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Medicare Observation Status. And You Thought "Mooning" Went Out With Hot Rods............ via @cathy_sikorski

#px2018 listening to CEOs. Heard same raps 20 years ago. Why no sustainable change?

I may be pathologically optimistic and live in a comforting, safe, privileged bubble, but I allow myself moments of despair, feeling sorry for myself, and overwhelmed with the pain I feel around me. @PatientVoices @caregiving @S4PM @CoalitionCCC

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AdvocateClinicianePatientFamily man
April 17, 2018


Photo by Lily Lvnatikk on Unsplash Apologies for the duplicate post. I changed hosts and lost this post in the migration. My friend and story-teller, Susan Spivack, sent me this poem. Really spoke…
April 8, 2018

Lessons Learned as a Patient-Caregiver Activist

Photo by Monica Melton on Unsplash Patient-caregiver activism spans my 40+ year career and my many hats. As the first male public health nurse in Western Massachusetts in 1976, I established a walking…
AdvocateFamily man
April 1, 2018


My pathological optimism is under assault. How do I live with myself as a privileged white man? How do I continue my advocacy as a patient activist? This week I…

As an action catalyst, I empower people traveling together toward best health (people as patients, caregivers, parents, clinicians, direct care staff, communities, and the people that support them). I wear many hats in healthcare:

  • Patient with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Care partner for several family members’ end-of-life journeys
  • Nurse for 40+ years
  • Informaticist
  • QI leader
  • Husband, Father, Opa, Musician

I specialize in patient/ caregiver/ clinician/ community relationships and the intersection between technology and the health journey.

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