Hospitals lose

Opportunities Abound in Reform’s Wake” in the May 2010 edition fails to address that the reform is going to help insurance companies who never help hospitals. Hospitals will be closing.

Director of Pharmacy Services
New England Sinai Hospital
Stoughton, Mass.

In patients’ hands

Thank you! “Put DM in Doctors’ Hands,” in the March 2010 issue, is what we family docs have been saying all along (reference my Viewpoint in the April edition).

Granted, some of us are better than others at working toward helping our patients, and we do know our patients better than a nurse at the end of the phone line.

We know when our patients are, shall I say, stretching the truth, and we know how we can best get them to change. The end result, however, is that the patients have to want to change. Nothing happens if they don’t want to change.

Lake Primary Care Associates
Tavares, Fla.

Worthy program?

It will be interesting to see where the suggestions made in the January 2010 article “States Collect Valuable Data on Hospital Prices and Performance” will lead us.

With the economy the way it is and with health care reform on the horizon, programs like this might provide the way to real reductions in cost.

Director of Pharmacy Services
Kern Medical Center
Bakersfield, Calif.


I believe the mandates discussed in the March 2010 article “Many States Preparing Laws Rejecting Individual Mandate” to be unconstitutional at the federal level. States should reserve the right to regulate health care within their state.

It is noble of state governments to at least attempt to block federal mandates. Someone needs to stop the out-of-control federal government.

Director of Pharmacy Services
Clark Regional Medical Center
Winchester, Ky.

Clinical processes

We have to start learning to adapt to the many changing circumstances in health care as suggested in “DM Grows, Though Under Fire” in the March 2010 edition.

An important breakthrough with this would be to provide consistent clinical processes for patients across the board.

Manager of Pharmacy Services
Dekalb Medical Center Downtown
Decatur, Ga.

Nice job!

I found “Medicare Gets Serious About Payment Cuts” in the April 2010 issue to be very informative. The article brought to light many issues.

Joe Wohlwend
Clinical Pharmacist
Choate Mental Health Center Pharmacy
Anna, Ill.