Posts From Thomas McCormally

In the news …

A recap of some of the stories (in no particular order) in the news this week that caught our eye … let us know what you think. Comment below! Bigger hospitals may treat some conditions better Associated Press 3-25-10 LOS › Continue Reading

We’ve been waiting for the dust to settle a bit over the health care reform debate, but that doesn’t appear too likely any time soon. Here are two bits of information from The Advisory Group just in today: Law of › Continue Reading

A recap of some of the stories (in no particular order) in the news this week that caught our eye … let us know what you think. Comment below! A look at Democrats’ health care overhaul Associated Press: 3-17-10 WASHINGTON › Continue Reading

Dozens of speakers at the NACHRI spring meeting, Creating Connections, are engaging representatives from children’s hospitals and related institutions in a vigorous dialogue this week on topics from quality and safety to health care reform, transparency, working in partnership and, › Continue Reading

Here in what is normally sunny, warm San Diego, hundreds of people from children’s hospitals across the country have gathered for their annual spring meeting. The topics at the NACHRI meeting are varied, from public relations and fund-raising tactics, to › Continue Reading

“It’s OK to ask.” That’s the message of a Greater Cincinnati Health Council-backed campaign to promote patient safety. The idea is that health care providers want patients to be more proactive in their dealings with doctors, nurses and other caregivers. › Continue Reading

Stamping out disease may have seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream a few generations ago, but today we know the power of modern medicine: once common diseases like small pox and polio are now usually only mentioned in › Continue Reading

Usually when we talk about something being disruptive, it’s a bad thing. The wreck on the highway “disrupts” the morning commute. The snowstorm “disrupts” air travel. People on laptops and cell phones “disrupt” meetings. But how about if we could › Continue Reading

We obviously haven’t read the fine print of the proposed federal budget released by the Obama Administration in Washington, D.C., yesterday, but we were encouraged to read about the prospect for new funding to broaden our approach to global health. › Continue Reading

This caught our eye this afternoon and wanted to pass it along. From The Hill, the article begins: “President Barack Obama’s hope for healthcare reform is in peril, and it’s not all because of Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts.” Read › Continue Reading

While there has been a lot of attention about the “cost” of health care reform, one of the possible benefits that’s been overlooked in much of the debate is the loosening of something called “job lock.” That’s what happens when people stay › Continue Reading

Something very significant happened early Sunday morning at Cincinnati Children’s. Something the patients and their families didn’t even notice. But something that was a major step toward making their care safer and more effective. The techies among us call it › Continue Reading

Are our politicians ignoring moms in the health care debate? According to a new survey from the blog “Why Moms Rule,” women at least feel that way. Women are responsible for most health care decisions (92 percent of their own; › Continue Reading

In case you missed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Web-based radio program on Dec. 2, “All Hospitals in favor of saving money say ‘Patient Flow’,” it’s now on line at (There’s a link on the right-hand side of the › Continue Reading

In this space recently, Dr. Steve (our safety officer, Steve Muething, MD) wrote about our patient safety journey. He did so by reminding us at the Tuesday morning Grand Rounds that we are not perfect, but that we’re making progress › Continue Reading

The first of the “top 10” lists for 2009 just hit our email. Whew … what a year! From the folks at the Harvard Health Letter, here are the top health stories from the year that’s winding down. H1N1 flu › Continue Reading

Somewhere I read that excuses are like noses. Everybody’s got one, so go ahead and pick one. Efforts to improve health care are kind of like that: seems everyone has a reason not to tackle this tough issue. Some of › Continue Reading

What a day!

Today’s a special day in Cincinnati, even though most people in our fair city don’t know it. Today is James M. Anderson Day, as proclaimed by our mayor, Mark Mallory. It is so named to mark the accomplishments, and to › Continue Reading

A lot of news about health care is negative these days.  And that’s such a drag this week when we’re supposed to be focusing on thanks.  With kudos to the Wall Street Journal, here are some things to think about › Continue Reading

It just makes sense: the right patient in the right place at the right time. In other industries, a lot of time and energy is devoted to making sure things operate smoothly; that equipment is used as efficiently as possible; › Continue Reading

Setting an example

At the heart of our mission to “change the outcome” is sharing what we learn so others can benefit. That’s why the collaborative network ImproveCareNow, in which caregivers collect and share data and progress about patients, is so exciting. We › Continue Reading

Who says Friday the 13th is bad luck? For lots of people with chronic diseases and the doctors, nurses, parents and others who care for them, Friday the 13th of November, 2009, may go down as one of the luckiest › Continue Reading

A lot has been happening in the child health public policy arena. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of it all. To help, the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s, part of the Division of Health Policy and Clinical › Continue Reading

The victors celebrated. The critics kept critiquing. The general public wonders “what’s in it for (or against) me?”And those of us in the health care industry just keep on working. I’m talking, of course, about the passage, on Saturday, of › Continue Reading

The New York Times Magazine yesterday featured a cover story about work that’s being done in Utah to reform the health care system. Good stuff there, no doubt. Higher quality, lower cost. Who can argue, right? The article, like most › Continue Reading