Blues plan offers EMR access to members, doctors ... Blues plan offers EMR access to members, doctors ...

This is a different concept, a "read only" EMR available to physicians?  Wh does contribute and when?  Good questions to ponder......

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Fax sent by United subsidiary causes security concerns ... Fax sent by United subsidiary causes security concerns ...

This says it all for faxes in a bull pen type area as anyone can pick up a paper fax and have access to information that is confidential in ...

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Hard Sell Cited as Insurers Push Plans to Elderly Hard Sell Cited as Insurers Push Plans to Elderly

  But federal officials said that the fastest-growing type of Medicare Advantage plan generally does not coordinate care, does not save mo...

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Old physician ID numbers are still OK for now, Medicare says ... Old physician ID numbers are still OK for now, Medicare says ...

   Washington -- The government will allow physicians who are not yet able to use their National Provider Identifiers on Medicare claims to...

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Microsoft researching split-screen desktop software Microsoft researching split-screen desktop software

This looks really neat and I could think of a couple other instances when this would come in handy.  BD Propellerheads working at Microso...

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Collect and bill via Pay Pal - another way to decrease receivables and generate payments, easy for the patient to use and set up an account as well... Collect and bill via Pay Pal - another way to decrease receivables and generate payments, easy for the patient to use and set up an account as well...

This is another alternative physicians might want to take a look at to collect money.  If the patient doesn't have a credit card to pay,...

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Ambien Prescription Prices Ambien Prescription Prices

I did take a look at the current Target and WalMart listings and it has not made either list as of today...BD As the Health Blog eases into ...

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Under Ease - Underwear with a charcoal filter Under Ease - Underwear with a charcoal filter

You can really buy these! Charcoal filtering undies...what will they think of next. This in reality can really be a good thing for many......

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Friday, May 04, 2007

The Digital Desk The Digital Desk

This is well worth the watch from Microsoft. It is now going beyond the keyboard for a more natural work desk approach - no keyboard here....

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Coffee can be good for you, experts say Coffee can be good for you, experts say

  NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Drinking coffee can help ward off type 2 diabetes and may even help prevent certain cancers, according to pan...

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Kidstoned Chewable Valium.. Kidstoned Chewable Valium..

This is one for the funny farm here...someone has a wild sense of humor..BD Video: Kidstoned Chewable Valium

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Epocrates Drug Search Epocrates Drug Search

We have now added a link to quickly search the Epocrates web site for drug information. The site re...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Two (or more) for one with prescription drugs Two (or more) for one with prescription drugs

   The Rev. Eddie Martin was willing to take two drugs, a diuretic and a calcium channel blocker, to get his blood pressure down. But when ...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

HP Awards More Than $7 Million in Education Grants to Schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico HP Awards More Than $7 Million in Education Grants to Schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico

 Tablets are only going to get better and more prevalent...BD United States and Puerto Rico more than $7 million in mobile technology, cas...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Mobility on the Rise with MDs - Physician working on CME credits while on the run... Mobility on the Rise with MDs - Physician working on CME credits while on the run...

This is my own story here on physicians using mobility.  I was at a retail electronics store this weekend promoting Intel processors when a ...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative

The National e-Prescribing initiative will also target patients with this free for physician service.   Now there is no reason not to use e-...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

All not lost if cell phone falls in toilet All not lost if cell phone falls in toilet

This makes a real good case for using a Smart Phone or PDA phone with Windows Mobile.  Why rely on the wireless carrier or the sim card to h...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

CVS seeks to open clinics in its stores CVS seeks to open clinics in its stores

Minute Clinic update...  Retail medical clinics are taking off nationally, with about 400 in drugstores, discount chains, and supermarkets...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Free electronic medical record system comes with strings attached ... Free electronic medical record system comes with strings attached ...

One of my areas of concerns with advertising being on a medical record is space, real estate..forget all the rest of the concerns for a mome...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Settles Class-Action Lawsuit Filed By 900,000 Physicians Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Settles Class-Action Lawsuit Filed By 900,000 Physicians

It appears Blue Cross is involved in quite a few law suits today....BD Twenty-three Blue Cross Blue Shield Association plans nationwide on ...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Benefits of Alzheimer's... Benefits of Alzheimer's...

