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Healthcare, You Are A Creep

Healthcare, you’re a creep. You’re a weirdo. What the hell are we doing here? Our project doesn’t belong here. Was Radiohead writing about healthcare scope creep? We think yes. The key triangle in project management sets out to depict and demonstrate the constraints of a project: time, cost, and scope. The holy trinity of constraints is…

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What is Maternalism in Healthcare?

The United States healthcare system is responsible for several crowning achievements, modern innovations, and…failures. Among those failures is the creation of helicopter patient care. You’ve heard about helicopter parenting, the overbearing, over-anxious, micromanagement of children – but we’ve been adopting a similar philosophy when it comes to patient care and patient communication. It might be…

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Should Doctors Ask Patients About Gun Ownership?

A recent anti-Rick Scott television ad has been causing controversy and sparking some intense conversation in the wake of the Parkland, FL tragedy. The advertisement, which recently went into circulation discusses Parkland, the Orlando nightclub shooting, and the Ft. Lauderdale events targets Rick Scott for his involvement in legislation that prevented care providers, including mental…

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The High Cost of Healthcare

The United States spends $3.2 trillion on healthcare each year, more than any other country in the world. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, was recently featured in a CNN Health video that explains why healthcare in the United States is so costly. His high-level analysis of the ecosystem broke healthcare costs into these…

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Your Data Will Be Stolen

This article is a continuation of Risky Retrievals. Walk-Ins Welcome Our medical record specialists are required to arrive at each facility with their equipment, as well as their ID badges and driver’s licenses. This is to ensure that their identities can be verified by office staff and reporting in the event of an incident. What…

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Risky Retrievals

For years, whenever we began launching a medical record review project, clients and physicians alike would ask us the same question: Why can’t you come onsite to pick up the requested records? The easy answer would have been to say that we simply hadn’t performed record retrievals before, but we had vested interest in doing…

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The Road to Compliance

The road to compliance is long and bumpy, but a trip we must all take in 2018. In January 2017, compliance professionals from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) held an assembly in which they discussed how to measure the efficacy of Compliance Programs. From this roundtable came…

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Is This The End of CHIP?

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a program that has managed to gain (mostly) bipartisan support, as it provides low-cost healthcare to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid; but its days may be numbered.  The funding for CHIP ended on September 30th, 2017…and unfortunately, Congress has not yet…

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Is OurNotes the Future of Documentation?

OurNotes is the name of an experimental, collaborative approach to clinical documentation that encourages providers and patients to co-produce medical notes. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) suggest that this kind of participation in the healthcare life cycle will improve overall engagement for patients, while freeing up time for their physicians. Taking…

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HHS Retracts Support For Financial Assistance Charity

In an unexpected, albeit responsible move, Health and Human Services has retracted their support for a Patient Assistance Program. The Caring Voice Coalition (CVC) is a patient assistance charity that provides financial support to Medicare beneficiaries and other patients. Found in 2003 with seemingly noble intentions, the CVC was founded in 2003 to support patients…

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