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  • 5 reasons every employer should have job descriptions

    D. Albert Brannen Business Management, Services & Risk Management

    No state or federal law requires job descriptions. However, job descriptions can be helpful tools for employers for both practical and legal reasons. This article will outline five of the many ways in which job descriptions can benefit employers.

  • ICD-9 vs. ICD-10: What’s the difference?

    Brooke Andrus

    If you’re a proponent of the old “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” mentality, you might be a little reluctant to buy into all of this ICD-10 business. After all, you use ICD-9 now, and that seems to be working just fine. So why rock the boat? Well, there’s another old saying that goes something like, "You don’t know what you’re missing until you reach out and touch it." In this case, those still clinging to ICD-9 are completely overlooking the benefits of the new code set.

  • Medical device industry facing tough road ahead

    Rosemary Sparacio

    The business climate in 2013 and beyond will prove to be a challenging one for medical device manufacturers. And with the current government shutdown centering around the Affordable Care Act, one of the sticking points for passage of the funding bill is removing the steep excise tax on medical devices from the equation by delaying funding for the ACA for at least a year.

  • Have you ever had hire’s remorse?

    Mel Kleiman

    Employees are the most impressionable during their first weeks on the job — and even more so during their first few days. This is because people in unfamiliar territory are more alert for clues that will help them navigate the new terrain. Every bit of information gathered during this time will either reinforce your new hire's decision to take the job or lead to "new hire’s remorse."

  • Food for thought: How are you perceived professionally?

    Karen Childress

    Fair or not, we’re all judged based on how we present ourselves. Being perceived professionally goes way beyond the wardrobe we choose, however. In many cases, how we are viewed by others is based on more subtle factors.

  • The Affordable Care Act: They gave it the wrong name

    Dr. Jonathan Kaplan

    Most Americans are thinking this major new piece of healthcare legislation, the Affordable Care Act, is going to make health insurance more affordable. Why do most Americans think it's going to be more affordable? Picture me with my hands cupped on both sides of my mouth screaming, "because it's got the word 'affordable' in it!" But this is not the case. Clearly, unarguably, they will be more expensive.

  • Enterprise myths: Easily attest to meaningful use with a best-of-breed

    Dr. Robert Hitchcock

    ​Through my consulting experience with numerous hospitals, I've learned that hospitals often see the use of a single, certified electronic health record (EHR) as the required or preferred path to successful attestation. However, not only is it not required to use one system for meaningful use, but using a single enterprise system is also often not the best option nor the easiest way to meet attestation requirements.

  • FDA issues final mobile medical app guidance

    Pamela Lewis Dolan

    ​The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently ​issued its final guidance on mobile health apps, ending a two-year wait for developers. The FDA, which issued a draft guidance in July 2011, said it intends to exercise its enforcement discretion and not regulate apps except for those that present a risk to patients if they do not work as intended.

  • Study: How cost fits into the transport to a trauma center

    Darla Ferrara

    Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1 and 44, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Given that fact, it is understandable that EMS personnel — especially air medical services — look for the nearest trauma center when creating a transportation and treatment plan. But is this always the best choice?

  • Anonymity often leads to physician bullying online

    Pamela Lewis Dolan

    Discussions that used to take place around water coolers and in doctor’s lounges have moved to online message boards, blogs and social media sites. But the Internet has also given some physicians an outlet to unleash vitriolic commentary many would never consider unleashing on a colleague in person.