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Prioritizing Security in the Era of Healthcare BYOD

November 24, 2014 by Rick Deglado

Too many institutions leave patient data vulnerable and their organizations open to future lawsuits. As BYOD grows in popularity, administrators need to go the extra mile in prioritizing security. Only then can they feel safe knowing healthcare workers have access to everything they need from their personal devices.[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]

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]

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]

Online Patient Community Building in Hospitals [PODCAST]

November 17, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

With the advent of easily accessible digital technology and online access, resources are now available to create and support a patient community. Dan Hinmon, President of Hive Strategies, specializes in helping hospitals and healthcare organizations set up their own patient communities.[read more]

Impact of Payer Mix Shift on Orthopedic Practice Payments

November 11, 2014 by Andy Salmen

In order to maintain a healthy revenue stream, it is key that your practice has a well-balanced mix of payers. If your revenue stream seems to be sagging it could be that your payer mix has shifted in a negative direction. Here are some things you can do to address that situation.[read more]

Swamped: America's Health Care System Is Drowning in Misery

November 11, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

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Value-based care is the insurance industry’s ploy for discounting clinicians’ reimbursement after the care has been given. No one should be surprised that medical students are shunning primary care residencies. How many of us are interested in jobs that don’t reveal the pay until the work is done?[read more]

Is Meaningful Use Working? How Can Innovators Encourage EHR Adoption?

November 11, 2014 by Shahid Shah

Earlier this year NueMD created a nice looking Meaningful Use Infographic — asking the question whether MU was helping or hurting EHR Adoption. I asked Dr. William Rusnak, a healthcare IT writer for NueMD, to tell us what that infographic meant for innovators and folks building solutions. Here’s what Dr. Rusnak said.[read more]

7 Psychology Hacks to Improve Patient Satisfaction

November 10, 2014 by Abby Norman

You may not remember that Psychology 101 course you took in medical school, but if you want to improve patient satisfaction, you might want to revisit it. Here are a few “life hacks” that can get you thinking about how minor changes in your patient interactions can lead to better outcomes for both of you.[read more]

5 Changes Implemented by a Florida Hospital to Improve the ER

November 8, 2014 by Abby Norman

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Florida Hospital Tampa realized that emergency room care begins with design. When they realized that the problems stacking up against them were turning into a seemingly endless list, they took a leap of faith, trashed the old ways and redesigned the entire concept of an emergency room.[read more]