Fox’s “The Resident” has ludicrous story lines, but poor performing surgeons are real

This week, The Resident premiered on FOX.  If you missed it, you should find a way to stream it.

It’s not just trashy, fun TV (although it definitely is that). The show also manages to skewer one of our pet peeve figures in healthcare — the overhyped surgeon.

Introducing: McDreamy

The Resident wastes no time in introducing us to its major villain, Dr. Randolph Bell. Read more »

Five Ways The Healthcare Industry Will (and Won’t) Change in 2018

In 2017, the healthcare industry in America held its breath, and braced for change.

Politically, it was the most bitterly contentious, suspenseful, erratic year for healthcare since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Businesses across every sector felt the shocks. But for all the debate — policy stayed more or less the same.

That’s not to say, however, that change isn’t coming. Whether reacting to word from Washington, or innovating on their own terms, healthcare businesses are trying to anticipate what could happen next year. Read more »

Secrets of a Top-Performer — Dr. Michael Haglund, Neurosurgeon

Dr. Michael Haglund, of Duke Health in North Carolina, recently appeared in The Raleigh News and Observer. The Observer story showed that Dr. Haglund earned an MPIRICA Quality Score of 720, for three spinal fusion procedures. This makes him the single-highest scoring provider of these procedures in the country.

This is an extraordinary achievement. We caught up with Dr. Haglund to see what insight he might have to offer. He shared what, in his view, contributes to his success. Read more »

Four Lessons for Healthcare Leaders… from Fantasy Football

Please note: this post was inspired by a version that originally appeared at the blog of Axene Health Partners. The article here was written with their permission. A big thanks to Josh Axene for the fantastic post!

fantasy-footballFantasy football might seem a strange place to look for insight into the healthcare industry.

But look past the athletes on the gridiron, and you start to understand — this game is absolutely steeped in statistics. And fantasy ‘owners’ are absolutely fanatical about analyzing them. Read more »

Funding news: MPIRICA raises $4.6 million

MPIRICA raises $4.6 million for surgery quality transparency - mobihealthnews.comWe have some very big news to share! MPIRICA is thrilled to announce that we have closed $4.6M in Series A funding, co-led by OurCrowd along with a Seattle-based private equity fund.

Our founder and CEO, Shakil Haroon had this to say:

“Armed with this funding, we are thrilled to be able to mainstream the only outcomes-based, trusted quality score for the benefit of payers, healthcare consumers, as well as providers, and to scale our operations and technology.”

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Former Tesla Head of Benefits Joins MPIRICA Advisory Board

Nate-RandallMPIRICA is proud to announce and welcome our newest advisor, Nate Randall, Founder and President of Ursa Major Consulting.

Nate brings a wealth of experience to MPIRICA as a seasoned expert in the employee benefits space. He began his career as a consultant, working for industry leaders such as Milliman and Hewitt. After joining Safeway as a Benefits Manager in 2009, he was a key partner and drove innovation in price transparency, reference based pricing and was involved in the drafting of several aspects of the Affordable Care Act. In 2011 Nate joined Tesla to head the Global Benefits and Employee Experience team, where he created and scaled a comprehensive, award-winning benefits solution as the company grew from 900 to 13,000 employees. Read more »

NY Times: “Go To The Wrong Hospital And You’re 3 Times More Likely To Die”

Go to the wrong hospital and you're 3 times more likely to die

The startling headline about hospital outcomes tells it like it is.

This week, Reed Ableson of the New York Times reported on the results of a study from the academic journal PLOS One, which revealed something that may not surprise you if you have been following MPIRICA for any amount of time.

In the article, the study was described as showing that “there is considerable variation in outcomes that really matter to patients, from hospital to hospital, as well as region to region.”
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Do You Know How Good Your Doctor (Surgeon) Is? [Infographic]

Today, when healthcare consumers who need surgery start their research of potential hospitals or surgeons, they are bombarded with confusing amounts of ratings, “best of” lists, and hoards of big data. When it comes to patient reviews, can you trust an anonymous Yelper to guide you to a quality surgeon? And when you come across websites with a ton of data like complication rates, volumes, mortality, or readmissions, how do you make appropriate conclusions about the risks you potentially face when you choose your healthcare provider? Read more »

MPIRICA recognized by Patient Safety Monitor Journal

Patient Safety Monitor Journal article - Surgeon ratings websites aim to make a mark on patient care. MPIRICA Health

Patient Safety Monitor Journal, a premiere magazine focused on cutting edge best practices in patient safety, recently profiled MPIRICA in a piece titled “Surgeon ratings websites aim to make a mark on patient care.”

The article sets the tone with a bit of history, in which ProPublica, a non-profit news organization, seemed to lead the charge around healthcare quality transparency with their “Surgeon Scorecard” in July 2015.

However, its methodologies quickly came into question. Critics believed the scorecards were based on “unreliable data points to rate surgeons’ complication rates,” and failed “to account for the many factors that can alter a patient’s outcome.”

Shortly after the ProPublica release, MPIRICA launched surgeon quality scores, which had been in development for several months and were modeled similarly to our hospital quality scores released earlier in 2015. Both are distinctly different from that of ProPublica’s because we incorporated “a risk adjustment model that’s been utilized by experts… for nearly 30 years.” Read more »

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