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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]

Individuals’ Rights to Their Health Information: The Federales Awaken

February 3, 2016 by David Harlow
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For purposes of the present discussion, I am interested in the patient right to medical record information included in HIPAA, rather than privacy and security protections for patient data. The core elements of the HIPAA rule relevant to patient access to medical records have not changed since the rule was originally promulgated.[read more]

A Blog Post a Day Keeps Your Patients Engaged

February 3, 2016 by Jonathan Catley

Today, when healthcare consumers have questions about their health, the internet is the first place they turn for answers. Physicians must increase their digital presence if they want to stand out online — and medical blogging is a great place to start.[read more]

Colon Cancer Diagnosed at Earlier Ages

February 2, 2016 by Liz Seegert

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Disease risk increases with age, but those of certain ethnic backgrounds are being diagnosed with the condition at younger ages than ever before, say authors of a new study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.[read more]

Forecasts for neurointerventions in acute stroke

February 2, 2016 by Patrick Driscoll

Endovascular techniques are increasingly seen and used by practicing clinicians as preferred therapeutic modalities in prophylaxis and treatment of acute stroke and are likely to expand their role in the years to come.[read more]

Can Physicians Take Vacation?

February 2, 2016 by Michael Kirsch

How long can you be away from your job before your performance ebbs? Do physicians lose their cognitive and procedural skills after a period of time? I’m not sure this has been tested but I believe the question is a reasonable one for patients to consider.[read more]

7 More Social Media Tactics That Boost Engagement

February 1, 2016 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Early on, more than a few medical practices, providers and hospitals jumped onboard the nearest social media bandwagon because it was the trendy “thing to do.” Besides, we all know that “social media is free.” Right?[read more]

Health IoT creates huge opportunities for public health and software companies

February 1, 2016 by Shahid Shah

It was evident from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month that there’s a great deal of interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) in general and for Health IoT in particular. Given that interest I thought I would reach out to a couple of experts to help explore the IoT landscape.[read more]

A Business Approach To Reducing Healthcare Costs

February 1, 2016 by Stephen Schimpff

“Helping employees improve their health is right for the company’s bottom line and is doing right by our employees. Healthier employees are happier, demonstrate less absenteeism and presenteesism, and are more productive. This is a win for everyone involved.” Quoted from John Torinus, Jr., in The Grassroots Healthcare Revolution.[read more]

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Improving Healthcare With Key Technology Additions

January 29, 2016 by Phil Cohen
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Technology has improved several aspects of life, including healthcare. Doctors, nurses and other associates can use technology to save a life or simply look up a medical chart. Healthcare improvements don't have to be one-sided, however. The patients should see these positive changes at their doctors' offices or within hospitals. Take a close look at today's technology and how it's improving healthcare for both employees and patients.[read more]

Like I said: United’s ACA exchange departure is no big deal

January 29, 2016 by David E Williams

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded an Urban Institute study to determine how Obamacare marketplaces are being impacted by the withdrawal of United Healthcare and the failure of some of the CO-OP plans. I’m grateful for the data but as it turns out their findings line up with what I wrote more than two months ago...[read more]

Digital Analytics 101 for Healthcare Marketers: SEM and Paid Search

January 29, 2016 by Jonathan Catley

This post is part of our series, Digital Analytics 101 for Healthcare Marketers, where we’ll provide short briefs on the Whats, Whys, and Hows of digital strategy. In this article, we’ll explore how SEM and Paid Search bring measurability, and affordability to digital marketing.[read more]

Storytelling Enhances Content, Connections and Compliance

January 29, 2016 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

A highly successful internist we know frequently enhances his doctor-patient encounters with low-key, casual (but purposeful) chitchat. It turns out that the friendly anecdotes always have a useful healthcare punch line. He skillfully brings home a vital clinical lesson or advice wrapped in an interesting, disarming and personable story.[read more]

2016 Trends for Digital Recruitment in Clinical Trials

January 28, 2016 by Dan Stempel

Clinical trial recruiters have an ongoing (and ever-growing) need to find and retain new trial participants. Here are some new digital marketing techniques that are revolutionizing how CROs and program coordinators engage with patients and bolstering the ROI on their marketing spend.[read more]

Are House Calls for You?

January 28, 2016 by Michael Jones
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Not sure which practice model is right for you? An increasing number of physicians are looking toward a growing specialty that has its roots in the past. If you don’t think doctors make house calls anymore, think again.[read more]

10 Ways to Build a Better Physician Reputation

January 28, 2016 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

A detailed and current CV is a useful tool in professional circles, but the document is not at all the same as a physician’s reputation. In fact, outside of your own mind, a doctor’s reputation resides in two places: IN PERSON and ONLINE.[read more]

The Latest on Burnout in Healthcare: What You Can Do

January 28, 2016 by Annette Hogan

Physician burnout is getting worse. Researchers report "a 10 percent increase in the prevalence of burnout among U.S. physicians over the last three years." Here's what you can do.[read more]

Monitoring for Deteriorating Conditions

January 27, 2016 by Tim Gee

Monitoring patients at risk of a deteriorating clinical condition (DCC) is a growing patient monitoring need in almost every hospital. Here’s why… For many years, the need to monitor patients outside traditional high acuity units has been a growing requirement in hospitals. Signs of this growing need have been evident in a number of areas.[read more]

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Can Cannabis Treat ADD or ADHD?

January 27, 2016 by Phil Cohen

Among the plethora of conditions that cannabis has been known to treat, scientists are just finding out that ADD and ADHD are two of them. In fact, it is becoming apparent that marijuana may be more effective at treating these disorders than Adderall, the leading pharmaceutical drug.[read more]

Is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) safe enough?

January 27, 2016 by David E Williams
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A look at the FDA loophole that allows companies to add ingredients to food with little to no government oversight.[read more]

The Singularity of Hospital Branding Success

January 27, 2016 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

If today’s patient-now-informed consumer isn’t at the center of your branding universe, you don’t have an effective brand.[read more]

The Internet as a Resource for TBI Patients and Their Families

January 26, 2016 by Bernadette Coleman

The Internet is an excellent resource for a wide range of medical information, including traumatic brain injury. There is a wealth of information, personal stories, and more that TBI patients and families can utilize. While it can be a very important tool, it is important to take the information online with a grain of salt and always double check information with your treating physician.[read more]