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12 Great Clinical Trial Finder Websites

August 31, 2015 by Joan Justice
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Consider Clinical Trials!

Searching for a clinical trial is getting easier! There are several other trial finders besides the behemoth ClinicalTrials.gov, some that are designed to be very user-friendly and some that offer toll-free numbers with specified navigators to help you with your search.[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 yet we do.  It shouldn’t be our objective to force certainly into an issue which is...[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/Ultrasound, of which approximately $767 was covered by insurance. I was balance billed $1...[read more]

The ABCs of CCJR

August 21, 2015 by James Dias

The recent announcement by CMS of its proposed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) program is raising more than a few eyebrows. This mandated orthopedic bundle program is scheduled to begin January 1, 2016 for hospitals in specified geographic areas.[read more]

HIMSS Federal & Stage Public Policy Update

August 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Zampino

Speaker:  Jeffrey R. Coughlin, MPP Senior Director, Federal & State Affairs HIMSS North AmericaThis luncheon appropriately took place in the relatively new and beautiful Alder Commons Auditorium on the University of Washington Campus. Jeff briefed me (I cannot speak for others in the room) on Meaningful Use current events (what...[read more]

Patient Outcomes Culture - A Healthcare Game Changer

August 20, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

The fifty-four year old Dennis Manners suffered from alcoholism and seizures. He was treated 337 times in the Emergency room in less than two years. He racked up $626,143 in charges at the University Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. With Dennis being homeless, he had no way to pay his bill.To address this, University...[read more]

Wal-Mart provides evidence Obamacare is working

August 20, 2015 by David E Williams

Healthcare Shopping Cart

What’s in your basket? Weakness in Wal-Mart's pharmacy business is a sign that the Affordable Care Act is having an impact for lower middle class families.[read more]

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World’s First Approved Malaria Vaccine Shows a Ray of Hope but Also Leaves Much Scope for an Improved Solution

August 20, 2015 by Varsha Jain

Malaria control tools currently available to the world have allowed the elimination of this deadly condition in many regions across the globe. While it is entirely preventable and treatable, it is also a major killer in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the WHO, almost 90% of all malaria deaths across the globe (an estimated 627,000) in...[read more]

2015 Trends for Rural Hospitals and Rural Healthcare

August 18, 2015 by Moira O'Connell
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According to the NC Rural Health Research Program there have been 56 rural hospital closures since 2010. The reasons behind the closures may vary but the message rings true, rural hospitals are struggling and something needs to be done. From difficulties implanting new HER systems to the re-evaluation of Medicare reimbursements, rural hospitals are looking for new ways to stay afloat. We’ve selected 4 trends that we’ve seen buzzing in the rural healthcare sector this year and that have been helping rural hospitals make the changes they need to succeed.[read more]

Why Doctors Need to Hear Patient Gripes and Complaints

August 17, 2015 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA
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The dramatic changes in the nation’s healthcare delivery system means, more than at any time in the past, that doctors need to listen intently to what patients are concerned about, and have a system in place to document and remedy patient issues.[read more]

Who Deserves Quality Medical Care?

August 17, 2015 by Michael Kirsch
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Quality Care Waffle

We all should know the difference between a slogan and real substance.   One of these has size and shape while the other is just a shadow.   Why then, is the slogan so powerful?A slogan is one of the weapons wielded by the Guardians of Political Correctness.  They will point toward the slogan du jour, and then,...[read more]

5 Signs That It Is Time to Reevaluate Your Independent Review Organization

August 14, 2015 by Danyell Jones
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Have you gotten comfortable with your independent review organization?The real question is, have you gotten a little too comfortable with your Independent Review Organization to the point where you have not seriously examined your contract or services in a while?It is great to keep moving along with a vendor that you have a well-...[read more]