Steve Calvin M.D. on pregnancy care, health care reform, and innovation

Single Episode Payment for Pregnancy Care: A Bundle of Joy or a Problem?

Things have been very busy at the Minnesota Birth Center.  The gestation of a better maternity and newborn care system continues and things are going well.   I am always happy to talk about this topic and next Wednesday (11/12) I will be part of a discussion with the same title as this blog post.   For the last decade or so I have been associated with the Program in Human Rights and Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.  We cover all kinds of topics.  The issues and questions raised by bundling health care services are very important.  The presentation will be webcast and the link can be found at     The best reason to attend live or watch as a podcast is because Katy Kozhimannil PhD, MPA from the Division of Health Policy and Management will be the discussant.  Katy is one of the most knowledgable and engaging maternal and child health care research and policy experts in the country.  You will benefit from her insights.

Where Does it Hurt? – A great and insightful read.

Jonathan Bush, co-founder and CEO of athenahealth has written a book that you must read: Where Does it Hurt?: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Fixing Health Care  is available in print and as an e-book.  I  have been a fan of Bush's approach to … [Continue reading]

What is the Product?

By some accounts nearly a trillion dollars of healthcare spending is wasted in the US every year.  As an observer of the system since starting medical school 38 years ago I am convinced that those numbers are accurate.  Inefficient and unnecessary … [Continue reading]

Insight from my sister (and Doc Searls)

My sister DeVon once told me, "Health care is just a high tech service industry".   She is right.  Unfortunately most of our pregnancy care system is a medical/industrial model that does customer service very poorly and at outrageous cost.  … [Continue reading]

Has paying for your pregnancy left you with a bundle of bills? Next time try the BirthBundleTM.

Pregnancy is a big enough physical and emotional challenge for mothers (and to a much lesser extent fathers) without the additional complications of how to choose, arrange, and pay for care.   It is difficult to decide on the various options for … [Continue reading]