

How many of you have set a goal for this year, next month (February starts on Monday...)? Does this goal excite you? Is it scary? Does it push you outside of what you are used to, i.e., out of your comfort zone? In this week's episode of Reflective Fridays I share my...

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What would you do if no one was looking?

If no one was looking, what would you love to do? What brings you joy? That is one of the questions I asked my students last week as it was the first class of a new semester. I love asking questions like this one because you really get a sense of who the person is....

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How do you Introduce Yourself?

When you meet someone new or go to a meeting or attend a class or workshop, how do you introduce yourself? Do you start with your degrees (i.e., letters behind your name), where you work, the school you went to? None of that is 'wrong' to say. In fact, many of us have...

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Practice makes…better Practice

How can you turn theory into practice? This is something I work and struggle with every day, whether it be at home, for my clients, for my business or for my students in the classroom. It is critical to make theory relevant for people and help them use it in their own...

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It’s all about perspective

Yes, I know, this is something we hear a lot - "Just change your perspective!" Or even better, "Is your glass half-empty or half-full?" This cliche in particular gives me pause...so much so that I dedicated a Reflective Friday's episode to this a few months ago. ...

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What is your “I Have a Dream?”

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is a special one in my household. My sons and I watch his speech together every year. And we talk about what an amazing person he was to do that. One of the things I love about our tradition is that every year, the questions change...

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Giving your Mind time to Catch up to your Body

"When it's right, you know it." I can't tell you how many times I heard my mom say that when I was a kid - and it would drive me crazy! How does it work? What do you mean? Why? - you know the drill with questions 🙂 This always came up when I asked how she knew my dad...

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Coming into deeper self realization

The story I am sharing today is a personal one but I am sharing it because I think there are many people who will relate to it. While it may not be easy for me to write, to me that just means it's more important to do so. In my Blog post yesterday Game Changer I...

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Game changer

There are times in your life when you realize that you have just experienced something that will change your life...it's a game changer. I was fortunate enough to be a part of a 2-day workshop this week that is a game changer for me. And here's why: Have you ever felt...

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Something we could all use more of

True abundance is something many people talk about or even dream about but not something many of us really have. In our society, we are too busy buying more, getting more - and at what we think needs to be at the expense of others. Peter Diamandis' book Abundance is...

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You are not alone

This week's episode of Reflective Fridays is about the idea that we are not alone. We are all unique individuals with our own experiences. Our experiences make and shape us! [ctt tweet="Our experiences make and shape us! " coverup="Erba5"] However, far too often, we...

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Rollercoaster ride

Okay, so this post could be just about anything, right? Life is like a rollercoaster - it has it's ups and downs. Life has it's twists and turns, etc. But in this post today, I'm sharing an actual rollercoaster ride from when I was 12 years old. I am an only child...

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You are WHO you believe you are

Do you believe in yourself? Do you believe in YOU? For some this is an easy question - of course I do! For others, it's a bit more complicated. For many years, actually decades of my life, it was complicated for me to answer. Sometimes I believed in myself and other...

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No where to go but up…

Frankly, I limit the amount of "news" that I read because much of it is not news but tragedy or reminders of how people do not treat others well. But I do tend to follow business related information and an article caught my attention yesterday from Bloomberg.com...

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Do I belong?

I was working on one of my book projects this morning and in the midst of journaling for the opening chapter, a memory from senior year of High School surfaced. It is always amazing to me how things like that happen - just the 7 minutes of 'writing badly' as Bo Eason...

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Thoughts vs. Chatter

Well,  it's that time of year again - when everyone is talking about their Goal for 2016 or their resolutions. And while I deeply believe in goals, my approach is very different from others' when it comes to goal setting and how that fits into my life, my business,...

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Presence, not presents

Not to be too cliche but I was reminded today of a Blog post I wrote back in August titled: We don't need presents, we need presence.  I bring it up today as we are approaching Christmas this week, which is a day both of my sons have been looking forward to for a...

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What is your Force?

So, admittedly, I am not a big a Star Wars fan as most of my family but I am still looking forward to seeing Episode VII in the near future.  As some of you may know, we have a whiteboard in our kitchen where we write daily inspirational quotes and we rotate who...

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What it takes to be great…

Serena Williams is one of my sports idols. Check that, an idol for not just sports but life. I know other people say this but I mean it for real. I wrote a Blog post "Win from Within" this past Summer. I had the honor and privilege of seeing Serena Williams at the...

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Celebrate YOUR Road Traveled

Yes, it's that time of year again when people are running around for the holidays and already starting to dread New Year's because that means resolutions...that many of us just don't keep. You all have heard me talk about this before - goal setting: setting attention...

