Fire threatens Pomerado Hospital - Patients evacuated Fire threatens Pomerado Hospital - Patients evacuated

And the winds are still blowing...BD POWAY Fire and smoke crested the hills immediately east of Villa Pomerado here at 11 a.m. today, and ...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Citrix Unveils Virtual Desktop Citrix Unveils Virtual Desktop

If you connect via VPN to a hospital network via Citrix metaframes, this may be some good news for an easier and simpler format down the roa...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Office printers emit hazardous particles Office printers emit hazardous particles

One more reason to go paperless.....BD That office stalwart the printer may be a source of air pollution and a potential health hazard, a...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Hospital cuts benefits plan to stay alive... Hospital cuts benefits plan to stay alive...

Employees and retirees, including doctors losing health benefits but hourly employees are getting a small raise to help compensate for the l...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Elective mastectomies on the rise Elective mastectomies on the rise

Big decision for women carrying the mutated gene...but worthwhile if it lessens the risk of breast cancer 90% , so you might need a plastic ...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Sleepless Nights Make for Grumpier Brains Sleepless Nights Make for Grumpier Brains

Not only the brain, but the whole person...just ask me if I don't get enough sleep...my brain and I have that discussion too often I fee...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Health warnings issued because of smoke - Los Angeles Health warnings issued because of smoke - Los Angeles

Not good here and hopefully will be under control soon...the smell of fire and smoke fills the air here in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.....

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Burn UCSD Medical Center handling all fire patients - California Burn UCSD Medical Center handling all fire patients - California

Hats off and thanks to the fire fighters here in California...we appreciate what you do on the front line and hope these terrible fires are ...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Defensive Medicine: Cautious Or Costly? - CBS News Defensive Medicine: Cautious Or Costly? - CBS News

Good news story and features Dr. Kevin, Medical Blogger talks about when to use less costly tests a...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Braille Tattoos Are Touchy Braille Tattoos Are Touchy

No color added to these...BD A German art student has developed a way to create tattoos for the blind, by implanting surgical steel, titan...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Primary Care Docs Go Direct With Pre-Paid Plans Primary Care Docs Go Direct With Pre-Paid Plans

He was closed down temporarily, but then re-opened after getting the Governor's attention...insurance companies attempting to emulate so...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Many Errors By Medical Residents Caused By Teamwork Breakdowns, Lack Of Supervision Many Errors By Medical Residents Caused By Teamwork Breakdowns, Lack Of Supervision

Older generations and younger generations...different thought processes sometimes...bridging the gap to bring both together for better healt...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

FDA Reports Hearing Loss Linked To Viagra And Other PDE5 Inhibitors FDA Reports Hearing Loss Linked To Viagra And Other PDE5 Inhibitors

Small but somewhat important potential side effect from these drugs, obviously important enough for the FDA to review the reports and potent...

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Couple swarmed by SWAT team after 911 'hack' in Orange County , CA Couple swarmed by SWAT team after 911 'hack' in Orange County , CA

The incident cost upwards of $18,000 too...sad that someone abuses something that it set up to save lives...and he was on the phone with 38 ...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Exposure to sunlight may decrease risk of advanced breast cancer Exposure to sunlight may decrease risk of advanced breast cancer

Interesting study...sunlight helps with the exposure to vitamin D, but then we still have to watch the risk of skin cancer...BD In a study ...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hospital Gowns Go High-Tech Hospital Gowns Go High-Tech

This is nice..single use and it can go home with the patient...and it keeps you warm and cool too...neat...and it is not left hanging open i...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Perot Systems takes over Louisville co.'s IT operation Perot Systems takes over Louisville co.'s IT operation

Perot Systems continues to grow with additional hospital IT agreements, they have been contacted with Tenet hospitals for quite some time......

