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Health Care Organizations Turn to Pinterest To Connect With Community, Boost Brand - iHealthBeat

Health Care Organizations Turn to Pinterest To Connect With Community, Boost Brand - iHealthBeat | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media sites.
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Maybe it isn't great for reaching people in poverty, but nothing reaches everyone.  We have to use every channel we can find to engage patients in their own health.

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Oklahoma City hospital posts surgery prices online; creates bidding war

Oklahoma City hospital posts surgery prices online;  creates bidding war | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City surgery center is offering a new kind of price transparency, posting guaranteed all-inclusive surgery prices online. The move is revolutionizing medical billing in ...
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Price transparency, finally! However all is not as it appears because the cheapest don't accept Medicare/Medicaid. Hopefully we will iron out this wrinkle as time goes by.

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Healthcare is Local

Healthcare is Local | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
The great newsman Walter Cronkite famously said, “America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.” He was half-kidding, at best. Still, he probably wouldn’t
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Great quote.  My friend Betsy (PHD in Community Health) and I ran PhotoStory in Houston's Acres Homes.  It will be a big challenge but the people are ready, willing and capable to take action to make things better.

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Why Behavior Change Apps Fail To Change Behavior | TechCrunch

Why Behavior Change Apps Fail To Change Behavior | TechCrunch | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Imagine walking into a busy mall when someone approaches you with an open hand. “Would you have some coins to take the bus, please?” he asks. But in this case, the person is not a panhandler. The beggar is a PhD.
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The rush to use technology to facilitate behavior change seems to follow the "self improvement" format that sells lots of books but doesn't help people lose lots of lbs. Time to investigate the key mechanisms that govern behaviors! that have nothing to do with better information or even better communication. 

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Evidence-based Design: Quality vs. Quantity - Sara Marberry

Evidence-based Design: Quality vs. Quantity - Sara Marberry | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Whenever I give a talk about evidence-based design, I point out that the number of studies that link the design of the physical environment of healthcare to outcomes has grown from 80 credible studies in 1996 to more than 1,200 in 2009 — which was...
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It doesn't get any more local than the physical envronment of your hospital or doctor!

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Is the Future of Health Care in Your Local Walgreens? | Via Meadia

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Great idea.  So happy to see a test before a roll out.

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Could insurers leaving Calif. individual market be a precursor? | Vital Signs | The healthcare business blog from Modern Healthcare

Could insurers leaving Calif. individual market be a precursor? | Vital Signs | The healthcare business blog from Modern Healthcare | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
First Aetna, and now UnitedHealth.United, the nation's largest health insurer based on enrollment, followed in the footsteps of Aetna's move last month and decided to exit California's individual market.
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Just because big insurers refuse to participate in insurance exchanges doesn't mean we won't get good deals on individual insurance.  They never liked insuring individuals in the first place.

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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: When the problem is defects in the structure of "the market", financial incentives won't do much good: Maryland's health enterprise zones

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: When the problem is defects in the structure of "the market", financial incentives won't do much good: Maryland's health enterprise zones | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
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wonderful list of solutions for community health!

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National Health Care Associates Acquires Seven New Centers in Maine

National Health Care Associates Acquires Seven New Centers in Maine | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Seven existing Kindred Transitional Care & Rehabilitation centers have been acquired by National Health Care Associates and have new names, effective July 1. These centers complete a purchase agre
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This is the way things are going.  More and more acquisitions. Smaller providers can feel overwhelmed by the changes necessary to adapt to the new methods and requirements linked to pay.  I'm hoping this means best practices get better and are integrated more quickly.

 

But I worry that local applications will be distorted to fit HQ's ideas.  This article quotes the guy "If it aint broke don't fix it."  I hope that means local differences are always incorporated.

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Breaking the Seal on Drug Research

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More researchers are insisting on seeing all the data behind all clinical trials for drugs, not just the rosy reports that companies choose to release.
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Thank you Dr. Doshi...know we get to know what really happens when people take a particular drub.

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Panel of Doctors Brief Screenwriters On 'Obamacare' | Neon Tommy

Panel of Doctors Brief Screenwriters On 'Obamacare' | Neon Tommy | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
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The stories on Grey's Anatomy and other TV dramas needed to be briefed on Obamacare.  They say that everyone having health insurance messes up one of their best storylines: deserving person doesn't get healthcare because they don't have insurance. 

 

However I'm sure the difficulty of implementation will give them a few storyllines to replace that one!

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Study Reports Poor Communication Among Health Care Workers - Pedagogy

Study Reports Poor Communication Among Health Care Workers - Pedagogy | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Communication in Healthcare
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"Healthcare is based on humans."  So true.  And the communication between healthcare providers/administrators/quality staff/patients is NOT GOOD.  This study proves it.

