Pa. Won't Pay for Hospital Glitches Pa. Won't Pay for Hospital Glitches

Jumping ahead of even the Medicare laws that come in to play later this year, this is for Medicaid patients and thus far is the only state ...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Major Healthcare ISV Catches the Wave with Windows Media Center and Xbox 360 Solution Major Healthcare ISV Catches the Wave with Windows Media Center and Xbox 360 Solution

  Dr. Crounse from Microsoft updates us and gives some more of the inside scoop on the X-Box and how it is making it's way in to hospit...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hopkins Hospital to begin implanting AbioCor replacement hearts Hopkins Hospital to begin implanting AbioCor replacement hearts

3 additional hospitals are slated to begin surgical procedures as well....the replacement heart is ...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

230 retailers affected by data breach after tape lost 230 retailers affected by data breach after tape lost

Data breach story of the week..." The missing backup tape was unencrypted.".. enough said?...GE Money could be used to finance ot...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Diabetes Solution May Lie Under the Knife Diabetes Solution May Lie Under the Knife

Update ...and why are we still doing staples when banding is less expensive and the odds of complica...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Option: Day Care for Aging Parents New Option: Day Care for Aging Parents

One also added benefit could be the social side of things too, as one would be be alone all day lon...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Surgeons Perform Better After Playing Wii Surgeons Perform Better After Playing Wii

Update and continued interest in with the Wii, how about a nice friendly competition match between...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

'Dark field' X-rays reveal bodies in new detail 'Dark field' X-rays reveal bodies in new detail

No question here on the quality, but not ready for prime time use yet...BD  A set of simple silic...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

CMS to check hospitals for HIPAA security compliance CMS to check hospitals for HIPAA security compliance

As the article states, those who have complaints on file could be the first to incur an audit...the...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Health and Wellness: Leading Democrats Miss the Boat on Health Care Health and Wellness: Leading Democrats Miss the Boat on Health Care

This article takes an in depth look at the current platforms by the candidates...back to the same questions...where's the money going t...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Customers desert smoke-free restaurant - China Customers desert smoke-free restaurant - China

Interesting how this had an adverse affect in China, as by comparison in other countries, such as in the US, there has been little if no ef...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Major Headache? Seven Common Migraine Triggers Major Headache? Seven Common Migraine Triggers

Good article and information regarding the old migraine headaches..and some idea on how to perhaps ...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Infection Control Company Inviro Medical Devices Offers "Green" Solutions Infection Control Company Inviro Medical Devices Offers "Green" Solutions

More to recycle...syringes go green...BD  Infection control company Inviro Medical Devices is hel...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Health-care 'report cards' generate confusion Health-care 'report cards' generate confusion

Well one might find a problem finding time to go the extra mile here as keeping up with plans and what they cover might be more of the main...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

UnitedHealth 4Q Profit Matches Forecasts UnitedHealth 4Q Profit Matches Forecasts

Still no issues here with money, only patients and physicians continue to struggle for claim processing and payments...BD  MINNEAPOLIS (A...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Headaches linked to mobile phones Headaches linked to mobile phones

New study indicates your cell phone can give you headaches and disturb normal sleeping habits...BD ...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

ORLive Presents: Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Features A Cardica C-Port(R) Stapler ORLive Presents: Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Features A Cardica C-Port(R) Stapler

A link to the most recent videos from OR Live can be found on the right hand side of the blog to reference the most current announcements. ...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

US Approval For SPP 100 Combined With Diuretic To Treat Hypertension US Approval For SPP 100 Combined With Diuretic To Treat Hypertension

2 medications in one tablet...BD  Speedel Holding Ltd (SWX: SPPN) announced that it is delighted by the FDA approval of a second product ...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Patients hurt by hospital-insurer flap - Arcadia, CA Patients hurt by hospital-insurer flap - Arcadia, CA

The hospital has to also shift their own employees too, who have had the HMO plan who have not chan...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Physicians Consider Dropping Medicare Patients - New Jersey Physicians Consider Dropping Medicare Patients - New Jersey

Some are not so sure as to what will happen July1st when the extension for reimbursement cuts runs out...BD There are about 19,000 licens...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Insurers' online forums invite patients to vent Insurers' online forums invite patients to vent

Nice to hear that the good outweighs the bad here 4 to 1...but who runs this thing...Blue Cross...h...

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Economists' study says paying for organs would cut wait lists Economists' study says paying for organs would cut wait lists

The discussion arises once more...but there's a downside to this as well....and could leave les...

