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The Compelling Case for Doctors to Warmly Embrace Social Media

November 23, 2014 by Lonnie Hirsch

Internet-related communications channels have become, for most medical practices, a primary means to reach, engage and attract new patients. In short, a doctor’s marketing and new business development efforts will be most productive when “fishing where the fish are biting.” But…few doctors embrace the social media opportunity.[read more]

Hot Off the Presses: URAC Specialty Pharmacy Updates

November 22, 2014 by Abby Norman

URAC pharmacy update

URAC accreditation is highly coveted, especially when it comes to Specialty Pharmacy. As such, URAC recently released Revised Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation standards! Here are five steps to achieving and maintaining URAC Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation.[read more]

Your Hospital Social Media Benchmark: How Do You Rank?

November 21, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

For the second consecutive year, Mayo Clinic has landed the top spot on the NurseJournal.org list of the Top 100 Most Social Media Friendly Hospitals for 2014. Over 800 facilities were indexed, pulling Facebook and Twitter stats to determine which are “doing the best job of connecting with their patients through social media.”[read more]

Doctor Discipline: Resources for Judging Quality in Health Care

November 21, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

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When we display prices for medical treatments, inevitably the question of quality comes up. Since price and quality are both hidden from public view in health care, we are always excited to see some source — any source — of quality information. One source: doctor disciplinary listings.[read more]

Collaborative Innovation: A Decade in Perspective

November 20, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

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At the Healthcare Roundtable last month, I had the pleasure of speaking about work that I facilitated at a West-coast community hospital. The need for the work arose from the hospital’s needing to build a new facility to remain in seismic compliance with CA Senate Bill 1953.[read more]

Make Your Hospital's Digital Experience Mom-Friendly

November 20, 2014 by Michael Sherman

mHealth

When it comes to running the household, it's often mom who calls the shots. This is especially true for important healthcare decisions. It should come as no surprise that the smartphone revolution has made Mom even smarter, as she takes increased advantage of paperless media to create electronic records of her family.[read more]

High Drama in an Ambulatory Surgery Center

November 20, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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A few days before I wrote this, a patient had a complication in my office. I have discussed on this blog the distinction between a complication, which is a blameless event, and a negligent act. In my experience, most lawsuits are initiated against complications or adverse medical outcomes, neither of which are the result of medical negligence.[read more]

Health Startups: Rockies Venture Club Nurtures Denver's Ecosystem

November 19, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

Rockies Venture Club

There’s an active health startup ecosystem in the Denver area, where investors are looking at transparency issues, self-tracking devices like the Fitbit, and other ways to build on the big changes in the health care marketplace, I learned at the Colorado Capital Conference held by the Rockies Venture Club in Denver last Wednesday through Friday.[read more]

Medicaid for All?

November 19, 2014 by David E Williams

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The Affordable Care Act is injecting billions upon billions of dollars to provide Medicaid to previously uninsured people. More money should help healthcare providers’ finances, not hurt them. So what’s going on? To summarize, Medicaid reimburses for services at only about half the rate of what commercial health plans pay.[read more]

Telemedicine Market Shows Strong Growth Due to Healthcare Changes

November 19, 2014 by David Avitabile

Telemedicine

In a report from global market research company IHS, telemedicine, which is defined as "the use of medical devices and communication technology together to monitor diseases and symptoms," is predicted to grow at a cumulative annual growth rate of more than 56 percent between 2013 and 2018.[read more]

HIPAA: Liability to Private Parties for Violations

November 18, 2014 by David Harlow

Last week, Connecticut joined at least nine other states (DE, KY, ME, MN, MO, NC, TN, UT, WV) in recognizing that, while HIPAA does not create a private right of action for violation of privacy, it does constitute a standard against which the actions of a defendant in such a case will be judged.[read more]

Telemedicine: CY 2015 MPFS Reportage and Dangers of the Echo Chamber

November 17, 2014 by David Harlow

While payment for remote patient monitoring of chronic conditions turned out to be a chimera - at least for now - payment for chronic care management services, previously discussed in the CY 2013 and 2014 MPFS Rules, has been finalized in the CY 2015 MPFS.[read more]