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The Non-Existent Transformation of American Medicine

When I was a young woman in high school, I bought the book, The Social Transformation of American Medicine written b Paul Starr, which in my mind is still a historical classic today. I made this purchase because I was going to be a pediatric surgeon (we all know how...

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Fresh Start

I don't know about you but I know here in the United States many of our holiday celebrations are in full swing! And like many people, it is easy to get overwhelmed or exhausted or even fed up with the Holiday season and the month of December in general. Fortunately,...

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Decision Points

Did you know that we make hundreds, if not thousands of decisions each and every day. At the crux of each decision is a choice, or in some cases multiple choices - but at least one choice nonetheless. Yet, how often have you been very quick to take credit or ownership...

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Attention, effort and success…

That is what it takes to plan out and achieve your goals for 2016. In last week's Reflective Friday's episode, I discussed the need for you to start planning your 2016 goals now. In this week's episode, I share a process I use with my clients when it comes to helping...

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Start setting your Goal for 2016…Today!

How many times have you had such great intentions and set a New Year's Resolution and said "This year is going to be the year I...." fill in the blank with your best intentions. And then a month or 2 has gone by and you realize that not only have you not achieved your...

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Rhyme or Reason

Yesterday I read a post titled Everything Doesn't Happen for a Reason. I had some immediate reactions to this post - which was a sign for me to not write about it immediately 🙂 This is a longer pieces so set aside a few minutes to read it as it isn't a quick read. It...

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What do you mean by “well-educated”?

I receive the quote of the day from Brian Tracy and they never fail to disappoint. Today's quote was from Thomas Scott and it reads: A man [person] cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family. This is a great quote (as an aside I included the...

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What are your Points of Resistance?

In this week's episode of Reflective Fridays, I talk about what Steven Pressfield calls Resistance in his book The War of Art. If you haven't read that book, you should because it will hit home. We all have something we may want or feel we need to do but just don't...

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What do you see?

To another person, this collection of shells may seem like a random collection, Some solid, some broken, some shiny, some dull. But to me, it reflects exploration, excitement, smiles and learning. It represents diverse personalities, strengths and beauty. These shells...

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Are we sure it’s Hillary running for President?

I took time to watch Bill Clinton's appearance on CNN with Erin Burnett (yes, I know it is a biased source but I, like millions of other Americans, are drawn to Bill Clinton) - and here is my question: Who is running for President? Now, some of  you will scoff and...

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Next up – women

Thank you, Maureen Dowd for your op-ed piece in the Sunday New York Times titled Is Francis a Perilous Pope?. It brought me back to reality when it comes to the Pope and the Church as an Institution. Like any leader of a large, multi-national corporation, Pope Francis...

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What’s your Daily Energizing Activity?

After speaking with a few clients this week, I realized that I needed to share some Energy tips! We all know that we need to rest and exercise (sleep 7-9 hours per night, workout a few times a week, go for a 30-minute walk each day, etc.) and have a better diet and...

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This is how we treat them?

I'm not sure where to start this post other than to say I am so irate. We all know that veterans often get the short end of the stick when it comes to their healthcare in the United States and with September being suicide prevention month - much more is coming out. In...

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What’s in your Glass?

This week, in Episode #7, Reflective Fridays I ask the question; What's in your glass? Is it half-empty or half-full? I say, what's in your glass is what you put into it..... Watch it by clicking here. So, here is my challenge to you this week: What's in your glass?...

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What is Education?

Yes, this is a broad question - and purposefully so. Education is much more than we may initially think. Education is not just what we learn in the classroom. And I would argue kids are learning less and less these days in the classroom because too many teachers have...

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Win From Within

My focus this week has been Win From Within. I shared a video on Facebook that was shared by Serena Williams: #WinFromWithin. And here is one of my favorite quotes: If you want to be great, you must first believe that you can be. After seeing that video, a friend sent...

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A true Labor of Love

  I was privileged to visit the World Trade Center memorials yesterday for the first time. I was so overcome with emotion, tears and feelings that just came the second I stood next to the memorials. For those who have been there, you understand. While the pools...

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Which Pooh character are you?

I recently re-read the Tao of Pooh and I was reminded of what an amazingly simple book it is to read, yet so insightful to think about and relate to my life. As such, I would like to share one of my (many, many, many) favorite passages with you. Within each of us...

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Setting your example

September's issue of SUCCESS magazine was jammed packed with great material - as always. But I wanted to share my take on one of the articles from my own personal experience with my kids and family. Melissa Balmain wrote the article My First Coach: Mom, Life Lessons...

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What you read may be deceiving

My husband is actually having surgery today and in the waiting room they have the latest Time Magazine and I immediately turned to the article Modern Science has a publish-or-perish problem. I am very familiar with this since I have been involved in healthcare...

