Last month marked the end of India’s Kumbh Mela, a Hindu festival billed
as the world’s largest human gathering. Over the course of the 55-day
festival, as many as 100 million ascetics and pilgrims traveled by
train, car and foot to perform a bathing ritual in the Ganges river in
the city of Allahabad. Some came for a single dip while others settled
for weeks, inhabiting a temporary tent camp that is arguably the largest
pop-up mega city ever erected.
An emergency physician recently contacted me to tell me a story. It all
started when her local hospital emergency department received notice
that they were on an award list published by a well-known health care
grading company. “Terrific!” she said.
When emergency physician Ken Mwatha fell asleep after a shift, he
set in motion a chain of events that would change his life – and his
practice of emergency medicine – forever.
Could HHS’s new payment structure really save Medicare as much as $960 million over the next three years?