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

Medical Quack - Feedburner for RSS Updates... Medical Quack - Feedburner for RSS Updates...

Here's the link to the Feedburner site.  Many prefer Feedburner so we are now on the list so the...

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Friday, August 22, 2008

N.J.'s biggest insurer may turn for-profit - Blue Cross N.J.'s biggest insurer may turn for-profit - Blue Cross

If you read this article, it uses California as an good example on how this has been successful, well ask us in California what we think?  ...

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Two More Face Transplants Show Promising Results - in Surgery Two More Face Transplants Show Promising Results - in Surgery

Amazing story on how they have rebuilt this man's face after being attacked by a bear.  It'...

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Online research: Doubting their doctors Online research: Doubting their doctors

This makes sense though due to the amount of information available and developments that are occurri...

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Friday, August 22, 2008

CMS Publishes Proposed HIPAA Rules CMS Publishes Proposed HIPAA Rules

New rules would include electronic data transactions, something that has been a bit vague with past rules.  In a related story there's...

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Genentech to Pay Retention Bonuses Genentech to Pay Retention Bonuses

The options between Roche and Genentech get even more interesting.  With big companies taking over today and economic decisions being made, ...

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Meet the Bloggers - Michael Moore Meet the Bloggers - Michael Moore

  Tune in here to check this out.   I should probably tune in here and there, as this was news to me.  Anyway, we haven't heard Michael ...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

HIMSS - Awards - Healthcare IT, EMR, EHR HIMSS - Awards - Healthcare IT, EMR, EHR

There are several categories listed, and nominations are open.  Use the link below to access the si...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Johnson & Johnson Gets Rejected - Doribax Johnson & Johnson Gets Rejected - Doribax

Well back to the drawing board to gather up some additional data.  We live in a world of data today,...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Microsoft Enlists Jerry Seinfeld Microsoft Enlists Jerry Seinfeld

It will be interesting to see when Seinfeld and Bill Gates get together on ads and commercials.  All...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Aesthetics, do they make a difference, patients say yes! Aesthetics, do they make a difference, patients say yes!

I think hands down anyone would agree here that having a nice surrounding area can certainly be a h...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Smell of Cancer The Smell of Cancer

Research has also used dogs to sniff out skin cancer, so there could be something to this; however it is found and the earlier the better. ...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Personal-Genomics Companies Get California Licenses for DNA Testing Personal-Genomics Companies Get California Licenses for DNA Testing

Progress is being made and appears both sides are satisfied here.  DeCode has also applied for a license.  Both companies appear to be using...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Politics - Court rejects California's Medi-Cal cuts Politics - Court rejects California's Medi-Cal cuts

This is getting pretty dire as Medi-Cal providers stopped receiving payments in late July because the state does not have a spending plan in...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Ultimate Steal Promotion - Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for Students The Ultimate Steal Promotion - Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for Students

The offer has returned.  You will need an email address with an edu extension to qualify as well as ...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Medical Quack - New Blog Format Medical Quack - New Blog Format

If you have logged on today, you have probably noticed a new look.  This was long overdue and some i...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Prostate Cancer Foundation Commits $4.3 Million to Young Investigators Prostate Cancer Foundation Commits $4.3 Million to Young Investigators

Additional information is available at the website along with a listing of the peer committee.   O...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Primary Cause of Personal Bankruptcy in America - Healthcare Primary Cause of Personal Bankruptcy in America - Healthcare

Interestingly enough, while I was watching this video, my cell phone rings from Anthem Blue Cross with an automated questioning system abo...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

US FDA warns GE Healthcare IT unit over records US FDA warns GE Healthcare IT unit over records

  An update was also issued here.   According to the article, 15 days have been given to GE to respo...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

SinoFresh(R) Nasal Spray Kills MRSA "Super-Bug" In Live Noses SinoFresh(R) Nasal Spray Kills MRSA "Super-Bug" In Live Noses

This appears to be some very interesting and perhaps good news in the fight against MRSA, but it is...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Healthcare Discussions -Harry and Louise Return Healthcare Discussions -Harry and Louise Return

