H.R. 6331 passes House today – 3 Bills floating around Congress - hopefully no physician pay cuts… H.R. 6331 passes House today – 3 Bills floating around Congress - hopefully no physician pay cuts…

What is the fate here?   Will all the bills floating around it gets a bit confusing on what Congres...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Consumer Affairs Warns Of Security Breach - California Consumer Affairs Warns Of Security Breach - California

Security breach of the week, what’s amazing here is that all all this information was in a Word document …5,000 names and information, one ...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

North Pole man clipped for DUI on riding mower North Pole man clipped for DUI on riding mower

Yesterday is was a drunk driver in a wheelchair, today a lawn mower?  Authorities are watching for ...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Those Incredible Men and their Gene Machines..Personalized Medicine in the making… Those Incredible Men and their Gene Machines..Personalized Medicine in the making…

There has been a lot of talk lately regarding Gene Sequencing and 2 companies in San  Diego have joi...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

ESO Solutions Chooses RitePen Software for Handwriting/Inking Data Input with a Tablet PC ESO Solutions Chooses RitePen Software for Handwriting/Inking Data Input with a Tablet PC

I have used the product myself on a tablet and it works well.  The nice advantage is that you can wr...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Medical Pot Ineffective as Acute Pain Treatment Medical Pot Ineffective as Acute Pain Treatment

According to the study, it is effective for chronic pain, but not acute pain, so it sounds as if it comes back to a diagnosis…acute or chro...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

CA Legislature's 'Reform' of Health Insurance Cancellations Resembles Insurance Industry's Own Plan CA Legislature's 'Reform' of Health Insurance Cancellations Resembles Insurance Industry's Own Plan

The insurer side of this wanted an appeal without an attorney…right…now give up your legal rights here too? In the software business we ca...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Preying on Patients Preying on Patients

One comment I have to make here is the entire area of identity theft could not speak louder for the use of DNA and genomics in case of an e...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

D.C. Regional Health Information Organization to Use Amalga D.C. Regional Health Information Organization to Use Amalga

This was an acquisition of a software company from Microsoft, created by a group of physicians orig...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Houston hospital owned by Medical Properties Trust closes and largest hospital in North Dakota to lay off – both related to debt and non profitability… Houston hospital owned by Medical Properties Trust closes and largest hospital in North Dakota to lay off – both related to debt and non profitability…

An update on hospitals either laying off or closing due to debt and the ability to operate in the bl...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Walgreen Shrugs Off Threat from Retailers Pushing Cheap Generics Walgreen Shrugs Off Threat from Retailers Pushing Cheap Generics

Walgreens says no to the $4.00 generic prescription.  Their answer is the prescription savings club,...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ranking Hospitals on Bang for the Buck Ranking Hospitals on Bang for the Buck

An yet one more way to rank hospitals, and make a dollar at it.  I do wonder how much of this information is actually read.  Most HMO patien...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Waistlines Expand Into a Workplace Issue Waistlines Expand Into a Workplace Issue

For the most part, small to medium sized businesses are too busy working on their own profit levels,...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Uninsured patients top priority – New AMA President Uninsured patients top priority – New AMA President

Nancy Nielsen, new president of the AMA is busy letting everyone know about her focus for the upcoming year with the AMA, and she relates b...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

EyeCyte, Inc. Secures Funding From Pfizer EyeCyte, Inc. Secures Funding From Pfizer

Big pharma continues with investing in biotech and stem cell research.  Recent research projects have been financed from grants from the NI...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Social Security Theft Risk for ID Card in Medicare Social Security Theft Risk for ID Card in Medicare

Medicare continues to use social security numbers on ID cards, and yet Social Security sees this as ...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Barr and Bayer sign agreements for launch of generic Yasmin and Yaz oral contraceptives Barr and Bayer sign agreements for launch of generic Yasmin and Yaz oral contraceptives

Interesting move on the part of Bayer to license a generic brand ahead of patent expiration.  This goes to show where the demand is coming f...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Health Blog : Which Drug Companies Spend the Most on Lobbying? Health Blog : Which Drug Companies Spend the Most on Lobbying?

At the top of the list is Amgen, trying to hold on amidst recent news and studies…1 billion is a lot of money.  BD  The big health-policy ...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Technology Gives Women a 3-D Look at Breasts and Software and Physician work with a Tablet PC…. Technology Gives Women a 3-D Look at Breasts and Software and Physician work with a Tablet PC….

Looking for a breast enhancement procedures, well now beforehand thanks to some really nice software...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Incisionless Surgery to Reduce Gastric Pouch and Stoma After Gastric Bypass Incisionless Surgery to Reduce Gastric Pouch and Stoma After Gastric Bypass

For patients who have had bariatric surgery, and basically need a little help afterwards with weight gain, this new procedure allows for an...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Idle computers offer hope to solve cancer's mysteries through grid computing project – runs on a screensaver on your PC to help the cause and donate resources…. Idle computers offer hope to solve cancer's mysteries through grid computing project – runs on a screensaver on your PC to help the cause and donate resources….

This appears to be very similar to the Fold It Program that does a similar thing with computer reso...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

The Drugs Song - Amateur Transplants The Drugs Song - Amateur Transplants

Funny song…it has one four letter word, so be advised…BD  http://youtube.com/watch?v=KXROnzpsrlg

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Do Hospitalists Improve Hospital Stays or Increase Risk? Do Hospitalists Improve Hospital Stays or Increase Risk?

