Check Medicare Eligibility Online Check Medicare Eligibility Online

New service via the web that charges a quarter for each individual check, need to sign up and establish an account before using.  Almost the...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

TabletKiosk Now Shipping Sahara Slate i440D with Vista and Aero Glass support TabletKiosk Now Shipping Sahara Slate i440D with Vista and Aero Glass support

  First Slate Tablet PC with Dual Pen and Touch Screen Input Now Widely Available TabletKiosk™, a leader in mobile computing solutions, ...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

FDA Panel OKs Osteoporosis Drug To Cut Breast Cancer Risk FDA Panel OKs Osteoporosis Drug To Cut Breast Cancer Risk

  Despite concerns over cardiovascular side effects, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel last Tuesday recommended the osteoporosis d...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Blood Donors Can Answer Their Health History Questions Online Blood Donors Can Answer Their Health History Questions Online

Also operates well on a touch screen tablet pc ...see below...BD Blood donation just got easier with advent of the Internet Quality Donor ...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sorry, folks, but it’s true: You are for sale Sorry, folks, but it’s true: You are for sale

This is why they send out privacy notices in very small print that nobody has a tendency to read so they are within their legal boundaries w...

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Monday, July 30, 2007

What Does a chief medical information officer do? What Does a chief medical information officer do?

  Although use of electronic medical-record systems in ambulatory care remains low, in acute care, where most CMIOs work, their institutio...

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Monday, July 30, 2007

As more patients turn to the Web every day, are doctors prepared for the influx? As more patients turn to the Web every day, are doctors prepared for the influx?

A good web presence for MDs is a good thing....BD It's surprising to me how many physicians do not yet have any presence on the Web, e...

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Healthcare for profit bad : Opinion, Nurses for Social Responsibility Healthcare for profit bad : Opinion, Nurses for Social Responsibility

One person's story about utilization management....BD I am a registered nurse. Although I have spent most of my 25-year career caring ...

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Glaxo Gets Grilled - Avandia Glaxo Gets Grilled - Avandia

  This morning, GlaxoSmithKline defended its controversial diabetes drug, Avandia, in front of a panel of federal advisers convened to de...

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Humana 2Q Profit More Than Doubles Humana 2Q Profit More Than Doubles

  Humana Inc. reported Monday that its second-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago on the strength of improved cost controls ...

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Votes may be harmful to parties' health Votes may be harmful to parties' health

  Republicans are calling the Democrats' action a step toward socialized medicine, and the Bush administration has vowed to veto both ...

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Monday, July 30, 2007

CPU-controlled artificial leg offers new freedom of natural movement for amputees CPU-controlled artificial leg offers new freedom of natural movement for amputees

  July 27, 2007 Prosthetics is a fascinating field – science’s ability to mimic the complicated natural function of lost limbs can make a t...

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Does my doctor want to kill me? - California Does my doctor want to kill me? - California

Will be interesting to see if the bill makes it through the legislature.  BD Hospital patients undergoing treatment in California might ev...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

N.J. fines Aetna over 9 million, saying it didn't cover services N.J. fines Aetna over 9 million, saying it didn't cover services

By comparison, Kaiser got off lightly as this was over 3 times the amount of the fine...and ordered 12% interest on the unpaid claims...BD ...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Suit accuses United Healthcare of fraud Suit accuses United Healthcare of fraud

Additional story details on the post made last week with the announcement of the class action lawsuit.  BD ST. PETERSBURG - Like many olde...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

System failure - 3 contributing sectors System failure - 3 contributing sectors

One person's thoughts and a bit of history on healthcare change through insurers, employers and hospitals...all who can be considered ba...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Cutting Hospitals Out Of Surgery Cutting Hospitals Out Of Surgery

Outpatient surgery helps some MDs with additional income and avoids the administrative hospital costs...BD When someone has minor outpatie...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

New York warns of lawsuit over physician rankings by United ... New York warns of lawsuit over physician rankings by United ...