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P4P? Do we really want to go there? :: PeterEliasMD :: (personal observations and perspectives)

P4P? Do we really want to go there? :: PeterEliasMD :: (personal observations and perspectives) | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
(personal observations and perspectives)
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This is a good overview of the new requirements that replace the old models that led to every increasing healthcare costs.

 

It is my experience as well that a metric that works at a group level is not always equally effective at an individual lever.  You can't parse down group behavior into chunks and just replicate it on individuals. 

 

For instance, I have many processes that work on groups that would never work in a one-on-one intervention.  It is a no brainer when you look at it that way.

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Healthcare overhaul leads hospitals to focus on patient satisfaction

Healthcare overhaul leads hospitals to focus on patient satisfaction | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — For years, the check-in process in the urgent care center of this city's large, downtown hospital was reminiscent of a visit to the DMV. The ailing and sick walked in, pulled a number, took a seat and waited to be called.
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One thing everyone should agree on is that gathering patient satisfaction stories and measures is a step in the right direction for every healthcare provider

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Obama’s last campaign: Inside the White House plan to sell Obamacare

Obama’s last campaign: Inside the White House plan to sell Obamacare | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
The Obama administration's strategy to make its signature health-reform law work -- and the many, many obstacles that stand in their ways.
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"But the experience in Massachusetts, which structured its overhaul in a similar way, suggests few will choose to pay the penalty. There, rates of uninsurance for young adults have fallen to the low single digits. “The idea of paying a penalty and getting nothing is more distasteful than paying more to get insurance,” said Gary Claxton, director of the Health Care Marketplace project at the Kaiser Family Foundation."


Nice to hear young people are buying health insurance! The rest of this article is a great summary of current status on the reform movement.

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Doctors selling their practices

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As their business costs rise and reimbursements shrink, doctors who own private practices are looking for a way out. They're selling them to hospitals.
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Is this the end of the world or the beginning of real efficiencies? Hard to say.

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Exclusive Book Excerpt: Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement

Exclusive Book Excerpt: Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Patient Engagement has been referred to as the "Blockbuster Drug of the Century" for its tremendous impact on health outcomes.
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Read this...it does a great job describing the patient experience for everyone, even though it is written to help design EHR.

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Community Victory over Major Healthcare Corporation

Community Victory over Major Healthcare Corporation | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
A community and labor coalition has just won a years-long battle against the largest private healthcare provider in San Francisco
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How to push back when a provider isn't doing the right thing.  This will be more important becasue we have fewer providers due to acquisitions.

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Snyder In Medicaid Push: ‘We Have A Broken System’ - CBS Detroit

Snyder In Medicaid Push: ‘We Have A Broken System’ - CBS Detroit | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Speaking live on WWJ, the governor says it's time to put emotions aside and work together toward a health care solution.
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I wish he would talk to the Governor of my state: Louisiana.  

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MSPGH Short Courses » Narrative medicine workshop: Stories in clinical practice

Short Courses at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
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Narrative Medicine - one of the best ways to keep healthcare personal and local!

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Community clinics reinvent health care in New Orleans

Community clinics reinvent health care in New Orleans | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
MSNBC - Like generations of New Orleans residents, 53-year-old Ruben Williams had known only one kind of health care before Katrina ravaged the city in 2005.
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Our Louisiana governor has refused to accept federal funding for community healthcare....but that hasn't stopped Common Ground from creating a dynamic system of local healthcare providers that deliver healthcare to the neediest and most deserving population - the working poor. 

 

Geaux Common Ground!

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Healthcare job growth slows as hospitals see drop

Healthcare job growth slows as hospitals see drop | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Growth in healthcare jobs slowed to levels not seen since January, primarily because hospitals shed 5,900 jobs for the month, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted figures released Friday morning by the U.S.
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I am very sorry for those who lost their jobs and cannot find employment again in the same job category. But this is good news. When we reduce the amount of our GDP spent on the healthcare sector it means the sector shrinks.  

 

I wish we could report that CEO salaries are dropping dramatically but one thing at a time.

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Participatory Design in Healthcare: Patients and doctors can bridge critical information gaps | UX Magazine

Participatory Design in Healthcare: Patients and doctors can bridge critical information gaps | UX Magazine | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
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I think this is the best way to design not just IT products but system design as well.  And storytelling (Case 1) is noted as important, too.  Patient stories and live patients should be included in the process.  Hospitals are already finding that including patients is creating great designs not to mention improving patient satisfaction scores.

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Hospitals Get Culinary to Ace Patient Satisfaction

Hospitals Get Culinary to Ace Patient Satisfaction | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
As hospitals aim to ace patient satisfaction, more are ramping up their menu options for patients, according to a report from Kaiser Health News and USA TODAY.
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Good food from a hospital!? Why not?

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Study Reports Poor Communication Among Health Care Workers - Pedagogy

Study Reports Poor Communication Among Health Care Workers - Pedagogy | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Communication in Healthcare
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Man, oh man..do we need to improve communication!!

 

I'm committed to figuring out HOW?

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