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

How to save thousands on your health care How to save thousands on your health care

This woman negotiated her payments down...something to think about and the article offers other ideas too on how to save on health care.  BD...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Surgeons Use New High-Definition Robot During Living-Donor Kidney Transplant Surgeons Use New High-Definition Robot During Living-Donor Kidney Transplant

One more use for the Da Vinci robotics system...BD Surgeons at Rush University Medical Center are performing living-donor kidney transplant...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Training Grant To Further Program That Melds Life Sciences And Computers Training Grant To Further Program That Melds Life Sciences And Computers

More computer training...available with from a grant...BD The UC Irvine Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics (IGB) has been awarded $5...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Patients, It'stime to Unionize Patients, It'stime to Unionize

opinion article from USA today, all you need to join is a past or future medical bill...BD The night before a recent CT scan, I saw Sicko, ...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Hospitals sue county again over inmate medical costs - San Diego Hospitals sue county again over inmate medical costs - San Diego

And this was not the first instance....happened a couple years ago as well...BD SAN DIEGO ---- For the second time in three years, several ...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Medicine: Medical Records Get Digital Medicine: Medical Records Get Digital

Good article on "who's going to pay" ..everybody agrees we need electronic records, but hospitals and physicians need some hel...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Intel, Humana and Others Found Center: E-Prescribing Intel, Humana and Others Found Center: E-Prescribing

There is a link in the left hand side of this page for free e-prescribing as well that is sponsored by some of the same interests...BD WASH...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Know when it's time to fire your doctor Know when it's time to fire your doctor

Good article with some good insight...not something we like to think about doing, but there are times when a fresh opinion and physician cou...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Google and Microsoft Look to Change Health Care Google and Microsoft Look to Change Health Care

 Mobile and portable devices are definitely part of the landscape..with eliminating stacks of paper so a physician can drill down and see wh...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Man kisses ailing wife, hurls her from balcony Man kisses ailing wife, hurls her from balcony

Stress and not being able to cope with medical bills slated as the reason...BD KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) -- A man threw his seriously ill ...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Virtual PCs for consumers Virtual PCs for consumers

If you are not aware of virtual PCs, good article to read up on...many web servers such as insurance companies use virtual servers quite a b...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Introduces BlueMedicare(SM) Group Retiree Products Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Introduces BlueMedicare(SM) Group Retiree Products

More new health plans to review...who can keep up...BD JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (B...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Changes in Store for Industry-Funded Doctors' Education (CME) Changes in Store for Industry-Funded Doctors' Education (CME)

 Sponsored CME now under the magnifying glass...BD Now that the feds are picking up the tab for many Medicare patients prescription drugs,...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

FDA To Review Children's Cough And Cold Medicines FDA To Review Children's Cough And Cold Medicines

  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it is calling a meeting of its Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee next mont...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Uninsured face health plan delays - Boston Uninsured face health plan delays - Boston

Massachusetts struggling with getting everyone covered...BD The number of people seeking state-subsidized health insurance has overwhelmed...

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Publix No Longer Will Match Retailers' Generic Drug Discounts Publix No Longer Will Match Retailers' Generic Drug Discounts

  Florida-based Publix Super Markets on Wednesday announced it no longer will match a program by Wal-Mart that offers 30-day supplies of ...

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Meet the gang at the Computer Grannies Society Meet the gang at the Computer Grannies Society

Great article about seniors using the Sahara I440D tablet PC... of course this is the one we give our top vote.  Not having a keyboard is al...

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Monday, August 13, 2007

TabletPCReview shakes down the Sahara i440D. Verdict: sweet slate TabletPCReview shakes down the Sahara i440D. Verdict: sweet slate

More comments on the new I440D from Tablet Kiosk...and the reference to the original review....great unit and there will be more to come. jk...

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Companies using on-site health clinics to cut costs Companies using on-site health clinics to cut costs

An old idea that has been around for quite a while; however with privacy issues today with technology there's still a lot to be said and...

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Surgery not as easy as it looks on TV Surgery not as easy as it looks on TV

 Not for the weak at heart...story on how 200 non-medical observers watched an actual surgical procedure...there are links on this site to w...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

A new Da Vinci code- many systems are paying off faster than anticipated.... A new Da Vinci code- many systems are paying off faster than anticipated....

 New use for operating on fibroid tumors in the uterus...BD F or two years, Lorraine Olson suffered from pain and bleeding associated with...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Medical students train on patient who feels no pain Medical students train on patient who feels no pain

 And he talks back too....BD Chris Jones faced a rare medical emergency in the operating room the other day. Much to the astonishment of h...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Blue Cross cuts could mean less doctor time for patients Blue Cross cuts could mean less doctor time for patients

"Modest" profit?  Doctors reimbursements are already a "done deal"....the state of California continues their investigat...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Attack victim suffers through health-care limbo Attack victim suffers through health-care limbo

Very sad story and this could happen to any of us...health related bills passed in Texas still falling short as they are everywhere we look ...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Health Insurance coverage now a divorce issue in the courts Health Insurance coverage now a divorce issue in the courts

New legislation in place in New York...BD  The new law ensures provisions of a divorce settlement state whether or not a spouse will lose c...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Judge rules criminal fraud case against Idaho doctor is frivolous ... Judge rules criminal fraud case against Idaho doctor is frivolous ...

  In a rare victory, a physician turned the tables on the government and won nearly $300,000 in legal fees for what a Nevada federal trial...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Doctors Hangout - A Friendship and Social Networking Site for Doctors & Medical Students Doctors Hangout - A Friendship and Social Networking Site for Doctors & Medical Students

Interesting and informative site...had some nice videos...and good spot to share notes and comments between MDs and medical students.  If yo...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Most Canadians scoff at portrayal of their country as a health-care paradise Most Canadians scoff at portrayal of their country as a health-care paradise

One from Canada gives their opinion on how the system works or doesn't work in their country...part of the problem, many of the Canadian...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Surf City considers medical marijuana ban -Huntington Beach, CA Surf City considers medical marijuana ban -Huntington Beach, CA

  HUNTINGTON BEACH Surf City is the latest city in Orange County to consider a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The Planning Commis...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

The goal: Preserving health The obstacle: Medicare The goal: Preserving health The obstacle: Medicare

One physician's opinion and statements on how it is becoming difficult to work and care for senior patients and still give some quality ...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

World’s Best Medical Care? World’s Best Medical Care?

Good article that recaps how the US ranks with some additional opinions by the author...Bd Many Americans are under the delusion that we ha...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hospital, infect me not Hospital, infect me not

Good intentions here, but again the interpretation of how these results are culminated might not be clear.  BD PATIENTS in hospitals shoul...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Orange County HMO Business- California Orange County HMO Business- California

As the article states, we have a "mature" market here...in other words, it has been around California a lot longer than most place...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bill gives millions to favored hospitals Bill gives millions to favored hospitals

Interesting article on how secrecy is still alive and well.  This is a good thing overall, but it appears secrecy will not end any time in t...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Health Clinics Expand in Retail Settings Health Clinics Expand in Retail Settings

The cost and insurance coverage seems to be making it more attractive as well.  Many large companies are also putting clinics on premise as ...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007