Our Joint Commission Report Our Joint Commission Report

Hospital CEO Paul Levy makes Joint Commission Report available to all and posts his comments on his blog.  One area of interest is the non u...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Microsoft Fanboys Do Stupid Things Too Microsoft Fanboys Do Stupid Things Too

Just couldn't pass this one up....BD There has been much ado in the last week about how incredibly stupid Apple fanboys are. Eat some ...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Dozens of Drugs Going Generic Dozens of Drugs Going Generic

Worth taking a look at the list at the link below.....BD "There's a tidal wave of generic drugs … and we are just in the beginnin...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

US NetCare Launches Health Care Insurance for Non-US Citizens in California US NetCare Launches Health Care Insurance for Non-US Citizens in California

My only question here is will folks buy when one can still visit the ER room?  BD  US NetCare, an online administrator of healthcare and m...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

FDA Clears Unique Non-Invasive, Radiation-Free Pulmonary Imaging System FDA Clears Unique Non-Invasive, Radiation-Free Pulmonary Imaging System

  Deep Breeze(TM), the leader in vibration response imaging (VRI(TM)) technology, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administrati...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

FDA Grants Additional Six Months Marketing Exclusivity For The High Blood Pressure Medicine Diovan(R) FDA Grants Additional Six Months Marketing Exclusivity For The High Blood Pressure Medicine Diovan(R)

  Diovan(R) (valsartan) has been granted pediatric exclusivity by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) based on studies conducted in ...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Carl Hulse - On the Hill - Election 2008 Carl Hulse - On the Hill - Election 2008

One person's perspective on the issues from both sides of Congress relating to healthcare..BD It makes an interesting case study for 2...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Great L.A. Healthcare Rally This Saturday The Great L.A. Healthcare Rally This Saturday

More support for SB 840 from various organizations to be held in downtown Los Angeles this weekend.....BD A coalition of registered nurses...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Diabetic Cell phone gets FDA approval Diabetic Cell phone gets FDA approval

This is quite a story here.  Both Verizon and AT&T are slated to be up and running with this new cell phone.  This may not be available ...

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

"Michael Moore, you just saved my home." "Michael Moore, you just saved my home."

A while back we had posted the story and Clayton was kind enough to post some comments himself on this blog, so it's only appropriate we...

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Friday, August 10, 2007

HealthSpring to acquire Florida HMO HealthSpring to acquire Florida HMO

  HealthSpring Inc. has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Leon Medical Centers Health Plans Inc., a Miami-based Medicare Advantag...

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Friday, August 10, 2007

King-Harbor Hospital to close as feds pull funding King-Harbor Hospital to close as feds pull funding

Things are looking bleak at the clock ticks on....BD  After federal officials unequivocally decided today to revoke $200 million in fundin...

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Precise Dental Implant  - Teeth in an Hour Precise Dental Implant - Teeth in an Hour

This is huge..myself I went through the "old" procedure where the healing process had to take place for months before an implant c...

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Democratic Presidential Candidate Richardson Unveils Universal Health Care Plan Democratic Presidential Candidate Richardson Unveils Universal Health Care Plan

  Presidential candidate New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) on Tuesday announced a proposal that would extend health insurance to the 45 ...

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Tablet PC used by Virgin America Airlines Tablet PC used by Virgin America Airlines

Other industries are capitalizing on the tablet pc...interesting story about Virgin America airlines and their online services available for...

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Calif. schools required to give medical help to kids with diabetes Calif. schools required to give medical help to kids with diabetes

This should be good practice all over....BD Schools in California will be required to have someone available who is trained to assist diab...

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

FDA Approves Pfizer's Antiretroviral Maraviroc FDA Approves Pfizer's Antiretroviral Maraviroc

  FDA on Monday approved Pfizer's antiretroviral drug maraviroc, which belongs to a new class of antiretrovirals that could provide an...

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

High Blood Pressure Largely Misunderstood By Sufferers High Blood Pressure Largely Misunderstood By Sufferers

It's a confused market with so much competition as well in this area...I think from both end of the story....with this being a chronic c...

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

UnitedHealth Group And Physician Groups To Launch "Medical Home" Pilot Program To Reward Primary Care Doctors Who Improve Patients' Total Health UnitedHealth Group And Physician Groups To Launch "Medical Home" Pilot Program To Reward Primary Care Doctors Who Improve Patients' Total Health

And one more plan....who can keep track...if each insurance carrier has this in place at the average practice, as most see patients with var...

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Blue Cross A Leader In Profits, Not Patient Care Blue Cross A Leader In Profits, Not Patient Care

Update on the California Medical Association and Blue Cross...BD  The CMA will testify today at a public hearing in Los Angeles that Blue ...

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Healthbase Announces Expansion To Turkey Healthbase Announces Expansion To Turkey

One more location for medical tourism...BD Healthbase Online Inc., a Boston-based medical tourism facilitator, has partnered with Anadolu ...

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

President Bush Renews Vow To Veto Children's Health Insurance Bill President Bush Renews Vow To Veto Children's Health Insurance Bill

Still no change...BD President Bush on Wednesday restated his intention to veto legislation that would reauthorize and expand the State Chi...

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

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

Health Savings accounts making little or no difference...BD TUESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- One in four Americans with health insuranc...

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Kids without enough insurance skip vaccines Kids without enough insurance skip vaccines

In this case it seems a little insurance is worse than none as far as immunizations go .. A study in today's Journal of the American M...

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Macho Men Not In Women's Long Term Sights Macho Men Not In Women's Long Term Sights

Something for the male gender to ponder?  BD When a woman is contemplating a long-term relationship, she is less likely to opt for macho me...

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

GPS technology can ease joint-replacement surgery GPS technology can ease joint-replacement surgery

  The principles of global positioning technology via orbiting satellites are now being used in hospital operating rooms. GPS triangulatio...

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Syneron's Vela(TM) Platform Receives FDA Clearance for Temporary Reduction of Thigh Circumference Syneron's Vela(TM) Platform Receives FDA Clearance for Temporary Reduction of Thigh Circumference

  Syneron Medical Ltd. ( NASDAQ: ELOS ), an innovator in the development, marketing and sales of elos(TM) combined-energy medical aestheti...

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Giant 'pump-and-dump' spam scam hits computers - spam up 30% Giant 'pump-and-dump' spam scam hits computers - spam up 30%

Be aware as this email has a pdf attached with a Trojan horse virus...BD Experts at SophosLabs have detected about 500 million emails cont...

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Coffee good for women - guys are out of luck Coffee good for women - guys are out of luck

  Women who drink three cups of coffee a day show less cognitive decline than women who drink a cup or less, report French neuroscientists...

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Hospitals Are Shutting Down Burn Centers Hospitals Are Shutting Down Burn Centers

One more loss in health care...no money in caring for burn victims..where is healthcare headed?  BD U.S. hospitals are increasingly shutti...

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Blue Cross Blue Shield starts new bank for customers Blue Cross Blue Shield starts new bank for customers

Health Insurance and banking?  United Health already has one...will the Blue Cross Visa and MasterCard be the next offering along with debit...

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Blue Cross undergoes examination - Los Angeles Blue Cross undergoes examination - Los Angeles

This will be one story to be followed...as many physicians are also concerned about the new payment structure....BD When an Indiana compan...

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

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