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posted 01/14/2020
A rigorous new study finds the "hotspotting" approach to health care super-users doesn't work as well as hoped. It's another case of hype outpacing the evidence.
posted 09/11/2019
Those of us who think that generic drugs are interchangeable with brand-name medications because the FDA requires them to be are in for an unpleasant surprise.
posted 04/30/2019
Why employers should stop wasting precious resources on ineffective health screenings and employee lifestyle programs.
posted 07/11/2018
A yearlong effort to obtain basic Medicaid provider data in L.A. was rebuffed. Some health care leaders shut their doors gently. Others slammed them shut.
posted 02/14/2018
Victoria Sweet’s new book offers a personal take on where modern medicine went wrong, and suggests that corporate restraints stand in the way of a more thoughtful approach to care.
posted 07/14/2017
A new study finds less than 20 percent of physicians' electronic notes were made up meaningful text. The remainder — mostly auto-filled "junk" text — does nothing to help doctors understand what's going on with patients.
posted 04/21/2017
U.S. spending on health care alone is large enough to make it the world's fifth largest economy. A more thoughtful, evidence-driven approach to delivering care could curb such staggering statistics.
posted 01/26/2017
When it comes to vaccines, the ongoing struggle against unsubstantiated fringe theories can eclipse other valid concerns about the frequency and type of vaccines doctors prescribe.
posted 12/14/2016
Hospitals can be dangerous, uncomfortable places. As two recent pieces in high-profile medical journals detail, the "hospital-at-home" approach can offer a better alternative for many patients.
posted 11/22/2016
New models in Britain and the U.S. take a larger view of the forces that shape people’s health. That’s because sometimes a patient needs an air conditioner more than a hospital bed.

Michael Hochman's Blog

A rigorous new study finds the "hotspotting" approach to health care super-users doesn't work as... more »
posted 01/14/20
Those of us who think that generic drugs are interchangeable with brand-name medications because... more »
posted 09/11/19
Why employers should stop wasting precious resources on ineffective health screenings and... more »
posted 04/30/19