New test pinpoints deadliest prostate cancers New test pinpoints deadliest prostate cancers

  LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Scientists have found a new way to identify a particularly deadly form of prostate cancer in a breakthrough...

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Microchip implants raise privacy concern - hospital CIO trying one out for size with medical records... Microchip implants raise privacy concern - hospital CIO trying one out for size with medical records...

Good reading about chipping....privacy is a huge issue as the article points out...and a lifetime of 15 years for the chip?  That is a long ...

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Feds shut down HMO's plans for seniors - South Florida Feds shut down HMO's plans for seniors - South Florida

More patients needing to perhaps change physicians in the midst...sad that seniors were caught in the middle.....Medicare cited the plan was...

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Quest Diagnostics Announces New Testing Technique For Improved Diagnosis Of Metabolic And Nutritional Disorders Quest Diagnostics Announces New Testing Technique For Improved Diagnosis Of Metabolic And Nutritional Disorders

  Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), the nation's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, today ann...

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

HMO won't pay for hospital care for summer residents-New York HMO won't pay for hospital care for summer residents-New York

  Harris – Each summer, Sullivan County’s population grows with thousands of summer vacationers, many of whom are from the Orthodox Jewish...

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Michigan Hospital adds wireless Internet Michigan Hospital adds wireless Internet

  ESCANABA — Patients and visitors at OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group may now access the Internet with their wireless-equippe...

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Hospitalist movement moves into OB - the Laborists Hospitalist movement moves into OB - the Laborists

  Ob/gyn Andrew Vincent doesn't wear a beeper. When he's off work, he's really off, spending uninterrupted time with his three...

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Hospital goes to court to block disclosure of employee salaries Hospital goes to court to block disclosure of employee salaries

  The Davis County Hospital will go to court next week to block public disclosure of its employees' salaries. Responding Thursday to a...

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Is Restless Leg Syndrome Real?  Is it in our genes? Is Restless Leg Syndrome Real? Is it in our genes?

  Imagine being stung by 20 mosquitoes and having that burning need to scratch, but your hands are tied behind your back. That's how s...

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Friday, July 20, 2007

A California P4P program's experiment may be the beginning of a national trend A California P4P program's experiment may be the beginning of a national trend

All eyes appear to be on the California IPA plans to see if the procedures for P4P brings about the win-win of saving money along with bette...

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Friday, July 20, 2007

United Health Sicker Than It Looks United Health Sicker Than It Looks

In a related discussion we had posted a video interviewing the 20-30 age group here and those folks are targeted by all payors, and yet are ...

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Give patients their visit notes - You can gain better compliance and more-accurate records. The risk is minor, as long as you're careful Give patients their visit notes - You can gain better compliance and more-accurate records. The risk is minor, as long as you're careful

With an EMR this is fairly simple to handle and reports generated for patient use can easily be printed as a hand out.  As the article state...

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Exubera TV Ad Exubera TV Ad

Read the latest review on Exubera and watch the news coverage from Pharma Marketing Blog...It does appear to be a good solution for some fro...

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Web Site To Provide Quality And Safety Information For Patients Is Unveiled - Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Web Site To Provide Quality And Safety Information For Patients Is Unveiled - Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital

Great site to view and see how some hospitals are making information available in a fairly simple format to quickly review.  As a short note...

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Friday, July 20, 2007

ERISA Exempts Many Indiana Employer Health Plans From State Law Requiring Insurers To Cover Workers' Adult Children up to age 24 ERISA Exempts Many Indiana Employer Health Plans From State Law Requiring Insurers To Cover Workers' Adult Children up to age 24

  An Indiana state law that took effect July 1 and requires health insurers to cover policyholders' children until age 24 "surpris...

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Orthopedic Procedures Increase Dramatically In Seven Years, USA Orthopedic Procedures Increase Dramatically In Seven Years, USA

   The data indicate that that between 1997 and 2005: -- The number of knee surgeries climbed by 69 percent from 328,800 in 1997 to 555,800....

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Friday, July 20, 2007

California Health Care Coalition Selects Blue Shield of California as Exclusive Health Plan Partner to Improve the Quality and Cost of Health Care for Its Members California Health Care Coalition Selects Blue Shield of California as Exclusive Health Plan Partner to Improve the Quality and Cost of Health Care for Its Members

More plans and choices on the way or perhaps consolidation to make the selection easier?  More access to physicians with more contracts?  Ho...

