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Post or Perish? Disseminating Scientific Research and the Kardashian Index

September 1, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Publish or perish has long been the mantra of academic research. While this used to be limited to peer-reviewed journals, researchers are increasingly needing to include public outreach through social media to their list of communication vehicles.[read more]

The Medical Marijuana Mess

August 30, 2014 by David E Williams

recreational marijuana

Marijuana should be decriminalized so that those who consume it for whatever purpose are not subject to arrest and imprisonment, with all the personal and societal costs that brings, but the widespread use of marijuana should not be encouraged.[read more]

8 Things CFOs Must Know About Health Reform

August 29, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

Chicago’s racial and ethnic divides: OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA

Health care in the US is a multi-billion dollar business, and understanding the financial implications of health reform will make or break every CFO. Knowing that health access, demand, quality and payment changes are inevitable there is an immediate need for CFOs across the ecosystems to embrace and plan for transformation.[read more]

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5 CDC Social Media Activities That Influenced Online Conversations About Ebola

August 27, 2014 by Amy Rowland

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Concerns about Ebola quickly lit up social media as people reacted to the news that Ebola patients were coming to U.S. soil from Liberia within three days of each other. The following five CDC tactics on social media formed part of a broader risk communication plan.[read more]

How Telehealth Will Support the Triple Aim

August 26, 2014 by Abby Norman

Triple Aim

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has adopted the concept of The Triple Aim to serve as a guiding light for healthcare organizations to improve patient outcome measures. Hospitals need to incorporate the outcomes measures into their workflows. One way that hospitals will be doing this in the next couple of years is through telehealth.[read more]

Good Riddance to Routine Pelvic Examinations

August 26, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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So much in medicine and in life is done out of habit. We do stuff simply because that’s the way we always did it. Repetition leads to the belief that we are doing the right thing. Life gets more interesting when folks question long standing beliefs and practices, forcing us to ask ourselves if what we are doing makes any sense.[read more]

Patient Safety Lessons All Around Us

August 23, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

patient safety lessons at Telluride

As the Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp 2014 Sessions come to a close, we are buoyed by our ever-expanding network of young and enthusiastic health care providers in-training, turning patient safety into a creative science. Colin Flood, an attendee, recently posted the following reminder that patient safety lessons exist all around us.[read more]

CMS Proposed Payment Changes for Outpatient Procedures

August 21, 2014 by Andy Salmen

On July 14, 2014, the CMS released its Proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) schedule for out-patient departments, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Here are the key points to know about how the proposed changes will affect physician medical billing.[read more]

Physicians Lose Right of Free Speech

August 20, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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A Federal Appeals Court recently decided in a Florida case that physicians could be sanctioned if they asked patients if they owned firearms if it was not medically necessary to do so. Entering this information into the medical record could also result professional discipline.[read more]

Health Insurance Benefits: Can You Have It Your Way?

August 19, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

As the percentage of large employers that consider a shift to defined contribution and/or private exchange increases, the number of options – and flexibility in those options – must also increase. Consideration for those options rose last year from 14% to 18% among large employers (500+ employees).[read more]

Andre Blackman: Sustain or Die Manifesto [PODCAST]

August 18, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Andre Blackman

Andre Blackman is an influential and connected agent of change/innovation within the health care community. He is very passionate about the intersection of media, technology and useful innovative concepts as it relates to the improvement of population and systemic health.[read more]

Scrutinizing Adherence Must Not Be Shortsighted

August 17, 2014 by Kenneth Thorpe

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Considering how critical taking medications as prescribed is to managing chronic diseases effectively, it should be no surprise that improving patient adherence to medicines can deliver great value. This truth makes the conclusions of an article in Health Affairs’ about declining medication adherence rates in Medicare Part D particularly troubling.[read more]