Insurer UnitedHealth racked up penalties as it grew Insurer UnitedHealth racked up penalties as it grew

Are you in network...United is having a hard time figuring this out it appears...doctors and patients since the big take over of Pacific Car...

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

3dRx Products - 3D education software 3dRx Products - 3D education software

Nice 3D software for assisting Chiropractors in the patient education process....look real nice on the tablet as well..BD Use 3dRx Insight...

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Americans Falling Behind In The Bedroom - United States Ranks 23 Out Of 26 Countries In Global Sex Survey Americans Falling Behind In The Bedroom - United States Ranks 23 Out Of 26 Countries In Global Sex Survey

And a word from the sponsor of the survey (video) BD On average, Americans have sex just 85 times a year (about once every 4.3 days) - wel...

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Here comes the Health Coach - United HealthCare, Los Angeles Here comes the Health Coach - United HealthCare, Los Angeles

Posted from the help wanted pages...United Health care instituting health coaches for insured members..BD  Primary responsibilities for th...

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Lawsuit aims to cut ER fees - potential class action suit - California Lawsuit aims to cut ER fees - potential class action suit - California

Questions about the charges - contract rates or posted rates - in network, out of network?  BD  A class-action lawsuit filed this week on ...

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Friday, December 07, 2007

First-Time Generic Approvals: Procardia XL, Estrostep FE, Estrostep First-Time Generic Approvals: Procardia XL, Estrostep FE, Estrostep

Agnina, hypertension and Birth Control treatment and medications.....BD  December 7, 2007 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has app...

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Healthcare Quality and Information - Medication Error Reporting Healthcare Quality and Information - Medication Error Reporting

Need to know how and where to report...this page can help as they are a FDA Medwatch partner...in view of the recent headlines in the news.....

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Wall Street Journal Examines Challenges Drug Industry Will Face In Coming Years Wall Street Journal Examines Challenges Drug Industry Will Face In Coming Years

Well worth the read, using business intelligence the pharmaceutical industry will be able to predict issues and adjust marketing and other i...

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Height of Surgery: Limb Extension to make you taller Height of Surgery: Limb Extension to make you taller

Feel you are too short...new surgery can now make you taller, that is if you can afford the price...The price tag is steep — about $120,000 ...

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Granagotchi' from Small Fry Granagotchi' from Small Fry

New device for monitoring with a new and small design...the idea is to allow seniors to be independent and families are able to check 24/7 t...

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Wireless Tagging Companies In Healthcare Push Wireless Tagging Companies In Healthcare Push

Nice to be able to find all the equipment in the hospital by using a simple computer screen, especially in the case of an emergency and it a...

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Friday, December 07, 2007

In the Clouds...Cloud Computing coming to a PC near you.... In the Clouds...Cloud Computing coming to a PC near you....

The new level of computing....good story to read as the term " Cloud Computing" will be heard more and more as it grows...difficu...

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

The CyberKnife: A New Cancer Treatment At Roper St. Francis The CyberKnife: A New Cancer Treatment At Roper St. Francis

The secret is to hit the cancer with CyberKnife and not the healthy tissue around a tumor...BD  New hope for cancer patients who were told...

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Consult A Doctor Unveils Nationwide Consumer-Directed Telemedicine Service Providing 24/7 Phone and Secure Email Medical Consultations Consult A Doctor Unveils Nationwide Consumer-Directed Telemedicine Service Providing 24/7 Phone and Secure Email Medical Consultations

24/7 access to physicians....and they are recruiting...the physician determines his/her own level of participation..phone consultation, phon...

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Medicare to Cut Payment for Two Promising Cancer Drugs Medicare to Cut Payment for Two Promising Cancer Drugs

As they contain radio active material and must be given in the hospital and it is not inexpensive...$30,000 per treatment....but not good fo...

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Physical therapists prescribe Wii time Physical therapists prescribe Wii time

Ok, now where's the CPT Code for a Wii....will Medicare and the insurers give some thought to covering the Wii for rehab and physical th...

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

The digital notepad vs. the paper notepad The digital notepad vs. the paper notepad

Good article about using One Note as a digital notebook...I too use One Note and would be lost without it these days.  I watch folks dig th...

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

State panel to press insurers to hold down premium increases State panel to press insurers to hold down premium increases

Will rising premiums play havoc with the mandatory insurance law in Massachusetts?  What will have to give here as well if the increases are...

