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A Quick Guide to the Marketplace Open Enrollment – Begins Nov 15

October 22, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

2015 Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is right around the corner for the Marketplace. Are you prepared? Do you know what changes are slated for 2015? Do you know the specifics for your state? Do you have the option to keep the same coverage as you had in 2014?[read more]

Collaborative Expertise in Healthcare

October 22, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

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I entitled this post “Collaborative Expertise” in deference to Syd Finkelstein’s post entitled “The Problem with Relying on Experts.” He makes the point that although we frequently rely on experts, for example, regarding Ebola, the Secret Service, and the financial collapse of 2008, the experts are frequently wrong.[read more]

Challenges of Stage 2 Meaningful Use Require More Allies

October 22, 2014 by Cristine Kao

Stage 2 of Meaningful Use is a vital component to the initiative since it, as the U.S. government defines, “intends to increase health information exchange between providers and promote patient engagement by giving patients secure online access to their health information.”[read more]

Top mHealth Apps for September

October 22, 2014 by Morgan Brown

We’ve run the numbers and put together a list of the top five iOS and Android health and medical apps for September, both paid and unpaid. These mhealth and medical apps offer everything from tracking medical information, getting or staying in shape, consulting with physicians, and even helping others.[read more]

Health-Focused Wearables: Can Innovators, Providers, and Insurers Work Together?

October 22, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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Cameron Graham, the managing editor at TechnologyAdvice, where he oversees market research for emerging technology, gives us some evidence-driven advice about wearables that entrepreneurs, innovators, healthcare providers, and payers can use for decision making.[read more]

3 Pathology Synoptic Reporting Examples

October 21, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Structured practices for pathology reporting, and particularly use of template (synoptic) formats, have been demonstrated to improve reporting quality. Pathologists are fortunate in that a comprehensive library of peer reviewed templates is provided by the College of American Pathologists in the form of the CAP Cancer Checklists.[read more]

How Pharma Can Meet Consumer Expectations

October 21, 2014 by Michael Dermer

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Consumers expect rewards from pharma. 63 percent of the patients in a recent survey say they want to participate in customer rewards programs. Integrating incentives into the overall patient experience is not only a solution that can drive important goals like medication adherence, but it is also what consumers expect.[read more]

Why Are My Receipts Down?

October 21, 2014 by Andy Salmen

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While it's easy to blame low receipts on patients with unpaid balances or on insurance companies simply not paying, often the issue lies somewhere within the practice itself and whether or not it follows best practices in all areas of revenue cycle management. Here are three common areas to keep in mind when investigating low receipts.[read more]

Keep the Social Media Conversation Moving

October 21, 2014 by Michael Sherman

When it comes to social media and business, it is definitely all about the conversation! Social media content for healthcare differs from what other verticals require in that the genre is fundamentally personable and emotive. After all, you’re dealing with the most intimate topics: health and wellness.[read more]

Combating the Nursing Shortage with Mobile Patient Engagement

October 21, 2014 by Tanya Dainoski

Combating the nursing shortage

By implementing various mobile patient engagement technologies, such as text (SMS) messaging and mobile apps, existing nurses and case managers can manage more patients simultaneously, improving patient satisfaction and decreasing nurse burnout.[read more]

Pushing, Pulling, Nudging and Tipping Healthcare Evidence into Practice: Highlights from ACRM

October 20, 2014 by Anne Weiler

ACRM 2014

We’re just back from two weeks on the road visiting Wellpepper customers and also attending the Annual Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference in Toronto, where our research partners at Boston University presented the preliminary results from a study they’ve been working on.[read more]

Articles about Disclosure in Online Communities

October 20, 2014 by Colleen Young

Stanford Medicine X

Since presenting on the panel at Stanford Medicine X called Communicating the Experience of Illness in the Digital Age, I’ve been giving more thought on the importance and role of self-disclosure in building online health communities. Here are a few papers that Jeana Frost, Meredith Gould and I found.[read more]