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Conference Preview: An Interview with Keynote Speaker Dr. Charles van der Horst

Charles (Charlie) van der Horst, MD, is an infectious disease specialist and a health care activist. He is Emeritus professor of medicine and infectious diseases at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Senior Consultant to EQUIP, a global HIV treatment and prevention organization. He will be giving a keynote address at the Lown Institute Conference the afternoon on Saturday, May 6 on standing up for right care. We spoke with van der Horst about his history of activism around HIV/AIDS, the Affordable Care Act, and other progressive causes.

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Conference Preview: Ralph Weiss’ Patient Story

Conference Preview: Ralph Weiss’ Patient Story

“We need to do surgery on your spine right away. We risk nerve damage if we don’t.” This is what Jeffrey Wang, a renowned spine surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center told attorney Ralph Weiss when he came in with lower back pain. Weiss was surprised; his previous orthopedist, who had semi-retired, had always counseled him to treat his recurring back problems with medication and rest instead of surgery. But coming from a family of doctors and having worked with physician clients, Weiss was not one to distrust a surgeon.

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Conference Preview: Taking Action on Overuse

Conference Preview – Taking Action on Overuse

Imagine that you are the administrator of a large teaching hospital. You and the other members of the leadership want to address overuse to reduce waste and save money, so you decide to set up a program of incentives to encourage physicians to stop performing unnecessary tests and procedures. The program seems to be working well at first, but soon you see clinicians and care teams going back to their old habits of unnecessary care. What went wrong?

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John Michael Nardo: One Not-So-Boring Old Man

March 15, 2017

By Shannon Brownlee, MSc

You probably never heard of Mickey Nardo, but readers of Right Care Weekly would have appreciated his intelligence, humor, and skeptical view of a health care system that spun increasingly out of control during the time when he was a doctor. John Michael Nardo, known as Mickey to one and all, was the brilliant, kind, and sometimes funny voice of 1boringoldman.com, the blog he started after retiring from his academic position in psychiatry at Emory University.

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