New prototype phone gives fitness check - The Wellness Mobile Phone New prototype phone gives fitness check - The Wellness Mobile Phone

Hmmm...this phone can tell me when I have bad breath...and can sense what I am doing...running, walking resting and counts the calories...or...

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

FTC Cracks Down on Health Sites' Claims - Online Sellers of alternative hormone replacement therapy products FTC Cracks Down on Health Sites' Claims - Online Sellers of alternative hormone replacement therapy products

Best I think to stay with your doctor's advice on this one...BD The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has filed complaints against seven o...

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

TeleMedic Systems - Telemedicine products... TeleMedic Systems - Telemedicine products...

Products have the potential to guide and help a non medical person in an emergency by connecting to a physician who can see patient vital si...

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

NightHawk Radiology Services - Teleradiology Services NightHawk Radiology Services - Teleradiology Services

This could be very valuable for rural areas in emergency situations where  radiologist services are needed and also in areas where the avail...

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Congressional members move forward with efforts to override the veto for children's health care... Congressional members move forward with efforts to override the veto for children's health care...

Labor unions and advocacy groups, including MoveOn.org, said yesterday they are joining the effort to override the veto and expect to spend...

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Medicare To Recover $4 Billion From Providers Medicare To Recover $4 Billion From Providers

Part D...BD  Medicare, the U.S. health program for the elderly, said it will recover $4 billion from providers of drug benefit plans that w...

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

The NHS / Patient Deadlock, UK The NHS / Patient Deadlock, UK

The NHS in the UK continues to address the culture shift that is occurring with medical care relative to hospital stays as they continue wit...

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Few Americans Are Familiar With A Medical Specialty That Could Decrease Pain And Increase Quality Of Life Without Surgery Few Americans Are Familiar With A Medical Specialty That Could Decrease Pain And Increase Quality Of Life Without Surgery

Another somewhat unknown specialty...the Rehab physician...something we can learn about from our primary care physicians and when one might ...

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

British patients get therapy on computer British patients get therapy on computer

Log on the computer to help get rid of your phobias in the UK...covered by the NHS...effective or cost cutting for the NHS?  BD LONDON - F...

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Woman's Hospital Files Federal Lawsuit Alleging Inadequate Medicaid Reimbursements Woman's Hospital Files Federal Lawsuit Alleging Inadequate Medicaid Reimbursements

Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in a federal court against the Louisiana Department of Health an...

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Microsoft Health Records... Microsoft Health Records...

And this is what we need to help make this work...one of my favorites...BD  Read the original story and review of the Health Vault here......

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Pentagon acting like an HMO? Pentagon acting like an HMO?

There have been stories on the television news on the same issues in the recent past...BD  First is this news from the St. Louis Dispatch,...

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Program will give hurricane-impacted firms in LA free software Program will give hurricane-impacted firms in LA free software

And there would be no reason for the healthcare  folks to jump on this too...BD Some small businesses in Louisiana that were affected by hu...

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Coding Cues: Answers to your questions about...99211 Coding Cues: Answers to your questions about...99211

Always helpful information from Medical Economics on coding..BD There are important points to remember when billing a 99211 visit. Medicare...

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Aetna CEO Calls Microsoft, Google Health 'Vaporware Aetna CEO Calls Microsoft, Google Health 'Vaporware

For some reason, this doesn't surprise me...but again, the entire focus with Microsoft is as I interpret this...Healthcare..not dollars...

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Democratic Leaders Schedule SCHIP Legislation Vote For Oct. 18 In Hopes Of Overriding President Bush's Veto Democratic Leaders Schedule SCHIP Legislation Vote For Oct. 18 In Hopes Of Overriding President Bush's Veto

A few more days added...sad that this bill did carry a veto...BD The House on Wednesday won a procedural vote that allowed them to postpon...

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Healthware - Wearable Computers in Healthcare Report Healthware - Wearable Computers in Healthcare Report

This report is available for purchase that examines "wearable" computers...the site has a PDF that give the outline of the informa...

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Compromised Government Web Sites - California Compromised Government Web Sites - California

Security should be on everyone's agenda...watch for the EBay and Pay Pal email phishing as well...BD  San Francisco (IDGNS) - The U.S....

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Microsoft Health Records - Special Review and Basic Information Microsoft Health Records - Special Review and Basic Information

I have included what I hope to provide is some extensive information on the new Health Vault. If yo...

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Lab mix-up leads to unnecessary double mastectomy Lab mix-up leads to unnecessary double mastectomy

Horrible story....and makes a point about double checking your work sometimes...when it comes to healthcare, oops is just not good enough......

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Walgreen Subsidiary To Open 100 More Retail Health Clinics Walgreen Subsidiary To Open 100 More Retail Health Clinics

Walgreens is right up there with CVS with the expansion of retail health clinics...BD Take Care Health Systems, a subsidiary of Walgreen th...

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Breast cancer Virtual Anatomy Breast cancer Virtual Anatomy

Great educational tool on breast cancer, posted from the folks over at Medgadget.  More information available at Medgadet on the the potenti...

