University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Editorial Archives

January/February 2007  •  Volume 2, Number 1

From the Editor
Beyond 2007: A Very Different Medicare (PDF, 281 KB, 3 pages)
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 6
Feature Articles
Adverse Event Reporting Promotes a Culture of Safety (PDF, 183 KB, 6 pages)
A close look at the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS) reveals how one state uses error and “near-miss” reporting to develop and provide clinical guidance for error prevention to healthcare facilities.
Alan B.K. Rabinowitz, MA, William M. Marella, MBA, and Laurene Baker, MA  •  p. 14
Managing the Donut Hole (PDF, 170 KB, 4 pages)
In 2007 the gap in Medicare Part D medication coverage will be more than $3000. This article addresses medication choice, plan choice, and low-income subsidy as ways to help patients avoid or survive the donut hole.
Richard Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 22
Concierge Medicine: Origins, Growth, Controversies, and Implications to Medicare (PDF, 137 KB, 6 pages)
The perspectives of Federal and state government, the insurance industry, medical facilities, professional organizations, providers, and patients regarding concierge medicine are explored, as are the possible effects of these practices on Medicare.
Joshua J. Spooner, PharmD, MS  •  p. 26
Importing the Canadian Healthcare System (PDF, 175 KB, 5 pages)
The author compares Canada’s national healthcare system to the US Medicare system and speculates about why a system like Canada’s would meet opposition in the US, despite its apparent provision of better care.
Brynne A. Tannenbaum  •  p. 32
Health Savings Accounts (PDF, 167 KB, 6 pages)
Despite the increasing “consumer-like” role of patients in choosing health savings accounts (HSAs), do these plans nonetheless leave those who are most sick and vulnerable out in the cold? And what will be the impact of HSAs on Medicare?
Robert I. Field  •  p. 37
Clinical Guidelines: Screening Medicare Patients for Diabetes  •  p. 11
Case Study: ACE Card for Constipation  •  p. 13
Ask the Experts: Significant Changes for 2007  •  p. 43
Medicare Minutes: National Provider Identifier  •  p. 48

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