Category “General”

The Challenge of Creating Secure Patient Portals

Patient portals are changing the way patients think about and access health care. Along with messaging their physicians, patients can now use portals to schedule appointments, access lab results, fill prescriptions, view their health records, update their demographic information, access discharge and medication instructions, and pay their bills. In some…

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Posted In: CareThrough, Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Why Large Hospital Systems are Investing in Outpatient Facilities

The bets are enormous. Advocate Health Care, the largest hospital network in Illinois, has put up about $700 million in the last five years. Tenet, a 77-hospital system headquartered in Dallas, is expected to put down more than $1.9 billion. And Nashville-based HCA Healthcare, which owns 172 hospitals, is going all in with…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 3 April, 2018

How 5 Minutes Can Make a Huge Difference in Patient Satisfaction Scores

How much effort does it take to improve patient-satisfaction scores and ensure that reimbursements won’t be negatively impacted? Not much, it seems, regardless of whether you think such scores are more likely to reflect quality of care or mere manipulation of patient perception?   Immersed in empathy The most recent splash in this area…

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Posted In: General, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 27 March, 2018

The Growing Threat of Cyberattacks in Health Care

Hackers see too many hospitals and other healthcare facilities the way a car thief sees a parking lot full of unlocked vehicles. Easy pickings. How pervasive is the cybersecurity problem in health care? A Ponemon Institute study found that in the previous two years, 89% of healthcare organizations had dealt with data…

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Posted In: Compliance, Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 6 March, 2018

The Disconnect Between How Physicians and Patients Define High-Value Care

The transition to value-based health care is already fraught with challenges. But it will be that much more difficult if the primary stakeholders use conflicting maps to try to get there. Unfortunately, a recent survey suggests that that may be exactly what’s happening. Patients and providers who are asked to pinpoint the…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Updates on ACA Reform Efforts

If, as is often said, the stability of the Affordable Care Act relies on a three-legged stool, we’re about to find out what happens when one of those legs gets cut off. Two legs remain: One requires insurers to accept all applicants, regardless of their health. The other forbids insurers…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General On: Tuesday, 13 February, 2018
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