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Who owns these health records anyway...and who else has access? Who owns these health records anyway...and who else has access?

If you use a web based product, read the fine line carefully to find out exactly who owns the records, the vendor or the practice.  If you h...

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Health experts: E-health records privacy rules needed Health experts: E-health records privacy rules needed

Good article with a lot of good points.  Data mining is big business and much of the mining that is done for information has nothing to do w...

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Want a healthy scare? Check out the cost of medical insurance Want a healthy scare? Check out the cost of medical insurance

  Most of us have no clue what insurance costs the self-employed, or the person without coverage at work. The Internet can be a frighteni...

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Healthcare Industry's First Fully Integrated Digital Meal Ordering For Patients The Healthcare Industry's First Fully Integrated Digital Meal Ordering For Patients

Meal ordering in the hospital goes paperless....BD  Rather than stocking paper menus in patient rooms, and directing hundreds of daily cal...

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Wearable Device Warns Hospital of Heart Attack Wearable Device Warns Hospital of Heart Attack

Something to look forward to, another use for your cell phone, it can send a text message on your behalf in case of a heart attack by using ...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Diabetes Doctors In Demand Diabetes Doctors In Demand

Where will the patients go?  Sad to see as we need more of these types of facilities.  BD Over the past three years, some 3,000 people hav...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Bush: No Deal On Children's Health Plan Bush: No Deal On Children's Health Plan

  President Bush yesterday rejected entreaties by his Republican allies that he compromise with Democrats on legislation to renew a popula...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Most Wired Hospitals Criteria 2007 Most Wired Hospitals Criteria 2007

This is the type of rating I like to see, those hospitals using technology for better health care.  This is the link to the criteria page an...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Pfizer Profit Tumbles As Lipitor Scripts Plunge Pfizer Profit Tumbles As Lipitor Scripts Plunge

  The drugmaker’s second-quarter profit fell 48 percent, thanks to the loss of patent exclusivity for its Zoloft antidepressasnt and Norvas...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Medtronic Receives FDA Panel's Recommendation for Approval of The Bryan® Cervical Disc Medtronic Receives FDA Panel's Recommendation for Approval of The Bryan® Cervical Disc

  MEMPHIS , Tenn. – July 17, 2007 – Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) today announced the Bryan® Cervical Disc has received a recommendation f...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New 'Roll-On' Male Testosterone Lotion New 'Roll-On' Male Testosterone Lotion

  Acrux has announced the results of an 8-month clinical trial conducted in the United States, demonstrating that its Testosterone MD-Loti...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Bionic Hand - Touch Bionics The Bionic Hand - Touch Bionics

Truly state of the art technology - fascinating web site with a lot of information.  Nice story on the war veteran being fitted with the dev...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

CMA Calls For Parity In Funding Of Medicare CMA Calls For Parity In Funding Of Medicare

  The California Medical Association joined the American Medical Association in renewing its call for fiscal neutrality between Medicare A...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

HMO care to replace contract docs in Michigan prisons HMO care to replace contract docs in Michigan prisons

  But, she added, "prisoners are virtually the only people in our society with a constitutional right to health care." DETROIT ...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Trapped In The Private Medicare Maze, If You Get Roped In By A Commission-Seeking Salesperson, It's Not Easy To Get Out? Trapped In The Private Medicare Maze, If You Get Roped In By A Commission-Seeking Salesperson, It's Not Easy To Get Out?

  Keteyian told her: "We got a woman in Kentucky who had to call 9-1-1 to get the salesman out of her house. We have another case whe...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The ABCs (and D) of Medicare confusion The ABCs (and D) of Medicare confusion

The story on the day to day assistance given to seniors with Medicare coverage.  BD ON AN ALMOST DAILY BASIS we receive calls at Senior PH...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Personal Health Records and Dossia - many questions still not answered relative to privacy Personal Health Records and Dossia - many questions still not answered relative to privacy

  "PHRs will never truly be safe, secure or private until federal law protects the privacy of Americans' health information where...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Medical Tourism - Hip Replacement at 1/10th of the cost Medical Tourism - Hip Replacement at 1/10th of the cost

In the world of outsourcing today, I can't help but stop and think of how this effort could get organized as time goes on with chartered...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Surgeon general nominee defends himself Surgeon general nominee defends himself

  WASHINGTON — President Bush's candidate for surgeon general, facing an uphill struggle to win confirmation, told the Senate on Thurs...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Psoriasis Treatment Launched, Free Samples Offered Psoriasis Treatment Launched, Free Samples Offered

  Relieva - a clinically proven, steroid-free treatment for mild-to-moderate-plaque psoriasis - has been launched by Apollo Pharmaceutical...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hackers steal govt, corporate data from PCs Hackers steal govt, corporate data from PCs

 Stolen data story of the week.... BOSTON (Reuters) - Hackers stole information from the U.S. Department of Transportation and several U.S....

