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Why US Healthcare Costs More

April 23, 2014 by Terry Simpson

Expensive healthcare / shutterstock

Why are healthcare costs in the United States twice that of other countries? Healthcare inflation has been going on for decades, and although its rise has slowed the last few years, the costs of healthcare threaten to consume both the federal and state budgets and are still a leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States. The main reason is price.[read more]

Collaborating with Patients in the Digital Information Age

April 23, 2014 by Tali Shenfield

Digitally educated patient (source)

Who hasn’t encountered, in their working lives, a patient who comes to a healthcare appointment having done so much outside research that somewhere along the way he or she has stopped being open to new ideas or prescriptions? But are they really resisting, or just mired in copious, conflicting, and sometimes inaccurate information?[read more]

Ideas for Sustainable Health Bloom in the Arizona Desert

April 23, 2014 by Bill Crounse

health tech

The past two days, I’ve been in Tempe, Arizona, to participate in an invitation-only conference to launch Project Honeybee. The mission is to expand and accelerate efforts to sustain health through the prevention and early detection of disease. The focus in on clinical application of wearable biosensors.[read more]

ObamaCare Signups: More Than Just the Exchange Numbers

April 22, 2014 by David E Williams

Obamacare survives (Fresh Conservative / photopin cc)

President Obama just announced that 8 million people signed up for coverage on federal and state health insurance exchanges during the initial open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. But focusing just on the exchanges actually seriously underestimates ObamaCare’s impact.[read more]

Better Medical Marketing with the New (and Free) Medicare Data Set of 880,000 Providers

April 19, 2014 by Chen Sirkis

Medicare data set (photo: longislandwins)

The U.S. medical market has been in turmoil since the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a comprehensive data set including all of the $77 billion in Medicare payments paid to over 880,000 physicians in 2012. It identifies by name every physician or provider reimbursed by Medicare.[read more]

ICD-10 Delay: What It Means to You

April 18, 2014 by Andy Salmen

ICD-10 delayed (image: Stuart Miles)

The 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems introduces a significant change to the coding system. That has some practitioners scrambling to accommodate the over 67,000 coding options in ICD-10.[read more]

HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance: Should You Care?

April 18, 2014 by David Harlow

security / shutterstock

The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule became effective just over one year ago. The compliance date was just over six months ago. Within about another six months (plus or minus), Federal regulators – at the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services – will begin a new round of HIPAA compliance audits.[read more]

Prescription Drugs in the United States [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 18, 2014 by Indy Kavelaars

Prescription drugs (Source: Clarityway)

Here's a great infographic about prescription drugs in the United States. The information contained within it leads us to this conclusion: medication adherence must be optimized. This is possible with a medication adherence support system or a prescription drug monitoring program.[read more]

Lack of Listening Is the Core Problem in American Health Care

April 17, 2014 by Stephen Schimpff

social listening

When doctors do not have enough time to really listen the result is that they do not listen. A study from 1984 of primary care physicians observed throughout patient visits revealed that the doctor interrupted the patient within 18 seconds on average. This lack of listening is the core care problem in American healthcare today.[read more]

Improving Clinical Outcomes by Addressing Social and Basic Needs

April 17, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

address social and basic needs

Our healthcare system is not designed to address social and basic needs. But reducing the cost of healthcare and improving clinical outcomes may be more about addressing the social and basic needs of super-utilizers (50% of all spending) than it is about clinical care.[read more]

Zohydro Ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

April 16, 2014 by David E Williams

I agree with Governor Deval Patrick that opiate addiction is a huge problem in Massachusetts (and many other places). But the attempt to ban sales of Zohydro is a bad idea that’s likely to have a negligible impact on the addiction crisis, while potentially harming one of Massachusetts’ most important industries.[read more]

Bundled Payments: Rewarding Quality and Value

April 16, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

Transformation to bundled payments

The Medicare reimbursement system is in the process of transforming healthcare as we know it from a traditional fee-for-service model to a system that rewards based on quality, care coordination, accountability, and healthcare cost savings. Here's an outline of benefits and risks.[read more]