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    Healthcare Economist
    Jason Shafrin
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:21 pm
    £300m for dementia research. Drug-resistant malaria on the rise? Pregnancy tester + nanotechnology. Dentists lose a monopoly. The end of p-values. Time bombs under the streets.
  • Young women veterans referred for cardiac tests more likely to be depressed than men veterans

    News-Medical.Net Healthcare News Feed
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    Women veterans who had specialized heart tests were younger and more likely to be obese, depressed and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder than men veterans, according to a study published in an American Heart Association journal.
  • The Patient Access Imperative: A Potential Triple Win For Payors, Providers, And Patients

    Health Affairs Blog
    Pooja Kumar, Vaneesh Soni, and Saum Sutaria
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Long patient wait times, frustratingly high no-show rates, lack-luster call center performance, and under-utilized physicians. Does any of this sound familiar? Although a small set of health systems have boldly declared that their physicians guarantee their outpatients same- or next-day appointments, across the United States patients more typically face long wait times to both make and get appointments, as well as poor access to care. To succeed in the future, health systems will need to have the customer orientation of a five-star hotel and the operational discipline of a factory floor. Our…
  • How Engineering Principles Can Improve Healthcare

    strategy+business: HEALTH CARE
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As demand for ambulatory care grows, providers can unlock access using existing resources. But they'll need to redesign the way they operate--by putting the patient in the middle.
  • Ninety percent of patients at risk of CHD fail to receive statins

    News-Medical.Net Healthcare News Feed
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    The study, published in Current Medical Research and Opinion, provides the first ever real-world view of the treatment landscape for patients at risk of CHD[1], with a sample of two million patients. But the results paint a bleak picture of prescribing patterns with the majority not being given the potentially life saving drug.
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  • Report blasts U.S. Ebola response

    Zack Budryk
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    The U.S. badly bungled its response to the Ebola virus, says a new report from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical more
  • The best strategies for hospital staff engagement

    Zack Budryk
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    Hospitals and health systems can drive results by improving their employee engagement strategies, argues a Forbes more
  • Patient safety report reveals more errors but fewer deaths in Minnesota hospitals

    Ilene MacDonald
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    The number of deaths reported via Minnesota's public reporting system for adverse health events last year was 13, it lowest since 2011, according to the state Department of Health's annual patient safety more
  • How leading from behind can transform healthcare

    Alok Saboo
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Guest post by Thomas Dahlborg, chief financial officer and vice president of strategy for NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality), where he focuses on improving child more
  • 3 ways providers can increase access to care

    Leslie Small
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    If health systems can harness the "customer orientation of a five-star hotel and the operational discipline of a factory floor," they can improve access to care and in turn boost patient satisfaction and the organization's profitability, according to a recent Health Affairs blog more
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  • Enhancing studies on a possible blood biomarker for traumatic brain injury

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    New technology could help advance blood biomarker capabilities for improved diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI). An estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury each year, and an estimated 5.3 million individuals -- approximately two percent of the U.S. population -- are living with disability as a result of TBI. Traumatic brain injuries can occur from even the slightest bump or blow to the head.
  • Physician-industry conflict of interest issue from MS patient perspective

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    A new study explores what multiple sclerosis patients know, or want to know, about their physician’s financial relationship with the pharmaceutical company sponsoring clinical trials.
  • Anderson algorithm increases surgical success with advanced ovarian cancer

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    A surgical algorithm developed and implemented by ovarian cancer specialists dramatically increases the frequency of complete removal of all visible tumor – a milestone strongly tied to improved survival. The algorithm is a framework for a personalized surgical approach that allows surgeons to be "much smarter about whom we operate on up front, providing a more individualized approach to surgery that's led to better results for our patients," said one clinician.
  • New breast cancer test links immune 'hotspots' to better survival

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    Scientists have developed a new test that can predict the survival chances of women with breast cancer by analyzing images of 'hotspots' where there has been a fierce immune reaction to a tumor. Researchers used statistical software previously used in criminology studies of crime hotspots to track the extent to which the immune system was homing in and attacking breast cancer cells.
  • Urine test could lead to better treatment of bladder cancer

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    A simple urine test could help to guide clinicians in the treatment of bladder cancer patients, researchers believe. Being able to reliably identify those patients with the most aggressive cancers early via urine tests, and expediting aggressive therapeutic strategies, may significantly improve outcomes, they say.
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    Healthcare Intelligence Network

  • Infographic: Medicare Advantage Patient Satisfaction, Quality of Care

    Melanie Matthews
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Medicare Advantage beneficiaries are overwhelmingly satisfied with the coverage the plans provide, according to a new AHIP infographic. The infographic breaks down satisfaction scores by beneficiaries among six key measures and looks at the impact of Medicare Advantage plans on readmission rates and clinical quality measures. Starting this year, Medicare is reimbursing physician practices for select Chronic Care Management (CCM) services not previously eligible for reimbursement, underscoring the vital role of care management in primary care. Physician Reimbursement for Chronic Care…
  • Overcoming ‘Clinical Inertia’ and 7 Other Barriers to Remote Patient Monitoring

    Cheryl Miller
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
    It's important to identify potential barriers from both patients and providers before implementing a telehealth program, says Susan Lehrer, RN, CDE, associate executive director of the telehealth office for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC), because both groups need to change behaviors. Resistance to change is universal, and if you’re changing any kind of work flow or communication, there will be initial resistance. Slow buy-in and some resistance by clinicians (referrals). Clinicians concerned with appearance of decreased productivity. Resistance to change in…
  • Infographic: What’s on the Mind of Healthcare IT Security Professionals?

    Melanie Matthews
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    A new infographic by Lockheed Martin examines the key questions for healthcare IT security professionals: Am I investing in the right things? What's keeping me up at night? How do I know I'm cyber secure? The infographic provides an overview of the areas of concerns for healthcare IT professionals. Business Associate Manual is template-style manual that can be easily adapted to align with your compliance needs as a business associate (BA). All content complies with the Omnibus Rule. It is specifically developed to help BAs meet complex privacy & security compliance requirements. Get the…
  • 12 Things to Know About Chronic Care Management

    Cheryl Miller
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    Despite new CPT codes that reimburse physician practices for select chronic care management (CCM) services, almost half of healthcare organizations lack a formal CCM program, leaving critical reimbursement dollars on the table, according to 125 respondents to the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s (HIN) 2015 Chronic Care Management survey, conducted in January 2015. However, 92 percent of respondents believe the Medicare CCM reimbursement codes that became effective January 1, 2015 will prompt equivalent quality overtures from private payors, underscoring care coordination’s importance in…
  • Infographic: Quality Improvement Results from Colorado Hospitals

    Melanie Matthews
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Colorado hospitals and health systems, participating in a three-year quality improvement project led by the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), prevented 2,800 patient harms for an estimated cost savings of $14.8 million. The results are based on data collected from 32 acute care hospitals from January 2012 through June 2014. A new infographic by CHA breaks down each of the 11 areas targeted for improvement and the impact these improvements had on healthcare utilization and costs. If one trend has transformed the healthcare industry post-ACA more than any other, it is the market's new…
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  • Most health-related websites share personal info with third-parties

    Dan Bowman
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:21 am
    Third parties receive personal health information from more than 90 percent of visits to health-related websites, according to research to be published in the March 2015 issue of Communication of the more
  • Why hospital CIOs must carve out time for innovation

    Susan D. Hall
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    Healthcare leaders tend to get bogged down in the day-to-day, while "finding time for innovation amidst the swirl of must-do projects can be a challenge," according to John Halamka, chief information officer at Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical more
  • Net neutrality vote ensures equality for online health efforts

    Dan Bowman
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    In ruling, 3-2, in favor of net neutrality Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission declared that there would be no paid prioritization, meaning no "fast lanes" for certain kinds of Internet traffic. While many in the healthcare industry see that as a positive, with a belief that private companies with deeper pockets should not necessarily receive preferential treatment over those with less means, some feel that defining the Internet as a public utility, in essence, already is a first step toward creating a fast lane for health more
  • Burwell presses Congress for more ONC, precision medicine funding

    Susan D. Hall
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Thursday lobbied for a big boost in funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the National Institutes of Health and the president's Precision Medicine Initiative at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on more
  • Few docs on track with ICD-10 implementation, survey indicates

    Susan D. Hall
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Physician practices remain optimistic about their ability to meet the ICD-10 deadline and are slightly more prepared to meet that goal than last year, according to the results of a new survey from vendor more
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    The Health Care Blog

  • Health 2.0 Asia: Japan Conference Partnership

    Sophie Park
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    By SOPHIE PARK Tokyo, Japan – Health 2.0 announces the Health 2.0 Asia partnership with MedPeer, Inc. to showcase the Health 2.0 Asia conference Japan on November 4-5, 2015. The conference will be the first of a series of events expanding the global presence for Health 2.0 in Asia. This conference will feature ground-breaking insights and leadership […]
  • The Facebook Model for Socialized Health Care

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:23 pm
    By EDGAR T. WILSON As government involvement in U.S. health care deepens—through the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, and the continued revisions and expansions of Medicaid and Medicare—the politically electric watchword is “socialism.” Online, of course, social media is not a latent communist threat, but rather the most popular destination for internet users around the […]
  • The Digital Doctor: Automation, Aviation and Medicine

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    By ROBERT WACHTER, MD  The story of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger – the “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot – is a modern American legend. I’ve gotten to know Captain Sullenberger over the past several years, and he is a warm, caring, and thoughtful person who saw, in the aftermath of his feat, an opportunity to promote […]
  • A Master Class In Health Policy with Kavita Patel

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    By MATTHEW HOLT The HxRefactored Conference kicks off April 1st in Boston and we are excited to have Kavita Patel giving a Master Class in U.S. Health Policy.” Kavita is a Managing Director at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC and has a long history working in health reform for both Ted Kennedy and at the Obama White House. […]
  • Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    By KAREN  SIBERT, MD American anesthesiology reached a significant milestone last year, though many of us probably missed it at the time. In February, 2014, the number of nurse anesthetists in the United States for the first time exceeded the number of physician anesthesiologists. Not only are there more nurses than physicians in the field […]
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    Health Business Blog

  • Health Wonk Review: Happy 10th anniversary edition

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:27 am
    10 years old and still hitting the mark The Health Business Blog turns 10 years old this weekend, so I thought I’d celebrate by hosting the Health Wonk Review. And some fine submissions have come in. Is that the best you could do? I’m no lawyer, butKing v. Burwell, which could overturn ObamaCare subsidies in states that lack their own exchanges, is ridiculous on its face. Of course Congress didn’t intend to deprive people of subsidies based on whether their exchange was state or federal. Managed Care Matters does a nice job of laying out just how lame the plaintiffs are. If…
  • Thomas Jefferson embraces telehealth

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Just slightly ahead of their time Thomas Jefferson was an innovative guy, so I guess it should come as no surprise that his namesake university in Philadelphia is embracing telehealth in a big way. Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko is in a hurry to transform healthcare delivery, and sees telehealth as a key enabler. TJ has gone so far as to invest in American Well, the telehealth platform company I’ve profiled in the past. Klasko is focused on keeping patients out of the hospital and especially the emergency department. He also sees the potential to make…
  • Call for submissions: Health Wonk Review

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:37 am
    I’ll be hosting this week’s Health Wonk Review blog carnival. Please submit your entry by Wednesday morning, February 25. You can use the contact form on the Health Business Group website.
  • par8o CEO Daniel Palestrant on matching healthcare supply and demand

    13 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    par8o CEO Daniel Palestrant While running Sermo, an online physician community he cofounded, Dr. Daniel Palestrant came up with the idea for a healthcare operating system, using the Pareto principle to match supply and demand. After selling Sermo, he turned his attention to applying these concepts in a new company, par8o. par8o has recently raised a Series A financing round and is beginning to publicize its work. In this podcast interview, Palestrant answers my questions about…
  • Health Wonk Review is up at Health System Ed

    13 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    The latest edition of the Health Wonk Review blog carnival is up at Health System Ed. It’s the Valentine’s Edition and our host, Peggy Salvatore does her best to bring all the wonky posts into the V-Day theme!
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    Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

  • Obamacare is "Working a Little Better Than We Expected"––Judge for Yourself

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Here is what President Obama said in a recent video, "The Affordable Care Act is working. It's working a little better than we expected." On Tuesday, the administration announced that 11.4 million people signed up for Obamacare in the second open enrollment. That number is higher than the number that will ultimately pay for their coverage and complete the enrollment. Even after they complete
  • A Detailed Analysis of the Republican Alternative to Obamacare

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:58 pm
    House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton along with Senate Finance Chairman Orin Hatch and Senator Richard Burr have outlined what is, at least for now, the Republican alternative to Obamacare. Republicans will now argue they have a better health insurance reform plan and that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced by it––particularly if the Supreme Court plunges the new health law into
  • Rethink "Repeal and Replace" and Consumer Friendly Obamacare Fixes - Two Op-Eds in USA Today

    14 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I have no doubt Republicans will insist on proposing their own complex plan to reform the health insurance system that will include repealing and replacing Obamacare. But I think it is going to get them into more political trouble than it's worth. Here's the first of my two of op-eds in Thursday's USA Today: Rethink "Repeal and Replace" Of course that begs a question, Just what should we do
  • Will Tax Season Be Obamacare's Next Big Challenge? Is There Really an Individual Mandate?

