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

Is non-profit status essential for healthcare organizations?

A young attorney colleague and I co-wrote a commentary in the January 4, 2014 issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  In it we constructively critique the virtual non-profit healthcare monopoly that we have in Minnesota:

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/287380091.html

We hope to encourage discussion of how the current system could be improved.  We are finding that the midwife-led team based approach of the BirthBundleTM is a great option.  2015 will see expansion of our model and we are excited to partner with a non-profit payer (UCare) on a pilot program.  More later.

 

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 … [Continue reading]

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]