You might remember the hubbub (a kerfuffle?) over the NEJM opinion piece written by Dr. Jerome Groopman and Dr. Pamela Hartzband. See my first post about their article. There are more links at the bottom of this postNow, the “Perspective” section of the New England Journal of Medicine has published a piece titled “The Hard Work of Health Care Transformation” by Dr. Richard Bohmer. Check it out.
Dr. Bohmer says “government and regulators influence” (or attempt to influence, I’d add) healthcare organizations through financial rewards and penalties, regulatory constraints, and attempts to encourage “performance-improvement activities through education, research, and measurement programs.” These approaches might help, but aren’t sufficient.
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