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

The Doctor that Googles.... The Doctor that Googles....

Another good reason to use a Tablet PC with patient visits...doctor looks up dizziness and what happens is pretty funny as he turns up Dizzy...

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Placebo TV - Dr. Doug Farrago speaks out... Placebo TV - Dr. Doug Farrago speaks out...

Here is one of his videos from You Tube and a link to the main site.  I hope he continues these as they are very good and funny!  The parody...

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Clinton Spouse on Tour The Clinton Spouse on Tour

Good point made below on not being able to pass health care reform...I caught a little bit of his interview with David Letterman last evenin...

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Benoit's concussions may help explain killings Benoit's concussions may help explain killings

Did the wrestler overdose on medication...and was this a lethal mixture combined with concussions he had suffered?  Maybe some day we'll...

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Survey: 60% Of Primary Care Physicians Would Choose Another Field Survey: 60% Of Primary Care Physicians Would Choose Another Field

Not good news with upcoming shortages of PCPs...some areas are already facing this challenge..BD Almost two-thirds of primary care physicia...

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

State Behind Schedule to Regulate Shady HMO Termination Policies State Behind Schedule to Regulate Shady HMO Termination Policies

  The state agency that oversees HMOs says it's still not ready to issue new regulations that address insurers' practice of retroac...

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Figures getting more dismal -The Clarion-Ledger- Real Mississippi Figures getting more dismal -The Clarion-Ledger- Real Mississippi

Children will have to wait and be uninsured for a year to qualify?  BD  If health professionals thought that the Bush administration's ...

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

NJ hospitals are short on beds - Breaking News From New Jersey NJ hospitals are short on beds - Breaking News From New Jersey

And to quote one of the reader comments from the article:  " This is ridiculous.Union Hospital is closing very soon and Columbus Hospit...

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

AMA ads push reform; Sicko gets people talking AMA ads push reform; Sicko gets people talking

Sicko did create an awareness after all, even if folks did not see the movie...the AMA and Sicko though are on different sides of the table ...

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Questions on Medi-Cal Funding Remain After Budget Deal Questions on Medi-Cal Funding Remain After Budget Deal

What will be in store next year?  Expenses and cost increases don't seem to be on a downswing anywhere...BD Before legislators and Gov...

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

P4P on the rise... P4P on the rise...

155 programs compared to 39 in 2003...if you try to keep on top of this with paper, you will undoubtedly have one big administrative mess......

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Study Shows Rasilez, The First And Only Approved Direct Renin Inhibitor, Reduces A Marker Of Heart Failure Severity And Is Well-Tolerated Study Shows Rasilez, The First And Only Approved Direct Renin Inhibitor, Reduces A Marker Of Heart Failure Severity And Is Well-Tolerated

Interesting initial information with this new class of blood pressure medication...BD Rasilez (aliskiren), the first new type of high blood...

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

RNs At 10 Northern Calif. Hospitals Vote To Authorize Strike For Patient Care RNs At 10 Northern Calif. Hospitals Vote To Authorize Strike For Patient Care

  Registered nurses at all 10 Northern California Sutter Health hospitals currently in bargaining have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a ...

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The World's Smallest Ultrasound Device For Initial Diagnosis In Emergency Situations - the pocket ultrasound The World's Smallest Ultrasound Device For Initial Diagnosis In Emergency Situations - the pocket ultrasound

  The first few minutes are instrumental in emergency situations. A new portable ultrasound device from Siemens Medical Systems supports m...

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

With $100 Million Debt, Grady Hospital May Close Doors With $100 Million Debt, Grady Hospital May Close Doors

There is a web site set up to take donations and any other funds to help keep the hospital open.  You can search this blog for more informat...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Hospital seeks $42,000 -- from a homeless man Hospital seeks $42,000 -- from a homeless man

This should have been a charity case. The hospital knew one of his clients and sent the bills and made collection calls to her house, along ...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Help Prevent Medical Errors - Forbes.com Help Prevent Medical Errors - Forbes.com

Give as much accurate information to your physician...good tips on this page.  BD  (HealthDay News) -- Medical errors can occur when doctor...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Americans are ready to fight for health-care reform Americans are ready to fight for health-care reform

One person's opinion, and probably a good one at that...BD  A mother cant afford to take her sick child to the doctor. An elderly man ...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Expats fear health cover could vanish as French tightens the rules Expats fear health cover could vanish as French tightens the rules

France is struggling with their health system as well, even to the point of asking to return his French health card.  The basic issue appear...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

States, not Congress take the lead on health care States, not Congress take the lead on health care

This does seem to be the case...again, health care should be regulated like a utility, as just like gas, electricity, and water, if you don&...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Increased Risk Of Death In Patients Who Stop Using Statins After Stroke Increased Risk Of Death In Patients Who Stop Using Statins After Stroke

  Patients who stop taking cholesterol-lowering drugs within a year of surviving a stroke had a two-fold increased risk of death, research...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Medical waste, trash washes up, forces beach closures in N.J. Medical waste, trash washes up, forces beach closures in N.J.

Not the best way to start a holiday...BD TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ Several beaches along the Jersey Shore were closed Sunday after medical waste...

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Monday, September 03, 2007

California plan (Blue Cross) backs down from some scheduled fee reductions . California plan (Blue Cross) backs down from some scheduled fee reductions .

Sounds a lot like the Medicare article posted earlier...interesting comment on how the insurer came back with the comment on "those wer...

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

House bill creates 6 Medicare payment categories ... House bill creates 6 Medicare payment categories ...

Radiologists and other physicians are concerned that the variance of conversion factors could pit doctors against one another ...and the job...

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Finances driving physicians out of solo practice ... Finances driving physicians out of solo practice ...

Something I think we may have all noticed...it is a lot of work to have a life and maintain the solo practice these days, and I prefer a sol...

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Sunday, September 02, 2007