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Massachusetts Insurance Companies Reveal Health-Cost Calculators

October 30, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

Massachusetts / shutterstock

Massachusetts is live with its effort to reveal health care prices. This is important not just because health cost transparency is one of our favorite issues; it’s also important because knowing what things cost is a factor in how people choose treatment and what they pay for their health insurance and for their treatments.[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]

Why You Should Be More Afraid of the Flu Than Ebola

October 29, 2014 by Brad Wright

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Instead of offering yet another post that says “Stop worrying about Ebola,” I want to write one that reframes the discussion much like the way Amazon.com sells complementary goods: “Customers who bought this item also bought this other item." So: If you’re scared of catching Ebola, you should be even more scared of catching the flu.[read more]

CMS Announces Win-Win to the Tune of $840 Million

October 28, 2014 by Kenneth Thorpe

CMS lowering costs / shutterstock

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) announcement of an $840 million initiative to improve patient care and lower costs underscores the value of coordinated care and prevention and is a strong step in the direction of preserving quality while improving patient and provider communications.[read more]

Governors Mandate Ebola Quarantine

October 28, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

Chris Christie

Just recently, Governors Cuomo and Christie – a Democrat and a Republican – were shoulder to shoulder as they announced a new and improved Ebola policy to protect their voters, I mean, citizens. There is a reason that politicians should not make health care policy. Will other governors now compete to establish the strictest guidelines?[read more]

Rising, Fading Technologies in the Global Market for Wound Closure

October 27, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

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Technologies emerge, gain clinical acceptance, grow in caseload and become the standard of care. Then new technologies emerge, developed to improve on or eclipse established technologies. They gain acceptance and the cycle continues.[read more]

Calling for Responsible Healthcare Journalism

October 27, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

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As the Ebola virus lands closer to home, it has been disappointing to watch the hype, inaccuracies and blame circulating in various media. Responsible healthcare journalists, weekend warrior bloggers or persons with a Twitter account might want to take into account that as more is learned, protocols and best practices will, as expected, evolve.[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]

Ebola: Are We Relying on EHR to Tell the Story?

October 24, 2014 by Lisa Sams, MSN, RCN

ebola / shutterstock

Electronic health records (EHR) are essential tools in clinical care. When written words in an electronic record become the primary way information is shared among busy clinical staff, I believe we inject increased risk into clinical care. As the nation follows the Dallas case, let’s not lose sight of a crucial lesson from the first day: the role played by the EHR.[read more]

Ebola: Chronicle of a Debacle Foretold

October 24, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Ebola

Ebola is a harrowing disaster in West Africa, killing thousands and leaving devastated families in its wake. Ebola is a surreal debacle in America. No one should be surprised. Ebola followed the same path in each place—the path of indifference and hubris. No one, except Doctors Without Borders, cared enough. In Africa, Atlanta or Dallas.[read more]

Social Media Safety: Virtual Connections Provide Realtime Results

October 23, 2014 by Michael Sherman

social media and natural disasters

Natural disasters including hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes or even pandemics like the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia can change lives forever. Fortunately, today’s social media tech can bring peace of mind with just a few quick clicks.[read more]