Bill Maher: Short Clip on Sick Kids and SCHIP Bill Maher: Short Clip on Sick Kids and SCHIP

Parody on Bush's veto position...View the link below to see an actual discussion about those who are one step away from disaster...BD  ...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bush calls children's health insurance bill a 'trick' Bush calls children's health insurance bill a 'trick'

Trick or Treat on the SCHIP bill?  BD Halloween's an appropriate day to talk about it because there's a bill moving through Congre...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

FDA Approves Allergan Combo Eye Drop for Glaucoma FDA Approves Allergan Combo Eye Drop for Glaucoma

NEW YORK (Reuters) Oct 31 - Allergan Inc on Wednesday said U.S. regulators approved its combination glaucoma drug Combigan. The company sai...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Health Insurers Target Early Retirees Health Insurers Target Early Retirees

After the "cherry picking", how do you market the left overs?  The articles says that the over 50 group might be loyal, but also e...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Doctors sue Memorial Hermann over 'bully tactics' - HOUSTON Doctors sue Memorial Hermann over 'bully tactics' - HOUSTON

The hospital was only open for 2 years...BD Basically what Memorial Hermann did is they went to insurance companies like Aetna and United ...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Aerial surveillance gets computer boost - Sahara Tablet PC Aerial surveillance gets computer boost - Sahara Tablet PC

Follow up on Initial post :  Portable Tablets Help MSP Secure Homeland I spoke with Gail at Tablet Kiosk to confirm that this is the Sahara...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hands-On Nabaztag 2 Wi-Fi Rabbit to the Office.. Hands-On Nabaztag 2 Wi-Fi Rabbit to the Office..

Nice addition to the office...it will read email to you among other fun things...nice perhaps for a pediatrician or anyone who likes somethi...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Chemicals Flow Unchecked From China to US Drug Market Chemicals Flow Unchecked From China to US Drug Market

Do you know where all the ingredients come from with the medication you are currently taking?  How many sell ingredients to our US pharma ma...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Lizard spit and bongs - Medication Origins and Future Lizard spit and bongs - Medication Origins and Future

What is the future on diabetes treatment medications - article explores the recent number of medications, origins, and the potential future....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

GP pay £110,000 after a 10% rise GP pay £110,000 after a 10% rise

In contrast to what is happening to primary care physicians here in the US , pay is on the rise for GP physicians in the UK...but the patien...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Vanishing Breed: What Happened to the Family Doctor? Vanishing Breed: What Happened to the Family Doctor?

Is this happening to a practice near you?  He is closing as the system is not working.  $60,000.00 a year is not much income for all the tim...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Doctor? Or Druggist? Doctor? Or Druggist?

More physicians are beginning to provide prescriptions right from the office...growing trend and certain a big convenience for patients...an...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Portable Tablets Help MSP Secure Homeland Portable Tablets Help MSP Secure Homeland

Great article on using a tablet pc, and I agree here, this looks like the Sahara i440D from Tablet Kiosk ...it sure is much easier to work w...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Snoring Men Transform Into Sleeping Beauties After Surgery Snoring Men Transform Into Sleeping Beauties After Surgery

According to the article, this is a fairly simple procedure to have done with a plastic surgeon...BD Millions of men who suffer from sleep ...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Scripps Research Team Blocks Bacterial Communication System To Prevent Deadly Staph Infections Scripps Research Team Blocks Bacterial Communication System To Prevent Deadly Staph Infections

In hopes of combating the growing scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, in particular drug-resistant staph bacteria, a team of scientis...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

1 in 8 veterans lacks health insurance 1 in 8 veterans lacks health insurance

Sometimes a group we may not think about in the ranks of the uninsured..BD WASHINGTON -- About one of every eight veterans under the age o...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Many older doctors plan to phase out their practice Many older doctors plan to phase out their practice

These are some pretty scary numbers in the survey...Marcus Welby no longer exists..and with all the additional pressures and reductions of i...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Is U.S. stuck in Internet's slow lane Is U.S. stuck in Internet's slow lane

Might be part of the reason that Health IT is dragging as well....BD NEW YORK - The United States is starting to look like a slowpoke on t...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Companies Tap RSS to Tame Info Overload Companies Tap RSS to Tame Info Overload

This site makes use every day of RSS Feeds....my choice is Attensa which is free and we have a link on the site.  The NHS in the UK is even ...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

German hospital saves baby with pioneering surgery in womb German hospital saves baby with pioneering surgery in womb

Nice story...and the baby was born healthy...BD BERLIN (AFP) A German hospital is celebrating a world first after carrying out life-savin...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

UCI Medical Center has fired 13 nurses UCI Medical Center has fired 13 nurses

Not real good news with the current shortage of nurses...entering too much information?  From the information in this article, it sounds lik...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