    6 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Will tax-filing season be the next reason for consumers to complain about the new health law? Come tax time, will the Obama administration really enforce the individual health insurance mandate? The IRS is out with a 21-page publication––Publication 5187––describing what taxpayers need to know about Obamacare in order to file their 2014 taxes. On page six you will find this: So, if the
  • The Single-Payer Health Insurance Failure in Vermont

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    For 25 years I've been saying that I wished a little state like Vermont would implement a single-payer Canadian-style health insurance system––"Medicare For All." My argument has always been that such a small and limited experiment would give us the opportunity to see the ideological arguments for such a system play out in the face of fiscal reality and the stakeholders fighting it out in the
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  • Friday Links

    Jason Shafrin
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:21 pm
    £300m for dementia research. Drug-resistant malaria on the rise? Pregnancy tester + nanotechnology. Dentists lose a monopoly. The end of p-values. Time bombs under the streets.
  • HWR is up

    Jason Shafrin
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:16 am
    David Williams has posted Health Wonk Review: Happy 10th anniversary edition at Health Business Blog. It’s Health Business Blog’s 10 year anniversary so be sure to stop by to read David’s post and wish him well – 10 years Internet time is a veritable eon!  
  • The end of wearables?

    Jason Shafrin
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Wearable technology is all the rage.  There was even a recent paper in JAMA about wearable technology.  However, will wearables soon to be old news?  What is the future?  Joe Kvedar gives his thoughts on the topic: Thus, we have plentiful pedometer apps…We’ve also solved how to run these apps in the background without disrupting the phone tasks or draining the battery. So, is it time to ask, “do we really need fitness wearables anymore? I’d frame the question a different way. Is the future of patient-generated data migrating to the mobile phone (the proverbial digital Swiss…
  • Narrow Networks

    Jason Shafrin
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:26 pm
    One of the ways health plans in the health insurance exchanges have been able to keep premiums down is through offering beneficiaries very narrow networks. By steering patients towards “efficient” doctors, premiums stay low. However, patients may worry that these “low cost” doctors are lower quality than those outside of the network. The tradeoff between cost and quality is one health policy wonks have wrestled with for many years. In an attempt to ensure quality and access to care is adequate, CMS has instituted a number of checks on network adequacy. Tim Jost writes…
  • Do Weight Loss Wellness Programs work?

    Jason Shafrin
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:50 pm
    In short, ‘no’.  At least that is the conclusion reached by a recent AJMC paper that looks at the evidence available for employer-sponsored wellness programs.  The authors write: American corporations continue to expand wellness programs, which now reach an estimated 90% of workers in large organizations, yet no study has demonstrated that the main focus of these programs—weight control—has any positive effect. There is no published evidence that large-scale corporate attempts to control employee body weight through financial incentives and penalties have generated savings…
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • Exhibit of the Month: Improving Pharmaceutical Innovation

    Tracy Gnadinger
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Editor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing “Exhibit of the Month” series. Readers who’d like to highlight other noteworthy exhibits from the same issue are encouraged to make their pitch in the comments section below. This month’s exhibits, published in the February issue of Health Affairs, illustrate annual new drug approvals by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), industry spending on research and development, and more specifically, the number of drugs approved per $1 billion spent on research and development. Exhibit 1 Exhibit 2 In the article, “Improving Pharmaceutical…
  • Health Affairs Web First: Assessing Health And Health Care Perceptions In sub-Saharan Africa

    Chris Fleming
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    A large share of Western aid to developing countries goes to sub-Saharan Africa, a region where spending on health care is around $100 per person in 2005 price-adjusted terms. This region, which experienced large gains in life expectancy in the years following World War II, suffered health-related setbacks in the closing years of the twentieth century as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The authors of a February 25 Health Affairs Web First study used data from the Gallup Organization’s 2012 World Poll to investigate health and health care perceptions in sub-Saharan Africa compared to…
  • Building A Framework To Assess The Impact Of Change

    Theo Poiesz
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s note: This post is part of a series of several posts related to the 4th European Forum on Health Policy and Management: Innovation & Implementation, held in Berlin, Germany on January 29 and 30, 2015. For updates on the Forum’s results please check the Center for Healthcare Management’s website or follow on Twitter @HCMatColumbia. Health care systems and organizations need to adapt to a rapidly changing societal and technical environment. In theory, this seems simple to do: policymakers and boards of organizations assess the nature of the developments, analyze the gap…
  • The Patient Access Imperative: A Potential Triple Win For Payors, Providers, And Patients

    Pooja Kumar, Vaneesh Soni, and Saum Sutaria
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Long patient wait times, frustratingly high no-show rates, lack-luster call center performance, and under-utilized physicians. Does any of this sound familiar? Although a small set of health systems have boldly declared that their physicians guarantee their outpatients same- or next-day appointments, across the United States patients more typically face long wait times to both make and get appointments, as well as poor access to care. To succeed in the future, health systems will need to have the customer orientation of a five-star hotel and the operational discipline of a factory floor. Our…
  • New Health Policy Brief: Risk Corridors (Updated)

    Tracy Gnadinger
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    The latest Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provides an update to an earlier brief on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s risk corridor program, which allows the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect and make payments to qualified health plans. As the brief explains, a recent amendment to federal appropriations raises questions as to whether insurers will receive their full risk corridor payments for 2014. While the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, which funded the government for the 2015…
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  • Government Will Change How it Rates Nursing Homes

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    12 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The changes are part of a further effort to improve nursing home ratings by raising the bar to achieving a high score in the quality measures area. Related NewsMedicare rate change worries nursing homesNursing home Medicare rates may go downCMS Proposes Increase In Medicare Payments To Nursing Homes For 2008
  • Medicare Proposal Would Even Out Fees for Medical Tests

    medicare poster
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When the same test is reimbursed more when done by a hospital, it gives doctors a reason to go work for hospitals. Related NewsCMS Proposes Medicare Coverage Of Sleep Apnea Treatment For Beneficiaries Diagnosed With Home TestsMedicare Reviewing Potential Coverage of Genetic TestsNurses for Medicare expresses disappointment against implementation of user fees for medical visits
  • Doc Fix: The Budget Gimmick That Actually Isn’t So Bad

    medicare poster
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A much-reviled budget measure has worked in reducing the deficit, but not in the exact way that was intended. Related NewsDoc Fix: The Budget Gimmick That Actually Isn’t So BadGOP Leaders Denounce Medicare ‘Doc Fix’Senate postpones vote on Medicare ‘doc fix’
  • Doc Fix: The Budget Gimmick That Actually Isn’t So Bad

    medicare poster
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A much-reviled budget measure has worked in reducing the deficit, but not in the exact way that was intended. Related NewsDoc Fix: The Budget Gimmick That Actually Isn’t So BadGOP Leaders Denounce Medicare ‘Doc Fix’Senate postpones vote on Medicare ‘doc fix’
  • Under Obama Budget, Many Medicare Recipients Would Pay More

    medicare poster
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    President Obama’s target is a savings of $399 billion over 10 years from Medicare, Medicaid and other Health and Human Services programs. Related NewsIn Obama Budget, Social Programs Face a CutbackMedicare pay: Budget sequester adds to annual payment rate woesMedicare pay: Budget sequester adds to annual payment rate woes
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  • Back to acid-base – what the heck is going on?

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    I have had several requests to provide some acid-base questions (seemingly a favorite topic).   We discussed this patient at morning report recently.   49-year-old man with DM type I diagnosed 25 years ago  progressed to ESRD s/p renal transplant x 2, second 3 years ago, and gastroparesis with worsening post-prandial N&V * 3 months with abnormal labs. Medications: Insulin Mycophenolic acid PPI Prednisone Tacrolimus   134 106 47 241 4.7 9 3.4   albumin 4.4 Your questions: 1. What is the likely acid-base disorder – i.e., predict that ABG? 2. Explain the likely…
  • Too many wonks have overestimated monetary incentives

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    Contrary to common wisdom, money is not a great incentive for changing patient behavior – Study That Paid Patients to Take H.I.V. Drugs Fails The failure of the cash-incentives trial was a surprise and a disappointment to scientists and advocates. It had paid out $2.8 million to 9,000 patients in 39 clinics over three years, but the clinics where money was distributed did only 5 percent better than those that did not — a statistically insignificant difference. Had the researchers read Daniel Pink’s Drive they might have saved some dollars. Most of us believe that the best way to…
  • Interpreting the new sore throat article

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:07 am
    First, this study required the work of a large team. The main work happened in two places – a research microbiology laboratory and our college health clinic. They took an idea and translated it into an opportunity to collect and analyze data. Second, the accompanying editorial (written by a friend and excellent researcher Dr. Jeffrey Linder) raises some questions that I will work to answer. He writes that we do not have enough evidence to change practice yet. He postulates that Fusobacterium necrophorum might not actually cause pharyngitis and that linking positive PCR testing to the…
  • The story behind the new sore throat article

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Today, our latest sore throat article appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The story behind the article starts with this blog! This post documents the story as of 2009 when I wrote about Expanding the Pharyngitis Paradigm To recap, I first posted an article about the Lemierre Syndrome in 2002. Because of my long standing interest in adult sore throats, I immediately wondered if the rise in the Lemierre Syndrome should influence pharyngitis management. Since my thought experiment publication in 2009, working with some great colleagues, we developed a PCR for Fusobacterium necrophorum.
  • An observation on the MOC debates

    7 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    I have both publicly and privately criticized the former MOC process. Along with my colleagues we urged major changes in the process. When ABIM published their apology, I publicly praised them for understanding that they needed a major overhaul of their process. Whenever I write anything positive about either ABIM or MOC as a concept, the same critics provide the same comments. If you go to the ABIM Google page, you see the same critics and the same, incredibly repetitive comments. We have heard your concerns, and the repetitive nature of your comments actually is harming your effectiveness.
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  • Defensive backs at greatest risk for serious head and neck injuries from football.

    16 Feb 2015 | 4:13 am
    This article from AANS regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI) data from 2012 discusses sports related concussions and the more serious brain injuries and injuries to the cervical spine.Defensive backs in American football are at the greatest risk for both fatal head injury and serous cervical spine injury. Quoting the report:"The majority of catastrophic injuries occur while playing defensive football. In 2012, two players were on defense and one was in a weight lifting session. Since 1977, 228 players with permanent cervical cord injuries were on the defensive side of the ball and 55 were on…
  • As the destroy fee for service movement ramps up just remember there is no perfect compensation mechanism

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
     The Obama administration is ramping  up the campaign against medical  fee for service and claiming they want to pay for quality not quantity of care. See. Dr.Paul Hsieh (of the blog We Stand Firm)  remarks about that issue here. It is really about cost control.Quoting the economist, Arnold Kling: "Keep in mind that there is no perfect system for compensating doctors. For example, if you pay them a fixed amount of money per patient, then their incentive is to see a lot of healthy patients and avoid the sick ones. If you pay them a fixed salary, their incentive is to work…
  • Are patients pawns on the chess board of population medicine?

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    They would seem to  be at least so it appears to be in the presentation of the "population medicine approach" of by Dr. Harold Sox,former editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine, former president of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and former chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, offered in the November 13 ,2014 issue of  the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).Here is my thumbnail summary of what Dr. Sox wrote in describing how the population medicine approach would work.The major important diseases would be identified as would methods for their…
  • Maybe the health care supply curve slopes upwards and more ACA bait and switch

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    See here for a review of a recent NEJM article that supplied data indicating that the temporary increase in Medicaid fees which was part of ACA  may have increased access to medical care.So as Medicaid professional fees increase more services are supplied.From Nov 2012 to July 2014," [t]he availability of primary care appointments in the Medicaid group increased by 7.7 percentage points, from 58.7% to 66.4%, between the two time periods. The states with the largest increases in availability tended to be those with the largest increases in reimbursements, with an estimated…
  • Is Maintenance of Certification (MOC) part of ACA and who put it there?

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    The short answer is :Yes, MOC  has been implanted into the legislative structure of ACA and for many (most?) practicing physicians this is really breaking news and for those of us who oppose the ABIM's MOC program, may mean  bad news. Dr. Wes explicates how the Maintenance of Certification has been made part of Obamacare in his recent blog entry in which he questions the viability of an alternative "Board" to challenge and hopefully replace the ABIM's widely criticized MOC program.Does the letter of the law with its establishment of MOC in some aspects of Medicare preclude the…
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  • Basic safety Procedures Nursing Assistants Must Learn

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Being a Nurse Assistant is a rewarding vocation for those who decide on going into the healthcare industry and commit to help those that are in need. In most cases, when you do your training in nursing assistant classes, they …The post Basic safety Procedures Nursing Assistants Must Learn appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • The Importance of Foot Care for Diabetics

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s a well documented medical fact that those affected with Diabetes are at a much higher risk for foot problems. That’s why it’s so important to take proper care of your feet if you have Diabetes. Failure to take care …The post The Importance of Foot Care for Diabetics appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • Scholarship For Nursing Students

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:20 am
    If you are considering a scholarship program in nursing, then this is your first venture to accomplishing your goal. Figure out what sorts of grants are out there. You can use the internet as your number one source of finding …The post Scholarship For Nursing Students appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • LPNs and Its Worth

    17 Feb 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Nursing is most often understood as registered nurses the frequently encountered in hospitals, clinics, and private doctor workplaces, one more group of nurses basically has more immediate contact with patients on a daily base. Actually, if you are curious in …The post LPNs and Its Worth appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • Essential Concepts in Nursing Ethics: 5 Cs

    11 Feb 2015 | 6:31 pm
    The quality of medical care procedure offered has a strong effect on patients and that’s possibly the reason why nursing staff will need to stay with the code of ethics. The fact that patients rely on the nurses with their …The post Essential Concepts in Nursing Ethics: 5 Cs appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
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    Health Care Renewal

  • Promoting Amphetamines for Over-Eating - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:09 am
    Every day seems to bring the latest breathlessly touted innovation in modern health care.  The endless hawking of new health care wonders is beginning to inspire some skepticism, but maybe not enough.The Promotion of Vyvanse for Binge Eating Disorder For example, at the end of January, 2015, reports of the first ever drug therapy for binge eating disorder appeared.  For example, see Jonathan Rockoff writing in the Wall Street JournalShire PLC’s drug Vyvanse became the first drug approved for sale in the U.S. to treat some of the estimated 2.8 million adults who have a binge-eating…
  • Timing Discharges to Maximize Revenue - "Corruption" of Corporate Long-Term Hospitals?

