Sign up | Login with →

Health Reform

Interview With Giovanna Marsico, on Patients and Digital Tools #doctors20

May 26, 2015 by Denise Silber

Giovanna Marsico, founder of CancerContribution has been one of the early supporters of Doctors 2.0 & You. She will return to speak about Patient Advocacy and the Use of Social Media on June 4th in a Giovanna Marsicosession with panelists from Europe, the US, and Africa. Denise Silber interviewed Giovanna prior to the event.[read more]

A New Kind of Stress Test

May 26, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Can physicians improve in their on-time performance? We have seen in recent years that there is a potent force that can influences physician behavior. Reimbursement. If payment is linked to how long you have to wait for us, then our schedules will run like a Swiss chronometer.[read more]

Why Retail Competition for Doctors Is Just Plain Scary

May 22, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

During the past five to 10 years, competition among healthcare providers has gone from fairly benign or annoyingly disruptive to a painful upheaval. From hospitals and health systems to solo practitioners, the competitive landscape has changed, and one of the most significant factors that many doctors find especially scary is the staggering ramp-up and value-added sophistication of retail clinics as the platform for health care delivery in the US.[read more]

Call to Action: America's Health Rankings Senior Report

May 20, 2015 by David E Williams

Rankings reports are a great way to spur the public and policymakers to pay attention to important issues. The 2015 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report from the United Health Foundation, released today, is a case in point. I had an opportunity to interview Dr. Reed Tuckson, senior medical advisor to the Foundation, about the report.[read more]

Fragmentation: The Enemy of Patient Outcomes

May 1, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors by rewarding quality over volume. We all want quality, yet Medicare tying more payments to promoting fragmented quality measures continues to ignore the most important quality measure, the patients’ quality of life.[read more]

Disruptions on the Yellow Brick Road

April 28, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

American health care is caught in a cyclone. Every patient, every doctor, every hospital is buffeted by gales blowing hard from the whirlwinds. Lives are upended. Reportedly people have died. And many folks couldn’t be happier about it. Downright gleeful.[read more]

Healthcare Hackathon for Caregivers

April 24, 2015 by Janet Kennedy

Caregivers of people with dementia face many challenges. To aid in problem solving for them, NCHICA, NW AHEC and Quintiles sponsored a healthcare hackathon in Durham, NC on April 11-12, 2015. Get Social Health was there to capture the "Voices of the Healthcare Hackathon."[read more]

Addressing Medicare Cuts

April 17, 2015 by Abby Norman

Yesterday, the house made a fascinating bipartisan decision to repeal the current Medicare payment model and implement what they term the “doc fix” for reimbursing physicians for their Medicare/Medicaid patients. But the problems to be solved with the reimbursement process are far more complex than a relatively simple patch could possible rectify.[read more]

Breaking Bad Healthcare: The Story of Healthcare.gov

April 15, 2015 by Anne Weiler

At a recent event sponsored by University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, Kurt DelBene provided a mini-business case on what went wrong with the project and how his team fixed it.[read more]

Medication Non-Adherence: A $290 Billion Unnecessary Expenditure

April 13, 2015 by Ashish Varshneya

Medical non-adherence / shutterstock

Drug therapy problems present a serious issue in healthcare in the United States. Industry estimates suggest total costs of unnecessary medical expenditures resulting from medication non-adherence to be approximately $300 billion, which represents more than 30% of the total waste (excluding fraud and abuse) in the healthcare system.[read more]

Taxing Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance?

April 3, 2015 by Brad Wright

Taxes & healthcare / shutterstock

Well, we’ve come to the end. This is the final post in the multi-part series on the Burr-Hatch-Upton proposal known as the Patient CARE Act. This one is all about taxes. Specifically, it’s about repealing all of the taxes introduced under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and introducing new taxes to replace them.[read more]

Meaningful Use Stage 3: The Buzz About APIs

March 26, 2015 by David Harlow

The Meaningful Use - Stage 3 proposed rule has been released, with official publication due on March 30. Key to these rules, which lay the foundation for a post-Meaningful Use incentive-driven Health IT ecosystem, is the use of APIs - for the uninitiated, "application programming interfaces" - or simplified connectors that allow for easier transfer of data.[read more]