Want to Prevent Veteran Suicide? Say Never to Never Again Act!

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Say Never to the Never Again Act

?In a very well-intentioned but misguided attempt to serve the nation’s veterans, Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) has introduced a bill called the Never Again Act that could seriously compromise the health of the veterans he is trying to protect. Loebsack’s bill, H.R. 6108 would allow any veteran who asks for it to be automatically admitted to an inpatient psychiatric unit at a Veterans Health Administration Hospital, even if clinicians determine that the admission is unwarranted. If VHA inpatient psych beds are full, veterans would be admitted to a private or public sector psychiatric hospital, with the VHA paying the bill.


Trump vs Hillary Second Debate You Must Read This

If you need a laugh — I sure do — after the second depressing debate (can this really be happening) please read this by Tim Urban. Some excerpts.

Martha Raddatz: Hi I’m Martha.

Anderson Cooper: And I’m Anderson. And we’ll be your moderators tonight.

Martha: We’d like to remind all audience members that they’re props more than anything and should stay silent through the debate. The format of the debate will be a series of questions from members of the audience. We’ll start with a woman named Patrice Brock.

Clinton: I want to do all kinds of things. I want to do good things. There’s nothing we can’t do together, you and me Patrice. I want to work with people of all ethnicities. I want to heal the country. Make it a better place. For you and for me and the entire human race. And our children. And grandchildren.

Trump: This country’s going to shit. Healthcare costs are going up. We made Iran great again. We get killed on trade—an $800 billion deficit last year. We’re gonna make great trade deals. We’re gonna bring back law and order. Did you hear about those policemen that were shot today? We need justice. I want to fix the blacks in the … Continue reading

Shared Decision Making in Health Care??? Really???

c50f1b_b09a1cfecc6443e9a96d4041fb91451cOne of the authors if our series on The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work at Cornell University Press, Andy Lazris, has written a super book called Curing Medicare.  He recently helped his colleague Erik Rifkin write this article that appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine about navigating a terrible hospital ordeal.  Doctors wouldn’t listen and imposed unnecessary treatments on someone who didn’t need them.  Fortunately, he had a pal who is a doctor.  But what happens to all those folks out there who aren’t so lucky.  Read this and weep, or alternately protest.


Hey Manners Matter: Say Hello My Name Is Not Just to the Patient

Why Introductions Matter Is a New Post I did at the BMJ


Suzanne Gordon: Why introductions matter

13 Sep, 16 | by BMJ

suzanne_gordonThe other day, I was invited to give a seminar on interprofessional teamwork to a group of residents and attendees at a prestigious university medical center in Europe. The first thing people did when they trooped into the room was introduce themselves to me. Since there were about 25 people in the room, no one really expected me to remember their names. But each and every one of them went through the drill.

These introductions did more than convey instrumental information about who we all were and what roles we had. At the most fundamental level, what people are doing when they acknowledge a stranger walking down a street or shake the hand of a person whom they have just met is create a psychologically—not to mention physically—safe environment. Read More


Jeff Miller Doesn’t Believe Veterans Deserve the Healing Arts

Another blog post on how low people will stoop to deny veterans excellent care.

In Defense of Art in VA Hospitals

Conservatives are mad about spending government money on art, but it provides real medical benefits.

by Suzanne Gordon September 13, 2016 6:00 AM Politics art in VA hospitalCourtesy of Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has taken a lot of heat lately about using money to purchase art for its hospitals and other facilities. Last week, Gail Collins, in a column in the New York Times, joined in the pile-on. While Collins defended the VHA and opposed its privatization, writing that veterans “are satisfied” with its services and that “the care is in many cases excellent,” she couldn’t resist a jab at the VHA for spending $670,000 on two sculptures that were placed in a blind rehabilitation center. Her conclusion? “Veterans healthcare for everybody! But maybe with less art.”

The issue of spending on art first emerged last year when Congressman Jeff Miller (R. FLA) , Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs, a … Continue reading