Insurers secretly pay Docs for generic switches Insurers secretly pay Docs for generic switches

Video about insurers and changing medications to a generic...most of us today would prefer a generic due to price, but there are sometimes a...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

HELP COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OF LONG BEACH WIN AN MRI HELP COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OF LONG BEACH WIN AN MRI

As most regular readers probably know by now, I am in Southern California.  If you have a moment while reading, take a moment out and cast a...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Freezing tumors eases cancer pain in study Freezing tumors eases cancer pain in study

Great use of the CT scanner to accomplish this...BD CHICAGO (Reuters) - Freezing tumors may help relieve the extreme pain of cancer that ha...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Surgery Restores Sense of Touch in Two Amputees Surgery Restores Sense of Touch in Two Amputees

Neat story and wonderful technology....hope to see more of this...BD A bionic hand that restores the sense of touch to amputees could soon...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Night Horrors: The Perils of Parasomnias Night Horrors: The Perils of Parasomnias

More information on what we used to call sleep walking...can be much more to it as this article states..sleep apnea..doing things while we s...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Language gaps hinder doctor-patient relationships Language gaps hinder doctor-patient relationships

Free technology can help here too...take a look at what you can do for free from Microsoft... and a Google toolbar add on will translate fo...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fly-By Surgery Fly-By Surgery

Will your insurance company soon be recommending a visit outside the United States for surgery?  Some carriers are already starting to reimb...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Skilled Healthcare not Fazed by slow going Skilled Healthcare not Fazed by slow going

Do Nursing Home facilities belong on Wall Street?  BD  Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. hasn’t set Wall Street on fire in its first six month...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Haven Health facilities owe state $1 million and file bankruptcy chapter 11 Haven Health facilities owe state $1 million and file bankruptcy chapter 11

And they didn't even pay their taxes...health care or profit?  BD     ST. ALBANS — Following a scathing series of investigative report...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

56,000 California Kids May Lose Health Coverage -Personal Injury Lawyer 56,000 California Kids May Lose Health Coverage -Personal Injury Lawyer

Instead of presents, Santa Claus might deliver a note to more than 56,000 families in California that will inform them that their children ...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Medicine: How To Avoid The Medicare Donut Hole Medicine: How To Avoid The Medicare Donut Hole

As the article states...start with generics from the beginning if possible...ask your doctor and shop at the retailers that offer $4.0 or di...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Medicare Chief Checks Insurers' Pitches Medicare Chief Checks Insurers' Pitches

Secret Shopper program to check and see how insurers are pitching and selling...BD Weems acknowledged that he wasn't just a shopper. H...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Federal Court Suit Filed To Lift Medicare Coverage Bar On Off-Label, "Medically Necessary" Drugs, USA Federal Court Suit Filed To Lift Medicare Coverage Bar On Off-Label, "Medically Necessary" Drugs, USA

  The Medicare Rights Center filed suit in federal district court today, asking a judge to declare unlawful the Bush Administration's ...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Toshiba's AquilionONE Receives FDA Clearance Toshiba's AquilionONE Receives FDA Clearance

An organ can be scanned in one rotation...eliminating the need to reconstruct slices from multiple p...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Canada Fumbles Health Data in Security Breach Canada Fumbles Health Data in Security Breach

Not as big as the one in the UK, but serious as well...the second biggest cause of security breaches is the human tendency to ignore policy ...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Cigna to buy Great-West health unit for $1.5 bln Cigna to buy Great-West health unit for $1.5 bln

One more that was left off the listing yesterday...BD  NEW YORK, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Health insurer Cigna Corp(CI.N: Quote , Profile , Rese...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Data input: Still a final frontier in clinical computing but progress is being made Data input: Still a final frontier in clinical computing but progress is being made

Good comments and article as always from the wisdom of Dr Crounse...I agree that data input is a big...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Illegal immigrants not U.S. health care burden: study Illegal immigrants not U.S. health care burden: study

The study states they get less care than legal immigrants...BD  Such immigrants tend not to have a regular doctor or other health-care pro...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Atlanta hospital in grave condition - Grady still struggling Atlanta hospital in grave condition - Grady still struggling

Update...sad things are still not getting any better... ATLANTA - For generations, Grady Memorial Hospital has treated the poorest of the...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Men give up too fast if impotence pill fails Men give up too fast if impotence pill fails

The findings show the importance of the first-time pill for erectile dysfunction patients who could potentially see better results by switc...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Hospital fined for wrong-side surgery Hospital fined for wrong-side surgery

