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Whatever we do in the healthcare space, it is eventually meant for the greater good of patients, which is why today the aim of modern healthcare is shifting towards value-based reimbursement and with that the process is getting modified accordingly. Gradually, patient-centric care is becoming prevalent. The current standards require enhanced patient experience, and that…

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We know divorce negatively affects health. Stress correlates with, or even underlies, many of the top health risks Americans face, from depression to heart disease. Divorce is always stressful, so it is no shocker it can carry significant risk for the health of a couple going through proceedings. Conversely, we also know that divorce is…

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When Henry Ford arranged production of his vehicles on an assembly line, he was laying the foundation for industrial robots to take over the bulk of construction and assembly from humans. It doesn’t matter that such advanced robots didn’t exist when the assembly line revolutionized manufacturing; the important thing is that it standardized the functions…

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As value-based care becomes the primary focus of healthcare organizations, providers now need to broach Population Health Management and to manage it with risk stratification with a delicate balance. It is now important for providers to focus on patients’ individual and distinct health signs and make decisions to take their journey forward to better and…

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MACRA Overview The MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) for setting the physician fee schedule rate changes and consolidates several quality and incentive programs into one.  There are two performance tracks in the program, the Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  The Advanced APM track offers…

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With coverage and access being thrown into question–again–by the incoming administration, it is important to not lose sight of the essentials of continuing healthcare’s 21st century migration. There are a lot of details that get magnified by competing interests, but which miss the big picture of how healthcare is evolving, and must continue to evolve…

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Advances in technology have fundamentally altered and inarguably improved the way we drive, shop and travel. Just ask anybody who uses Google Maps, Foodler or Uber. Sadly, however, information technology has failed to deliver so far in the most crucial service of all – healthcare.  This is at least partly because electronic health records (EHR)…

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Doctors complain about having to compete with–or, more often, correct–Doctor Google, and patients searching for medical answers online. But for every suspect Google search result or WebMD symptom check, there are untold swarms of social posts, shares, and comments that further dilute the reliability of online medical information. With the bluster and fury of the…

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  A few days ago, the Human Health Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General released a report highlighting the 10 biggest management and performance challenges the healthcare industry is facing, and yet again, EHRs and health IT have made it to the list. Healthcare is complex and the challenges we face today might take years…

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Psychotherapist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl famously enjoyed quoting Nietzsche’s observation, “He who has a why to live for, can bear almost any how.” The more lay expression, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” covers similar ground. When we have a Why for doing something, the How can be cultivated. Determining how to do…

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PJ Carter in a blog explained how the lack of interoperability resulted in extreme physical pain to his father who had to go into an eye surgery for the repair of a detached retina. His father was told by his eye specialist that and an urgent operation had to carried out. The operation began, but…

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