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Tributes and Honors for Jessie Gruman

Center for Advancing Health | August 26, 2014

"Jessie represented the voice of 'the patient'...Our lives were enriched by her intellect, her humor and her friendship. Participatory medicine is different, and better, because of what Jessie accomplished while she lived, and by what she has left behind. We should all aspire to leave as meaningful a legacy." – Charlie Smith, MD, the Journal of Participatory Medicine

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Why I Fired My Doctor and What You Should Look for in Yours

Donna Cryer | August 25, 2014
My new doctor and I clashed in every way. The short story is that I found another doctor who was a better fit for my "patient style." So what can you learn from my experience? First off, here are two questions you should ask yourself...

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An Advantage for Medicare Patients or Just for Health Plans?

Trudy Lieberman | August 20, 2014
That the government overpays sellers of Medicare Advantage plans is well known in Beltway circles, even if much of the public remains unaware…

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What Health Insurers Told CFAH About Patient Engagement

CFAH Staff | August 20, 2014
"Most health plans view engagement as important and want to support it. But they recognize that they are only one (relatively weak) factor in supporting patient/consumer engagement... Their customers want their insurance premiums going to medical care, not a bunch of mailings about things they already know they should do..." – Arthur Southam, MD – Executive Vice President of Health Plan Operations, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Oakland, CA

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From Wonder Drug to Medical Reversal

John Schumann | August 19, 2014
One thing seems to be sure in medicine: if we just wait long enough for excellent science to guide us ahead, things we trust as ironclad rules often change. Case in point...

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Amy Berman and Health Affairs Remember Jessie Gruman

Amy Berman | August 18, 2014
Jessie was a hero to patients, families, and health care providers for her selfless work to help people better understand their role and responsibilities in supporting their own health. Her legacy is indelible...

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What Policy Makers Told CFAH About Patient Engagement

CFAH Staff | August 13, 2014
"Since patients don't live in a vacuum, we must also involve the community in which patients live, work, and play. Community resources must be readily available to meet the needs of the population they serve. Also, as we begin to have patients and families engaged in their care and talk to peers and extended family members, they begin to model engagement to others. We are looking for 'engaged communities.'" - Jean Moody-Williams - Group Director, CMS Quality Improvement Group, Baltimore, MD

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Clever Hospitals Find Another Way to Snag New Patients

Trudy Lieberman | August 13, 2014
As I sat on a New York subway one sizzler of a day, an ad for an ice cream cone grabbed my attention. After a closer read, I realized the ad was not touting ice cream but the Center for Advanced Digestive Care, a part of New York Presbyterian, one of the city's most prestigious hospitals and well known for its TV ads designed to cultivate brand recognition. The ice cream cone was an effective attention-grabber. So was the message…

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