Batman Red Son Figure Has Fuzzy Russian Hat Ears

All I know about the Russian culture I learned watching TV and movies. What that in-depth study tells me is that they all eat caviar, drink copious amounts of vodka, and wear hats with furry parts on the forehead. With that in mind I will assume that this Batman Red Son premium format figure that is coming soon to Sideshowtoy has a different sort of utility belt.

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This Batman has that same fuzzy hat complete with pointy bat ears. That can only mean that on his utility belt he has a flask of vodka and some salty fish eggs.

We don’t know much about the figure as of now other than the teaser image you see here. Clearly, it’s some communist spinoff of the caped crusader judging by the hammer and sickle.



Café Makes Keyboard-Shaped Waffles: Sticky Keys

I like waffles, video games, and computers so this is a trifecta for me. Nexon is a company that makes video games and it has a computer museum in South Korea. At that museum is a café that serves up some very cool treats for visitors to snack on.

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One of those cool treats is a waffle that is shaped like a keyboard. It’s complete with powdered sugar, but I don’t see any syrup anywhere on the plate. I guess they don’t want you to have a sticky keyboard. I have to say, these waffles look much cooler than the ones produced by the official Keyboard Waffle Iron. They also make some sort of little mouse shaped pastries as well.

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It looks like the works is served with whipped cream, berries, and ice cream to boot. Now I’m hungry.

[via Kotaku]


Accountable Care Quality Measures


Link: What Are The 9 Reasons to Stop Scoring Patient Experience?

The above link is a post from Paul Roemer on quality measurement from the patient’s perspective. Although he brings up a few good points about the timeliness and validity of the CAHPS® Survey, monitoring and measuring the quality of care provided to ACO Beneficiaries is directly correlated to a revenue gain or bust. Of particular interest in Paul’s post is the need to compare your scores, question by question (or measure by measure), against average scores for other health systems.

The ability to analyze your performance against the performance of like entities provides a data-driven, procedural approach for analyzing the delivery process. Clearly, population management relies on data-driven methods to analyze and identify high-risk members and allocate services.

So, prior to developing the ACO Quality Measure Checklist, I took a random sample of ACOs and looked at their performance on the Quality Measure Scores. There was significant variation in the results between ACOs as well as the national mean. Recently I took a random sample of ACOs and looked at their performance on the Quality Measure Scores. There was significant variation in the results between ACOs as well as the national mean. 

You can make your own conclusions…

This first domain of the Patient/Caregiver Experience shows very little variation between ACOs and against the national mean. The quality measures in this domain may easily be implemented by different practitioners.


The domain of Care Coordination and its metrics begin to show some variation with the last three measures. Note the continuity of the selected ACOs for Figure 14 Care Coordination. An interesting occurrence is spot-on performance for ACO Measures 8 through 10. Items 12 and 13 show variation where it might not be expected. Medication Reconciliation and Screening for Fall Risks are two standard activities for new patients, patients admitted to hospitals, and regular screening procedures for primary care. Note the mean performance rate for all ACOs.


Now, in the domain of Preventive Health we see some significant variation that is most likely due to the fact that primary care Physicians have not previously been compensated for preventive health and associated interventions. Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccinations are standard for individuals ages 65 and over unless contraindicated. Adult weight screening and individuals with Diabetes are another area of interest. Tobacco, colorectal, mammography and blood pressure screening should be a standard practice for primary care. Note the mean performance rate in bold for all ACOs.


And finally, in the domain of the At-Risk Population there is widespread gaps and variation in the process of care for ACO Beneficiaries with chronic conditions. Because regulations state that avoidance of At-Risk populations is cause for termination of an ACO, the population of beneficiaries that qualify for measures 22 through 33 should correlate to the number of beneficiaries with associated diagnoses or comorbid conditions. Note the mean performance rate for all ACOs.


Data Source: “Medicare_Data_to_Calculate_Your_Primary_Service_Areas.” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, 2012. Web. 14 Feb. 2015.



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Healthcare & Technology


Back to the Future Funko POP! Delorean Won’t Hit 88 MPH

A few days back, I talked a bit about some cool Vinyl Idols’ Back to the Future action figures with the crazy eyes. At the time, I wished there was a DeLorean to go with them. While it’s not in the same style, Funko now has a DMC-12 to go along with your Back to the Future collection.

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The car includes a Marty figure with the trademark Funko POP! beady black eyes. Marty is a standard POP! size at 3.75-inches tall, and can be pulled out of the toy car.

I only wish the wheels could turn on the car. I’d still push it around and would need to work out exactly how to make flaming skid marks on my desk as well. You can grab the set from ThinkGeek for $ 24.99(USD).



Giant Crane Lifts a Crane, Which Lifts a Crane, and So On

Check out this daisy chain of cranes lifting other cranes and showing off how tough and powerful they are. This video comes from Germany’s Liebherr, a heavy equipment manufacturer demonstrating their cranes’ insane superhero-like abilities.

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A crane picks up a smaller crane, then that one picks up a smaller crane and so on. My only complaint is that they didn’t pick up Frasier Crane at the end. Instead, the last one is just a model crane. These huge cranes are amazing beasts of machines.

I think they made their point. And the point is this: They have nothing better to do with their cranes. Seriously, it’s pretty cool to see all of these machines picked up and in a row like that. Good one, Germany.

[via Gizmodo via Geekologie]



Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game: The Cake is a Token

You might have heard about Valve and Cryptozoic’s upcoming Portal board game early last year, but we haven’t had much news about it since then. Don’t worry. Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game is still alive.

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Cryptozoic let the public see and play the game at this year’s GenCon. Designed by some of the folks behind Narbacular Drop and the Portal series, the board game is about amassing slices of cake by sending your team of test subjects to their doom. Because what else could it be?

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The game’s play area is composed of test chamber tiles where you place and move your test subjects. Each tile holds rewards that are indicated by symbols. Because it’s set in Aperture Labs, at the end of every player’s turn one of the tiles on the rightmost side of the play area will fall off, and should then be flipped and attached to the left side. Whoever has the most test subjects in the tile that fell gets its rewards, which of course includes the coveted cake.

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Of course the board game wouldn’t be much fun if it was that simple. Fortunately there are ability cards, character cards and other elements that make the game more unpredictable, complex and fun. Here’s a great primer by Roll for Crit:

And here are a couple of noisy show floor demos from Cryptozoic itself, courtesy of Drive Thru Review and The Board of Games:

As mentioned in the videos, Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game should be available this Fall. Then again, that’s what they said last year. We can only hope that Valve Time doesn’t extend to its board game as well. Check out BoardGameGeek for more info.

[via Polygon]