Straight Talk
A weekly update from management on the issues that matter most.


Straight Talk by Dr. Weiss
  • Associate Chief Nursing Officer Ilia Echevarria recently shared the following essay with me.
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  • Objective measures for quality exist in all walks of life including healthcare.
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  • Quality matters. It can be measured, and subsequently validated, by competent, outside, objective reviewers like the Joint Commission (TJC). It is nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body for healthcare.
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  • Amazingly, the American Medical Association, led by its younger members, has embraced a single payer solution. “Doctors Used to Be the Greatest Opponents of Universal Health Care. Now They’re Embracing It,” is the title of an article from Money Magazine earlier this month that included the following: “Meanwhile, lots of countries achieve universal health care—everyone is covered somehow—but the method can vary. For example, France requires all citizens purchase coverage, which is sold through nonprofits. In Germany, most people get insurance from a government-run ‘public option,’ while others purchase private plans. In England, health care is provided through the tax-funded National Health System. American skeptics often use the phrase ‘socialized medicine’ pejoratively to describe all of these models.”
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  • We receive great stories of people helping people—clinical and non-clinical—with the common themes of altruism, self-motivation, compassion, and competence. The following is lightly edited for privacy and length.
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