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How does an organization with roughly 760,000 employees worldwide maintain positive customer service scores? With an 8 point increase in customer service ratings in 2011 (American Customer Service Index), McDonald’s has built an admirable organization with strong customer service values. Excellent customer service skills are not naturally occurring in most humans, but with proper training

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HIPAA violations; one of those things you watch happen to others, but never see happening to yourself… and then it does. This is the current reality for a small cardiothoracic practice in Prescott, Arizona. While this penalty ($100,000) may shy in comparison to 2011’s $4.3 million HIPAA penalty assessed to Cignet Health in Maryland, this

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Incorporating a Social Media strategy into an organization, be it healthcare or other various industry, can be puzzling.  Questions ranging from, “What’s the point?” to “Are we even doing this right?” are bound to arise.  Everyone begins their Social Media adventure with a different level of knowledge and expertise.  For many healthcare organizations, we find

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An article from HealthLeaders August 2011 edition gives us a detailed look at where patient experience initiatives rank among importance throughout various healthcare organizations. While 55% of respondents ranked patient experience within their top five priorities; the more alarming statistic relates to the 22% reporting “an abundance of higher priorities” and the 11% deeming a

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Medical records must be dealt with in a professional manner. A practice’s patients should feel their medical information is being kept secure and being forwarded in a confidential manner.  The choice of handling records in house or outsourcing to an independent firm is an important decision healthcare organizations must make. Although not well known outside

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Recently, I read an article touching on how the doctor/patient experience has become an afterthought.  Much like society today, many medical practices have shifted their focus to providing the latest gadgets and hi-tech items in an attempt to seem like the most profitable office in town.  While patients find these aspects thrilling, does the actual

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In healthcare, the greatest concern is always the safety and well-being of the patient, but unfortunately there are frightful circumstances when these priorities get over-looked. It happened in a doctor’s office in Rock Hill, South Carolina. A patient was left in an exam room, unseen by the physician, and locked up as the office closed

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The healthcare social media twitter chat (otherwise known as #hcsm, happens every Sunday at 8pm CST) was a buzz last night with many great topics related to healthcare’s adoption of this new media and how to continue to engage with patients online. It’s a hot topic in healthcare right now; organizations such as hospitals, health

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Last week I had to contact Discover Card– something I dreaded doing more than lugging in groceries. But I was pleasantly taken aback when the woman I was connected with far exceeded my expectations and surprisingly, improved my day. She solved my problem and I even felt I had a rapport with her by the

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The ACO is a hot topic and trend right now as more and more practices look to take on this government-promoted model. The Beryl Institute recently posted a blog about the rise and motivation behind ACOs for healthcare professionals. Those interested in Medicare reimbursement are now talking about the benefits the ACO can have in

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