HMO to appeal order to pay doctors $1.5M in back fees - Florida HMO to appeal order to pay doctors $1.5M in back fees - Florida

The fees in question are the administrative portion of the charge.  BD A jury has ordered Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida to pay $1....

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Politics - More state payments delayed - Week 2 of no Medi-Cal payments in California Politics - More state payments delayed - Week 2 of no Medi-Cal payments in California

  Lawmakers made little progress Monday as California entered its sixth week of a budget morass even as the Schwarzenegger administration ...

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

UC Davis California -$100 million dollar gift for nursing school UC Davis California -$100 million dollar gift for nursing school

It appears California is at the bottom of the list for the ratio of nurses to meet the state's population according to the article...nic...

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

U.S. health care horrors hardly just a movie U.S. health care horrors hardly just a movie

Sad story when you are scheduled and approved for chemotherapy as that is traumatic enough to go through, but then to be told one week prior...

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Health Fitness Corporation Screens 40,000 Workers in First Six Months of 2007 Health Fitness Corporation Screens 40,000 Workers in First Six Months of 2007

Going to work for a fortune 500 company?  You could be hearing about this organization and be working with a health coach soon to manage you...

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Underinsured Risking Debt to Pay Health Bills Underinsured Risking Debt to Pay Health Bills

First we had the uninsured, now the underinsured posing a risk, what is the next group to add to the system?  With being underinsured, at le...

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

All Australians deserve free health care - Opinion All Australians deserve free health care - Opinion

A viewpoint from down under...one person's opinion relative to the private insurance in a country where they have a public health system...

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Fat Is The New Normal-Changing Perceptions Of Body Weight Feed Rise In Obesity Fat Is The New Normal-Changing Perceptions Of Body Weight Feed Rise In Obesity

Good news for women...we can carry a few extra pounds...not be obese but maintain a normal weight instead of being too thin....BD  American...

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Doctors accused of using faith to violate gay bias laws Doctors accused of using faith to violate gay bias laws

Strange legal case here...will be interesting to follow the outcome.  BD The California Supreme Court is being asked to answer that questi...

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

AHA Criticizes CMS' Plan To Reduce Inpatient Medicare Reimbursements AHA Criticizes CMS' Plan To Reduce Inpatient Medicare Reimbursements

  AHA Officials' Comments AHA President Richard Umbdenstock in a statement said, "In its final rule, CMS cut more than $20 billio...

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A strike for better healthcare A strike for better healthcare

This is scary...has it come to this with HMO care... if you have an alcohol addiction problem you can get help, but only 3 days...and then a...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Hospitals struggle over who can afford to pay Hospitals struggle over who can afford to pay

At what point is it a charity case, or simply a matter of someone who can't afford to pay...even making 100k a year and receiving a bill...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

MetLife to Acquire SafeGuard - Forbes.com MetLife to Acquire SafeGuard - Forbes.com

  Insurance company MetLife Inc. said Monday it agreed to acquire Dallas-based SafeGuard Health Enterprises Inc., expanding its dental an...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Fewer young doctors choose primary care-Colorado Fewer young doctors choose primary care-Colorado

One more state predicting a shortage of physicians and less entering primary care.  BD One-third of Colorado physicians are 55 or older, a...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Tablet Kiosk Sahara i440D Review Tablet Kiosk Sahara i440D Review

Nice review on the new Sahara I440D tablet.  The site has a detailed review with more specifications and some additional great pictures.  We...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

World’s Highest Resolution HDTV Surgical Camera World’s Highest Resolution HDTV Surgical Camera

Surgical cameras now going HD as well.  Good article and reading.  Also to be featured on a National Geographic TV special.  “JPEG XR,” HD P...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Under the influence Under the influence

 Nobody is immune. BD FOR many Americans, a doctor's decision to prescribe medication is something of a sacred transaction. A physicia...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

California To Launch Ratings for Preferred Provider Plans California To Launch Ratings for Preferred Provider Plans

One more program to rate insurance companies and physicians. BD The Department of Insurance on Monday plans to announce a new health care ...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Intel chief targets health industry Intel chief targets health industry

More IT help on the way for the Health Care industry.  I can totally agree with the comment that this is the " slowest moving industry ...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Medicare foul-ups continue Medicare foul-ups continue

  WASHINGTON - Nearly two years after it was launched, the Medicare prescription drug plan is still plagued with confusion and computer fo...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Windows Vista and Office 2007Test Drive Windows Vista and Office 2007Test Drive

If you are not sure whether or not to upgrade and want to try out either Vista or Office 2007 this is your best bet.  Nothing is installed o...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Teeth Whitening Experience With The Launch Of LISTERINE WHITENING® Quick Dissolving Strips Teeth Whitening Experience With The Launch Of LISTERINE WHITENING® Quick Dissolving Strips

 One more way to whiten your teeth...and freshen you breath at the same time.  BD The makers of LISTERINE® invented the mouthwash category ...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

DePuy Launches New Software For Computer Assisted Hip Surgery DePuy Launches New Software For Computer Assisted Hip Surgery

  DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. has announced the launch of computer software designed to significantly enhance the field of computer-assisted ...

