Oncology Nurse turned Talk Show Host and a lot more.. Oncology Nurse turned Talk Show Host and a lot more..

I had a couple friends drag me away from the computer and the blog today to watch a taping of a new ...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bristol, Pfizer to delay clot drug after setback Bristol, Pfizer to delay clot drug after setback

All is not lost, more trials to continue.  At least we are starting to see some real transparency with reporting, as much as it is not posit...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"Desperate Hospitals" - As Featured on Reuters "Desperate Hospitals" - As Featured on Reuters

This has been the heaviest hit post on the blog.  I am doing a series on hospitals hit in the finan...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

$4.00 Generic Drugs and other medication information $4.00 Generic Drugs and other medication information

The listings for the $4.00 Generic Retailer drug plans are linked on this site.   If you are searchi...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Desperate Hospitals - Grady's financial cure in question Desperate Hospitals - Grady's financial cure in question

Grady is not a newcomer to the news by any means as they have not made money since 2000.  It appear...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Audit Reveals Medicare Paid 29% Of Claims Incorrectly In 2006 Audit Reveals Medicare Paid 29% Of Claims Incorrectly In 2006

In view of the recent stories about Medicare fraud, no wonder it was so easy for so many of the fraudulent claims to get through, if intern...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

California attorney general issues medical marijuana guidelines California attorney general issues medical marijuana guidelines

Finally after years of conflict, but the rules basically state that the business should be "non-profit" and that everyone have th...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

FDA Grants Fast Track Designation for OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals' OGX-011 FDA Grants Fast Track Designation for OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals' OGX-011

New cancer drug nearing the end of clinical trials, so the FDA has move this up to prioritize the e...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Indiana hospitals, surgery centers see 24% jump in medical error reports Indiana hospitals, surgery centers see 24% jump in medical error reports

With more error reporting processes in place perhaps some of the errors are now just coming to light with transparency.  Other states have s...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

What is the MIB - Medical Insurance Bureau - and how does it affect qualifying for insurance? What is the MIB - Medical Insurance Bureau - and how does it affect qualifying for insurance?

Read up here if you have not heard of the MIB, and you might just find you have a file, that is if you have been to a physician and had insu...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Health Insurers Head to China Health Insurers Head to China

There is one big difference though, they have government plans and insurance is supplemental, lik...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Google Health Contract Expands Personal Health Record Options for Members of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts Google Health Contract Expands Personal Health Record Options for Members of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts

As long as the rules don't change and it's only a one way street for the patient to downloa...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta Sued Again Over Patient Admission and Billing Scheme Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta Sued Again Over Patient Admission and Billing Scheme

Not the same as what happened in Los Angeles, but the lawsuit alleges that additional revenues were...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Man dies after waiting 22 hours at hospital with no assistance sitting in a chair Man dies after waiting 22 hours at hospital with no assistance sitting in a chair

In case you missed this one from a few days ago, another incident of someone just being left to die in a hospital.  Will be happy when arti...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Herpex - side effects include teleporting! Herpex - side effects include teleporting!

Ok the folks over at Pharmagossip reeled me once more...this is funny. We all need good humor for sure! Sorry I could not embed, the pla...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Medicare Drug Fraud May Go Unnoticed Medicare Drug Fraud May Go Unnoticed

It turns out they have the same problem that everyone else has , not enough money, just like the series I have been doing on the Desperate...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Uninsured pay $30 billion for health care Uninsured pay $30 billion for health care

Insured individuals pay more out of pocket for healthcare, mainly because they go to the doctor more often and take better care for the most...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

More Desperate Hospitals - Miami, FL and Cape Cod, MA More Desperate Hospitals - Miami, FL and Cape Cod, MA

More hospitals fighting budgets and having enough money in the till to offer good patient services a...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

How Medical Records Can Save Your Life How Medical Records Can Save Your Life

This advice is from a family practice doctor, who went from a private practice to a group practice, ...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Amgen Drug Approved By The FDA - Nplate Amgen Drug Approved By The FDA - Nplate

It has been approved for those who have not responded to other treatments first though.  One more for Amgen.  BD  The Food and Drug Admin...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

FDA seizes drugs worth $74,000 FDA seizes drugs worth $74,000

The FDA recommended recall, so they company didn't recall, so this was the result.  It was sold ...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

A pillow that can clear wrinkles  - Copper Pillows? A pillow that can clear wrinkles - Copper Pillows?