1. You never have to watch reruns on television. 2. You are always meeting new people. 3. You don't have to remember the whines and c...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

FDA Approves Lantus SoloStar(R) - A New Prefilled Disposable Insulin Pen For Use With LANTUS(R) In People With Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes FDA Approves Lantus SoloStar(R) - A New Prefilled Disposable Insulin Pen For Use With LANTUS(R) In People With Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes

  Sanofi-aventis announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lantus SoloStar(R), a new prefilled disposable ...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Florida HMO Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million to Doctors Florida HMO Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million to Doctors

Blue Cross and Blue Shield news...health care at risk for the sake of saving some money...BD   MIAMI, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/01/07 -- ...

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

In a Reversal, U.S. Says Medicare Won’t Cover Stents for Neck Arteries In a Reversal, U.S. Says Medicare Won’t Cover Stents for Neck Arteries

  Responding to criticism from surgeons, the government has dropped its previously announced plans to expand Medicare coverage for the use...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Growing Interest in Personal Health Records Boosts Emergent Market Growing Interest in Personal Health Records Boosts Emergent Market

This market continues to grow and expand...with so many methodologies, usb drive, paper, card, you name it and then there's the availabi...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

What's New in Medicare Preventive Benefits What's New in Medicare Preventive Benefits

Courtesy of Medscape and available in spreadsheet format, this is a brief summary of new and some existing preventive benefits from Medicare...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

First-Time Generic Approvals: Corzide, Cipro XR, Cortef First-Time Generic Approvals: Corzide, Cipro XR, Cortef

Good news for antibiotics...I know first hand a couple of these have been pretty expensive...BD April 20, 2007 — The US Food and Drug Admi...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Health Management Profit Falls 25 Percent Health Management Profit Falls 25 Percent

  U.S. hospital companies begin reporting quarterly results this week, and investors are hoping for an easing in unpaid medical bills, whic...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The FPM Toolbox - American Academy of Family Physicians The FPM Toolbox - American Academy of Family Physicians

This site has many free tools for reference.  There might be more than you can use, but many of them are free of charge.  There's some g...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Implantable Defibrillator Wires Prone to Failure - Health and Medical Information produced by doctors Implantable Defibrillator Wires Prone to Failure - Health and Medical Information produced by doctors

 MONDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- The wires through which implanted defibrillators deliver the electric jolts that keep hearts beating n...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Product Best Known As An Anthrax Killer Now Available In Hardware Stores Product Best Known As An Anthrax Killer Now Available In Hardware Stores

  A product based on a technology originally developed at Sandia National Laboratories is now available on the shelves of hardware stores ...

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

ICERx - help your patients before disaster strikes ICERx - help your patients before disaster strikes

In Case of Emergency Prescriptions...New site that allows doctors, pharmacists and patients to enroll.   According to the site, information ...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Free Drug Samples? Bad Idea, Some Say Free Drug Samples? Bad Idea, Some Say

Samples have been a great help to me...other than keeping the closet updated, there doesn't seem to be an issue in my opinon...BD Publ...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

FDA Searches Offices of Pet Food Maker FDA Searches Offices of Pet Food Maker

  SATURDAY, April 28 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials on Friday searched the facilities of a pet food manufa...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

What's Behind All the Bad Press for Health Insurers? What's Behind All the Bad Press for Health Insurers?

  "I think people are paying attention more now than they ever have," Flanagan says. "We're getting closer to what migh...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Mobile Keyboards for Windows Mobile Phones and UMPCs Mobile Keyboards for Windows Mobile Phones and UMPCs

These mobile devices keep getting more interesting all the time.  I have used a keyboard similar and it does take a little getting used to, ...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

PC World - Use and Misuse of Spreadsheets PC World - Use and Misuse of Spreadsheets

This is a good article giving some overall expertise on when to use spreadsheets.  I agree with most of what is said here and I still in my ...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Wal-Mart To Expand Retail Health Clinics To 400 Stores In Three Years Wal-Mart To Expand Retail Health Clinics To 400 Stores In Three Years

 Possible opportunity for additional business for local hospitals...BD Wal-Mart Stores will open health clinics at as many as 400 of its ...

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Friday, April 27, 2007

The Internet Can Seriously Damage Your Health The Internet Can Seriously Damage Your Health

This article does a good job on addressing "information over-load" which we all have today it seems in any area of our lives...BD ...

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Friday, April 27, 2007

The new wheelchairs.... The new wheelchairs....

Mobility has even gone to produce better wheelchairs for the disabled...some that do stairs...I wonder if any of these will be even partiall...

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hospital renovations take a page from high-end hotels Hospital renovations take a page from high-end hotels

 It's hard to believe this is a hospital...BD (Business 2.0 Magazine) -- Windowless corridors, drab paint and crowded rooms have typif...

