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Stephen Lazoritz, M.D., CPE

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So far Stephen Lazoritz, M.D., CPE has created 9 blog entries.

The Discharge Process Begins on the Day of Admission: A Lesson on Reducing Readmissions

Way back in 1975, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, I learned some very valuable lessons regarding hospital readmissions that were to last me my entire career. I even got a surprise bonus for learning these lessons. I was a hotshot third-year medical student, and I knew absolutely everything! On the surgical service, our ...

Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation with Stephen Lazoritz, MD, CPE

“Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — St. Francis of Assisi How often, when faced with a new or difficult problem do people proclaim, “we need to think outside of the box!” Outside the box implies that perhaps ...

Video: Prioritizing Provider and Patient Communication

The number one reason that people don’t get better from medication is simple: they didn’t take the medication. There are certain things that make practicing [medicine] very difficult, and one of them is poor communication. If I say, “Take this prescription and come back in 2 weeks,” what’s missing? I didn’t educate the person ...

Intervening at Critical Moments: Disrupting Suicidal Ideation Amongst Military Veterans

By Steve Lazoritz, MD, Medical Director, GoMo Health  For many years I have had the honor of performing medical qualification examinations on young men and woman who are joining the military service. I have oftentimes asked the 17 or 18-year olds how their mother felt about them enlisting, and typically the response is “she’s scared.” “Scared ...

Reducing Pre-Term Births: Bless Neonatal Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Neonatologists!

Caring for micro-preemies and their parents must be among the most stressful areas of medicine. I got a taste of this as a pediatric resident and when practicing general pediatrics in a small hospital, and I still wake troubled with memories of the NICU to this day. Over the years ...