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Renée Cocchi

Renée CocchiRenée Cocchi, Editor of HealthcareBusinessTech, has been writing for the medical and scientific community for 23 years. She got her Master’s degree in Scientific and Technical Communications from Drexel University, and since then she’s been written extensively for physical therapists, fitness industry experts, surgeons, primary care physicians, office managers, coders and hospital executives.
Renee joined Progressive Business Publications (the parent company of HealthcareBusinessTech) 11 years ago to research and launch a group of coding and reimbursement newsletters focused on helping primary care physicians get their financial just desserts from insurance companies and the government. In addition to managing the newsletters, Renee also manages a safety newsletter and two nonprofit newsletters, so she is well verse in the business world.
Renee also writes and manages white papers on a variety of topics for top-level business executives.
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ECRI’s top 10 patient safety concerns

Keeping patients safe and happy is a priority for all hospitals. And a big part of that entails watching out for issues that may endanger patients. That’s why ECRI Institute created its list of the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations 2017. 

Make zero ‘never events’ your hospital’s goal

“Never events” received their name because they’re serious adverse events that should never happen – they’re 100% preventable. Problem is, they do happen and with alarming frequency. And despite mandatory reporting, only about half the states comply, and what they report varies due to flawed measurement processes. So how can hospitals improve?

Technology can get patients more involved or alienate them

Technology can do a lot to improve care and boost efficiency at healthcare organizations. But if the right steps aren’t taken, it can also make patients feel alienated and ignored by their doctors.

Positive social networking: 7 rules for providers

Most doctors frequently use social media for both personal and professional purposes. That creates risks for hospitals. 

Are quality improvement programs really lowering costs?

Hospitals are doing all they can to lower their costs. One way they’re doing this is by using quality improvement programs to prevent readmissions. And while they are having success at lowering readmissions, a new study shows the cost-savings aspect isn’t always there. 

How to handle negative online reviews

In the past, patients came to hospitals because they lived close, but now there’s a lot more competition and patient reviews of your facility and your physicians can matter a lot.

Will maximum shift duration for interns be extended to 28-hours again?

For the past five years first-year residents have been limited to working 16-hour maximum shifts. Before 2011, they were allowed to work 28-hour maximum shifts. But that was changed after a 2009 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report found that residents working 24-hour shifts were more likely to injure themselves and their patients, and had an increased […] [MORE]

Video monitoring increases staff adherence to safety protocols & quality of care

It’s not difficult to imagine scenarios where mistakes could happen in operating rooms (OR). What’s difficult is making sure they don’t happen. Many hospitals have taken steps to prevent errors like improved communication, universal protocols, surgical time outs and safety checklists. But one New York hospital took a major step to prevent OR errors. 

More doctors are needed to treat the elderly

Doctors who specialize in treating the elderly are in short supply. And this shortage is expected to get worse as 70 million baby boomers turn 65 by 2030. 

Health apps prove to be powerful motivators during rehab

For years, healthcare institutions have been investing in the development of mobile health applications that would assist the treatment process. In this guest post, Michael Grebennikov, co-founder and managing partner of a digital technology agency, explains how mobile technology has the potential to overcome barriers toward rehabilitation – providing just-in-time information that can literally save […] [MORE]