Medco to have prescription review system Medco to have prescription review system

Additional use of technology and pharmacists to help reduce interactions and errors relative to prescriptions...a 2nd set of eyes for the ph...

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Monday, October 15, 2007

HIMSS Virtual Conference November 6-7 HIMSS Virtual Conference November 6-7

This is a virtual conference available from your desktop with CME credit.  It will also allow for questions and interaction with various por...

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Monday, October 15, 2007

American Academy of Family Physicians...Letters...do we need primary care - "not for me any longer, I'm driving a truck..." American Academy of Family Physicians...Letters...do we need primary care - "not for me any longer, I'm driving a truck..."

Not good news by any means with the shortage of Primary Care physicians taking place all over...one MD is going to leave the practice to &qu...

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Patient Advocacy Web sites and Tools Patient Advocacy Web sites and Tools

Patient Advocacy is another growing industry on the web.  The links below are non profit organizations with the .org site extension to offer...

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Brits resort to pulling own teeth Brits resort to pulling own teeth

Sad story here indeed...not having access to the availability of a dentist..and taking out loans to make payments if needed...does this sou...

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Medicare cuts: Area physicians' practices in jeopardy- Florida Medicare cuts: Area physicians' practices in jeopardy- Florida

One more article related to the potential Medicare cuts, which we hope Congress will once again step in and lend a helping hand, and this ar...

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Pay-for-Performance Model Being Applied To Drug Makers In Europe, U.S. Pay-for-Performance Model Being Applied To Drug Makers In Europe, U.S.

Will this increase sales and allow some drugs in to the market place, and how will this be monitored?  Jury might be out on this one for a w...

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Minute Clinic Visit - Huntington Beach, CA Minute Clinic Visit - Huntington Beach, CA

Last week I had posted about the new Minute Clinic openings in the Los Angeles area.  Today I just h...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

WellPoint looking to increase its size by buying more health plans ... WellPoint looking to increase its size by buying more health plans ...

  After taking a few years to digest its numerous health plan acquisitions, WellPoint is hungry again for deals. A WellPoint Inc. executiv...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Medicare 2008 premium hike low, but doctor pay remains unresolved ... Medicare 2008 premium hike low, but doctor pay remains unresolved ...

  It is outrageous that all Medicare patients are helping subsidize overpayments to private insurance companies while only one in five Med...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Dial DIR-ECT-IONS - Call for Directions - Text messages sent to your cell phone...(free service) Dial DIR-ECT-IONS - Call for Directions - Text messages sent to your cell phone...(free service)

This is very cool...gave it a try and it works... find physicians, hospitals, etc.... you need a cell phone that can accept and receive text...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

IPO : IPC The Hospitalist Company - Los Angeles IPO : IPC The Hospitalist Company - Los Angeles

Hospitalists are the the fastest growing medical specialty in the US...and even the number of hospitalist companies are beginning to drop vi...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Tustin Hospital files notice to close ER - Orange County, CA Tustin Hospital files notice to close ER - Orange County, CA

Small hospital ER, but one more resource will be gone soon... Tustin Hospital and Medical Center will close its 6-bed emergency department...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Former Orange County Physician makes case for single-payer health care Former Orange County Physician makes case for single-payer health care

Interesting comments...Democrats wanting to fix the system, Republicans tend to "blame the victims" with statements such as if peo...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Insurance Without The Premium?, High-Deductible Health Insurance Is Gaining Importance -But Does It Work? Insurance Without The Premium?, High-Deductible Health Insurance Is Gaining Importance -But Does It Work?

(CBS) To aerospace engineer Cale Stephens, his health insurance policy is a bargain - mostly because he pays no premiums. Its been a good p...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Kids often receive poor health care despite good insurance coverage Kids often receive poor health care despite good insurance coverage

Almost reminds me of the old "grading on the curve" that was done in schools years ago...BD  Children only get about half the re...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Employing older workers has pros and cons Employing older workers has pros and cons

Study shows that firms that offer insurance tend to shy away from older workers...you may have to wait until you are 65 to be eligible for M...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Spouses Earning Penalties - surcharge applied if spouse has insurance through their own employer... Spouses Earning Penalties - surcharge applied if spouse has insurance through their own employer...

Dual coverage...a thing of the past?  More complicated issues on who can be covered....if a spouse is presently part of a plan from their sp...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Small-business insurer stopped for improper sales Small-business insurer stopped for improper sales

It's the first cease and desist order against a health insurance carrier in many years in Arizona...offering insurance coverage for smal...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Hands to Hold When Health Care Becomes a Maze Hands to Hold When Health Care Becomes a Maze

Chances are we have had some exposure here to the frustrations of trying to reach a human when our needs go beyond the automated functions a...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Family becomes target in debate over health care Family becomes target in debate over health care

Who qualifies...and to what extent will others comment on who should and who should not be able to participate...and just because they own a...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Medicare Announces Plans For Home Health Pay For Performance Demonstration Medicare Announces Plans For Home Health Pay For Performance Demonstration

Pay for Performance comes to Home Health Care...pilot program that includes several test regions of the US, including California, Connecticu...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Families held hostage by health-care costs Families held hostage by health-care costs

The story explains the family budget and how much is really available for health insurance...BD WASHINGTON Single parent Donna Johnson, an ...

