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How the Healthcare Industry Has Reduced Aggravation For Patients

February 8, 2016 by Ryan Kh

The delivery of health care has changed significantly in recent years. Technological advances have made better treatment possible, while changes on the regulatory landscape and in the best practices for providing service have also had a significant impact. As a result, patients' lives are improving dramatically.[read more]

Six Strategies to Increase Patient Loyalty

February 8, 2016 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Acquiring new patients is a continuing challenge for doctors and healthcare providers, but perhaps the greater challenge—with longer-term rewards—is the ongoing effort to build trust and loyalty with existing patients.[read more]

Must Have Apps for Nurses

February 5, 2016 by Michael Jones
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Almost every shift, I grab my phone and look up something. Whether it’s a medication I’ve never even heard of, much less given before, or a medical condition with which I am not familiar, I look to my phone to fill me in.[read more]

Future Outlook: Medicare Advantage Plans & Risk Adjustment

February 5, 2016 by David Harlow

Over the past couple of decades, the federal government has come to recognize that not every Medicare beneficiary’s health care services in a given year cost the same as every other beneficiary’s. For beneficiaries enrolled in traditional Medicare, the government pays most of the cost of that care — whether it’s a lot or a little, whether the beneficiary in question is relatively healthy or living with multiple chronic conditions.[read more]

Apps Watch in Healthcare: Incorporating patient-generated data to assist diagnosis.

February 5, 2016 by Erica Carnevale

From time to time, we report news and perspectives on the latest in healthcare app development, and the use and potential for new apps in healthcare, and especially radiology.[read more]

In Medicare Advantage, providers are becoming payers

February 5, 2016 by David E Williams

Accountable Care Organizations enable providers of care to take on some of the functions of health plans and to receive some of the financial rewards as well as the risk. But at least on the Medicare side it can be fairly indirect, with patients “attributed” to providers rather than assigned and little formal ability to keep a patient within a single provider system.[read more]

Why Digital Marketing Is Your Best Bet for Recruiting Patients with Rare Conditions for Clinical Trials

February 4, 2016 by Dan Stempel
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Recruiting patients with rare and terminal conditions presents a major challenge for CROs and patient coordinators — but digital marketing techniques can help.[read more]

Patients Believe Partnership With Clinicians Will Improve Health

February 4, 2016 by David Harlow

The Society for Participatory Medicine released a report of a national survey today finding that a significant majority of Americans seem to consider themselves engaged patients, with positive views of collaborative relationships with providers, self-tracking (and sharing personal health data with providers).[read more]

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Get Your Sleep: All You Didn’t Want to Know About Sleep-Related Health Problems

February 4, 2016 by Daphne Stanford

The basic findings from all of these studies seem to agree that a sufficient amount of sleep is crucial to basic functioning, and it can also prevent or delay a number of serious health conditions such as diabetes and dementia. Sleep is precious, so do what you can to get as many hours as possible, each night.[read more]

Reducing Healthcare Costs Through Company Wellness Plans

February 4, 2016 by Stephen Schimpff

Employers have seen their health care costs rise dramatically over the years. To compensate, they have expected employees to pay an increasing portion of the healthcare insurance premium, expected employees to pay significant co-pays with each physician visit and have purchased policies that restrict individuals to a narrow network of doctors and hospitals.[read more]

Healthcare Patient Payment Liability Just Ain’t What it Used to Be

February 3, 2016 by Phil C. Solomon

The ACA, with its comprehensive health insurance reforms, has initiated a growing trend that has placed more financial accountability on the shoulders of consumers. Hospitals and health systems are embracing consumerism and are preparing for greater levels of out-of-pocket (OOP) patient liability.[read more]

Medical Social Worker Career Analysis

February 3, 2016 by Michael Jones

Dealing with a hospitalization can be overwhelming. A physical illness or accident causes more than just physical issues. There are also psychological, emotional, and practical matters to consider, which is where a medical social worker can help.[read more]