Category “Quality, Efficiency, Utilization”

A Roadmap to Improved Interoperability

Like vindictive relatives nursing years-old grudges, thousands of EHRs with enormous amounts of invaluable health data just can’t bring themselves to talk to each other. That frustrating lack of interoperability stands as a huge roadblock to the promise of a vastly improved healthcare system—one that would, in the words of Jason…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 6 November, 2018

The Vital Importance of Digital Marketing in 2018

Put simply, we’ve reached an era in which healthcare providers in competitive environments need to understand that digital marketing may determine whether they remain viable or go under. The old misconceptions and excuses are fading fast: Insurance company recommendations and personal referrals don’t provide all the business that thriving practices need. The…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Is Digital Therapy the Next Big Step in the Transition from Volume to Value?

Is there any hope for what some call the “siloed, episodic, reactive nature of U.S. healthcare, whereby patients seek care only after potentially costly health complications occur, and physicians are only reimbursed for expensive in-person office visits that may not reflect the day-to-day reality of the patient experience of living…

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Posted In: CareThrough, Future of Healthcare, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 11 September, 2018

Why Value-Based Programs Aren’t Catching On Faster

Like an ocean liner trying to execute a 180-degree turn, healthcare is slowly pivoting away from the traditional fee-for-service model, and turning toward value-based systems. There were some early success stories, but the process seems to be moving painfully slowly. Most recently, mixed signals from Washington may have given providers…

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Posted In: CareThrough, Compliance, Future of Healthcare, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 4 September, 2018

Can “Prehabilitation” Save Money and Improve Outcomes?

Would you (or anyone in his or her right mind) try to climb Mt. Everest without training first? Doing so would be “irresponsible,” says an anonymous cancer survivor-turned-blogger. But it’s “common practice in oncology,” he adds, “to physically challenge patients in a similar manner without training them for the difficulty…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Wednesday, 29 August, 2018

How Medical Scribes Boost Productivity, Revenue and Satisfaction

In a recent essay in The Atlantic, Rena Xu, a resident physician in Boston, illuminates the healthcare burnout crisis by analogizing a young chef at an upscale restaurant. Her talented young chef is ambitious and plenty capable, but things just keep getting tougher. For one thing, older chefs are retiring faster than new…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

The Vital Importance of Managing Online Reviews

Online reviews for physicians and hospitals aren’t always fair or accurate. They can also be wildly inconsistent from website to website. But they’re important. And getting more important all the time. The numbers are compelling. Large percentages of patients are looking for information online and basing their healthcare decisions on…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 7 August, 2018
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