When Health Coverage Doesn't Hold Up - Providers Can Deny Big Claims When Health Coverage Doesn't Hold Up - Providers Can Deny Big Claims

CBS has a good storyline about medical insurance and this is just one of the stories featured.  This so much reminds me of the recent Blue C...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Doctors' list puts a price on care Doctors' list puts a price on care

I am guessing competition from the retail clinics may have some influence here with this decision and perhaps there will be more posted in t...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Doctors sue hospital firm IHHI Doctors sue hospital firm IHHI

 Everybody seems to be suing everyone in this story...BD Shareholder physicians want to boot key managers, saying the company that control...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Changes mean less care, more profits: HMO Business in Florida Changes mean less care, more profits: HMO Business in Florida

Is it getting any better anywhere?  BD Before reform, about 95 percent of Florida doctors participated in Medicaid. Now a survey conducted ...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

CMS to Stop Paying Hospitals for Medical Errors CMS to Stop Paying Hospitals for Medical Errors

I am not sure I totally agree with this methodology, but I can certainly add that in my travels, the "old school" hospital adminis...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Medicare pay-for-reporting: How to get your 1.5% ... Medicare pay-for-reporting: How to get your 1.5% ...

Get those registry modules up to date in any EMR to make this task easy.  If you are currently using an EMR or EHR program that incorporates...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Physicians say PPO network's fax masked 25% pay cut Physicians say PPO network's fax masked 25% pay cut

 Be sure to read any faxes these days from your neighborly PPO.  BD The AMA and several state medical societies are engaged in ongoing dis...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Videoconferencing services for hospitals and clinics Videoconferencing services for hospitals and clinics

  Hospitals and clinics are exploring the alternative with non-English speaking patients, but experts say the cost must drop before it mak...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Xiagara - over the hill, take the little blue pill Xiagara - over the hill, take the little blue pill

Cute animation and spoof on Viagara...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

LSU jumps on the PHR bandwagon - online personal health records LSU jumps on the PHR bandwagon - online personal health records

  By the time the 2008 hurricane season rolls around, the LSU Healthcare Network hopes its patients will be well on their way to having po...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

10 Educational Hours at the ER 10 Educational Hours at the ER

  May 25, 2007 - Having spent a sleepless night with a bit too much pain in my abdomen, I informed my wife I was suffering from another bo...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Hospitals taking a cue from retailers to reduce on meds errors Hospitals taking a cue from retailers to reduce on meds errors

  Virtually the same kind of technology used to ring up merchandise at the checkout counter is being put to a new use by some hospitals to...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Chapter 8, "Are you still just using your cell phone for phone calls?" Chapter 8, "Are you still just using your cell phone for phone calls?"

Cell Phones made simple for seniors...good idea..BD  There's a reason Jitterbug has just won recognition as the best new company in th...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

UC Davis Medical Adds SmartPill GI Monitoring System UC Davis Medical Adds SmartPill GI Monitoring System

Check out the link below for the full story.  The site is still working on a "find a physician" list at this time wh uses the Smar...

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Mylan Laboratories To Acquire Generics Business Of Merck KGaA For 4.9 Billion Euros Mylan Laboratories To Acquire Generics Business Of Merck KGaA For 4.9 Billion Euros

Mylan Laboratories Inc. (NYSE: MYL) and Merck KGaA today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Mylan will acquire Mer...

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Medicare Plans to Deny Coverage of Artificial Disks Medicare Plans to Deny Coverage of Artificial Disks

  Government regulators said yesterday that Medicare, the federal insurance program, planned to deny coverage for artificial disks implant...

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Blue Cross Earmarks $2 Million To Fight Health Reform Plans Blue Cross Earmarks $2 Million To Fight Health Reform Plans

  Blue Cross of California on Thursday launched an advertising campaign to oppose health insurance market reforms that are being proposed ...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

EHRs and Physician Training..Update EHRs and Physician Training..Update

From Modern Health Care...this is a response to an earlier post with physician involvement with implementation of electronic medical records...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Many Small Physician Offices No Longer Provide Injected Medications Because of Medicare Reimbursement Issues Many Small Physician Offices No Longer Provide Injected Medications Because of Medicare Reimbursement Issues

If you are a Medicare participant, this is worth checking out as many of the injection compensations are being changed by Medicare.  Many sm...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Demonstrators to target United Health Shareholders meeting Demonstrators to target United Health Shareholders meeting

United Health Care issues in the news once more...BD MINNEAPOLIS - To dramatize the need for health care reform, several organizations will...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Google declares war on $2 trillion health care industry Google declares war on $2 trillion health care industry