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Insurers target federal funds Insurers target federal funds

And this holds true for other insurers as well....employer insurance is on the downside, while government plans continue to grow.  BD  If...

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Bacteria race ahead of drugs / Falling behind: Deadly infections increasingly able to beat antibiotics Bacteria race ahead of drugs / Falling behind: Deadly infections increasingly able to beat antibiotics

New antibiotics from drug companies are having a difficult time keeping up with the race as the bac...

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Welchol receives FDA Approval To Reduce Blood Glucose In Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Welchol receives FDA Approval To Reduce Blood Glucose In Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

Physicians have an option to address two major cardiovascular risk factors; elevated LDL cholesterol and blood glucose in patients with typ...

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Democrats Connect Economy, Veto Override vote once more Democrats Connect Economy, Veto Override vote once more

Democrats to try once more to over ride President's veto on SCHIPs...when I read stories of the billions of dollars of "cash reser...

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

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

Regular column from Medical Economics with always helpful hints relative to coding...BD  Opting out, Hydration therapy, and Rejected cros...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Health plans: All or nothing could be here to stay Health plans: All or nothing could be here to stay

How does this whole contract thing work...confusion, class action legal cases...does it help to fine the insurers?  United recently has com...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

A machine that may help your patients - Medical Economics column A machine that may help your patients - Medical Economics column

A vending machine in the lobby of the practice to dispense generic drugs...not to replace the pharma...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Take two aspirin and e-mail me in the morning Take two aspirin and e-mail me in the morning

Inevitable...coming of age...not for emergency visits or physicals, and physician reimbursement is ...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Foreign hackers seek to steal Americans' health records Foreign hackers seek to steal Americans' health records

Something to be aware of and perhaps take an audit of present security and available new software/h...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Smarter scheduling puts you in control Smarter scheduling puts you in control

Good article from Medical Economics with tips on how to handle scheduling patient appointments..BD ...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Research Required To Bolster Knowledge Of Health Effects Of Wireless Communication Devices Research Required To Bolster Knowledge Of Health Effects Of Wireless Communication Devices

Committee requesting the FDA to provide a long term study....BD The rapid increase in the use of wireless communication devices in recent ...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

IntraOp Mobetron for Cancer therapy IntraOp Mobetron for Cancer therapy

New mobile technology to deliver radiotherapy to patients while they are undergoing cancer surgery....

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Realize Gastric Bands - Bariatric Surgery Realize Gastric Bands - Bariatric Surgery

Another surgical tool in the war against being overweight...not covered by some insurance companies...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Final Approval For Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray, 50mcg Final Approval For Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray, 50mcg

Generic Flonase on the way...BD  Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc. (NASDAQ: HITK) announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Democrats Ask HHS Secretary To Lift CMS Limits On SCHIP, Medicaid Democrats Ask HHS Secretary To Lift CMS Limits On SCHIP, Medicaid

Cap or not cap on SCHIP?  BD  According to the lawmakers, CMS has no authority to enforce an August 2007 directive prohibiting states fro...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

The GERD Maze Is Not Patient-Friendly The GERD Maze Is Not Patient-Friendly

Is this stating that a family practice physician is a "non expert" on the diagnosis and treatment of GERD?  Is there something mi...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Will aging boomers lose benefits? Will aging boomers lose benefits?

Baby boomers grew up skeptical of authority, so it's hardly surprising that some of them doubt t...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

$19 Million In Drug Prevention Grants Available - Deadline March 21, 2008 $19 Million In Drug Prevention Grants Available - Deadline March 21, 2008

Grants available to establish educational programs to reduce drug abuse available for non profits...BD  ( Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Wh...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Wii used to hone surgeons' fine motor skills Wii used to hone surgeons' fine motor skills

Hospital are taking the WII gaming console seriously....and refining...BD  Marshall Smith of the ...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Health Research  and Educational Trust Toolkit Health Research and Educational Trust Toolkit

Something perhaps worth a look since the Joint Commission has a issued a new standard in 2006 requi...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

European Union Investigates Pharmaceutical Company Practices Regarding Generic Drugs, Competition European Union Investigates Pharmaceutical Company Practices Regarding Generic Drugs, Competition

They want to know why.... and the article states they are not alone...why the delay on cheaper gener...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Abortions Hit Lowest Number Since 1976 Abortions Hit Lowest Number Since 1976

Good news, now we can get on to addressing the big health care issues...BD  The number of abortions performed in the United States droppe...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Congress To Resume Crafting Medicare Legislation That Would Further Delay Physician Fee Cut Congress To Resume Crafting Medicare Legislation That Would Further Delay Physician Fee Cut

