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Health insurance and mobile engagement: What's working, what's new and what's next [Special Report]

With the rise of consumerism in healthcare, the imperative has never been greater for insurers to find innovative ways to engage with their customers. In this special report,  FierceHealthPayer  examines the myriad ways insurers and other organizations engage consumers through mobile technology, assessing the benefits and challenges--as well as what lies ahead.

3 ways to boost physician retention in a shortage

While not everyone agrees on the severity of the physician shortage, retaining physicians in today's competitive marketplace should be a top priority for hospitals, according to an article from  Healthcare Dive.  To recruit physicians who will stick around and keep the talented doctors you have, consider the following timely suggestions.

Patient email and texting: How to keep data safe

Patients may be hungry for easy electronic communications with their doctors, such as text messages and email, but practices are wise to consider the risks before they proceed.

HIMSS, EHRA urge caution by CMS when structuring MIPS, alternative payment models

More stakeholders have weighed in on the structure of the Merit Based Incentive Program System and alternative payment models, with the Electronic Health Records Association and the Health Information Management and Systems Society both expressing concern about over-burdensome requirements.

5 keys to an efficient physician practice redesign

It's becoming more and more apparent that physician practices must make some strategic changes to stay viable. But given the time, expense and disruption that practice reinvention creates, you want to make sure you get it right. Bruce Bagley, M.D., senior advisor to the professional satisfaction and practice sustainability effort at the American Medical Association, offers 5 ways to make make stratefic changes with greater efficiency. 

Survey: IT outsourcing on the rise among health insurers

The healthcare payer IT outsourcing market is expected to grow more than 40 percent in the next two years, according to a new Black Book survey. That's because better software solutions have accelerated expenses faster than originally anticipated, and there has not been any corresponding increase in revenue for many health plans.  

3 reasons telehealth is ready for primetime

Although telemedicine has been more of a promise than a reality for the last several years, Jason Gorevic, chief executive officer of Teladoc, told  Forbes,  the time may finally be right for virtual care to take off.

Certified technology comparison task force outlines initial goals

The Office of the National Coordinator's new certified technology comparison task force met for the first time Nov. 17 to outline its work plan and goals for the upcoming months.

Docs name obstacles to meeting Stage 3 care coordination criteria

A new study in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association  finds that obstacles could hinder physician efforts to meet electronic care coordination criteria in Stage 3 of Meaningful Use. 

4 ways for traditional primary care providers to survive

Traditional practices can learn a lot from the new players shaking up the marketplace--convenient care, house calls, at-your-service care, digital health and nurse-led care, according to a new report from PwC's Health Research Institute.