General Healthcare Discussion


​Options for Reducing the Deficit

5 days ago

Options for Reducing the Deficit

The Congressional Budget Office presented several options for reducing the deficit from 2017 to 2026. Presented in Chapter 5, Option 12 includes consolidating and reducing federal payments for graduate medical education at teaching hospitals. According to the Congressional Budget Office (2016), hospitals with teaching programs, such as Emory University Hospital, receive funds from Medicare and Medicaid for costs related to graduate medical education (GME). Two t…

Connecticut Hospital Reduces Emergency Wait Time, Adverse Events Using AHRQ Tools

2 weeks ago

The case study selected discusses the impact Door-to-Doc had on the reduction of emergency wait times in Bridgeport hospital, located in Bridgeport Connecticut. Before this model was implemented, it took as long as 6 to 8 hours to get a patient through the process. With Door-to-Doc, the hospital reduced the emergency department wait time to 21 min. This was accomplished by using a streamlined process, where they categorized patients into subgroups of sick or sicker. The goal was to move the less…

Technology Innovation in Health Care

4 weeks ago

From 2018-2022, the electronic health records (EHR) market is expected to grow at a compound average rate of 6% per year Providers and organizations continue to house fragmented technologies which create barriers towards collaboration and data sharing opportunities. ("Top 10 Healthcare Innovations For 2019", 2018). Technology is one of the largest recent innovations in health care, and its impact on health care has made an amazing difference. Hospitals have switched from paper files of patient…

The Impact of Innovation

4 weeks ago

With technology advancing at a rapid speed it has made everything from grocery shopping and having them delivered to your front door. To ordering fast food from restaurants thru services like grub hub and uber eats. To having your medication delivered to your front door through the mail and or hand delivery. To being able to simply log into your computer and speak with a doctor via facetime and or skype real time.

This new age technology has allowed speaking to a doctor regardless of the day an…

EHR Innovation and impact to healthcare

4 weeks ago

Summary Imagine being able to make an accurate diagnosis based on a patient’s past visits and suggest the correct medication or procedure instantly. (Faulkner) This is the idea that lies behind the electronic health record (EHR). EHRs have been receiving a high amount of visibility as to whether they will truly benefit or hinder the healthcare community. From a healthcare IT perspective, the EHR will be bridging the gap between the providers and the patients, streamlining workflows and expedi…

Impact cost

1 month ago

The impact that federal or state health care policies have on consumer cost vary. “In the ten-year period between 1999 and 2009, U.S. health care spending nearly doubled, climbing from $1.3 trillion to $2.5 trillion” (Rand Corporation). 2018 State health policy makers were faced with questionable insurance markets, reduction in public health and prevention revenue which had uncertain Medicaid funding and reforms to health care (National Academy for State Health Policy). After the Affordab…

Israeli scientists unveil world’s first 3D-printed heart with human tissue

1 month ago

That's amazing. Finally someone making good use of 3D printers. While hillbillies are out there 3D printing guns, the geniuses of the world are finding ways to regrow limbs and organs and printing them out. Very cool stuff. Exciting times in the future!

Reducing Medicare Reimbursement for Hospitals

2 months ago

CBO Option 10 Reducing Medicare’s Coverage of Bad Debt

At a first glance, it appears that The Congress of the United States Congressional Budget Office’s Option #10 for Reducing the Deficit from 2017 to 2026 is a reasonable slash to wasteful government spending in regards to medical care. The end result of this proposal is the loss of many medical treatment plans for low income individuals seeking healthcare solutions. According to "CBO.gov"(2016),“ When hospitals and other providers of hea…

Clover Health Layoffs

2 months ago

Basically if you don't have a background in health insurance or clinical care you were shoved to the curb. The term is nonessential employees and explains the move to Nashville. I think around 30 from the technology team were let go too.

Scott Gottlieb says anti-vaxxers creating national health crisis

2 months ago

Thankfully many of the doctors in my area are starting to refuse to see kids who have not received their vaccines. It's taken a while but I think many in the medical community are starting to fight back.

Medtechy Deals: You Need this Car Jump Starter Kit

2 weeks ago

Today we are excited to announce an exclusive deal on the RavPower's 14,000mAh Car Jump Starter Kit which has all 5-star reviews and could save the day for a sales rep who needs their car to make a living.

Should Hospital Systems Allow Physicians to Prescribe Medical Marijuana?

2 months ago

Original question: Should Hospital Systems Allow Physicians to Prescribe Medical Marijuana?

-If the state where the hospital resides has approved the use of medical marijuana, then yes, hospitals should be required to allow their physicians the ability to prescribe medical marijuana for their patients.

Consumer and Provider Costs

2 months ago

The Affordable Care Act has allowed for the expansion of Medicaid and Medicare eligibility as well as employer healthcare insurance markets to provide healthcare to the uninsured. Individuals must buy insurance and insurance providers must cover a list of essential health benefits. The law developed a range of delivery system reforms that limit healthcare costs and improve quality care.According to the most recent National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data shows that the uninsured rate in earl…

Shanika Article - Care Coordination improved through Health Information Exchange

3 months ago

Shanika’s Article

Coastal Women’s Healthcare is offering gynecologic and obstetric care, bone density, mammography, and a small amount of invasive surgery to women located in Scarborough, ME. In 2011, eight physician’s, two nurse practitioners, support staff, a midwife, have seen 22,705 patients. The providers in 2011 were also attesting to stage 1 Meaningful use (MU) for Medicare. Coastal Women’s Healthcare are being honored for their achievement and because they are the first independe…

Oculus Rift and Surgeon Training

3 months ago

Checkout a company named GIBLIB who recently released the first virtual reality app that lets just about anyone with access to an Oculus headset, to experience what it’s like when serious surgeries are underway. GIBLIB’s content comes from Cedars-Sinai and Stanford Children’s Hospital, so you won’t be seeing boring stuff like hernia repairs.

The app is offered through the Oculus store, and it works with the Oculus Go and Oculus Rift System. While it is certainly available to anyone, medic…

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