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Risk-Proofing the Surgical Episode for Patients

October 31, 2014 by James Dias

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The surgical episode is fraught with risks for the patient, from pre-op decisions all the way through post-surgery recovery. In order to succeed, providers must perform a thorough “risk-proofing project” to eliminate or minimize as many gaps for them as possible. Here are four classes of patient risks that need to be addressed by your program.[read more]

Physicians Agonize About Salary Negotiations

October 31, 2014 by Doximity Blog

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If you get the butterflies at the thought of negotiating with a hospital CEO or practice administrator or even a fellow physician, you are not alone. In our independent survey of physicians of different specialties, although excited with the new career ahead, over 72% of residents had a negative feeling about negotiating.[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 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]

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]

Incorporating Patient Reported Outcomes in Post-Surgery Evaluation

October 27, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Patient Reported Outcomes

How do you determine if a procedure was successful? Patient-reported outcomes (PRO’s) are increasingly important in evaluating results of treatment. Given that the patient must be considered as the center of any healthcare system, PRO’s also impact physician evaluation.[read more]

5 Collection Strategies That Won't Ruin Your Relationship with Patients

October 27, 2014 by Abby Norman

Even though you are technically seeking to “collect” payment from patients who may have outstanding balances, if you want to maintain positive and supportive relationships with them, it would be unwise to approach payments through a facade of intimidation and penalty.[read more]

Ebola Prevention Measures Likely Will Have Long Term Benefits

October 26, 2014 by Abby Norman

Ebola

Even if there is not a widespread Ebola outbreak in the U.S., the beefing up of infection prevention measures and emergency response protocols will only serve as vital practice and planning for outbreaks that, while may not be Ebola, could have devastating consequences for communities.[read more]

The Concerns of BYOD in Healthcare

October 25, 2014 by Rick Deglado

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Physicians, nurses and hospital administrators are all taking advantage of BYOD and using their phones and tablets at work to help store important information and manage busy schedules. With the high importance and sensitivity of patient information, are hospitals taking the right measures to ensure it’s secure?[read more]