Friday at Five – Ways, Myths, Keys, Reasons All in Lists of 5

Is five a magic number that people will click on to find out what’s on the list? Is it just the right number you think you have the time to read? I don’t know but there are lots of lists out there with 5 things you should know. These got me to click through and I think they were worth sharing.

Five Areas Where The Office For Civil Rights Can Improve Its Proposed Changes To HIPAA, And Advance Interoperability
Lucia C. Savage & Deven McGraw
Written in HealthAffairs (@Health_Affairs)

On December 10, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, released draft regulatory changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), stating its intention to “support individuals’ engagement in their care, remove barriers to coordinated care, and reduce regulatory burdens on the healthcare industry.” For unknown reasons, the proposed regulatory changes were not officially published in the Federal Register until January 21, 2021.

5 Ways We Celebrate Nurses and Improve Healthcare Technology, Today and Everyday
CereCore Blog
Twitter: @CereCore

National Nurse’s Week is the perfect time to recognize the nurses working in our communities and among us, and we thank nurses across our nation for using your gifts and talents to care for others in so many ways. CereCore is honored to have nurses in our midst who help us continually improve healthcare technology solutions and services for the nurses and health systems we serve. In fact, they have a wealth of knowledge to share when it comes to support services and Electronic Health Record (EHR) optimization.

5 Myths About “Difficult to Reach” Patient Populations, Debunked.
Sarah Mardjuki, Business Strategy & Operations Analyst, LifeLink
Twitter: @lifelinkhealth

Elderly and underserved patient populations are often thought to be difficult to reach. It’s assumed that they have less access to technology, are less tech savvy, and prefer more traditional forms of communication.

Over the past decade, technology penetration and comprehension have actually increased across all consumer demographic segments. It’s no longer correct to assume that an elderly person does not know how to use their smartphone, nor that an individual from an underserved community has limited access to digital tools.

There has been a lot of research published on the topic of technology penetration in healthcare. Many assumptions have been debunked. That’s good news for the healthcare industry at large, which needs to improve engagement with patients across the demographic spectrum.

5 Key SEO Elements to Retain & Improve Your Search Ranking
Scott Zeitzer, President, P3 Practice Marketing
Twitter: @p3practicemktg

Over the past year, marketing has taken a back seat for a lot of practices. COVID-19 put a lot of strain on practices, from process changes to personnel changes and in some cases, budget constraints. Practices were just doing what they had to do to keep things moving, so marketing naturally fell off the radar. Things might not be totally back to “normal” just yet (and some things may never be the same again), but in most cases it’s settled down enough that practices can regroup and start paying attention to their marketing again. If your practice is at this stage, your first question will probably be “Where do I start after all this time?”

This is a topic we’ve recently discussed on our Paradigm Shift of Healthcare podcast (sponsored by our parent company, Health Connective). In Part 1 of our 3-part Marketing Refresher Series, we discussed five foundational elements of SEO that practices should check on a regular basis. Here, we’ll talk more about those 5 SEO elements your practice should review regularly, whether you are currently ranking well or have room for improvement.

5 Key Metrics to Watch to Understand If Your Audit Program Is Effective
MDaudit – A Hayes Technology
Twitter: @HayesManagement

No matter what job you have, producing measurable results is an expectation. A CEO is measured by the value of a company. A physician is measured by their quality patient outcomes. However, measuring the results of your auditing team and program may be a little more difficult to figure out.

Before we dive into 5 key performance metrics (KPIs) you should be watching, it is important to mention the importance of having clear goals and metrics for your team. Be transparent in your expectations and be sure the goals align with those of the broader organizational compliance mandates, revenue integrity leaders and the c-suite expectations.

5 Reasons Engaged Patients are Better-Paying Patients
Twitter: @SphereCommerce

As medical providers and practices search for a means of strengthening their businesses during a challenging economic environment, patient engagement has emerged as a key differentiator that is critical to building trust and loyalty, staying competitive and retaining patients.

Additionally, a number of critical healthcare industry trends that have emerged over the last decade or so have also driven the need for providers to better engage with patients to increase their financial stability. These trends include the evolution of the “patient-as-the-new-payer” model, the industry-wide shift towards value-based care, and the need for additional education to help patients decipher increasingly complex bills.

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