Primary care physicians, especially those who are part of an HMO don’t have time any more to go to the hospital for one…but the hand off is ...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

AT&T, Covisint, Microsoft HealthVault Create Health Information Exchange AT&T, Covisint, Microsoft HealthVault Create Health Information Exchange

One more step for integration with the Microsoft HealthVault.  Using what is sometimes called middl...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Online services let patients seek a second opinion from home Online services let patients seek a second opinion from home

You could be getting a second opinion on line instead of a lengthy trip to a 2nd physician.  Of cou...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Australian in wheelchair gets drunk driving charge Australian in wheelchair gets drunk driving charge

If you are in a motorized wheelchair, do not drink and drive, this man was charged with drunken dri...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Coalition on Form 990 For Hospitals Coalition on Form 990 For Hospitals

If you are a non for profit hospital, this site may have some interest with help and advice as rela...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Internet Addiction is a Clinical Disorder..... Internet Addiction is a Clinical Disorder.....

Well there's probably plenty of that going around my office:)  This was a study comparing Asian...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin dies of heart failure in LA hospital George Carlin dies of heart failure in LA hospital

This is truly a sad day, one of my favorite comedians of all times…he will be missed.  BD  NECN/ABC) - Comedian George Carlin died of ...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Technology Review: Genetic Testing for Consumers Scrutinized Technology Review: Genetic Testing for Consumers Scrutinized

All genetic testing must show that a physician was involved in the process.  If you have looked at ...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Paying More, Getting Less: Just Where do America's Health Care Dollars Go? Paying More, Getting Less: Just Where do America's Health Care Dollars Go?

This article examines where our health care dollars go.  Taxes are contributing to health care today...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

FDA Requests Seizure Of Animal Food Products At PETCO Distribution Center FDA Requests Seizure Of Animal Food Products At PETCO Distribution Center

FDA watching out for our pets…they need clean and sanitary conditions and food too.  BD  Recently,...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Worried Now?  Just Wait “Til China Sells Generics Worried Now? Just Wait “Til China Sells Generics

The price may go lower, but what about quality?  We can’t get the FDA Chinese offices staffed fast enough.   BD  Bet you can. But the wait...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Secretary Leavitt Travels To Mexico And Central America To Advance Product Safety Efforts Secretary Leavitt Travels To Mexico And Central America To Advance Product Safety Efforts

Might this be related to the recent tomato issues?  We may never know the exact source but investigations continue.  BD  Multinational Su...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Medical care's state of denial - California Medical care's state of denial - California

The situation is so complicated that now there is a state HMO Help center for those who need help.  The department of insurance also fields...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Medical billing advocates can help you steer clear of costly mistakes Medical billing advocates can help you steer clear of costly mistakes

First there were Patient Advocates and now with as complicated as our health system has become, there are Medical Billing advocates.  They ...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Use and abuse your Tablet PC for Note Taking Use and abuse your Tablet PC for Note Taking

Great article about how useful Tablets and Tablet software can be.  I too am a big fan of One Note ...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

The #1 reason IT often fails to deliver value The #1 reason IT often fails to deliver value

Who gets the blame?  Good points made in this article about where it all begins.  IT has to work wit...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Contraceptive pill available online in Britain Contraceptive pill available online in Britain

A questionnaire will need to be filled in, complete with date of birth, but there is nothing to stop someone from not being honest about it...

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Monday, June 23, 2008

8 drugs doctors wouldn't take 8 drugs doctors wouldn't take

Well worth reading, but as always ask your doctor to be sure.  This was a survey from several physi...

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Robots to be our lovers by 2050, not just in Massachusetts Robots to be our lovers by 2050, not just in Massachusetts

This is the prediction of David Levy, author of the book “Love + sex with robots”.   Being that Mas...

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Pregnant Man…Continued The Pregnant Man…Continued

The story continues to fascinate and make news headlines all over.  As a transman his reproductive o...

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

HMOs tops confidence of US Congress in the Gallup polls, barely HMOs tops confidence of US Congress in the Gallup polls, barely

HMOs are not public known for carrying the confidence of the US public, and this is a bit shocking t...

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Gender can cost you in individual health insurance Gender can cost you in individual health insurance

One item to note is that the California Department of Insurance said there are no regulations in pl...

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Implanted Medical Devices  - Can they be hacked? Implanted Medical Devices - Can they be hacked?

Are these devices really open to hacking?  It is difficult, but it can be done.  To actually hack a...

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Not Recommended Barrier Protection Not Recommended Barrier Protection

From the blog of ER stories…as in the NEJM.  This was so very strange I had to include this one.  B...

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Medical data the next big thing in stolen information Medical data the next big thing in stolen information

Outsourced 3 party security vendors play a big role today and are almost imperative to have on networks today and this story relates to som...

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

HemoCue granted FDA waiver for point-of-care test HemoCue granted FDA waiver for point-of-care test

This clears the way for non laboratory personnel to use the system to test and screen patients for low levels of albumin at the point of ca...

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Immigrants sent home by hospitals in some cases - Arizona Immigrants sent home by hospitals in some cases - Arizona

In Arizona, immigrants are sent back to their country of origin.  The hospitals make the arrangemen...

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Saturday, June 21, 2008
 
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