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    A recent Wall Street Journal article that focused on a quirk in US Medicare payment rules that may be gamed by long-term hospitals also revealed the plight of physicians employed by such hospitals, and worse, the danger posed by such gaming to patients.Discharging Patients at Particular Times Maximizes Hospital RevenueHere is how the rule works: Under Medicare rules, long-term acute-care hospitals like Kindred’s typically receive smaller payments for what is considered a short stay, until a patient hits a threshold. After that threshold, payment jumps to a lump sum meant to cover the full…
  • You Called Me "Greedy?" - $2.2 Million/Year CEO of Catholic Health Care Whose Mission is to Bring "God’s Mercy to the Poor and Under-served" Sues Union for Defamation

    19 Feb 2015 | 2:57 pm
    From the annals of cognitive dissonance....Background Here is the background.  Mercy Health, formerly Catholic Health Partners, claims to be the largest health system in Ohio, and one of the largest in the US (look here).  It's mission is:to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of our communities with emphasis on people who are poor and underserved.  In all that we do, we strive to demonstrate our core values of compassion, excellence, human dignity, justice, sacredness of life and service.Its current CEO is Michael D Connelly, MA, JD.  In his…
  • Pay 'em When They're Up, Pay 'em When They're Down - CEO Value Extraction Even at Small Non-Profit Hospitals

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    To the tune of "Dirty Laundry," by Don Henley, some more of health care's dirty laundry...We have frequently discussed the seemingly unstoppable rise of compensation given to top hired managers of health care organizations.  Their compensation seems to rise regardless of the financial status of their organizations, much less how well their organizations are caring for patients or otherwise fulfilling the mission.  Top hired managers of other organizations, particularly big for-profit corporations, have seen similar enhancements of their personal wealth, leading to the charge that…
  • Wall Street Journal: "ObamaCare’s Electronic-Records Debacle"

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    This WSJ Op-Ed could have been entitled "President Sucker:  Led Down the Garden Path by The Healthcare IT Industry."It is entitled "ObamaCare’s Electronic-Records Debacle", as below.  First, though:On Feb. 18, 2009 the WSJ published the following Letter to the Editor authored by me ( Medical Records May Help, but It's ComplexDear WSJ:You observe that the true political goal is socialized medicine facilitated by health care information technology. You note that the public is being deceived, as the rules behind this…
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    Bioethics Discussion Blog

  • Patient Modesty: Volume 72

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    What has been written throughout all these now 72 Volumes of Patient Modesty has been descriptions after descriptions of the "bad", thoughtless behavior of the medical system with regard to the dignity of the patients under the system's care.  I have repeatedly voiced on this thread the need for my visitors now, beyond simply writing here about the problem, to make an effort to change the way the medical system "thinks" and "works".  I have found today evidence that the system is looking for ways to make changes in teaching, practice and behavior. The Association of American Medical…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 71

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    I would like to start out this Volume 71 with a basic question to help define what is understood as physical modesty and how it applies to this issue as experienced by patients within the medical system. Is modesty of an individual only related to how the individual feels about their own personal exposure to others or does it also includes how the individual reacts to the exposure or "immodesty" of others? For example, is a patient expressing modesty when they see and react to a woman breast feeding her baby in public? or finding someone on the beach with a "bikini"?  Does every patient…

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In case you didn't know, a woman's breast milk is a commercially but also a nutritionally valuable commodity at least as an example supported by Medolac Labs and Mother's Milk Cooperative.  This milk is said to be needed by hospitalized pre-term infants whose mothers are not yet lactating.  I read about it in an article in the  Michigan State University Bioethics website  on lactation and  the laws and actions which have been taken including commodification of the woman's milk.A scholarly article on the subject of the sale of mother's milk was written in the Winter…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 70

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The consensus of what is written here about the medical system's behavior toward attention to patient modesty  including the ability of patients to select the gender of those who attend to patients is that IT IS TIME TO CHANGE and respond to their serious concerns. Changing a system requires education of the system regarding the need. This education can occur at the level of the single provider who is attending to the patient and may lead to specific changes for that patient but it is doubtful if such limited education unless done by millions of patients will make any significant…
  • Is Pregnancy a Disease?

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Here is a topic hot off the September-October 2014 Hastings Center Report, a bioethics journal, that should raise a few eyebrows of agreement or rebuttal.The point of the article is if pregnancy is NOT a disease then healthcare providers who refuse to perform abortions need not claim "conscience" as the basis for their refusal but claim that pregnancy and abortion are not part of what medicine has always been defined. The premise: "the scope of the very concept of medicine and disease circumscribes the scope of proper medical practice.  Procedures and activities that fall…
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    Health Beat by Maggie Mahar

  • Look Into This Surgeon’s Face . . .

    Maggie Mahar
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:34 am
    Below, a photo from: Faith in Humanity @TheWorldStories · Feb 16 A Heart surgeon resting after a  23-hour long  (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner Clearly, he has given his all.  Imagine what he would look like if the surgery had failed.  This is an unbelievably difficult job.   
  • What Doctors Should– and Should Not– Say to Obese Patients

    Maggie Mahar
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Below a remarkably candid and compelling essay by Emma Lewis titled “Why there’s no point in telling me to lose weight. ” It originally appeared in the January 2015 issue of BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal).  Hat-tip to Helen Haskell, president and founder of Mothers Against Medical Error, who sent me Lewis’ piece. In her editorial (cross-posted below), Lewis explains why she has “opted out” of the “weight-loss game.”  She confides that she has been “fat” since she was a child. She still remembers the humiliations, which continue to this day– especially…
  • Losing Weight—What the Experts Are Reluctant to Tell You – Part 1

    Maggie Mahar
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Have you ever shed 15 or 25  pounds and, then, over the next year or so, put it all back on? Usually, we blame ourselves. But, as I reported on HealthBeat in 2008, physicians who treat obese and overweight patients know that only about 5% of us are able to lose weight and keep it off—even in highly controlled experimental settings where patients diet and exercise under a doctors’ supervision. Over two years, 95% of us will put the pounds back on, and in some cases, add more. A National Institutes of Health (NIH), working group study published in the January 2015 issue of the journal…
  • Over-Eating: Confusing Cause and Effect–Does Overeating CAUSE You to Re-Gain Weight, Or Do You Eat More BECAUSE You Are Overweight?

    Maggie Mahar
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Today, researchers are digging into what drives weight gain, and some are beginning to suggest that we have been confusing cause and effect. What if it’s not overeating that causes us to get fat, but the process of getting fatter that causes us to overeat?” Recently The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a provocative piece that asked precisely that question. Shortly before publishing in JAMA, the authors, summed up their argument in a New York Times Op-Ed: “Always Hungry? Here’s Why.”   There, David Ludwig, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical…
  • The Individual Mandate: Has the Obama Administration Silently Repealed the Rule that Virtually Everyone Must Have Health Insurance?

    Maggie Mahar
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Obamacare’s critics continue to argue that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will self-destruct.  Now, some claim that the mandate that uninsured Americans must purchase coverage– or pay a stiff fine— is so riddled with new “loopholes and exemptions,” that it no longer exists.                                             14 New Waivers When the ACA passed Congress in 2010, it offered a handful of basic exemptions to the mandate that everyone must be insured. For example, if the only comprehensive coverage available would cost more than 8% of a…
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    HealthBlawg :: David Harlow's Health Care Law Blog

  • Lessons from the Anthem breach

    David Harlow
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
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  • ONC, Interoperability, and the 2/6/2015 #HITsm Tweetchat

    David Harlow
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
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  • Privacy and Security and the Internet of Things

    David Harlow
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
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  • Better, Smarter, Healthier: Medicare and Value Based Purchasing

    David Harlow
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
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  • 2015 Health IT Predictions and Reflections

    David Harlow
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
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    HealthLawProf Blog

  • tenBroek Symposium

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    For anyone interested, this is a fantastic symposium, bringing together academics, practitioners, and disability advocates. Leslie Francis 2015 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium The ADA at Fifty: The Future of Disability Law and the Right to Live in the World...
  • ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast

    Nicolas Terry
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry are pleased to announce The Week in Health Law Podcast. We (and our guests) enjoy a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law & Policy. Subscribe at iTunes, listen at...
  • Doctors Conducting Peer Review Can Recover Compensatory and Punitive Damages for Confidentiality Violations

    Katharine Van Tassel
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Hat tip to Alex Stein for the following post: The Supreme Court of New Mexico has recently delivered an important decision protecting peer reviewers’ statutory entitlement to confidentiality. Yedidag v. Roswell Clinic Corp., — P.3d —- (N.M. 2015), 2015 WL...
  • Published This Week

    Katharine Van Tassel
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Edwin Eugene Steussy, Jonathan Eisen, Edward J. Imwinkelried, Anne-Mieke Vandamme, Microbial Forensics: The Biggest Thing Since DNA?, Crim. L. Bull. (Forthcoming). David Orentlicher, Employer-Based Health Care Insurance: Not So Exceptional after All, 36 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. (2014)....
  • Published This Week

    Katharine Van Tassel
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Penn Law Review Online is hosting a debate over King v. Burwell. Click the link to read more. Ciara O'Connell, Litigating Reproductive Health Rights in the Inter-American System: What Does a Winning Case Look Like?, 16 Health & Hum. Rts....
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  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of death for women over 80, according to ONS

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:59 am
    ‘These sobering statistics show that as people live longer – women more commonly than men – there has been an increase in the number of people living and dying with dementia. The increase also reflects a more accurate recording of dementia as a cause of death, increased awareness of the condition, and dispells the myth […]
  • Mobile Physicians: The modern, the wonderful, and the old-fashion way of patient care~

    Josie Kopecky
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:17 pm
    [Originally Published: May 2013] After caring for our mother (who had Alzheimer’s Disease)  and also our father (who was bedridden and afflicted  with lung, heart, and other ailments ) for almost a decade at home, we  learned about the great advantage of home care by  the use of mobile physicians and mobile home health services. […]
  • 2.3 million under 18s know someone with dementia but lack understanding

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:55 am
    Nearly a third of young people know someone living with dementia. Two thirds of young people (62 per cent) would like to help someone with dementia, but a lack of understanding could be holding them back. 55 per cent of 8 to 17 year olds believe that if people knew more about dementia, life would […]
  • Mel’s Milers set to run their 13th annual 10k race for Alzheimer’s Society

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:55 am
    ‘This year’s charity, Alzheimer’s Society, was unanimously chosen by club members. Several members have personal experience of loved ones living with the condition. ‘Through my own experience, I am aware of the challenges and heartbreak endured not only by those living with dementia but also by their families and friends. With increasing numbers of people […]
  • National Assembly for Wales commits to become a dementia-friendly organisation

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:53 am
    ‘As we celebrate the fact that almost 8,500 people have signed up to our Dementia Friends initiative in the first year, we are delighted that the National Assembly for Wales has made this commitment to work towards becoming a dementia-friendly organisation. ‘Their pledge supports Alzheimer’s Society’s drive to encourage communities, businesses and other organisations to work […]
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    News from Scott & White Healthcare

  • First Baylor Scott & White Health Sign on Medical Facility Lights Up Temple

    Deontrea Jones
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    McLane Children’s Specialty Clinic becomes first to display name and logo The McLane Children’s Specialty Clinic celebrated its one year anniversary and became the first medical facility in Temple to display the Baylor Scott & White Health name and logo. “When this clinic opened a year ago, the goal was to improve the coordination of […] The post First Baylor Scott & White Health Sign on Medical Facility Lights Up Temple appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Open Heart Surgery Alternative Heart Procedure Making Difference for Patients

    Deontrea Jones
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    For about three years, an alternative to open heart surgery called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been helping patients with severe aortic stenosis achieve a better quality of life. Since May 2012, Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple has performed 103 TAVR procedures. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the therapy, which […] The post Open Heart Surgery Alternative Heart Procedure Making Difference for Patients appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Scott & White Health Plan Announces New Appointments to Leadership Team

    Katherine Voss
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Scott & White Health Plan (SWHP) today announced the appointment of two former Blue Cross Blue Shield executives to its leadership team. Linza Jones will be the plan’s chief sales officer and Kenneth Phenow, MD, will be chief medical officer.  Jones will lead the company’s statewide sales organization for group, individual and Medicare health insurance. […] The post Scott & White Health Plan Announces New Appointments to Leadership Team appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Community Donors Honored At Blood Donor Appreciation Banquet

    Deontrea Jones
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Central Texans helping save lives through blood donations Baylor Scott & White Health officials honored more than 400 individual blood donors and several community blood drives at its Annual Blood Donor Appreciation Banquet on January 29 at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center. “Community blood drives account for half of our blood supply,” […] The post Community Donors Honored At Blood Donor Appreciation Banquet appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
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  • A Different Approach