Interesting perspective on medical record technology.  Will we someday "Google" our medical records?  BD The Google health care ...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Pharma Marketing Blog: Dumb Blonde Reps vs. Slovenly Genius Reps Pharma Marketing Blog: Dumb Blonde Reps vs. Slovenly Genius Reps

John Mack creates some good questions here on the Pharma Marketing Blog...the Pharma companies do ca...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

FDA Approves Tigris System for testing donated blood FDA Approves Tigris System for testing donated blood

  SAN DIEGO, May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gen-Probe Incorporated (Nasdaq: GPRO) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administra...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Insurers Promote Use Of Generic Anticholesterol Drugs Insurers Promote Use Of Generic Anticholesterol Drugs

  The Syracuse Post-Standard on Monday examined how many health insurers have begun to encourage members to use generic versions of the a...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Chapter 7, "Are you still just using your Cell Phone for phone calls?" Chapter 7, "Are you still just using your Cell Phone for phone calls?"

Windows Live Search for your cell phone can be a huge tool. In this example we did some live lookup...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

California Grants Provide Funds for Nurse Training California Grants Provide Funds for Nurse Training

  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Wednesday announced more than $1.6 million in grants to help fund six nurse training programs statewid...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Hospital Compare Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Hospital Compare

I gave this a try this morning using several different search criteria and the results for each hospital selected were given on a bar graph ...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Why hedge fund managers outearn doctors - BloggingStocks Why hedge fund managers outearn doctors - BloggingStocks

 Interesting comparison on this blog, one person's opinion...BD But there's really more to it than that -- society perceived that ...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Health Benefits Direct to Enter California Market With Addition of PacifiCare as Health Insurance Carrier Health Benefits Direct to Enter California Market With Addition of PacifiCare as Health Insurance Carrier

If you have not used one of these services, this is an online service built to help companies and individuals select and purchase various ty...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sometimes, Sightseeing Is a Look at Your X-Rays Sometimes, Sightseeing Is a Look at Your X-Rays

Interesting article about both sides of medical tourism..and brings to light what type of medical attention the citizens of these countries ...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Advertising pharmaceuticals with Legos? Advertising pharmaceuticals with Legos?

Does marketing need to go this far?  BD More new business opportunities for drugmakers - cross-promotional moments with toymakers. Here w...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Chapter 6, "Are you still just using your Cell Phone for Phone calls?" Chapter 6, "Are you still just using your Cell Phone for Phone calls?"

In Japan a participant can simply snap a picture of the food and get expert advice back via the cell phone for nutrition information.   BD ...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Robotic Surgery May Improve Survival Rate For Prostate Cancer Patients Robotic Surgery May Improve Survival Rate For Prostate Cancer Patients

  Performing less invasive laparoscopic surgery using robotic technology may improve survival rates for prostate cancer patients, accordin...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Patient Pain Medication - Self Dispensing pill medication at bedside Patient Pain Medication - Self Dispensing pill medication at bedside

This is not a new concept as IV dispensers have been around for quite a while, but new technology allows for the same type of dispensing wit...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Medicare HMOs fend off oversight Medicare HMOs fend off oversight

  WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- Facing down the threat of greater regulation, health insurers unveiled a plan to curb shady marketing practic...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Powerful MDs from the blog, "Running a Hospital" Powerful MDs from the blog, "Running a Hospital"

This post is from the blog of Beth Israel Hospital CEO, Paul Levy giving recognition to the powerful MDs as ranked by Modern Healthcare maga...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hospital Mortality Rates To Go Online Beginning in June Hospital Mortality Rates To Go Online Beginning in June

  CMS in June will post the first broad comparison of hospital mortality rates for heart attack and heart failure in Medicare beneficiarie...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Medicare changes coverage for Esophageal Doppler monitoring Medicare changes coverage for Esophageal Doppler monitoring

  CMS was asked to reconsider our current national coverage determination (NCD) on ultrasound diagnostic procedures. CMS has determined th...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

HMO News - Prospect Medical Holdings to Acquire ProMed Healthcare for $48.0 Million HMO News - Prospect Medical Holdings to Acquire ProMed Healthcare for $48.0 Million

  Company to Assume Care of 81,000 HMO-Covered Lives, Including Almost 10,000 Seniors CULVER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Prospect Me...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Judge Orders Medical Records in Legal Suit Judge Orders Medical Records in Legal Suit

 Medical records...coming to a court near you soon?  BD BRENTWOOD, N.H. - A judge has ordered a former top official with the state medical...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A Woman’s Knee Replacement That Fits Their Shape and Size A Woman’s Knee Replacement That Fits Their Shape and Size

While on the page I did a quick check by zip code to see how many surgeons offer this procedure and found 6 available from a zip code in Hun...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Google doubles Gmail attachment limit Google doubles Gmail attachment limit

Thanks for the folks at JKOnTheRun for bringing this new fact to our attention!  One other small item worth mentioning too about GMail, it u...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Catch 22 of Health Insurance The Catch 22 of Health Insurance

Many families make too much money to qualify for assistance, but on the other hand paying for individual policies breaks the bank as well.  ...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Electronic Records put some MDs on Edge Electronic Records put some MDs on Edge

I haven't run across any MDs yet that needed professional help yet over using Electronic Medical Records, but I have seen the frustratio...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

How Many Patients Can One Doctor Manage? How Many Patients Can One Doctor Manage?

