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Facebook Fundamentals: Being “Social” Where It Counts

September 28, 2015 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Far and away, Facebook is the most popular social media site on the planet. For healthcare marketing, that makes it a first class opportunity to communicate with patients and prospective patients.

[Article Series: An excerpt from a forthcoming book by Mark Tager, MD, and Stewart Gandolf, MBA, for private practice physicians and healthcare administrators about reaching, recruiting and retaining private pay and elective care patients.] Far and away, Facebook is the most popular social media site on the planet. For healthcare...[read more]


Implantable Drug Delivery Systems: Delivering Medication One Dose at a Time

September 28, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

Controlled, site-specific release of drugs and other therapeutic agents has emerged as a rather attractive alternative for companies that are looking to boost the efficacy of an existing product.Thebigger winner, however, is the patient.A significant advantage that implantable drug delivery systems render via targeted therapies is fewer...[read more]

12 Common IRO Questions Answered

September 28, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Independent Review Organizations (IROs) exist to “ensure thatevidence-based and objective physician review services are provided along the continuum of care. IROs act as a third part and help alleviate the pressure of reviewing claims and make decisions without influence from either end of the situation.” We’ve been talking a lot about the major benefits that external IROs can provide, from helping support effective decision making to giving objective, unbiased reviews. We thought we would take this week to give some IRO basics, for those who want help understanding exactly what IROs are and what they does.[read more]

Heroes Behind the Counter & In Other Places

September 28, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

  The Marvelettes in 1963Patients are cool.   I did a colonoscopy on a hospitalized man who was saddled with the ravages of obesity, diabetes, sleep apnea and respiratory disease.  My partner had performed the initial consultation, and it was my task to bring light into a dark place by performing a colonoscopy....[read more]

Contract Renewal May Result in Loss of Business for Florida Hospital

September 28, 2015 by Katie Brant

Adventist Health System, parent company to Florida Hospital, renewed its contract with Florida Blue in May of this year. The contract renewal includes the termination (effective October 1, 2015) of four Florida Blue Medicare Supplement plans, leaving approximately 4,000 central Florida residents who previously had coverage without...[read more]

Mette Dyhrberg talks about application of patient-generated data and self-tracking at Doctors 2.0 & You 2015 #doctors20

September 26, 2015 by Denise Silber

Meet Mette Dyhrberg who is at once an entrepreneur, an economist, the inventor of a mobile app, an educator, and a patient. Watch the video of her presentation at Doctors 2.0 & You about how  only tracking one’s own symptoms and data can lead to life-changing improvements for certain patients. The post Mette Dyhrberg talks about...[read more]

How Health IT Plans to Focus on Patient-centered Healthcare

September 25, 2015 by Phil C. Solomon

 On Monday, September 23rd the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), outlined their continued vision, goals and strategy for health IT with the release of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015–2020 (Plan). The Plan’s aim is to improve the health...[read more]

Broward Health Agrees to Pay Almost $70M to Settle False Claims Act Allegations - Whistleblower Could Receive More Than $12M

September 25, 2015 by Katie Brant

On September 15, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Broward Health, an operator of more than 50 health care facilities in South Florida, agreed to pay $69.5 million to settle False Claims Act allegations. Broward Health violated the Federal Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute by allegedly overcompensating referring...[read more]

15 Ways A Doctor Can Get More Patients Using the Internet

September 25, 2015 by Tyson Downs

Want to know how a doctor can increase his exposure in local search results? Here's 15 ways.[read more]

Diagnostic Reading #45: Five Must-Read Articles From the Past Week

September 25, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

This week’s Diagnostic Reading focuses on duplicate imaging on emergency patients, medjacking, the cost doctors are paying for technology, tomosynthesis implementation, and the importance of setting up a data security plan.1. Study: Emergency Patients Get Duplicate X-ray, CT Exams – AuntMinneResearchers from Emory University examined the...[read more]

Mercy Virtual’s Randy Moore: ROI isn’t good enough (Podcast)

September 25, 2015 by David E Williams Moore, MD. President of Mercy VirtualMercy Health has been doing big things in digital health. Last year I interviewed EVP Shannon Sock after he spoke in Boston. And recently I met Mercy Virtual’s president,...[read more]

A Transitional Transformation

September 24, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

It took me a long time to admit to others and myself that I was a cancer patient. But after that, it took an even longer time to see myself as anything else. I’m trying to transition back into normality.Just a couple years back, I was enjoying the prime life: attending college, living on my own, paying my own bills for the first time,...[read more]