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BioPharma Beat: Incremental Innovation Is Sometimes What the Doctor Needs

September 16, 2014 by David Davidovic

A lot of innovation in healthcare is incremental and progressive—and there is absolutely nothing wrong with baby steps. From time to time, we need to step back and look at bigger timeframes in which multiple relatively small, sequential innovations have taken place.[read more]

Newlyweds Show Us How to Face Cancer Together

September 16, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Jessica and Esteban Izquierdo

The other day, Patient Power producer Tamara Lobban-Jones gave us a terrific video love story. It’s the story of newlyweds Jessica and Esteban Izquierdo and how Jessica was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma just weeks before their wedding.[read more]

Is NCQA Accreditation Right for You?

September 16, 2014 by Abby Norman

NCQA accreditation

In the alphabet soup of healthcare accreditation, chances are there are at least one or two accrediting bodies that you aren’t entirely sure about – one of those might be NCQA. Who are they, what do they accredit and do you need their accreditation in your organization?[read more]

How Do Nurses Stack Up? [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 15, 2014 by Frankie Rendon

nursing by the numbers

Education plays an essential role in the development of nursing professionals. It can be viewed as one of the most strategic, and in some cases, only route towards career advancement. This infographic by Maryville University Online helps visualize the true importance of nursing in the United States.[read more]

Radiation Dose Monitoring Trends in the U.S. and Abroad [VIDEO]

September 15, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Todd Minnigh of Carestream

Marianne Matthews, Editor in Chief of Imaging Economics, interviews Carestream’s own Todd Minnigh, Vice President, Word Wide Sales & Marketing Development, discuss radiation dose monitoring and the different technologies being used in the U.S. and around the world to address this important issue.[read more]

Don't Forget Importance of Trust, Listening in Healthcare Delivery

September 15, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

Dr. Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen knows the healthcare system not only as a doctor, but also as a caregiver. The emergency medicine physician at George Washington University noticed a startling disconnect between patients and doctors as she juggled medical training while also helping her mother undergo breast cancer treatment nearly a decade ago.[read more]

Health Wonk Review: September

September 15, 2014 by David E Williams

photo: @jbtaylor / photopin cc

Welcome to the September edition of the Health Wonk Review. We’ve got a hearty and healthy set of posts from our wonkish community, including submissions on Obamacare, Medicare, obesity, performance measurement and power plants.[read more]

Entrepreneurs Hacking Healthcare [PODCAST]

September 15, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs that create an environment to share ideas, form teams and launch startups - all in a 54 hour weekend! Startup Weekend hosts over 1,000 weekend events annually around the globe focused on a mission to inspire, educate and empower individuals, teams and communities.[read more]

After Fighting Mike Tyson, Wouldn't We All Need Rewards to Take On Healthcare?

September 14, 2014 by Michael Dermer

Do we realize just how much the consumer has been battered and bruised over the last few years when it comes to their personal and financial health? Despite this, we are asking them to fix the system – be healthier, get preventive care, eat better and use lower cost options. Financial rewards for healthy behavior may be the answer.[read more]

Modern Family Doctor Visit

September 14, 2014 by Matthew Taber

A primary care payment model is re-emerging which reduces expenses for patients dramatically and puts practices on a cash-only / direct pay basis that completely takes fee-for-service insurance out the picture. The model, direct primary care, turns primary care practices into cash-positive businesses that work for patients and physicians.[read more]

The Skinny on TJC Accreditation

September 13, 2014 by Abby Norman

Traditionally, TJC surveys hospitals every three years for TJC accreditation. While the information garnered from the surveys is relatively comprehensive, most of it is “need to know” in terms of public consumption – the gritty details are left up to the hospital to decide if or how much they want to share with the public.[read more]

Stanford Ends Anthem Contract, Cites PriceCheck Data

September 13, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

Stanford Medicine

Price transparency has some unexpected consequences. Stanford, the big university-centered health system, cut off its contract with Anthem Blue Cross, the big California insurer, on September 5. Anthem struck back at Stanford, announcing that Stanford had ended the contract, and citing our PriceCheck information in its press release.[read more]