Beavis and Butthead Go To Silicon Valley

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Last week HBO aired the first episode of a new TV series called Silicon Valley.  I have seen a fair amount of formal and casual review on the show including a heated debate of whether it’s funny or not and whether it is more of a satire or closer to a reality show.  A few …… (read the rest)

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Big Data Comes to Life As CMS Releases Medicare Claims Bonanza

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Transparency of healthcare pricing is a hot topic and it just got hotter. On April 9th, 2014 CMS released Medicare provider-specific payment data for the first time and the Internet is en fuego.

Kept private by court-order since 1979, this publicly-relevant data, about care paid for with tax-payer money, demonstrates a lot of things and, also, …… (read the rest)

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Patients Are Actually Customers…Who Knew?

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Note: This post also appeared April 4, 2014 in Xconomy.

I was finally getting to my giant pile of reading this week when I saw an article in Health Care Information Week that included the following sentence:
As consumer satisfaction begins to have a bigger impact on the bottom line, more hospitals are hiring a chief patient …… (read the rest)

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Healthcare Comedy Relief Meets National Nutrition Month

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As we approach the end of March, which is officially National Nutrition Month, I thought I would pass along a note from those who clearly didn’t get the memo: Dunkin Donuts has announced in March that they are getting ready to fill the void that has stunted efforts at world peace by launching marshmallow Peeps-encrusted …… (read the rest)

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Hot or Not? Why Good Looking Men Get All the Funding

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Note: A slightly shorter version of this post appeared March 21, 2014 on PE Hub.

Oh lord, so this explains it.

Women have heard a million excuses about why, as entrepreneurs, we get the short end of the stick when it comes to raising venture capital.  In case you are unaware or are missing a second X …… (read the rest)

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Headbands: Retro Accessory or Functional Fashion?

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Back in 1990’s, Hilary Clinton was often in the news (filed under “ridicule”) for her hair accessory of choice, a headband.  More often associated with Scooby Doo’s Daphne or Bjorn Borg or even Madonna in her Desperately Seeking Susan phase, the headband has long been considered a somewhat gauche style choice.  Until recently, that is.  …… (read the rest)

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And It Begins at the Airport…

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And it begins at the airport. I am making what has become my third annual pilgrimage to South by Southwest (SXSW) to judge a healthcare startup program in the SXSW Interactive Accelerator and I find that the all-consuming techno-weenie goofiness that envelops Austin for SXSW has spread, germ-like, to Virgin America gate 54B at SFO. …… (read the rest)

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The Employee Benefits Times, They Are A’Changin’

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Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’
-Opening lines to Bob …… (read the rest)

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HIT Bingo – A Reprise for HIMSS 2014

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I’m not attending HIMSS this year, electing instead to keep my sanity. or what’s left of it.  In honor of the old-school nerd-fest to which all my intrepid friends will venture this coming week, I have decided to reprise an old blog favorite, HIT Bingo, which I wrote back in 2012.

So HIMSS attendees, here are …… (read the rest)

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Encore Entrepreneurs: They’re Older and They Have More Insurance

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OK, I want you to take a quick test and answer the question with the first thing that comes to mind:  What does a “start-up entrepreneur” look like?  OK, do you have a picture in your mind?

If you are like most people, I bet your first thought was someone who looks suspiciously like a white …… (read the rest)

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