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Sharp HealthCare: Building Credibility with the Hispanic Community [PODCAST]

October 1, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Jessica Lopez, Sharp Healthcare

The concept of “Show Me, Don’t Tell Me” is a fundamental theme for Sharp Healthcare as it works to build credibility, trust and relationships with the large Hispanic community in their San Diego service area. Face-to-face interaction in the community is vital to success.[read more]

Online Messaging Can Improve Support Group Relationships

October 1, 2014 by Danny Lieberman

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Using online services and smartphone apps for private messaging and sharing like Pathcare, Whisper, and CoverMe (an iPhone app for private Texting & Secure Phone Calls), it’s never been easier to conduct a private, ad-free conversation with members of your support group.[read more]

#ThinkFurther: The Future of Medicine [VIDEO]

September 30, 2014 by David Harlow

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In health care, there have been tremendous advances in the past fifty years, and we quite reasonably expect the pace of change to pick up and bring us into a profoundly improved future. How will we be able to get to the next level in terms of control, or even prevention, of debilitating chronic diseases including Alzheimer’s?[read more]

Paul O'Neill on Protecting Our Healthcare Workforce: #NPSFLLI7

September 29, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

I had the long-awaited pleasure of hearing Paul O’Neill, 72nd Secretary of the US Treasury and more, speak in person during his breakout session at last week’s Lucian Leape Forum. Much of O’Neill’s breakout session was based on the LLI white paper, Through the Eyes of the Workforce.[read more]

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The Medical Marijuana Movement Deconstructed

September 27, 2014 by Jessica Socheski

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Marijuana is making its way into more and more peoples’ lives. Many things have been debated, like the efficacy of medical marijuana and what legalizing it will do to not only our economy but also our general outlook on other banned substances. Here are some points to consider.[read more]

Informal Influence in Healthcare: #NPSFLLI7

September 26, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

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The 7th Annual National Patient Safety Foundation and Lucian Leape Institute Forum and Gala was held last week in Boston, gathering patient safety leaders together to share knowledge, recharge and re-energize their efforts in making care safer for healthcare professionals and patients.[read more]

Expanding Insurance May Not Mean Long Lines and Trouble Seeing the Doctor

September 26, 2014 by Brad Wright

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If more people have the ability to go to the doctor, and there isn’t suddenly a corresponding increase in doctors, then either doctors are going to have to see more patients in less time, or patients are going to have to wait to be seen. There’s just one important question: Is that really what will happen?[read more]

Medical Complications Torture Doctors, Too

September 25, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

Rash-causing drug: a medical complication

A complication is a blameless event, in contrast to a negligent act when the physician is culpable. These days, for many reasons, an actual complication is confused or misconstrued as an error. Some complications are more difficult on physicians than others.[read more]

The "7 Deadly Sins" That Lead to Preventable Readmissions

September 25, 2014 by James Dias

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Preventable readmissions are a top focus for healthcare administration due to recent Medicare penalties. If reducing readmissions is one of your goals, here are 7 deadly sins that must be avoided to ensure that once patients leave your facility they don’t return too soon.[read more]

The Information Junkies in Your Support Group

September 25, 2014 by Danny Lieberman

Information junkies

You have a support group member who always shows up a few minutes early armed with notes and lists of questions. You have members who are always online and seeking information – and never satisfied with what they find. Information addiction is a common problem with support group communications.[read more]

Uninsured Rate Has Fallen, But May Soon Increase

September 22, 2014 by Brad Wright

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The early indications are that more people have coverage, and things seem to be moving in the right direction. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. According to a recent report, the end of the third quarter may bring a slight uptick to the number of uninsured.[read more]

Why Do I Only Get 10 Minutes with My Doctor?

September 22, 2014 by Stephen Schimpff

The doctor asks a few questions, does a brief exam, gives you a prescription, suggests you see the specialist and off you go, all within 8-12 minutes. No time for delving deeply into your issues. No time to build trust. No time for compassion. No time for actual healing. Why so quick? It is all in the numbers.[read more]