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Pushing, Pulling, Nudging and Tipping Healthcare Evidence into Practice: Highlights from ACRM

October 20, 2014 by Anne Weiler

ACRM 2014

We’re just back from two weeks on the road visiting Wellpepper customers and also attending the Annual Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference in Toronto, where our research partners at Boston University presented the preliminary results from a study they’ve been working on.[read more]

Articles about Disclosure in Online Communities

October 20, 2014 by Colleen Young

Stanford Medicine X

Since presenting on the panel at Stanford Medicine X called Communicating the Experience of Illness in the Digital Age, I’ve been giving more thought on the importance and role of self-disclosure in building online health communities. Here are a few papers that Jeana Frost, Meredith Gould and I found.[read more]

Stopping the Revolving Door of Avoidable Readmissions [VIDEO]

October 20, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

avoidable readmissions

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]

Top 3 Reasons People Participate in Clinical Trials

October 20, 2014 by Dan Stempel

One of the biggest challenges clinical trial marketers face is patient recruitment. Identifying their motivating factors will help you to more successfully appeal to potential participants. Here are three of the top reasons people participate in a clinical trial.[read more]

Why the Business of Pain Management Is Big and Getting Bigger

October 20, 2014 by Chris Hoffmann

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Through our research of the pain management market (and hereafter in this report we’ll use the terms ‘pain management’ and ‘pain medicine’ interchangeably), we’ve become convinced that the millions of patients seeking pain treatment in the U.S. could benefit from a more integrated and coordinated care approach.[read more]

Clinical Documentation Improvement: Why Care About Synoptic Reporting?

October 19, 2014 by Tim Edlund

clinical documentation

Synoptic reports provide a more complete view of a patient’s condition than is generally achieved with longer narrative formats. They are computer-based worksheets that medical professionals use to enter and obtain information in a manner that is quicker and more accurate than free-text reports.[read more]

Health IT: A Rapidly Changing — and Lucrative — Industry

October 19, 2014 by Jared Hill

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As technology plays an increasingly important role in reshaping the public healthcare system, there is a naturally an increasing demand for health IT specialists. Health IT specialists are different from conventional IT specialists in a number of ways.[read more]

Trashing Charlie Baker on Outsourcing: Uncalled For

October 19, 2014 by David E Williams

Charlie Baker (R), candidate for Governor of Massachusetts

The mud-slinging continues in the campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. This time Democrat Martha Coakley is attacking Republican Charlie Baker for outsourcing jobs when he was CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care back in 1999. It’s an unfair attack. Baker should be praised instead.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: The Beginners' Guide to Healthcare Blogs

October 18, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor

In an earlier Beyond the Buzz column, I outlined 7 reasons that healthcare professionals should blog. If it inspired you to start your own blog but you aren’t sure where to begin, then today’s article is for you. I am going to show you the first steps to take to get your healthcare blog up and running.[read more]

Patient and Family Advisory Council: Lessons Learned

October 18, 2014 by Christina Thielst

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I recently set up a patient and family advisory council to address safety and quality concerns from the patient/family perspective. Here's what it's like to sit in a room with patients and family members who want to share their experience to make it better for those who follow.[read more]

Can You Afford Readmission Penalties in 2015?

October 18, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

readmission penalties

According to CMS, one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital are readmitted within 30 days. Just so you don’t have to do the math, that equates to 20%. CMS recently released the final regulations for 2015 in regard to readmission penalties. The major changes include new conditions as well as higher readmission penalties.[read more]

Price Transparency: The Devil is in the Detail for Hospitals

October 17, 2014 by Lonnie Hirsch

Healthcare price transparency

Hospitals, physicians and healthcare communicators are grappling with the devilish details of healthcare price transparency. With healthcare transition propelling change, the overarching goals and objectives are praiseworthy. But the high road to meaningful implementation is bumpy at best.[read more]