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Hospital Administration

Top 10 ICD-10 Codes You Won't Believe Are Real

July 30, 2014 by Abby Norman

ICD-10's top 10 head-scratchers

The hassle of adopting ICD-10 has only just begun for some - others might imply that they’ve been waiting for it for years, having started preparations many moons ago. While I’m sure any medical coder would tell you that they have a list of crucial and obvious missing codes, some of them seem a little odd to me.[read more]

Navigating the Hospital Maze: Is Poor Design Destroying Your Branding?

July 29, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

Navigating the hospital

Marketers work hard to present an image of hospitals that patients can rely upon when they actually walk through the door. A hospital that is difficult to navigate, however, can instantly tarnish years of hospital branding. That is why some hospitals are making an effort to re-think the way their building is navigated in order to improve the patient experience.[read more]

Why 1 + 1 = 10 for Physicians and Information Technologists

July 28, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Demand for doctors is on the rise

An article in Becker’s Hospital Review caught my attention, because of what it portends for the careers of physicians and health IT workers. The article, 10 Concerns and Trends Facing Hospitals Right Now, is a terrific synopsis of everything a hospital CEO should be focused on these days if he or she wants his or her hospital to survive.[read more]

Medicaid Should Not Impoverish Doctors and Hospitals

July 28, 2014 by David E Williams

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Since Medicaid pays doctors and hospitals 27 to 65 percent less than commercial health plans, it makes it awfully difficult for providers to be payer agnostic. Sure enough, we see even supposedly mission-driven non-profit healthcare systems looking to maximize their share of the commercial population by catering to that group.[read more]

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How Big Data Hadoop Can Save Patients from a Crippling Healthcare System

July 28, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Hadoop to the rescue?

One of the biggest challenges that our information-driven healthcare industry faces is the fact that data is growing faster than healthcare organizations can consume it. 80% of medical data is unstructured, yet clinically relevant. The Big Data solution could be Hadoop and the Enterprise Data Hub.[read more]

When Should Doctors Turn Patients Away?

July 27, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

A few days before this writing, a 32-year-old woman came to see me for an opinion on stomach pain. Why would I refuse to see her again? Abdominal pain is an everyday occurrence for a gastroenterologist. She was accompanied by her mother. I had never met this woman previously.[read more]

Medical Mistakes: To Err Is Human - Yes and No?

July 26, 2014 by Bill Crounse

medical mistakes

According to information shared at a recent Senate hearing, preventable medical errors are the number three killer in America. It is estimated that medical mistakes kill 1000 Americans every day and harm another 10,000 people a day due to complications resulting from non-fatal medical errors. How can that be, you say?[read more]

Should Hospitals Design with Patients in Mind?

July 25, 2014 by Abby Norman

It’s no secret to anyone in the healthcare industry that there’s a huge emphasis on patient satisfaction scores these days – predominantly because they are so closely linked with reimbursement in the new healthcare landscape. Hospitals are taking ‘satisfaction’ a step further: how about patient aesthetic?[read more]

There May Be Zombies in Your Hospital

July 23, 2014 by James Dias

While the CDC and the Pentagon have both issued emergency preparedness plans for a zombie apocalypse, zombies may already be among us, lurking around the corners in hospital hallways or seated at the nearest nurses’ station. Here are three types of “zombies” that may be in your hospital and what you should do about them.[read more]

Health Business TV: Cash for Specialists, eVisits, Nursing Shortage Myth

July 23, 2014 by David E Williams

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In this fifth episode of Health Business TV, I discuss my interview with HelloMD about cash payments to specialists, the long and slow evolution of eVisits, more on the nursing shortage myth, the United Independent Party in Massachusetts, and an update on the proposed 29% health insurance premium hike for our business.[read more]

Passive Medical Income While You Sleep?

July 18, 2014 by Tony Mork

medical income

Generating revenue from a website is not a strange concept. Unless of course, you are a doctor. Most medical professionals consider their websites as information portals with nothing to do with e-commerce, but as the money dries up with the actual practice of medicine, you need to consider some alternatives to bolster falling revenues.[read more]

10 Things Hospital Leadership Need to Know About Social Media and Marketing

July 18, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

healthcare social media 

Building any brand can be difficult, but in the US, hospital identity and branding are paramount to success within a community. By listening to patients, getting feedback on wants and needs, engaging individuals and creating new incentives, a better reputation, greater trust and improved health outcomes can all be achieved.[read more]