Nowhere To Hide Nowhere To Hide

Something to think about regarding security with health records in particular.  Good reading about the huge breaches that have taken place w...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Smart Bra.. The Smart Bra..

We have seen the smart shirt, smart pants...well the latest...a bra with micro chips creating images to detect early stages of breast cance...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Threat To Patient Privacy: The Minnesota Health Information Exchange Threat To Patient Privacy: The Minnesota Health Information Exchange

Privacy??...Where is HIPAA???..the state will have an open door to everyone's medical record...and the health department was given the m...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Uniforms for the Uninsured... Uniforms for the Uninsured...

Great shirt.... one look says it all..BD  Wendy Dumbo who spoke at PSFKs New York Conference has decided to speak up again, this time in t...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

California Passes Bill To Ban Forced RFID Tagging California Passes Bill To Ban Forced RFID Tagging

Chip implants should always be a choice...good pro-active move on the part of the legislature here...no person should ever be forced to be i...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

HP Thermal Inkjet Technology Put to Medical Use HP Thermal Inkjet Technology Put to Medical Use

Similar to a patch as we know it, except the micro needles do penetrate the skin..it uses a modified version of the technology used for ink...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Schwarzenegger plans special session for health care reform Schwarzenegger plans special session for health care reform

News articles from the last few days also stated an veto on any current bills could be in the process to allow the Governor to call the spe...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Medical Liability Reform Requires National Action Medical Liability Reform Requires National Action

Something to learn from Texas...and the non for profit hospitals have benefited as well..no wonder doctor licensing has increased here....BD...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

DUI Drama for General Hospital Star DUI Drama for General Hospital Star

One more celebrity on the DUI list...BD  General Hospital star Kirsten Storms was arrested early Friday morning in Los Angeles-adjacent Cu...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Democrats go online for 2008 "mash-up" Democrats go online for 2008 "mash-up"

You will be able to pick and choose the videos and topics from the site...skipping what does not interest you...might be a good way to see h...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Training of the "Helpless" Physician The Training of the "Helpless" Physician

This article makes many good points, and this is an area where our humanitarian physicians who take care of us, have swallowed many bullets,...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Report Card for 32 Payers: Not Making the Grade A Report Card for 32 Payers: Not Making the Grade

Good story to read about the survey which included Medicare and 3rd party insurers...as the article states Medicare may have graded a bit hi...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Microsoft Health - Common User Interface for the UK Microsoft Health - Common User Interface for the UK

This effort will allow software designers to create a customized user interface for end users to be able to access more from one location, i...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Health rules for tattoo and piercing parlors Health rules for tattoo and piercing parlors

Tattoo shops are being looked at for health and cleanliness regulations, makes sense with the increased number of individuals sporting tatto...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

P4P more like pay-for-paperwork (Opinion) P4P more like pay-for-paperwork (Opinion)

I think Dr. Zwelling from Los Alamitos, California has a point...is it in essence pay for paperwork and a standard to accept P4P in order to...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Checking Heart Health With a Home Monitor Checking Heart Health With a Home Monitor

Professionals state this is better for Trig readings more so than HDL...BD  A $99 gadget called CardioChek lets you check your cholesterol...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Employers Scrutinize Eligibility of Dependents on Health Plans Employers Scrutinize Eligibility of Dependents on Health Plans

One more reason to read the fine print, and read it again...BD  Faced with rising medical costs, U.S. employers are starting to scrutinize...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

No fatties here No fatties here

Another recent article on how it can cost you to be over weight...employers are working to scrutinize their portion of of employer supplied ...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

RF-ECG biosensor kit enables wireless medical monitoring RF-ECG biosensor kit enables wireless medical monitoring

Be sure to watch the video from the link...fascinating technology...makes good use of mobile cell phones and UMPC portable tablets in the vi...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New Minimally Invasive Coated Vascular Stent Graft Now Being Used In PAD Patients New Minimally Invasive Coated Vascular Stent Graft Now Being Used In PAD Patients

  Surgeons at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center in Houston were among the first in the U.S. to implant a new, less invasive stent graft de...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Accuray Receives FDA Clearance For New Dose Calculation Technique For Body Radiosurgery Accuray Receives FDA Clearance For New Dose Calculation Technique For Body Radiosurgery

  Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY), a global leader in the field of radiosurgery, announced today that its Monte Carlo Dose Calculation ...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Recuperating from Surgery - Executives can be some of the worst and best patients Recuperating from Surgery - Executives can be some of the worst and best patients

All the way to surgery, with Blackberry in hand....BD  One of the last things Lisa Hammond remembers about being prepped for a rotator-cuff...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Nurse practitioner bridges gap between doctors and nurses.. Nurse practitioner bridges gap between doctors and nurses..

