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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 degree in Scientific and Technical Communications from Drexel University, and since then she 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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Which doctors at your facility have the highest risk of being sued?

Guess what two medical specialties are the most likely to be sued for medical malpractice? If you said OB-GYNs, you got one correct. Here a hint about the second group: You be hard pressed to find a hospital without them.

Leadership rounds: Create a ‘patient safety first’ culture

Doctors aren the only people who should be making rounds at your facility. Hospital executives need to get out from behind their desks and make their own patient safety œleadership rounds.

Does your hospital’s website need a facelift?

People who come to your hospital website are typically in a hurry and may not be in the best mood. Since this is your chance to make a great first impression, you don want to screw it up. And if your hospital website hasn been updated in the past few years, there a very good […] [MORE]

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 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 theye serious adverse events that should never happen “ theye 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 theye doing this is by using quality improvement programsto prevent readmissions. And while they are having success at lowering readmissions, a new study shows the cost-savings aspect isn 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 hadan increased […] [MORE]