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You’re the Boss: Manage Your Disease

August 11, 2015 by Gary Epler
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You can manage your disease better than anyone else can. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, asthma, type II diabetes – you may not be able to cure them, but you can manage them to live an energetic, extraordinary life filled with creativity and enjoyment.How do you manage your disease?Start with learning everything you can...[read more]

When Does Life End? Ask a Humble Doctor.

August 10, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

About a week before I write this, I met a man for the first time.  Though it is unlikely that I will see him again, it is unlikely that I will forget him. This was a side trip for us, as we meandered for a weekend through the beauty and nostalgia of Ohio.  Once you find yourself about an hour south of Cleveland, you are in...[read more]

Expanding Medicaid benefits for improved behavioral health care, substance abuse treatment

August 4, 2015 by Cynthia Telles

Cynthia Telles is the director of the Spanish-speaking Psychosocial Clinic of the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital at UCLA, she is also an associate clinical professor at the university. She provides training and hosts comprehensive mental-health services to the community. Cynthia Telles has also been on the board of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plans for over 10+ years.[read more]

Who is Healthcare Delivery Really About?

July 29, 2015 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

Our final session of the 2015 Telluride Experience kicks off in Napa, CA this week. Once again, the learning began by sharing the Lewis Blackman story, and we were fortunate to have Helen Haskell as part of the faculty to lead discussion after the film, along with Dave Mayer. Having been part of the team who created the film, and having viewed it more times than I can count, I am always in awe of the new ideas each viewing inspires.[read more]

Warning! Cell Phones Can Kill You!

July 27, 2015 by Michael Kirsch
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The City of Berkeley, the epicenter of New Age Goofiness, has just passed an ordinance that requires retailers to warn customers about the medical risks of devices that emit radiation, such as cell phones. If I were the cell phone companies, here's how I would fight back.[read more]

Three Research Techniques For Patient Experience Breakthroughs

July 24, 2015 by Christopher Fox

Using fieldwork techniques from anthropology sheds light on what’s working and what’s not in ways that are hard to replicate either by making assumptions or by traditional patient satisfaction surveys. Here are three such techniques you can use to develop a nuanced picture of the patient experience at the point of care and bring clues to the surface for how to make it better.[read more]

Thrive 4-7: Teaching Wellness Skills

July 23, 2015 by Janet Kennedy

Do companies and corporations finally get the importance of wellness programs for their employees? Connie Mester is betting her startup on the idea that they are. She has taken 16 years of experience in healthcare and health insurance to found a company focused on helping individuals learn how to achieve emotional wellness.[read more]

Doctors 2.0 and You: Conference, Community, and Medical Association #doctors20

July 22, 2015 by Denise Silber

This was my second time attending the Doctors 2.0 and You conference in Paris. My first time was last year and I plan to attend every year from now on. Why? Short answer: The people I meet, the speakers and their presentations, information on the latest trends, and the early discussions about collaborative projects all start at the conference and then continue to mature after the conference.[read more]

3 Big Healthcare Trends To Watch in 2015

July 21, 2015 by Moira O'Connell
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Healthcare trends from specialty pharmacy to accreditation have been gaining traction this year in the healthcare world. We have been keeping an eye on three additional healthcare trends that we expect to hugely impact the healthcare industry through the end of the year and continuing on to 2016. From ICD-10 to telehealth, let's explore these important trends and what they mean for healthcare![read more]

Should Physicians Profile Our Patients?

July 20, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Does profiling make sense for physicians? If you are trying to reduce a certain disease that is largely restricted to one segment of the population, doesn’t it make sense to target this segment rather than everyone? Profiling in law enforcement is a very sensitive issues, particularly for minorities who have been victimized by this technique. But, if we abandon the procedure entirely, are we forfeiting a tool that could keep us all safer?[read more]

Marketing Shared Appointments: Paradigm Shift in Healthcare [Podcast]

July 14, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

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Healthcare delivery in the United States is experiencing a significant paradigm shift to find innovative ways to care for patients. Are shared appointments part of the new way of doing medicine? The benefits to patients and doctors are discussed in this podcast.[read more]

Using Social Media to Promote Your Healthcare Events

July 9, 2015 by Michael Sherman
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Every medical facility has events. Whether it’s a maternity preparation class, a wellness fair or a blood drive, hospitals and other healthcare facilities are always looking for ways to get the public involved. While each one of these events is great and can be very insightful, none of that matters if people fail to show up.[read more]