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Mexican Wal-Mart launches cheap generic drugs Mexican Wal-Mart launches cheap generic drugs

Following suit as done here in the US for the $4.00 generic prescriptions available for over 300 common generic drugs...BD  MEXICO CITY (R...

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Eli Lilly And Company Introduces Reconcile(TM) For Separation Anxiety In Dogs Eli Lilly And Company Introduces Reconcile(TM) For Separation Anxiety In Dogs

I don't think I'm quite ready for this yet, and neither is the dog...don't know how big of a seller this will be, but it appears...

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Survey says..the latest stats on Doctor/Pharma relationships... Survey says..the latest stats on Doctor/Pharma relationships...

Food is at the top of the listing, I guess we all have to eat...BD  They surveyed 3,167 doctors from six specialisms: anesthesiology, card...

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hospitals Tackling Low-Tech Back Offices Hospitals Tackling Low-Tech Back Offices

Good article on how even small improvements in IT make a difference, even if the big move to a full on elecronic medical records system is n...

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Posing as pals, drug reps sway doctors' choices | Science & Health Posing as pals, drug reps sway doctors' choices | Science & Health

Interesting article...sometimes the first thing I need to say when walking in to a potential client's office is "I'm not a drug...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Linking medical data: hospitals join electronic sharing of patients' records Linking medical data: hospitals join electronic sharing of patients' records

  “A lot of times patients are unable to give us all the information for a recent visit that they’ve had at the hospital,” he said. “Previ...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

U.S. Wonders if Drug Data Was Accurate - Zyprexa U.S. Wonders if Drug Data Was Accurate - Zyprexa

  “The F.D.A. continues to explore the concerns raised recently regarding information provided to the F.D.A. on Zyprexa’s safety,” Dr. Mitc...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Number Of Orphan Drugs Increases, But Costs High For Consumers Number Of Orphan Drugs Increases, But Costs High For Consumers

  The Hartford Courant on Sunday examined orphan drugs -- those that treat disorders affecting fewer than 200,000 people -- which are "...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Digital Signatures coming soon to the Medical Business Digital Signatures coming soon to the Medical Business

  That simple fact can have major effects on cost reduction, customer satisfaction and higher ROI. CIC Electronic Signature solutions enabl...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Scientists Discover New Virus Responsible For Post Transplant Deaths Scientists Discover New Virus Responsible For Post Transplant Deaths

  Three patients who died after receiving transplanted organs from the same donor in Australia were all infected with a previously unknown...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Tax Provision Would Reduce Medicare Payments To Providers Tax Provision Would Reduce Medicare Payments To Providers

  Hospitals and small physician practices that obtain a significant amount of their revenue from Medicare reimbursements "stand to be ...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

FDA OKs Generic Ambien FDA OKs Generic Ambien

  The following 13 manufacturers have received FDA approval for zolpidem tartrate tablets: Mylan Pharmaceuticals, TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA,...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Physicians Should Be Able To Review Performance Ratings Before Release Physicians Should Be Able To Review Performance Ratings Before Release

A policy paper and principles assuring that physicians are given the opportunity to comment on performance ratings that they believe are ina...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

AARP, UnitedHealth, Aetna create new health plans AARP, UnitedHealth, Aetna create new health plans

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) Apr 17 - The influential organization for the elderly AARP has expanded its line of health insurance plans for older...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Wal-Mart Sees Medical Clinic Boom in Retail Stores Wal-Mart Sees Medical Clinic Boom in Retail Stores

  ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) Apr 13 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is forecasting more than 6,600 in-store medical clinics will open their doors in...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hospital, Upset Over Claims Denials, Accuses HMO of Racketeering Hospital, Upset Over Claims Denials, Accuses HMO of Racketeering

  Its members are suing two of the region's largest health insurers, claiming each tried to weasel out of paying for millions of dolla...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

How an Email Rant Jolted a Big HMO How an Email Rant Jolted a Big HMO

  A 22-Year-Old's Tirade Made Trouble for Kaiser; Mr. Deal Got Fired, Famous By RHONDA L. RUNDLE April 24, 2007; Page A1 LOS ANGELES -...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Captain America Arrested With Burrito In Pants Captain America Arrested With Burrito In Pants

 Family MD blowing off a little steam?  BD MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A Brevard County doctor dressed up in a Captain America outfit was arrested ...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Mandatory tablet splitting Mandatory tablet splitting

I came across my first instance of an insurance company requiring a patient to split tablets about a month ago. One of our regulars has rece...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Desktop & Mobile - RIM Around the Rosies, Pocket Full of Posies Desktop & Mobile - RIM Around the Rosies, Pocket Full of Posies

Can't beat them...join them I guess....good move on the part of RIM.  BD  Microsoft's Windows Mobile team should declare a holiday...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

A City Goes Tablet PC for Building Inspectors... A City Goes Tablet PC for Building Inspectors...