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Varicose Veins Treated Quickly And Effectively With Next-generation Ablation Catheter Varicose Veins Treated Quickly And Effectively With Next-generation Ablation Catheter

New procedure and quick too...sometimes varicose veins are painful and this appears to be a great alternative solution, although at present,...

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Skin Patches For Flu Vaccine Under Development Skin Patches For Flu Vaccine Under Development

This would be a nice alternative to a shot, if it works...but we have a wait before this technology could be offered...BD Flu vaccine deliv...

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Confusion in Alabama...what is a sex toy and what is used for medical purposes - Supreme court doesn't want to deal with it.. Confusion in Alabama...what is a sex toy and what is used for medical purposes - Supreme court doesn't want to deal with it..

Funny story actually...can't blame the courts for not wanting to go there...BD  Earlier this week, the Supreme Court declined to hear ...

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

New York City taxi drivers threaten to strike... this time over healthcare.... New York City taxi drivers threaten to strike... this time over healthcare....

Well they got over the technology rub with GPS units and are now in the same boat with the rest of us... healthcare ..much more important th...

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

X-ray Colonoscopy may be more available soon X-ray Colonoscopy may be more available soon

Good news here...and they are done very quickly...and are much less expensive than the full test done as an outpatient at the hospital with ...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Medicare Contractors Are Inappropriately Denying Medicare Payment, Restricting Access To Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation Services Medicare Contractors Are Inappropriately Denying Medicare Payment, Restricting Access To Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation Services

Yikes...inaccurately second guessing doctor's decisions about the patients who would benefit from this care...forcing hospitals through ...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Day surgery for brain tumors on the NHS in Britain Day surgery for brain tumors on the NHS in Britain

Brain surgery on an out patient basis in the UK...BD The technique has been developed by Britain's youngest female brain surgeon, Dr. G...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

HIPAA no bar to revealing Levy's location, experts say HIPAA no bar to revealing Levy's location, experts say

Mayor leaves, abandons office, spent time in an undisclosed hospital...officials want records...does it violate HIPAA or does it not?  Inter...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Iron Mountain Acquires Records Management Firm Iron Mountain Acquires Records Management Firm

Iron Mountain and RMS have a shared vision of making electronic medical records a reality," said Mark Rempe, Iron Mountain's vice p...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Houston physician indicted in alleged wheelchair scam Houston physician indicted in alleged wheelchair scam

I would guess approving 20-60 wheelchairs a day might stick out in anyone's book...that's a lot of wheelchairs for one MD to create ...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Physician may have infected patients Physician may have infected patients

All 1800 patients since 2004 have been offered free blood tests..this is your biggest potential nightmare...all over re-using syringes it ap...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Wrinkled? Pressed for time? Clinic offering walk-in Botox Wrinkled? Pressed for time? Clinic offering walk-in Botox

What a novel idea...with the new technology developing maybe the Botox can take care of your migraine at the same time...BD  Here's a n...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Allergan Buys Espirit Pharma Allergan Buys Espirit Pharma

Perhaps to expand the Botox business...testing has been done for the use of Botox for over active bladders and migraines so perhaps this fal...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

CVS/pharmacy Stores in Los Angeles Metro Area open Minute Clinics... CVS/pharmacy Stores in Los Angeles Metro Area open Minute Clinics...

Minute Clinic come to southern California...prices for services listed on the link below...Orange County has the bulk of the new clinics...B...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

U.S. sues Delphi over worker medical records U.S. sues Delphi over worker medical records

This could be the beginning of legal privacy issues...employees asked to sign a release when returning back to work so the employer could vi...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Bank of America, Health Net team on medical-payment venture Bank of America, Health Net team on medical-payment venture

First we had the Blue Cross Bank and now B of A with Health Net...and the ability to pay online...BD  Bank of America Corp. has formed a ve...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

High-tech clinics signal end of local hospitals High-tech clinics signal end of local hospitals

New changes in health care in the UK....BD  A string of "superclinics" aimed at halving the amount of patients needing hospital t...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Medical device companies on defense Medical device companies on defense

Another emerging issue...new devices that are also helping to advance health care, but will we have access to them?  BD WASHINGTON (Reuter...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Health and Wellness: The Medical Credit Card Trap Health and Wellness: The Medical Credit Card Trap

Michael Moore's film Sicko opens with the haunting vignette of a man who loses part of two fingers in a sawing mishap. As he lacks both...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

New Information Resource added to the site - Heart Valve Surgery Online New Information Resource added to the site - Heart Valve Surgery Online

We have added a new resource for patients and anyone for that matter to find out more information relative to heart valve surgery..the link ...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Survey shows lengthy waits for ER patients  5 /12 hours the average  for hospital admittance- San Diego Survey shows lengthy waits for ER patients 5 /12 hours the average for hospital admittance- San Diego

The page also shows the average number of monthly ER visits for the area hospitals.  BD SAN DIEGO Suddenly find yourself in a medical crisi...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

How IT giant McKesson handled the theft of laptop computers containing confidential patient data How IT giant McKesson handled the theft of laptop computers containing confidential patient data

We report every week on data breaches, theft, etc. and this time it is nice to have a broadcast on how McKesson is handling the stolen noteb...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Judge allows class action against Target Web site Judge allows class action against Target Web site

This story sort of bugs me...Target does a lot of nice things...did we mention the program for the $4.00 prescriptions here?   There are als...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Eavesdrop Through Walls With a Do-It-Yourself Recording Spy Stethoscope Eavesdrop Through Walls With a Do-It-Yourself Recording Spy Stethoscope

Ok, now we have a real use for all those old stethoscopes some of you may have hanging around the office...I had to think twice about postin...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Visualization Software of IBM for Electronic Health Records... Visualization Software of IBM for Electronic Health Records...