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Senators and administration agree: Require e-prescribing in Medicare Senators and administration agree: Require e-prescribing in Medicare

I guess the hardship waivers would be for those MDs who don't have a computer yet as the software can be free with NEPSI...and think of ...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

California Dept of Managed Health Care chooses the Compliance 360 Solution California Dept of Managed Health Care chooses the Compliance 360 Solution

Right on the heels of the post about business intelligence comes this announcement - business intelligence software to help the Department ...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Business group sues governor over health care plan - Illinois Business group sues governor over health care plan - Illinois

This governor is getting sued...for a trying to help more folks with health care..business group wants to stop the state from expanding the ...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Haircut, Shave ... and a Blood Pressure Screening? Inner City Barbershops Double as Health Clinics Haircut, Shave ... and a Blood Pressure Screening? Inner City Barbershops Double as Health Clinics

Mostly focused on black males who run a 30% higher risk of developing heart disease..the program consists of 4000 barbers called Prostate Ne...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Allscripts Medications/Script Services - Dispensing medications  in the practice office Allscripts Medications/Script Services - Dispensing medications in the practice office

This is another way to perhaps offer a service to patients and supplement income lost in other areas of the practice...this is just one exam...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Airports offer busy travelers flu shots Airports offer busy travelers flu shots

And yet one more place to find a flu shot...although these may be a little different from the ones you get in your doctor's office as it...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Vocal Chord Repair.. Vocal Chord Repair..

Voice gel and processed cadaver skin may be the answer to avoid surgery in some instances...BD  A public relations executive in Evanston,...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Man sentenced in bizarre diagnosing scam Man sentenced in bizarre diagnosing scam

$800,000 - he must have been good...a good scam man that is ...BD  MONROE, La. - A man was sentenced to more than four years in prison for...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

LiveSide asks Bill Gates a question (how cool is that?) LiveSide asks Bill Gates a question (how cool is that?)

LiveSide blog with an interview with Bill Gates...below are a few key items as relates to health care from the script..visit the site to dow...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Health Journal TV - Business Intelligence Health Journal TV - Business Intelligence

Will health care successfully make the transition?  These 2 videos from You Tube go over and introduce the importance of Business Intelligen...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Are Physicians overlooking some business savvy benefits with electronic records? Are Physicians overlooking some business savvy benefits with electronic records?

Interesting points on some benefits that may be over looked...physicians are not noted as being the best business managers, but from my poin...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Cops Become Drugstore Cowboys in Vermont; 4th Amendment Officially Dead Cops Become Drugstore Cowboys in Vermont; 4th Amendment Officially Dead

Good points made here on the use by law enforcement with having access to prescriptions...definitely some need for rules and guidelines as t...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

U.S. Adults Not Very Confident that Physicians Have the Complete Picture U.S. Adults Not Very Confident that Physicians Have the Complete Picture

However, the confidence level jumps substantially for those clinicians using electronic medical records...BD ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS W...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

DEA Congressional Testimony on E-Prescribing - 12/04/07 DEA Congressional Testimony on E-Prescribing - 12/04/07

Statement from the DEA regarding Electronic Prescribing before the Senate Judiciary Committee...BD  DEA is keenly aware that pharmaceutica...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Medical Companies Form Group To Protect Electronic Health Records Medical Companies Form Group To Protect Electronic Health Records

About time with all the security breaches we read about today in healthcare...BD  A consortium of nine companies in the health-care indust...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Humana on Hot Seat for Medicare Practices - Oklahoma Humana on Hot Seat for Medicare Practices - Oklahoma

But rather than states, it's the federal government -- more specifically, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -- that overse...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Two Insurers Increase Bet on Medicare Two Insurers Increase Bet on Medicare

United Health Care and Humana... targeting additional membership and profits via Medicare Advantage to raise business levels and growth...an...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Ruling on recisions is blow to insurers - California Ruling on recisions is blow to insurers - California

Blue Shield of California...potential class action lawsuit...BD In a victory for consumers, a state appeals court Tuesday opened the way f...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Nursing Homes Often Medicate Residents Without Psychosis Nursing Homes Often Medicate Residents Without Psychosis

CMS looking in to psychosis diagnosis with nursing homes...BD  "In recent years, Medicaid has spent more money on antipsychotic drugs...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

FAA Approves CompuMed as Telecardiology Vendor FAA Approves CompuMed as Telecardiology Vendor

If you are a physician who conducts aviation related physicals, there's a new device on the list to send information directly back to th...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

World's Most Powerful MRI Ready To Scan Human Brain World's Most Powerful MRI Ready To Scan Human Brain

FDA trials completed so the 9.4 is ready to put to use...BD The world's most powerful medical magnetic resonance imaging machine, the ...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Donated Segways may help disabled vets get back on feet Donated Segways may help disabled vets get back on feet

