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Which Medical Specialty Should Medical Students Choose?

October 1, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

dermatology

Many medical interns and residents don’t consider lifestyle when they are making their career choice. Obstetrics is thrilling when you are 30 years old. Fifteen years later when you are overworked, tired and have your own kids, it may be slightly less thrilling to bring new life into this peaceful world in the middle of the night on a regular basis.[read more]

Sharp HealthCare: Building Credibility with the Hispanic Community [PODCAST]

October 1, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Jessica Lopez, Sharp Healthcare

The concept of “Show Me, Don’t Tell Me” is a fundamental theme for Sharp Healthcare as it works to build credibility, trust and relationships with the large Hispanic community in their San Diego service area. Face-to-face interaction in the community is vital to success.[read more]

Online Messaging Can Improve Support Group Relationships

October 1, 2014 by Danny Lieberman

online messaging / shutterstock

Using online services and smartphone apps for private messaging and sharing like Pathcare, Whisper, and CoverMe (an iPhone app for private Texting & Secure Phone Calls), it’s never been easier to conduct a private, ad-free conversation with members of your support group.[read more]

#ThinkFurther: The Future of Medicine [VIDEO]

September 30, 2014 by David Harlow

Alzheimer's Disease / shutterstock

In health care, there have been tremendous advances in the past fifty years, and we quite reasonably expect the pace of change to pick up and bring us into a profoundly improved future. How will we be able to get to the next level in terms of control, or even prevention, of debilitating chronic diseases including Alzheimer’s?[read more]

Paul O'Neill on Protecting Our Healthcare Workforce: #NPSFLLI7

September 29, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

I had the long-awaited pleasure of hearing Paul O’Neill, 72nd Secretary of the US Treasury and more, speak in person during his breakout session at last week’s Lucian Leape Forum. Much of O’Neill’s breakout session was based on the LLI white paper, Through the Eyes of the Workforce.[read more]

Next-Gen Sequencing Could Unlock Ebola's Secrets

September 29, 2014 by Shane Climie, Ph.D.

ebola / shutterstock

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has dominated recent newscasts and shocked many people with the speed and ferocity of its spread. Fortunately, researchers are now also applying the latest technologies to search for new ways to halt Ebola.[read more]

Dr. Anonymous: Blogger, Podcaster, Early Adopter [PODCAST]

September 29, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Dr. Mike Sevilla

Dr. Mike Sevilla's perspective on the birth of healthcare social media is unique because he has established a presence in a number of media platforms including a personal website, a blog, a radio show, a podcast, Google Hangouts on air, Twitter and Facebook.[read more]

What Do We Really Know About Patients?

September 28, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

Patient data

While EMR data, patient claims data, pharmacy data and lab results are critical to stratify patient populations based on need, much of patient intelligence can only be gathered by talking to the patient. The clinical data we have is designed to treat conditions and get reimbursement for a CPTs and DRGs – not ensure patient recovery.[read more]

Unbundling the Bundled Payment Program

September 28, 2014 by Andy Salmen

The bundled payment program is an attempt to expand the DRG reimbursement concept and extend it to a whole “episode of care” as opposed to a particular “length of stay” as a hospital inpatient. As structured by the CMS, the bundled payment program has four different models for implementation.[read more]

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The Medical Marijuana Movement Deconstructed

September 27, 2014 by Jessica Socheski

Image: backbaylawyer.com 

Marijuana is making its way into more and more peoples’ lives. Many things have been debated, like the efficacy of medical marijuana and what legalizing it will do to not only our economy but also our general outlook on other banned substances. Here are some points to consider.[read more]

Healthcare Spending: Administrative Costs out of Control

September 27, 2014 by Abby Norman

Administrative healthcare costs

When we talk about healthcare spending being “out of control” does anyone ever say why? The Commonwealth Fund survey breaks down the costs of healthcare administration - which make up a quarter of all healthcare spending in the U.S.[read more]

Informal Influence in Healthcare: #NPSFLLI7

September 26, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

patient safety

The 7th Annual National Patient Safety Foundation and Lucian Leape Institute Forum and Gala was held last week in Boston, gathering patient safety leaders together to share knowledge, recharge and re-energize their efforts in making care safer for healthcare professionals and patients.[read more]