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Cytori Therapeutics -natural alternative to breast implant technology Cytori Therapeutics -natural alternative to breast implant technology

Fascinating new technology with tissue restoration, especially related to breast cancer patients and the potential alternatives with using f...

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Pharmacy benefit managers push Medicare e-prescribing ... Pharmacy benefit managers push Medicare e-prescribing ...

The latest on e-prescribing...don't forget the free NEPSI link on this page, available free for any physician who wants to enroll....BD ...

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Flex appeal: It's all in the planning ... Flex appeal: It's all in the planning ...

Planning for and allowing medical staff to work flexible schedules...BD "I don't see any reason why somebody should be miserable ...

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Intel Co-Founder Donates $100M For Nursing School Intel Co-Founder Donates $100M For Nursing School

Nice story and a wonderful contribution...Betty Moore getting an insulin shot that was not for her created the movement for the donation to ...

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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Hip resurfacing may delay hip replacement Hip resurfacing may delay hip replacement

  The new technique has several advantages over standard total hip replacement (THR) and is an attractive alternative to many people, said...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Many Patients Don't Pursue Referrals Many Patients Don't Pursue Referrals

All those time consuming administrative functions for a practice and better health care...the long term relationship with the patient from t...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Man finds discarded medical records Man finds discarded medical records

Patient record story of the week....another paper mishap this time too, it seems like the paper folks are getting to be more careless than t...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Doctor accused of working while high Doctor accused of working while high

  SAN ANDREAS -- The Medical Board of California filed a formal accusation against a doctor who allegedly treated patients while high on p...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

More arrests expected in doctor probe More arrests expected in doctor probe

Doctors flunked certification exams more than once and had results falsified...BD SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Federal authorities hunted for n...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Ask your doctor, is Sicko right for you? Ask your doctor, is Sicko right for you?

With managed care getting larger by the minute, it seems like it is almost starting to resemble a single pay system of some sort...except fo...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Woo Suk Hwang, Who Faked Research, Made Spectacular Breakthrough Woo Suk Hwang, Who Faked Research, Made Spectacular Breakthrough

Do we believe him this time?  BD  It has emerged that Woo Suk Hwang, the South Korean scientist who was named and shamed for faking his re...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Firefighters saving time with PDAs Firefighters saving time with PDAs

Another good article about the use of PDAs in the field...paramedics doing their part with paperless transmission and saving valuable times ...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

More Than 40% Of New Orleans Adults Reported Worse Health Care Access After Hurricane Katrina More Than 40% Of New Orleans Adults Reported Worse Health Care Access After Hurricane Katrina

Still lack of medical care, even with incentives being offered for physicians to locate to the area...BD Many adults in the Greater New Orl...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Rep. Weiner To Introduce Legislation To Increase Medicare Reimbursement For Mammograms Rep. Weiner To Introduce Legislation To Increase Medicare Reimbursement For Mammograms

  Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said he plans to introduce a bill this week that would increase Medicare reimbursement rates for mammogram...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

AMA To Congress: Stop Unfair Business Practices Of Health Insurers AMA To Congress: Stop Unfair Business Practices Of Health Insurers

  "The AMA urges Congress to pass legislation that will: -- Establish a strong federal prompt pay standard; -- Protect more robust pr...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

CMS Announces Payment Reforms For Inpatient Hospital Services In 2008 CMS Announces Payment Reforms For Inpatient Hospital Services In 2008

  Payments to all hospitals will increase by an estimated average of 3.5 percent for FY 2008 when all provisions of the rule are taken int...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

DuPont Innovation Helps Allergy Sufferers Get A More Restful Night's Sleep DuPont Innovation Helps Allergy Sufferers Get A More Restful Night's Sleep

  DuPont (NYSE: DD) today introduced a new innovation with Hybrid Membrane Technology (HMT) that will allow pillow and mattress covers to ...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Wyeth Oral Contraceptive Lybrel Available In U.S. Wyeth Oral Contraceptive Lybrel Available In U.S.

