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Waiting for HIPAA Clarity? Who Has Time?

September 19, 2014 by David Harlow

New regulations are not going to change the scope and applicability of HIPAA/HITECH. Ultimately, If we want a more friendly regulatory environment, it will require an act of Congress, and Congress is pretty unable to act these days, so I wouldn't hold my breath.[read more]

Republican States Swallow Their Pride on Medicaid Expansion

September 19, 2014 by David E Williams

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Pennsylvania and now Utah are joining other Republican-run states that have decided to say yes to the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act after all, after obstinately deciding to say no after the Supreme Court effectively made expansion optional more than two years ago.[read more]

What the Ebola Outbreak Shows Us About Modern Health Technology

September 19, 2014 by Patti Doherty, R.N.

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Unfortunately, emerging disease outbreaks are nothing new. However, the current Ebola virus outbreak in Africa is showing us more than just the cracks in international public health response effectiveness: it is also showing how modern healthcare technology can help defeat the virus and how it could be applied to other emerging diseases.[read more]

How Merck's Jain is Helping Pharma Catch up to the Digital Health Movement

September 18, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

Jain is Catching Merck Up

Dr. Sachin Jain is a very good example of how pharma is leveraging digital technologies to improve how treatments are developed and delivered to patients. He joined Merck in 2012 as its chief medical information and innovation officer charged with pairing with health systems.[read more]

Are Those Cute Baby Pictures in the Doctor's Office Offending HIPAA?

September 18, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Pictures and Privacy

Baby pictures have a nearly universal “human touch” appeal. On the social media scale of cuteness, engagement and share-ability, babies, kids and grandkids are at the top. But evidently “cute” has its limits when baby pictures are publically posted, as they commonly are, in doctors’ offices.[read more]

Why Outsourcing Your IRO Is a Good Idea

September 18, 2014 by Abby Norman

Outsourcing IROs

In any industry there are times when an outside perspective is the difference between progress and an impasse. In healthcare, where the bottom line of can be at odds with the wants and needs of the patients and payers, a third-party perspective can help to untangle the web of miscommunication.[read more]

Veterans and mHealth: A Sensible Patient Engagement Strategy

September 17, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Patient Engagement

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has been taking it on the chin of late with allegations (and proof) of delayed appointments and care at some facilities, and charges that these delays have led to poor outcomes and even death. This is most likely caused by poor administration rather than poor care.[read more]

Should You Trust Your Doctor's Advice?

September 17, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

Trusting a Doctor's Advice

Is your doctor a hammer and you're a nail? Here's some insider's advice coaxing patients to be more wary and skeptical of medical advice. Should you trust your doctor? Absolutely. But you need to serve as a spirited advocate for your own health or bring one with you.[read more]

Taking a Fresh Look at Disruptive Physician Conduct

September 17, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

The reason that I entitled this post “A Fresh Look at Disruptive Physician Conduct” is that I was pleased that it had been selected for presentation at a major surgical meeting. For too long, this subject has been swept under the rug.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Incremental Innovation Is Sometimes What the Doctor Needs

September 16, 2014 by David Davidovic

A lot of innovation in healthcare is incremental and progressive—and there is absolutely nothing wrong with baby steps. From time to time, we need to step back and look at bigger timeframes in which multiple relatively small, sequential innovations have taken place.[read more]

Is NCQA Accreditation Right for You?

September 16, 2014 by Abby Norman

NCQA accreditation

In the alphabet soup of healthcare accreditation, chances are there are at least one or two accrediting bodies that you aren’t entirely sure about – one of those might be NCQA. Who are they, what do they accredit and do you need their accreditation in your organization?[read more]

Newlyweds Show Us How to Face Cancer Together

September 16, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Jessica and Esteban Izquierdo

The other day, Patient Power producer Tamara Lobban-Jones gave us a terrific video love story. It’s the story of newlyweds Jessica and Esteban Izquierdo and how Jessica was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma just weeks before their wedding.[read more]