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Conference Preview: An Interview with Patty Gabow

Conference Preview: An Interview with Patricia Gabow
Keeping the Patient at the Center in Hospital Administration

Patricia A. Gabow, MD, MACP is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Colorado and the former CEO of Denver Health. She is the author of more than 130 articles, 36 books and book chapters, and a recent book, The Lean Prescription: Powerful Medicine for Our Ailing Healthcare System. She will be giving a keynote address at the Lown Institute Conference on Saturday May 6 about structural barriers to health, and what the role of the health care system should be in addressing social and economic inequalities. We spoke with Gabow about her background, her experiences from 20 years in hospital administration, and asked her advice for practitioners and administrators who want to practice social justice.

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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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