Heart doctor: Six initial reactions to the Medicare payment data dump

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Heart doctor: Six initial reactions to the Medicare payment data dump

April 9, 2014 6:50 pm by | 0 Comments

What a day it was for medical news. After much legal wrangling, specifically by the Wall Street Journal, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released detailed data on…


The ICD-10 emperor is not naked, but actually quite nicely dressed

The ICD-10 emperor is not naked, but actually quite nicely dressed

April 24, 2014 11:37 am by | 0 Comments

A few days ago, Betsy Nicoletti penned a post titled “The ICD-10 emperor has no clothes.” Kate Warnock  - social business strategist at BCBS of Florida – aka @FLBlue -…


How Much Is Your Medical Website Hurting Your Business?

How Much Is Your Medical Website Hurting Your Business?

April 24, 2014 11:22 am by | 0 Comments

For healthcare organizations, keeping a website up-to-date is extremely important. If a hospital or practice fails to update their site at least once a year to stay on top of current…



AHRQ releases hospital readmission data for Medicare, Medicaid and private payers

AHRQ releases hospital readmission data for Medicare, Medicaid and private payers

April 24, 2014 10:01 am by | 0 Comments

Efforts to reduce hospital readmissions have been focused on a handful of diagnoses and on government payors (primarily Medicare). In order to get a handle on the roughly 15% of…


Sharing clinical data to help trial participants improve their health

Sharing clinical data to help trial participants improve their health

April 22, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments (Sponsored)

The DIA 2014 50th Annual Meeting will highlight The Blue Button Project, which empowers patients to use their individual electronic clinical data to improve their overall health and wellness, from sharing data with health care providers to powering clinical risk assessment tools.


Why Posting Doctors Medicare Earnings is Misleading

Why Posting Doctors Medicare Earnings is Misleading

April 20, 2014 11:20 pm by | 0 Comments

It has been much debated and many people are welcoming the new transparency. I have heard people say that doctors are just too whiny and don’t want people to know…


Hear That Rumble? It’s Called Direct Primary Care & It’s Gaining Momentum

Hear That Rumble? It’s Called Direct Primary Care & It’s Gaining Momentum

April 18, 2014 6:16 pm by | 3 Comments

1 in 10 Practice Owners are Planning a Transition to Concierge Medicine As physicians experience more friction with insurance companies and unreasonable patient loads in order to meet their financial…


Looking to physicians as champions for change and innovation

Looking to physicians as champions for change and innovation

April 18, 2014 2:42 pm by | 0 Comments

Physicians are scientists at heart. They are continuously seeking to learn new techniques and ways to practice medicine. They are drawn to discovery and exploring new frontiers. Physicians are champions…



Physician ratings edge closer to the mainstream

Physician ratings edge closer to the mainstream

April 18, 2014 1:26 pm by | 1 Comments

Doctor ratings and reviews have gotten a bad name, especially from doctors. There are concerns about their validity and usefulness. And while I share these worries I also believe ratings and…


Obamacare signups: More than just the exchange numbers

Obamacare signups: More than just the exchange numbers

April 17, 2014 5:46 pm by | 1 Comments

All that hyperbole for nothing! President Obama just announced that 8 million people signed up for coverage on federal and state health insurance exchanges during the initial open enrollment period…


Zogenix prevails in initial challenge to Massachusetts emergency order banning ZOHYDRO ER

Zogenix prevails in initial challenge to Massachusetts emergency order banning ZOHYDRO ER

April 17, 2014 12:59 am by | 0 Comments

 By Kurt R. Karst –   When we first heard about the Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction Zogenix, Inc. filed against Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, among others, alleging that…


True Grit: Why pharma’s leaders aren’t yet capable

True Grit: Why pharma’s leaders aren’t yet capable

April 16, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Faced with an ever-challenging commercial environment, how do upcoming pharma leaders stack up when it comes to critical leadership capabilities and how can they be nurtured to achieve success? “The…


HIPAA privacy and security compliance anniversary: Should You Care?

HIPAA privacy and security compliance anniversary: Should You Care?

April 16, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule became effective just over one year ago. The compliance date was just over six months ago. Within about another six months (plus or minus), Federal regulators…


Washington state inadvertently released computers containing PHI and other sensitive data

Washington state inadvertently released computers containing PHI and other sensitive data

April 15, 2014 6:20 pm by | 0 Comments

All state governments dispose of large numbers of older computers each year, and while they all have procedures in place to scrub sensitive data from the hard drives before releasing…


Is Your EHR Safe? New Technologies for Auditing

Is Your EHR Safe? New Technologies for Auditing

April 15, 2014 9:22 am by | 0 Comments

Thursday, April 24th from 2:00 – 3:30 EST U.S. legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA and HITECH outline rules governing the appropriate use of personal health information (PHI). Unfortunately,…


Zohydro ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

Zohydro ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

April 15, 2014 8:01 am by | 1 Comments

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is trying to ban Zohydro ER, a new prescription painkiller, under a state of emergency he’s declared to combat opiate abuse. I agree with the Governor…