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    It's been interesting the last few weeks listening to folks talk about this Fifty Shades of Grey movie. My fellow Christians and other groups are calling for boycotts for various reasons. From what I've heard the movie contains explicit sexual situations and promotes violence against women. Personally, I cannot speak to any of this as I have not seen the movie and have no intentions of doing so. I'm more of an action and sci-fi movie guy. For my $10-$11 movie admission I want to see shooting and stuff getting blown up. I think the folks who are clamoring for boycotts of the movie are taking…
  • An Open Letter to Mr. Rooney, Coach Tomlin, and the Rest of the Steelers' Organization

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Dear Steelers' Leadership,I've been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since I was old enough to know what a football was, so my support of the team is nearing the 40 year mark. Terry Bradshaw was, and still is, one of my heroes. I had the privilege of meeting him once many, many years ago. I'll never forget that day.Terry Bradshaw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The last few years have been, to say the least, frustrating to be a Steelers fan. We missed the playoffs in both 2012 and '13 and then were one and done this year after getting man-handled by the hated Ravens at HOME. One playoff game in three years…
  • College Football's Epic Fail

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    After years of debate about the need for a college football playoff, 2014 saw it come to fruition. However, it was not without controversy involving the members of the playoff selection committee, the criteria used to select the teams, and which four teams should have have been selected. In my opinion, the inaugural playoff was at best a screw-up in regards to the teams selected and their rankings. At worst, it appeared to have had an agenda.In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Florida State (FSU) fan, and I wrote this article based upon what I as an FSU fan perceived happened in…
  • All Lives Matter

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Photo of a police officer, Boston, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Incidents involving law enforcement officers and suspects have been prominent news stories during 2014. Recent incidents have brought protestors out into the streets blocking traffic and impeding the flow of commerce. In the Nashville area, protestors have even held "die ins" at local malls making it difficult for Christmas shoppers to navigate from store to store. The chants of, and signs proclaiming, "Black Lives Matter" are popping up everywhere.On Monday, I put forth a challenge to my Facebook friends. I challenged them to…
  • November 2014 Tennessee Governor's Race

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Back in July, I posted a brief synopsis on the Republican and Democratic nominees for Tennessee governor. I also promised to briefly review those nominees and the 3rd party candidates who would be on the ballot prior to the November general election. Since early voting in Tennessee begins tomorrow, here is a brief overview of all seven candidates.Republican NomineeEnglish: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As expected, Tennessee's incumbent…
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    RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists

  • Important Information for RDS Plan Sponsors Completing 2013 Calendar Year Reconciliations

    16 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    A Mandatory Reconciliation Payment Reduction Will Affect Your Final Payment Request The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS’) Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Program is subject to the mandatory reductions in Federal spending in accordance with the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (BBEDCA), as amended. This process of payment reduction is referred to as sequestration. Mandatory Payment Reduction Applied to Reconciliation Payment Request All Plan Sponsors with an RDS Application with a plan month of April 2013 and beyond will have a 2% mandatory payment…
  • The IFEBP Annual Conference is almost here!

    Chelsea Cummings
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    The countdown is on as the IFEBP 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference is quickly approaching!  Mark Manquen, President of RDS Services, and Jayne Brown, RDS Program Director, will be in attendence and are looking forward to attending conference events, along with seeing old and new friends.  If you are interested in learning more about our services before or after the conference, follow the links below to view informational documents on our company and services we offer.  We hope everyone enjoys the IFEBP Conference! RDS Services Administration Brochure RDS Services Reopening…
  • IFEBP 60th Annual Employee Benefits Conference!

    Chelsea Cummings
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Mark Manquen, President of RDS Services and Cornerstone Municipal Advisory Group, along with Jayne Brown, RDS Program Director will be attending the IFEBP 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference!  The conference will be held in Boston from Sunday, October 12 - Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  Mark and Jayne are looking forward to seeing everyone there! The post IFEBP 60th Annual Employee Benefits Conference! appeared first on RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists.
  • Follow us on Facebook!

    Chelsea Cummings
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:34 am
    RDS Services will be posting news and valuable information to you on our Facebook page at  Like our page to stay up to date on all things related to the Retiree Drug Subsidy world! The post Follow us on Facebook! appeared first on RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists.
  • 59th Annual Employee Benefits Conference Presentation

    Chelsea Cummings
    25 Nov 2013 | 11:00 am
    Our President, Mark Manquen, recently had the opportunity to hold a workshop at the 59th Annual Employee Benefits Conference provided by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). The workshop titled "Health Care Reform (ACA) In the Public Sector" describes the PPACA Employer Mandate rules on tracking, compliance, and how to avoid penalties. Specific topics covered in Mark's presentation include: The Delay Applicable Large Employers The Employer Mandate Affordable and Minimum Value Full Time vs. Variable Hour Employees IRS Safe Harbor - Look-back Measurement Rules Juse…
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    Schwartz MSL

  • The Road to HIMSS15: Tracing Health IT’s Rocket-Shot Rise

    Don Fluckinger
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Photo credit: “McCormick Place At Night” by Rob Jacob via Flickr, used with permission via Creative Commons license. In 2011, HIMSS sessions and exhibitors’ focus reflected the sunrise of meaningful use, which at the time meant installing new EHR systems and collecting patient data. By 2015, it’s clear from the HIMSS content and trade show emphasis, that […]
  • When MWC Attacks—A Changing Landscape Presents PR Opportunities

    Sam Katzen
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:36 am
    Mobile World Congress (MWC) started during a time when pro football was still played in Los Angeles and Milli Vanilli had yet to break a nation’s heart (1987). It is the now Grandaddy of them all in the mobile ecosystem, a combination of Cannes, the Super Bowl and an Apple product announcement. A monster of […]
  • Cyber Security and Innovation Take Center Stage at #HIMSS15

    Davida Dinerman
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition will bring 38,000-plus healthcare IT professionals from around the world to Chicago this April for a week of dynamic education, networking and an overview of the latest technology solutions. Planning for the arrival of a small city within McCormick place takes a lot […]
  • 2015 FDA Social Media Guidelines to Bring More Clarity?

    Caitie Nolan
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Recently, the FDA released a list of approximately 100 items of draft guidance it plans to issue or update in 2015. On the list are a few guidelines pertaining to social media, which pleases many of us in PR who have been waiting (somewhat) patiently for direction over the past few years. As we wait, […]
  • Five HIMSS 2015 Questions with Health IT Reporter Shaun Sutner

    Don Fluckinger
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    In our preparations for the 40,000-attendee strong Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2015, the Super Bowl of health IT trade shows, we sat down with Reporter Shaun Sutner to find out what he’ll be watching at this year’s show, his first. While Sutner previously worked for two decades as a reporter for the […]
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    World of DTC

  • Pharma has a lot of work to do to “earn trust”

    Richard Meyer
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:09 am
    Fresh from a Bloomerg news story comes this tidbit “Gilead Sciences Inc., whose $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment is one of the world’s most expensive drugs, is avoiding billions of dollars... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Statistics on mobile health mean little

    Richard Meyer
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:34 am
    “Nobody has figured out how to make consumers — patients — care about mobile health technologies. “And if we don’t [figure that out], m-health will be another tech bubble”. Dr. Joseph... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • OMG! Yet another ePharma conference….

    Richard Meyer
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Sigh…as I sit here and read the Tweets from ePharma I am once again reminded why pharma is lagging in digital marketing. I mean to say WebMD is the number one health portal on the web?  Come-on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Online ads-where to go?

    Richard Meyer
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:54 am
    POST SUMMARY: The old theory was to place ads for prescription drugs on health sites like WebMD but today that alone doesn’t make much sense. When it comes to online you have two choices: (1)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Entering a new era in DTC marketing

    Richard Meyer
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    OK, I get it.  DTC marketers have to show ROI to get budgets from bean counter who know the cost of everything but the value of nothing but that approach is going to lead to a decline in DTC... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • Are you staying up-to-date on Meaningful Use changes?

    Rebecca Morehead
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this morning announced deadline extensions for Meaningful Use (2014 reporting year) and PQRS (EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor & Qualified Clinical Data Registries). All extensions are to March 20, 2015. Included in the deadline extension is the “one switch” option (from Medicare to Medicaid or vice versa) for the 2014 payment year. Additionally, CMS announced late in January that they are looking at making some Meaningful Use changes in 2015. A few of the changes they are considering include: Shortening the 2015 reporting…
  • Functional and Integrative Medicine Approaches to Healthcare with Lisa Beaury – podcast episode 15

    Carey Green
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    In today’s show we talk about functional and integrative medicine approaches to healthcare and the workflow of a cash-based practice. Lisa gives us some insight with her experience into how traditional practitioners are adding alternative practitioners to their practice to provide patients with nutritional support, and alternative approaches to healthcare. Bio: Clinic Manager / Integrative Wellness Specialist Lisa recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine. She is currently working on her board exams to become a Doctor of Oriental medicine. Lisa…
  • Is This a Tool You Could Use? Take Our Survey to Find Out.

    Rebecca Morehead
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    One of our goals here at Practice Manager Solutions is to bring Practice Managers the tools and resources that help to make your job easier. In 2015, we’re looking for more ways to help you with the things that bring you the most stress and difficulty. We want to hear from you, so we’ve created a very brief survey with some of this year’s hottest topics. Please add your voice so we can design the tools and resources that will bring you the greatest relief. Access the survey by visiting
  • Taxes, Independent Businesses and The Truth About Your Money Story with Maddie Brown – podcast episode 14

    Carey Green
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Maddie Brown is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 30+ years of working with small businesses. ( She has a passion for helping business owners fulfill their dreams and create the ideal business they were meant to share. Her services save time, stress and money and give people wings. By helping business owners fulfill their place, she fulfills hers. This is her gift. Maddie also has a background working with the Department of Revenue as an educator and teacher. If you need help with your finances and would like to discuss how Maddie can help you gain the clarity…
  • Coding Common Sense Tips for Medical Practices in 2015

    Rebecca Morehead
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    The importance of coding properly just took on a new relevance for the independent physician who strives to keep up with “big dogs” in the healthcare arena.  Medical practice managaement planning and application of techniques you can glean along the way will help you survive and possibly thrive throughout this year.  Here is some coding common sense to keep you moving forward this year: PQRS Reporting – Many providers received letters from PQRS indicating 1.5% penalty for this year due to not reporting quality measures in 2013. If you did not report PQRS in 2013, be aware that the…
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    Georgia Health News

  • Measles scare over with no spread

    Andy Miller
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    The Georgia measles scare that stemmed from an infected infant arriving here from overseas is apparently at an end, with no further spread of the disease. Earlier this month, state health officials said they identified 35 people – most of them children – as susceptible to getting measles from the infant who was hospitalized in Atlanta for the disease. The baby arrived at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston with measles in early February. Officials said the child left the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan on a flight and eventually landed in Atlanta. “There are no known…
  • Cancer hospital fires back in fight over legislation

    Andy Miller
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    “Pure politics.” That’s how Cancer Treatment Centers of America describes the opposition to legislation that would allow the cancer hospital to expand its capacity – and treat more Georgians. David Kent “This is not about the citizens of Georgia,’’ said David Kent, chief operating officer of CTCA’s hospital in Newnan. “This is about [other] hospitals protecting their turf.” Kent, in an interview with GHN, gave a passionate defense of House Bill 482, introduced Tuesday in the Georgia General Assembly. The proposal would eliminate a requirement that 65 percent of the cancer…
  • C-diff blamed for 15,000 deaths a year

    Associated Press
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:08 am
    A nasty intestinal bug,  Clostridium difficile, sickens nearly twice as many Americans each year as was previously thought. By Associated Press for Georgia Health News, 2015. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Teen pregnancy programs: How Hall County is reaching out

    Rebekah Ryan
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Crystal Gonzalez of Hall County, a 17-year-old sophomore, continued to attend school while preparing for the arrival of her baby boy, “My life is over! How am I going to do this?” Crystal Gonzalez says those thoughts went through her mind when she found out at a routine sports physical that she was five months pregnant. Gonzalez, a 17-year-old sophomore at West Hall High School, delivered her son Feb. 11. Gonzalez’s baby was born with spina bifida. That’s a type of neural tube defect that occurs when the neural tube doesn’t close all the way on the baby’s spine, which could cause…
  • Bill on cancer hospital takes immediate flak

    Andy Miller
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:06 pm
    The long-awaited “CTCA bill” has finally arrived – and Georgia’s hospital industry  immediately pounced on it in opposition. Legislation that would end major regulatory restrictions on the Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s hospital in Newnan was introduced in the Georgia General Assembly on Tuesday. The lead sponsor is state Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Cancer Treatment Center of America’s hospital in Newnan When Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) first sought to build its “destination cancer hospital’’…
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  • Should you rename your optometry practice?

    Chad Fleming
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Prior to placing a name on birth certificate, many parents spend countless nights and Google searches looking for a name that resonates with them and will ultimately define their next child. The importance of a name should not be underestimated, especially when naming an optometry practice. Years ago a practice’s name was simply placed on letterhead and street signs. Today, a name is critical to search engine optimization and online recognition through social media. The key to generating new patients is through online searches, so a good name can make all the difference. Two types of…
  • You’re fired!

    Chad Fleming
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Donald Trump’s reality show is known for two words dreaded words:  “You’re fired!” As an aspiring entrepreneur, I remember watching The Apprentice every week trying to glean wisdom. I was hoping I could get all the right words and actions down so firing staff would be easy. After 12 years, I have come to the conclusion that hiring and firing is never easy. Letting staff members go is difficult, especially after investing in them for years. It’s also painful to realize it was a mistake to keep them so long. Even though firing is not easy, here are three ways to…
  • Are some optometrists real doctors and some not?

