Doctor Grafted Skin to Aid Drug Dealers, U.S. Authorities Say Doctor Grafted Skin to Aid Drug Dealers, U.S. Authorities Say

  HARRISBURG, Pa., May 11 (AP) — A Mexican doctor surgically removed drug traffickers’ fingerprints, substituting skin from the soles of t...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Hip/Knee Replacements Costs Expected To Skyrocket In Future Years, USA Hip/Knee Replacements Costs Expected To Skyrocket In Future Years, USA

The number of joint replacement procedures and their associated hospital charges are growing explosively in the U.S. and the numbers are pro...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Departure' In Medicare Practice Of Paying Physicians Featured In Geriatric Care Improvement Act, USA Departure' In Medicare Practice Of Paying Physicians Featured In Geriatric Care Improvement Act, USA

One big word here...patient involvement..and IT technology for a 2nd..BD -- Care is coordinated and/or integrated across all elements of ...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Blue Cross makes about-face on cancellations Blue Cross makes about-face on cancellations

  Blue Cross of California agreed Thursday to stop canceling individual health coverage unless it can show policyholder deception — a majo...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Intel, PGP cooperate on selling encryption products Intel, PGP cooperate on selling encryption products

 One more story about encryption, Intel processors are also combining PGP technology (pretty good privacy) a technology that has been around...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Microsoft and SanDisk Join Forces to Create New Experience for USB Flash Drives and Flash Memory Cards, Expanding on and Replacing U3 Smart Technology Microsoft and SanDisk Join Forces to Create New Experience for USB Flash Drives and Flash Memory Cards, Expanding on and Replacing U3 Smart Technology

This is good news for those who use the USB Flash drives.  Next time you are in the market for a portable flash drive, be sure to look at th...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

TabletPC2 - Latest Information on Tablet PCs TabletPC2 - Latest Information on Tablet PCs

The Medical Quack is now an added link on TabletPC2, one of the top sites for up to date information...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

More Patients Suffering Infections At Hospitals - unwashed hands as a big contributor More Patients Suffering Infections At Hospitals - unwashed hands as a big contributor

  "We're seeing an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria," said Dr. Timothy Dellit, the Director of Infection Control at...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

OxyContin maker, executives plead guilty OxyContin maker, executives plead guilty

ROANOKE, Va. - The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin and three of its current and former executives pleaded guilty Thursday to misl...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

I.T. Exec Out of Touch? 7 Signs - not only for IT executives, but CEOS, CIOS, VPS, etc. I.T. Exec Out of Touch? 7 Signs - not only for IT executives, but CEOS, CIOS, VPS, etc.

I just ran across this article and boy does it make some real good points.  Many times IT management has to rely on decision made by others ...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

FDA Approves Neupro Patch for Treatment of Early Parkinson's Disease FDA Approves Neupro Patch for Treatment of Early Parkinson's Disease

Be sure to check the rolling FDA news announcements on the left hand side of the page, these are updated hourly and daily with information f...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Justice Department Makes 38 Arrests in Medicare Fraud Case Justice Department Makes 38 Arrests in Medicare Fraud Case

If things haven't been tough enough with protecting patient identity with security, now we have these folks who decided they wanted to e...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Michael Moore's "Sicko" documentary project causing preemptive fear among drug companies Michael Moore's "Sicko" documentary project causing preemptive fear among drug companies

I was not aware of the new film slated to be released at the end of June.  I guess I need to perhaps see if I can talk to Mr. Moore to r...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Project melds health-care, banking info Project melds health-care, banking info

Interesting article here about combining health and banking, incentives and lessons for the medical arena from banking??  This also advocat...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

New Online Personal Health Records Program For Verizon Employees New Online Personal Health Records Program For Verizon Employees

If you have patients working for Verizon, they now have the opportunity to print and share their medical records wtih the physician's of...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Gates outlines goals for Microsoft's ad business Gates outlines goals for Microsoft's ad business

Bill Gates speaks out on the continued decline of newspapers and yellow pages for ads...I have noticed myself that many papers are in fact g...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Medical identity theft affects millions of Americans Medical identity theft affects millions of Americans

