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Post or Perish? Disseminating Scientific Research and the Kardashian Index

September 1, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Publish or perish has long been the mantra of academic research. While this used to be limited to peer-reviewed journals, researchers are increasingly needing to include public outreach through social media to their list of communication vehicles.[read more]

Think Like a Reviewer: Utilization Review

August 31, 2014 by Abby Norman

utilization review

One of the major focuses for utilization review teams is the issue of medical necessity. Because medical necessity is a topic that will often bring about the skepticism of Recovery Audit Contractors, it’s important to assess the issue on an ongoing basis.[read more]

The Medical Marijuana Mess

August 30, 2014 by David E Williams

recreational marijuana

Marijuana should be decriminalized so that those who consume it for whatever purpose are not subject to arrest and imprisonment, with all the personal and societal costs that brings, but the widespread use of marijuana should not be encouraged.[read more]

Doctors 2.0 Storify at World Health Innovation Day

August 30, 2014 by Denise Silber

World Health Innovation Day

Enjoy this storify relating the sessions at the first World Innovation Day for Health Competition in Geneva.[read more]

How the New Requirements for Pathology Lab Accreditation Benefit You

August 30, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Pathology Lab

Appropriate, clear and concise clinical documentation methods are vital for every patient's medical record. In the field of Pathology, clinical documentation is even more critical. The Joint Commission has issued new requirements for accreditation. As of July 1, 2014, every Pathology lab is required to use synoptic reporting in order to qualify.[read more]

8 Things CFOs Must Know About Health Reform

August 29, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

Chicago’s racial and ethnic divides: OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA

Health care in the US is a multi-billion dollar business, and understanding the financial implications of health reform will make or break every CFO. Knowing that health access, demand, quality and payment changes are inevitable there is an immediate need for CFOs across the ecosystems to embrace and plan for transformation.[read more]

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5 CDC Social Media Activities That Influenced Online Conversations About Ebola

August 27, 2014 by Amy Rowland

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Concerns about Ebola quickly lit up social media as people reacted to the news that Ebola patients were coming to U.S. soil from Liberia within three days of each other. The following five CDC tactics on social media formed part of a broader risk communication plan.[read more]

How Telehealth Will Support the Triple Aim

August 26, 2014 by Abby Norman

Triple Aim

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has adopted the concept of The Triple Aim to serve as a guiding light for healthcare organizations to improve patient outcome measures. Hospitals need to incorporate the outcomes measures into their workflows. One way that hospitals will be doing this in the next couple of years is through telehealth.[read more]

Massive Data Breach: Time for Sports Analogies?

August 26, 2014 by David Harlow

In reading an account of the recent attack on Community Health Systems that netted the bad guys 4.5 million patient records, I was struck by the notion put across in the article that all we have to do is work harder to patch vulnerabilities, that with a better defense we can win the game against a skilled quarterback.[read more]

Good Riddance to Routine Pelvic Examinations

August 26, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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So much in medicine and in life is done out of habit. We do stuff simply because that’s the way we always did it. Repetition leads to the belief that we are doing the right thing. Life gets more interesting when folks question long standing beliefs and practices, forcing us to ask ourselves if what we are doing makes any sense.[read more]

Enterprise Dose Management Is Radiology's Opportunity to Lead

August 24, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

AHRA 2014

In a session at last week’s AHRA annual meeting titled, “An Executive Guide to Implementing a Successful Enterprise Dose Solution,” Chris Tomlinson, MBA, director of radiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, urged administrators to not be myopic.[read more]

Patient Safety Lessons All Around Us

August 23, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

patient safety lessons at Telluride

As the Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp 2014 Sessions come to a close, we are buoyed by our ever-expanding network of young and enthusiastic health care providers in-training, turning patient safety into a creative science. Colin Flood, an attendee, recently posted the following reminder that patient safety lessons exist all around us.[read more]