    Chad Fleming
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Are optometrists who work at commercial establishments real doctors? I take offense when patients walk into my exam room and tell me they have been getting their eyes checked at a commercial establishment, but now that they think they have problems they have come to see a “real” doctor. This patient assumes that my being in a free-standing practice makes me, an optometrist, a real doctor while my colleague at a commercial establishment is not. I take offense to this because the doctor they had been seeing went through the same trials and tribulations that I went through to get the same…
  • Help employees succeed in your optometry practice

    Chad Fleming
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Do you find your staff making the same mistakes over and over? When confronted, do they say no one ever told them differently? Never mind that the issue was discussed in the past two staff meetings. We’ve noticed staff members rarely save staff meeting notes for future reference, even when we email the notes or print them and physically hand them out. As managers, we need to make sure staff members have the tools to be successful. For our practice that means having all staff meeting notes available for easy reference. Here’s what has worked well for us: Member Content Section…
  • Are you 10-20 years in practice? What is your exit strategy?

    Chad Fleming
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you’ve been practicing optometry for more than 10 years, you should plan your exit strategy. Many optometrists put off thinking about their transition to retirement. Unfortunately, today’s practicing ODs will not have the luxury of seeing graduating optometrists lining up to buy their practices. Nor will they find many interested in working as associates with the goal of eventually becoming partners. The world of optometry practice mergers and acquisitions is evolving. Make sure you are positioning yourself for the new market by working towards a plan that is lucrative, but…
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • Using video to jumpstart The Conversation: a book review

    Alex Smith
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Reviewed: The Conversation, by Angelo Volandes Reviewed by: Alex SmithUsing video to help patients with serious illness make decisions about future care seems like a “no brainer.” Think back to your early training. Remember being at the code for that patient with advanced cancer, wondering why he wasn’t DNR? If he could only have “seen” what it was like to be coded, to be in the ICU, to live on machines. The allure of video is obvious. But as with any thing that seems too good to be true, the reality of using videos to jumpstart goals of care conversations is more laden with…
  • #Thickenedliquidchallenge from a patient's point of view: provocative comments and a poll

    GeriPal Guest Author
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    by: Stan TermanMichael Ellenbogen has dementia.  He took the #thickenedliquidchallenge.  He never wants to have thickenedliquids again, even if his life depends on it.  Is this ethical?Click this link if the video doesn't appear below.Michael Ellenbogen's video addresses the #Thickenedliquidchallenge from a patient’s point of view.  Mr. Ellenbogen tries orange soda, one of his favorite drinks, with thickener.  He reports, "The taste was terrible.  The drink lost all of it's flavor, all of the enjoyment of my favorite…
  • Another Pneumonia Vaccine for Seniors: What's the evidence on Prevnar13?

    Ravi Ramaswamy
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    In September 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new guideline1 recommending the administration of Prevnar13, a type of pneumonia vaccines, to adults 65 years and older.  This is to be given in addition to Pneumovax23, the pneumonia vaccine that adults 65 years and older already receive based on prior guidelines. Mr. R, my 67-year-old patient who already received Pneumovax23, was not enthusiastic about the idea. “But I already got one! Why do I need another? What is the difference from the one I already got?”All good questions. Let’s look closely at…
  • CoPs - obstacle, or inspiration?

    15 Feb 2015 | 6:11 pm
    by Jerry Soucy, RN, CHPNThe title of Amy Getter’s Geripal piece poses a critical question: As we face forces seemingly beyond our control, how can we stay true to the purpose of hospice, and to our patients and families? I share Amy’s concern. This is difficult work under ideal circumstances. We frequently face demands that compete for our time and attention. When the demands are in conflict, sources we expect to support us sometimes don’t seem very supportive.Amy calls the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) overwhelming. I’ve worked with colleagues who see them in an…
  • Breathing Heartfelt Care

    GeriPal Guest Author
    14 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    by: Kim Evanoski, CMC MPA LMSWSometimes on the walking trail I get to thinking about my week. The quiet solitude gives me important time for taking those long deep breathes to reflect and come to terms with life's events.There are particular weeks in working in palliative care that I need time to think through how to facilitate a tough conversation that a care partner, being patient or family member, is ready to talk further on. As a practitioner I think part of my job is to prepare myself for assisting families in what I term as "heartfelt care". Heartfelt care is an activity like sitting…
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    Safety un-Limited

  • Making Your Business a Safer Place

    sea2sky consultant
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    People keep saying that the world has gone health and safety mad. It’s unsurprising really – following large numbers of legal battles in America, everyone jumped on the bandwagon and it became extremely important that businesses became vigilant and take … Continue reading →
  • Tummy Upsets in Kids

    Tony Howarth
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    There are lots of reasons kids can have tummy upsets and this post could go on for ever, but here are two things you might come across in your day-to-day care setting. To help you prepare for kids tummy upsets … Continue reading →
  • How to provide Workplace Safety Training

    Tony Howarth
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Before you do anything else, check your attitude. Do you believe safety training is important? If so, it will show. If your attitude makes staff think the training is boring or silly, that will show too. Make workplace safety training … Continue reading →
  • Workplace Safety Training FAQs

    Tony Howarth
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Why provide safety training and who needs it (including self-employed & contractors)? Considerations for staff who may need extra training. Continue reading →
  • Free eBooks on Safety Training

    Tony Howarth
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Free eBooks – really? Yes!! Sure you can sign-up-for-spam somewhere on the web and get “Ten Free Safety Tips” but our job is to help you stay safe, not email crap to you. We have written seven free eBooks for you and … Continue reading →
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    Healthcare Today - Health News

  • Increased funding is not the answer for mental health

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:35 am
    Lord Crisp, who is heading up the new inquiry into mental health services, says the solution may not be to increase funding and beds.Lord Crisp gave an exclusive interview to the HSJ and says he believes solutions to capacity pressures would vary and involve a range of factors. He said it is too easy to blame lack of funding for the problems.The inquiry, which is not looking at children’s services or s...
  • Ebola 15 minute test approved

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:49 am
    The World Health Organisation has approved a first rapid blood test for Ebola which would allow patients to be identified, isolated and cared for as quickly as possible.The Ebola outbreak has killed more that 9,300 people. The blood test is less accurate than conventional tests and works without electricity so can be used in remote regions.Trials in West Africa suggest it correctly identifies about 92% of ...
  • Drug-resistant malaria a huge threat

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    Experts say resistance to artemisinin, that has saved millions of lives from malaria, has been detected over a wider area than previously thought.The malaria parasite has been able to shrug off the effects of the drug since it emerged in South East Asia. This resistance is on the verge of entering India accordingly to tests published in the ...
  • Mayden awarded SBRI Healthcare bid

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:35 am
    After months of rigorous competition, Bath-based software house Mayden has been awarded significant second-phase funding from the 2014 Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) bid, to develop a solution that will relieve the mounting pressure faced by the UK’s mental health services.Current demand for mental health care vastly exceeds NHS resources, and this gap is set to continue to increase; it’s est...
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    Professional Patient Perspective

  • Pain Medication Agreements – Devil’s in the Details

    Michael A. Weiss
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    The Devil’s in the Details The “Numbered Comments” below correspond to the Numbered Paragraphs of the Sample Compilation Pain Medicine Agreement which is posted below in “bite-sized” chunks for ease of reference.  My Contract Comments are intended strictly to point out to patients who must sign these Agreements that many of the seemingly inconsequential first-appearing Patient Paragraphs contain subtle “physician termination triggers” which can be used by the physician to end the relationship with the patient pursuant to over-broad or completely…
  • The Patient’s Perspective re: Pain Medicine Agreements

    Michael A. Weiss
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    (This the first of three (3) Posts about being a Patient in the medical specialty of Pain Management. Post 1 – Educate Patients about the issues involved with selecting the Pain Management physician right for them; Post 2 – I will provide comments to the clauses contained in the below Sample Compilation Pain Medicine Agreement for the purposes of “educating” patients about the agreements they are signing and how best to ensure their compliance with them.  I encourage patients to discuss the resulting issues with the potential new Pain Management doctor and incorporate his or her…
  • Crohn’s Disease – “Even doctors don’t take us seriously”

    Michael A. Weiss
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    The “Individualization” of seemingly similar Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis cases The statement above was excerpted from a rather lengthy response attributed to a frustrated essentially life-long Crohn’s Disease patient in a recent Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Facebook “Group” when the virtual discussion focused on the tragic death of a young Crohn’s Disease patient soon after her obituary was posted on social media and Crohn’s Disease was listed as the cause of death. While it appears to be scientifically debatable…
  • “Escape The Stall” for good!

    Michael A. Weiss
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    WHY THIS IMAGE SHOULD NOT BE USED TO RAISE AWARENESS of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis   While I commend efforts to raise awareness of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, I think by choosing this particular bathroom stall image to reflect these incurable, incredibly challenging and potentially severe, relentlessly painful, pervasive and disabling autoimmune diseases, it defeats any such well-intended purposes b/c all it does is help perpetuate the gross misunderstanding in the global mainstream that Inflammatory Bowel Diseases…
  • How Anti-TNF Biologic agents treat Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis

    Michael A. Weiss
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I recently posted this on Facebook as a “layperson’s” answer to someone with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) who asked if Anti-TNF drugs are basically analogous to chemotherapy and people seemed to respond extremely favorably to it as they indicated it provided them with a better understanding of this common but fairly complex issue.  Therefore, I thought I’d post it on my Blog to document my explanation for anyone in the future who seeks similar information. While I am your ordinary 30-year Severe Crohn’s Disease patient who has been on all currently available medicinal therapies…
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    MedCity News

  • Fitbit eyes fitness app developer FitStar for acquisition

    Stephanie Baum
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Fitbit is sizing up FitStar for an acquisition deal, according to a report by TechCrunch. The company creates apps for fitness and yoga that use videos led by fitness instructors. It’s one of a group of app developers Fitbit has partnered with so its users can enlist a variety of apps to help aggregate data from their wearables. FitStar uses celebrity trainers such as NFL All Star Tony Gonzales and yoga instructor Tara Stiles. For its yoga app, users choose their experience level and workout intensity. The app takes users through yoga poses with videos so they can review each step,…
  • UW Medicine’s virtual health provider underscores differing approaches to telemedicine

    Dan Verel
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Screenshot from Carena. In yet another development for telemedicine, the University of Washington‘s heath system has launched a virtual clinic that will be operated by Seattle-based Carena, according to a report in Xconomy. This has been a busy week for telehealth, although the deal between UW Medicine and Carena is from January. Earlier this week, the University of Mississippi Medical Center launched its own telehealth center, Avera Health shared insights on its massive operations and two startups teams up to make the insurance process easier for consumers regarding telemedicine. The…
  • John Oliver – not Leonard Nimoy – shows how to talk about smoking so people will listen

    Veronica Combs
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Don’t smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) January 11, 2015 Leonard Nimoy died today from COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Most people look puzzled when you mention that condition. My dad died of complications from that illness and pulmonary fibrosis, which is a disease that is even worse than COPD and that even fewer people know about. Nimoy blamed his illness on smoking, even though he quit 30 years ago. My dad quit 10 years ago when his first grandson was born, but it was too late for him too. Nimoy’s tweet from January 10…
  • Narrative Dx raising seed funding for staff expansion for tools to understand patient needs

    Stephanie Baum
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    DreamIt Health grad NarrativeDx developed a way to analyze patient feedback from CAHP surveys, internal hospital documents and what they post on physician rating and hospital websites to better understand patient needs. It’s now raised seed funding to add engineering, sales and marketing staff to help it expand its hospital customer base. In a phone interview with co-founder and CEO Kyle Robertson, he said it secured the funding from a mix of investors. Austin-based angel syndicate Capital Factory and Silverstone Partners co-led the round, which is expected to raise more than $500,000.
  • I have dense breast tissue, what do I do now?

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    That’s the question millions of women are going to be asking over the next few months as more than 20 states have now enacted laws that mandate mammogram reports to clearly indicate if a woman has dense breast tissue. Studies show that while 33 percent of older women have dense breasts, that number jumps to about 50 percent of women under age 50, which can make it more difficult to detect cancer in a routine mammogram. As a recent article in the Wall Street Journal explores, there are several secondary screening options available for women with dense breast tissue. For some women, the…
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    Healthy Debate

  • Antibiotic resistance in farm animals a growing concern for scientists

    Wendy Glauser, Maureen Taylor & Mike Tierney
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’ve all heard about the growing threat of “superbugs,” or bacteria that have become resistant to the drugs we currently use to treat them. And we know that our sometimes inappropriate use of antibiotics shoulders much of the blame. The more bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, the more they develop ways to fight back. But what about all the antibiotics given to animals? More than 75 per cent of all antibiotics used in Canada, by weight, go to farm animals, according to a report by Canada’s chief public health officer. That’s because a majority of antimicrobials are given on farms…
  • Is Ontario’s reliance on donations to fund hospital infrastructure fair and sustainable?