This can be a rude awakening for anyone.  It could also be life threatening if as an example you were given the wrong blood type for a trans...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Employers, Insurers Begin To Reduce Or Eliminate Prescription Drug Copays For Some Chronic Disease Medications Employers, Insurers Begin To Reduce Or Eliminate Prescription Drug Copays For Some Chronic Disease Medications

This is a puzzling matter as the emphasis is to address chronic diseases and from what I have read here, it looks like it is going to be a b...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Hospitals get bonuses for quality of care from CMS Hospitals get bonuses for quality of care from CMS

 Medicare also has P4P for hospitals as well and it appears this could be substantial.  BD A demonstration project that Medicare officials...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

CMS posts guidelines on earning bonuses CMS posts guidelines on earning bonuses

Information regarding Medicare P4P has been posted, 74 measures as the article quotes...I am guessing you might certainly need a bit of tec...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Hospitals: Cheapskates, Charities, or Both? Hospitals: Cheapskates, Charities, or Both?

  Here’s a health-care Rorschach test, courtesy of a recent analysis of hospitals charges to the uninsured. Are hospitals hard up, collect...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

More firms say they will divulge CME grants More firms say they will divulge CME grants

Recently we have read a lot of negativity regarding big Pharma, it is nice to see some positives once n a while as well.  This appears to be...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Slingbox beams into CBS newsroom Slingbox beams into CBS newsroom

This story is a little off beat from what I normally publish, but for those who are not familiar with a Sling Box, this little unit will all...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Free Drug Card - Another helping hand for discounts on prescriptions Free Drug Card - Another helping hand for discounts on prescriptions

I signed up myself this evening for both plans and will begin carrying my cards.  This has also been recently featured in USA Today.  I did ...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Groups in California Take Aim at Medicare Payments Groups in California Take Aim at Medicare Payments

Good story to watch, especially if you practice in California and perhaps in one of the 5 counties involved in the claim..BD Five Californ...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

InfoVivo RescueMe Lifesaver Emergency Medical Record USB drive stick ID InfoVivo RescueMe Lifesaver Emergency Medical Record USB drive stick ID

This is really a great idea for all and if you read further down there's another alternative to create a free card to carry in your wall...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

New Worm Targets Portable Memory Drives New Worm Targets Portable Memory Drives

This is another good reason to make sure the information you carry around on a USB drive is in fact encrypted and has an anti virus program ...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Blue Cross, Humana to expand electronic health record Blue Cross, Humana to expand electronic health record

  The ACP is a compilation of information from a variety of health plans. It offers a consolidated view of a patient's medical record a...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Healthcare Payer Performance Healthcare Payer Performance

  Cigna rated as the easiest for physicians to do business with...full ratings available at the site.. Source: PayerView(sm) - Healthcare...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

A Refresher on Coding Consultations A Refresher on Coding Consultations

 from Medscape...subscription may be necessary...BD Four things should be documented when a consultation is performed: The consultation r...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Generics Aren't Always That Much Cheaper Generics Aren't Always That Much Cheaper

Another drug comparison...another good reason to really check prices when filling your prescriptions these days, sometimes the generic is no...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

A Doctor's story about being a hospitalist.. A Doctor's story about being a hospitalist..

 Hospitalists are the fastest growing occupation in the medical arena, now outnumbering cardiologists in numbers..BD “I changed my mind se...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Hospitals Bill Uninsured Patients More Than Health Insurers, Medicare, Study Finds Hospitals Bill Uninsured Patients More Than Health Insurers, Medicare, Study Finds

   Hospitals on average bill uninsured patients 2.5 times more than they bill health insurers and three times more than they bill Medicare...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Health Net Launches Nation's First Preventive Medicare Plan Health Net Launches Nation's First Preventive Medicare Plan

  Health Net of Arizona, Inc. today announced the first ever Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan designed specifically for seniors with h...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The O-Fone The O-Fone

Somebody had to do this with all the new phones on the market...very entertaining and funny...BD Video: Microsoft's oPhone

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

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
 
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