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The elves sing out.

The holidays are special - people often behave with more consideration during this period and there is hopeful expectation in the air. In the spirit of the season, I have gathered some healthcare system elves together to offer their one-line wishes, sung to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Before beginning this musicale, though, I would like to express my appreciation to all who participated, especially to those who in fact did sing their replies to me. Also my thanks to all who have graciously offered their expertise to this column during the past year. My wish, certainly, is that readers will continue to send their inquiries and suggestions to me at 2956 Kelton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (including name, name of organization, address and phone number).

And now, let's sit back and listen....

On the first day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "A patient-first philosophy." (Laura Hyatt, Hyatt Associates)

On the second day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "Two less regulations..." (Sheldon Goldberg, Executive Vice President, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) and a patient-first philosophy.

On the third day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "Three upward trends..." (Susanne Sonik, Director of the Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation, American Hospital Association) Two less regulations, and a patient-first philosophy.

On the fourth day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "Four more cost-based years (Non-PPS)..." (Kevin Cornish, Senior Manager Post-Acute Care Consulting, Ernst & Young LLP) Three upward trends, two less regulations, and a patient-first philosophy.

On the fifth day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "Five fewer m-e-e-t-i-n-g-s...!" (Monika White, CEO, Center for Healthy Aging), Four more cost-based years, three upward trends, two less regulations, and a patient-first philosophy.

On the sixth day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "Six fewer mergers..." (Cynthia E. Whitaker, President, Case Management Society of America) Five fewer m-e-e-t-i-n-g-s! Four more cost-based years, three upward trends, two less regulations, and a patient-first philosophy.

On the seventh day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "Seven years of CARF-in..." (Chris MacDonell, National Director, Medical Rehabilitation Division, The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission - CARF) Six fewer mergers, five fewer m-e-e-t-i-n-g-s! Four more cost-based years, three upward trends, two less regulations, and a patient-first philosophy.

On the eighth day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "Eight RT's assessing..." (Kerry George, President, American Association for Respiratory Care) Seven years of CARF-in, six fewer mergers, five fewer m-e-e-t-i-n-g-s! Four more cost-based years, three upward trends, two less regulations, and a patient-first philosophy.

On the ninth day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "Nine process improvements..." (Charles Bair, Executive Vice President, Accreditation Operations, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) Eight RT's assessing, seven years of CARF-in, six fewer mergers, five fewer m-e-e-t-i-n-g-s! Four more cost-based years, three upward trends, two less regulations, and a patient-first philosophy.

On the tenth day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "Ten nurses caring" (Rita Munley-Gallagher, Senior Policy Fellow, Department of Nursing Practice, the American Nurses Association) Nine process improvements, eight RT's assessing, seven years of CARF-in, six fewer mergers, five fewer m-e-e-t-i-n-g-s! Four more cost-based years, three upward trends, two less regulations, and a patient-first philosophy.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "Eleven fewer budget cuts..." (Judy Solerno, MD, Chief Consultant, Geriatrics and Extended Care, the Department of Veterans Affairs) Ten nurses caring, nine process improvements, eight RT's assessing, seven years of CARF-in, six fewer mergers, five fewer m-e-e-t-i-n-g-s! Four more cost-based years, three upward trends, two less regulations, and a patient-first philosophy.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "Twelve new stroke treatments..." (Harold W. "Pete" Todd, President, National Stroke Association) Eleven fewer budget cuts, ten nurses caring, nine process improvements, eight RT's assessing, seven years of CARF-in, six fewer mergers, five fewer m-e-e-t-i-n-g-s! Four more cost-based years, three upward trends, two less regulations,and a patient-first philosophy.

Thank you. Happy holidays!

Laura Hyatt is president of Hyatt & Associates, Los Angeles, CA.
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Title Annotation:healthcare system planning
Author:Hyatt, Laura
Publication:Nursing Homes
Date:Nov 1, 1997
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