CultureInnovationPatient Engagement

What happens when you let patients design the clinic? (#hcbiz 20)

There’s a lot of pressure being applied to the healthcare industry today. There are penalties for readmissions within 30-days of discharge, reduced (or non) reimbursement for harm due to clinical error (i.e. the CMS “never events”) plus many programs that tie reimbursement to measurable patient outcomes and patient satisfaction (i.e. the HCAHPS survey). One approach to addressing these issues

Innovation

Digital Health: Snake oil or the free market doing its work? (#hcbiz 19)

American Medical Association CEO Dr. James Madara took some shots at digital health at the AMA annual meeting in Chicago last week. He said: “Today we have really remarkable tools — robotic surgery, new forms of radiation treatment, targeted biologics; and we live in a time of rapid development in the digital world — telemedicine as an example.

CMSMACRAPolicy

MACRA and the Creeping Narrative of Healthcare Reform (#hcbiz 17)

The deadline for public comment on the MACRA proposed rule is June 27, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET.  This is the most comprehensive healthcare legislation enacted since Obamacare (ACA) and it will have a significant impact on all actors within our healthcare system for years to come. Since commercial payers tend to take CMS’ lead,

Social Media

How can doctors get value from social media? (#hcbiz 16)

Social media has become the primary source of information, news and more for many people (myself included). The numbers from this Pew Research Center report demonstrate the reach and scope. For example, 62% of all American adults are on Facebook and 70% of those login daily! The question is, how can doctors (and other medical

CulturePatient Engagement

Should Doctors Consider the Cost of Care? (#hcbiz 15)

There are two ways to change your course when things aren’t going the way you want them to: Add stuff or remove stuff. As the U.S. National Health Expenditure approaches $3.5 Trillion and quality continues to lag other developing nations in key categories, it’s safe to say that things aren’t going the way we want