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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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Avoid the 'July effect'

Avoid the 'July effect' | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
For years, tales of the 'July effect' have circulated: Steer clear of hospitals in July — that's when newly graduated medical students begin their residencies. Being in the hospital is never ideal, especially for multiple stays.
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This goes for any hospital stay!

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The Dangerous, Funny, Thrilling, Sad, Uplifting Lives of Nurses

The Dangerous, Funny, Thrilling, Sad, Uplifting Lives of Nurses | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
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Oh yes...I would LOVE to attend one of these events.  #themothrocks

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Health Care Innovators on Innovation

For more information about the Health Care Innovation Awards, visit: http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Health-Care-Innovation-Awards/ Sign up to receive ...
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Insight into the RADICAL transformation of the healthcare industry from the front lines: winners of Healthcare Innovation Awards in bite size profiles.

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The high-deductible trap

The high-deductible trap | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
A growing number of experts fear the rising popularity of high-deductible insurance plans could backfire and undermine the accountable care movement.
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This might be a problem but they looked far enough ahead to require preventative healthcare appointments to be covered in spite of the high deductible.  

 

From a post by Michael A. S. Guth, Ph.D., J.D. mike@michaelguth. com

 

"That may have been true before enactment of the Affordable Care Act, but now almost all insured patients -- including those with high deductible plans -- can see physicians and have the cost of the visit, including lab work, paid at 100% by the insurance company. I used the preventive health benefit to meet with several prospective primary care physicians. So far this year, I have had four "preventive health" appointments and had the costs fully borne by the insurance company. Of course, it takes some determination to insist on proper coding of the visit as preventive healthcare, but the rewards are worth it."

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Hospitals consider adding new job positions and new ways to deploy their workforce

Hospitals consider adding new job positions and new ways to deploy their workforce | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
H&HN is the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association and the most trusted and credible management publication in the field.
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Imagine! Calling for help and instead of getting the "You are going to have to go to an emergency room." response a/k/a "not my problem" you get ....help. People on the ground who care!

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New book shapes environmental health through storytelling

A fairytale-like account of a Native American woman and her baby is serving as a new kind of teaching tool.
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I want to do this in the neighborhood where I will be doing "PhotoStory." They have an active community garden and I'm also involved in a local food movement...each group overlapping and striving for the same things in the same kinds of neighborhoods.  I think this is a story that is bigger than it's Native American roots!

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Slower growth in obesity rate could be sign policies are working

Slower growth in obesity rate could be sign policies are working | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Obesity is still rising, but at a slower pace, which some experts say may be a sign people are finally responding to a smattering of policy initiatives and an outpouring of national concern.
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When everyone shares responsibility to decrease obesity then everyone finds SOMETHING they can do to prevent it!

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Healthcare Pricing Transparency Gains Momentum

Healthcare Pricing Transparency Gains Momentum | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Two of the hottest topics in healthcare right now are pricing transparency and data interoperability. Both are squarely aimed at dramatically reducing healthcare costs and increasing patient safety/health outcomes.
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"Not because it highlights the insanity and dysfunction of our current system (which it does), but because it’s an integral part of the most critical component of any and all patient-provider communication. Trust."

 
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MRA Alerts and Updates: New healthcare model cut even more costs in year two:

MRA Alerts and Updates: New healthcare model cut even more costs in year two: | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
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System wide changes that create better local and personal experiences.

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Breaking the Seal on Drug Research

Breaking the Seal on Drug Research | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
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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Stories of chemical sensitivity, AIDS next in medical movie series

Stories of chemical sensitivity, AIDS next in medical movie series | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
When considering treatment for a patient, doctors check charts, analyze data and consider the symptoms. Some people think physicians should improve their listening skills — and a way to do that is to see movies and read books.
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I intend to watch the movie "Safe" tonight! 

 

“Narrative Medicine: A Film & Comix Series,” ongoing at the Wexner Center for the Arts, presents stories of people struggling with medical woes. 

 

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Walk with a Doc

Walk with a Doc | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Just a walk in the park
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Great idea to for patient education and community engagement!

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Fee for Service is Dead, What Now? Mark Blatt, MD, Previews Healthcare Unbound

Fee for Service is Dead, What Now? Mark Blatt, MD, Previews Healthcare Unbound | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
This past Friday on a weekly call for the Collaborative Health Consortium, Mark Blatt, MD, Director of Intel Health, gave a rousing introduction to some of the issues that will be front and center at Healthcare Unbound on July 11th and 12th in...
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Lots of people losing jobs, lots of people getting jobs and money redistributed to results.

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The Prescription Mobile App For Chronic Disease Management

THE PRESCRIPTION MOBILE APP: Productizing behavioral care for people managing a chronic disease and needing behavioral therapeutic support
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JOHNS HOPKINS: Why Health Care Solutions aren't Global

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I think having skills in storytelling is the best way to discover and apply the unique factors of local health environmental issues and cultural needs/expectations.

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Using Photovoice to Engage Minority Consumers in the ...

Photovoice, a participatory action research method developed by Caroline C. Wang and Mary Ann Burris, empowers people with cameras to document their everyday lives and inform social action. ...
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I've used this and it is wonderful!! I call it PhotoStory when I do it to emphasize the storytelling part. I will be doing it again in a local community about to be steamrolled by an interstate connector.  We are getting their story out to the public. But I believe the biggest benefit will be for the residents to come together and find pride and connection through community.  This translates to the sort of self esteem that lowers domestic violence, obesity, teenage pregnancy, etc. and increases patient activation.

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Choice of Health Plans to Vary Sharply From State to State

Choice of Health Plans to Vary Sharply From State to State | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
With only months to go before Americans start buying coverage through new state insurance exchanges, some states have attracted an array of insurers, while options in other states may be limited.
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Where we live still matters.  Some states, like Louisiana, will probably be forced to deal with one monopoly insurerer.  We have an unhealthy population and I doubt many new insurers will want to compete for our citizens.  Our governor has refused to create a state exchange. I wonder if the federal exchange will be more competitive.  Surely. 

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A Doctor Goes Viral -- On Purpose - Kaiser Health News

A Doctor Goes Viral -- On Purpose - Kaiser Health News | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
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Best. Healthcare. Storytelling. Ever!.

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