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Apolitically unapologetic

Okay, so it's my turn to write about Donald Trump and his candidacy for President of the United States. I have really tried to hold off but after reading the latest article published in the Sunday New York Times, Why Trump Won't Fold: Polls and People Speak, I can no...

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I could have told you that….

  In a recently published piece by FierceHealthCare, Healthcare should adopt culture of experimentation to grow new ideas, Cara Sterling, director of Harvard Business School's Health Care Initiative was interviewed about the need of innovation in healthcare. One...

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Your Fairytale

As many of you may know, I'm working on writing a couple of books right now. The one I am going to talk about today is "The Making of Me" and it's about my struggles in middle school with bullying and teasing and how surviving those times strengthened me and help to...

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Changing the channel in your mind

A friend of mine recently shared a portion of Taylor Swift's recent concert (not sure which city) and I want to now share with you 10 Lessons from Taylor Swift. You don't see what other people are going through; you only see the 'good parts' of what they are going...

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We don’t need presents; we need presence

I have been fortunate this week to be on vacation with my family. And while it can be harder to "turn it off," once I did, I was amazed at what followed. More smiles, really big ones Bigger laughs, I mean belly-aching ones Longer walks, really slow ones More time,...

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Humanity Hall of Fame!

My sons and I listen to the "Hall of Fame" song by the Scripts almost every day. Recently, they asked what a Hall of Fame was. I took a pause because I thought this was a great question. I started talking about how there are a lot of them for sports and we discussed...

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Life is like a Yoga Mat…

Life is like a yoga mat. Those who take their time folding at the start, those with a plan, Start slow and finish strong. Those who rush to fold the mat at the start, who don't take their time, who don't have a plan, End up with a mess on their hands, with odds and...

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UNLESS…

I had the privilege to read a story to my kids tonight, which since they are 6 and 8 doesn't happen as much as it used to (they read books themselves now). But we had a random "parenting moment" time and I jumped at the opportunity! They agreed on The Lorax (one of my...

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3-D Medicine

Earlier this week, the FDA approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures. Aprecia Pharmaceuticals manufactures the drug through a layered process via 3-D printing and it dissolves when take with liquid....

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Bringing the Unconscious to Conscious

It was reported last week that Facebook has developed a program to help employees recognize bias in the workplace and call it out. They are calling it "Unconscious bias training." I applaud Facebook and other companies like Google who have called out unconscious bias...

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Celebrate Day 1

My baby turned 8 years old tomorrow, at 11:14am to be exact. There are many people who say that birthdays are for the people experiencing them - and they should be. It’s a celebration that you have made it another year, 365 days, one day at a time! And that is...

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We need Positive Influencers who are Optimists

In an article recently published by The Leadership Quarterly titled: The Impact of leader emotion display frequency on follower performance: Leader surface acting and mean emotion display as boundary conditions  the researchers examined whether a relationship exists...

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A Different Pledge of Allegiance

Every morning we have a dance party before school - or camp now since it's summer. While my sons are only 6 and 8, they are introducing me to music I may not listen to (aka - music on the pop radio stations). But this morning, my sons introduced me to the song "Fight...

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Pebbles and Sand

This past Sunday, Maureen Dowd, as always didn't disappoint. I enjoy reading her columns in the Sunday New York Times. Her piece this week, Hi-Ho, Lone Ranger can be summed up in two quotes: President Obama may be a lame duck, but his bolder side - the one that got...

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Being Privileged or Part of Humanity?

I absolutely LOVE Sundays! We all sleep in, make pancakes and bacon for breakfast - and I get my coffee and Sunday New York Times 🙂 The writers never disappoint and in true fashion, Power Play in The New York Times Magazine is a short yet very impactful piece....

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The Brilliance and Simplicity of Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is well-known for his books as well as columns in magazines. I read an interview with Malcolm and it was directly related to healthcare. So, instead of writing my thoughts about his piece, I wanted to share some of the best quotes from the interview...

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All Surgeons are NOT Created Equal

Surgeons across the United States are breathing different on different scales today: Some are very excited that they will be acknowledged for their low complication rates, low infection rates and overall quality of care. Other surgeons will be taking shorter breaths...

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Your Legacy is a Lifetime of Stories

Governor Scott Walker announced his candidacy for President this week. As a friend said earlier this week - we need a score card to keep track of all of the candidates now! The polls say that many people don't know Scott Walker - but I remember a story written and...

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Redefining care in HealthCare

Many of you know that CVS stopped selling tobacco products last year. And some of you may also know that CVS has also stated that it will resign from the United States Chamber of Commerce due to a speculated relationship to a global lobbying campaign against...

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Embracing Sadness

My family and I saw Pixar's movie "Inside Out" a couple of weeks ago - and it is AWESOME! The movie itself was funny (and I admittedly had a couple of tear-jerk moments, too) but what I loved most about the movie is that it was really true to science and how emotions...