    Meera Rayar, Sachin Pendharkar, Andreas Laupacis & Jeremy Petch
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    In 2010, after a regional needs assessment for medical imaging, the Pembroke Regional Hospital was approved by its Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to purchase a new MRI scanner. This new machine will allow the city and neighbouring region’s residents to be scanned locally, instead of having to drive as much as 3 hours each way to have the MRI performed in Ottawa. While approval from the LHIN means that the day-to-day operating costs of the new MRI scanner will be covered by the government, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care requires hospitals to pay for the entire purchase…
  • Ontario’s private outpatient lab sector needs overhaul, say critics

    Wendy Glauser, Jill Konkin & Andrew Remfry
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ontario’s system for funding private medical laboratories has been controversial since it was set up almost two decades ago. Now, facing critics who have only gotten louder, the government may be considering reform. In her mandate letter after last year’s election, Premier Kathleen Wynne asked Health Minister Eric Hoskins to “explore opportunities to optimize quality and value in community laboratories.” ‘Community’ or ‘outpatient’ lab tests are ordered by doctors and nurse practitioners and include everything from blood sugar to kidney function to pregnancy tests. Across…
  • Safe surgery checklists: the Canadian experience

    Ryan O'Reilly, Gord Winkel, Verna Yiu & Jeremy Petch
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Each year there are patients who wake up from surgery to find an operation has been done on the wrong part of their body. These wrong-site surgeries are an example of “never events” – incidents that simply should not happen if all safety measures are taken. Nevertheless, these events take place each year in countries with the highest standards of care, from the United States to England, and Canada is no exception. Even simple mistakes in the operating room can have profound implications on a patient’s outcomes, and as such there is a constant pursuit of ways to reduce errors. One…
  • Should hospital staff satisfaction survey results be public?

    Wendy Glauser, Debra Bournes & Joshua Tepper
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Patients and their families were treated with “callous indifference.” Water was left out of reach. Soiled bed sheets weren’t changed, sometimes, for months. The abuses that took place between 2005 and 2008 in an England hospital shocked the country. A 139-day public inquiry revealed that there were many signs leading up to the abuse. If acted on, they could have prevented hundreds of deaths, according to media accounts. The staff satisfaction survey at the Mid Staffordshire National Health Service (NHS) Trust was among the red flags. The trust ranked in the worst 20% for team work,…
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    Home Health Care News

  • Hospitals Have Changed Their Tune on Home Health Partnerships, LHC Chief Says

    Cassandra Dowell
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:08 pm
    As hospitals begin to feel some impact from readmission penalties, partnerships with home health agencies are being embraced with unprecedented enthusiasm, said leaders of home health, hospice and comprehensive post-acute health care services provider LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG), during a conference call Thursday. Hospitals’ attention to partnerships with home health agencies is shifting in a “big way,” said Keith G. Myers, co-founder and CEO of LHC Group. He made his comments on a call with analysts after releasing fourth quarter 2014 earnings. “I can’t remember the…
  • Physical Therapist Targeted Adult Day Center in $1.6 Million Home Health Fraud

    Jason Oliva
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    A federal jury in Detroit convicted a physical therapist and a patient recruiter for their involvement in a home health care fraud scheme that bilked $1.6 million from the Medicare program, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Physical therapist Rajan Patel, 30, of Clinton Township, Michigan, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, three counts of health care fraud and three counts of making false statements relating to health care matters for his role in fabricating patient medical records for unqualified home health services that were billed to…
  • State News Round-Up: Fraud Busters Seek New Tech

    Tim Mullaney
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Minnesota: Aggressive Push for Tech to Monitor Care In an effort to utilize technology to combat home care fraud, authorities are investigating how monitoring systems could confirm that care is being properly delivered.  The Department of Human Services recently issued a request for information about products and services that can be used in a home to verify the identity of a personal care assistant and confirm that care is being provided appropriately. The DHS also wants to be able to track how much time caregivers spend in homes. The agency’s request for information asks vendors and…
  • CMS Reveals Details of Home Health Standardized Assessments

    Jason Oliva
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:49 pm
    In efforts to foster greater care coordination between various health care providers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed Wednesday new details on how it will measure the quality performance of home health care agencies through the collection of standardized data assessments. During an Open Door Forum Wednesday afternoon, CMS outlined certain standardized assessments that post-acute care providers will be required to report in the coming years as mandated by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 — or IMPACT Act — specifically for…
  • Thieves Posing as Home Care Workers Put Providers on Guard

    Emily Study
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Two women are posing as home care workers with Virginia-based Sentara Healthcare, targeting elderly residents as part of a scam to steal valuables from their homes. And this isn’t the first time Sentara — which provides a range of services, including home care, throughout Virginia and North Carolina — has issued a warning against these scams. In October 2013, the not-for-profit, integrated health care system experienced a similar phenomenon. And while the organization doesn’t see these scams becoming a trend in the home health industry, its leaders say they do serve as a reminder to…
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    referralMD | Medical and Dental Referral Marketing Platform

  • 7 Medical Marketing and Dental Media Strategies That Really Work

    Jonathan Govette
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:33 pm
    In today’s modern age, marketing and media has becoming an essential part of organizational growth – even for medical practices. The truth is, more and more people have transitioned to seeking information on the web, including health information. A 2013 Pew Research Center Report states that “72% of internet users said they looked online for health information within the past year”. That means doctors, practices, and hospitals need to “get with the times” and establish an online web presence. If not, you might be out of a job in no time.  Marketing platforms like referralMD…
  • Healthcare Emergency: Overcrowding in the ER [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Emily Newhook
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
    Everyone is just one wrong step away from requiring emergency care. No one likes to go to the emergency room (ER), but we are all glad the services are there when we need them. From 1995 through 2010, annual visits to ERs swelled from 97 million to 130 million, an increase of 34 percent. During the same period, the total number of ERs dropped by 11 percent countrywide. In this environment, ER overcrowding and drawn-out wait times are becoming the norm and represent an obstacle for the future of healthcare delivery. ER Wait Times at a Glance From 2003 through 2009, the mean wait time in U.S.
  • 7 Recommendations to Get In On a Money-Making Referral Network As a New Doctor

    Jonathan Govette
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:59 am
    Setting up a new practice, whether you’re fresh out of med school or are settling in a new location, comes with it’s own set of unique challenges. After securing a space and a qualified support staff, you need to build up your patient list quickly to avoid closing your doors. Speaking strictly in business terms, referrals are one of the single best ways to grow your practice: Nielsen’s statistics show that 84% of people trust their friends’ referrals, and trust recommendations seven times more than they trust what they see in traditional ads. When Harvard Business Review studied bank…
  • Rural Hospital Closures: How Telemedicine Could Provide Relief

    Jennifer Olin
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Healthcare and healthcare reform are topics for endless debate in this country, and have been since Teddy Roosevelt was president and ran for reelection on a platform that included national health insurance.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the latest incarnation of Roosevelt’s ideas, and just like in 1912 the subject has its supporters and its detractors. What most people agree on is that healthcare should be available to everyone rich or poor; no matter race, gender, or religion; or whether they live in the city or the country. But in the United States today, people who live in rural…
  • 10 Biggest Innovations in Health Care Technology in 2015

    Jonathan Govette
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:21 pm
    A new year is upon us and we are already seeing amazing advancements in healthcare technology, everything from enterprise cloud software to nanobots.  Is healthcare finally catching up with the times? New startups and fortune 500 companies alike, are in a modern-day health care gold rush, with everyone trying to stake their claim.  What are your thoughts on promising healthcare technologies coming out this year and in the future? To those that embrace the future, here are the leading health care technologies to look forward to. 1.     Nanobots in Blood Although nanobots are far from…
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    The Doctor's Tablet

  • Is Medicine Right for Me? A First-Year Einstein Medical Student Reflects

    Melvin Joice
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    My route to medical school was fraught with arguments against going: “You won’t have time to enjoy life,” “You’ll be in debt” and, possibly the most alarming, “You know that 50 percent of physicians are burned out, right?” Bombarded with such discouraging thoughts and potentially bleak prospects, I have often questioned what drove me to [...]
  • Marking Progress in Medical Education and Research

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:55 am
    Editors’ Note: A recent study that appears in the journal Academic Medicine proposes a new way to rank medical schools. If this methodology were formally adopted, Albert Einstein College of Medicine would place in the top 10 percent of all U.S. medical schools. Besides educating the next generation of doctors, Einstein strongly values basic science, [...]
  • Opioid Addiction Treatment Options

    Chinazo O. Cunningham, M.D., M.S.
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    Over the last decade, opioid use, addiction, and overdose have been dramatically increasing. While much of this increase in opioid use has been driven by increases in the use of prescription opioids such as Vicodin and Percocet, heroin use also has increased.  As a result, deaths attributed to heroin jumped 39 percent from 2012 to [...]
  • Lessons Learned from the Ebola Crisis: An Update

    Dan Kelly, M.D.
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    Editors’ Note: The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that as of February 11, 2015, more than 10,000 people have died from Ebola, nearly all of them in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and a small number in Nigeria.  In December, the WHO dispatched a response team to the Kono District, a [...]
  • Recognizing Humanism in Medical Education                             

    Fay Burekhovich
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    No one else I encountered during my third year of medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine struck me quite like this patient. He was propped up in the hospital bed, gasping impossibly for air, with not a hint of relief in sight. A harrowing whistle of pain escaped his lips and wove its [...]
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Why Can’t Doctors Face Death with Honest Conversation with Patients?

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:08 am
    Few things are harder than watching your spouse die, especially when he’s in the prime of life. That sad situation was made worse for one woman because her husband’s doctors never spoke frankly about his prognosis. Nora Zamichow began her heartfelt essay in the Los Angeles Times simply and directly: “There is one word most doctors hate to say: dying. “Many of them will go to great lengths — even subterfuge — to avoid it. “Sure, nobody likes to deliver bad news. But shouldn't physicians have mastered that?” Of course they should. The practice of medicine is — or should be —…
  • Gravely Ill People Soon Will Have Faster Access to Experimental Drugs

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    The FDA is proposing that doctors have easier access to experimental drugs for patients suffering dire illnesses who have no other options for treatment. An editorial published in the New York Times commended the feds for reducing the time involved in applying for the right to use an experimental drug for an ill person from 100 hours to less than one. The FDA’s proposal reflects a policy implemented when the AIDS epidemic began. Its intent was to allow “compassionate use” of experimental drugs even though their safety and efficacy hadn’t been proved. The policy has expanded, but, like…
  • What Is "Home" for a Mentally Disabled Person?

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
    Letters to the editor in the New York Times come with the provocative headline: "Can There Be Good Mental Asylums?" As the father of a 25-year-old son with severe autism, I think about this a lot. Our son Brendan now lives in a group home which we helped set up in Silver Spring, Maryland. It seems to work for him, although for a parent, eternal vigilance is required. Brendan is out and about in the community every day: at his day program sheltered workshop, and with his "one-on-one" at weekend activities like Special Olympics, trips to museums, dinner at our house, and all sorts of good fun.
  • Still More Diseases Linked to Smoking

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    The dangers of smoking cigarettes have been well documented for a long time, but new research shows that inhaling tobacco is even more hazardous than we knew. Scientists writing earlier this month in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that in addition to lung cancer, heart disease and stroke, smoking also raises the risk of dying of several other diseases, including several cancers and infections. As summarized on, smoking-related deaths increased by 17% from several diseases that, until now, didn’t have established relationships with cigarettes. This was…
  • Outbreak Renews Concern about Contaminated Endoscopes

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    Last week, an outbreak of a superbug known as CRE at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles prompted the FDA to alert hospitals and medical providers to the possibility that a medical device used for gastroenterological problems might be the culprit. At this writing, two people have died and nearly 200 have been contacted if they recently had a specialized endoscope inserted into their throats to treat cancers, gallstones and other ailments of the digestive system. CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae), as explained in the Los Angeles Times, are difficult to treat…
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    Dr. Pierre's Blog

  • Another Milestone

    Dr. Pierre
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    To the place that gave me a chance to be the person I am today I've decided to take the call & give what little wisdom I have back to the future doctors.Thanks Nova Southeastern University
  • Because I failed

    Dr. Pierre
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I get asked often just what keeps me going, keeps me happy & keeps me sane after all these years of trying to become the physician I am today.  I have been described by many in my circle as one of the most relaxed people they have ever met. In a field where type A personalities are the norm & where every decision is life or death I tend to stand out like a sore thumb. Sometimes I think that all that I have done has been like one long dream & that one day I'm just going to wake up because it's almost too good to be true.I realize that every day I wake up going to work in a…
  • Why Mentorship Works..

    Dr. Pierre
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Growing up with no mentors in the health field until I was a freshman in college really made me appreciate the importance of having a mentor/mentee relationship. Its been one of the reasons why I make it a point to mentor everyone in arms reach of me regardless of their future endeavors. I have had plenty of success stories but this one probably shoots up to the top. As a senior resident(PGY2) my goal for my interns was to get them acclimated with the transition from medical student to medical resident & make it as seamless as possible. One of my…
  • The Introduction

    Dr. Pierre
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    So I am finally moved into the new practice & now the time comes where I have to start introducing myself to the neighborhood. I am in this weird dynamic now where I have to introduce myself to potential patients in the area and the other specialists as well. One of the comforts of residency I took for granted was that I grew to know all of the physicians in the area. I knew doctors in just about every speciality so my network was not an issue. But now even though I am only like 30 mins away from where I trained it is as if I moved to an entirely different state. In the hospital the…
  • Thank You Blessed & Honored

    Dr. Pierre
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    So yesterday I updated my Facebook TL with the latest news regarding my practice(see pic). It's been about 3 months with my company & for the most part I have been bouncing around at different partners' offices covering for their vacations & or learning the ropes of an outpatient physician. I figured I'd let my Facebook family know first that I was going to be opening up soon given that a few had been asking about it since I graduated residency. After almost 150 Facebook notifications, many phone calls & text messages I was floored with the amount of praise I received.  I had…
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • 7 Facts About Home Care Facilities Your Family Needs to Know

    Guest Contributor
    6 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    Guest Author – David Gardner Home care facilities offer seniors a way to remain as independent as possible for as long as they are able to assume at least a portion of their own care. Home care facilities fill that gap, allowing seniors to remain in control of their daily activities. Even after a person enters an Home care facility, [...] The post 7 Facts About Home Care Facilities Your Family Needs to Know appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • #CareRx – What’s In Your Daily Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal Supplements?

