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Meaningful Use Stage 3: The Buzz About APIs

March 26, 2015 by David Harlow

The Meaningful Use - Stage 3 proposed rule has been released, with official publication due on March 30. Key to these rules, which lay the foundation for a post-Meaningful Use incentive-driven Health IT ecosystem, is the use of APIs - for the uninitiated, "application programming interfaces" - or simplified connectors that allow for easier transfer of data.[read more]

Aging Gracefully Part 4: Comprehensive Primary Care for the Elderly

March 25, 2015 by Stephen Schimpff

Comprehensive primary care is essential to good health, wellness and needed medical care during our elder years. The Erickson Living retirement communities have developed an approach that appears to work well for its residents. Let me use it as an example. The fundamental concept is to assure that everyone has comprehensive primary care.[read more]

A Medicaid Block Grant by Any Other Name Would Stink

March 24, 2015 by Brad Wright

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The Burr-Hatch-Upton proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) calls for a “transition to capped allotment to provide states with predictable funding and flexibility.” How do they propose to do this? By rolling back the Medicaid expansion and converting the Medicaid program to a block grant.[read more]

From Millennials to Seniors: How to Meet Diverse Digital Demands in Healthcare

March 23, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

Millennials and Seniors

Unlike a majority of marketers who promote a single product, healthcare marketers don’t often have the luxury of honing in on one specific target market. Medical care is a necessity for patients young and old, male and female, short and tall. Illnesses and diseases won't discriminate, and with your digital marketing materials, you have to engage them all.[read more]

Aging Gracefully, Part 3: The Importance of Comprehensive Primary Care

March 23, 2015 by Stephen Schimpff

Most people misunderstand what constitutes really good primary care. We can slow the aging process with appropriate life style and behaviors as discussed in my last post. That is good but it is not enough. As we age it’s also important to have comprehensive primary care.[read more]

Problem for Women Who Can't Afford Care

March 19, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Childbirth is the leading cause of hospital admission. Almost four million women were admitted to American hospitals to deliver babies in 2010 (latest available data). Good, safe obstetrical care is not precision medicine. The principles of maternity care are straightforward and can be practiced successfully worldwide. Even here.[read more]

Will Accountable Care Be a Game Changer?

March 17, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

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Accountable Care is the third transformational wave of trying to improve health care outcomes and costs since the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1966. Accountable Care dominates the healthcare industry discussion while ACA dominates the mainstream discussion.[read more]

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Downing Energy Drinks: A Real Buzz Kill

March 17, 2015 by Bert Louthian

National Poison Prevention Week is a good time to focus on the dangers of an easily purchased and commonly consumed beverage that accounted for nearly 3,000 reports to poison control centers in the U.S. in 2014 -- energy drinks such as Red Bull, Rockstar and Monster.[read more]

Celebrating Partnerships in Cancer

March 9, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Powerful Patients at Moffitt Cancer Center

I have written many times here about my frustration when groups that are supposed to have a devotion to cancer patients as their top priority get sidetracked by egos, distrust of one another, bureaucratic procedures and turf wars. But I am happy to report some instances now when groups are working together as true partners.[read more]

Are Epiphanies the Key to Fixing Healthcare?

March 2, 2015 by Michael Dermer

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Perhaps epiphanies are the key to fixing the healthcare system. In an ideal world consumers would engage in healthy behaviors without any need for extrinsic rewards or other engagement tools and behavioral economic levers. Unfortunately, for many reasons, most consumers simply do not.[read more]

Measles Vaccine: A Right to Refuse Treatment

February 25, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

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I recognize an informed individual’s right to refuse treatment. An adult with appendicitis has a right to refuse appendectomy, against the advice of the surgeon. But does a parent have a right to deny the measles vaccine for their kids? I don’t think so. Here’s why.[read more]

A New Protection for Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions?

February 25, 2015 by Brad Wright

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“Under our plan, no one can be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition.” Under the ACA, the phrase “no one” literally means “no one,” while in the Burr-Hatch-Upton proposal it means “no one who is continuously enrolled in a health plan offering at least catastrophic coverage following a one-time open enrollment period."[read more]