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

Don’t Count On It

May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the next few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue an opinion in the case of King vs. Burwell. At issue is the legality of the Internal Revenue Service ruling, which allows tax credits and cost-subsidies for people enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, aka “ACA” and “Obamacare.”

If the Supremes find the IRS action to be...
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May 14, 2015 | 44 Comments

For the past two weeks I have been having a grand time with my new Apple Watch. I love gadgets.

Reviews have been both positive and negative. Some reviewers must have expected a life-changing event if they donned one of the watches, so they were disappointed when they maintained their previous miserable existence. Others seemed to have entered a permanent state...
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Patient Experience

May 07, 2015 | 1 Comments

Last week was “Patient Experience Week.” Yes, I am a little late writing about it. Better late than never.

Ask someone if they would like to go to Disneyland and watch their face light up. There are fun rides, people in mouse and duck costumes and parades. It is not called the happiest place on Earth for nothing. My only gripe...
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They Really Liked Us

May 05, 2015 | 0 Comments

NorthBay Healthcare went to the capital markets in April to finance the first segment of what will be a $150-million-plus replacement project and modernization of NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield. This first phase, to begin later this year, comprises a new welcoming pavilion as well as infrastructure preparation for the much bigger replacement project next year.

The welcoming pavilion...
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Consultants Have to Eat

January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Let's start off by getting two definitions on the table, spelled out courtesy of The Governance Institute, an organization that provides education to directors of healthcare systems, hospitals and medical groups.

Definition 1: Population Health: The "distribution of health outcomes within a population, the health determinants that influence distribution, and the policies and interventions that impact the determinants." (Could that be...
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