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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]

Should You Give Up on ACOs?

October 30, 2014 by Abby Norman

ACOs

Some healthcare organizations are finding that while ACOs might be remarkable in theory, they are really a struggle to put into practice. There comes a time when the risk/benefit profile may suggest that the time isn’t right for ACO adoption – but how can healthcare systems evaluate if that’s true for them?[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]

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Physicians Finding the Joy in Population Health

October 30, 2014 by Andrew Mellin

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In practices in which successful population health management programs have been established, I’ve heard many anecdotal stories about reluctant physicians who were hesitant to accept the “intrusion” of care managers into their patient population. Months later, they realized the benefits.[read more]

The Public Physician: @Doctor_V guest on #hcsmca

October 29, 2014 by Colleen Young

The Public Physician

33 Charts was one of the first blogs I followed and Dr. Bryan Vartabedian (@Doctor_V) one of the first people I followed on Twitter. On Wednesday, October 29 at 9pm ET, Bryan will join #hcsmca to talk about the public physician and his new e-book, The Public Physician.[read more]

The Importance of Time in Orthopedic Patient Payment Collections

October 29, 2014 by Andy Salmen

When it comes to collecting payments for orthopedic services rendered, time is the enemy. As time passes, the likelihood for reimbursement decreases. What can a practice do to ensure the collection of payments? One solution that will increase the likelihood of being reimbursed is upfront collection of payments.[read more]

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How to Use Analytics to Improve Readmission Rates

October 29, 2014 by Asha Saxena

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Analytics can give your hospital an in-depth look into what things are (and aren’t) working and allow you the opportunity to take action and fill holes in your patient care program. As a result of gathering and analyzing data for your facility, you can lower readmission rates and save your hospital from financial penalties and harmful press.[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]

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]

Make Your Hospital's Facebook Page a Content Generator

October 28, 2014 by Michael Sherman

Your hospital's Facebook page

It is essential to keep your hospital’s Facebook page current with fresh, compelling content, or you’ll risk giving the impression that you’re disconnected from your audience — or worse yet, out of business. Here are two tips to liven up your page and make it a digital destination.[read more]

Health IT and Digital Health Jobs, Qualifications, and Certification Benefits

October 28, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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To help separate fact from fiction and dive a little deeper in to the realities of healthcare IT opportunities, I reached out to Beth Kelly, a freelance writer from Chicago, IL to summarize the projected outlook for specialized positions within the field of health IT.[read more]