    Dr G
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Join us Saturday, February at 8am CST / 9 am EST for a new edition of #CareRx weekly chat, powered by CareNovate Magazine, moderated by Goldina Erowele, PharmD. Learn more about the mission & vision of #CareRx chat here. Interested in being a part of it? Let’s us know. We are looking for awesome guests and moderators. Date: Saturday, Feb 7th Time: [...] The post #CareRx – What’s In Your Daily Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal Supplements? appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Health, Holistic or Wellness Coach?

    Dr G
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Are you a health, holistic health, medical, nursing or wellness coach? You need to be in our database CareNovate Magazine is always curating resources, tools and services that will be of benefit to our readers, members and audience – moms, working moms, parents, patients. We are compiling a comprehensive list for our patients who are interested in working with certified, [...] The post Health, Holistic or Wellness Coach? appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • #CareRxBlog: Share Your Medication Management Stories

    Dr G
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:48 am
    Dear Readers, There are millions of people who are engaged every day in the tireless and selfless work of caring for someone in need, disabled, ill and/or with a chronic condition. Whether they are caring for a child, spouse and/or parent with dementia, cancer, obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, etc the role these caregivers play are challenging and invaluable.   Medication [...] The post #CareRxBlog: Share Your Medication Management Stories appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Mango Health Helps Patients & Caregivers Take & Manage Their Medications

    Dr G
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    By Goldina Erowele, PharmD Jason Oberfest is the CEO and co-founder of Mango Health. In this issue of CareNovate Q&A Series, he shares where why he started Mango Health and role of smartphones in medication adherence. 1. Tell us a bit about Jason. What is your background? Most of my career has been spent designing and building consumer products outside of [...] The post Mango Health Helps Patients & Caregivers Take & Manage Their Medications appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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  • 7 Facts About Home Care Facilities Your Family Needs to Know

    Guest Contributor
    6 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    Guest Author – David Gardner Home care facilities offer seniors a way to remain as independent as possible for as long as they are able to assume at least a portion of their own care. Home care facilities fill that gap, allowing seniors to remain in control of their daily activities. Even after a person enters an Home care facility, [...] The post 7 Facts About Home Care Facilities Your Family Needs to Know appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • #CareRx – What’s In Your Daily Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal Supplements?

    Dr G
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Join us Saturday, February at 8am CST / 9 am EST for a new edition of #CareRx weekly chat, powered by CareNovate Magazine, moderated by Goldina Erowele, PharmD. Learn more about the mission & vision of #CareRx chat here. Interested in being a part of it? Let’s us know. We are looking for awesome guests and moderators. Date: Saturday, Feb 7th Time: [...] The post #CareRx – What’s In Your Daily Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal Supplements? appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Health, Holistic or Wellness Coach?

    Dr G
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Are you a health, holistic health, medical, nursing or wellness coach? You need to be in our database CareNovate Magazine is always curating resources, tools and services that will be of benefit to our readers, members and audience – moms, working moms, parents, patients. We are compiling a comprehensive list for our patients who are interested in working with certified, [...] The post Health, Holistic or Wellness Coach? appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • #CareRxBlog: Share Your Medication Management Stories

    Dr G
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:48 am
    Dear Readers, There are millions of people who are engaged every day in the tireless and selfless work of caring for someone in need, disabled, ill and/or with a chronic condition. Whether they are caring for a child, spouse and/or parent with dementia, cancer, obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, etc the role these caregivers play are challenging and invaluable.   Medication [...] The post #CareRxBlog: Share Your Medication Management Stories appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Mango Health Helps Patients & Caregivers Take & Manage Their Medications

    Dr G
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    By Goldina Erowele, PharmD Jason Oberfest is the CEO and co-founder of Mango Health. In this issue of CareNovate Q&A Series, he shares where why he started Mango Health and role of smartphones in medication adherence. 1. Tell us a bit about Jason. What is your background? Most of my career has been spent designing and building consumer products outside of [...] The post Mango Health Helps Patients & Caregivers Take & Manage Their Medications appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    Musings on Medicine and the Health Care System

  • Who’s In Charge? You or Your Doctor?

    Debra Gordon
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:29 am
    Sunday was the first baby shower I’d been to since. . . well, let’s just say that my youngest kid turned 19 a few days ago. There were the mandatory sherbet-colored decorations; a watermelon fruit bowl designed to look like a sleeping infant (complete with pacifier); infused water; chattering ladies; a table piled high with gifts. Only one thing was missing: the guest of honor. For even as everyone arrived for the shower, she was already in labor. And, ever the obliging young woman, she delivered a healthy baby boy before the shower ended. I’m assuming she had great care in the…
  • A Letter to a Friend (or, I’m Sorry I Lost My Temper Last Night”)

    Debra Gordon
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    So I did something last night that I’m not proud of. I got into an argument – complete with raised voices – with a friend. Over health care and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), of course. (Note that he continually called it “Obamacare” in a somewhat sneering tone, which, as those of you who read my blog regularly or know me, know I consider a derogatory term for a very important piece of legislation). I felt terrible after we left and tossed and turned all night coming up with things I wished I said (not to mention wishing I hadn’t lost my temper). So I decided to write my friend a…
  • Why Repealing the Affordable Care Act Won’t Stop Healthcare Reform

    Debra Gordon
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    So the election is over. The Republicans now control both houses. And several are promising that one of their first jobs is to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I’m sure there are lots of people jumping up and down with glee. This reaction reminds me what one doctor told me a couple of weeks ago after I spoke to his group (abdominal surgeons) about healthcare reform (you can read more about the experience here). “This (the ACA) is going to go away and things will return to normal.” Um, not quite. Sure, if the ACA goes away we’ll return to more than 40 million…
  • Doctors Are Angry. I Get That. But . . .

    Debra Gordon
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    I just finished speaking to a group of surgeons about healthcare reform. And, as we say here in the South, “Bless their hearts!” I knew this would be the toughest audience yet in my three years of teaching/speaking about the US healthcare system and healthcare reform. I even put on a flak jacket at the beginning of my talk as a way of breaking the ice (and protecting myself; I mean, these guys pack scalpels!). And I made it through the two-hour talk and their anger without losing my composure or my sense of humor (thank god for that sense of humor). Now I’m sitting in the…
  • Why You Need a Second Opinion

    Debra Gordon
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Early in the summer I wrote about a good friend who was diagnosed with ovarian cysts and endometriosis. She saw a gyn oncologist because there was a small chance it was cancer (thankfully, it wasn’t). The doctor drained the cyst and started my friend on  oral contraceptives to control the hormonal shifts that contribute to endometriosis (which contributes to the cysts). A couple of weeks ago, however, my friend texted me to say that her leg/foot was really hurting. She thought she might have a deep vein problem. I immediately told her to go to urgent care because it might be a blood…
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • How Exercise Affects Memory

    Dr. Weil
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    We've known for some time that regular aerobic exercise can give memory a boost, but now a new study from Georgia Tech has shown that 20 minutes of simple resistance exercise can also do the trick. Researchers recruited healthy young adults to either perform exercises or serve as controls. They first showed a series of 90 photos on a screen to all the participants. Then, everyone sat at a leg extension machine. Half the participants performed the leg exercises - extending and contracting each leg 50 times at their personal maximum effort. Those in the control group just sat at the machines…
  • Abdominal Obesity: Is this You?

    Dr. Weil
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    Although average Body Mass Index (BMI) numbers have been holding somewhat steady in recent years, American waistlines continue to expand, which is bad news for our country's health. The latest look at these measurements focuses on the changes over time in abdominal obesity. This "belly fat" is closely associated with metabolic syndrome, and can indicate increased risks of diabetes and heart disease. The investigation reveals that since 1999, waistlines and belly fat have increased among men, women, whites, blacks and Mexican Americans. The researchers, from the U.S. Centers for Disease…
  • Skirt Size and Breast Cancer Risk

    Dr. Weil
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    If your skirt size increased between the ages of 25 and 60, your risk of breast cancer has likely increased, too, according to the results of a new British study. Researchers at University College London examined data from nearly 93,000 British women and found that three out of four reported bigger skirt sizes at the average age of 64 compared to their size at age 25. The investigators reported that for every increase in skirt size breast cancer risk jumped by 33 percent. This would mean a 77 percent increased risk for women whose skirt sizes went up two sizes size every 10 years from age 25…
  • Fruits and Vegetables for Your Head

    Dr. Weil
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the higher the odds that you'll be as healthy mentally as you are physically. This conclusion comes from research at Britain's University of Warwick, which showed that good mental health was consistently linked to fruit and vegetable consumption among both men and women. Analyzing data from nearly 14,000 adults who participated in the Health Survey for England, the investigators found that 33.5 percent of those identified as having a high level of mental well-being ate five or more fruit and vegetables daily, compared to 6.8 percent of the mentally fit…
  • Can Pollution Make You Fat?

    Dr. Weil
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Maybe so, and worse, it could lead to heart disease. A new study of seniors living in Massachusetts suggests that black carbon, a component of traffic-generated air pollution, influences levels of leptin. High levels of this hormone are associated with obesity, diabetes and heart disease. A team of researchers from Brown University measured blood levels of leptin in 765 seniors living in Boston and found that levels of the hormone were 27 percent higher among those with the most exposure to black carbon. These individuals also had lower incomes and higher rates of high blood pressure and…
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  • Top 10 Health Benefits Of Strawberry That you Should Know

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. What is the most wonderful gift that summer brings? I know you all would answer loudly VACATIONS! Also warm days, cookouts and partying that comes with the summer package. But you might miss the one of the most beautiful gifts that summer brings with it. Wondering what I am talking about? Well, I am talking about fruits. And all of the fruits of summer, strawberry are the most adorned one. This widely popular red fruit is not only famous for its unique and amazing taste, it is also full of…
  • 8 Foods that You Must Consider If You Are a Diabetes Patient

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Diabetes is one of those diseases that cannot be cured totally. Rather, you need to control your blood sugar to remain healthy. Many of the diabetic live a complete life still having diabetes- even TYPE-2 diabetes. So don’t be disheartened. But you have to live in a much disciplined way. Only this can make you healthy and fit. You have to take exercise and live a tension free life. But the most important thing is that you need to be aware with the food you take after identified as a…
  • 6 Proven Ways to Get Rid of Burn Scars

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Are you afraid of standing before the mirror for your scars given by burning? It is indeed a nightmare that whenever you stand before the mirror not only the scars you can see, but also the whole accident that happened to you appears lively. Many avoid their scars at the primary stage thinking about the medical cost and as a result scars becomes permanent on the skin. Actually, most of them are healed by the natural processing of our body. But for rapid removal you just have to ignite the…
  • 14 Health Benefits Of Dandelion Tea

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Dandelion is a great source of healthy ingredients like carotene, fiber, minerals, beta carotene, vitamin C and many more. It is a legendary component of famous Chinese herbal medicine. Dandelion has many benefits for health. From roots to leaves and flowers- the whole body of the dandelion plant is used in herbal medicines. Dandelion can also be consumed with tea and it enhances the beneficiary sides of the dandelion plant to a whole new level. Some benefits of the dandelion tea are as…
  • 10 Home Remedies For Clear Skin

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. A picture perfect, flawless, clear and beautiful skin is a thing that all women want. These characteristics of skin depict mostly a person’s beauty. A healthy skin also makes you feel beautiful. Doesn’t it? But it is quite difficult to maintain the fairness of our skin. The busy daily life around us makes our skin prone to pollution, dirts, sun exposure besides giving ourselves various stresses and anxiety. All these things make the health of our skin vulnerable and in no time, we start…
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • A Hard-Learned Lesson about Shingles

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:22 am
    It was the beginning of a Labor Day weekend when Al felt a strange sensation on his right buttock, just underneath his back pocket where he carried his wallet. It was kind of sore and kind of itchy. Although it wasn’t easy to do, he took a look and saw a red area. He figured […]
  • Preventing Hypothermia: Catching Health on the Morning Report

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:08 pm
    With below zero temperatures in Maine, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs of hypothermia. Sharon and I shared some lifesaving advice on the News Center Morning Report. Google
  • Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:39 pm
    I was recently invited to tour the Stewart Center in Falmouth — an adult day center for people living with dementia. It’s in the former Lunt School on the grounds of OceanView, a large retirement community that also includes the recently opened Legacy Memory Care residence.  The Stewart Center is a collaborative effort between OceanView […]
  • Allergic to Everything: Catching Health on the Morning Report

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    Imagine suddenly become allergic to all sorts of things — smells, soap, dust — everything. That’s what happened to 30-year-old Crystal Goodwin. A little over three years ago she started having severe allergic reactions about every two to three weeks. I shared her story on the Morning Report. Google
  • Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

    16 Feb 2015 | 1:17 pm
    I was invited by MaineHealth to “watch” a Twitter chat recently. It was organized by the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center and was its first ever. For those of you who don’t know, a Twitter chat is a live conversation on Twitter centered around a specific topic. In this case, since it’s American Heart month, the […]
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    San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery, PA » Blog

