TweetChat: A Look at the Drivers of Increasing Healthcare Costs

TweetChat: A Look at the Drivers of Increasing Healthcare Costs
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Dr. Linda Girgis will co-host a tweetchat with PW on June 21, at 9:00pm ET on the factors driving increasing healthcare costs in the U.S.
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Join us Wednesday, June 21 at 9:00pm ET / 6:00pm PT for a live, interactive tweetchat with Linda Girgis, MD, on the drivers of increasing healthcare costs in the U.S. Topics to be discussed include:

  • How healthcare costs have changed in recent years, including what participants in the tweetchat have seen.
  • What clinician-specific factors have helped drive up healthcare costs.
  • The biggest patient-specific contributors to increased healthcare costs.
  • The role health insurance companies have played in driving up healthcare costs.
  • The role the government has played in driving up healthcare costs.
  • How pharmaceutical costs have contributed to increasing healthcare costs.
  • What/who else has played a major role in driving up healthcare costs.
  • The biggest obstacles in trying to avoid continually increasing healthcare costs.
  • How clinicians can help address healthcare costs on individual, community, and national levels.
  • What role, if any, the government should play in helping solve increasing healthcare costs.
  • What clinicians can tell their patients to do to help keep healthcare costs down.
  • More…

How to Join the Chat

  1. Log into your Twitter account. Don’t have an account? Where have you been?! Just kidding, we don’t judge, but you should get one! It’s easy to create, and free. You’ll be glad you did.
  2. A couple minutes before 9:00pm ET on June 21, Search Twitter (top right of every Twitter page) for #PWChat.
  3. On the search results page, click LATEST at the top left. This will show you all the latest tweets using the #PWChat hashtag. The page will automatically update every couple minutes, letting you know how many new tweets there are using the #PWChat hashtag.
  4. Answer questions, reply to other’s comments, or make a comment of your own as much and as often as you like. Just make sure to leave room in include #PWChat to make sure what you tweet is included in the chat. Otherwise, it won’t be seen.
  5. While you’re at it, be sure to follow @physicianswkly and @DrLindaMD!


About Dr. Girgis

Dr. Linda Girgis MD, FAAFP is a family physician who treats patients in South River, New Jersey and its surrounding communities. She holds board certification from the American Board of Family Medicine and is affiliated with both St. Peter’s University Hospital and Raritan Bay Hospital. Dr. Girgis also collaborates closely with several universities and medical schools where she teaches medical students and residents.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Girgis attended the St. George’s University School of Medicine and successfully her medical degree. She went on to complete her internship and residency at Sacred Heart Hospital, a program affiliated with Temple University. During this time, she was recognized as intern of the year by the faculty. Over the course of her practice, Dr. Girgis has continued to earn awards and recognition from her peers and a variety of industry bodies, including:

• Top Innovator in Healthcare award by Quality Insights, 2006
• Patients’ Choice Award, 2011-2012
• Compassionate Doctor Recognition, 2011-2012
• Bridges to Excellence Recognition 2012-2015
• NCQA Physician Practice Connections – Patient Centered Medical Home, 2012-2015

She is an Advisory Board member for Sermo. Additionally, she is a blogger for Physician’s Weekly and MedicalPractice Insider as well as a guest columnist for Medcity News and Health IT Outcomes. She published articles in several other media outlets. Recently, she has authored the books, “Inside Our Broken Healthcare System” and “The War on Doctors”. She has been interviewed in US News, on NBC Nightly News, and many other media outlets. Dr. Girgis’ primary goal as a physician remains ensuring that each of her patients receives the highest available standard of medical care.

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