Docs often write off patient side effects Docs often write off patient side effects

Side effects can be many and vary ...and there could be multiple drugs being use by the patient as well...not as easy as it seems sometimes ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

GE Healthcare Announces FDA Approval For Mobile Mammography Screening Device GE Healthcare Announces FDA Approval For Mobile Mammography Screening Device

  GE Healthcare on Wednesday announced that it has received FDA approval for its mobile mammography screening device, Reuters reports. The ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hospital Size Doesn't Matter For EMR Sophistication Hospital Size Doesn't Matter For EMR Sophistication

Anyone any size can make the transition...BD Contrary to conventional wisdom, new research from the HIMSS Analytics Database (derived from ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Statins May Stave Off Alzheimer's, New Study Statins May Stave Off Alzheimer's, New Study

  By comparing brain tissue of people who had taken statins with those who had not, US scientists have established for the first time that ...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Employers Must Promote Healthy Lifestyles For Workers To Lower Costs, Health Officials Say Employers Must Promote Healthy Lifestyles For Workers To Lower Costs, Health Officials Say

Do you know what your blood pressure and cholesterol readings are?  Your employer may want to know soon as it will save money to ensure you ...

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Monday, August 27, 2007

700,000 New York Workers Lack Health Insurance With Young Adults, Men And Hispanics Topping The List 700,000 New York Workers Lack Health Insurance With Young Adults, Men And Hispanics Topping The List

  Having a job is not necessarily a passport to health insurance in New York City. One million New Yorkers -- some 17% of the adult populat...

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Pharma lobbying shifts to states Pharma lobbying shifts to states

  WASHINGTON -- At a national convention of state legislators in Boston this month, Novartis spon sored a reception for women lawmakers, As...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

State purchases three mobile hospitals - California State purchases three mobile hospitals - California

Fascinating technology on how one of these portable hospitals can be rolled out and set up in a hurry...picture below shows an ICU bed...and...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

End the doughnut hole... End the doughnut hole...

  Somerset County senior citizens who thought they were getting help with the doughnut hole provision of Medicare Part D prescription drug...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Time running out for health care reform in California.. Time running out for health care reform in California..

Also, California has the 10th largest economy in the world...one state...BD  When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a sweeping proposal i...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Calif. Weighs Health Plans Calif. Weighs Health Plans

Good article on assessing Health Care in California...all eyes are watching what happens here as California has the 10th largest economy in ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Grady Hospital Woes Hit Big Screens Grady Hospital Woes Hit Big Screens

Web site link below to preview of the documentary created to save Grady Hospital in Atlanta...BD The fight for survival for Grady Memorial ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Healthcare Reform a Threat, Oportunity for Insurers Healthcare Reform a Threat, Oportunity for Insurers

Tenet Healthcare Dismisses Garden Grove Hospital Worker Rally as Contract Negotiating Ploy A few weeks ago, we asked several Orange County...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Health Care For All In Massachusetts?, Despite Landmark Universal Health Plan, Thousands Of People, Mostly Young, Are Still Uninsured Health Care For All In Massachusetts?, Despite Landmark Universal Health Plan, Thousands Of People, Mostly Young, Are Still Uninsured

 Health insurance flyers at the ball park...handed out with the beer and hot dogs...BD CBS) When Massachusetts' experiment with univer...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Should Americans be forced to have health insurance? Should Americans be forced to have health insurance?

Comparison to the laws requiring car insurance...would a new law solve issues?   BD Most Americans accept the idea to drive a car they nee...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Helping bring robotic surgery to south county Helping bring robotic surgery to south county

More robotic surgery coming to Orange County, CA...BD With a $1 million grant, Vitek and his wife Marilyn, 73, of Dana Point are establis...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

LAPD probing possible Skid Row patient dumping LAPD probing possible Skid Row patient dumping

Is this still happening?  The article states the mission is still receiving 2 or 3 each week?  Bd LOS ANGELES Police are investigating whe...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Game lets patients blast cancer Game lets patients blast cancer

The game helps educate patients about their disease at the same time..good thinking and innovation...BD ORANGE, Calif. - Chase Crawford fu...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Clinton Team Health Care Plan Resonates with Medical Professionals Clinton Team Health Care Plan Resonates with Medical Professionals

  About 150 people, most dressed in white lab coats or decorative scrubs, filled the auditorium at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Medical marijuana users want OC court order for return of pot Medical marijuana users want OC court order for return of pot

Charges were dropped, but the goods have not been returned.  BD SANTA ANA, Calif.Two Orange County medical marijuana users want police to ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Romney unveils healthcare reform plan Romney unveils healthcare reform plan

It calls for each state to lead the role with support from the federal government...BD  WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romn...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sorting out Medicare... Sorting out Medicare...

