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Diagnostic Reading #33: Five Must-Read Articles from the Past Week

June 30, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

It is time for another issue of Diagnostic Reading. This week we focus on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, quality in radiology, patient and radiologist interactions, new Joint Commission rules, and Medicare’s slow adoption of telemedicine.[read more]

Is Gastric Bypass the Right Choice?

June 28, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass surgery, has become a popular remedy for obesity in this country. Hospitals have weighed in on this issue and are marketing this service directly to the public who are ever willing customers of this slenderizing surgery. It profoundly reroutes the guts and changes every day of your life. After GIB, there is no normal life afterwards. Your life is irrevocably altered.[read more]

Diagnostic Reading #30: Five Must Read Articles From the Past Week

June 10, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

Diagnostic Reading highlights five must-read articles published in the last seven days. This week’s articles focus on Stage 3 Meaningful Use, dense breast tissue, VNAs, breast cancer screening, and mobile app adoption among radiologists.[read more]

Personal or Population Health? Big Data or Small Data?

June 10, 2015 by Anne Weiler

June’s Seattle Health Innovator’s Meetup topic was on Innovations in Population Health Management. Interestingly much of the discussion from panelists circled back to the individual patient. It seems that much of this was because the great promise of big data analytics in healthcare and automation and economies of scale through electronic medical records have not been realized. The audience consisted of entrepreneurs building solutions in this area, and innovative and entrepreneurial people within health systems.[read more]

Frank Discussions About Oral Cancer Therapies

June 8, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Oral cancer therapies seem poised to revolutionize cancer care for many cancer types. More convenient, more effective, and often less toxic. But they are quite expensive—in many cases, more than $100,000 a year per patient. And some experts have been discussing combining two drugs. We must talk more about cost and not just echo the mantra of researchers who are “excited” about trial results.[read more]

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The Bionic Man Makes History in Mind-Controlled Prosthetics

May 27, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

A new generation of mind-controlled prosthetic technologies for amputees is changing the game. Long term goals are to find more ways for humans to be able to control dexterous robotic devices without any invasive surgeries or implants.[read more]

What Payers Seek from Orthopedic Destination Centers

May 2, 2015 by James Dias

Mark Xistris is Vice President, Business Development & Provider Relations for The Alliance, a not-for-profit member cooperative of more than 240 self-funded employers and insurance trusts. We interviewed him to get a payer’s perspective on orthopedic destination centers of excellence.[read more]

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Clinical Informatics: It's Not Just Big Data

April 1, 2015 by Corinn Pope

Informatics isn't just big data. In fact, clinical informatics encompasses everything from leadership and managing change to analyzing and re-engineering workflows. In this post, we describe what clinical informatics is, why it's in such high-demand, and how you can get involved.[read more]

2015 CPT Coding Changes and Your Radiology Practice

March 24, 2015 by Andy Salmen

The majority of the changes in codes is more about bundling multiple codes into one, or creating new codes that clarify the usage of bundles. There are also some new Medicare approved items for 2105 that will be add-on codes for digital and diagnostic mammography. Here are some specific changes affecting radiology practices.[read more]

On Grief, Choices and Being Mortal

March 24, 2015 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

The stories shared during this year’s Patient Safety Awareness Week (#PSAW2015) were inspiring! In ETY’s Why Patient Safety Week Matters, Carole Hemmelgarn, Patient Advocate, shared for one of the first times her feelings of grief related to a series of medical harm events that took her only daughter, Alyssa.[read more]

Lucky Us! How New Medicines Are Cheating Death

March 20, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Patient Power lung cancer town meeting

I am meeting people who have the good fortune to be sick at a time when there are truly breakthroughs to give them back better health. When you meet scores of people like this, you feel grateful to the often unseen researchers who made this happen.[read more]

Celebrating Partnerships in Cancer

March 9, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Powerful Patients at Moffitt Cancer Center

I have written many times here about my frustration when groups that are supposed to have a devotion to cancer patients as their top priority get sidetracked by egos, distrust of one another, bureaucratic procedures and turf wars. But I am happy to report some instances now when groups are working together as true partners.[read more]