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Project ECHO: Moving Ahead In The Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Children's ECHO Project logoMedical minds throughout Nebraska are coming together to address the problem of childhood obesity, thanks to a special effort by Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

Children’s has become a hub for Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a project funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Under the project, pediatric healthcare providers in rural or underserved communities statewide can consult with Children’s physicians about patients they’re treating for complications from childhood obesity.  More…

Value-based Care: 3 Ways To Leverage It To Benefit Your Practice

Value-based care has been a breakthrough idea for payers. But to many physicians, it might seem like the vampire that just won’t die.

Yes, it’s designed to lower costs in the long run, a goal most of us can support. But there’s always a fear that it might not align with optimum patient care … and can put a significant burden on your practice.

Still, value-based care seems to be creeping into more contracts as payers, particularly the government, work to get costs under control. So, the question arises: Are there ways to leverage it for the good of your practice? Here are 3 strategies to consider.  More…

Patient Experience 10.0: What Can Physicians Learn From The Hottest Companies? [Podcast]

Top notch. World class. Gold standard. Such expressions are often used to describe a positive customer experience with good outcomes. But what does that experience actually look like, and how can we apply that to patients in healthcare?

Brad Brabec, M.D., Chairman of Children’s Health Network and President of Complete Children’s Health, an independent physician practice, offers some insights.  More…

The ECHO Grant: Getting To The Root Of Childhood Obesity [Podcast]

Childhood obesity has been a difficult problem for health providers to tackle, for a myriad of reasons.

Obese children living in remote or underserved areas often lack access to the care they need to get healthy because local communities simply lack the resources required to set them up for success.

But, thanks to an Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) grant, Karla Lester, M.D., hopes to change that.

Dr. Lester, Medical Director of the Children’s Center for The Child & Community at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, explains what the ECHO grant means for patients, providers, and others trying to address the challenge of childhood obesity.  More…

How Mobile Technology Can Drive Care Management [Podcast]

In today’s technology-dominated world, social media and the internet are playing an increasingly larger role in healthcare. But what does this mean for physician practices and care management?

Brad Brabec, M.D., Chairman of Children’s Health Network and President of Complete Children’s Health, an independent physician practice, shares his thoughts on the relationship between the internet and healthcare for both providers and patients.  More…

Electronic Health Records: 7 Ways To Hook The Right Patient Data In The Digital Ocean [Slideshow]

When electronic health records (EHRs) started mushrooming on the landscape in the early 2000s, they were met by significant resistance.1 That wasn’t a surprise. Poor usability, expense, and time-consuming training made an unappealing package for physicians.

Now, it’s almost impossible to find a healthcare facility that doesn’t use EHRs. Almost 90% of office-based physicians, and 96% of hospitals, use some sort of EHR system.2,3  More…