One man's opinion and information on how to sort out what is best...as he states things are just so very confusing these days, "it ...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Doctor bills Medicare for toe clipping, foot massages Doctor bills Medicare for toe clipping, foot massages

One too many toe nail clips...and incorrect coding..BD  NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A podiatrist pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding Medicare by bi...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Diabetics May Benefit From Discovery Of 'Sugar Sensor' In Intestine Diabetics May Benefit From Discovery Of 'Sugar Sensor' In Intestine

  Diabetes patients could benefit from new research at the University of Liverpool that has identified a molecule in the intestine that can...

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

DIY pervasive health monitor keeps tabs on your vitals DIY pervasive health monitor keeps tabs on your vitals

Both sites feature a video for additional information as well.  Looks like a nice 6700 pocket pc phone being use for this demonstration.  Mo...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Estrogen's Secret Role In Obesity Revealed Estrogen's Secret Role In Obesity Revealed

Interesting how the body fat shifts regions in the body after menopause...something to be said for big hips prior to the change as well....B...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Insulin Pen May Replace Syringe For Diabetics Insulin Pen May Replace Syringe For Diabetics

Good news for those who need insulin...I would also think the pen is a little more convenient to carry with you as well...initial cost is a ...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Controversy over retail store clinics - this one was a good experience Controversy over retail store clinics - this one was a good experience

In this case it was a life saver and he is now a patient for 2 specialists after the visit...BD CHICAGO - After three months of feeling le...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

56 cents could cost a Louisville man thousands 56 cents could cost a Louisville man thousands

Claims not paid as the premium was paid 56 cents short...BD LOUISVILLE (WAVE) -- A Louisville man who thought he had insurance coverage fo...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT PROGRAM TO LESSEN THE BURDEN OF INCREASED HEALTH CARE COSTS EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT PROGRAM TO LESSEN THE BURDEN OF INCREASED HEALTH CARE COSTS

Employment of the "fittest"...BD Thousand Oaks, CA -- August 23, 2007 -- ThinkVitaminsOnline.com, a national leading provider of...

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Medicare tightening the screws on medical mistakes - Minnesota carrier has already started back in 2005 with this type of policy Medicare tightening the screws on medical mistakes - Minnesota carrier has already started back in 2005 with this type of policy

This article compares how Health Partners did the same thing, but perhaps not as stringent in it's provisions and even admits the new po...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Single-incision Belly-button Surgery To Remove Kidney Performed Single-incision Belly-button Surgery To Remove Kidney Performed

  Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu, associate professor of urology and radiology, performed the "single keyhole access" surgery, the first of ...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Doctors fevered over Medicaid HMO proposal Doctors fevered over Medicaid HMO proposal

  The state would start with a pilot program that would require Medicaid patients in two contiguous counties to join HMOs, according to pe...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Study reveals why common pneumonia is so deadly Study reveals why common pneumonia is so deadly

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A common cause of pneumonia can kill by causing bleeding in the lungs, researchers said on Thursday in a finding ...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Largest Hand in the World Largest Hand in the World

Picture says it all....rare condition and one huge hand...BD On July 20 surgeons undertook a seven-...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Red Bull overdose stops man's heart Red Bull overdose stops man's heart

Warning to those who like Red Bull...don't drink too many...BD  Ever wondered what would happen if you overdosed on Red Bull? Answer: y...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Single-Payer Health Care System Would Increase Wait Times, Lead To Physician Shortages, Op-Ed States Single-Payer Health Care System Would Increase Wait Times, Lead To Physician Shortages, Op-Ed States

There is no perfect solution on either side, but could we regulate health insurance like a utility, just like we do the power and gas compan...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

FDA Approves Antipsychotic Risperdal For Adolescents And Children FDA Approves Antipsychotic Risperdal For Adolescents And Children

Lithium gets some competition in this area...BD The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Johnson & Johnson's (J&...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rare Use Of Drug Derived From Leech Saliva Lets Heart Transplant - And Wedding - Proceed Rare Use Of Drug Derived From Leech Saliva Lets Heart Transplant - And Wedding - Proceed

Amazing story..scary how he was the picture of health one week and close to death the next due to a viral infection that weakened his heart....