  Wyeth on Monday said its oral contraceptive Lybrel, which is designed to eliminate monthly menstrual periods, is now available in U.S. ph...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

New high-resolution MRI machine comes to MIT New high-resolution MRI machine comes to MIT

  Last May, MIT acquired its first 3 Tesla Siemens MRI machine for noninvasive imaging of the human brain, located in the Martinos Imaging...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

CryoCor Receives FDA Approval For Right Atrial Flutter CryoCor Receives FDA Approval For Right Atrial Flutter

  Based on this approval, CryoCor intends to begin selling its cryoablation system in the United States over the next several months. The ...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

What drug rep visits cost you - By swearing off meetings with detailers, some doctors are seeing more patients—and watching their earning rise What drug rep visits cost you - By swearing off meetings with detailers, some doctors are seeing more patients—and watching their earning rise

Interesting comment about the drug rep software being more sophisticated than the EHR being used for charting...they do have the information...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

An effective way to use assistants - Training nurses and MAs to take histories and provide patient education boosts productivity, income, and quality of care An effective way to use assistants - Training nurses and MAs to take histories and provide patient education boosts productivity, income, and quality of care

Good article on how to maximize the team concept and get the most from medical assistants to help you add more to your bottom line....train ...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Healthcare, Computers and the Bottom Line Healthcare, Computers and the Bottom Line

Good article here about efficiency with medical records...all charges at the front desk based on input from the back office, no more sloppy ...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Storm e-mail worm evolves as it wreaks havoc Storm e-mail worm evolves as it wreaks havoc

Watch for the emails telling you about a storm...according to the article the creator has reinvented the worm several times and can take con...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

U.S. says 18 charged in illegal online pharmacy case - California U.S. says 18 charged in illegal online pharmacy case - California

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eighteen people have been indicted in California on racketeering and other charges for operating an Internet busi...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

UC Irvine Raises $120.1 Million, Setting Campus and County Record UC Irvine Raises $120.1 Million, Setting Campus and County Record

  IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of California, Irvine raised $120.1 million in private gifts and grants for the 200...

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Washington Times Looks At Potential Effects Of Massachusetts Health Law On Small Businesses Washington Times Looks At Potential Effects Of Massachusetts Health Law On Small Businesses

One more article about Massachusetts and health insurance and the effects on small business...It' already getting difficult for many of ...

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Health Care When You Want It Health Care When You Want It

Something doesn't make sense here...with the new insurance law in Massachusetts, it is becoming increasingly difficult for those who did...

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

CIGNA HealthCare Acquires Sagamore Health Network CIGNA HealthCare Acquires Sagamore Health Network

  BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Aug. 1, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CIGNA HealthCare announced today that it has acquired Sagamore Health Network,...

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Investigation of found medical records continues Investigation of found medical records continues

This time it was paper...BD  The box contained information about lab tests and insurance approvals as well as other medical issues. The do...

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

House passes boost in kids' health plan House passes boost in kids' health plan

Good point made on how long this is taking for the kids...how long will the rest of us have to wait for the health care legislation outcome....

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

GP Physicians Under Increased Workload Pressure, Says BMA, UK GP Physicians Under Increased Workload Pressure, Says BMA, UK

UK physicians also facing bigger workloads....BD Family doctors in the UK are working even harder than they did 14 years ago despite worki...

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Near Vegetative Man Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Near Vegetative Man

Almost a return from the dead...and maybe hope for others...BD Following pioneering brain stimulation treatment, and after six years in a ...

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Workers are told to shape up or pay up Workers are told to shape up or pay up

Employers may pass along higher premiums to workers who are over weight....BD Looking for new ways to trim the fat and boost workers' ...

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

'Off-label' drugs denied to patients in Medicare D 'Off-label' drugs denied to patients in Medicare D

  Medicare patients who rely on "off-label" use of drugs for pain, rare diseases and other conditions are often barred from gett...

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Social Security Administration Facing Record Backlog Of Disability Claims Appeals Social Security Administration Facing Record Backlog Of Disability Claims Appeals

  The Social Security Administration has a record backlog of 745,000 pending disability appeals, with the wait for a hearing averaging 17 ...

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Crisis for poor as Medi-Cal funds end in California Crisis for poor as Medi-Cal funds end in California

I guess it could be called "Black Thursday"....interesting comments by each political side below too as this will have a huge impa...

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Bayonne Med Center back to court - NJ.com Bayonne Med Center back to court - NJ.com

But the good news is they have received a grant for electronic records...which could also help save the day with reduced cost and fewer erro...

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

IPA, Inc. Chooses ITelagen for EMR Rollout and IT Support IPA, Inc. Chooses ITelagen for EMR Rollout and IT Support

More activity on the IPA/HMO business in northern California.  As you can see by the dates projected, this is a long process for roll out to...

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

When Medical Studies Collide When Medical Studies Collide

Good points made here, things are not black and white today with health care..many differing opinions, studies, etc., sometimes too much for...

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Lawmakers In Health Care Brawl Lawmakers In Health Care Brawl

  WASHINGTON - The premier health care brawl of 2007 - now showing in Congress - is over health insurance for some of the nation's poo...

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

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
 
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