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Doctor Discipline: Resources for Judging Quality in Health Care

November 21, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

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When we display prices for medical treatments, inevitably the question of quality comes up. Since price and quality are both hidden from public view in health care, we are always excited to see some source — any source — of quality information. One source: doctor disciplinary listings.[read more]

Collaborative Innovation: A Decade in Perspective

November 20, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

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At the Healthcare Roundtable last month, I had the pleasure of speaking about work that I facilitated at a West-coast community hospital. The need for the work arose from the hospital’s needing to build a new facility to remain in seismic compliance with CA Senate Bill 1953.[read more]

Make Your Hospital's Digital Experience Mom-Friendly

November 20, 2014 by Michael Sherman

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When it comes to running the household, it's often mom who calls the shots. This is especially true for important healthcare decisions. It should come as no surprise that the smartphone revolution has made Mom even smarter, as she takes increased advantage of paperless media to create electronic records of her family.[read more]

High Drama in an Ambulatory Surgery Center

November 20, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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A few days before I wrote this, a patient had a complication in my office. I have discussed on this blog the distinction between a complication, which is a blameless event, and a negligent act. In my experience, most lawsuits are initiated against complications or adverse medical outcomes, neither of which are the result of medical negligence.[read more]

Telemedicine Market Shows Strong Growth Due to Healthcare Changes

November 19, 2014 by David Avitabile

Telemedicine

In a report from global market research company IHS, telemedicine, which is defined as "the use of medical devices and communication technology together to monitor diseases and symptoms," is predicted to grow at a cumulative annual growth rate of more than 56 percent between 2013 and 2018.[read more]

Medicaid for All?

November 19, 2014 by David E Williams

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The Affordable Care Act is injecting billions upon billions of dollars to provide Medicaid to previously uninsured people. More money should help healthcare providers’ finances, not hurt them. So what’s going on? To summarize, Medicaid reimburses for services at only about half the rate of what commercial health plans pay.[read more]

Health Startups: Rockies Venture Club Nurtures Denver's Ecosystem

November 19, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

Rockies Venture Club

There’s an active health startup ecosystem in the Denver area, where investors are looking at transparency issues, self-tracking devices like the Fitbit, and other ways to build on the big changes in the health care marketplace, I learned at the Colorado Capital Conference held by the Rockies Venture Club in Denver last Wednesday through Friday.[read more]

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What Healthcare Can Learn from the G20 Summit

November 18, 2014 by Paul Tunnah

At the G20 summit taking place in Australia, the world’s leaders have gathered to discuss some of the most pressing global issues. If the world’s leaders can step away from their national tribes for a few days to tackle the big issues, maybe it’s something we should try on a more regular basis in healthcare?[read more]

Invisible Illness Insights: "A Little Understanding Could Change So Many Lives"

November 18, 2014 by Dave Taylor

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In a recent survey conducted by Inspire of its online community members with invisible illnesses such as EDS, chronic pain, lupus, bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia, depression and sarcoidosis, we saw that many respondents expressed frustration in the interactions they have had with their doctors.[read more]

HIPAA: Liability to Private Parties for Violations

November 18, 2014 by David Harlow

Last week, Connecticut joined at least nine other states (DE, KY, ME, MN, MO, NC, TN, UT, WV) in recognizing that, while HIPAA does not create a private right of action for violation of privacy, it does constitute a standard against which the actions of a defendant in such a case will be judged.[read more]

Online Patient Community Building in Hospitals [PODCAST]

November 17, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

With the advent of easily accessible digital technology and online access, resources are now available to create and support a patient community. Dan Hinmon, President of Hive Strategies, specializes in helping hospitals and healthcare organizations set up their own patient communities.[read more]

Disruptive Health Technology: The Patient

November 17, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Patients connecting at a recent Patient Power even

Patients are now talking to one another today, and that will only increase. Our conversations will cross borders and hop over language and cultural barriers. It is happening now and will only grow. We are the disruptive technology. And while I respect so many in the traditional healthcare industry, I am really excited for us patients.[read more]

Telemedicine: CY 2015 MPFS Reportage and Dangers of the Echo Chamber

November 17, 2014 by David Harlow

While payment for remote patient monitoring of chronic conditions turned out to be a chimera - at least for now - payment for chronic care management services, previously discussed in the CY 2013 and 2014 MPFS Rules, has been finalized in the CY 2015 MPFS.[read more]