James Holly's archive

The lesson Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton needs to learn is that he will be remembered more by how he responds to failure than victory. His talent is showcased by his wins; his character is revealed in defeat.

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Change is not surprising in human experience. We are humorously told that as Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, Adam said, “Well, Eve, things are changing!” And it has been that way ever since. In a meeting Jan. 26, 2015, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients.

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SETMA, other healthcare providers and the public received an announcement Jan. 21 from the AMA about the new ADA, AMA, CDC and Ad Council Pre-diabetes Public Awareness Campaign. The announcement was made by Karen Kmetik, PhD, Group Vice President, Health Outcomes of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Kmetik’s stated in the announcement:

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SETMA’s soon-to-be 21 years of healthcare delivery can logically be seen in three seven-year segments:

• 1995-2002 – marked by the development of a team approach to healthcare, electronic medical records, which morphed into electronic medical management, population health, and the foundation of analytics and data management with 1999-sentinel events that continue to define our care delivery.

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In the first week of January, as we reviewed the details of what we expected in December 2014 to accomplish in 2015, we were reminded of other years in which we had specific, stated goals. 

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