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Medicaid Should Not Impoverish Doctors and Hospitals

July 28, 2014 by David E Williams

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Since Medicaid pays doctors and hospitals 27 to 65 percent less than commercial health plans, it makes it awfully difficult for providers to be payer agnostic. Sure enough, we see even supposedly mission-driven non-profit healthcare systems looking to maximize their share of the commercial population by catering to that group.[read more]

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How Big Data Hadoop Can Save Patients from a Crippling Healthcare System

July 28, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Hadoop to the rescue?

One of the biggest challenges that our information-driven healthcare industry faces is the fact that data is growing faster than healthcare organizations can consume it. 80% of medical data is unstructured, yet clinically relevant. The Big Data solution could be Hadoop and the Enterprise Data Hub.[read more]

Multiple Lifestyle Interventions May Help Those at Risk for Alzheimer's

July 27, 2014 by Liz Seegert

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Physical activity, nutritional guidance, cognitive training, social activities and management of heart health risk factors improved cognitive performance, according to Finnish researchers. The two-year randomized controlled trial included 1,260 participants aged 60 to 77 with modifiable risk factors for cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s.[read more]

Medical Mistakes: To Err Is Human - Yes and No?

July 26, 2014 by Bill Crounse

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According to information shared at a recent Senate hearing, preventable medical errors are the number three killer in America. It is estimated that medical mistakes kill 1000 Americans every day and harm another 10,000 people a day due to complications resulting from non-fatal medical errors. How can that be, you say?[read more]

Millions of Americans Could Lose ACA Subsidies

July 21, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

ACA in danger?

Yet another provision of the ACA, this one concerning ACA subsidies, is under scrutiny, and this one could change health insurance as we know it. A case which has become the topic of discussion as of late is Halbig v. Burwell. This is one of four currently flowing through the appeals process, with similar emphasis and focus.[read more]

Passive Medical Income While You Sleep?

July 18, 2014 by Tony Mork

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Generating revenue from a website is not a strange concept. Unless of course, you are a doctor. Most medical professionals consider their websites as information portals with nothing to do with e-commerce, but as the money dries up with the actual practice of medicine, you need to consider some alternatives to bolster falling revenues.[read more]

We Need to Measure What Counts, Not What We're Paid to Count

July 16, 2014 by Zal Press

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A couple of weeks ago I attended the SOCAP Health Conference held at the New York Academy of Medicine in NYC. It took me some time to comprehend that the focus was on health, not healthcare. This led to some extraordinary discussion and many compelling comments.[read more]

CMS to Begin Implementing Payment Penalties Tied to Patient Outcomes

July 16, 2014 by Michael Douglas

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Currently, approximately 13 percent of hospital admissions — according to the feds — ultimately contract an iatrogenic infection. The problem many teaching hospitals have with making inroads into this number has more to do with the population that is served than with simply identifying the source of these infections.[read more]

Why the U.S. Healthcare System Ranks Worst in the Developed World

July 15, 2014 by Abby Norman

The U.S.’s expenditures are higher than any other developed nation’s when it comes to healthcare. When you consider how poorly the U.S. measures up against countries spending less money, it might make you wonder where all that money does end up. So what happened?[read more]

Americans Pay Far More for Medications Than Anywhere in the World

July 14, 2014 by Anthony Cirillo

The International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP) released its 2013 Comparative Price Report, detailing its annual survey of medical prices. As in prior years, the survey data shows that the United States continues to have the highest fees of those countries surveyed for drugs and various medical procedures.[read more]

Creating a Living Laboratory Together [VIDEO]

July 14, 2014 by Siemens Healthcare

Salvato Trigo, founder of University Fernando Pessoa in Oporto, Portugal, envisioned a new kind of private hospital: Where quality and up-to-date education go hand-in-hand with access to healthcare services for those in need.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: No, the Facts Don't Always Speak for Themselves

July 14, 2014 by David Davidovic

BioPharma Beat

Shouldn't healthcare be all about making evidence-based decisions? Shouldn’t we credit research and data more than just anecdotal stories? At least that’s what we’re led to believe when we hear about the millions of dollars, high hurdles, and years it takes to approve new diagnostics, drugs and devices.[read more]