Making Twitter a Managed Care Resource

A new year has begun. Make sure one of your resolutions is to become more familiar with Twitter and how to utilize this social network to get the latest information in managed care.

A new year has begun. Make sure one of your resolutions is to become more familiar with Twitter and how to utilize this social network to get the latest information in managed care.

If you already use Twitter, then make sure to follow the accounts listed below. If you don't, it would be worth your while to spend a few moments getting acclimated by viewing this video (or by running a search on YouTube to find any number of tutorials and explanations of how to use all the features):

Once you are completely familiar with how Twitter works, the next step is to customize your feed with the content and updates you want to receive when you log on. In this case, we are focusing on managed care information. With that in mind, these are some recommendations for organizational accounts:

The American Journal of Managed Care

The American Journal of #ManagedCare is a peer-reviewed, indexed publication reaching over 40,000 managed care executives. It has the #1 Impact Factor in the managed care market.

American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits

To provide pharmacy and formulary decision makers with the information they need to improve the efficiency and health outcomes in managing pharmaceutical care.

Kaiser Health News--@KHNews

Nonprofit news service covering health care policy/politics. KHN is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Kaiser Permanente--@KPNewscaster

Your source for what's happening at Kaiser Permanente, one of America's leading healthcare providers & not-for-profit health plans.

Kaiser Family Foundation--@KaiserFamFound

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: a nonprofit private operating foundation dedicated to producing and communicating analysis and information on health issues.

AHIP Education--@AHIPEducation

No matter what your learning style, AHIP has educational programming designed for you. Choose from conferences, online courses, and more.

AHIP Coverage--@AHIPCoverage

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is the national trade association representing the health insurance industry.

AMCP--@amcporg

AMCP's vision is managed care pharmacy improving healthcare for all.

Wall Street Journal Health--@WSJhealth

Health, healthcare, biotech, new drugs, and medicine coverage from The Wall Street Journal.

New York Times Health--@nytimeshealth

Health news from the Science desk of The New York Times.

These are just some accounts that can help get you started with your feed. The best way to branch out even further and find individuals and other organizational accounts is to go to each of the account pages above and see what accounts they follow.

Another helpful tool to use on Twitter is the list functionality. To learn more about this feature, visit Twitter’s tutorial on the subject.

By setting up your feed, you will be able to log on at any given time and get the latest updates in managed care from trusted sources. In addition, you’ll be able to interact with the individuals behind some of the accounts, leading to potential partnerships and interactions that can help you to access information quickly and easily. Be sure to set up your account today and reach out to AJMC at any time with questions and comments!