This article from Medscape gives some food for thought with the idea of creating a "panel".  Might be helpful with P4P considerati...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Doctors, Legislators Resist Drugmakers' Prying Eyes Doctors, Legislators Resist Drugmakers' Prying Eyes

There are 2 sides to every story, but the one comment included below puzzles me to a degree...was the pressure to increase sales high enough...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Chapter 4, "Are you still just using your cell phone for phone calls?" Chapter 4, "Are you still just using your cell phone for phone calls?"

Nice way of connecting those with asthma to the professionals who can help.  Interesting as well how the prompts could be set up for either ...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Aetna Awards $275,000 To Chicagoland Nonprofits Aetna Awards $275,000 To Chicagoland Nonprofits

  Organizations invited to apply for 2007 grants addressing obesity, depression, the nursing shortage, and diversity and cultural competen...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

People Feed Up With Long Doctor’s Office Visits Find a New Alternative Online People Feed Up With Long Doctor’s Office Visits Find a New Alternative Online

  Relief awaits those who hate waiting at the doctor’s office or simply don’t have medical insurance. The new wave has become free online...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

CalPERS workers lose health option with Blue Shield CalPERS workers lose health option with Blue Shield

  LAKE COUNTY -- With the gargantuan CalPERS Blue Shield health care benefit provider planning to quit Lake County to cut costs, county em...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Personal Health Records - physicians speak out on both the benefits and issues created from Modern Health care Personal Health Records - physicians speak out on both the benefits and issues created from Modern Health care

I asked an employee this week at Verizon if they had begun using their electronic records from Verizon, but this employee was not aware of t...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Who Killed HealthCare Who Killed HealthCare

New book written about the healthcare system in the US.  BD Who Killed Health Care? : America's $2 Trillion Medical Problem -- and the...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Is the new family doctor a nurse? Is the new family doctor a nurse?

  Cathy Giorgio wears a traditional white lab coat when she takes patient histories, performs physical exams, diagnoses health problems, r...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Mobile Medical Services - Dream Center Mobile Medical Services - Dream Center

This is just a thought of my own, but many cities, Los Angeles included have mobile medical services for the homeless and hospital services ...

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Democrats prescribe bigger health levy -  employer health insurance contributions could rise Democrats prescribe bigger health levy - employer health insurance contributions could rise

Some employers are already beyond the 7.% proposed increase with their present offerings..BD SACRAMENTO — Escalating the already tense fig...

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Chapter 3, Are you still just using your cell phone for phone calls? Chapter 3, Are you still just using your cell phone for phone calls?

This concept not only involves Cell Phones, but also RFID (radio frequent ID technology) too. This could really be a life saver for post sur...

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Tale of last 90 minutes- woman dies while nobody helps in the ER room Tale of last 90 minutes- woman dies while nobody helps in the ER room

This is indeed a sad story and it was all captured on tape.  The hospital already has huge issues on it's doorsteps and this is not goin...

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Pharma Rep Interview from the Daily Show Pharma Rep Interview from the Daily Show

This is a very funny interview from the Daily Show. We can't embed the video, but you can follo...

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Medical Building set on fire Medical Building set on fire

Was the intent to burn medical records?  One more reason to ditch the paper files and back up your data...BD NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA (AP)  --...

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Medicare audits raise questions - claims rejected and classified "medically unnecessary" Medicare audits raise questions - claims rejected and classified "medically unnecessary"

  The California Hospital Association raised concerns in November that PRG-Schultz was targeting rehabilitation hospitals that cared for M...

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

School officials at risk of firing - poor record keeping and student health records are part of the issue School officials at risk of firing - poor record keeping and student health records are part of the issue

In today's world of technology, it is almost a shame that paper folders are still being used.  If you read the comments below it states ...

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Hospital CIO makes the top 100 List for IT Innovation and Development Hospital CIO makes the top 100 List for IT Innovation and Development

This is an online publication called E-Week who just recently published their top influential CIOs f...

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Saturday, May 19, 2007
 
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