3 Wrong side brain surgeries in one year 3 different doctors...BD PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island Hospital was fined $50,000 and repriman...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Security firms condemn HMRC for breach - UK Security firms condemn HMRC for breach - UK

Update on the UK security breach:   Sad lesson indeed here, but something to pay attention to if you are in the health care business and use...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Hospitals in chaos as doctors strike in Italy Hospitals in chaos as doctors strike in Italy

Five million appointments and 45,000 surgical procedures were postponed yesterday when Italian doctors staged a 24-hour strike over short-t...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

‘Health care reform?’ Hush! You’ll anger the Insurance Gods! ‘Health care reform?’ Hush! You’ll anger the Insurance Gods!

Is this all we can do, get an AARP shirt?  BD You’ve heard about how one in seven Americans, or some such awful number, has no health insu...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Software group targets small business - Illegal software Software group targets small business - Illegal software

Good time to check out all your software at the office...BD  WASHINGTON - Michael Gaertner worried he could lose his company. A group call...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Home Health Services using Tablet PCs Home Health Services using Tablet PCs

And she does not use a keyboard to enter her information.  Nice story from Tablet PC Buzz and they have included a video with additional det...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

The super scanner that lets doctors strip us down to bones and blood vessels The super scanner that lets doctors strip us down to bones and blood vessels

Pretty awesome images to say the least...with the new Essence technology...and the images can be vi...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Details ‘posted on unencrypted discs - UK Details ‘posted on unencrypted discs - UK

Security breach of the week... big one this time in the UK...one question, why do folks continue to put information UNENCRYPTED on CDs?  The...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

The latest buzz on booze’s body benefits The latest buzz on booze’s body benefits

Works for me..and glad that it doesn't take long to reap the rewards...BD  Attention, wine (and beer and martini) lovers: After years ...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Research to look at whether dogs able to sniff out diabetes Research to look at whether dogs able to sniff out diabetes

Woof! Woof!  Can man's best friend be trained to take on this task...BD  Queen's University researchers are appealing for voluntee...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

AMA to renew fight for Medicare balance billing AMA to renew fight for Medicare balance billing

Well one answer for the physician is to not participate..and then they can balance-bill a percentage..but that's not a win for the patie...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Do your staff salaries measure up? Do your staff salaries measure up?

And the overall winner is work for an Orthopedic office, although for clerical staff, OBGYN is a bit higher.... and Family Practice sadly dr...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Swat Doc:  Doctor in Bulletproof Vest Saves Cop Swat Doc: Doctor in Bulletproof Vest Saves Cop

Another way for trauma doctors to boost their income but perhaps not for all physicians...good work ...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

End insurer subsidies for private Medicare End insurer subsidies for private Medicare

In some areas, regular Medicare is the best paying plan around for both physicians and hospitals due to contracts with the private insurer s...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Medicare auditing making states ill Medicare auditing making states ill

2 more states join California to halt Medicare auditing procedures...BD  WASHINGTON -- Florida and New York hospital officials are leaping...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Just Off Insular Senate Floor, Life of the Uninsured Intrudes Just Off Insular Senate Floor, Life of the Uninsured Intrudes

Can it get any closer to home...employees inside the Senate...BD  When senators debate health care, they usually speak in abstract terms ...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Insurance and Pharmaceutical acquisitions activity Insurance and Pharmaceutical acquisitions activity

Also the watched activity in the state of Nevada from the AMA referenced in prior posts...hey forget about "the Russians are coming&quo...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hard choices on healthcare - "Dad be careful, don't fall, we don't have health insurance.... Hard choices on healthcare - "Dad be careful, don't fall, we don't have health insurance....

More about SCHIP...and why we need it...even the 8 year old son is aware there is no money for broken arms...BD AMERICAN dream scene: a go...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

New UV tattoo - Safe? New UV tattoo - Safe?

Is it safe for humans, or just fish?  You might need to carry around your own black light too...BD  "I do doctors, attorneys, firemen...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

It's not a cold, it's "man flu" It's not a cold, it's "man flu"

Interesting and entertaining post about "man's flu"....although it could be just plain old IMS, irritable male syndrome.... an...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Asheville doctor turns medical practice into mobile business Asheville doctor turns medical practice into mobile business

One MD's story on how he's turning around his practice to be "mobile" and it also helps keep folks out of the ER if the vi...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

The strange case of the giant hairball The strange case of the giant hairball

Now that is one huge hairball...doesn't pay to eat your hair!  Huge 15 inches by 5 inches of hair...and weighed 10 pounds...BD  (CNN) ...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Medical Scam targets the Desperate - The EPFX Machine Medical Scam targets the Desperate - The EPFX Machine

The EPFX machine...definitely a controversial item in healthcare...we try to only publish articles about items that do carry FDA approval on...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Lessons in Holiday Dining With Liberals Lessons in Holiday Dining With Liberals

Health insurance discussion...BD  How many people also don't know that laws prohibit interstate health insurance sales, preventing peo...

