Tracking What’s Not There

A common theme among the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) value-based programs is reduction or lack. The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) measures value by readmissions that don’t occur. The Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) reduction program measures value by hospital-acquired conditions that never set in. And so on. Tracking events is easy. Tracking…More


Here’s Your “Augh!” Moment for the Day

In Feres v. United States, one military servicemember (Jefferson) and the estates of two dead servicemembers (Feres and Griggs) sued the U.S. government under the Federal Tort Claims Act, claiming that DoD negligence caused death/injury. In Jefferson’s case, he’d had surgery at an Army hospital. He had complications afterward, and doctors decided he needed a…More

Church Sues State. I Have Questions.

St. Joseph’s Parish, in St. Johns, Michigan, recently filed a lawsuit claiming that the state Supreme Court’s holding in Rouch World, LLC v Department of Civil Rights will violate the parish’s religious right to *checks notes* exclude whom it pleases from the kingdom of Heaven. That’s a paraphrase, but it’s not an exaggeration. As a…More