Hospitals are very intimidating places for patients. There’s an underlying fear about why they might be there in the first place, but beyond that, it’s a place full of language they may not understand, and costs they may not know. Continue reading Clear Answers for Cost Questions
We often discuss how important technology has become in healthcare—from wearable health monitoring devices to simple online appointment scheduling tools. This technology can have a huge impact on the patient experience and satisfaction. Continue reading Lack of Focus on Healthcare Apps Costs Millions
A recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found that the Nationwide Inpatient Sample—which is compiled from patient billing data—is full of flaws due to underreporting. Continue reading Inaccurate Reporting Can Hurt Hospitals’ Bottom Line
The bane of most medical practices—and businesses in general—is wasted time. While we may not expect everyone on the clock to be 100% efficient every minute of the day, various small things can get in the way of getting the job done. When we add those small things together, it can result in a lot of wasted time, which means wasted money. Continue reading Workflow and Your Practice
More and more Americans are signing up for health insurance plans through the enrollment marketplace. Through the second week of open enrollment, nearly 1.1 million Americans have already purchased coverage for 2016. These numbers are up from the time last year. Continue reading The ACA is Making an Impact
A recent survey just released results that state patients are very interested in the digital health tools a doctor provides—enough so that they’ll choose their care provider based on access to them.
Specifically, patients wanted tools like online appointment scheduling, online bill pay options, and online test results. This survey may show that by investing in these tools—or finding partners who can help provide them—you can keep your patients more satisfied.
You can read more of the survey results here.
The landscape of healthcare is changing, and one of those changes is virtual doctor visits. Recently, health insurer UnitedHealthcare announced it would begin offering in-network virtual doctor visits to its members, for the same cost (or even less) than traditional visits. Doctor on Demand, Optum’s NowClinic, and American Well’s Amwell will provide the care. Continue reading The Future of Virtual Doctor Visits
Since hitting the scene a few years ago, concierge medicine has been the subject of much discussion. Concierge medicine refers to an arrangement in which a patient pays a set amount a month, and the patient has a certain number of hours he or she can see the doctor for that time. These “retainers” are common in other business fields, and are even becoming more common in veterinary medicine, but will it work for human medicine? Continue reading Concierge Medicine: Doctors on Retainer?
Fitbit—the handy little wrist pedometer that is so much more than that—recently had a huge IPO that’s gotten a lot of people talking about the future of digital health tools and what it means for the healthcare industry. Continue reading Digital Health Tools & Wearables Can Save the Healthcare Industry Billions
A new poll released by the American Hospital Association says that seven out of every ten Americans believe that prescription drug costs are unreasonably expensive. Continue reading Will Drug Prices Affect Patients’ Adherence?