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Meaningful Use Stage 3: The Buzz About APIs

March 26, 2015 by David Harlow

The Meaningful Use - Stage 3 proposed rule has been released, with official publication due on March 30. Key to these rules, which lay the foundation for a post-Meaningful Use incentive-driven Health IT ecosystem, is the use of APIs - for the uninitiated, "application programming interfaces" - or simplified connectors that allow for easier transfer of data.[read more]

Medical Malpractice Reform Just Won’t Go Away

March 26, 2015 by Brad Wright

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We’re continuing along in our section-by-section analysis of the Burr-Hatch-Upton Proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and today’s topic is reforming the medical malpractice system. The goal, as is made evident by using the phrase 4 times in the course of 3 paragraphs, is the elimination of “junk lawsuits.”[read more]

Aging Gracefully Part 4: Comprehensive Primary Care for the Elderly

March 25, 2015 by Stephen Schimpff

Comprehensive primary care is essential to good health, wellness and needed medical care during our elder years. The Erickson Living retirement communities have developed an approach that appears to work well for its residents. Let me use it as an example. The fundamental concept is to assure that everyone has comprehensive primary care.[read more]

A Medicaid Block Grant by Any Other Name Would Stink

March 24, 2015 by Brad Wright

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The Burr-Hatch-Upton proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) calls for a “transition to capped allotment to provide states with predictable funding and flexibility.” How do they propose to do this? By rolling back the Medicaid expansion and converting the Medicaid program to a block grant.[read more]

From Millennials to Seniors: How to Meet Diverse Digital Demands in Healthcare

March 23, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

Millennials and Seniors

Unlike a majority of marketers who promote a single product, healthcare marketers don’t often have the luxury of honing in on one specific target market. Medical care is a necessity for patients young and old, male and female, short and tall. Illnesses and diseases won't discriminate, and with your digital marketing materials, you have to engage them all.[read more]

Aging Gracefully, Part 3: The Importance of Comprehensive Primary Care

March 23, 2015 by Stephen Schimpff

Most people misunderstand what constitutes really good primary care. We can slow the aging process with appropriate life style and behaviors as discussed in my last post. That is good but it is not enough. As we age it’s also important to have comprehensive primary care.[read more]

HIPAA Audits: The Latest Oracular Prognostications

March 21, 2015 by David Harlow

OMB cleared the HIPAA pre-audit survey late last week. That is one crucial prerequisite to OCR's initiation of the new round of HIPAA audits that have been the subject of all the Delphic prophecies we keep hearing (the survey is required to collect information about covered entities and their business associates).[read more]

Problem for Women Who Can't Afford Care

March 19, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Childbirth is the leading cause of hospital admission. Almost four million women were admitted to American hospitals to deliver babies in 2010 (latest available data). Good, safe obstetrical care is not precision medicine. The principles of maternity care are straightforward and can be practiced successfully worldwide. Even here.[read more]

The Real Cost of Data Breaches

March 19, 2015 by Abby Norman

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In the wake of the Anthem breach, which put 800,000 subscribers at risk, hospitals nationwide have their ears perked up to establish a first-line defense against data breaches. These types of breaches cost the industry over $6 billion each year.[read more]

Will Accountable Care Be a Game Changer?

March 17, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

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Accountable Care is the third transformational wave of trying to improve health care outcomes and costs since the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1966. Accountable Care dominates the healthcare industry discussion while ACA dominates the mainstream discussion.[read more]

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Downing Energy Drinks: A Real Buzz Kill

March 17, 2015 by Bert Louthian

National Poison Prevention Week is a good time to focus on the dangers of an easily purchased and commonly consumed beverage that accounted for nearly 3,000 reports to poison control centers in the U.S. in 2014 -- energy drinks such as Red Bull, Rockstar and Monster.[read more]

Health Wonk Review: Spring Forward Edition

March 16, 2015 by Brad Wright

It’s been a volatile time in the world of health policy–and the ACA in particular. We’ve had the second open enrollment period come and go, the Supreme Court has heard oral arguments around the provision of federal subsidies to health insurance exchanges not run by the states, and Republicans have come out with a proposal to replace Obamacare.[read more]