Cupron Health has a website that is discusses copper technology and it's use in clothing and ot...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Self Medication - Don't try this at home Self Medication - Don't try this at home

Read the story for the rest of the details.  BD The patient was a 22-year old man with a known history of schizophrenia, who had been admi...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Cloaking device could shield pacemakers from malicious signals Cloaking device could shield pacemakers from malicious signals

We have read the news about medical devices with the potential of being hacked, well now it looks like there is help on the way, almost lik...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Ancient Principle Fuels Modern Heart Device Ancient Principle Fuels Modern Heart Device

The procedure is not yet available in the US, but clinical trials are in place.  Her doctors told ...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Just one more "Economic Decision"? Just one more "Economic Decision"?

So much for feeling good about decisions...but is this where we seem to be headed at times with everything being focused on the dollar and n...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Robodoc' coming to a hospital near you Robodoc' coming to a hospital near you

I have done a number of posts about this robot over the last 2 years, but this picture takes the ca...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

DigiMatch(TM) ROBODOC(R) Surgical System Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Marketing Clearance DigiMatch(TM) ROBODOC(R) Surgical System Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Marketing Clearance

Robodoc is now coming to the US for robotic knee and hip surgeries.  Just hot from the approval lis...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Dr. Drew Pinsky Denies Involvement with Celebrity Rehab Hospital Deaths... Dr. Drew Pinsky Denies Involvement with Celebrity Rehab Hospital Deaths...

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew , Pinsky has treated many celebrities, from Brigitte Nielsen to Daniel...

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Stats Blog - Non Profit Statistical Assessment Service - Thank You... Stats Blog - Non Profit Statistical Assessment Service - Thank You...

A short note to acknowledge and say thank you to the Stats blog for referencing the Medical Quack as...

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

YouMail - Got Voice - Phone messaging services via the Computer YouMail - Got Voice - Phone messaging services via the Computer

Normally I don't post a lot on this subject, but if you need to keep track of messages, these ar...

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

FDA Shackled at the Ankles? FDA Shackled at the Ankles?

UPDATE:   Endotec urged the agency to lower the classification to eliminate the need for more clinic...

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

FDA Believes LabCorp's Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Test needs more clinical validation FDA Believes LabCorp's Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Test needs more clinical validation

One change made by Labcorp is that OvaSure™ test cannot be used by a woman who has had both ovaries ...

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

A hopeful prognosis - Desperate "California" Hospitals A hopeful prognosis - Desperate "California" Hospitals

The same day that Doctors emerged from bankruptcy, the state Department of Public health fined the h...

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Homeless patient spent hospital money on crack Homeless patient spent hospital money on crack

As the investigation continues, one homeless woman used the money for crack but yet her schizoaffect...

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sick Patients Need Cutting-Edge Drugs Sick Patients Need Cutting-Edge Drugs

This article brings up a good point, when a patient has no other choices and the potential of a new drug could offer some relief, what is th...

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

FDA Reform Planned FDA Reform Planned

We all know this is one big job.  We also need to bring Congress up to the 21st Century to get the ...

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Medicine through the back door - Tourism Medicine through the back door - Tourism

This opinion article is about medical tourism, which is not slowing down at all.  With more people going bankrupt over medical bills, is th...

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

New Grants Drive Development Of Rapid, Cost-Effective Sequencing Technologies New Grants Drive Development Of Rapid, Cost-Effective Sequencing Technologies

Here come the grants for the $1000.00 DNA test.  There are several recipients in the listing.  At the rapid pace moving today, pricing for a...

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Desperate Hospitals - Century City Doctors Hospital (Los Angeles) begins shutting down, others file Chapter 11 to reorganize Desperate Hospitals - Century City Doctors Hospital (Los Angeles) begins shutting down, others file Chapter 11 to reorganize

This is a continuing post about "desperate hospitals" that I started last week.  In light...

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Financial Director of Shriners Hospital for Children Pleads Guilty to Fraud Financial Director of Shriners Hospital for Children Pleads Guilty to Fraud

This is pretty bad all the way around.  This just goes to show the need for check and balances no matter where you are.  Here this person wa...

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Friday, August 22, 2008

LA hospital answers suit by Ed McMahon LA hospital answers suit by Ed McMahon

  In a related story the hospital states they would like to have the lawsuit thrown out of court.  ...

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Start-Up ER Vendor Raises Funds - Forerun ED Dashboards Start-Up ER Vendor Raises Funds - Forerun ED Dashboards

This should come as no surprise as Dr. Halamka has posted about some of this technology in his own ...

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Friday, August 22, 2008
 
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