Progenitorivox - Pharma Pill Video Progenitorivox - Pharma Pill Video

One more from the files of You Tube.  BD 

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

HMO-Lympics HMO-Lympics

More somewhat humorous videos from You Tube.  BD YouTube - HMO-Lympics

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Surviving the U.S. health care system Surviving the U.S. health care system

What is the answer?  Having insurance didn't help this patient and she lost her life, but when the ER rooms are full and busy, I don'...

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Treating the Computer, Not the Patient Treating the Computer, Not the Patient

If this video doesn't constitute a need for a physician using a Tablet PC, I don't know what does!  This is absolutely the last thin...

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Patient Abuse in the office... Patient Abuse in the office...

From Monty Python years back, a classic and quite humorous...BD

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Closings are hitting the Northeast hardest - Philadelphia Closings are hitting the Northeast hardest - Philadelphia

Finding an obstetrician in northeast Pennsylvania getting tougher all the time according to this article, making it a bit scary to having a ...

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Brown cut budget for English hospitals Brown cut budget for English hospitals

  Gordon Brown quietly slashed by a third this year’s hospital building and equipment budget in one of his last acts as chancellor. Prompt...

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Thousands of Cigna enrollees forced to find new doctors Thousands of Cigna enrollees forced to find new doctors

More added pressure for patients...BD  "I'm not going to go any longer with physicians who are not associated with hospitals in o...

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Consultant Favors Cuts to Medicare Plans Consultant Favors Cuts to Medicare Plans

  "Because if you can't manage costs for less than the traditional Medicare plan, then why are we doing this?" A health poli...

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Insurance firms destroying health care Insurance firms destroying health care

  A letter to the editor regarding the health care system in Arizona missed the point of the real problems ("Medical liability is thr...

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

A $962,120 medical bill error - Los Angeles Times A $962,120 medical bill error - Los Angeles Times

This story also shows the big difference between a "negotiated" price and the actual bill for services from the hospital, which wa...

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Diabetic Man Missing After Being Kicked Off Train Diabetic Man Missing After Being Kicked Off Train

Not too long ago another story about diabetic shock made the news...is this an area of awareness that we might need to look at to distinguis...

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

HMOs Propose Highest Rate Increases in Four Years, According to Hewitt Analysis HMOs Propose Highest Rate Increases in Four Years, According to Hewitt Analysis

Study shows yet another increase for HMO care on the forefront.  Employers taking an active role as well with aggressively negotiating with ...

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Pharmacists 'Bracing' For CMS Rule On Medicaid Prescription Drug Reimbursements, Newark Star-Ledger Reports Pharmacists 'Bracing' For CMS Rule On Medicaid Prescription Drug Reimbursements, Newark Star-Ledger Reports

  Pharmacists nationwide are "bracing" for the July 2 release of a final rule by CMS that likely will reduce Medicaid reimburse...

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

NHS Alliance Welcomes 'NHS Choices', Department Of Health's New Website, UK NHS Alliance Welcomes 'NHS Choices', Department Of Health's New Website, UK

Sound familiar, similar to what the CMS is doing here....BD The NHS Alliance has welcomed the Department of Health's new website, NHS ...

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

ER Wait Time Problems Widespread ER Wait Time Problems Widespread

  The problem isn't confined to hospitals that serve mostly the uninsured. Wait times of several hours also occur at places like Hoag H...

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Another employee's butchered benefits Another employee's butchered benefits

After waiting for 18 months for insurance, he can't afford his portion, and still has almost the same amount of time to go before his ch...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

PlanetHospital Offers SICKO Viewers an Answer to Their Healthcare Needs: Medical Tourism PlanetHospital Offers SICKO Viewers an Answer to Their Healthcare Needs: Medical Tourism

I know they are here to fill a need and have save money and enabled surgery procedures that folks could not afford here in the US, but I hop...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hospital Computerized Ordering Cuts Medication Errors Hospital Computerized Ordering Cuts Medication Errors

66% drop is huge...and those that change to computerized systems enjoy the most improvement too...maybe a link here..BD WEDNESDAY, June 27...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A case for deep vein thrombosis to kick in..?? A case for deep vein thrombosis to kick in..??

