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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]

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Big Names Changing the Future of Personalized Patient Care

October 31, 2014 by Declan Peltier

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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]

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]

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]

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]

Ebola: Chronicle of a Debacle Foretold

October 24, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

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Ebola is a harrowing disaster in West Africa, killing thousands and leaving devastated families in its wake. Ebola is a surreal debacle in America. No one should be surprised. Ebola followed the same path in each place—the path of indifference and hubris. No one, except Doctors Without Borders, cared enough. In Africa, Atlanta or Dallas.[read more]

A Quick Guide to the Marketplace Open Enrollment – Begins Nov 15

October 22, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

2015 Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is right around the corner for the Marketplace. Are you prepared? Do you know what changes are slated for 2015? Do you know the specifics for your state? Do you have the option to keep the same coverage as you had in 2014?[read more]

Combating the Nursing Shortage with Mobile Patient Engagement

October 21, 2014 by Tanya Dainoski

Combating the nursing shortage

By implementing various mobile patient engagement technologies, such as text (SMS) messaging and mobile apps, existing nurses and case managers can manage more patients simultaneously, improving patient satisfaction and decreasing nurse burnout.[read more]

Stopping the Revolving Door of Avoidable Readmissions [VIDEO]

October 20, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

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This video gives examples of what some hospitals are doing throughout the country to successfully reduce avoidable readmissions. What are you doing to reduce avoidable readmissions? Have you discovered additional best practices? Have you tried different measures that didn’t work?[read more]

CMS Proposes Further Expansion of Rewards for Medicare: Retailer Reward Programs

October 15, 2014 by Michael Dermer

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On October 3, CMS proposed new safe harbors to the anti-kickback program would open the door for retailers to clearly allow customers to receive coupons and reward benefits under loyalty type programs when purchasing drugs and other services covered in whole or in part by federal health care programs.[read more]

Ebola and the Bigger Patient Safety Issue

October 13, 2014 by David E Williams

Screwups happen in hospitals every day. Individual cases are being reported now because they’re Ebola-related and therefore newsworthy. I’m hopeful that a positive byproduct of the Ebola scrutiny will be a renewed awareness of patient safety and quality of care issues by hospitals and patients.[read more]

Why Patients Need “E Interventions” Now

October 9, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

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While Medicare represents only 20% of healthcare spending, its reimbursement system is the foundation of commercial healthcare insurance before overlaying unique provisions. Medicare is slow in adding reimbursement for innovation that can diagnose, treat or monitor patients more effectively and efficiently.[read more]