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How to Use Analytics to Improve Readmission Rates

October 29, 2014 by Asha Saxena

analytics

Analytics can give your hospital an in-depth look into what things are (and aren’t) working and allow you the opportunity to take action and fill holes in your patient care program. As a result of gathering and analyzing data for your facility, you can lower readmission rates and save your hospital from financial penalties and harmful press.[read more]

Preparing for a HIPAA Audit and Avoiding Disaster [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 29, 2014 by Christina Thielst

HIPAA audit preparation

I haven't posted an infographic in a while; I like this one because it combines two of my favorite interest areas: health IT and preparing for disasters (or in this case avoiding one). Check out these five elements for an effective HIPAA audit prep program.[read more]

Why You Should Be More Afraid of the Flu Than Ebola

October 29, 2014 by Brad Wright

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Instead of offering yet another post that says “Stop worrying about Ebola,” I want to write one that reframes the discussion much like the way Amazon.com sells complementary goods: “Customers who bought this item also bought this other item." So: If you’re scared of catching Ebola, you should be even more scared of catching the flu.[read more]

Should You Give Up on ACOs?

October 30, 2014 by Abby Norman

ACOs

Some healthcare organizations are finding that while ACOs might be remarkable in theory, they are really a struggle to put into practice. There comes a time when the risk/benefit profile may suggest that the time isn’t right for ACO adoption – but how can healthcare systems evaluate if that’s true for them?[read more]

Massachusetts Insurance Companies Reveal Health-Cost Calculators

October 30, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

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Massachusetts is live with its effort to reveal health care prices. This is important not just because health cost transparency is one of our favorite issues; it’s also important because knowing what things cost is a factor in how people choose treatment and what they pay for their health insurance and for their treatments.[read more]

The Public Physician: @Doctor_V guest on #hcsmca

October 29, 2014 by Colleen Young

The Public Physician

33 Charts was one of the first blogs I followed and Dr. Bryan Vartabedian (@Doctor_V) one of the first people I followed on Twitter. On Wednesday, October 29 at 9pm ET, Bryan will join #hcsmca to talk about the public physician and his new e-book, The Public Physician.[read more]

The Importance of Time in Orthopedic Patient Payment Collections

October 29, 2014 by Andy Salmen

When it comes to collecting payments for orthopedic services rendered, time is the enemy. As time passes, the likelihood for reimbursement decreases. What can a practice do to ensure the collection of payments? One solution that will increase the likelihood of being reimbursed is upfront collection of payments.[read more]

Governors Mandate Ebola Quarantine

October 28, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

Chris Christie

Just recently, Governors Cuomo and Christie – a Democrat and a Republican – were shoulder to shoulder as they announced a new and improved Ebola policy to protect their voters, I mean, citizens. There is a reason that politicians should not make health care policy. Will other governors now compete to establish the strictest guidelines?[read more]

CMS Announces Win-Win to the Tune of $840 Million

October 28, 2014 by Kenneth Thorpe

CMS lowering costs / shutterstock

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) announcement of an $840 million initiative to improve patient care and lower costs underscores the value of coordinated care and prevention and is a strong step in the direction of preserving quality while improving patient and provider communications.[read more]

Cautious Optimism in Spinal Cord Research

October 28, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Man walking in exoskeleton

You probably saw recent news about a novel new treatment for spinal cord injury that enabled a man with a severed spinal cord to walk. Cells were cultivated from olfactory cells and implanted in his spine. While this is a phenomenal outcome, medical professionals were slightly more cautious.[read more]

Health IT and Digital Health Jobs, Qualifications, and Certification Benefits

October 28, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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To help separate fact from fiction and dive a little deeper in to the realities of healthcare IT opportunities, I reached out to Beth Kelly, a freelance writer from Chicago, IL to summarize the projected outlook for specialized positions within the field of health IT.[read more]

Make Your Hospital's Facebook Page a Content Generator

October 28, 2014 by Michael Sherman

Your hospital's Facebook page

It is essential to keep your hospital’s Facebook page current with fresh, compelling content, or you’ll risk giving the impression that you’re disconnected from your audience — or worse yet, out of business. Here are two tips to liven up your page and make it a digital destination.[read more]

Rising, Fading Technologies in the Global Market for Wound Closure

October 27, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

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Technologies emerge, gain clinical acceptance, grow in caseload and become the standard of care. Then new technologies emerge, developed to improve on or eclipse established technologies. They gain acceptance and the cycle continues.[read more]

Incorporating Patient Reported Outcomes in Post-Surgery Evaluation

October 27, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Patient Reported Outcomes

How do you determine if a procedure was successful? Patient-reported outcomes (PRO’s) are increasingly important in evaluating results of treatment. Given that the patient must be considered as the center of any healthcare system, PRO’s also impact physician evaluation.[read more]

Calling for Responsible Healthcare Journalism

October 27, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

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As the Ebola virus lands closer to home, it has been disappointing to watch the hype, inaccuracies and blame circulating in various media. Responsible healthcare journalists, weekend warrior bloggers or persons with a Twitter account might want to take into account that as more is learned, protocols and best practices will, as expected, evolve.[read more]