It can be so easy to slide into holiday mode too early at this time of year (trust me, I’m struggling with it from time to time myself!) but the desire to clock off can be a good motivator to end the year well. I love a fresh start come January 1, so I tend to double down in December and get shit done.
I’ve been thinking about how I want to end 2016 both personally and work-wise, and after Natalie’s post yesterday, I decided to gather together the reminders and advice I’m using to head into a new phase, and to share them with you.
I also find that I end up doing some ki [...]
For decades, experts and policy wonks have argued that health care is a uniquely inefficient industry, insulated from conventional market forces that operate in the rest of the economy. Patients are believed to be uninformed about hospital quality, insurance reduces the incentives to shop for better deals, and government programs aren’t sufficiently responsive to quality. This argument for “health care exceptionalism” supports the view that hospitals with superior outcomes aren’t rewarded in the form of landing more patients, which stymies innovation and quality-improve [...]
Self-driving, autonomous vehicles — a topic of speculation, if not science fiction, just five years ago — are suddenly going mainstream. Every major car manufacturer is offering prototypes or early models of cars that do most of the driving automatically, including luxury models from Tesla with a built-in “autopilot” feature. Startups and major tech companies, notably Alphabet’s Google X division, are investing heavily in smart car technology, as are network ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft.
This means self-driving cars have shifted from [...]
Tom Price, President-elect’s Trump pick to be the next U.S. secretary of health and human services, is a fierce and long-time critic of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including initiatives that restructure how some doctors are paid.
Many are interpreting this opposition to mean that he will slow the shift from traditional fee-for-service health care, where doctors are paid per visit, test, or procedure, to value-based care, where doctors are rewarded for quality care and better outcomes. But I hope it means that he recognizes we need to take bold action to correct our health system’ [...]
According to Gallup, only 29% of B2B customers are engaged with the companies they do business with.
Let that sink in. That means 71% of your customers are likely not committed to sticking with your company or, even worse, are actively seeking to move their business elsewhere.
This problem is not new. Too many companies ignore the voice of the customer, blast cookie-cutter emails to all the names in their marketing spreadsheets, and lack the right survey and interview tools to gauge the health of their customer relationships.
Customers expect the companies they do business with to understand t [...]
The United States corporate tax system is in desperate need of reform, and there are many sources of discontent. The U.S. raises less corporate tax revenue than peer countries do, and the system is mind-numbingly complex, rife with distortion, and widely perceived to be unfair. The corporate community is also concerned that our current system inhibits competitiveness, holding American companies back.
However, these complaints are not all created equal; there is little evidence of a competitiveness problem for U.S. multinational firms. The U.S. corporate tax code should be reformed, but not eve [...]
The quest to contain health costs while improving the quality of care typically focuses on service delivery, such as reducing unnecessary or harmful medical procedures. But changes in health care financing are pushing some health systems to take a more holistic approach and address social factors that directly impact patients’ health. Think of it as the “community cure” for health care.
The rationale for thinking outside the clinical setting is compelling. According to a recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study, only 20 percent of the factors that influence a person’ [...]
Real Estate is the most complicated investment market which requires in-depth knowledge and research. Buying or selling a property or investing in commercial construction business is the biggest investment for an individual. This is the reason why it is essential to take assistance from a recognized advisory firm before making any further advancemet in estate development or investment projects.
An expert advisor is what you need and with his experience of economic research and comprehensive details you can carve out your business plans well. They help you by analyzing the property value and i [...]
How to Stay Inspired and Avoid Bloggers Burn Out
In today’s lesson I want to talk about blogger burnout and how to avoid it.
Most bloggers start out blogging with an incredible burst of passion, excitement and energy with their blogging, but usually at some point within the first year or two, many bloggers come up against their first bout of blogger burnout.
It can happen in different ways and for different reasons. Some bloggers push through it and others get stopped in their tracks by it. Most successful bloggers go through it numerous times – I certainly have.
So in today’s epis [...]
This is a guest contribution from The Suitcase Entrepreneur, Natalie Sisson.
December is a special time of the year. It’s a time for reflection, for planning and for new beginnings.
It’s also an excellent time to do some serious (but fun) overhauls of your existing blog and business, in time for a fresh start in the New Year.
More importantly, it’s the perfect time to ensure that when you go to take your much deserved time off, all that hard work you’ve poured into your blog and online business during the year doesn’t just fall over in a heap.
I’m talking sexy systems and smart fut [...]
Ask yourself this: What will be most important to you when the time comes to die? We know it’s a tough question, and one that patients, their families and loved ones, and their clinicians may avoid discussing. The result of putting off this conversation is that people often experience their final moments in a hospital room hooked up to machines, which isn’t what they would actually want. It needn’t go this way. A program we’re involved with at Ariadne Labs, a joint center of innovation between the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School [...]
Last year, Nobel scientist, Tim Hunt remarked that he had trouble working with “girls” because “three things happen when they are in the lab; you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry.” After being widely criticized in the media, he responded that he was just trying to be honest and meant no harm.
This could be written off as an isolated situation except that it followed a news report on congressional staffers contending with unwritten rules restricting female aides from one-on-one sessions with male members of Congres [...]