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MediKidz: Super Heroes for Health Education

May 4, 2015 by Janet Kennedy

MediKidz

Dr. Kate Hersov is a pediatrician who works with children in difficult health situations. She was frustrated that there was no child-friendly or age appropriate information to give them that would explain their complicated or difficult health conditions. MediKidz Super Heroes, a graphic novel inspired style of literature, has bridged the gap for children and adults.[read more]

Do-It-Yourself Death Panel

May 4, 2015 by David E Williams

Federal law allows states to recover Medicaid costs from heirs. This little known provision is getting more attention as part of the debate over Medicaid expansion. The Wall Street Journal ("New Wrinkle for Health Law") wrote a balanced article about it.[read more]

A Humble Opinion: Book Review

May 3, 2015 by Stephen Schimpff

Dr. Jordan Grumet is a primary care physician in Ohio who tries to assure his patients of a strong relationship, one in which they can build trust. For years he has written a blog entitled “In My Humble Opinion” in which he records his thoughts of events in his practice, in his home life and in his wide ranging mind.[read more]

5 Keys Ways to Improve Medication Adherence

May 1, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Improving medication adherence is a constant struggle within the healthcare world. Did you know that it's estimated that between 20% to 50% of patients are non-adherent? This post will discuss how technology and communication are helping to improve the growing issue of non-adherence.[read more]

Fragmentation: The Enemy of Patient Outcomes

May 1, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors by rewarding quality over volume. We all want quality, yet Medicare tying more payments to promoting fragmented quality measures continues to ignore the most important quality measure, the patients’ quality of life.[read more]

Social Media: What Consumers Need to Know About Online Health Information

April 30, 2015 by Barbara Ficarra

What do consumers need to know about health information? If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research—gather information from different sources. Talk to your doctor or other health care provider before making any changes to your lifestyle or medical regimen.[read more]

How to Progress Towards a "Prevention-Based Society"

April 30, 2015 by Christopher Fox

Top-down programs and campaigns from large institutions have lost their efficacy, if they ever worked at all. To change behavior, we in the healthcare industry have to get granular about how we influence behavior and drive outcomes.[read more]

EEOC Regs on Wellness Incentives: Progress, but Many Issues

April 29, 2015 by Michael Dermer

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On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released proposed regulations to guide employers on designing their wellness programs and associated incentives in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The comment period for the proposed regulations closes June 19, 2015.[read more]

EHR Interoperability: Let's Stop Beating a Dead Drum

April 29, 2015 by Bill Crounse

For the past many years, I’ve been strongly advocating that the best model for electronic health record interoperability is one that is cloud-based and puts the patient/citizen at the center. Having just returned from HIMSS, I must again conclude that the only model that makes sense is exactly what I have been proposing.[read more]

As a Physician Do You Have Adequate Financial Expertise?

April 28, 2015 by Stephen Schimpff

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Medical school and residency programs have essentially no time devoted for personal financial education and little if any time for learning the financial implications of starting a medical practice. You are on your own. Your natural mentors – professors, senior residents or senior colleagues in your practice – are probably no better equipped than you.[read more]

Disruptions on the Yellow Brick Road

April 28, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

American health care is caught in a cyclone. Every patient, every doctor, every hospital is buffeted by gales blowing hard from the whirlwinds. Lives are upended. Reportedly people have died. And many folks couldn’t be happier about it. Downright gleeful.[read more]

ResearchKit: The Tip of the Iceberg

April 27, 2015 by Mike Van Snellenberg

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Much like the proverbial iceberg where only 10% of the whole is visible, Apple’s ResearchKit is a beautiful, if small, slice of user interface that hides a large and complex underlying platform needed to actually deploy healthcare research apps.[read more]