A very long delay...we have all probably been there...BD

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Corrupt Doctors Plague Hospitals in Russia Corrupt Doctors Plague Hospitals in Russia

As a comparison, things could be worse.  From the sound of this story, money talks first and surviving is secondary.  BD  When Karen Papiy...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

How to use Windows Mobile Internet Sharing for a modem How to use Windows Mobile Internet Sharing for a modem

This is a great demonstration on how to use your mobile cell phone to tether for Internet access.  Windows Mobile 5 can do as well, just a l...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Canada - Saskatchewan braces for health-care strike Canada - Saskatchewan braces for health-care strike

Canada may need US assistance in case of a health worker strike.  BD  REGINA -- A looming strike by health-care professionals in Saskatche...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

AMA: Delegates Want Principles First with Pay for Performance AMA: Delegates Want Principles First with Pay for Performance

If you see the movie Sicko, the physicians in the UK receive bonuses for creating better health care and I'm not aware of the criteria t...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan to sell data to large employers - Modern Healthcare Reader comments... Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan to sell data to large employers - Modern Healthcare Reader comments...

This is definitely a fine line on data mining and appears to be an additional query source of information.  This response creates a number o...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Get a DUI and sent to local jail after an accident, you could be at risk of not get medical assistance if needed - mistaken for just being intoxicated and complaining. Get a DUI and sent to local jail after an accident, you could be at risk of not get medical assistance if needed - mistaken for just being intoxicated and complaining.

  A story released 6/26 about 24-year-old Emily Rice and the HMO Health Care she received at The Denver City Jail resulted in her death in...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Medicare Payments Favor HMOs Over Providers - Healthcare Association Of New York State Medicare Payments Favor HMOs Over Providers - Healthcare Association Of New York State

I might guess this may extend beyond New York as well...BD "New York's hospitals face consistent, dramatic cost increases every y...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

CIGNA HealthCare Battles Colorectal Cancer CIGNA HealthCare Battles Colorectal Cancer

Pilot program in testing for Colorectal cancer.  BD Because more than six percent of CIGNA HealthCare members in Florida who participated ...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Inside Bay Area - Hospital will close ward to save cash Inside Bay Area - Hospital will close ward to save cash

  REDWOOD CITY —Despite pleas from workers to reconsider, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to close one of two long-...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Community Hospital's patient charts go paperless Community Hospital's patient charts go paperless

And they accomplished this on a pretty conservative budget...BD Hutchinson Community Hospital’s new electronic records system is improving...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Tenet success with turn around at Des Peres hospital Tenet success with turn around at Des Peres hospital

  Those capital improvements have begun. The changes at Des Peres Hospital, for example, will include upgrades to information technology sy...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Dr. Peeno - On Sicko Dr. Peeno - On Sicko

  Dr. Linda Peeno, not much of a party woman to begin with, resented the festive atmosphere of a premiere party last week for Michael Moore’...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

'SiCKO' Premieres Outside on Los Angeles' Skid Row 'SiCKO' Premieres Outside on Los Angeles' Skid Row

The premiere is shown on the same street where "patient dumping" in Los Angeles had occurred.  BD

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Doctors for the rich, nurse specialists for the poor - NHS Blog Doctor from the UK speaks out Doctors for the rich, nurse specialists for the poor - NHS Blog Doctor from the UK speaks out

Does this sound a bit familiar with some of what is occurring here?  HCP would perhaps equal a nurse practitioner here with terminology.  He...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Nursing Home MAR's sent to the ED with all times removed: A new and horrible trend Nursing Home MAR's sent to the ED with all times removed: A new and horrible trend

Good article about nursing homes records and the scary side of this trend.  It certainly doesn't make sense to me either.  BD There is...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Surgery, then a shock Surgery, then a shock

Surgeon operates with the wrong images as loaded by staff manually.  Technology with having the data link versus relying on human hands to l...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

AMA Adopts Strategies To Address Rising Health Care Costs AMA Adopts Strategies To Address Rising Health Care Costs

  The American Medical Association (AMA) announced that the nation's physicians today voted to approve a set of strategies for contain...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The healthy debate over Cuba's medical care The healthy debate over Cuba's medical care

  WHEN Jose Luis Cabrera had coronary bypass surgery after a heart attack five years ago, his wife had to bring food and clean sheets to h...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Dr. JC Jensen, retired radiologist responds to Sicko request Dr. JC Jensen, retired radiologist responds to Sicko request

Could there be work on a sequel before Sicko even hits the mainstream release?  BD  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKYew1MEjcI

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Monday, June 25, 2007

2007 AMA Medicare Physician Payment Action Kit 2007 AMA Medicare Physician Payment Action Kit

Commercial from the American Medical Association to block Medicare cuts and get in touch with Congress.  BD   AMA (Washington) 2007 AMA...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Medicare cuts threaten imaging companies Medicare cuts threaten imaging companies

Reimbursement can and does get a bit confusing.  Imaging equipment does not run cheap, nor does maintaining and servicing, thus offices outs...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Uh oh, we're making it TOO nice! Uh oh, we're making it TOO nice!