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

John Flucke's Dental Tech Blog John Flucke's Dental Tech Blog

From the blog of a dentist...how he is maximizing his use of a Tablet PC...BD Yesterday I spent the day at a continuing education course h...

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Hospital eyed in veterans' deaths Hospital eyed in veterans' deaths

VA surgeon may not have been thoroughly checked before hiring...more information pending upon release on this story...BD They were the las...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

6 locations raided in Anna Nicole probe 6 locations raided in Anna Nicole probe

It's not over until it's over...investigations included the residences and offices of two doctors...BD Searches were carried out in...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

FDA approves anti-AIDS pill from Merck - Isentress FDA approves anti-AIDS pill from Merck - Isentress

WASHINGTON - The government approved a novel anti-AIDS pill on Friday, offering a new option for hard-to-treat patients.  Manufacturer Merck...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

The Value of Internet Health Blogs and Forums The Value of Internet Health Blogs and Forums

Just wanted to take a moment and share the thoughts from a physician who took the time to make note and say thank you for the assistance and...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Hospital in Ireland closes for a month to save money.. Hospital in Ireland closes for a month to save money..

Planned closing for a month as the hospital is already ahead of targets...so in December the hospital goes black...BD  Our Lady's Hospi...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Patients endure chaos in hospital - Australia Patients endure chaos in hospital - Australia

No beds available...24 hour wait in the ER is a long time...BD THOUSANDS of Victorians are waiting more than 24 hours in some cases longer ...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Who's Eyeing Your Private Health Records - Case of George Clooney Who's Eyeing Your Private Health Records - Case of George Clooney

He's in the news quite frequently, but I'm sure this was one he didn't anticipate...and he's being very kind about it, but ...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Workers: Look out for less insurance Workers: Look out for less insurance

Good article that offers some simple and plain information on how the offerings from employers will be changing..BD At a time of rising pre...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Have We (physicians) become Insurer's enemies? Editorial Have We (physicians) become Insurer's enemies? Editorial

One physician speaks out on how educating patients on how health care works today can be beneficial, as he states patients are not getting t...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

States Sue Bush Administration over New Children's Health Insurance Requirements States Sue Bush Administration over New Children's Health Insurance Requirements

Can you sue "city hall" ...interesting story to follow regarding the hot and disputed SCHIP program...BD   Several states have s...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

And they thought they had insurance ... And they thought they had insurance ...

Update on the actions working against eliminating "virtual insurance" and "vaporware policies"...BD  Gov. Arnold Schwa...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Nurses were too busy to take time to wash their hands... Nurses were too busy to take time to wash their hands...

More on the super bug from the UK...BD LONDON - Nurses who didn't wash their hands and left patients lying in soiled beds were cited in...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Lipsticks contain lead, consumer group says Lipsticks contain lead, consumer group says

This story did not make my day by any means...but another health warning to be aware of..strange too that it is the more expensive brands wi...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Artist implants 'third ear' on his own arm Artist implants 'third ear' on his own arm

Very strange story indeed...created from lab cells...and then implanted...and it actually functions...BD Performance artists are known for...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Gilead Submits Marketing Applications In USA & EU For Viread® For The Treatment Of Chronic Hepatitis Gilead Submits Marketing Applications In USA & EU For Viread® For The Treatment Of Chronic Hepatitis

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) today announced that it has submitted a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to the U.S. Food and ...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Presidential Candidate McCain To Propose Health Care System Overhaul Offering Insurance Tax Incentives; Focusing On Prevention, Quality Of Care Presidential Candidate McCain To Propose Health Care System Overhaul Offering Insurance Tax Incentives; Focusing On Prevention, Quality Of Care

Nice gesture, but how does this help the folks that can't afford the out of pocket monthly bill for insurance...BD Republican president...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Report questions generic antidepressant - Wellbutrin Report questions generic antidepressant - Wellbutrin

Study questioning the generic values as not being effective as the name brand...BD For seven years Linda Douglas has been treating her dep...

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Many Patients can't name drugs they take Many Patients can't name drugs they take

Good reason to have electronic records to keep track of this...example...I take 2 green pills, one blue one, 1 orange one at night and 2 yel...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Ultrasound execs sentenced in Milpitas Medicare scheme Ultrasound execs sentenced in Milpitas Medicare scheme

The U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday four people were sentenced for their part in Medicare fraud of more than $1 million at Milpitas...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Jury finds Wyeth liable in drugs lawsuit - breast cancer Jury finds Wyeth liable in drugs lawsuit - breast cancer

Not good news for Premarin...which has been around for years and is one of the top hormone replacement therapies for women...BD  A jury le...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

My job's giving me a heart attack! My job's giving me a heart attack!