Currently being tested in Denmark...click and view patient information based on using an avatar representation of the patient... software li...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Artificial cornea research... Artificial cornea research...

New technology being developed and tested...if successful could have trials as early as 2008 for human candidates...BD  Every year, in Germ...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

FDA approves knee-injury device for humans FDA approves knee-injury device for humans

The device will help with chronic tears and provide access to blood and cells as the body works to repair...and there's potential use in...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

New Leukemia Drug Stems - Clinical studies beginning by the end of this year.. New Leukemia Drug Stems - Clinical studies beginning by the end of this year..

A new, easily ingested form of a compound that has already shown it can attack the roots of leukemia in laboratory studies is moving into h...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Uppers' Keep Going Up Uppers' Keep Going Up

The black market for these products keeps getting larger via solicitation on the Internet...BD An editorial by Professor Hamid Ghodse, Dire...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

American Hospital Association gets political... American Hospital Association gets political...

Patients are not the only ones frustrated with today's system...working to find solutions and not adding more turf battles..BD American...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Mouth-mounted Camera - bizarre and interesting location for a camera... Mouth-mounted Camera - bizarre and interesting location for a camera...

I don't think I would be up for this one at all, first of all you need "pretty"teeth for the best effects here...I don't t...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Online videos may be conduits for viruses Online videos may be conduits for viruses

Be careful when connecting to video sources...if you do not know the page or the source.  This site has You Tube links and are legitimate li...

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Symlin, diabetes treatment to help control blood sugar highs and lows - taken at mealtime Symlin, diabetes treatment to help control blood sugar highs and lows - taken at mealtime

Product used in conjunction with insulin...site has complete details and patient safety information as well....approved by the FDA...BD SYM...

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Taxotere Gets FDA Approval For Advance Head And Neck Cancer Before Chemoradiotherapy And Surgery Taxotere Gets FDA Approval For Advance Head And Neck Cancer Before Chemoradiotherapy And Surgery

  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Taxotere Injection Concentrate combined with cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil for indu...

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Ending Two-Year Waiting Period For Medicare legislation introduced for early onset of Alzheimers Ending Two-Year Waiting Period For Medicare legislation introduced for early onset of Alzheimers

  Ending the Medicare Disability Waiting Period Act of 2007 (S 2102), offered by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), would provide much needed ass...

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Weight Loss Gadgets - The Hula Chair Weight Loss Gadgets - The Hula Chair

Perhaps I should have one of these at my desk...need to take a break, how about a little hula at the office...watch the video from You Tube....

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Ossur's PROPRIO FOOT received the 2007 da Vinci Award Ossur's PROPRIO FOOT received the 2007 da Vinci Award

Great web site and innovative products for amputees...they have many other innnovative products relative to braces and supports as well incl...

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Verizon Reverses Itself on Abortion Messages Verizon Reverses Itself on Abortion Messages

Is this even newsworthy?...BD  Reversing course, Verizon Wireless announced yesterday that it would allow an abortion rights group to send...

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Monday, October 01, 2007

President Bush Signs Into Law Legislation To Reauthorize Prescription Drug User Fee Act President Bush Signs Into Law Legislation To Reauthorize Prescription Drug User Fee Act

Pharma will be paying the FDA a little more to hopefully increase safety...BD President Bush on Tuesday signed into law a bill (HR 3580) th...

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Strange but true: Evander Holyfield releases Real Deal Grill Strange but true: Evander Holyfield releases Real Deal Grill

This is funny...but the name is maybe not as catchy..so now there's a choice in the grill department...maybe George Forman won't hav...

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Health Insurance and General Motors Health Insurance and General Motors

Health care costs sore above the costs for raw materials used in manufacturing..and even more than coffee beans...BD GM spends more on heal...

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Monday, October 01, 2007

FDA tackles illegal hydrocodone products FDA tackles illegal hydrocodone products

Products for children 6 and under that have not been approved are the primary targets to include cough suppressants...FDA approved products ...

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Lab-on-a-chip" breakthrough for on-site diagnostics Lab-on-a-chip" breakthrough for on-site diagnostics

  October 1, 2007 A Californian based company has produced the worlds first disposable photonic lab-on-a-chip solution for next-generation ...

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Court rules Medicare plans can be sued for nonpayment ... Court rules Medicare plans can be sued for nonpayment ...

As this article states from the court decision, payers can be sued for non payment, even if the funds were administered by an HMO/IPA...Paci...

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Sunday, September 30, 2007