Author archives: CurbsideMe

Increase Survey Response Rate

Increase Survey Response Rate

Encountering challenges in getting target audiences to respond to survey invitations? 

Here are some tips;

1. keep it short

2. make it interesting or personal

3. provide a small financial incentive (see our poll result)

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Doctors and Social Media

Doctors and Social Media

How are doctors using social media? A glance at our recent poll gives you the sense that doctors need friends too.

Cast your vote or see updated results here.

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Hello, my name is...

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The Spookier Side of Health Care

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Are You Vaccinated?

Are You Vaccinated?

Influenza Vaccine Updates

The 2013 flu season is upon us. While there is direct positive impact of influenza vaccination on infection rate, there may also be indirect mortality benefits such as improving cardiovascular mortality based on a meta-analysis published in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

 

Nevertheless, vaccination rates remain low with less than 50 percent of those younger than 65 years old receiving the vaccine during the 2012-2013 flu season. While individuals older than 65 years old have higher rates of adoption at around 66 percent. Dr. Kathleen Neuzil of University of Washington ...

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Transformative times ahead for Medicaid

Transformative times ahead for Medicaid

Historic year for Medicaid

Medicaid currently provides health and long-term care for 66 million low-income Americans. Additionally, Medicaid provides assistance to 9.5 million low-income Medicare beneficiaries.

The thirteenth annual Kaiser Family Foundation Medicaid report, predicts that fiscal years 2013 and 2014 will be historic and transformative for Medicaid. The study reports on the results of surveys of Medicaid directors and budget staff for all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC). Enrollment and budget data from all states and DC were analyzed from fiscal years 2011 and 2012. Below are some highlights from the report;

  • Factors shaping Medicaid ...

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Physicians & Health Care Reform

Physicians & Health Care Reform

With headlines like these, who needs critics.

“Doctors are skeptical and confused about Obamacare, survey finds”

“Obamacare health care reform ALREADY forcing doctors to close practices”

“As Affordable Care Act kicks in, doctors face early retirement, bankruptcy”

“More Doctors Are Quitting Medicare. Is Obamacare Really To Blame?”

Even when the analysis seems objective and favorable, the optimism is wrapped in cynicism;

“Against Expectations, Health Care Reform Shows Signs Of Working”

So how do doctors actually feel about health care reform and the Accountable Care Act (ACA)? This question is still one that cannot be clearly defined or at least too ...

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Weekly Top Social Posts

CurbsideMe posts that social media fans and followers found most interesting from the past week (8/2/2013)

1. Doctors, need extra cash for the summer vacation? Make sure you claim your FICA refund from your residency years #IRS

2. CMS updates: 9300+ #doctors opted out of #Medicare in 2012, compared to 3700+ in 2009 #SGR #HCR

3. The Best Hospitals Rankings is out...and the winner is... (US News and World Report)

4. Report finds 96% of patients feel informed about their medical conditions, while 65% of physicians feel patients who seek information achieve better outcomes (Quintiles New Health ...

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