We covered a variety of important and timely topics in the past month of #KareoChats (Thursdays at 10 a.m. Pacific). We had opportunities to discuss best blogging tips for small practices, MIPS, precision medicine and the state of data in healthcare. Here's a recap of the discussions and a selection of insightful comments.
On Blogging for Healthcare Practices: Is It Worth Your Time?
Host: Janet Kennedy @GetSocialHealth
Many know that blogging consistently can be a strong marketing strategy for any healthcare practice. But who has the time? If you're unfamiliar with blogging, where do you begin? That’s why we brought in healthcare marketing expert Janet Kennedy to host this #KareoChat on blogging for independent practices. See a couple of key learning moments below. One thing is for sure: All participants agreed that engaging your patients through a blog is a great way to keep them coming back!
Why should a practice blog? There seemed to be consensus among patients:
A1 Opportunity to attract & grow business. If I like your blog/website/practice, I will share with friends & in support groups. #kareochat— Melissa VanHouten (@melissarvh) May 25, 2017
What should practices blog about?
Who at your practice should be the one to blog. Turns out, there's no reason one person needs to carry the weight of creating all the blog posts:
T3: Who should blog? Almost anyone if they have something to say that's relevant. Admins, PAs/NPs, Your Nutritionist... #KareoChat— Janet M. Kennedy (@GetSocialHealth) May 25, 2017
Above all, remember:
Don't waste your efforts. Remember 80/20 rule. 20% of time to create blog. 80% of time to promote! Evergreen content Rules! #KareoChat— Janet M. Kennedy (@GetSocialHealth) May 25, 2017
On the Data Divide: Analytics, Business Intelligence and Information Sharing
Host: Stephanie Crabb @stephaniecrabb
The importance of data-driven services and programs in healthcare has grown significantly in recent years. But as our host put it:
“In this race for data – to create/collect more of it, harness it, put it to work in productive ways – organizations are moving at very different speeds and are equipped in very different ways. Not all industry segments are benefiting from this data movement, leading to what some experts are calling a 'data divide.''
So what does it mean to be “data-driven”?
A1: In simplest terms, it means to deliberately & purposely leverage data to support clinical and operational decision making. #kareochat— Stephanie Crabb (@stephaniecrabb) June 8, 2017
A1: It means putting meaningful and trustworthy data in the hands of the entire workforce so they can perform their jobs better. #kareochat— Stephanie Crabb (@stephaniecrabb) June 8, 2017
What contributes to our current data-divide (outside of interoperability, of course)?
A3: In all seriousness, divide between doctor & pt, disregard for patient-generated data. Need to re-center care around patient. #KareoChat— Carly Holstein, PhD (@carlyholstein) June 8, 2017
A3 Let's be honest the digital divide , IMHO, exist for 2 main reasons, unstructured data & legacy system effects. #KareoChat— ShereeseM, MS/MBA (@ShereesePubHlth) June 8, 2017
What could be done to create data equity?
A5: Rightsizing patient/caregiver generated data has to be a priority as well as ownership of data when talking data equity. #kareochat— Stephanie Crabb (@stephaniecrabb) June 8, 2017
How Do You Really Feel About MIPS?
Host: Physicians Practice @PhsyciansPract
MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System) went into effect this year and is one of the main programs that will determine Medicare payment adjustments. What will the impact be on physicians, providers and patients? That’s what we wanted to talk about out during this #KareoChat!
Overally, familiarity with both MACRA and MIPS needs to improve in the medical community:
A5: The challenge, as we hear it, is MDs just don't find the reporting trustworthy as it relates to their practice. Then what? #kareochat— Stephanie Crabb (@stephaniecrabb) June 15, 2017
Kareo offers a suite of educational resources to get a handle on MIPS for independent practices -- check out the MACRA Quality Payment Program Resource Center.
Let's Talk About Precision Medicine
Host: Dr. Tom @DrTom_Kareo
Precision Medicine, sometimes called personalized medicine, is designed to tailor treatment to an individual’s specific needs and genetic makeup. This certainly sounds like a great thing! But is it? And how will it continue to shape healthcare moving forward?
We of course wanted to first hear how our attendees defined precision medicine:
A1: Customization of healthcare, with medical decisions, practices and products tailored to the individual patient. #kareochat— Stephanie Crabb (@stephaniecrabb) June 22, 2017
What tech is available to shape the genome and treat risk?
A4: Some new treatments target the genetic defect directly, thus precision therapeutics as the genetic level #kareochat— Dr. Tom Giannulli (@drtom_kareo) June 22, 2017
What impact could precision medicine have on healthcare?
Really? Are we talking next 5 yrs or longer? IMHO, 5yr value 4 outcomes optimal w/ treatment finely adapted 2 Pt's response. #KareoChat— ShereeseM, MS/MBA (@ShereesePubHlth) June 22, 2017
Which topic stood out to you the most? And which topics would you like us to add into the mix moving forward? Tweet us @GoKareo #KareoChat and join us every Thursday at 10 a.m. (Pacific time) for our weekly forum on healthcare, technology and practice management topics facing independent practices.