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Multibriefs: Exclusives for Healthcare Administration Associations

September 23, 2014 by Christina Thielst

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Over the years I've contributed articles to several publications, and often repeatedly, because we have built up a mutually beneficial relationship. The latest of these partnerships is Multibriefs and my contributions to newsletters for several healthcare administration associations.[read more]

Daniel’s Ice Bucket Success Story

September 23, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about my Seattle friend, Daniel Mulhaney, who is slowly fading away with the terrible illness ALS. Daniel did his own private fundraising in the Seattle area and with friends worldwide for support of “Team Daniel Lives” and a charity walk that was held a few days ago. I am happy to report it was a huge success.[read more]

Why Healthcare Should Sweat "The Small Stuff" When It Comes to Health Data Security

September 22, 2014 by Chris Hoffmann

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In the five years since the passing of the 2009 HITECH Act, more than 30 million people in over 900 various cases have been affected by breaches of secure healthcare data. The HITECH Act requires that HHS disclose to the SEC any incidents affecting more than 500 patients, but these numbers alone do not tell the whole story.[read more]

Take a Deep Breath: Marijuana Product Placement Is on the Way

September 22, 2014 by David E Williams

I hope we don’t see dope promoted with paid product placement, but I think we will. It’s quite possible that we’ll see marijuana “edibles” promoted in films rather than smokes. Ironically that could take us back to the early days of product placement in the movies, to the famous Reese’s Pieces placement in ET. Candies for kids once again.[read more]

Uninsured Rate Has Fallen, But May Soon Increase

September 22, 2014 by Brad Wright

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The early indications are that more people have coverage, and things seem to be moving in the right direction. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. According to a recent report, the end of the third quarter may bring a slight uptick to the number of uninsured.[read more]

Why Do I Only Get 10 Minutes with My Doctor?

September 22, 2014 by Stephen Schimpff

The doctor asks a few questions, does a brief exam, gives you a prescription, suggests you see the specialist and off you go, all within 8-12 minutes. No time for delving deeply into your issues. No time to build trust. No time for compassion. No time for actual healing. Why so quick? It is all in the numbers.[read more]

Patience Is a Virtue

September 22, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

A bottomless chasm separates health care in developed and developing countries. This situation seems largely acceptable to the West. It’s rarely noted in policy debates. WHO and Doctors Without Borders have it covered. The philosophical arguments about fairness and the less fortunate are centuries-old. No new insights forthcoming.[read more]

Will Physicians Ever Embrace ACOs?

September 21, 2014 by Abby Norman


Saying goodbye to HMOs, which were not all bad, and welcoming ACOs onto the scene has been a bit of a bitter pill for physicians and payers alike to swallow. ACOs shift the concept of “being choosy” from physician and payers to patients.[read more]

Adopting Technology in Healthcare for the Right Reasons

September 21, 2014 by Mike Van Snellenberg

Institute for Health Technology Transformation Conference in Seattle

Regulations, process, and records keeping are all important parts of managing health IT; however, when implemented without a strategy focused on patient and business value, they can create headaches for CIOs. This was an emerging theme Institute for Health Technology Transformation Conference held in Seattle at the end of August.[read more]


How Familiar Technology Is Being Used to Advance Digital Health

September 21, 2014 by Felicity Dryer

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As we push into the future of medical technology, form and function are colliding, enabling users to take a proactive role in their health. These shiny game changers are encouraging younger generations to implement health tracking into their daily routines.[read more]

Empathy: Beyond a Connection

September 20, 2014 by Barbara Ficarra

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With empathy and heart we can help our patients feel good, valued and respected. Empathy is without a doubt a connection; but in health care, it’s much more. It’s not only a clinical and emotional connection; it’s truly about letting people know that they matter and that clinicians care about their patients' well-being.[read more]

How to Convert More Customers Using Psychology

September 20, 2014 by Michael Sherman

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Today’s consumers have an unprecedented number of options regarding where and how they access information — and the world of healthcare is no exception. Here are some general research facts regarding basic site design and human psychology.[read more]