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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]

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]

Ireland Reveals Its Patient Stories

August 13, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Odds are you are traveling sometime this summer. When I travel my favorite thing is to chat with people and listen to their stories. Typically, when I share what I do—telling stories for cancer patients and family members—more stories are served up to me. Right now, Esther and I are in Ireland. I wanted to share some of the stories I’ve...[read more]

Huddle for Excellence In Healthcare Delivery

August 13, 2015 by Christopher Fox

The question “would you recommend us to a friend?” has become ubiquitous. Across industries, including healthcare, businesses ask this question to capture a simple metric. called the Net Promoter Score℠, which measures how actively your best advocates would speak for you.1 For medical practices and hospitals, it offers a simple way to...[read more]

5 Reasons Latinos Could Be The Most Powerful Transformation Of The U.S. Health System

August 5, 2015 by Nicole Fisher

We hear everyday that the U.S. population is browning. With each passing year, more and more people are classified as Latino/Hispanic. Unfortunately, this population is affected by our health system's shortcomings in vast and unique ways, and they are diverse in ways most do not understand. Yet, the group is growing [...][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]

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]

Obamacare Subsidies Continue, Court Rules. Now Let’s Get to Work.

June 30, 2015 by Jeanne Pinder

The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies to low-income people will continue, the Supreme Court ruled. Now that we have that behind us, let’s focus on the important questions of costs — or charges, or prices, or all three — and effectiveness.The Supreme Court ruling marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another one. There’s work to do to fix the system. Transparent markets benefit consumers. It’s time.[read more]

King v. Burwell: A Frivolous Lawsuit

June 29, 2015 by David E Williams

Some are surprised that Chief Justice John Roberts came out so strongly for the government in King v. Burwell, the lawsuit that aimed to bar insurance subsidies from Obamacare exchanges run by the federal government.I’m not a lawyer or Supreme Court scholar but to me Roberts’ stance isn’t surprising at all. King v. Burwell was a joke –an exemplar of the type of “frivolous lawsuit” some on the right are so fond of citing.[read more]

Are Wearables the Future of Clinical Trials?

June 24, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

The wearables market will be worth a whopping $12.6 billion by the year 2018, according to Statista. With the FDA now granting approval to wearable devices for use in clinical trials, this begs the question: what potential do wearables have to impact the clinical trial process? While the answer is simple ("profound"), the reality is more complex. Let’s take a closer look.[read more]

How Health IT Enables Safer Medical Travel and Tourism

June 12, 2015 by Shahid Shah

How do IT innovations help provide services that medical travelers can benefit from? IT innovation, global medicine and frustrated medical patients drive the demand for medical travel. But telemedicine also improves patient care and the customer experience of medical travelers. Agha Ahmed discusses how IT innovations help patients get high-quality healthcare outside of the USA.[read more]

Where the US Lags Italy in Healthcare

June 1, 2015 by David E Williams
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It’s often been said that there is no US healthcare “system.” The lack of a system is very expensive in terms of administrative burden, uncoordinated care, and poor outcomes. This drug pricing issue is just one more example of how we’re kidding ourselves if we think US healthcare is so superior to others’. In fact it helps explain why we pay so much more and yet get less.[read more]