Nice for the vets who serve and return with disabilities....BD The last time Erick Castro went to an amusement park with his wife and 2-ye...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Medicare Cuts back on drugs covered by Part D Medicare Cuts back on drugs covered by Part D

Good time to re-check and see what is and what is not covered, especially if medications are non-generic...BD  Medicare beneficiaries are ...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Data theft touches 150,000 Massachusetts seniors Data theft touches 150,000 Massachusetts seniors

Security breach story of the week...BD  December 01, 2007 (IDG News Service) -- The state of Massachusetts is warning 150,000 members of i...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Many Docs Losing "Ethics" Battle, Gap Is Wide Between Professional Standards And Actual Behavior, Survey Shows Many Docs Losing "Ethics" Battle, Gap Is Wide Between Professional Standards And Actual Behavior, Survey Shows

  (WebMD) A survey of American doctors released Monday shows wide gaps between what doctors say they believe about practicing medicine eth...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Owner wants police held responsible for destroyed medical marijuana Owner wants police held responsible for destroyed medical marijuana

The plants were dead and full of mold...strange spot I guess...or strange laws if they were required to water them for a year, but a year is...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Stay At Home Servers Stay At Home Servers

Very good page from Microsoft, talking about the home server...the site is hilarious with a reporter interviewing a family and asking "...

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Quaid Sues Maker (Baxter HealthCare) of Drug Given to Twins Quaid Sues Maker (Baxter HealthCare) of Drug Given to Twins

Even though this was clearly human error in not double checking, the Quaids feel the manufacturer did not do enough in the way of clear warn...

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Benzethonium chloride products identified as best for killing MRSA Benzethonium chloride products identified as best for killing MRSA

One type of over-the-counter product for topical wound care is more effective than others in killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus a...

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Boost the power of your brain with lots of sex and chocolate! Boost the power of your brain with lots of sex and chocolate!

Sounds good to me...BD According to a newly published book enjoying some of the good things in life is the way to enhance your brain power...

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Walgreen Will No Longer Accept Four CVS Caremark Prescription Drug Plans Walgreen Will No Longer Accept Four CVS Caremark Prescription Drug Plans

This affects the Midwest area of the US and a few employers, but will this type of action spread as queries are run by the various drug stor...

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

FDA Puts American Lives at Risk - operating like the 70s? FDA Puts American Lives at Risk - operating like the 70s?

Many employees don't have computers?  Should the FDA be allowed to come out of the 70s?  Interesting how other branches of government, s...

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Hair Salon Hopes To Be Permanent at the hospital Hair Salon Hopes To Be Permanent at the hospital

A little business intelligence here...as hospitals look for additional sources of revenue this one has opened a hair salon..one more idea wi...

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Medicare prescription program a headache for Lodi couple Medicare prescription program a headache for Lodi couple

This is probably just one story of many about how difficult and confusing it is today to select a health care plan..speaking to and getting ...

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

UnitedHealth sees commercial enrollment falling UnitedHealth sees commercial enrollment falling

Commercial-Employer insurance not growing, but HMO Medicare indicated as a growth area...BD  NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - UnitedHealth Grou...

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Surgeon Believes New Technique Will Allow for Bloodless Removal of 12-Pound Tumor From Face of Jehovah's Witness Surgeon Believes New Technique Will Allow for Bloodless Removal of 12-Pound Tumor From Face of Jehovah's Witness

This has to be the absolute worst case I can remember seeing...just eating has to be a chore and how does he see?  So sad this was not addre...

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Physicians Say Universal Coverage Key to Improving US Healthcare Physicians Say Universal Coverage Key to Improving US Healthcare

One more group actively pushing for universal and perhaps single pay....BD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Dec 03 - The American College of Phys...

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Internists Say Pay-For-Performance Programs Must Put Patients First Internists Say Pay-For-Performance Programs Must Put Patients First

Good news, now will someone share this with Medicare and the insurers...BD The American College of Physicians (ACP) says that pay-for-perfo...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

More "smoke toad" venom to get high More "smoke toad" venom to get high

This is a new one for me, but obviously something law officials and physicians might need to be looking for...if you keep company with a toa...

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Very Large Windows/Adobe Flash Crash Very Large Windows/Adobe Flash Crash

Times Square - New York....BD    http://www.aflynn.com/times-square/ Source:  ZD Net

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Doctors seek cash when insurance doesn't pay Doctors seek cash when insurance doesn't pay

We all know that California has some of the lowest contracts in the country and then there's the "extra" effort that goes alon...

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Monday, December 03, 2007