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 pharmacy but offer a method of convenience bot...

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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 still difficult as well with payors...bu...

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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/hardware in the battle...BD Foreign hac...

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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 Schedulers can make you or break you. ...

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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...portable and can be moved from one OR ...

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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....website has additional details...BD ...

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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 the government will deliver the full Soci...

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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 Banner Health hospital chain to build a ...

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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 requiring the collection of primary language ...

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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 generic drugs...this year has had the lowest ...

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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 insurers in Washington... as the study finds ...

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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 psoriasis since she was 6, has spent most ...

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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 diagnose with children...and some can end u...

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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-open?  Is there any other replacement that ...

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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 a comment from a healthcare CIO that ca...

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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 the dogs appetites...BD  Since Pfizer ...

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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 the training process?  Researchers to pr...

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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 get rid of pain: heat, ice, nasty smell...

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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 to the London hospital that saved his da...

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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 for the cost of admission...BD  The p...

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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 community, but as the article states there is ...

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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 skin....Kaiser funded to research this st...

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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 "popcorn lung" from regular servings...

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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?  Interesting article and research going o...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Bordering on a solution - Nurses from Mexico Bordering on a solution - Nurses from Mexico

The Philippines nursing programs are based on US Models; however in Mexico it is different with students being trained to work in Mexico......

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Cashiers vulnerable to flu from banknotes Cashiers vulnerable to flu from banknotes

  I think as time goes on we will hear more about this topic.  Last week I spoke with several that had attended the CES electronics show and...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

OneNote 2007 EMR Toolkit OneNote 2007 EMR Toolkit

A new addition, a number of templates added from the American Academy of Family Physicians. ..looking for an inexpensive way to get started ...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

NHS Blog Doctor - Blog Roll Addition NHS Blog Doctor - Blog Roll Addition

Adding a new link to the blog roll today...I try to feature articles from all over the blog world and other medical news and include articl...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hospital based doctors targeted for Medicaid rate cut - Maine Hospital based doctors targeted for Medicaid rate cut - Maine

It appears like this is a sure way to get rid of the remaining physicians who are still seeing Medicaid patients...BD  AUGUSTA (Jan 16, 2...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Enterprises Are Deploying Office 2007 Without Vista Enterprises Are Deploying Office 2007 Without Vista

Just as information as I get asked this question every week it seems, you can run Office 2007 with Windows XP....I do it on one of my units...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Health Insurers To Refuse Payment, Billing For Care Related To Hospital Errors Health Insurers To Refuse Payment, Billing For Care Related To Hospital Errors

We knew this would come along with Medicare setting the pace...if the contract is up for renewal, hospitals can look for some new clauses fr...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Paula Abdul's Horrific Chronic Pain Battle Paula Abdul's Horrific Chronic Pain Battle

More celebrities coming forth and speaking about their personal health battles...BD  Unlike Buckley, Abdul had a chance of ending her wor...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Man: NY hospital forced rectal exam Man: NY hospital forced rectal exam

What's up with this...I'm sure there's a bit more to the story....and updates on this legal suit will surely follow...BD  NEW...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Hospital "Smart Room" The Hospital "Smart Room"

Nice concept and the screens as such can work well with a system with physicians using Tablet PCs to enter and update when they are mobile ...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Colorado Delays Release of Hospital-Acquired Infection Rate Data Colorado Delays Release of Hospital-Acquired Infection Rate Data

Training is everything....as well as a good software reporting solution...BD  Many hospitals in the state have had trouble navigating the...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Medicare will test PHRs in South Carolina Medicare will test PHRs in South Carolina

The system will provide patients with the last 2 years of Medicare claims data...another move to encourage folks to use a personal health re...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

British children think fast food is the norm British children think fast food is the norm

What is normal and what is fast food...can the lines cross over as well?  BD  New research by scientists with the British Heart Foundatio...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Kiss but don't shake hands to stay healthy! Kiss but don't shake hands to stay healthy!

Good point as you don't know where that hand has been ...good suggestion on carrying hand sanitizer solution with you....we could all j...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Super carrot to protect against bone diseases Super carrot to protect against bone diseases

Forget the calcium supplements and go for the carrot?  How big is this thing?  BD  American scientists have created a " super carrot...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Calcium supplements may increase the risk of heart attacks for older women Calcium supplements may increase the risk of heart attacks for older women

Better bones, but risk of heart attack...a roll of the dice?  BD  Scientists in New Zealand say healthy post-menopausal women who take ca...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Nurses, Patients March On CIGNA Forum To Protest Insurance Industry Abuse Of Patients Nurses, Patients March On CIGNA Forum To Protest Insurance Industry Abuse Of Patients

More support for a single pay system...and bringing to light the red tape involved in just trying to get health care today...BD  The Nati...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Doctors Give Massachusetts Health Reform A Failing Grade - Poor Early Outcomes Raise Red Flags, Only Private Insurers Profit Doctors Give Massachusetts Health Reform A Failing Grade - Poor Early Outcomes Raise Red Flags, Only Private Insurers Profit

This group of physicians in Massachusetts are not happy with the current insurance plan and have written an open letter telling why with st...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Microsoft Office for Mac: Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Entourage Microsoft Office for Mac: Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Entourage

Microsoft releases new Office for the Mac...and there's support for Microsoft Server Exchange with the Media Edition for Entourage (Out...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Big business dominates health care...health care bows to big business Big business dominates health care...health care bows to big business

Pretty good article telling it like it is...the healthcare business...where doctors no longer get their patients from referrals, but rather ...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tips and Tricks Special Delivery - Microsoft Office Tips and Tricks Special Delivery - Microsoft Office

Microsoft has a free service to help you get the most out of MS Office Products...I felt I should include this as sometimes learning a coup...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Listening to doctors and patients talk Listening to doctors and patients talk

Physicians get paid for participating...record your conversations for medical research...nine large pharmaceutical companies participating....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008