  United Healthcare is going ahead with plans to release its physician rankings for the New York area, despite a threat of legal action fr...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Physicians offered incentives to practice in New Orleans ... Physicians offered incentives to practice in New Orleans ...

  The corps offers each physician: Up to $110,000 in loan repayment or income guarantees. As much as $40,000 for a sign-on bonus or medi...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Medicaid measures performance: The push to improve care and save money .. Medicaid measures performance: The push to improve care and save money ..

  Private health plans' push for pay-for-performance and Medicare's first steps in that direction have garnered much attention. Bu...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Health coaches nag employees to better care - UPS offers service to employees Health coaches nag employees to better care - UPS offers service to employees

Can this accomplish 2 things at once, cost and better health care?  What about privacy issues...more data mining to be used elsewhere?  Thus...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

U.S. patients choosing Mexican hospitals - Medical tourism - Texas U.S. patients choosing Mexican hospitals - Medical tourism - Texas

2 Hospital organizations working with "medical tourism" in Texas...both have searches for locating hospitals in both the US and Me...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Kaiser Best Provider in Colorado Springs Kaiser Best Provider in Colorado Springs

Last week in California, not as well...BD Kaiser Permanente is a nonprofit insurance agency that celebrates its 10th anniversary in Colora...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

PepsiCo to launch water-based health beverages PepsiCo to launch water-based health beverages

  PepsiCo has announced that it’s getting ready to launch two water-based health beverages and to re-launch of its SoBe LifeWater. The mov...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Caterpillar Sues Union Over Health Care Caterpillar Sues Union Over Health Care

Contract negotiated, employees and union don't appear to be satisfied as a law suit is filed.  BD Caterpillar Inc. filed lawsuits Wed...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

First job: Pay in to health care First job: Pay in to health care

Good tips in this article on various types of benefits offered by employers...it is getting a bit more complicated these days with so many c...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Safety net for Medi-Cal has run out of cash - California Safety net for Medi-Cal has run out of cash - California

  SACRAMENTO – A $2 billion fund created to keep money flowing to Medi-Cal providers when a legislative deadlock delays a new state budget...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Media Members Who Covered 9/11 Now Experiencing Health Woes, asking members to come forward Media Members Who Covered 9/11 Now Experiencing Health Woes, asking members to come forward

  NEW YORK The New York Press Photographers Association is asking members of the media to come forward if they are suffering from long-te...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Cardinal Health To Pay $35 Million In SEC Settlement Cardinal Health To Pay $35 Million In SEC Settlement

  WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Cardinal Health Inc. (CAH), a drug distribution company, will pay $35 million to settle Securities and Exchange ...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Diabetics: We want privacy Diabetics: We want privacy

One word in this story bothers me...."somewhat"...being somewhat concerned with privacy issues to me is just not good enough.  BD ...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Doing Battle With the Insurance Company in a Fight to Stay Alive Doing Battle With the Insurance Company in a Fight to Stay Alive

Having a long battle to pay the bills...one more story, but the surgery did save his life.  BD His doctors thought he was among the lucky ...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Residents can weigh in on health care debate - 12 cities to be part of the national conversation Residents can weigh in on health care debate - 12 cities to be part of the national conversation

  (July 28, 2007) — Rochester has been selected as one of 12 cities to be part of By the People, a national conversation about health care...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

U.S. health info technology lags U.S. health info technology lags

Interesting story and it amazes me as well when I still see a 2 inch thick file with either staff or the the physician taking an enormous am...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Las Vegas Now - Public Hearing Held on Major Health Insurance Merger Las Vegas Now - Public Hearing Held on Major Health Insurance Merger

Looking at what has occurred as a result in other states fuels the fire and concern.  BD potential merger between two major health insuran...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Poster child for rotten health care system Poster child for rotten health care system

We have seen this done in the movie "Sicko" but others are doing the same or similar with newspaper press coverage in areas where ...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Doctors - Managed Care and Health Insurance - Medicine and Health - Wages and Salaries Doctors - Managed Care and Health Insurance - Medicine and Health - Wages and Salaries

Good insight here on how physicians are paid...and how they are under the magnifying glass with every procedure they recommend from both an ...

