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Best Practices for Proxy Data Access

April 19, 2014 by Christina Thielst

proxy data access for patients / shutterstock

TOWER has helped clients understand patient needs and expectations around granting proxy access to family and friends who assume critical rolls in helping the patient manage care process, such as, paying bills, managing appointment details or monitoring prescription changes or test results.[read more]

Better Medical Marketing with the New (and Free) Medicare Data Set of 880,000 Providers

April 19, 2014 by Chen Sirkis

Medicare data set (photo: longislandwins)

The U.S. medical market has been in turmoil since the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a comprehensive data set including all of the $77 billion in Medicare payments paid to over 880,000 physicians in 2012. It identifies by name every physician or provider reimbursed by Medicare.[read more]

ICD-10 Delay: What It Means to You

April 18, 2014 by Andy Salmen

ICD-10 delayed (image: Stuart Miles)

The 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems introduces a significant change to the coding system. That has some practitioners scrambling to accommodate the over 67,000 coding options in ICD-10.[read more]

HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance: Should You Care?

April 18, 2014 by David Harlow

security / shutterstock

The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule became effective just over one year ago. The compliance date was just over six months ago. Within about another six months (plus or minus), Federal regulators – at the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services – will begin a new round of HIPAA compliance audits.[read more]

Prescription Drugs in the United States [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 18, 2014 by Indy Kavelaars

Prescription drugs (Source: Clarityway)

Here's a great infographic about prescription drugs in the United States. The information contained within it leads us to this conclusion: medication adherence must be optimized. This is possible with a medication adherence support system or a prescription drug monitoring program.[read more]

Lack of Listening Is the Core Problem in American Health Care

April 17, 2014 by Stephen Schimpff

social listening

When doctors do not have enough time to really listen the result is that they do not listen. A study from 1984 of primary care physicians observed throughout patient visits revealed that the doctor interrupted the patient within 18 seconds on average. This lack of listening is the core care problem in American healthcare today.[read more]

Improving Clinical Outcomes by Addressing Social and Basic Needs

April 17, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

address social and basic needs

Our healthcare system is not designed to address social and basic needs. But reducing the cost of healthcare and improving clinical outcomes may be more about addressing the social and basic needs of super-utilizers (50% of all spending) than it is about clinical care.[read more]

The Aesthetics and Reconstructive Surgery Products Global Market

April 16, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

Aeshetics & reconstructive surgery products

Global medical aesthetic products are to achieve sales of more than $6.5 billion in 2013. Through 2018 the market is expected to reach a value of about $10.7 billion. Europe has been witnessing relatively a slower growth of 6.6% per year. The U.S. market still represents 45% of the global market.[read more]

Zohydro Ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

April 16, 2014 by David E Williams

I agree with Governor Deval Patrick that opiate addiction is a huge problem in Massachusetts (and many other places). But the attempt to ban sales of Zohydro is a bad idea that’s likely to have a negligible impact on the addiction crisis, while potentially harming one of Massachusetts’ most important industries.[read more]

Bundled Payments: Rewarding Quality and Value

April 16, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

Transformation to bundled payments

The Medicare reimbursement system is in the process of transforming healthcare as we know it from a traditional fee-for-service model to a system that rewards based on quality, care coordination, accountability, and healthcare cost savings. Here's an outline of benefits and risks.[read more]

A New Era for the Public Healthcare Sector

April 15, 2014 by Siemens Healthcare

Gustavo Pulti, Mayor of General Pueyrredón Municipality

Beaches, fishing, and sweet pastries filled with dulce de leche were the hallmarks of Mar del Plata in the past. But now, the city – located on the Atlantic coast, about 400 kilometers south of the Argentine megacity of Buenos Aires – has a new trademark: the Centro de Especialidades Médicas Ambulatorias (CEMA).[read more]

Sued for Medical Malpractice - Again

April 15, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

malpractice suits

Sure, there are positive elements present in the medical malpractice system, but they are dwarfed and suffocated by the drawbacks. The self-serving arguments supporting the current system are far outweighed by the financial and emotional costs that innocent physicians unfairly bear. Tort reform should not be controversial.[read more]