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Insurance Shopping Tools Online: Open Enrollment Nears

October 31, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

As open enrollment nears, there’s an increase in the number of tools available to help you shop for insurance. Some of them will be better than others; some may try to give you information that lets their creators make money. So pay attention. Here’s a sampling.[read more]

Risk-Proofing the Surgical Episode for Patients

October 31, 2014 by James Dias

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The surgical episode is fraught with risks for the patient, from pre-op decisions all the way through post-surgery recovery. In order to succeed, providers must perform a thorough “risk-proofing project” to eliminate or minimize as many gaps for them as possible. Here are four classes of patient risks that need to be addressed by your program.[read more]

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Big Names Changing the Future of Personalized Patient Care

October 31, 2014 by Declan Peltier

future of personalized care

In recent years, health technology has advanced dramatically. I believe Marc Cuban summed it up nicely when he stated: “Personalized medicine will dramatically change health care, how we get health care, what we need, diagnostics, everything that we do. That to me will be the next earth-shattering impact on the world.”[read more]

Are Electronic Medical Records Really Causing a Crisis?

October 30, 2014 by Tim Edlund

EMR: an improvement

When someone dies of a treatable illness, fingers start pointing. The role of computerized medical records, and particularly the challenge of obtaining relevant details from vast amounts of narrative format, is central in the discussion.[read more]

Hospital Marketing and Ebola: Communication and Education Needed

October 30, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

Ebola: education and communication

Hospitals can use marketing to reassure patients that their doctors and staff have the training needed to deal with Ebola should it cross into the community. This will not only help educate the public about the disease, but also open up a line of communication that will build trust for the healthcare network.[read more]

Massachusetts Insurance Companies Reveal Health-Cost Calculators

October 30, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

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Massachusetts is live with its effort to reveal health care prices. This is important not just because health cost transparency is one of our favorite issues; it’s also important because knowing what things cost is a factor in how people choose treatment and what they pay for their health insurance and for their treatments.[read more]

Preparing for a HIPAA Audit and Avoiding Disaster [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 29, 2014 by Christina Thielst

HIPAA audit preparation

I haven't posted an infographic in a while; I like this one because it combines two of my favorite interest areas: health IT and preparing for disasters (or in this case avoiding one). Check out these five elements for an effective HIPAA audit prep program.[read more]

Why You Should Be More Afraid of the Flu Than Ebola

October 29, 2014 by Brad Wright

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Instead of offering yet another post that says “Stop worrying about Ebola,” I want to write one that reframes the discussion much like the way Amazon.com sells complementary goods: “Customers who bought this item also bought this other item." So: If you’re scared of catching Ebola, you should be even more scared of catching the flu.[read more]

CMS Announces Win-Win to the Tune of $840 Million

October 28, 2014 by Kenneth Thorpe

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) announcement of an $840 million initiative to improve patient care and lower costs underscores the value of coordinated care and prevention and is a strong step in the direction of preserving quality while improving patient and provider communications.[read more]

Governors Mandate Ebola Quarantine

October 28, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

Chris Christie

Just recently, Governors Cuomo and Christie – a Democrat and a Republican – were shoulder to shoulder as they announced a new and improved Ebola policy to protect their voters, I mean, citizens. There is a reason that politicians should not make health care policy. Will other governors now compete to establish the strictest guidelines?[read more]

Rising, Fading Technologies in the Global Market for Wound Closure

October 27, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

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Technologies emerge, gain clinical acceptance, grow in caseload and become the standard of care. Then new technologies emerge, developed to improve on or eclipse established technologies. They gain acceptance and the cycle continues.[read more]

4 Approaches to Improving HCAHPS Scores Through Mobilization

October 27, 2014 by Drew Kearney, Esq.

Patient satisfaction’s impact on reimbursements has many inpatient hospitals focusing on HCAHPS. One of the simplest enhancements to the care experience that can translate into virtually every area of improvement is mobilization.[read more]