This is one video found on You Tube, to show the real life discussions of healthcare in the US today.  As I understand, there will be mor...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Stem Cells and Breast Surgery Stem Cells and Breast Surgery

This is a fairly new concept of mixing fat and stem cells for breast surgery.  The article states t...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

California fines 18 hospitals for violating healthcare regulations - Southern California California fines 18 hospitals for violating healthcare regulations - Southern California

This was quite a listing, some of the hospitals I am familiar with and even Hoag Memorial Hospital ...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Medco Health, FDA To Study Genetic Testing For Medications Medco Health, FDA To Study Genetic Testing For Medications

More additional affiliations for the FDA to gather information.  In the news recently have been oth...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Health Blog - Microsoft Technologies - Clinically Related Health Blog - Microsoft Technologies - Clinically Related

The videos are well worth watching as well as fascinating.  These are not just "techs" wor...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Merck Vioxx study was for marketing - ADVANTAGE by name.. Merck Vioxx study was for marketing - ADVANTAGE by name..

The meaning of advantage is below.  Who knows what might be uncovered next as this may or may not b...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

'Retail Clinic' - Spanish Spoken here by the physician... 'Retail Clinic' - Spanish Spoken here by the physician...

The MediGo centers opening at three Navarro pharmacies in Miami-Dade County are affiliated with Mer...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Health Insurance going to the Dogs... Health Insurance going to the Dogs...

In the UK it certainly is, but residents also have the services of the NHS, so policies for private...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

HMO's in Massachusetts report losses HMO's in Massachusetts report losses

Only one plan showed a profit for the second quarter.  BD  WORCESTER Three of the states major health maintenance organizations yesterday...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Another Spooky Old Hospital Becomes Hot Real Estate - Kentucky Another Spooky Old Hospital Becomes Hot Real Estate - Kentucky

  This was the center to house tuberculosis patient and now it will be a hotel when finished.  If yo...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Home monitors expected to play bigger role in health care - Kaiser Permanente Home monitors expected to play bigger role in health care - Kaiser Permanente

This is a pretty simplistic system overall and is asking for input every day and as this patient below states, she doesn't have to go t...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

EMRConsultant.com Provides Electronic Medical Records Recommendations to Over 7,500 Medical Practices EMRConsultant.com Provides Electronic Medical Records Recommendations to Over 7,500 Medical Practices

If you are looking for a firm to help with consulting on the medical records business, here's a...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

A Death in the Family - the patient advocacy business and mental illness A Death in the Family - the patient advocacy business and mental illness

This story from the WSJ is a bit spooky and sad.   Do patient advocates understand mental illness?  ...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Methadone Rises as a Painkiller With Big Risks - and Cheap Price Methadone Rises as a Painkiller With Big Risks - and Cheap Price

The most amazing part of this article is the cost compared to OxyContin, that was an eye opener for...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

FDA on the low end of the Endotec Ruling - Mobile Ankle devices are ok - Medical Devices FDA on the low end of the Endotec Ruling - Mobile Ankle devices are ok - Medical Devices

This is amazing that the battle has gone on over 25 years to restrict these devices from use in the...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

TV remains top source of news even as online grows TV remains top source of news even as online grows

  Consumers of online news tend to be more educated than those who get their news from traditional sources, with 44 percent of college gradu...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Mars Chocolate Company in the Biotech business - Flavanol Mars Chocolate Company in the Biotech business - Flavanol

The drink can increase the blood flow to your brain, thus perhaps having a favorable effect with some levels of potential prevention of str...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Hospitals Expect to Refund Medicare - 1/3 now investing in software... Hospitals Expect to Refund Medicare - 1/3 now investing in software...

33% found a big part of the right answer - software.   Business Intelligence software for a hospita...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Hospital bug: 800 hit by lockdown - New Zealand - Infectious Disease virus Hospital bug: 800 hit by lockdown - New Zealand - Infectious Disease virus

Somewhat scary as this could happen anywhere and the workers felt it was due to a lax policy on cleanliness that lead up to this in view of...

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Monday, August 18, 2008