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Jackpot: Aligning Marketing & Physician Relations

Jacqueline Fellows

Here's what can happen when internal departments of a hospital or health system start working together: Marketers get better data and gain insight into new opportunities for growth. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

4 Social Media Policy Fundamentals

We've all read the stories of hospital workers being fired because of releasing patient information on Facebook or Twitter. Those rogue employees might not have acted alone—they might have been enabled by their employers' weak social media policies. >>>

5 Bills, 1 Month: AHA Urges Outreach to Legislators

The American Hospital Association wants acute care organizations to invite members of Congress into their hospitals during the August recess. The group is seeking co-sponsors on five bills. >>>

Interoperability Plan Underwhelms, Mostashari Resigns: Now What?

In seven weeks, providers are supposed to be implementing stage 2 of Meaningful Use. The government's interoperability plans are lacking. And a key Washington player says he's leaving the scene. It's starting to look like a calamity. >>>

Physicians' Medicare Pay Data May be Next to be Made Public

CMS is asking for public input on whether or not physicians have a privacy interest with their Medicare payments. If they do, CMS says it wants to create a review system that balances a physician's privacy with the public interest. >>>

UnitedHealth Exec Offers 5 Tips on Patient Engagement

The giant health insurer has learned much from its consumer engagement program. Lewis G. Sandy, MD, senior vice president for clinical advancement at UnitedHealth Group, shares some practical lessons. >>>

How Prehabilitation Can Improve Outcomes and Reduce Hospital Costs

Better preparing cancer patients for surgery and the rigors of treatment regimens can improve patient outcomes and generate cost savings through shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions, researchers say. >>>

With Cuts Looming, QIOs Find Abundant Support

The American Medical Association, a number of other national provider associations, and 47 state medical societies are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to preserve federal funding for state-based quality improvement organizations. >>>



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News Headlines

MA residents pay more, get less from health insurance

WBUR, August 14, 2013

In states that don't expand Medicaid, some uninsured may still get help

Kaiser Health News, August 13, 2013

Tufts Medical, Vanguard launch health insurance plan

Boston Business Journal, August 13, 2013

The healthcare battle over navigators

Philly.com / The Center for Public Integrity, August 12, 2013

Health insurance ratings to be dropped from CA website

Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2013

Faith leaders emerge as key to healthcare outreach

RRStar.com / The Associated Press, August 12, 2013

Operating income declines at Partners HealthCare

The Boston Globe, August 12, 2013

Mailings may up colon cancer screening rates

Reuters, August 9, 2013

Twitter is out to destroy Obamacare

Bloomberg Businessweek, August 9, 2013

Health insurers tune in to Twitter for customer service

Kaiser Health News, August 8, 2013



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New Approaches to Patient Experience

The simplest and most effective patient experience strategy may be listening to the patient, directly through personal discussions and indirectly through survey data analysis. >>>

 

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