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Why US Healthcare Costs More

April 23, 2014 by Terry Simpson

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Why are healthcare costs in the United States twice that of other countries? Healthcare inflation has been going on for decades, and although its rise has slowed the last few years, the costs of healthcare threaten to consume both the federal and state budgets and are still a leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States. The main reason is price.[read more]

9 Ways to Kill Your Physician Liaison Program Before It Begins

April 23, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Physician liaison programs often fail at both the practice and the hospital level. Well-intended efforts frequently crash and burn. This resource-wasting demise, in our experience, can be traced directly to one or more of the following “reasons to fail.” Ignore these classic mistakes at your own peril.[read more]

Do Patient Satisfaction Surveys Help or Hurt Reimbursement?

April 22, 2014 by Abby Norman

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Addressing community health literacy as a whole is no small task, but taking even small steps forward to increase access to resources and create content for patients that is easy-to-read, actionable and brief is helpful. Redesigning patient satisfaction surveys to follow a similar format will will assure that the questions are understood.[read more]

ObamaCare Signups: More Than Just the Exchange Numbers

April 22, 2014 by David E Williams

Obamacare survives (Fresh Conservative / photopin cc)

President Obama just announced that 8 million people signed up for coverage on federal and state health insurance exchanges during the initial open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. But focusing just on the exchanges actually seriously underestimates ObamaCare’s impact.[read more]

One Medical Group Scoops Up Additional Funding

April 21, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

Concierge primary care practice One Medical Group has raised more than $117 million in capital with the addition of a new $40 million round announced today. That’s a lot of cash for the seven-year-old company, which now runs 27 primary care offices in six tech-savvy cities including San Francisco, Boston, New York and Chicago.[read more]

Applications, Global Markets in Tissue Engineering and Cell Therapy

April 21, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

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The market for tissue engineering and cell therapy products is set to grow from a respectable $8.3 billion in 2010 to nearly $32 billion by 2018. The largest segment in the overall market for regenerative medicine technologies and products comprises orthopedic applications.[read more]

The Cost of Resistance: Clinical Coding Optimization

April 21, 2014 by Abby Norman

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Physician practices may be lagging behind hospitals when it comes to implementing clinical coding software. The hesitation to do so is costing them not only efficiency in coding, but reimbursements withheld due to avoidable errors. So, why are practices resisting the new technology? The short answer is, upfront cost.[read more]

Beyond the C-Suite: 3 Ways to Build Customer Focus

April 21, 2014 by Dorothy Wetzel

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One of the most encouraging signs of progress in Pharma is the addition of C-suite level Customer or Patient Officers. But it may take some time for C-Suite initiatives to trickle down. Meanwhile, what can be done at the brand level? Here are three ways to jumpstart customer focus on your brand.[read more]

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4 Tips for Getting Medical Staff Buy-In on New Office Technology

April 21, 2014 by Matthew Garms

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New medical devices and programs are introduced to the market every day, and upgrading your systems can save time and money and change the way your entire office functions. But, for some, technology is an obstacle. So how do you get your office on board with new technology?[read more]

Hospital Ad-Wars: Who Wins When Titans Clash?

April 20, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

hospital advertising wars

This is a story about competing hospital systems where the legal wrangling spilled into contentious advertising. The controversial television and newspaper debate became so heated that the governor intervened. (Without much success, however.)[read more]

Hospitals and Social Media: Are You Engaging the Right Audience?

April 20, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

Engaging your patients

Many hospitals are using social media as part of a broader marketing strategy with the goal of engaging patients. A recent study, however, suggests that hospitals that actively manage their online presence may not be attracting the audience they had hoped to reach.[read more]

Interview with Paul Tunnah Founder of Pharmaphorum

April 20, 2014 by Denise Silber

Paul Tunnah interview

Paul Tunnah is the CEO and Founder of pharmaphorum media. He has written and produced numerous articles and reports / white papers during his career, is regarded as a key industry advisor on social media communication and has developed Pharmaphorum media into a globally recognized industry brand.[read more]