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Intel's Barrett pushes to update health care Intel's Barrett pushes to update health care

Good insight here on medical records and their benefits.  The horses on the ranch have health records too, although they are not in the same...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Patients take doctors' visits online Patients take doctors' visits online

  Today consumers are increasingly comfortable with their home computers. National surveys show that patients embrace the idea of e-mailin...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Notes of outrage, caution - Get involved and ask questions regarding prescription coverage ahead of time.. Notes of outrage, caution - Get involved and ask questions regarding prescription coverage ahead of time..

  Making a different point, Fred Horowitz, of Rockville Centre, a retired computer systems analyst, directs his criticism at Express Scrip...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Itch Gene Found - Could Lead To New Treatment Itch Gene Found - Could Lead To New Treatment

  If you are one of the millions of people on this planet who suffers from itching you may be pleased to read that scientists at Washingto...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Siemens Unveils World's First High Definition PET-CT Siemens Unveils World's First High Definition PET-CT

  Just as the clarity of high definition television has transformed the entertainment world, Siemens Medical Solutions is redefining the qu...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Insurer Agrees To Pay 200,000 Dollars In Restitution; Pay Claims After Terminating Coverage After Employers Failed To Pay Premiums Insurer Agrees To Pay 200,000 Dollars In Restitution; Pay Claims After Terminating Coverage After Employers Failed To Pay Premiums

Scary thought here...employers fail to pay health insurance premiums and employees had no idea they had been cut off and thought their group...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Tips for the small business owner buying employee health insurance Tips for the small business owner buying employee health insurance

  One of the biggest expenses to the bottom line for an employer is employee benefits. And employees consistently rank health insurance cov...

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Communication now part of the cure Communication now part of the cure

This has always been part of the case, but now finally getting some recognition, as who wants to go to a physician who will not listen to yo...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Help, I’m in H.M.O. hell! Help, I’m in H.M.O. hell!

Yikes....no wonder it is difficult for physicians to ensure and encourage patients to be sure to fill their prescriptions and take their med...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Touch N' Talk - tool for patients suffering form Stroke, ALS, MD, Autism, Cancer, Trauma and other speech communication disabilities Touch N' Talk - tool for patients suffering form Stroke, ALS, MD, Autism, Cancer, Trauma and other speech communication disabilities

Nice with the USB portable version as this would allow a handicapped individual to be mobile as well and take the software with them for use...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Hospitals cashing in on grants for telemedicine and putting the funds to good use Hospitals cashing in on grants for telemedicine and putting the funds to good use

More mobility in action... great stories on those capitalizing on mobility...as we all know in today's mobile world, things do not alway...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Utah surgeon among medical pioneers using new heart procedure Utah surgeon among medical pioneers using new heart procedure

  Affleck says that the procedure he is teaching to other surgeons is more effective. It involves making two small incisions under each ar...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Doctors Rated but Can't Get a Second Opinion Doctors Rated but Can't Get a Second Opinion

If you don't take your medications or follow your doctor's advice, they are at risk of being rated in a negative fashion, in other w...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

FDA Panel Recommends Approval Of Eli Lilly's Osteoporosis Drug Evista To Prevent Breast Cancer FDA Panel Recommends Approval Of Eli Lilly's Osteoporosis Drug Evista To Prevent Breast Cancer

  An FDA advisory panel on Tuesday voted in favor of recommending that Eli Lilly 's bone-strengthening drug raloxifene, sold under th...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Dramatic Increase In Antibiotic-resistant Infections In Hospitalized Patients, USA Dramatic Increase In Antibiotic-resistant Infections In Hospitalized Patients, USA

  Hospital stays for a type of antibiotic-resistant infection have more than tripled since 2000, and since 1995 have increased nearly 10-f...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

CIGNA Covers CHARITE® Artificial Disc, USA CIGNA Covers CHARITE® Artificial Disc, USA

  DePuy Spine, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, announced that CIGNA, one of the nation's largest health insurers, will now cove...

