Top Blogs for Healthcare Managers & Administrators (2022)

Blogs are a crucial resource for all healthcare managers and administrators. For early-career managers and administrators, they’re a way to access the wisdom of industry veterans; for those at the mid-career stage, they’re a catalyst for organizational innovation; and for veterans, they’re a way to share resources and connect with other thought leaders in the space.

Blogs provide in-depth analyses of niche subjects within healthcare management and at a level that mainstream media just can’t match.

One of the main strengths of blogs is their immediacy, as they can dive deeply into a subject at the precise moment of its relevance. But that immediacy can also be a fault: several of last year’s best blogs no longer exist and the archives may no longer be applicable in the rapidly changing world of healthcare.

To stay up to date with the ins and outs of the healthcare industry, you have to be reading the right blogs at the right time. To learn more about the top blogs for healthcare managers and administrators in 2022, read on.

Health Affairs Forefront

Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research. Its blog was rebranded in December 2021 to Health Affairs Forefront but has been running for 15 years.

Health Affairs Forefront provides commentary and analysis on health policy issues, with posts from health policy experts with a wide variety of perspectives. Posts on Health Affairs Forefront have been cited in congressional testimony, by members of Congress, and by major media outlets such as The New York Times. You can find links to recent blog posts on Twitter.

The Health Care Blog

The Health Care Blog (THCB) has been referred to by The Wall Street Journal as “the leading insider voice in the field.” THCB has frequent posts on relevant subjects that reach a daily audience of over 4,000 healthcare industry leaders. Its team of bloggers sorts the content into four buckets: health tech, health policy, medical practice, and healthcare business. They also produce a podcast and a web show and regularly post on Twitter.

Managed Care Matters

Managed Care Matters (MCM) is run by Joe Paduda, the principal of Health Strategy Associates, a consulting firm for the healthcare industry. MCM has been running for years and was often featured in Health Wonk Review, a biweekly compendium of the best healthcare blogs from 2006 to 2018.

MCM is still regularly updated today. Its tone is both conversational and authoritative, and the posts are well-sourced with supportive links. For regular updates, you can follow Paduda on Twitter.

Health Populi

Health Populi is a blog focused on the healthcare ecosystem, featuring detailed content with illustrative infographics that bring the subject into focus. The headlines of each post are themselves actionable insights, but the content digs deeper into what those actions might be.

Health Populi is run by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, MA, MHSA, a leader in the healthcare ecosystem. You can follow her on Twitter for the latest updates.

University of Southern California Executive MHA Blog

USC’s Executive MHA Blog is housed within the online executive MHA program at USC, but its content is of value to healthcare managers and administrators at all stages of their careers. The posts are well-written, exhaustively sourced, and actionable in their insights. And while the updates aren’t as consistent as they might be with other blogs, the content has a long time horizon, ranging from evergreen subjects to annual reviews.

Susannah Fox

Formerly the Chief Technology Officer of the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for President Obama, Susannah Fox is now the principal of Internet Geologist, which provides strategic advice related to healthcare data, technology, and innovation. That advice is free on her blog.

Fox’s regular posts have been disrupted slightly over the winter, most likely because she’s working on a book for MIT Press about the role that peer health advice plays in the healthcare system. But she’ll be back. And, in the meantime, you can follow her on Twitter, where she’s still very much active.

Health IT Buzz Blog

The Health IT Buzz Blog is run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Its goal is to share information about how the use of technology can improve the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Authors on the Health IT Buzz Blog include health industry experts and government officials, and the topics range from consumer engagement to health data to health IT security to interoperability. You can also follow the ONC on Twitter.

Healthcare Economist

For over a decade, Healthcare Economist has provided analyses of healthcare issues through an economics lens. Run by Dr. Jason Shafrin, the blog has won numerous accolades and been cited in The Economist, The New York Times, and National Public Radio.

Dr. Shafrin is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting in the Center for Healthcare Economics and Policy. Outside of his blog, his research has been published in JAMA, Health Affairs, and Health Economics. You can follow Dr. Shafrin on Twitter.

HealthBlawg

First established in 2006, HealthBlawg is one of the longest-running healthcare blogs in the world. It’s run by David Harlow, a healthcare leader with deep experience in digital health, data privacy, and compliance.

The blog’s award-winning media has largely shifted into a podcast format; recent posts in the Harlow on Healthcare series include fireside chats with healthcare’s most innovative leaders. But those who prefer the old-fashioned text-based method of blog consumption can look to HealthBlawg’s Twitter or its extensive archives.

Becker’s Hospital Review

While it’s not a blog per se, no hospital manager or administrator could consider their news regimen complete without a dose of Becker’s Hospital Review. With over 2.8 million visitors per month, their site is the nexus of all things related to healthcare administration, with news, editorials, and analyses that range from supply chain logistics to revenue cycle management to blockchain in healthcare to payer issues. You can get a consistent drip of headlines and links from their Twitter.

Matt Zbrog
Matt Zbrog
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Matt Zbrog is a writer and researcher from Southern California. Since 2018, he’s written extensively about emerging issues in healthcare administration and public health, with a particular focus on progressive policies that empower communities and reduce health disparities. His work centers around detailed interviews with researchers, professors, and practitioners, as well as with subject matter experts from professional associations such as the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) and the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHCA).

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