More young adults on cholesterol drugs More young adults on cholesterol drugs

Blood pressure and cholesterol drugs both on the rise for young adults.....but losing weight can also be a big help too...perhaps a more nat...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

TV raises blood pressure in obese kids: study TV raises blood pressure in obese kids: study

I am guessing this relates to more hours of inactivity...BD  They found obese children who watched four or more hours of TV a day were thr...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Hospital to Screen for Staph Germ Hospital to Screen for Staph Germ

Good step and certainly can't hurt...BD  CHICAGO (AP) Loyola University Medical Center on Monday announced plans to start testing all i...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Health costs squeeze workers Health costs squeeze workers

Open enrollment - employees finding the choice a lot different this year..higher deductibles..change in types of plans with employers watchi...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

US makes new push on e-health records US makes new push on e-health records

Some physicians could stand to make some extra income on the pilot program...directed at Medicare patients..but the administration is also c...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Doctors test hot sauce for pain relief Doctors test hot sauce for pain relief

Hot sauce may be the next pain killer...purified of course.  Don't try this at home the article states next time you need some relief fo...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Prostate Cancer Effectively Cured In Young Men By Implanting Radiation Seeds Prostate Cancer Effectively Cured In Young Men By Implanting Radiation Seeds

Alternative to surgery if used before the age of 60...BD Radiation seed implants (brachytherapy) are just as effective at curing prostate ...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Email sent to your Cell phone, just a regular cell phone will do Email sent to your Cell phone, just a regular cell phone will do

Neat service that will enable email to your normal cell phone, you do not need a Blackberry or Windows Mobile device to get your email...req...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

SEC steps into WellCare probe - HMO Medicaid  Provider SEC steps into WellCare probe - HMO Medicaid Provider

This could be serious...whenever the Security and Exchange Commission sets foot inside, there's usually some type of alleged substantiat...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

New wave of job cuts hits health care New wave of job cuts hits health care

Including pharmaceutical industry...BD NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lack of significant new drugs and products, declining sales of lucrative fla...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Health care crisis Health care crisis

Major finding...people just don't go to the doctor...and small employers continue to look for a way out..but our leadership just tells u...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Humana Net Rises 90% - Medicare business Humana Net Rises 90% - Medicare business

Income making the most from the Medicare business....and projecting earnings in 2008 to be around 5.30 to 5.50 per share..up from the averag...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Record numbers go abroad for health - UK Record numbers go abroad for health - UK

Superbugs and lack of confidence in the NHS...India appearing to be the most popular choice..nurses all bogged down with administrative func...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Harmony and Synergy Merge to Form Leading On-Demand Health and Human Services Solutions Company Harmony and Synergy Merge to Form Leading On-Demand Health and Human Services Solutions Company

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - October 29, 2007) - Harmony Information Systems, Inc. (Harmony), the industry leading provider of software solutio...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Microsoft buying Global Care Solutions Microsoft buying Global Care Solutions

International hospital software and systems management....BD  Microsoft Corp. said Monday it is buying software, intellectual property and...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Medical-bill errors becoming more common Medical-bill errors becoming more common

The direct result of the more complicated coding systems implemented for payment...hospitals have done itemized billing for a long time and ...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Safeway Offers Flu Vaccines In Stores, USA Safeway Offers Flu Vaccines In Stores, USA

Flu Shots are everywhere this year...even the grocery stores have joined in...BD Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) will offer flu vaccines at all st...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Michigan House Passes Bill To Limit Insurance Rate Increases Michigan House Passes Bill To Limit Insurance Rate Increases

This appears to be the first state action to put a limit on how high premiums can go...almost like regulating a utility, which is pretty clo...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

CMS Awards Two Contracts To Process And Pay Medicare Part A And Part B Claims In 7 States And D.C., USA CMS Awards Two Contracts To Process And Pay Medicare Part A And Part B Claims In 7 States And D.C., USA

More new contracts awarded from CMS for processing claims..this one includes California..will be the single point of contact once things are...

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Robot to lift and carry people Robot to lift and carry people

Could this be the next robot we see working at hospitals?  He could use an appearance change though, scrub green is not too appealing for lo...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Intel Opens Clean Room manufacturing for 45 nm chips...cleaner than an operating room... Intel Opens Clean Room manufacturing for 45 nm chips...cleaner than an operating room...

