The Leapfrog Group's hospital safe practices scores don't correlate with inpatient mortality figures

A study published in the current issue of JAMA concludes that self-reported Leapfrog hospital safe practices scores just don't correlate with risk-adjusted inpatient hospital mortality rates.  Better Leapfrog scores don't mean lower risk-adjusted mortality rates.  If borne out, this undercuts the whole pay-for-performance premise of the Leapfrog Group and others.  The authors of this study […]

Health insurance mandates: Geez, good thing Obama isn't pushing them, 'cause he'd get tied up in litigation for forever

San Francisco's municipal health insurance mandate is in the news again this week.  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the mandate in September (after sturm und drang and litigation over the San Francisco health insurance mandate going back almost two years now), and the local restaurant association has taken the fight to the Supremes.  […]

David Harlow quoted on OIG Advisory Opinions in Part B Insider

I spoke last week with Torrey Kim, editor of Eli's Part B Insider, to offer some practical advice about seeking an OIG advisory opinion.  See the story on page 3 of the current issue.  The lead story in this issue touches on the FTC Red Flag rule, which interacts with HIPAA as well — check […]

HealthCamp Boston – April 21

Together with Mark Scrimshire, Shwen Gwee, and Joe Cerro, I am working on planning an upcoming un-conference: HealthCampBoston, to be held April 21, 8:30-4:30 in Cambridge, MA (the day before Health 2.0 – Boston).  Contact me or any of the other planners via twitter or via the wiki linked to below.  Here's the blurb: HealthCampBoston […]

David Harlow reprises Social Media for Lawyers presentation at Boston University

I'm proud to be a part of the Massachusetts Bar Association Law Practice Management section which, under the leadership of co-chairs Alan Klevan and Rodney Dowell, has set a high bar for programs and publications.  I've been involved in a couple of LPM's downtown and law school programs, and contributed one of the recent publications […]

Health Wonk Review: Spring has just about sprung

Welcome to Health Wonk Review, where everyone is above average.  We enjoy above-average health care costs per capita, above-average uninsured rates, and above-average obsession with health care reform.  That's what it's like today in America.  Our president has said, Change has come to America.  In the words of Robert Hayden's [American Journal]: america     as much […]