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Is the relationship between the physician and patient extinct? Is the relationship between the physician and patient extinct?

Dear Patient...this is your doctor writing you today to let you know that I will no longer be able to continue your medical care due to insu...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Older diabetes drugs as effective as newer ones Older diabetes drugs as effective as newer ones

  NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older oral agents for type 2 diabetes, such as sulfonylureas and metformin, control blood sugar levels at le...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

HMO's forte is high maintenance HMO's forte is high maintenance

HMO with Caseworkers on the job.... The company, known as iCare, is an HMO designed for people who are disabled or elderly and who depend ...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Medical Marijuana -- A Progress Report Medical Marijuana -- A Progress Report

Quite a lengthy article that discusses enforcement and legal issues surrounding whether or not it is considered legal as the DEA and State g...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

UCLA Medical Center ranked No. 3 UCLA Medical Center ranked No. 3

  For the 18th consecutive year, the UCLA Medical Center was ranked as one of the top hospitals in the nation and the best hospital in the...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Heart Imaging Technologies, LLC. - Web Based PACS Imaging..... Heart Imaging Technologies, LLC. - Web Based PACS Imaging.....

Web based PACS imaging system, press release today announces the ability to also view images on an IPhone.  The system uses a standard web b...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

There's no real choice of doctors  with HMO care There's no real choice of doctors with HMO care

Good point about bringing your own medical records to each doctor's office as we all hate repetition and filling out that same form at e...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Three-Doctor Practice Saves $30,000-40,000 a Year on Paper Charts Three-Doctor Practice Saves $30,000-40,000 a Year on Paper Charts

Nice story on the transition to paperless and a lot of good points made here...and the employees are much happier.  I can almost instantly t...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Top heart centers, docs stung by bypass study Top heart centers, docs stung by bypass study

Are the so called ratings affecting the ability of a patient to have access?  For fear of bad publicity are the top notch surgeons turning a...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

N.Y. Attorney General Objects to Insurer’s Ranking of Doctors by Cost and Quality N.Y. Attorney General Objects to Insurer’s Ranking of Doctors by Cost and Quality

Good point here, does the list show quality or cost?  BD In a sharply worded letter, the New York State attorney general’s office asked a ...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Lab Corp Cuts Forecast as Aetna Ends Contract Lab Corp Cuts Forecast as Aetna Ends Contract

July 1, 2007 Aetna insurance moves to Quest.  BD  CHICAGO (Reuters) Mar 01 - Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings said on Thursday No. 3 U...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Health Insurance, Overseas Customer Service and Outsourcing - Bad Rx? Health Insurance, Overseas Customer Service and Outsourcing - Bad Rx?

Blue Cross/WellPoint would like to have the choice to move customer service centers over seas in Virginia, but the corporation commission is...

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

CMS won't tap reserve fund to ease Medicare physician pay cuts; money marked for reporting bonuses ... CMS won't tap reserve fund to ease Medicare physician pay cuts; money marked for reporting bonuses ...

The last 2 years this has been waived by Congress at the last minute sessions at the end of the year and who knows what may happen between n...

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Don't Miss the Point on "Sicko": Americans are Dying Don't Miss the Point on "Sicko": Americans are Dying

I know there are numerous reviews of Sicko, but this one in particular seemed to bring the real points home as it leaves the politics behind...

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Internet Drug Death A Warning To Canadians Internet Drug Death A Warning To Canadians

  Canada's first confirmed death from counterfeit drugs purchased over the internet reinforces long-stated concerns of the Canadian Ph...

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Aetna Cuts Payments Aetna Cuts Payments

It continues to get more complicated when you might need an ambulance these days.  Do we need to check a data base for compliance in the cas...

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Sunday, July 15, 2007