Might?   BD  Bush Might Address Medicare Physician Fee Cut, Leavitt Says HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt on Wednesday said that the budget Bu...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Insurers' reserves criticized Insurers' reserves criticized

  Update:   2 consumer groups disputing and want financial information relative to health care insur...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

The Medical Quack: Doctors seek cash when insurance doesn't pay The Medical Quack: Doctors seek cash when insurance doesn't pay

This was a comment made by a reader on site commenting on the original title listed above and after reading this, I wanted to bring it forw...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Coalition forms to back health insurance bills - Michigan Coalition forms to back health insurance bills - Michigan

Deal or no deal here ....Blue Cross likes it, ARRP doesn't and neither do the other insurers...who else is in the coalition besides Blu...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

New drug lets kids feel good in their skin New drug lets kids feel good in their skin

FDA approved drug Etanercept trial with children with psoriasis....BD  Anichini, who's had ps...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

How an 'Old Person's Disease' Afflicts Kids How an 'Old Person's Disease' Afflicts Kids

Arthritis is not just an "old person's" disease...and sometimes it takes years to dia...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Lawsuit filed to reopen Charity Hospital - New Orleans Lawsuit filed to reopen Charity Hospital - New Orleans

Now it appears it's up to the legal system for a decision to be made....is it too old to re-ope...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Big variations in hospital stays -NHS Big variations in hospital stays -NHS

NHS looking to cut down on the length of hospital stays....BD The longest in-patient stay for bowel surgery patients was 16 days longer th...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Hospital sued in alleged dumping of patient - Los Angeles Hospital sued in alleged dumping of patient - Los Angeles

Patient dumping now resulting in more lawsuits...even to the van company involvement...BD  Civil rights attorneys today sued Hollywood Pr...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Web 2.0 for the CIO Web 2.0 for the CIO

Recently I had posted about the value of a hospital CIO having a technology background and received...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Hospital merger push driven by economics - Trend? Hospital merger push driven by economics - Trend?

Is this happening all over the US?  As the article states it's getting to be lonely for the stand alone community hospitals....BD  Wit...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Overweight Dogs In Europe To Benefit From Pfizer U.S. Experience Overweight Dogs In Europe To Benefit From Pfizer U.S. Experience

Phizer gone to the dogs?  Only 22% have tried to get their dog to lose weight...Slentrol decreases ...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wii warm-up' good for surgeons Wii warm-up' good for surgeons

With more hospitals using the robotic Da Vinci system for surgeries, will the WII become a part of ...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Chronic Pain? Botox Might Help Chronic Pain? Botox Might Help

Not yet approved by the FDA yet and still pretty costly....BD  People will try almost anything to...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

California Doctors Lead Nation in EHR Adoption, Study Finds California Doctors Lead Nation in EHR Adoption, Study Finds

Solo practitioners still slow in adapting...BD  California leads the country in physician adoption of electronic health records, with 37%...

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Mayo Clinic Enters Retail Care Business Mayo Clinic Enters Retail Care Business

2 retail clinics run by nurse practitioners...BD  In a prominent example of a major medical name getting into the fast-growing express-ca...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Depp Gifts Hospital for Saving Daughter's Life - London Depp Gifts Hospital for Saving Daughter's Life - London

Nice to hear a good story from time to time as well....BD Actor Johnny Depp has donated $500,000 ...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hospitals charge 'whatever the market will bear,' - California Hospitals charge 'whatever the market will bear,' - California

Interesting study that compares several areas...and lists the most expensive hospitals in the state...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Recruiting family docs a 'challenge' in NW Ohio Recruiting family docs a 'challenge' in NW Ohio

CEO of the hospital cites the difficulty of attracting family practice physicians in a small commun...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Britain seeks to boost organ donation Britain seeks to boost organ donation

As the article states, the Brits are a bit behind the US ..BD Britain's donation rate is low compared with the United States and many...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Patent for office 'spy' software Patent for office 'spy' software

  I'm sure this is not the one and only patent of this type applied for in this area... my reason for posting this is to rather bring an...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

ABC News: Bugs in Your Skin? Medical Mystery Probed ABC News: Bugs in Your Skin? Medical Mystery Probed

Update:  ABC News features this on Nightline this evening....strange fibers that appear under the s...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

'Popcorn Lung' Man Files Federal Lawsuit 'Popcorn Lung' Man Files Federal Lawsuit

H wants his day in court too...BD A Denver man believed to be the only consumer to develop "...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New European medical implants New European medical implants

Is the UK leading the way with medical implant technology or are they the first to roll them out?  ...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008
 
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