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The Vaccination Conundrum

California's Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation that compels almost all schoolchildren to be vaccinated [some children with compromised immune systems are exceptions]. In this day and age, with the American Medical Association, the American Academy of...

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Fast-Casual High Performer

When reading the Sunday New York Times (admittedly on a Monday), I came across David Gelles' article: Panera, pushing for healthier fast food, has its sights on high-fructose corn syrup.  Dan Kish, the head chef at Panera Bread, has led a food-change charge since...

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It’s not WHERE you work but HOW you work

PowerToFly is a website that connects women from around the world with US employers and it focuses on technology-related positions. While we have made some strides when it comes to men and women in the workforce, the structure and culture of many organizations in the...

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When Common Sense isn’t necessarily Common Practice

I know I have written about this earlier this year, but this topic is worth discussing again: the use of community Pharmacists in providing health services to patients - beyond just filling their prescriptions. This is the topic of a recent article titled: Community...

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Getting Married is not a Zero Sum Game

I, along with at least thousands of other people, updated my Facebook profile picture to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision and endorsement of same-sex marriage. But then I opened up my New York Times paper this morning to see headlines like: As Left Wins, G.O.P....

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Bringing the PERSON back into the PATIENT Experience

Regardless of your reason for going into a hospital: the arrival of your baby, fixing a knee or hip, visiting your grandparent or a quick outpatient procedure, common questions come up: Will they be cared for and will they be safe? How will we be treated, and how...

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Excuses versus action

In a recent Forbes article, The Quickening Pace of Medical Progress and its Discontents, the argument is made that, essentially, science is moving too fast for humans. Metamorphic changes are sweeping a wider breadth of clinical areas more regularly than at any time...

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Ways to think positively? Yes, we can!

Another graduation season has come and gone. Traditional speeches say to "Dream Big" or "Go out and change the world" or other big picture themes. But, I'm happy to say that the New York Times published some excerpts from commencement speeches from around the country...

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The Big Just Got Bigger

CVS announced that it will be acquire retailer Target's pharmacy and clinic business. This is just after the recent announcement of their acquisition of Omnicare, a pharmacy services provider in the senior care market. The Big just got Bigger. [Click here to read my...

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IKEA getting up close and personal

It was recently announced that IKEA will be getting "up close and personal" with approximately 1,000 customers this year. You heard right - they will be making house calls at customers' homes: ...poking through their cabinets, observing how their kids play and...

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Where will the healthcare services go in Texas?

This is a picture of the clinics available to women in Texas for abortion and other healthcare services. The "new" Texas abortion law may land in high court since the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld the bulk of a state law mandating strict requirement...

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The Pope’s Influence

Scientists have been talking for decades about our environment and global warming. Far too often, there have been nay-sayers who complain that it’s some sort of conspiracy or just denying all together that it’s a problem. Well, I live outside of Boston, MA and given...

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A person or a disease within a body?

Some colleagues shared an article from the Washington Post that presents the idea of doctors not knowing, really, when your next appointment should be. (Click here for that article.) One quote that struck me is as follows: The timing of follow-up visits, in other...

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Intended Consequences

This blog piece titled: The Unintended Consequences of Reliance on Patient Satisfaction Measures closes with a very important argument: And most importantly … we must focus on ensuring authentic connection and relationship between patients (and families) and their...

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Who is paying these charges anyway?

While it should be of no surprise, the Washington Post reported on a recent study reporting what hospitals charge (versus their costs). They charge more than what it costs to give care and in some cases, a lot more. What is interesting about this article is the fact...

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Why we need transparency

When it comes to elections, far too often, citizens of whichever town, city, state or country have become accustomed to scandals, unclarity and anonymous donations to campaigns that somehow make it around the rules established to support transparent and honest...

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Is it an old dog with new tricks?

  Value based purchasing and payment is not a new concept in 2015, but it seems as if Blue Cross Blue Shield is one of the leaders when it comes to putting it into practice. A report was recently published about their success and path forward. And again, while...

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Is it built by design or built for use?

This may seem like a redundant question - but only on the surface. I came across a great commentary article posted in InformationWeek titled Why We Need Design Thinking in Healthcare. I encourage you to read it but for those who don't have time, here is a short...

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When is big too big?

There have been 2 items in the news recently that have caught my attention: The potential sell/purchase of Humana CVS acquisition of Omnicare While both may have added benefits, there are challenges that may accompany those benefits. Humana's potential buyers are all...

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At What Cost?

My post last week: Is it the Price, the Cost or Something Else? resulted in some great comments and questions. Interestingly, Scott Kirsner, a writer for the Boston Globe published an article in yesterday's Sunday paper titled: Where are pricey drugs driving us? and...

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