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

Getting MADS

November 08, 2016 | 0 Comments

We were busy last week describing how NorthBay Healthcare is a good credit risk for the $200 million in bond financing we are seeking. Over five days I was involved in presentations to credit rating organizations as well as an annual meeting of municipal analysts, all of whom wanted to know about NorthBay Healthcare.

The process continues later this month when...
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October 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Talk about disruption in the provision of health care. Now it is Boy Scouts being supplanted by medical technology.

I well remember as a Scout learning how to do what we then called mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive someone who had drowned or whose heart and breathing had stopped. “Be prepared” was the motto and I was prepared.  I later relearned the...
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The Times They Are a-Changin'

October 20, 2016 | 1 Comments

So Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Who knew the songwriter with the grating voice, who had a great impact on me during my high school and college years, would have his lyrics belatedly recognized as poetry? The times they are a-changin'.

The times are changing in health care. As I recently postulated in “Health Plan Blues,” big...
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October 18, 2016 | 2 Comments

A friend who reads this blog recently said I seem to be getting cranky. He was responding to critical remarks I made about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) which in my opinion has good goals but abysmal execution as a result of faulty assumptions.

Yes, I have been cranky about Obamacare since it was passed. Over time my crankiness was...
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The Handheld Hospital

October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Instead of using technology as part of a medical “arms race,” Dr. Jason Hwang believes the goal of new technology should be to lower health care costs while delivering higher quality and more convenient care.

The co-author of “The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care,” Dr. Hwang contends that health care too often uses technology in a way that...
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