UC Berkeley DNA Testing Program Changes and Students Will Not Receive the Results UC Berkeley DNA Testing Program Changes and Students Will Not Receive the Results

Around 700 students though already have their results so there were in under the wire.  The test sti...

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

El Camino Hospital Will Lay Off 140 Employees - 5 to 6% of The Hospital Workers El Camino Hospital Will Lay Off 140 Employees - 5 to 6% of The Hospital Workers

The reason for the cutback is a decline of patient volume and revenue.  If you are not familiar with...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

The iDuck Floating Wireless Speaker–This Has To Be A Favorite for the Medical Quack The iDuck Floating Wireless Speaker–This Has To Be A Favorite for the Medical Quack

You have just love this one, plug in your MP3 player or IPod and let the music roll.  It is also a r...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

FDA Purchasing Additional Generic Drug Simulation Software for Scientists–Faster and More Efficient Than Physically Dissolving Tablets and Cleaning Up the Lab FDA Purchasing Additional Generic Drug Simulation Software for Scientists–Faster and More Efficient Than Physically Dissolving Tablets and Cleaning Up the Lab

The FDA is not alone in their thinking here either as earlier this year Bill Gates invested in drug ...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

City of Buffalo Has Paid Over $2 Million to Provide Health Insurance for Hundreds of Dead People-Some as Many as 4 Years City of Buffalo Has Paid Over $2 Million to Provide Health Insurance for Hundreds of Dead People-Some as Many as 4 Years

The city is blaming Human Resources for this big oversight here and I ask too what about the insurer...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Ornish And Pritikin Based Programs Cleared for Medicare Reimbursement To Help Reduce Cardiovascular Event Risk Ornish And Pritikin Based Programs Cleared for Medicare Reimbursement To Help Reduce Cardiovascular Event Risk

I don’t think you get to go to the expensive spas here, but many hospitals have programs based on bo...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Freakonomics Movie Trailer–Incentive Based Thinking Looking at Human Behavior With Good, Bad and Outright Stupid and Funny Examples As Technology Reaches Out Freakonomics Movie Trailer–Incentive Based Thinking Looking at Human Behavior With Good, Bad and Outright Stupid and Funny Examples As Technology Reaches Out

This is high on my list to view and these folks do a good job explaining a lot of what we think is c...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Robot Lifting Machine Wheelchair Combination From Japan– (Video) Robot Lifting Machine Wheelchair Combination From Japan– (Video)

Over at Engadget they have more dramatic version of this device with some spooky music too.  This is a home carrier robot that comes over a...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

HHS On Miscoded Claims with Wrong Location Designation–Combination Claims Usually at the Root with the Complicated Coding System-Not MDS Ripping the System HHS On Miscoded Claims with Wrong Location Designation–Combination Claims Usually at the Root with the Complicated Coding System-Not MDS Ripping the System

I have done billing so I am qualified I feel to comment here.  Most procedures done by family practi...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Principal Financial Group in Iowa-Flawed Data Base Used to Calculate Out of Network Charges Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Principal Financial Group in Iowa-Flawed Data Base Used to Calculate Out of Network Charges

When I hear flawed data base used today on out of network charges, well it all seems to go back to t...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

IBM Buys Marketing Automation Company Unica for $480M–More Algorithmic Marketing on the Move–Same Services Used by the AMA IBM Buys Marketing Automation Company Unica for $480M–More Algorithmic Marketing on the Move–Same Services Used by the AMA

I just took a brief look at the customer list and the AMA is listed as a client so you can see some ...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Bacteria-killing Paint For Hospital Walls In Development–Working So Far in the Lab With Killing Bacteria Bacteria-killing Paint For Hospital Walls In Development–Working So Far in the Lab With Killing Bacteria

We all know the value of a sterile environment and fight this all the time.  The new approach would ...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Proteus Biomedical Announces European CE Approval–Bluetooth Communication Via Chip on a Pill aka The Raisin Proteus Biomedical Announces European CE Approval–Bluetooth Communication Via Chip on a Pill aka The Raisin

The FDA here in the US has not cleared the entire Proteus system for use with the chip but did give...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Medicare Contractor Gets Deal to Monitor Physician Incentive Payments–Same Folks Earlier This Week Admonished For Not Doing Enough for Fraud Prevention? Medicare Contractor Gets Deal to Monitor Physician Incentive Payments–Same Folks Earlier This Week Admonished For Not Doing Enough for Fraud Prevention?

Ok that was just on Monday I posted about the disappointment with fraud prevention and I guess it ha...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina To Outsource Jobs–Laying Off About 90 Employees Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina To Outsource Jobs–Laying Off About 90 Employees

The work will be sent to a company named SOURCECORP with locations in the Carolinas and the Philippi...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Kingdom Insurance Files Lawsuit Against United Health Group & Protectors Insurance –Conspiracy To Not Pay Commissions On Polices for Baptist Convention Policy Sales Kingdom Insurance Files Lawsuit Against United Health Group & Protectors Insurance –Conspiracy To Not Pay Commissions On Polices for Baptist Convention Policy Sales

The lawsuit is about greed according to this article and the Kingdom group that was supposed to be s...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Trizetto Adding Disease Management Algorithms For Insurers With “Value Based Benefit Solutions” To Manage Program Members And Log Compliance Trizetto Adding Disease Management Algorithms For Insurers With “Value Based Benefit Solutions” To Manage Program Members And Log Compliance

In short we have more algorithms and transaction fees being added to pay for additional intelligence...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

NutriSleuth UPC Barcoding Company Kicks the FDA in Back End When It Comes to Food Safety-Using a Smartphone to Scan for Info NutriSleuth UPC Barcoding Company Kicks the FDA in Back End When It Comes to Food Safety-Using a Smartphone to Scan for Info

If you read this blog often enough then you area aware of my campaign for drug and device recall wit...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Plastic Surgeon Performs Wound Repair Surgery-Approved by Health Insurance Company-Later Denied When Claim Data Clashed With the “Denial Algorithm” Plastic Surgeon Performs Wound Repair Surgery-Approved by Health Insurance Company-Later Denied When Claim Data Clashed With the “Denial Algorithm”

Plastic surgery is not always a nose job or something cosmetic and there are cases such as this one ...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010
 
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