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United pulls out of ACA exchanges: Should we care?

November 24, 2015 by David E Williams

Recently, we’ve heard what could be interpreted as bad news about the viability of exchanges: UnitedHealth is considering withdrawing. In the highly politicized world of health reform, that information has Obamacare foes sounding the death knell. But I see things differently.[read more]

How to Make Your Healthcare Email Correspondence Genuine

November 24, 2015 by Michael Sherman

Without the intonations that can be heard during speech, a simple written message can come across very differently when communicated via email. Here are some trigger words to avoid when corresponding with patients online.[read more]

Reverse Innovation: What We Can Learn From Global M-Health

November 24, 2015 by Elizabeth Zampino

Whenever possible at conferences, I try to attend at least one session that is outside my particular area of focus and expertise. While almost everything at the recent HIMSS M-Health was relevant, global health is a bit outside the target for Wellpepper right now. Attending a few sessions on M-Health got me thinking about similarities between some of these initiatives and the situation at home.[read more]


Addiction: The Road to Recovery After the Hospital

November 24, 2015 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff

The prevalence of addictions has risen sharply in recent years. According to the CDC, 2.5% of people over the age of 12 have illegally used drugs in the past month. Since addictions are more common than ever before, medical professionals are looking for new ways to help treat their patients. Many doctors are trying to treat addictions with the use suboxane. However, others prefer alternative treatments.[read more]

Diagnostic Reading: 5 Must-Read Articles From the Past Week

November 23, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

Time for another issue of Diagnostic Reading! This week we have included articles about using ultrasound for pediatric intussusception, big data, telehealth's biggest roadbock, cloud security, and EMR adoption.[read more]

Is E-mailing with Patients a Good Idea?

November 23, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

E-mailing directly with patients has its benefits, but the practice of medicine is not yet fully wireless. There are still certain scenarios that led themselves better to an in-person visit rather than an e-mail. Check out some example case studies, and comment with your opinion![read more]

Radiology as an Enterprise Model for Collaboration

November 17, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

Collaboration has become a key component of today’s healthcare system. Department silos are breaking down and fading away, and from the rubble is born multidisciplinary teams with a focus on interoperability across departments.Meaningful Use (MU) has served as a great incentive to make patient information universally available to...[read more]

Value-Based Bundles for Total Joint: The Glass Is More Than Half-Full

November 17, 2015 by Elizabeth Zampino

The bundles are coming! The bundles are coming! While many health systems have been delivering care in value-based bundles for some time, the broad implementation of bundles was made a reality when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced the Comprehensive Care for Total Joint proposal to go into effect in early 2016.[read more]

Gadzooks! There's Gluten in my Cheerios!

November 17, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Recently, General Mills recalled nearly 2 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios because the boxes were contaminated with wheat. But the FDA's response was a little over the top.[read more]