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Medtech: Numbers and Size of Fundings, Jan-Aug 2015

August 30, 2015 by Patrick Driscoll

Fundings in medtech in 2015 follow a common pattern in that most fundings are between $1 million and $5 million — in 2015 thus far, we have identified 111 separate fundings in the $1M-$5M range — with the aggregate value of all fundings in this...[read more]

Patient Survives Death Sentence - Medical Negligence?

August 30, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Doctors do not know everything.    We make mistakes and mistakes in judgment.  Sometimes we make the mistake of speaking when we should keep silent.  At times, patients ask us questions that we can’t or shouldn’t answer; and...[read more]

5 Areas Where Medical Practices Can Get Involved with Community Outreach

August 28, 2015 by Jonathan Catley
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Community outreach is a powerful tool for medical professionals to market their private practice in their community. Volunteering your time or donating your services or money within your city or town provides new opportunities to form relationships...[read more]

5 Ways Doctors Can Connect With Their Patients

August 28, 2015 by Tyson Downs
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When it comes to your customer loyalty or connecting with your patients, there are so many things involved that can cause a relationship to go down the tubes.The secretary answering the phone in a less professional manner.A patient coming...[read more]

Why Selecting the Right Digital Advertising Vendor Matters for Your Clinical Trial

August 28, 2015 by Dan Stempel

The value of digital advertising in boosting patient recruitment for clinical trials is undeniable. However, not all digital advertising firms are created equally. Not only do digital advertising vendors have different degrees of experience...[read more]

Having Insurance Doesn’t Always Pay: The case of the $1,700 mammogram

August 27, 2015 by Jeanne Pinder

This post appeared originally in MedPage Today, where I wrote it as part of our pricing transparency partnership with MedPage Today. Re-posted with permission. Summary: “I live in metro NY and received a bill for $2200 (approx) for a mammo...[read more]

Furry Crutches

August 29, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Randall Goskowicz and ZoeyI was reflecting on the heroic ways my fellow patients go about their day and struggle not to be defined or confined by their disease. We all have our secret methods of coping, which—in speaking to my fellow clinic patients—run from changing socks after a night sweat to the overall benefits of chocolate.I would...[read more]

How health quality measures became a jungle: Joanne Kenen

August 29, 2015 by Jeanne Pinder

Summary: “Quality measures are good, right? We all want our doctors and hospitals to follow best practices and be held to them,” writes Joanne Kenen, health editor at Politico, on the Association of Health Care Journalists blog. “It’s not so simple. Put aside for the moment whether the measure is accurate – we don’t always know or agree...[read more]

The Case for Patient Video in Doctors Visits: Take a Selfie and Call Me In the Morning

August 28, 2015 by Elizabeth Zampino

The selfie culture and our desire to photo-document every aspect of our lives has started to influence healthcare as well, and patients want to be able to record their doctors visits. The concept is so prevalent that it’s making headlines in the mainstream media.[read more]

Get the Most Out of Your Facility’s Services Page

August 27, 2015 by Michael Sherman

For a hospital or healthcare facility, the Services page is one of the most critical elements of a website. It’s here that you can paint a picture to your audience of what you do. In other words, it’s the perfect place for storytelling.But for many companies – including those in healthcare – these pages have been collecting dust since...[read more]

Telemedicine Reimbursement Enters the 2016 Presidential Campaign

August 27, 2015 by David Avitabile

At last, a presidential candidate has said something interesting about healthcare that doesn't involve repealing Obamacare or expanding Medicare to a single payer system. In a recent speech, Hillary Clinton advocated for expanding Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine services and for resolving the interstate licensing issue that has...[read more]

Massachusetts hospitals are making money — I’m quoted

August 27, 2015 by David E Williams

The Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis has released its 2014 profile of hospital financial performance. Profits are up moderately overall by various measurers, despite drops in inpatient stays, outpatient visits, and emergency department utilization. What’s going on?As I told the Boston Globe (State hospitals report...[read more]

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Tips for Dental Practices to Maximize Results from Internet Marketing

August 24, 2015 by Frankie Rendon

You went to dental school, not business school… but you ended up a small business owner. If you sometimes feel a little lost, you’re not alone. This is why most practices employ staff bookkeepers and office managers, so the guy in the mask with the aching back doesn’t have to deal with insurance companies, appointment setting, personnel...[read more]

New tool to compare costs, benefits of cancer treatments: Reuters

August 22, 2015 by Jeanne Pinder

Summary: “As options for cancer patients become increasingly complicated, and expensive, the most influential source for U.S. oncology treatment guidelines will for the first time offer a tool to assess the costs versus benefits of available therapies,” Deena Beasley of Reuters writes. “The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)...[read more]

Global Spine Surgery Finding Double Digit Growth from Innovation, Economics, and Clinical Trends According to MedMarket Diligence Report

August 22, 2015 by Patrick Driscoll

[August 21, 2015 — Mission Viejo  CA — MedMarket Diligence has published its 2015 global report on spine surgery. For details, see link.]Decades of clinical research and medtech innovation have combined to offer solutions for every segment of the spine.  Economics and innovation have also made spine surgery one of the...[read more]