  Nurse practitioner Manju Sharma. Manju Sharma confidently strides into the room, her white coat disappearing behind a draped curtain, an...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Nurses Rally Against Healthcare Bill Nurses Rally Against Healthcare Bill

Update on the California legislation...BD Hundreds of nurses stormed the State Capitol Monday protesting the likely passage of a Democrati...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Hospital mistake costs RVMC $100,000 Hospital mistake costs RVMC $100,000

Container of coffee pot cleaner not labeled and was mistaken for a thickening agent that is used to help swallowing...housekeeper has placed...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Hospital to test every patient in critical care for MSRA Hospital to test every patient in critical care for MSRA

  A local hospital is trying a new approach to protect patients. Penrose hospital is now testing every patients entering the critical care...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Doctors to Try to Remove Woman's Needles Doctors to Try to Remove Woman's Needles

This is one of those stories that just makes your skin crawl if you will...BD  BEIJING (AP) Chinese surgeons will try to remove 23 needles ...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

State threatens to close Aliquippa hospital - Pittsburgh State threatens to close Aliquippa hospital - Pittsburgh

Another hospital in trouble...losing money...BD  Aliquippa Community Hospital has five months to meet state licensing requirements or be c...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Sanofi-Aventis settles US claims case for $190 mln Sanofi-Aventis settles US claims case for $190 mln

One drug - Anzemet at the core of the settlement.  BD  WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - A U.S. subsidiary of drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis (SASY...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Cost of health care benefits seen rising 6.7% in 2008 Cost of health care benefits seen rising 6.7% in 2008

More on the subject of employer benefits..a shade up from this year at 6.1%.  BD The cost of health care benefits will rise 6.7 percent in ...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Windows Live Translator Beta Windows Live Translator Beta

How many times can we sometimes use a translation service in the health care areas.  In the southern...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Hard times on the HIPAA front Hard times on the HIPAA front

A trio of ugly situations means painful publicity for lazy or sloppy organizations.. Unsettling article, especially about the former hospit...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

McKesson: Stolen Computers Contain Patient Information McKesson: Stolen Computers Contain Patient Information

It's Monday...first stolen data story of the week...I wonder why this was stored on a PC and not accessed via a secured server...one sug...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Small businesses struggle with rising health insurance Small businesses struggle with rising health insurance

Is this working it's way to slowly becoming a thing of the past...the increases just keep coming for companies and individuals...BD  J...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

CMS Selects Wisconsin Company To Administer Medicare Claims Payment In Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska CMS Selects Wisconsin Company To Administer Medicare Claims Payment In Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

  Wisconsin Physicians Service Health Insurance Corp.(WPS), headquartered in Madison, Wis., is the third new Medicare Administrative Contra...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Hawaii Residents Increasingly Seeking Care At Strained Community Health Centers Hawaii Residents Increasingly Seeking Care At Strained Community Health Centers

Hawaii also lacking enough physicians...community health centers at risk of losing Medicare and Medicaid funding by seeing private care pati...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Michigan Employers Shifting More Costs To Workers, Survey Finds Michigan Employers Shifting More Costs To Workers, Survey Finds

2% are considering eliminating all health care benefits, 9% considering eliminating spousal or dependent coverage...BD  Employers in Michig...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Airplane Air Quality Worsened By Skin Oil Interacting With Ozone Airplane Air Quality Worsened By Skin Oil Interacting With Ozone

We all know flying can be a headache...maybe literally?  BD Airline passengers and crews who gripe about poor cabin air quality could have...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Audit Cites Overpaid Medicare Insurers Audit Cites Overpaid Medicare Insurers

Whoops.... and general federal contract laws do not apply to the payments made under Medicare contracts...wonder how that happened?  BD  W...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

On the bleeding edge On the bleeding edge

ER Physicians are out ahead with technology...good article and nice compliments about those who embrace...some real nice success stories inc...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Some Companies Penalize for Health Risks Some Companies Penalize for Health Risks

If you work for a company, be prepared...there are all types of incentives/penalties being implemented by companies relative to health care....