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Once-Daily SEROQUEL XL(R) Prevents Relapse In Patients With Schizophrenia Clear Long-term Benefit Leads To Early Completion Of Study Once-Daily SEROQUEL XL(R) Prevents Relapse In Patients With Schizophrenia Clear Long-term Benefit Leads To Early Completion Of Study

A new study, published in the November 2007 issue of Psychiatry 20071 found that the once daily formulation of SEROQUEL XL® in adult patient...

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Is your practice running on empty? Is your practice running on empty?

Good article with some good suggestions relative to taking a look at a medical practice and some simple evaluations to see where business st...

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

California Regulators Target Health Insurance Cancellations California Regulators Target Health Insurance Cancellations

According to the article, all of the major players are under some type of examination from the state..BD  California managed-care regulato...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Amazon Kindle Videos Amazon Kindle Videos

But you will still need a PC for items other than reading and ordering books, blogs and papers...BD     

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Docs find errors in own medical charts Docs find errors in own medical charts

Could be a copy and paste error or perhaps a wrong template entered without personalization?  Just a couple things that could happen with co...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Cardiologists Question Delay of Data on 2 Drugs Cardiologists Question Delay of Data on 2 Drugs

Is Zetia as effective as statins?  BD Prescriptions for the cholesterol-lowering drugs Zetia and Vytorin are written for almost 800,000 Am...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Redneck Health Plan Redneck Health Plan

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kmbA5SyZcA

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Taint Cancer Taint Cancer

  http://www.mybluecollar.com/videos/65f6a775e9

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Why Web MD Doesn't have sound Why Web MD Doesn't have sound

    Why Web MD Doesn't Have Sound

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Healthfirst's marketing practices probed Healthfirst's marketing practices probed

State of New York investigating marketing practices..including bonuses...sounds like what is going on here in California with other insurers...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

United HealthCare inadvertently posted physician SSNs United HealthCare inadvertently posted physician SSNs

And these folks rate physicians?  Let's have the physicians rate the insurance companies...audit trails shows the page was viewed 157 ti...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

From Poor Penmanship to Bad Communication: Many Opportunities for Medication Mishaps From Poor Penmanship to Bad Communication: Many Opportunities for Medication Mishaps

We keep seeing stories like this...every doctor today can have FREE E-Prescribing and we have a permanent link on this page to where a phys...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Quaid's Twins Get Accidental Overdose Quaid's Twins Get Accidental Overdose

Physicians cannot keep all the information in their head today...and hospital pharmacies can use it to correctly tie the medication to the p...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Grant to Expand Telemedicine Across California Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Grant to Expand Telemedicine Across California

Needed especially in rural areas...but metro areas can benefit too...BD Sacramento, California - Continuing his historic commitment to expa...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Complicated billing makes it hard to shop for health care Complicated billing makes it hard to shop for health care

Amen....yes it is difficult and depends on what and where you are shopping too...BD  Heather Foxman was trying to be the health-care barga...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

For those 50 and older, health insurance can be hard to come by For those 50 and older, health insurance can be hard to come by

And the cherry picking continues...but if you are 50 or over, you might not be one of the cherries...BD  Kent Odell exercises six times a ...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Health Care Via Text Message Health Care Via Text Message

Cell phones can improve your health...type in your question and get a text message back...or have a ...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

ORLive Presents: Innovations in Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery ORLive Presents: Innovations in Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery

On the reference side of this site, there is a current listing of the latest live surgeries provided...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

HDTV technology improves surgery HDTV technology improves surgery

Video at the link below...as the surgeon states "it's like looking through a window".....

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

One more hospital using the Robot Docs... One more hospital using the Robot Docs...

Another update...good picture this time showing the nurse using the "robot's stethoscope"...and future plans for the robot in ...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Applicator Helps Deliver Direct Treatment for treatment of breast cancer... Applicator Helps Deliver Direct Treatment for treatment of breast cancer...

Less exposure to health tissue and more focused on the areas needing therapy...BD An applicator that helps deliver radiation therapy to t...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
 
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