What we (don’t) want for Christ­mas

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Out­liers is sure you’re al­ready al­most done with your Christ­mas shop­ping and other such prepa­ra­tions. But we must con­fess we’re still not quite ready. One thing we do have all set is our wish list. But don’t worry, you don’t have to buy us any­thing; our wishes are for what we don’t want to see more of. To be pre­cise: Enough with the news re­leases about some cos­metic surgery pro­ce­dure. If it’s not all about sched­ul­ing your facelift in time to be ready for hol­i­day pic­tures, it’s about how your feet could ben­e­fit from a lit­tle smoosh of some­thing. And we won’t even go into the ones about pri­vate parts.

We think health­care has reached the limit on ri­donku­lous acronyms. It once seemed that Prometheus had reached the outer limit. Of course you know that stands for: Provider Pay­ment Re­form for Out­comes, Mar­gins, Ev­i­dence … oh, never mind. Then we heard of Wisqars (pro­nounced “whiskers”!), which even has a be­whiskered, an­i­mated lion logo on the CDC’s web­site. And there’s SnAPPnet, which doesn’t seem to ac­tu­ally be an acro­nym, they just love the caps! Please stop. Pretty please?

And we think ev­ery­one would be happy to see no more health­care ex­ec­u­tives ar­rested, or big set­tle­ments with the feds over fraud or an­titrust is­sues. Al­though we must con­fess the lat­est had a new twist: gam­bling. The Nor­wich (Conn.) Bul­letin re­ports that the di­rec­tor of en­vi­ron­men­tal health and safety for Wil­liam W. Backus Hos­pi­tal in Nor­wich was re­cently charged in con­nec­tion with an il­le­gal sports bet­ting op­er­a­tion. Among the va­ri­ety of charges against James Lough­ery is con­spir­acy to en­gage in cor­rupt or­ga­ni­za­tions and rack­e­teer­ing ac­tiv­ity.

We could prob­a­bly come up with more things we’d like to see less of, but that’s a start. Now, don’t you have some gifts to wrap?

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