Consumer-Driven Health Care, and What It Means for You

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Industries in transition are characterized by at least one of the following: changing competitive landscape, changing regulation, evolving market expectations and developing technology. And, as Dr. Rita Numerof, president of management consulting firm Numerof and Associates, Inc., described in a presentation, the healthcare industry is experiencing all four of these simultaneously. > read post

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A Cure for the Medical Field and Social Media

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I have a confession to make: I rarely buy anything without looking for online reviews first. This tendency isn’t just for big purchases such as cars or television sets; on many occasions, I’ve searched doctors or urgent care facilities, even though I’m still convinced at my age that I’m invincible. Here’s another confession: I know I’m not alone.  > read post

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The Rx for Health Literacy: Understanding the Directions

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You’ve just picked up the prescription your doctor ordered for you. After recovering from sticker shock (“that’s what I owe even after my insurance pays?”), you read the instructions (in teeny, tiny type) ‒ “take one tablet by mouth twice daily.” Twice daily? Is that when I get up and at bedtime? Or with breakfast and dinner? Or can I take them a few hours apart? Dr. Ruth Parker, professor of medicine, pediatrics and public health at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., says she’ll retire once the word “twice” is eliminated from prescription labels.  > read post

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