There’s no doubt about it. The JHU libraries provide you with an impressive collection of print and e-resources for researching all aspects of health care from a business perspective–tops among which is our Business Research Guide. But sometimes you want something different: immersion into the real world environment, a connection to current conversations, a piece of the action.
For those wild and crazy moments, put some of the following business of health care newsletters and blogs on your RSS feed reader and/or bookmarks toolbar.
- Kaiser Health News. An independent newsletter of news, analysis, and information about reimbursement, health policy, insurance coverage, health care market research results, etc. Connected with the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care policy research organization.
- AHA News. A daily report for health care executives.
- NIH News in Health. Intended for a general audience. Includes health tips, research results, and an archive of past issues.
- The Commonwealth Fund Newsletters. This independent foundation offers a menu of newsletters covering Fund activities, health care quality, health policy, international health policy news, and health care insurance coverage innovations by companies and the U.S. state governments.
- Fierce Healthcare. Every business day, FierceHealthcare briefs hospital administrators and healthcare executives on the latest healthcare industry trends and developments.
- AHRQ Patient Safety Network Newsletter. The latest patient safety information and news.
- AHRQ WebM&M Newsletter. Provides alerts when the latest issue of the monthly journal of cases, commentaries, and perspectives on medical error is available.
- CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Medicare FFS Provider Newsletter. News and tips for Medicare providers to manage their Medicare relationship, understanding existing, new, and forthcoming reimbursement rules, and communicate better with patients and the public.
- ECRI Institute Newsletters. ECRI Institute offers several free e-newsletters with timely information on important patient safety, risk, and health technology management issues.
- White House Health Reform Blog. All about the Health Reform Act—Provisions, implementation, etc.
- The Health Care Blog—Business of Healthcare section. A variety of experts post articles on various aspects of this topic.
- Healthcare.gov Healthcare Blog. Posts from leaders at government agencies on various health policy issues.
- National Journal “Health Care Experts” Blog. Journalists blog about health policy for this respected, nonpartisan journal.
- Healthcare IT News Blog (Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society—HIMSS). A dozen industry insiders and HIMSS staffers post opinion and informational pieces about this topic.
- The Wall Street Journal Health Blog. Staff journalists post on health care and health care business—includes frequent audience polls.
- Health Care Law Blog. The blog of Bob Coffield, a Charleston, West Virginia-based health care lawyer.
Once you’ve gotten your daily dose of the blogosphere, you may find yourself bitten by the blogging bug. The library can provide you with access to an impressive number of print, electronic, and video resources to spark your creativity, whether you’re a student, faculty member, or staff member. Take a look at these Catalyst searches:
- For the most extensive list of blog-related resources to which you have access
- For resources on blogging in a business context
- For resources on blogging in education
- For blogging instruction presented in video format
- For books on how to use the WordPress blogging app
- For books on how to use the Blogger blogging app
Have you ever wondered how to cite a blog or other non-traditional online source in a paper? Visit the library’s online “Citing Sources” guide (also accessible from the Sheridan Libraries homepage) and find the topic you’re looking for among the guide’s pages. For example, on the “APA Style” tab you’ll find a link to the “APA Formatting and Style Guide” hosted by the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University. Within the OWL guide, you’ll find guidance on formatting citations for blogs, online forum or discussion board postings, video blogs, wikis, and online video and audio podcasts.