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Irish Hospitals to use WIFI to keep track of expensive and critical medical equipment Irish Hospitals to use WIFI to keep track of expensive and critical medical equipment

Nice, the ability to locate equipment when needed and find the last known location...BD The Royal Victoria, Northern Irelands biggest and ...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hospital gives company $1.2M deal - Century City, CA Hospital gives company $1.2M deal - Century City, CA

Selecting commercial open source software for some applications...BD Century City Doctors Hospital has given a $1.2 million contract to a ...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hospital puts medical records snapshot on smart cards Hospital puts medical records snapshot on smart cards

Mount Sinai is using "smart cards" as a pilot program for patient medical records..an alternative to storing records online...BD  ...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Digital Mammography - a Better Deal Digital Mammography - a Better Deal

Better and more detailed and the development time is down from 10 minutes from an X Ray to 7 seconds...BD Newport Hospital is the only med...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

IHHI Announces Completion of Re-Financing - Orange County, CA IHHI Announces Completion of Re-Financing - Orange County, CA

Good news for the 4 hospitals in Orange County, CA...which represent approximately 12% of the hospital beds in Orange County...BD Integrat...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hospital expected to seek bankruptcy protection - Los Angeles Hospital expected to seek bankruptcy protection - Los Angeles

2 hospitals in the Los Angeles area still struggling, one with bankruptcy and the other in Downey could face closure all together if financi...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Medical marijuana sting targets doctors in San Diego Medical marijuana sting targets doctors in San Diego

And the controversy continues...BD  SAN DIEGO When an undercover police officer asked Dr. Robert Sterner to prescribe marijuana for his do...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

FDA Approves New Drug To Treat Complicated Urinary Tract And Intra-Abdominal Infections FDA Approves New Drug To Treat Complicated Urinary Tract And Intra-Abdominal Infections

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved doripenem injection, 500 mg intravenous infusion, for the treatment of complicated urina...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Clinical Studies Show REMICADE® Reduces Incidence Of Bowel Surgeries In Ulcerative Colitis Patients Clinical Studies Show REMICADE® Reduces Incidence Of Bowel Surgeries In Ulcerative Colitis Patients

Clinical data presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) show that REMICADE® significantly reduces t...

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Concierge Emergency Medicine - State of the Art ER care in Houston Concierge Emergency Medicine - State of the Art ER care in Houston

Nice!  Patients are handed a tablet pc to check in.  Also the facility has an onsite lab which can r...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Democrats Push Telecoms for NSA Disclosures - Privacy Issues Democrats Push Telecoms for NSA Disclosures - Privacy Issues

You may remember not too long ago Google denied the same request...but Google doesn't depend on wireless operating licenses from the FCC...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Fountain Valley Regional Hospital gets child-friendly ambulance - Orange County, CA Fountain Valley Regional Hospital gets child-friendly ambulance - Orange County, CA

Television, DVD player...what more could you want...hmmm...maybe an X-Box...(grin)...BD  FOUNTAIN VALLEY The Fountain Valley Regional Hosp...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

New hospital opens its doors - Orange County, CA New hospital opens its doors - Orange County, CA

St. Joseph Hi-Tech hospital...of course it has wireless Internet access, but the one amazing feature that I had not heard of before is the w...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

PJ Party just what the doctor ordered PJ Party just what the doctor ordered

Nice story about getting pajama donations for children who have been hospitalized...BD If you saw a middle-aged man in ducky PJs jumping on...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

One in four hospital trusts fails to meet basic hygiene standards One in four hospital trusts fails to meet basic hygiene standards

Not just limited to the UK...Ireland and Norway also having issues...BD NHS trusts in rural areas are among the worst in the country for pr...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Midnight Mammogram party mixes manicures, medical testing Midnight Mammogram party mixes manicures, medical testing

A new twist for getting women to have their mammogram done...similar to the Botox parties that were once the rage a few years ago...all were...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Riverside Electrician Can't Get Medical Care Three Years After His Injury on Job--Asks California Insurance Commissioner to Investigate Riverside Electrician Can't Get Medical Care Three Years After His Injury on Job--Asks California Insurance Commissioner to Investigate

Greg Parr was injured over three years ago while working as an electrician. He fell and injured his left arm and shoulder. After more than t...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Free Medical Degree With Just One Small Catch Free Medical Degree With Just One Small Catch