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Writing notes on your computer.... Writing notes on your computer....

Good article about a business executive who got tired of lugging around paper and made the move to paperless!  He makes many good points her...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Technology helping to save lives - Paramedics use touch screen tablets in the UK Technology helping to save lives - Paramedics use touch screen tablets in the UK

This is great, the tablet right in the ambulance to enter information and send to the receiving hospital before arrival.  This year in parti...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Physicians Going Paperless Physicians Going Paperless

Louisiana taking electronic medical records seriously...BD In the future, the rows and rows of manila folders tabbed by color-coded number...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hospitals Going High-tech Hospitals Going High-tech

Great use of a Tablet PC, patients use the device to check themselves in...if you can write on a piece of paper, you can easily use a tablet...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Health Net To Transfer HMO Contract To Touchstone Health Partnership - New York Health Net To Transfer HMO Contract To Touchstone Health Partnership - New York

Hope this is a move for the better and does not create the scenario of having to locate a new primary MD for the seniors...BD The transfer...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Government warns public on fake e-mails Government warns public on fake e-mails

More potential joy on it's way to your inbox...good article to read and be aware of the latest scam.  BD WASHINGTON - The federal agen...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

F.D.A. Review Criticizes Diabetes Drug and Maker F.D.A. Review Criticizes Diabetes Drug and Maker

Question...why was it approved if it is dangerous to diabetics?  What is the future here?  Hopefully more education on potential side effect...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

NYC cabbies plan September strike over GPS units NYC cabbies plan September strike over GPS units

This is not really medically related, but I included this as it somewhat reminds me of some of the folks I run in to with tablet pcs and the...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Employee sues Fox over allegations of scabies infection Employee sues Fox over allegations of scabies infection

Quite a story...and she didn't have scabies after all...big lawsuit for a potential case of scabies...BD An employee of Fox 21/27 who ...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Delivery for Dummies: Simulators Walk Docs Through Childbirth Delivery for Dummies: Simulators Walk Docs Through Childbirth

What do we not simulate today?  Good story....BD A new generation of complex, electronic birth simulators are allowing medical students to...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Slate Tablet PC First Look Review TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Slate Tablet PC First Look Review

Stay tuned for more to follow next week....benchmarks on the page are impressive...BD  TabletKiosk recently introduced their newest Sahara...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Fewer Physicians Practicing In Upstate New York Causes Long Wait Times, Longer Commutes Fewer Physicians Practicing In Upstate New York Causes Long Wait Times, Longer Commutes

  The New York Times on Monday examined how "fewer young doctors want to work in many of the distressed cities and towns throughout N...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Google Health vs. Microsoft e-Health Google Health vs. Microsoft e-Health

Both do a pretty good job, but who will profit the biggest?  Detailed health knowledge is no longer the sole possession of the medical eli...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

UC settles liver transplant suits for $7.5 million - Los Angeles UC settles liver transplant suits for $7.5 million - Los Angeles

  The University of California has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle 35 claims filed on behalf of patients who waited in vain for liver...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Senators introduce healthcare IT privacy bill Senators introduce healthcare IT privacy bill

Should we start with the VA?    WASHINGTON – Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt. ) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass. ) introduced a bill last week to pro...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

State fines Kaiser again - Peer Review Issues -southern California ordered to institute a review committee State fines Kaiser again - Peer Review Issues -southern California ordered to institute a review committee

  Overall, the report found that the HMO "lacked the ability to verify consistent handling of complaints throughout its medical center...

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