Posts From Thomas McCormally

Another year come and gone. For some, this is a time to say “good riddance.” For others, there’s sorrow in watching 2010 pass into the history books. For those involved in health care, the year just past is one of › Continue Reading

It seems the older we get, the years go by faster and faster. Thank goodness we work with kids, they keep us young. Good-bye 2010, hello 2011. This time of year has us looking both backward and forward. For many › Continue Reading

It’s a part of the human condition to want to be included. We want friends. We want people to talk to. “Community” is ingrained in us somewhere deep in our DNA. OK, maybe not scientifically, but you get the point. › Continue Reading

Doctors don’t talk much to their patients about Facebook. And it’s a rare visit to the pediatrician when your child’s cell phone use comes up. But those at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in San Francisco Oct. 2-5 › Continue Reading

Maybe we just need to scare the hell out of people. That was the message from one the country’s leading advocates for childhood immunizations during a talk last week at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in San Francisco. After › Continue Reading

Researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center were in the news plenty this past week, presenting more than 100 times at the annual educational summit of the American Academy of Pediatrics, this year Oct. 1-5 in San Francisco. Some of › Continue Reading

Comparative effectiveness research is all the rage in medical and political circles these days. It’s the simple-sounding concept of comparing treatments and interventions to figure out which one is best for which patients. It’s not something we’ve done a lot › Continue Reading

As the nation’s pediatricians gathered in San Francisco this weekend for the annual American Academy of Pediatrics national educational conference, their leader told them not to keep their mouths shut. “We cannot keep quiet,” said Judith Paltry, MD, president of › Continue Reading

If you’re lucky, when you were growing up there was a special place outdoors where you spent a lot of time. It’s a place you hold in your heart as an adult, fond memories of a place you “owned,” where › Continue Reading

In any long, drawn out ordeal, it’s important to take time to celebrate the successes. And that’s the case in the battle against the American epidemic of childhood obesity. Some think it’s a lost cause; we do not. So we › Continue Reading

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in March, is already beginning to protect families from some of the pains of health insurance.  When the new law is fully phased in by 2014, it will help families secure affordable health › Continue Reading

It’s no secret that we measure just about everything at Cincinnati Children’s. We do it so we can tell how we’re doing in our quest to be the leader in improving child health. We also share the information because we › Continue Reading

It’s insidious and often unreported, but child abuse is a scourge that haunts its victims today and into the future. It also threatens our very society. Fortunately, there is hope. And last week doctors, policemen, prosecutors and social workers came › Continue Reading

Perhaps nothing has been written or talked about or wrestled with more in health care circles the past few years than obesity. For good reason. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control last week: Obesity is quickly › Continue Reading

The very thing that allowed the human species to survive in the first place is one of the things that’s killing it: our ability to store calories. Back thousands of years ago when we spent our days “hunting and gathering” › Continue Reading

The headline here seems to make intrinsic sense. After all, health care is a doctor’s world and therefore doctors would be heavily involved in the process to make it better, safer and more efficient. Right? Not always, says Patrick Conway, › Continue Reading

In pediatric medical circles, we take any opportunity to remind anyone who will listen that “children are not small adults.” We make the distinction because treating children takes special care. You can’t just take adult medicine and “cut it down › Continue Reading

We’re pleased to write that today the right person has been appointed head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and will be thrust into the middle of the efforts to reshape health care in the United States. Pediatrician Donald › Continue Reading

A new study in the Lancet offers good news in showing that death rates in children under 5 are dropping in many countries, according to data from 187 nations from 1970 to 2010.  The study notes that 7.7 million children › Continue Reading

Science has managed to document tens of thousands of things that can go wrong with the human body. Some of them cause minor discomfort – think heartburn. Others are more serious, or even deadly. Sometimes we don’t have a clue › Continue Reading

Continuing a refrain she used during her visit to Cincinnati Children’s a couple weeks ago, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of  Health and Human Services, told a group of reporters from across the country that making improvement in health care information technology › Continue Reading

There was a time that when the feds talked about quality in terms of Medicare and Medicaid, they were referring to fraud. If you weren’t stealing, you ran a quality program. Times have changed, thankfully. It’s still wrong to steal, › Continue Reading

Sometimes it’s nice to hear what you already know. One of those times was this morning when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to Cincinnati Children’s to learn about some of our work and to talk about what’s › Continue Reading

Political tension continues to swirl in Washington as the recently passed health care bill has many stakeholders on both sides of the aisle – including many general consumers – pleading for concrete, “real” reform. Not “insurance reform” that addressed in › Continue Reading

Since last fall, we’ve been talking about ways to improve health care by harnessing the collective intelligence of doctors, nurses and patients through social networking. Seems this idea is catching on. See this latest story from MarketWatch. The story is › Continue Reading