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Why Retail Competition for Doctors Is Just Plain Scary

May 22, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

During the past five to 10 years, competition among healthcare providers has gone from fairly benign or annoyingly disruptive to a painful upheaval. From hospitals and health systems to solo practitioners, the competitive landscape has changed, and one of the most significant factors that many doctors find especially scary is the staggering ramp-up and value-added sophistication of retail clinics as the platform for health care delivery in the US.[read more]

Call to Action: America's Health Rankings Senior Report

May 20, 2015 by David E Williams

Rankings reports are a great way to spur the public and policymakers to pay attention to important issues. The 2015 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report from the United Health Foundation, released today, is a case in point. I had an opportunity to interview Dr. Reed Tuckson, senior medical advisor to the Foundation, about the report.[read more]

Patient Care: Better Support Is Better Treatment

May 15, 2015 by Alleli Aspili

For most patients, their initial reaction and attitude sets the tone for their road to wellness. Depending on the severity of an illness, patients often get confused about the proper way of getting better. A visit to the doctor’s office is ideal and beneficial in diagnosing these illnesses and learning how to get better or cope.[read more]

Mobile Health and Data Safety: Convenience vs. Privacy

May 14, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

mHealth: convenience vs. privacy

Technology may be revolutionizing the healthcare industry, but while mobile health applications and cloud-based management are convenient, many think they may be compromising the privacy of healthcare data. Can the healthcare industry properly balance convenience and privacy in the digital age?[read more]

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Democracy Comes to Healthcare

May 12, 2015 by Paul Tunnah

The recent General Election in the UK gave everyone the chance to make their voice heard. The patient, who most acutely feels the impact of healthcare decisions, should likewise be able to exercise their democratic right to have their say – and what better place to do so than at a health-related conference?[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: mHealth Apps - to Regulate or Not to Regulate

May 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

We are witnessing exuberance about all things digital, especially in the health space. As healthcare apps for mobile devices continue to proliferate, soon to be in the thousands, there is a lingering question as to whether or not they will be regulated, by whom, and to what extent.[read more]

Five Facts about ICD-10 from CMS

May 10, 2015 by Phil C. Solomon

ICD-10 facts

To help dispel some of the myths surrounding ICD-10, the CMS recently talked with providers to identify common misperceptions about the transition to ICD-10. These five facts address some of the common questions and concerns CMS has heard about ICD-10.[read more]

Life Expectancies and Lethal Injections

May 6, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Two stories converged unexpectedly in yesterday’s news. The first was an article in the New York Times discussing income inequality and shortened life expectancies. The other story came from the US Supreme Court. The Court heard arguments in Glossip v. Gross, a case from Oklahoma about the drugs used for lethal injection executions.[read more]

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]

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]