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

RFID implants linked to cancer in lab tests RFID implants linked to cancer in lab tests

Now this is scary too...it doesn't appear humans will be jumping through hoops to be "tagged" any time soon with stories like ...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Snake in Hospital Gurney Kills Thai Man Snake in Hospital Gurney Kills Thai Man

Something to ponder when thinking about medical tourism?  At any rate, tragic...BD  BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) A cancer patient lying on a gurn...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Hospital roommate carried infection Hospital roommate carried infection

Scary story about hospital bug in Canada hospitals..it was in the air it appears...all hospitals world wide are combating bugs...perhaps soo...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Some skip health coverage for cheaper prices Some skip health coverage for cheaper prices

This is part of the reason we include links to the affordable prescription retailers on this site as sometimes the entire prescription can b...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Doctors favoring Botox patients Doctors favoring Botox patients

The study indicates you can get Botox much faster than an evaluation for a changing mole, Botox is more than likely a cash payment, whereby ...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Dr. Frankenstein really does exist... Dr. Frankenstein really does exist...

More folks may recognize the name as he becomes president next month of the California Medical Association.  I can relate to this article, a...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Drug detox doctor accused of negligence - Coast Pain Management Center in Newport Beach, CA Drug detox doctor accused of negligence - Coast Pain Management Center in Newport Beach, CA

Interesting story on the combination of detox and pain management...Orange County, CA and Israel are the 2 locations where this procedure is...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Kaiser reaps big profits for first half of year Kaiser reaps big profits for first half of year

Non-profit showing big profits largely from California ....larger profit margins than the for profit carriers...BD  Kaiser Permanente earn...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Bring on two-tier health (Opinion) Canada Bring on two-tier health (Opinion) Canada

Some Canadians would welcome a two tier plan...due to the long wait...I think if perhaps the waiting conditions were maybe prioritized in a ...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Rates Of Bipolar Diagnosis In Youth Rapidly Climbing, Treatment Patterns Similar To Adults Rates Of Bipolar Diagnosis In Youth Rapidly Climbing, Treatment Patterns Similar To Adults

The article tends to suggest that perhaps there's not a larger number of people afflicted, but rather we are getting better at the diagn...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

John Hopkins Hospital posts an update to the stolen computer issue on their web site John Hopkins Hospital posts an update to the stolen computer issue on their web site

Interesting how  the forensic investigators can track the full use or non use it appears in this case on the stolen unit after it had been r...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Tone Deafness Not As Common As Many Think Tone Deafness Not As Common As Many Think

Maybe this is why folks don't like me to sing...BD  Do people cringe when you sing? You've got company. But researchers have found...

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Michael Moore to John Stossel: 'Very Little Debate' About Health Care in Cuba Michael Moore to John Stossel: 'Very Little Debate' About Health Care in Cuba

I will be on myself for watching next week as well...great health care coverage by ABC...there are always 2 sides to every story.  We have i...

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Tenet hospitals laying off 346 in S. Florida Tenet hospitals laying off 346 in S. Florida

  The Dallas-based hospital chain expects the layoffs to save $18.6 million a year. It has five hospitals in Palm Beach County, four in Mia...

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

On Covering The Kids' Health, The New Republic: Debunking Conservatives' Myths About S-CHIP On Covering The Kids' Health, The New Republic: Debunking Conservatives' Myths About S-CHIP

51k a year for a family of 4 is not a huge income to live on in some areas though...where you live has a big impact.  BD This bill essenti...

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Sahara i440D Tablet - Virtualization and Aero all working together Sahara i440D Tablet - Virtualization and Aero all working together

  As everyone knows who reads this page or knows me, I am an avid tablet user.  I can't imagine functioning in my business without one ...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Thousands Of Condoms Returned To Washington, D.C., Health Department Because Of Concerns About Packaging, Safety Thousands Of Condoms Returned To Washington, D.C., Health Department Because Of Concerns About Packaging, Safety

Makes you wonder sometimes, does anybody get anything right these days..Mattel toys are potentially poisoned with too much lead these days a...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Hedge Fund Billionaires Eyed by Congress for More Medicare Tax Hedge Fund Billionaires Eyed by Congress for More Medicare Tax

  Sept. 7 (Bloomberg) -- James Simons, the highest-paid hedge-fund manager in the U.S. last year, could pay enough in Medicare taxes to pr...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

M·Plan ends HMOs, retains Medicare M·Plan ends HMOs, retains Medicare

  M·Plan will exit the HMO business, but continue to provide coverage to its 125,000 members until their employer contracts expire. The Ind...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

The bad economics of switching health-care plans The bad economics of switching health-care plans

And it continues to occur and grow...moving data and switching information leads to confusion with claims and eligibility as well, but what&...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

