What we (don’t) want for Christmas
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?