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More practices offer patient portals, but many patients don't know about them

Although more primary care physicians have patient portal systems, many patients don't know about them, according to a survey by TechnologyAdvice. 

Customer service: Small gestures can make big impact

Often when we talk about customer service and patient satisfaction, we focus on high-level issues, such as overall politeness of staff and convenient parking. But while these elements certainly matter to patients, seemingly small gestures can also impact patients' impression of your practice.

Blue Shield, Anthem of California bring health insurance into the 21st century

It's nice to see competitors working together for the good of the consumer. That's exactly what two of California's biggest insurers--Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross--did...

Patient-centered medical home model not one-size-fits-all

The patient-centered medical home is touted as a way to revitalize primary care in a post–Affordable Care Act world, but there isn't necessarily one best method for practices to adopt the model, according to a study published in the  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Final IPPS rule tweaks Meaningful Use program

As promised, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rule updating the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for fiscal year 2015 makes several changes to the Meaningful Use electronic health record incentive program, but not as much as the proposed IPPS rule, issued earlier this spring.

Patient photo collages fade from office scene, thanks to HIPAA

The longtime tradition of doctors' offices displaying photos of babies delivered by their physicians is going the way of cigars in the waiting room, thanks to privacy concerns related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, according to an article from the  New York Times.

Humana CEO: We need technology innovations 'biting at our heels'

Technology will make some aspects of healthcare less expensive and others more costly, but increasing competition will keep the industry on its toes, Humana CEO Bruce Boussard says in an interview with  Fortune.

Massachusetts won't switch to

Massachusetts will have a state-run health insurance exchange after all, and won't have to switch to the federal site, officials announced Friday. CMS  approved software customized for the state by tech firm hCentive in tests Thursday, clearing the way for enrollment to begin Nov. 15.

As EHR adoption spikes, Meaningful Use Stage 2, HIE implementation lags

Hospitals and healthcare systems made significant progress in adopting electronic health records, according to two studies published in the journal  Health Affairs,  but have a long road ahead of them to meet all the criteria for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and the implementation of health information exchanges.

Docs skeptical about online medical auction sites

Patients may find cheaper deals for surgery and other medical procedures online, but physicians worry that the practice may hold patient safety risks, reports  Kaiser Health News.