Gary Passama

Gary Passama retired as president and CEO of NorthBay Healthcare on March 31, 2017. An active blogger since 2010, here’s a collection of his work.

Latest Blog Posts

The Right Decision

March 28, 2017 | 6 Comments

On Friday, I retire. So this is my last entry.

 After posting more than 600 essays on my blog, I have pondered quite a bit about what I want to say as I start a new chapter in my life and as NorthBay Healthcare moves under new leadership. 

I could offer wisdom I have gained as I have grown older. The problem...
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Who Gets Care?

March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

As I have written, it is likely more and more health care providers – particularly physicians – will further limit the number of Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) patients they treat.

The latest manifestation of that reality is an announcement by the Mayo Clinic that reports it “will ‘prioritize’ patients with private insurance over Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries if the...
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Highway 12 of Health Insurance

March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

California prides itself on being the vanguard of new thinking and progressive ways.  If you don’t believe me, just ask state politicians who tell us that all the time. 

That thought came to me recently as I traversed Highway 12, a key secondary route from the Bay Area to the Central Valley. Millions have been spent in recent years to...
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The Clowns are Wrong Again

March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Planning to write about the progress of repealing, replacing or repairing Obamacare, I found there is so much turbulence in Washington that I cannot keep up. Better to wait until more time has passed and the smoke starts to clear a little.

Instead, let’s address the latest obituary issued for hospitals. An email arrived from a firm that calls itself the “most...
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All Australians Do Not Look Alike

March 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Academy Awards show is always an over-the-top celebration. The preening Hollywood types don’t seem to understand that most movies from the past year will soon be relegated to the $4.99 DVD bin at Best Buy.

But I do enjoy DVD bin diving there.

Amid the artistic pretensions of auteurs and the political posturing of addled actors last week, two examples of avoidable...
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