Working in high stress jobs these days can take it's toll....37 years old and the victim of a heart attack..and she made changes...BD A...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Fiat rolls out Microsoft-driven - Doc on Wheels? Fiat rolls out Microsoft-driven - Doc on Wheels?

Fiat is not alone, Ford Motor is right up there as well.  Now why did we include this on a medical b...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Placebo Television #7 Placebo Television #7

You just have to love this doctor...one of the favorites here...Dr. Doug Farrago continues to tell us how it is...I love the commercial brea...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Length Of Pharma Sales Rep Visit Falls To 90 Seconds Length Of Pharma Sales Rep Visit Falls To 90 Seconds

Long enough to re-stock the sample closet?  As physicians schedules get busier, they do not have the time to allocate to lengthy in person v...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Broomwell Positioned To Make Clean Sweep Within NHS Broomwell Positioned To Make Clean Sweep Within NHS

More on telemedicine in the UK.... pilot program beginning to release results...it is formatted to work with and assist the GP with cardio c...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Doctor can see you now...new service for video conferencing in the UK and Ireland The Doctor can see you now...new service for video conferencing in the UK and Ireland

Folks in the UK have a new way to access medical assistance...via a 3G cell phone...it does not replace having a regular primary care MD, bu...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Benefits of statin drugs continue for years Benefits of statin drugs continue for years

Published in the New England Journal...even after statins have been stopped, the benefits of the therapy continue...BD Scientists in the UK...

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Get a new medical staff.... Get a new medical staff....

  http://youtube.com/watch?v=TEgsfWqcFJU

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Check in with the palm of your hand.. Check in with the palm of your hand..

In an emergency, one would not have to be treated as a "Jane Doe" patient as the information would be available if enrolled, and a...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

How vodka on drip-feed saved a life How vodka on drip-feed saved a life

They ran out so the doctor used 3 bottles of his "finest", but it was able to hold the patient over until they were able to get th...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

NHS superbug inquiry blames trust for deaths - UK NHS superbug inquiry blames trust for deaths - UK

Criminal charges may be filed...to include murder...BD The Healthcare Commission attributed the deaths of 90 patients at the Maidstone and ...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Patients Turn to the Internet for Health Information Patients Turn to the Internet for Health Information

This also indicates patients are taking a more active role in their own health care along the line..BD When we did our first health study ...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Man's dentures lost in surgery, found in throat Man's dentures lost in surgery, found in throat

Strange story on this one...and the patient survived...BD WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Doctors in New Zealand lost a man’s false teeth during ...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Doctor who stunted disabled child commits suicide Doctor who stunted disabled child commits suicide

Sad story...news media coverage probably didn't help at all...BD SEATTLE - The doctor at the center of a controversial procedure which...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Generic Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) approved by the FDA Generic Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) approved by the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic versions of Trileptal (oxcarbazepine), an anticonvulsant drug. Generic...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

HMO Enrollees Get Better Care Than Medicaid Managed Care HMO Enrollees Get Better Care Than Medicaid Managed Care

If you are an enrollee in a Medicaid managed care program the chances are that you will receive lower-quality care than somebody in a comme...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

American Lung Association's Free Online Flu Clinic Locator American Lung Association's Free Online Flu Clinic Locator

Find a clinic for a free flu shot...BD Finding a neighborhood spot to get a flu vaccine is just a click away, thanks to the American Lung A...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Book Challenges Current Thinking On Depression New Book Challenges Current Thinking On Depression

New book on the market addressing bipolar conditions...BD The Depression Advantage is an audacious departure from the accepted doctrine an...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Otto Bock HealthCare : C - Legs Otto Bock HealthCare : C - Legs

Fascinating leg/knee replacements...and insurance and Medicare is covering much of this...micro processor controls the use...the legs vibrat...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

California state site can't shake porn problems California state site can't shake porn problems

Still having issues with porn...after GSA shutting it down last week...Marin County site shut down once more to heal and avoid contamination...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

5,000 nurses strike against Northern California hospitals 5,000 nurses strike against Northern California hospitals

Replacement nurses taking over...from where?  Business as usual except for the picketing nurses outside the hospital doors...with nurses in ...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

HMO shutdown creates scramble HMO shutdown creates scramble

More decisions and health care concerns for former members of the former HMO...and as usual, higher costs are a big concern for all...there ...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Millions in Underpayments from HMO's Millions in Underpayments from HMO's

If you are not using an electronics record program with patient registry reports to balance and check reimbursements from HMOs, this site mi...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Governor pushes leasing lottery to fund health plan Governor pushes leasing lottery to fund health plan

Well another new area of funds for health care...good ideas coming forth...BD SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled new health car...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
 
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