Nice comment on "Running a Hospital", a blog from hospital CEO Paul Levy.  From the various articles posted on the Internet and re...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Another Response from about Physicians and lack of training for using electronic records Another Response from about Physicians and lack of training for using electronic records

I post some of these comments in order to help bring the awareness of training to a new level hopefully as I see this all the time.  Many of...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Hospitals Are Posting Surgical Results Online To Inform Those Considering Going Under The Knife Hospitals Are Posting Surgical Results Online To Inform Those Considering Going Under The Knife

Hospitals are now posting surgery results and potential outcomes on their web sites.  Excellent way for both the physician and patient to be...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Ink Show TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Ink Show

Very nice review and video about the Sahara Tablet from Tablet Kiosk.  For those wanting a unit with real power and portability, this one ge...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

SoftBrands Partners with Tablet Kiosk to Provide Mobile Software SoftBrands Partners with Tablet Kiosk to Provide Mobile Software

Hotels and Spas are realizing the value of mobility, both in customer service and providing a live tablet PC for interactions.  Those who si...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

More Hospitals Ask For Up-Front Payments, Increase Collection Efforts More Hospitals Ask For Up-Front Payments, Increase Collection Efforts

  The Tennessean on Thursday examined how "as the volume of unpaid medical bills increases, hospitals in middle Tennessee and national...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Business - Big Pharma Chases Dogs And Cats Business - Big Pharma Chases Dogs And Cats

  IS THE PHARMACEUTICAL industry going to the dogs? In a way, the answer is yes. A flurry of regulatory approvals for dog medicines in th...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

California radiologist group sues United Healthcare over payment rates .. California radiologist group sues United Healthcare over payment rates ..

More about United Health Care related to the PacificCare contract....BD A radiology group in California has taken UnitedHealthcare to cour...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Health of US system is Spotty Health of US system is Spotty

Faced with casual comparisons with Canada or Europe, many were ready with counterarguments: Americans don’t have to wait months for bypass s...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Video game addiction may become medical diagnosis Video game addiction may become medical diagnosis

We will have to wait it appears until the year 2012 before the ICD and CPT Codes could appear for this.  BD The American Medical Associa...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Mail Encryption -  Are you encrypting information sensitive emails? Mail Encryption - Are you encrypting information sensitive emails?

As one individual, you can use the service for free.  If you require service for a network of computers, the product requires a purchase.  P...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Surgeon removes gall bladder from mouth Surgeon removes gall bladder from mouth

  PORTLAND, Ore. --An Oregon surgeon has performed gall bladder surgery that removes the organ through the patient's mouth -- the late...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Health leaders issue stark message to Gordon Brown regarding the NHS in the UK Health leaders issue stark message to Gordon Brown regarding the NHS in the UK

With healthcare here in the US in the center arena, this is a good article telling a bit about how the Brits feel about their health plan, t...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Complete Idiot's Guide to Social Security and Medicare, 2ndEdition Complete Idiot's Guide to Social Security and Medicare, 2ndEdition

My kind of books...even though I am not a Medicare patient, the title seems to elude to the fact that this might simplify some of the very c...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Australia has healthcare issues too Australia has healthcare issues too

  The federal government was failing Australians when it came to health by underfunding public hospitals and shifting the cost burden to i...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Frequently Asked Questions about mandatory health insurance - Framingham, MA Frequently Asked Questions about mandatory health insurance - Framingham, MA

Interesting article on the mandatory health insurance law in Massachusetts.  There are still a couple waivers available if you can't aff...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Palm Beach County faces health care crisis as family practices dwindle Palm Beach County faces health care crisis as family practices dwindle

Something that is happening all over the country as family practice physicians are getting smaller in number...BD Dr. Jim Byrnes already h...

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Sunday, June 24, 2007