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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Home again

Above, NYC at night as we were heading into DC from Boston last Friday night on JetBlue. I was born 67 years ago in the area at the far upper left corner of that photo (Rockville Centre, Long Island). Shot this out the window, hand-held at ISO 12,800.

Came back via JetBlue, DC Reagan to BOS to LAS, got in about 11 pm. Thanks to my son Nick for the free standby tix (he works for JetBlue at Reagan). No hitches, made it onto both flights. My wife made it back to Walnut Creek fine as well.

The Birthday Boy and my future daughter-in-law, on his 30th.

This book was a disappointment, I have to say. $39.49 for the Kindle edition? Overpriced by at least $30. Nine co-authors? I read it in its entirety during our SFO to BOS leg last Friday on our way to DC to surprise our son on his 30th birthday.

Not that it is useleless. Just a fairly significant disappointment. But, it's motivated me to finish "Healthcare Kaizen," which has shown me more substance by far within the 27% of it that I have finished thus far.

It's not cheap either, at $49.74 for the Kindle edition. A far better buy, though. I would not recommend "Perfecting Patient Journeys" until they drop the Kindle to the $9.99 that it should cost. Specifics shortly.

Also got waylaid by another book. $10.87 Kindle edition.

Bob Burton and I have corresponded. His previous book, "On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not"  ($8.89 Kindle) is one of my favs.

Good review of and rumination on this book over at

 Just in.

How Nonprofit Hospitals Can Profit – Handsomely
Four 2013 Pultizer Finalists share tips from their investigative series
The Charlotte Observer, News & Observer, Karen Garloch, Jim Walser, Steve Riley, Joseph Neff, David Raynor, Carolinas HealthCare System, Wilkes Regional Medical Center, nonprofit hospitals, Pulitzer Prize finalists
In 2009, as the debate about health care reform picked up steam in Washington, D.C., an editor at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., posed a question: Should the newspaper take a deep look at the cost of health care?

A series of interviews and some database work led to two key decisions: Concentrate on hospitals. And ask colleagues at The Charlotte Observer to join the research. North Carolina's largest hospital system, Carolinas HealthCare, was based in Charlotte. And it was suing thousands of its patients each year for payment. If the two papers worked together, they could run a statewide series, with more reach and impact.

The early stages

Early in our reporting, we read many academic studies, talked with many hospital experts around the country and developed a few fundamental questions:

– How profitable were North Carolina’s nonprofit hospitals?

– Were they giving back to the community as much as they were getting in the form of tax breaks?

– And how were hospitals treating those who couldn’t afford to pay their bills?
Read on.


Once I move fully back to the Bay Area, I will be donning boots and gloves over there to do some things more substantive than just tossing in a C-note here and there. I love all animals.

More to come...

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