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

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