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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

SOCAP

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]

How to Communicate with Patients When Words Won't Work

July 14, 2014 by Joan Justice

What if you were a patient with a serious illness, alone in a hospital and you couldn’t communicate verbally with the medical staff? The feeling of loneliness and isolation on top of the emotional burden of being hospitalized with a serious illness would certainly be overwhelming.[read more]

What the FDA's New Social Media Guidance Means for Marketers

July 11, 2014 by Pam Todd

FDA providing guidance.

The FDA is rolling out new recommendations for use of internet and social media by the pharmaceutical industry. They spell out the FDA’s thinking on two topics that have not been specifically addressed before: utilization of platforms that restrict the number of characters you can use and how to correct misinformation on third-party sites.[read more]

Where Cash Is King, What Happens to Patients?

July 10, 2014 by David E Williams

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I’ve started hearing more about physician practices that are opting out of the health insurance system and taking cash for services. In theory, physicians should be able to offer the same level of care while reducing overhead costs and splitting some of the savings with patients. If those patients have high-deductible plans it should work out for everyone.[read more]

Healthcare Progress Depends On "E Interventions"

July 10, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

What are “E Interventions”? These patient interventions don’t qualify for Medicare Part A (hospital), Part B (physician), Part C (health plan) or Part D (medicines) reimbursement. Yet “E Interventions” can significantly improve patient outcomes and reduce cost, as two innovative programs are demonstrating.[read more]