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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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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]

Are get-well gifts a hazard to your patients’ health?

Visitors are good for your patients. Patients’ spirits are lifted by seeing familiar faces, and receiving get-well gifts and comfort items from home. But some hospitals see visitors as just another possible source of contamination to battle – spreading germs and bringing in allergens such as flowers, latex balloons and stuffed animals. That’s why some facilities are […] [MORE]

Risky texting: 3 reasons you shouldn’t text ePHI

Texting may be convenient, but when it comes to transferring healthcare information, it can be full of costly risks. In this guest post, Erik Kangas, founder of an Internet services company dedicated to secure web and email hosting, gives reasons why you shouldn’t text ePHI and what you can do to mitigate the risks.