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Keeping the Customers Satisfied

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When the Affordable Care Act was passed, the law created something known as the Partnership for Patients. The program is aimed at reducing hospital acquired conditions and readmissions while improving the relationship between healthcare professionals and patients. Hospitals that fail to improve Medicare patient services will receive less money. Private insurers are likely to follow […]

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Can We Teach Compassion?

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When a nurse says “The doctor will see you now,” the doctor might not really be seeing you. According to a 2013 study by Johns Hopkins University, a large majority of young doctors fresh out of medical school failed to use common communication skills with hospitalized patients. More than half of observed internists failed to […]

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What is the Governments Role in Healthcare?

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Regulation plays a major role in the healthcare industry, and healthcare in the United States is filtered through an alphabet soup of government agencies including the HHS, the CDC, the AHRQ, the FDA and the CMS.

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Informed and Engaged Patients Experience Better Care Results

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If there were a super-drug that could reduce the mortality rate for patients with heart disease by 76%, it would be considered the medical discovery of the century. While no such drug exists, a program called Collaborative Cardiac Care Service (CCCS) instituted by Kaiser Permanente in Colorado has achieved those astounding numbers and saved lives.

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Clinics Versus Hospitals

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There are more than 5,750 hospitals in the United States. In 2012, they treated nearly 36 million patients. Millions more were treated on an outpatient basis at the nation’s more than 15,000 urgent care centers and other health care clinics. And a new type of healthcare facility, the retail health clinic, is springing up in […]

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Obamacare and the Health Services Industry

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When the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, backers promised it would provide more affordable, accessible and comprehensive health care and insurance coverage for all Americans, including 30 million people without health insurance. However, when this complex law is fully implemented in 2014, there will be winners and losers in the health services industry.

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Medical Device Technologies Shaping Our World Today

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In 1958, Minneapolis engineer Earl Bakken produced the first wearable external pacemaker. Since that time, biomedical engineering has contributed to human welfare by alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life. Advanced medical devices have improved the quality of life for countless patients who have benefited from early diagnoses, less invasive treatments, reductions in recovery times, […]

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Implications of the 2.3% Device Tax Associated with Obamacare

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When the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010, it contained a 2.3% excise tax on gross sales of medical devices. The tax applies to a wide range of products, from bedpans to the most advanced heart devices, as well as companies, from emerging healthcare startups to brand-name medical device companies. […]

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Whats Happening With Health Information Technology?

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Health information technology (health IT), or the exchange of health information in an electronic environment, allows the safe and secure sharing of health information as it passes between consumers, providers, insurers and government entities.

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