Category Archives: Quality Reporting

Earth to Mars: Health Care Lessons from India

Originally published September 28, 2014 By Ulfat Shaikh, MD India’s recent Mars Orbiter Mission was remarkable in many respects. India was the first country that successfully sent a spacecraft into Mars’ orbit on its first try. The mission took only … Continue reading

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No Dignity Required: Improving Patient Engagement by Elevating Humanity

By Lisa Goren All it takes is a single visit to the doctor’s office to place one’s pride and self-esteem a dozen notches below baseline. I didn’t think much of my appointment, knowing it was just a routine scan at … Continue reading

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How to Build a Health Care System from Scratch: Revisiting New Orleans Ten Years Post-Katrina

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD Originally posted March 24, 2013 on Pulse. “My friend was a neurologist at a hospital in New Orleans”, my daughter’s art teacher told me when we were chatting at pick-up time about my upcoming trip to … Continue reading

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How a Fishbone Can Help You Eat Your Veggies

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD Originally posted on February 1, 2014 February is here and it is possible that a few of you, like me, are already rethinking your new year’s resolutions. What seemed a month ago like a sure-fire plan … Continue reading

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So Far and Yet So Near: Virtual Quality Improvement Networks in Health Care

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD Posted December 27, 2013 Membership in the global Indian diaspora comes with a price, and my family and friends use Skype and FaceTime with regularity to bridge distances. It then comes as no surprise that health … Continue reading

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Pay-for-Performance Programs Ignore True Human Motivators

I often listen to books on CD during long trips in the car. They’re a great way to catch up on reading and provide the added bonus of letting me avoid the mind-numbing “hit list” of pop tunes on the … Continue reading

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Health Care Improvement Lessons from the Vegetarian Haggis

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD Originally posted November 7, 2013 A recent visit to Scotland, prompted me to complete a wee dissertation on gastronomic options in the country for non–meat-eaters. As you might imagine, my pro-haggis friends and colleagues were dismayed … Continue reading

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New HAC Payment Penalty on the Horizon: Are Teaching Hospitals Prepared?

By Scott Wetzel One of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s main goals is to shift providers from a fee-for-service system to one that pays for performance. In October of 2014, the ACA’s third and final hospital pay-for-performance quality program will … Continue reading

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