First graduating class of American Medical students arriving back in the US to pass medical tests.  Cashed in on the scholarship offered by ...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Senate Committee Discusses Cutting MA Plan Payments To Prevent Physician Payment Cut Senate Committee Discusses Cutting MA Plan Payments To Prevent Physician Payment Cut

The annual inquisition begins...does make one wonder if the government is perhaps is wanting to be out of the Medicare business?  By moving ...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

The Everett Clinic to stop accepting one Medicare plan - Seattle The Everett Clinic to stop accepting one Medicare plan - Seattle

Original Medicare plan is no longer accepted as the compensation does not equate...in other words the clinic receive  more from a Part D man...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

House fails to override child health veto House fails to override child health veto

Good bye to "Healthy Families" in California as we know it?  Let's hope not...the negotiations still continue...the extension ...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

HMO posts healthy profits - UnitedHealth HMO posts healthy profits - UnitedHealth

Profits still rising, Part D, a contributor to overall rise...BD UnitedHealth, the nation's largest health insurer, said quarterly prof...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Washable Keyboards and mice clean, safe and secure for the healthcare industry Washable Keyboards and mice clean, safe and secure for the healthcare industry

Help with the MRSA battle...anti bacterial properties are embedded in the plastic used to make the products...and you can run them through ...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

FDA Announces Revisions To Labels For Cialis, Levitra And Viagra FDA Announces Revisions To Labels For Cialis, Levitra And Viagra

To  address ringing in the ears side effect...BD The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved labeling changes for erectile dysfuncti...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Accounting firm to clean up Grady's finances Accounting firm to clean up Grady's finances

Update...the firm won't be paid a dime until they identify $10 million and then receive an average of 20 of the savings there after...BD...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Novartis to cut 1,260 jobs from sales and marketing Novartis to cut 1,260 jobs from sales and marketing

Novartis today said it plans to eliminate 1,260 jobs from its US sales and marketing unit and replace its head of pharmaceuticals after ann...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Horror for woman forced to give birth at home -South Wales Horror for woman forced to give birth at home -South Wales

Lucky everything went ok..as they had no room for her...BD A WOMAN about to give birth was twice turned away from the maternity ward at th...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

In Diabetes, a Complex of Causes In Diabetes, a Complex of Causes

New studies and potential new treatment could be on the horizon...BD An explosion of new research is vastly changing scientists understand...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Health deal sought after veto upheld Health deal sought after veto upheld

13 votes short...BD WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled House failed on Thursday to override President Bush's veto of a politically...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Proctologist and the Balloons... Proctologist and the Balloons...

  http://youtube.com/watch?v=CQmrB-BAgxM

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

MRSA Superbug a bigger killer than AIDS MRSA Superbug a bigger killer than AIDS

Scary statistics...32 invasive infections per 100,000 people...BD   The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States says MRSA i...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

HMOs not meeting national standards in basic areas, report says HMOs not meeting national standards in basic areas, report says

  California HMO members are not getting all of the basic healthcare they need to prevent the onset and spread of cancer and other disease...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

UCLA Robot in ICU UCLA Robot in ICU

Fascinating video watching the physician controlling the unit and talking with staff and patients.  The unit is called R2-6 and is currently...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

California Says No To Human RFID Tagging California Says No To Human RFID Tagging

Good move in the privacy area...nobody should ever be forced into being "chipped"...RFID technology is good and can be used in man...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Docs turn to Botox to make ends meet Docs turn to Botox to make ends meet

The changing family practice office...I'll take one flu shot, one Botox and schedule me for a chemical peel next week...oh and perhaps I...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Stolen laptop prompts Administaff to alert 159,000 of possible breach Stolen laptop prompts Administaff to alert 159,000 of possible breach

Security breach story of the week...BD October 17, 2007 (Computerworld) -- Administaff Inc., a Houston-based provider of outsourced human r...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

