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Read the Krasnoff Blog at Krasnoff Quality Management Institute. KQMI is a leader in health care quality improvement. The Krasnoff Institute is pleased to offer the Krasnoff Blog, where Dr. Dlugacz and other KQMI professionals have a voice in addressing policies, reforms and issues currently affecting healthcare organizations and the patients they treat.

Opioids and Older Adults

It’s not just young drug addicts who are dying of opiate use. A surprising number of people who would never describe themselves as drug dependent in fact are so. A surprising number of older people are addicted to opioids and the medical establishment may be implicated in the reasons why. A recent study in JAMA,… Read more »

Be Happy! Be Healthy!

Hearing that your mood can affect your health is not new news. It has long been recognized that one’s emotional, psychological, and mental state can have an impact on your physical well-being. Laughing has been found to lower blood pressure. Laughing, according to one study, “is associated with a substantially reduced risk of heart attack… Read more »

To Stay Or Not To Stay – A Very Real Question

When a patient wants to leave the hospital and the hospital says they shouldn’t, what’s a patient or family member to do? When patients leave against medical advice (AMA) staff is not happy. The physicians’ recommendations are ignored (and who likes to be defied?) and to avoid legal entanglements patients are pressured to sign a… Read more »

Patient Satisfaction Makes a Difference

Hospital quality metrics, which are available to the public (https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare), are used to rank and rate hospitals on various measures. These metrics are meaningful to patients, because they can use the published data to compare hospitals and physicians on their outcomes for specific procedures and services, and are meaningful to health organizations because the better… Read more »

We Are What We Eat!

More than 10 percent of the world’s population is obese, and the rate has been rising for the past 30 years. Obesity leads to millions of premature deaths and widespread health problems. The problem is global, including regions with food shortages, such as Africa. The New England Journal of Medicine recently (June 12, 2017) reported… Read more »

Can Behavioral Economics Improve Health Care?

Can Behavioral Economics Improve Health Care? Many researchers think that it can, and are putting their money into attempts to understand how patients and physicians make health care decisions and what techniques can be used to influence those decisions for the better. For example, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation invested $2.5 million to test out… Read more »

Why Do Health Disparities Matter?

First, let’s understand what we are talking about when we talk about disparities in health and health care. They’re different. Disparities in health refers to illnesses that one population group has when compared to another. Sickle cell anemia, for example, is thought to be more prevalent among African Americans than Caucasians. Health care disparities refers… Read more »

Understanding Telemedicine

It seems like everyone’s talking about telemedicine these days. And why not?  Technology is taking over many industries and services.  Why not medicine?  Telemedicine refers to the remote delivery of health care services using telecommunications technology.  It was developed to help make medical care more accessible, especially to patients living in remote rural areas, and… Read more »

Is Your Consent Really Informed?

Informed consent is based on the moral and legal principle that you, as the patient, are in control of the decisions you make about your health care and that you have the right to make decisions about medical interventions, such as tests or treatments. If consent is not obtained before a test or procedure, it… Read more »

Does It Make A Difference If Your Doctor Is A Woman Or A Man?

Many people, when considering a doctor, evaluate whether or not the doctor accepts the insurance the patient has, or perhaps considers his or her credentials, education, certifications, hospital affiliations, convenience of the office, and so on, but a new study, just published in JAMA Internal Medicine (JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(2):206-213. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7875) suggests there is another… Read more »

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