  The City of Corvallis, Oregon, has gone Tablet PC with its building permit process. Applications and payment in the process can now be d...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Possible Contamination and Malfunction of Heart Valves and Valve Conduits, Annuloplasty Rings, Surgical Grafts, Meshes and Other Devices Manufactured by Shelhigh, Inc. Possible Contamination and Malfunction of Heart Valves and Valve Conduits, Annuloplasty Rings, Surgical Grafts, Meshes and Other Devices Manufactured by Shelhigh, Inc.

Issued : April 18, 2007 Dear Healthcare Practitioner: This is to notify you that all medical devices manufactured by Shelhigh, Inc. of Un...

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Lilly Drops Its Prescription Assistance Program for the Poor Lilly Drops Its Prescription Assistance Program for the Poor

  In a little-noticed move, Lilly has dropped “Lilly Answers,” its Patient Assistance Program for people without health insurance. Merrill ...

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

St. Jude Medical - FDA Approval of Internet Based Data Management for Implantable Cardiac Devices St. Jude Medical - FDA Approval of Internet Based Data Management for Implantable Cardiac Devices

  Merlin(TM).net Patient Care Network is First Cardiac Rhythm ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 2007--St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NY...

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

UMPC Tablet helps individuals with Disabilities UMPC Tablet helps individuals with Disabilities

This is a great page on showing how a tablet pc can help individuals with disabilities..the keyboard...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Windows Home Server CTP Windows Home Server CTP

 I haven't had time yet to post my own screenshots, but found this blogger who has done some nice work with adding a few screenshots of ...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Robotic surgeon to team up with doctors, astronauts on NASA mission Robotic surgeon to team up with doctors, astronauts on NASA mission

  Raven, the mobile surgical robot developed in the UW's BioRobotics Lab, weighs about 50 pounds. Its nimble appendages can suture wo...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

BiCOM Reports Better-Than-Expected Results Due to Unique Tonometer Diaton Launch – Tonometry Through Eyelid / Glaucoma Detection Device BiCOM Reports Better-Than-Expected Results Due to Unique Tonometer Diaton Launch – Tonometry Through Eyelid / Glaucoma Detection Device

 Now this is very interesting...much less evasive than dialating pupils in the eyes...BD BiCOM Inc. at a recent conference call, reported ...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Doctors Try New Surgery for Gallbladder Removal Doctors Try New Surgery for Gallbladder Removal

  Doctors in New York have removed a woman’s gallbladder with instruments passed through her vagina, a technique they hope will cause less...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Watch out for EHR audit pitfalls - Coding consultants explain where the risks are and how to avoid them Watch out for EHR audit pitfalls - Coding consultants explain where the risks are and how to avoid them

Be aware of the pre-formatted templates to a degree...they can be useful but maybe it is best to customized and adapt your own...  Overdocu...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Physical Therapists Have Top Occupation Physical Therapists Have Top Occupation

 We must all have a lot of pain these days...BD Physical therapists have come out ahead as a top career choice for US college graduates and...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Robotics Institute: HeartLander Robotics Institute: HeartLander

The HeartLander is a miniature mobile robot to facilitate minimally invasive beating-heart intrapericardial therapies.  The robot: ente...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Coding IV Therapy from Medical Economics Coding IV Therapy from Medical Economics

  CPT 2006 replaces the universal infusion codes—90780 and 90781—with six new codes that follow the G code structure that CMS introduced f...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Hospitals are hiring again - New market forces mean job openings for physicians. But do your homework before you sign that contract Hospitals are hiring again - New market forces mean job openings for physicians. But do your homework before you sign that contract

  Why doctors and hospitals are hooking up again The upswing in hospital employment partly reflects the desire of many younger doctors to ...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Physician, hospital groups join lawsuit against Blue Cross Physician, hospital groups join lawsuit against Blue Cross

  The largest organizations representing California physicians and hospitals joined a lawsuit against Blue Cross of California on Thursday...

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Friday, April 20, 2007
 
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