FDA Approves Chemotherapy Drug Ixempra For Advanced Breast Cancer FDA Approves Chemotherapy Drug Ixempra For Advanced Breast Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new chemotherapy drug called Ixempra (ixabepilone) for the treatment of advanced b...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pharma and Medical manufacturers using robots Pharma and Medical manufacturers using robots

Medco uses robots to fill prescriptions...Stryker Orthopedics uses robots in manufacturing and packaging of their products...BD  Industrial...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Hawaii using telemedicine from Ohio and vice versa Hawaii using telemedicine from Ohio and vice versa

Through a digital PACS system, radiologists will be able to read and interpret images from both directions...good for late and after hours.....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A profession is born to help people navigate the health care maze A profession is born to help people navigate the health care maze

The Health Care Advocacy  ....at the rates in this article, this appears to be as costly as hiring an attorney...BD  Margalit Mathan and P...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Doctors Co. to Grow by Acquiring Calif. Medical Liability Insurer The Doctors Co. to Grow by Acquiring Calif. Medical Liability Insurer

Physician-owned liability insurer The Doctors Company is expanding its market by acquiring SCPIE Holdings Inc., a provider of healthcare li...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Aetna US acquires Goodhealth UK Aetna US acquires Goodhealth UK

Aetna expands it market to the UK and other countries.. changes in benefits to take place immediately...does this sound familiar and similar...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Pressure is on hospitals to stamp out bacterial bugs Pressure is on hospitals to stamp out bacterial bugs

The story here says it all...BD Physicians, safety advocates and government officials are mobilizing to prevent the infections that have s...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

On-site clinic helps Microchip cut costs, provide routine care On-site clinic helps Microchip cut costs, provide routine care

This company has now instituted an "on site" clinic for employees...a minimum of 300 plus employees is required to set up a facili...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Electronic Records - or you are "out of network" Electronic Records - or you are "out of network"

They anticipate losing some physicians with this move...and the burden of the expense is on the practice with no financial support and no ch...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Virtual Doctor... The Virtual Doctor...

But, CMS does not want to reimburse a physician every time he/she sends an email...so what justifies an online or email physician visit...a ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Federal agencies stepping in to help financially stressed hospitals with pension plans... Federal agencies stepping in to help financially stressed hospitals with pension plans...

Community and other hospital types are facing all types of financial problems today...due to uninsured patients, drop in compensation rates ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Many Older Physicians Plan to Opt Out of Patient Care Many Older Physicians Plan to Opt Out of Patient Care

I am starting to see some of these efforts as well in my daily travels and conversations...my personal opinion here is too that much of the ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Canada's Expectant Moms Heading to U.S. to Deliver Canada's Expectant Moms Heading to U.S. to Deliver

U.S. Health Care helping wit baby booming business in Canada...not enough room in current facilities to deliver newborn babies...deliveries ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

British 'Nurse of the Year' quits the NHS British 'Nurse of the Year' quits the NHS

Frustrated nurses also in the UK...same issues...not being heard...and constant reform...BD Britain's star nurse has quit her job with...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Acupuncture before and during surgery reduces the need for powerful painkillers Acupuncture before and during surgery reduces the need for powerful painkillers

Interesting study...if it can reduce the amount of painkillers needed after surgery that would certainly be right up there in my book..BD ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Unions give up on gov.'s health plan - California Unions give up on gov.'s health plan - California

Latest in the continuing story on California Health plans...BD SACRAMENTO -- Abandoning their facade of cooperation, a coalition of Califo...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ben Affleck supports unionizing hospitals in Boston Ben Affleck supports unionizing hospitals in Boston

Actor and film director Ben Affleck took time out today from promoting his new movie, "Gone Baby Gone," to stump for the powerful...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Kaiser doctor, accused of negligence, remains on the job Kaiser doctor, accused of negligence, remains on the job

Sad story here...jury may be out on this one for a while too...the one item that is a bit odd is the comment from his attorney where the phy...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Medical Home: An Idea Whose Time Has Come ... Again The Medical Home: An Idea Whose Time Has Come ... Again

AAFP model - TransforMed...incorporates Medical Home components...and more coming, insurance companies are doing it, as well as self insure...

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