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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]

Preparing for a HIPAA Audit and Avoiding Disaster [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 29, 2014 by Christina Thielst

HIPAA audit preparation

I haven't posted an infographic in a while; I like this one because it combines two of my favorite interest areas: health IT and preparing for disasters (or in this case avoiding one). Check out these five elements for an effective HIPAA audit prep program.[read more]

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How to Use Analytics to Improve Readmission Rates

October 29, 2014 by Asha Saxena

analytics

Analytics can give your hospital an in-depth look into what things are (and aren’t) working and allow you the opportunity to take action and fill holes in your patient care program. As a result of gathering and analyzing data for your facility, you can lower readmission rates and save your hospital from financial penalties and harmful press.[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]

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]

Cautious Optimism in Spinal Cord Research

October 28, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Man walking in exoskeleton

You probably saw recent news about a novel new treatment for spinal cord injury that enabled a man with a severed spinal cord to walk. Cells were cultivated from olfactory cells and implanted in his spine. While this is a phenomenal outcome, medical professionals were slightly more cautious.[read more]

Health IT and Digital Health Jobs, Qualifications, and Certification Benefits

October 28, 2014 by Shahid Shah

health IT professionals / shutterstock

To help separate fact from fiction and dive a little deeper in to the realities of healthcare IT opportunities, I reached out to Beth Kelly, a freelance writer from Chicago, IL to summarize the projected outlook for specialized positions within the field of health IT.[read more]

Make Your Hospital's Facebook Page a Content Generator

October 28, 2014 by Michael Sherman

Your hospital's Facebook page

It is essential to keep your hospital’s Facebook page current with fresh, compelling content, or you’ll risk giving the impression that you’re disconnected from your audience — or worse yet, out of business. Here are two tips to liven up your page and make it a digital destination.[read more]

Incorporating Patient Reported Outcomes in Post-Surgery Evaluation

October 27, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Patient Reported Outcomes

How do you determine if a procedure was successful? Patient-reported outcomes (PRO’s) are increasingly important in evaluating results of treatment. Given that the patient must be considered as the center of any healthcare system, PRO’s also impact physician evaluation.[read more]

Rising, Fading Technologies in the Global Market for Wound Closure

October 27, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

wound closure / shutterstock

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

journalism / shutterstock

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]

5 Collection Strategies That Won't Ruin Your Relationship with Patients

October 27, 2014 by Abby Norman

Even though you are technically seeking to “collect” payment from patients who may have outstanding balances, if you want to maintain positive and supportive relationships with them, it would be unwise to approach payments through a facade of intimidation and penalty.[read more]

4 Approaches to Improving HCAHPS Scores Through Mobilization

October 27, 2014 by Drew Kearney, Esq.

Patient satisfaction’s impact on reimbursements has many inpatient hospitals focusing on HCAHPS. One of the simplest enhancements to the care experience that can translate into virtually every area of improvement is mobilization.[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]

Pre-habilitation: Effective Preventative Medicine for Rehabilitation

October 26, 2014 by Anne Weiler

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what can a knee bend do? The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recently answered this question with the results of a new study of the impact of physical therapy on surgical outcomes for hip replacement.[read more]

The Concerns of BYOD in Healthcare

October 25, 2014 by Rick Deglado

BYOD

Physicians, nurses and hospital administrators are all taking advantage of BYOD and using their phones and tablets at work to help store important information and manage busy schedules. With the high importance and sensitivity of patient information, are hospitals taking the right measures to ensure it’s secure?[read more]

Telehealth at Mercy Health: Podcast Interview with CFO/EVP Strategy Shannon Sock

October 25, 2014 by David E Williams

Shannon Sock, Mercy Health CFO & EVP of Strategy

Today’s Center for Connected Health Symposium #cHealth14 featured a high-powered panel discussion with top executives from Wellpoint, American Well, and the VA along with Shannon Sock, CFO and EVP of Strategy at Mercy Health. The topic: Large Scale Connected Health Interventions – Lessons Learned.[read more]

The Effectiveness of SEO vs. PPC in Physician Marketing Plans

October 24, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

SEO vs. PPC

Two of the most widely discussed online marketing strategies are SEO and PPC. Is one of these strategies more effective than the other? In a revealing case study, MD Connect conducted an empirical analysis to answer just that question.[read more]

Utilization Review vs. Utilization Management

October 24, 2014 by Abby Norman

Although the two terms are often used in the same way and to mean more or less the same thing in healthcare, the two concepts of Utilization Review and Utilization Management are subtly different. Understanding how they differ can help to improve communication around the subject.[read more]

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

October 24, 2014 by Lisa Sams, MSN, RCN

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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]

Cancer Social Media: A Story of Wins and Losses

October 24, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

social media 

Social media that connects me to other people with cancer—especially the specific cancers I have dealt with—has been a godsend to me. But I have felt pain in online social media, too. And lately, in the groups I follow, there has been a lot. Between the wins and losses, there can be hope, even confidence, but there can be uncertainty, too.[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]

Are ACOs Just the Managed Care of the 90's?

October 23, 2014 by Abby Norman

ACO

A major theory driving the criticism of Accountable Care is that ACOs are, in fact, just a glamorized version of the Managed Care Organizations of the 1980s and 1990s which, historically, didn’t work as intended and therefore would be a mistake to bring back into circulation.[read more]

Beyond Ebola: Doximity and Doctors Without Borders Work to Fight Infectious Disease

October 23, 2014 by Doximity Blog

Ebola

Doximity and Doctors Without Borders have begun working to recruit physicians for field operations, starting with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) projects. MSF is able to access advanced search tools on Doximity’s platform of 300,000+ US physicians to find the best candidates to fill their most pressing roles.[read more]

The Healthcare Hashtag Project: #Ebola

October 23, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Tom Lee, Co-Founder of Symplur

Get Social Health had a conversation with Tom Lee, Co-Founder of Symplur, about the reasons the Healthcare Hashtag Project was created. We also chatted about hashtag bombing, tracking specific healthcare conversations and the use of hashtags in conversations about Ebola.[read more]

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How to Secure Data in Healthcare

October 23, 2014 by Rick Deglado

securing health data

Recent headlines of data security breaches at large corporations and system bugs like Heartbleed and Shellshock have reminded us of the importance of proper network security. While we often equate these problems with banks or large retailers, we forget one of the most important, yet vulnerable, industries to these types of attacks - healthcare.[read more]

Collaborative Expertise in Healthcare

October 22, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

Collaborative expertise / shutterstock

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]

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]

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

October 22, 2014 by Shahid Shah

wearable tech / shutterstock

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]