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5 Steps to Achieving URAC Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation

August 20, 2014 by Abby Norman

specialty pharmacy

Patients with multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, hemophilia and other complex chronic disorders rely on specialty pharmacies to prepare and disperse their treatments. Specialty pharmacies that achieve the highest level of URAC accreditation indicate that they are devoted to the highest level of quality.[read more]

Patient Portals: Hiding in Plain Sight

August 20, 2014 by David E Williams

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Many physician offices have patient portals, since they’re a requirement for Meaningful Use Stage 2. But a new survey from Software Advice confirms what we knew intuitively – these portals don’t get much use. Patients don’t know they exist and doctors don’t use them a whole lot.[read more]

15 Reasons Your Claims May Have Been Denied

August 19, 2014 by Abby Norman

claim denial

A claim could have been denied for many reasons. The question is, could any of them been prevented? Many claim denials are completely avoidable – and in fact, there are practical ways you can combat claim denials. Review the following common claim denial reasons and begin reducing claim denials and boosting profits![read more]

Michael Little Offers Insights on FDA's 2014 Regulations for LDTs

August 19, 2014 by Kenneth Walz

On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its plans for regulation aimed at ensuring that certain tests used by healthcare professionals provide accurate, consistent and reliable results. I recently spoke to new Popper and Company senior advisor, Michael Little, Ph.D., about this regulation.[read more]

Health Insurance Benefits: Can You Have It Your Way?

August 19, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

As the percentage of large employers that consider a shift to defined contribution and/or private exchange increases, the number of options – and flexibility in those options – must also increase. Consideration for those options rose last year from 14% to 18% among large employers (500+ employees).[read more]

The Role of Ultrasound Guidance in Heart Valve Procedures

August 19, 2014 by Jeffrey Bundy

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Diseases of the aortic and mitral valves are the most common heart valve disease, affecting more than five percent of the population. One way to get a complete view of the structure and function of the heart valves is with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).[read more]

Seizing the Opportunity for Transformative Change in Healthcare

August 19, 2014 by Matt Gretczko

As individuals, we all have that issue, topic, or subject that truly drives us. The healthcare industry is seeing an infusion of people that have this escalated passion. Couple this passion with innovative platforms and applications, and the opportunity to deliver truly transformative change can be realized.[read more]

7 Ways to Reduce ER Admissions and Readmissions

August 18, 2014 by Abby Norman

ER revolving door

For many hospitals, the emergency room is the busiest place for both staff and patients. Overcrowding, long wait times and inefficient care plague a lot of U.S. hospitals, and there is a growing need for solutions. But there are certainly steps you can take to reduce the over-utilization of emergency services at your hospital.[read more]

FICO Blows Off Medical Debt for Credit Score: It's About Time

August 18, 2014 by David E Williams

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FICO, the company that measures credit risk, just made two important changes to the way it calculates the FICO Score. First, debt consumers repay after it goes to collection won’t count against them. Second, FICO will downgrade the importance of medical debt.[read more]

HelpAround Opens Up the Diabetes Patient Discussion

August 18, 2014 by Shay Moser

Yishai Knobel, CEO & co-founder of HelpAround

“Research has shown that peer support drives medical outcomes,” says Yishai Knobel, CEO and co-founder of HelpAround, the first mobile platform for the diabetes community. “We harness the superior trust, empathy, and camaraderie within the diabetes patient community, allowing members to discover peers who truly ‘get it.’”[read more]

Andre Blackman: Sustain or Die Manifesto [PODCAST]

August 18, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Andre Blackman

Andre Blackman is an influential and connected agent of change/innovation within the health care community. He is very passionate about the intersection of media, technology and useful innovative concepts as it relates to the improvement of population and systemic health.[read more]

Can Savvy Marketing Solve the Problem of Low Clinical Trial Recruitment?

August 18, 2014 by Dan Stempel

Low recruitment problems?

It’s not that manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies are not willing to spend money on recruitment; in reality, enrollment marketing comprises about 40% of their clinical trial budgets. The problem lies more in the fact that they are trying to recruit tech-savvy patients with old fashioned marketing strategies.[read more]