This week, we’ve collected a number of interesting items—from a post highlighting 24 stats on social media and its effect on the healthcare industry to an article about the success of “medical marriages”—to add to your Friday morning reads.
- Next year, as reported by The New York Times, Medicare is going to start paying monthly fees to physicians who coordinate care for patients living with two or more chronic conditions, such as depression and heart disease. While many physicians routinely provide this service to patients between visits, they have, typically, not been paid for it.
- As covered by The Epoch Times, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School reveals approaches for successful unions, where at least one spouse is a physician. Strategies include shared values, relying on mutual support, and recognizing the important roles of each family member.
- A referralMD blog post shares two dozen stats on social media and how it has influenced the healthcare industry. Among the info provided: Two-thirds of physicians use social media for professional purposes and 31 percent of healthcare organizations have specific social media guidelines in writing.
- Should hospitals provide charity care to Americans who are eligible to purchase subsidized coverage under the federal health law but have not done so? A Kaiser Health News article explores the issue.
- A recent guest post on KevinMD.com looks at five ways mobile technology can benefit healthcare today, including video consultations and utilization in clinical trials.
Enjoy the weekend!