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.


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


A New Story for Healthcare Security and Compliance (#hcbiz 14)

The medical information of 150 million Americans has been exposed through 1,500 breach incidents since late 2009. More recently we’ve seen a handful of hospitals succumb to ransomware that locks down key parts of their systems and grinds operations to a halt. With healthcare becoming more of a “team sport” through new payment models and