How clean is clean?  The processor clean room is 100 times cleaner than the average operating room but chips don't have to worry about b...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

The RP-7 Robotic System - Dr. Chung discussion The RP-7 Robotic System - Dr. Chung discussion

More on the use of medical robots...the video from QualComm is also very good with the physician doing an in-room demo on the spot using wir...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Its Devices Bring Relief To Patients - ON-Q Its Devices Bring Relief To Patients - ON-Q

The device can also deliver anti bacterial agents...perhaps helpful with the MRSA battle at surgical sites.....BD  Two things you don'...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

New Incisionless Surgery Offers Hope to Heartburn Sufferers - GERD New Incisionless Surgery Offers Hope to Heartburn Sufferers - GERD

Many have GERD and if surgery would be deemed necessary, this sure looks to be a great way to to go...anytime you have less cutting and tiss...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Intensivist...hospital technology/physician occupation The Intensivist...hospital technology/physician occupation

This way the doctor can be there virtually...and it is working....they are also able to get the physical staff there immediately as well...t...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Hospital makes Chapter 11 filing - Los Angeles. Hospital makes Chapter 11 filing - Los Angeles.

This hospital was also cited having financial difficulties in a post a couple weeks ago....BD Brotman Medical Center in Culver City has fil...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

The failed promise of prompt pay ...how long does it really take to get paid..and what is a clean claim? The failed promise of prompt pay ...how long does it really take to get paid..and what is a clean claim?

Having large monopolies in the health care business certainly does not help issues..if everything meets current criteria without any additio...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Travel reservations: Push for offshore care .. Travel reservations: Push for offshore care ..

Employers and health plans are being courted...with the promise of huge savings over the same procedures in the US...BD The companies aren&...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

FDA warns about 'stay awake drug' Provigil FDA warns about 'stay awake drug' Provigil

Provigil which is made by drug manufacturer Cephalon, is used to treat people suffering from narcolepsy and obstructive sleep apnea and sto...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Additional References and Music Enhancements for the Blog Additional References and Music Enhancements for the Blog

Over the weekend some new changes were added to the blog and hopefully useful and beneficial to all readers.  Now it is easier to locate pas...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Small hospital in Clay Center, Kan., aims for a free MRI machine Small hospital in Clay Center, Kan., aims for a free MRI machine

The contest continues....so far 37 hospitals have submitted entries...BD Thats what Clay County Medical Center, about three hours west of K...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Stones Legend Joins 15 000 On Hospitals March - UK Stones Legend Joins 15 000 On Hospitals March - UK

And other celebrities were present as well.....BD Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards joined thousands of protesters for a rally and march...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

DoD, VA still working on sharing e-health records DoD, VA still working on sharing e-health records

The government is working on this internally to have interoperable records between agencies...BD October 24, 2007 (IDG News Service) -- The...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Consultant hired to make sense of IT Soup Consultant hired to make sense of IT Soup

I would like this job...BD What's the difference between an EMR, an EHR and a PHR? Why is an HIE not a RHIO? Does anyone really care? W...

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Are Hospitalists Killing Primary Care? Are Hospitalists Killing Primary Care?

Good article and addresses many issues, including how to incorporate both the roles of the PCP and hospitalists together for better health c...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Change the Medicare rules that effectively deny patients needed rehab time Change the Medicare rules that effectively deny patients needed rehab time

I agree this should be addressed somewhere along the line..my mother a few years ago was a perfect example as she had 2 knee surgeries, befo...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

DARPA's robotic arm and driverless vehicles... DARPA's robotic arm and driverless vehicles...

Absolutely a must watch....if you are not familiar with DARPA, this is the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency...working under the Depa...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

FEMA apologizes for news conference on fires - employees posed as reporters.... FEMA apologizes for news conference on fires - employees posed as reporters....

I think it would have been better to perhaps cancel and re-schedule...but there are a lot of good efforts with private industry jumping in t...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

AT&T Offers Free Wi-Fi Access in Southern California - Fire relief AT&T Offers Free Wi-Fi Access in Southern California - Fire relief

Another nice helping hand and welcomed by all....BD  To help California residents affected by the fires stretching across Southern Californ...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

AMA To Congress: Health Insurance Mergers Harm Patients, Physicians AMA To Congress: Health Insurance Mergers Harm Patients, Physicians

Good points made here with the consolidation of carriers...as there appear to be fewer to choose from on the horizon in view of all the rece...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Health officials insist IS 211 students are safe Health officials insist IS 211 students are safe

Thus far we have not heard much about his prior medical care...hope more will surface soon...and I think testing in hospitals at this point ...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

GlaxoSmithKline Aids California Fire Relief Efforts GlaxoSmithKline Aids California Fire Relief Efforts

Nice contribution and I'm sure appreciated by all...BD  GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) shares the nation's concern for residents and ...

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

SiCKO Health Care Card... SiCKO Health Care Card...

Michael Moore is back with his own health card..."don't get sick without it"....one of the readers of the blog brought this to...

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Friday, October 26, 2007
 
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