New Orleans Activists Call for Charity Hospital To Be Reopened New Orleans Activists Call for Charity Hospital To Be Reopened

Would be nice if some of the hospital could be re-opened if in fact portions of the building are still in good condition and can be used...B...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

England - Bug outbreak shuts hospital ward England - Bug outbreak shuts hospital ward

  The unit was shut to new patients on Thursday evening after two patients showed an initial positive test for vancomycin resistant entero...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Hospital To Take Pre-Payment For Non-Emergency ER Visits -Orlando Hospital To Take Pre-Payment For Non-Emergency ER Visits -Orlando

One hospital now charging $100.00 for non emergency type visits to the ER..and they are turning patients away...due to the cost of treating ...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Couple Charged With Illegal Surgeries Couple Charged With Illegal Surgeries

Going to a home for surgery might be the first indication that there's something not quite right...BD  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) A couple w...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Most Primary-care Docs didn't grow up tech savvy Most Primary-care Docs didn't grow up tech savvy

I can pretty much agree with the fact that an EMR or EHR with a short learning curve almost does not exist today...can't get away from t...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

FDA Approves First Generic Versions Of Coreg FDA Approves First Generic Versions Of Coreg

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic versions of Coreg (carvedilol). Coreg is a widely used medication that i...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Pfizer computers spew out Viagra spam! Pfizer computers spew out Viagra spam!

We all get the Viagra spam and have for years, now it appears the spammers have targeted Pfizer itself with spam....BD Pfizer has been one ...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

New York City Puts Hospital Error Data Online New York City Puts Hospital Error Data Online

I think there will be issues here as far as being completely accurate as there may be other factors that enter in to the process as well...d...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Congress looks into Mattel after toy recalls Congress looks into Mattel after toy recalls

Too much lead in the paint appears to be the issue...BD NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress is looking into Mattel Inc's procedures ...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

ICD-9-CM codes: The latest changes - Prepare your practice for the changes this fall ICD-9-CM codes: The latest changes - Prepare your practice for the changes this fall

Great article from Medical Economics on the new codes...there are several pages of all the changes and additions...BD You've barely go...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

California health reform puzzle: How to insure low-paid workers? California health reform puzzle: How to insure low-paid workers?

Still no real answer or viable solutions....BD SACRAMENTOTo understand why it is so hard to cover the uninsured in California, consider th...

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Health insurer to pay $12 million settlement - Health Care Health insurer to pay $12 million settlement - Health Care

  UnitedHealthcare on Thursday settled complaints about its past claims practices, agreeing to pay $12 million in fines to 36 states and t...

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Merck wins reversal of Vioxx class-action status Merck wins reversal of Vioxx class-action status

No class action, some relief as the individual cases filed continue...BD NEW YORK (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc (MRK.N: Quote, Profile , ...

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

ABC News: Seeing the Body as Never Before ABC News: Seeing the Body as Never Before

This is set to air on Friday (tomorrow) on ABC News 20/20.  High definition views of the human body...also airing on National Geographic...b...

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

"Who's Right about Kaiser -- Michael Moore or SEIU? "Who's Right about Kaiser -- Michael Moore or SEIU?

I did see the movie and I had no idea myself on the involvement of Nixon in managed care, it was one of the true eye openers included in the...

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Medicaid Physician Payments Vary Widely Among States Medicaid Physician Payments Vary Widely Among States

It's no wonder why some physicians are either leaving or contemplating moving or not providing services to Medicaid patients...BD State...

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Headache for doctors: medical office rents - Los Angeles Headache for doctors: medical office rents - Los Angeles

Good story from the Los Angeles Times that addresses the high rent cost in the southern California areas...the rent increases just keep comi...

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Senators block leases at L.A. vets hospital Senators block leases at L.A. vets hospital

If I read this correctly, this was an attempt to downsize Veteran care and enable the hospital to sublet space?  Is this about health care o...

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

S.C. BlueCross to Integrate Care Management with Personal Health Record in Real Time S.C. BlueCross to Integrate Care Management with Personal Health Record in Real Time

If I read this correctly, those with chronic illnesses could be targeted for an onslaught of information sent to their chart advising them o...

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Blue Cross, Condell to part ways Blue Cross, Condell to part ways

Long time to go without payment for the hospital...June...BD Thousands of Condell Medical Center patients are getting caught in the crossf...

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Horizon Air Employee Health Program With On-Site Clinic Horizon Air Employee Health Program With On-Site Clinic

One more employer on the bandwagon with on site medical care...sign of the times.. BD ADDISON, Texas, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Concentra (&q...

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007