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Lord of the Rings technology to help map wounds Lord of the Rings technology to help map wounds

Fascinating technology to measure the depth of a wound...and appears to be another use for PDAs/Phones ....BD The SilhouetteMobile hand-he...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Senators plea for extradition in doctor's slaying Senators plea for extradition in doctor's slaying

Sad story and reason is even worse...claims the acne medicine made him impotent and that is why he killed the doctor?   I don't think so...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tired of Waiting for a Doctor? Try the Drugstore Tired of Waiting for a Doctor? Try the Drugstore

Convenience can be good, but time will tell the story on how they work long term...BD The concept has been called urgent care lite: Patien...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Poll shows more Californians favoring single-payer health care Poll shows more Californians favoring single-payer health care

This is a huge jump from 44% to 69% being dissatisfied with health care in California...did Sicko have some influence after all?  BD (08-2...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Medi-Cal Money finally in the State Budget...after 52 day deadlock - California Medi-Cal Money finally in the State Budget...after 52 day deadlock - California

  SACRAMENTO After Republicans lifted a one-vote blockade, the Senate sent the governor a $145 billion budget yesterday that ends a 52-day ...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Doctor charged in autistic boy's death Doctor charged in autistic boy's death

  PITTSBURGH - A doctor was charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday for administering a chemical treatment that state police say ki...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Male menopause gets medical recognition Male menopause gets medical recognition

It does exist...after all...BD With the continuing attention given to women in menopause, and the controversy over whether men undergo a s...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bariatric surgery leads to 40% reduction in deaths, studies show Bariatric surgery leads to 40% reduction in deaths, studies show

So it is a good thing after all if needed...BD Surgically induced weight loss produces as much as a 40% reduction in deaths in the 10 years...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sahara Tablet PC Graphics and Dictation Sahara Tablet PC Graphics and Dictation

This is a recent post on You Tube showing the Sahara i44D tablet from Tablet Kiosk in use with Windows Vista and a couple interesting graph...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Walter Reed Study Records Found in Trash Walter Reed Study Records Found in Trash

Missing records of the week...paper these days seems to be jumping out ahead in the lost and found department compared to data...so perhaps ...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

12 States leading the way with health IT 12 States leading the way with health IT

California did not make the list...BD  Twelve states are out in front when it comes to adopting health information technology in their stat...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Not Paying for Medical Errors = Opinion Not Paying for Medical Errors = Opinion

I do have an opinion here too on this subject.  As it begins with Medicare, it will flow over to the insurance carriers as well in time.  Ha...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Insurers embracing generic Rx Insurers embracing generic Rx

Physicians get paid incentives from HMO for changing patients to generic drugs..BD A recent Blue Care Network program paid 2,400 Michigan ...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Lawsuits Seek To Halt Connecticut Insurer Program Lawsuits Seek To Halt Connecticut Insurer Program

  Connecticut's Fairfield County Medical Association has filed a class-action lawsuit in Danbury Superior Court against three health in...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Once A Year Osteoporosis Drug Reclast Gets FDA Approval Once A Year Osteoporosis Drug Reclast Gets FDA Approval

  Swiss drug maker Novartis announced that Reclast (zoledronic acid) has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

California Nurses Association/NNOC Announces Major New Pact With Tenet Healthcare Hospitals California Nurses Association/NNOC Announces Major New Pact With Tenet Healthcare Hospitals

  The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee announced it has achieved a sweeping new collective bargaining agr...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Healthy San Francisco Program More Successful Than Anticipated Healthy San Francisco Program More Successful Than Anticipated

  San Francisco's new universal health care program has enrolled more than 1,000 people since the program started on July 2 at two publ...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Is Obesity Contagious? Is Obesity Contagious?

According to the story, friends can be a bigger influence than family...BD If someone close to you becomes overweight or obese, chances ar...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Prospect Medical Holdings Reports Fiscal 2007 Third Quarter Results Prospect Medical Holdings Reports Fiscal 2007 Third Quarter Results

  CULVER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: PZZ) (Prospect), which manages the medical care of approxima...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Cisco sees growth as more hospitals go high-tech Cisco sees growth as more hospitals go high-tech

Good news here for the hospitals as they need newer advanced equipment as well as new routers to handle all the security levels with patient...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Diabetic found locked inside bank Diabetic found locked inside bank

This sure could be scary or even life threatening if one needed their insulin at the time...shame on B of A...BD CALIFORNIA - A 73-year-old...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Nurses' union will try to organize Tenet hospitals outside California Nurses' union will try to organize Tenet hospitals outside California

  DALLAS The California Nurses Association said Monday that Tenet Healthcare Corp. has agreed to allow representation elections for at lea...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

