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5 CDC Social Media Activities That Influenced Online Conversations About Ebola

August 27, 2014 by Amy Rowland

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Concerns about Ebola quickly lit up social media as people reacted to the news that Ebola patients were coming to U.S. soil from Liberia within three days of each other. The following five CDC tactics on social media formed part of a broader risk communication plan.[read more]

How Telehealth Will Support the Triple Aim

August 26, 2014 by Abby Norman

Triple Aim

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has adopted the concept of The Triple Aim to serve as a guiding light for healthcare organizations to improve patient outcome measures. Hospitals need to incorporate the outcomes measures into their workflows. One way that hospitals will be doing this in the next couple of years is through telehealth.[read more]

Massive Data Breach: Time for Sports Analogies?

August 26, 2014 by David Harlow

In reading an account of the recent attack on Community Health Systems that netted the bad guys 4.5 million patient records, I was struck by the notion put across in the article that all we have to do is work harder to patch vulnerabilities, that with a better defense we can win the game against a skilled quarterback.[read more]

Good Riddance to Routine Pelvic Examinations

August 26, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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So much in medicine and in life is done out of habit. We do stuff simply because that’s the way we always did it. Repetition leads to the belief that we are doing the right thing. Life gets more interesting when folks question long standing beliefs and practices, forcing us to ask ourselves if what we are doing makes any sense.[read more]

Enterprise Dose Management Is Radiology's Opportunity to Lead

August 24, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

AHRA 2014

In a session at last week’s AHRA annual meeting titled, “An Executive Guide to Implementing a Successful Enterprise Dose Solution,” Chris Tomlinson, MBA, director of radiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, urged administrators to not be myopic.[read more]

Patient Safety Lessons All Around Us

August 23, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

patient safety lessons at Telluride

As the Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp 2014 Sessions come to a close, we are buoyed by our ever-expanding network of young and enthusiastic health care providers in-training, turning patient safety into a creative science. Colin Flood, an attendee, recently posted the following reminder that patient safety lessons exist all around us.[read more]

5 Things CIOs Should Do in Light of the Recent Patient Records Theft

August 22, 2014 by Morgan Brown

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Community Health Systems, which manages 206 hospitals in 29 states, reported this week that they were victims of Chinese hackers who infiltrated and stole more than 4.5 million patient records. The hackers made out with names, addresses and social security numbers for patients across the network during attacks in April and June.[read more]

CMS Proposed Payment Changes for Outpatient Procedures

August 21, 2014 by Andy Salmen

On July 14, 2014, the CMS released its Proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) schedule for out-patient departments, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Here are the key points to know about how the proposed changes will affect physician medical billing.[read more]

Visions of Care

August 20, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Americans want doctors who care about them, not just for them. Yes, we do want clinicians to be competent and skilled. But above all, we want doctors who genuinely care about our lives, listen to our concerns and allay our anxieties. So the visions of doctoring offered by two physician writers last week presented a jarring contrast.[read more]

Physicians Lose Right of Free Speech

August 20, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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A Federal Appeals Court recently decided in a Florida case that physicians could be sanctioned if they asked patients if they owned firearms if it was not medically necessary to do so. Entering this information into the medical record could also result professional discipline.[read more]

Michael Little Offers Insights on FDA's 2014 Regulations for LDTs

August 19, 2014 by Kenneth Walz

On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its plans for regulation aimed at ensuring that certain tests used by healthcare professionals provide accurate, consistent and reliable results. I recently spoke to new Popper and Company senior advisor, Michael Little, Ph.D., about this regulation.[read more]

Health Insurance Benefits: Can You Have It Your Way?

August 19, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

As the percentage of large employers that consider a shift to defined contribution and/or private exchange increases, the number of options – and flexibility in those options – must also increase. Consideration for those options rose last year from 14% to 18% among large employers (500+ employees).[read more]