A Family Doctor's Journey From Man to Woman - The Boston Globe A Family Doctor's Journey From Man to Woman - The Boston Globe

Family Practice makes an interesting transition...interesting story from the Boston Globe and thus far there are 2 parts, complete with stor...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

CMS Terminates Contract With South Florida Medicare Advantage Plan CMS Terminates Contract With South Florida Medicare Advantage Plan

The 2nd Medicare HMO in Florida to close within a month...BD CMS on Monday announced the cancellation of its Medicare Advantage contract wi...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Painkiller use rising at alarming rate Painkiller use rising at alarming rate

Good points made too about people living longer and using medications in senior years...BD MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - People in the United State...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Seniors Head south to Mexican Nursing Homes... Seniors Head south to Mexican Nursing Homes...

In California I guess we can all look forward to moving south of the border in time, the next area to be outsourced....BD  In the Baja Peni...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Doctors use handheld technology to save time, improve care Doctors use handheld technology to save time, improve care

  CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It used to be that when doctors prescribed a new drug, it meant hitting the reference books to see how the new pres...

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Monday, August 20, 2007

E-mail means fewer patient calls and visits ... E-mail means fewer patient calls and visits ...

Where's the CPT code for email...BD  A Kaiser Permanente study showing that physicians who e-mailed with patients saw a drop in visits...

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Doctors fear bill would resurrect punitive Medicare claims reviews ... Doctors fear bill would resurrect punitive Medicare claims reviews ...

The return of the Medicare police?  Return of claims review?  BD Reviving the punitive aspects of the PROs but abandoning the actual peer r...

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Medicare won't pay for hospital mistakes Medicare won't pay for hospital mistakes

This has been talked about for a while and it appears the new rules are going into place...BD Hospitals in the future will be expected to ...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Brazil to pay for sex changes Brazil to pay for sex changes

Government ruled as a constitutional right...BD Brazil's public health care system will cover the cost of sex-change operations, the go...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Doctors say Medicaid reimbursements are not enough- Ithaca, NY Doctors say Medicaid reimbursements are not enough- Ithaca, NY

 Another state facing the same issues...BD ITHACA A recent study of Medicaid's physician reimbursements ranked New York 49th in the cou...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Doctors try new word: Sorry. Doctors try new word: Sorry.

A little concern goes a long way, especially with Medicare threatening to stop payment for errors... view a recent story here... BD The do...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Hawaii: Health Insurers Report Losses Hawaii: Health Insurers Report Losses

Big salaries and bonuses play a role...BD Hawaii Medical Service Association posted a net loss of $4.3 million for the quarter, while Kais...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Heart attack lands couple in debt Heart attack lands couple in debt

  Debby Smith knew she was taking a chance going without insurance. When Smith completed a temporary job at Cornell, she was eligible to b...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

FDA is rejecting more new drugs FDA is rejecting more new drugs

  TRENTON, N.J. - Under growing scrutiny since the blockbuster painkiller Vioxx was pulled from the market, the Food and Drug Administrati...

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Alaska begins offering e-prescriptions Alaska begins offering e-prescriptions

Last sate to join national tech network... there is a link on this page to the "free esprescribing initiative on the left hand side of ...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Hospital using barcode technology to reduce medicine errors Hospital using barcode technology to reduce medicine errors

90,000 medications scanned in only 2 weeks...BD The eMAR system combines Bluetooth wireless technology and hand-held scanners to read barco...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

CardioChek P·A Technology-Labs on the spot in the office... CardioChek P·A Technology-Labs on the spot in the office...

This could certainly help eliminate some lab visits with having the information on the spot.... lipids in minutes...BD Efficiency: In abo...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

What's Your Color Giveaway - 10,000 entrants will win a Ultra Mini Meter What's Your Color Giveaway - 10,000 entrants will win a Ultra Mini Meter

Looks more like an mp3 music player..if you are a diabetic, sign up to enter...BD Take the dull out of diabetes testing! The OneTouch® Ult...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Kaiser HMO CEO backs Schwarzenegger's health reform Kaiser HMO CEO backs Schwarzenegger's health reform

Payers not in agreement as well...some have a lot to lose...BD  CHICAGO (Reuters) - The chief executive of the biggest health maintenance ...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Is universal health insurance on the horizon? Is universal health insurance on the horizon?

  WASHINGTON It isnt streamlined, it isnt logical, but Americas cobbled-together system of paying for medical care does cover 85 percent o...

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Friday, August 17, 2007