  • Shape Up for Spring with CoolSculpting

    18 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    Spring break is right around the corner and if you’re having a hard time working off those stubborn inches after the holidays, talk to Dr. Ortegon and Dr. Baumholtz about the CoolSculpting procedure. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat removal procedure that can help to smooth out those contours and get rid of those unsightly bulges in problem areas for good. If you really want to be in pool and beach-ready shape this upcoming season, CoolSculpting may be the perfect procedure for helping you get the results you want. How CoolSculpting Works Many patients who are at a healthy weight are…
  • ThermiTight Can Restore Your Youthful Look without Surgery

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    If sagging skin is one of your biggest figure flaws, but you are not ready for skin tightening surgery like a tummy tuck, consider non-surgical alternatives like ThermiTight. ThermiTight is an innovative aesthetic procedure that can tighten and tone the skin from within. It is ideal for addressing problem areas of the face, neck, abdominal area, and even the thighs. Dr. Ortegon and Dr. Baumholtz now offer ThermiTight at their office and can customize a treatment plan that will address some of those flaws without the need of surgery. How ThermiTight Works ThermiTight works by delivering…
  • Transform Your Look with a Rhinoplasty Procedure

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    If you are ready for a new look and want to change the shape of your nose, talk to Dr. Ortegon or Dr. Baumholtz about the rhinoplasty procedure. Rhinoplasty, otherwise known as nose reshaping surgery or simply a nose job, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among men and women. Even a subtle change in the size of the nose, the shape of the tip, and contouring of the bridge can completely transform your look and create a more balanced facial profile. If you want to treat yourself to a makeover for the upcoming new year, consider getting nose reshaping surgery to start 2015 feeling…
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  • 15 of the Worst Things to Do If You’re Stranded in the Cold

    23 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In 2002, a couple of years after he won the Olympic gold medal in wrestling, Rulon Gardner went snowmobiling in Wyoming. “I told myself it would be a short trip,” he told the Associated Press. “We were going to go out about three hours and get home for dinner.” But he got lost and ended up stranded for 17 hours. The temperature reached as low as 25 below zero, according to the AP. By the time Gardner was found and flown to a hospital, he had extreme hypothermia and severely frostbitten feet. But he ended up losing only one toe. What Most…
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: The Sneaky Way It Kills

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:30 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A reader emailed to remind me there’s been a spate of carbon monoxide poisonings and several carbon monoxide deaths to go along with the cold weather in the Northeast United States. To me, that sort of news is always so troubling because even though carbon monoxide is a stealthy killer, the deaths are so preventable. All you need is a working carbon monoxide monitor. (Working is key, so test it occasionally to make sure the audible alarm is good to go. Also ensure the battery is alive and well and you have a few extra batteries just in case.) No matter how safe…
  • 5 Life-Threatening Injuries That Are Totally Survivable During a Disaster—if You Know How

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:10 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I get a gnawing feeling in my stomach when I hear stories of people who died from an injury they might have survived if they’d just known a little more basic medicine. Or maybe they knew but just weren’t thinking right at the time. And then there are the people who saved lives with well-applied tourniquets and other techniques, makeshift or otherwise, that often aren’t even taught in typical first-aid classes. If you’d like to know more about such techniques, I do have a video course. Getting a devastating injury doesn’t always equal a death sentence,…
  • Measles Outbreak 2015: What’s the Big Deal?

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Every year we have a few measles outbreaks in the U.S., but they’re still pretty limited to a few hundred people. You’ve probably heard about the most recent one that started in Disneyland and may have led to over 100 people getting the measles so far in 2015. The worry is the outbreaks are going to get more frequent and bigger, and that’s not just because of people coming to the U.S. from countries where fewer children are vaccinated, as some have speculated. The percentage of children getting vaccinated in the U.S. is down to 91 percent. Compare that to 89…
  • How Long Do Flu Symptoms Last? 10 FAQs

    2 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Doc, how call I tell the flu from a cold? Should I get seen? How long do the flu symptoms last? Both online and in clinic, I get a lot of questions about the flu. In this post I’ll answer some of the most commonly asked. Q: How do I know if I have the flu? A: When seeing a patient for aches, pains, and fever, here are some of the clues that make me think I’m dealing with the flu: It’s going around.While there’s a chance for flu anytime, it’s much more likely in winter, late fall, or early spring. The person looks ill and essentially tells me they feel like…
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  • Hello world!

    Xee Malik
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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  • March Blogging U. Courses: Blogging and Photo 101

    Michelle W.
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    We’re excited to offer two Blogging U. courses this March: Blogging 101 and Photography 101. Read on to learn more about each course, see how Blogging U. works, and register! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — March 2 – 20 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your blog, or engage with the community. Whether you’re just getting started or want to revive a dormant blog, we’ll help you build blogging habits and…
  • New Theme: Lyretail

    Caroline Moore
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Let’s dive right into a new free theme: Lyretail Designed by Mel Choyce, Lyretail is a stunning visual treat for your personal site. The theme puts your social presence front and center, displaying social links prominently below the site’s title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. Secondary information, like a Custom Menu or Widgets, are tucked behind a convenient slide-down menu, while bold featured images grace the header, putting your photographs front and center. Read more about Lyretail on the Theme Showcase,…
  • WordPress for iOS: New Visual Editor and More!

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:03 pm
    WordPress for iOS version 4.8 comes with exciting editor and navigation enhancements. Visual Editor We’re thrilled to announce that the 4.8 release includes a beautiful new visual editor. With the new editor, you can add rich text like bold, italics, links, and lists naturally as you type. You can also insert images with a tap, seeing real-time uploading progress and images right in the post. Before New Editor App users have long wished for a “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) editor on iOS. Until now, a rich mobile editing experience on the iOS app was reserved for those…
  • Five Themes for Poets (and Other Text-Loving Bloggers)

    Ben Huberman
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Over at The Daily Post, our first poetry-focused Blogging U. course, Writing 201: Poetry, has just entered its second week. It’s been a blast, with hundreds of poets sharing their work, experimenting with new forms, and commenting on their peers’ poems. After working hard on polishing their elegies, haiku, and ballads, most writers want to make sure their readers can enjoy their work to the fullest. This is where choosing the right theme can play an important role (this is true for non-poets too, of course): you want your posts to be readable, clean, and inviting. Here…
  • A Year of Reading the World: A Q&A with Ann Morgan

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Several years ago, writer Ann Morgan noticed that she didn’t read much literature from countries outside of the United Kingdom and United States — and had yet to dive into stories from around the globe. From this realization, her blog, A Year of Reading the World, was born. You can read about Ann’s journey in her new book, Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer, available now in the UK. (The US version, The World Between Two Covers, will be released on May 4.) I chatted with Ann about the blog-to-book journey and her experience of reading and blogging about…
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  • Breakthru Exercise Program of 2015....or 1977?

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    Baby Boomers, Are you looking for an "Alternative" workout program? Are you looking to rock "Psycho Killer" abs? Is your body on the "Road to Nowhere?" Do you see "The Great Curve" when you look at yourself in the mirror? Are you tired of your muscles "Making Flippy Floppy?" Well, stop being "Crosseyed and Painless" and take advantage of this "Once in a Lifetime" workout video from the website "Funny or Die." You will soon be living the "Wild, Wild Life" and experiencing a "New Feeling"  when you mix this high intensity cardio program with your love of the experimental rock band The…
  • Perfect Products for Baby Boomers 8, 9 & 10

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    Baby Boomers, If you have been following along for the past week, I bet you have been thinking about your own little aggravations caused by aging that have cropped up in your lives. Sure, we can accept the fact that we are getting older but we don’t have to go down quietly. And we definitely don’t have to give up doing what we love just because it’s not as easy as it once was. Modern technology has afforded us new and miraculous ways to retain our active lifestyles so why not take advantage of them?So, today, I am finishing off (for the time being) this series of…
  • Perfect Products for Baby Boomers 7 - handSteady Coffee Cup

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Baby Boomers,Do you agree that sometimes it’s the simple things in life that can get aggravating? For instance, what is more irritating than spilling your cup of morning coffee or tea all over your nice clothes while getting dressed up to go to work. Or, do you find it difficult to drink with standard cups because you suffer from limited dexterity, arthritis in your hands or weakness and pain in your joints and muscles. Well, a gentleman from England named Chris Peacock has invented a product I feel meets the standards of my list of perfect products for baby boomers. Chris noticed that…
  • Perfect Products for Baby Boomers 6 - Hydromax Bathmate Penis Pump

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    Baby Boomers,I knew, somewhere in the back of my mind that the day would eventually come that I would find myself talking to you about today’s topic. What is surprising is that it has only been 2 years since I began my blog and here I am already facing one of the most delicate, censored and taboo subjects known to man. What is even more surprising is that now that I have researched this subject I am flabbergasted by the incredible amount of exposure (hint #1) this topic has on the internet. It seems that everyone likes to write about this topic. And if you haven’t written about…
  • Perfect Products For Baby Boomers 5 - Balancing Shoes

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    The past couple of days I shared with you some very cool products that fit the needs of Baby Boomers very well even though they were probably not initially developed to target our generation specifically.If you want to read about them just click on these links:Can-Am MotorcyclesBionic GlovesGarage ButlerGlow Caps Today, Baby Boomers, we are going to get ahead of the game. It never hurts to prepare for the future does it? Although we may not be in the stage of our lives yet where we have to worry about fall prevention, it is good to know that tech companies across the world are actively…
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    Digital Health Technology

  • Lower Blood Pressure (BP) Associated with Reduced Death in Type 2 Diabetes

    Digital Health
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Authors of the largest meta-analysis to date to examine the relationship between blood pressure lowering in type 2 diabetic patients and vascular disease found that blood pressure lowering was associated with a significantly lower risk of mortality, cardiovascular events, coronary heart disease, and stroke. In addition, when baseline systolic BP was less than 140 mm Hg, patients had a decreased risk for stroke, retinopathy, and progression to albuminuria vs. those with higher baseline BPs (P interaction <0.1). On February 10, 2015, The Journal of the American Medical Association published…
  • Mortality in Type I Diabetes Reduced with Intensive Glucose Control

    Digital Health
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:04 am
    The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and Diabetes Control and Complications (EDIC) research group published long-term follow-up results of the DCCT trail (n=1441 patients) in the Journal of the American Medical Association on January 6, 2015.  The trial found that patients who implement intensive glucose control (n=711) were likely to live longer vs. those who implement conventional therapy (n=730).  Results include: 33 percent reduction in deaths among patients with type 1 diabetes who intensively controlled their blood glucose for the first seven years after diagnosis…
  • Wearable Digital Technology Has A Long Way to Go!

    Digital Health
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    This week Apple launched two new smartphones, the iPhone 6 (4.7 inches) and the iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 inches). In addition they launched a Smartwatch which they call an Apple Watch. These new launches have created buzz all over the tech world. This specially designed smartwatch is expected to work seamlessly with the iPhone and is said to be Apple’s first wearable computer. Timothy D. Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc. mentioned in the launching event that it is the best smartwatch in the world because it is: A precise, customizable timepiece. An intimate way to connect and communicate. A…
  • Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Showed a 30% Reduction in Heart Attack and Stroke

    Digital Health
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    A study conducted by University of Sydney that was published in Diabetologia looked at 10,000 people with Type II Diabetes and used the drug fenofibrate to treat the disease and examine the impact on the range of lipoprotein’s and triglycerides (circulating blood fat) which is known to increase cardiovascular events and stroke. In women that were studied fenofibrate reduced the amount of triglycerides and increased the good cholesterol, HDL which demonstrated a 30% reduction of heart attacks and stoke in women and 24% in men. It’s important to note that a smaller study that was conducted…
  • Results From a 15 Year Diabetes Prevention Program-Lifestyle is Key!

    Digital Health
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:57 am
    In the Diabetes Prevention Program study that was published in the 2002 New England Journal of Medicine participants that were at a risk of developing diabetes were randomized to three groups: lifestyle intervention, preventative metformin (this is a medication used to reduce blood sugar in diabetics), and the placebo group. The results are as follows: Lifestyle intervention group reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 58% versus placebo. Metformin group reduced developing diabetes risk by 31% versus placebo. At the end of the study patients were given the option to extend the study and at…
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    FXRX Orthopedic Surgery Blog

  • PRP Therapy with an Orthopedic Doctor in Phoenix & Scottsdale

    15 Feb 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Platelet rich plasma therapy is a type of treatment that has been in use since the mid 90s. Its rise to fame is largely attributed to the interest it gained within the sport arena. Many famous athletes have utilized PRP … Continue reading →
  • What to Expect with your knee replacement?

    9 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Knee replacement surgery is also known as knee arthroplasty. In this surgery, the damaged portion of the knee is removed surgically and is replaced with artificial joints which are made of metal alloys, high grade polymers and plastics. A knee … Continue reading →
  • What are the benefits of a knee replacement?

    5 Feb 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The knee joint is a hinge joint between the thigh and the leg bone. A lot of wear and tear and medical conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, knee injury etc. can be responsible for requiring a Knee replacement … Continue reading →
  • What are Surgical Options for Frozen Shoulder with a Phoenix Orthopedic?

    5 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Frozen shoulder syndrome is a debilitating, painful condition that affects up to 5% of the general population. This condition is characterized by shoulder stiffness, loss of range of motion, and considerable pain. For some patients, the condition is self-limiting, resolving … Continue reading →
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  • Relax, You'll Feel Better

    Dr. Mercola
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola While 99 percent of Americans feel relaxation is important, most spend less than 5 percent of their day in pursuit of it, according to a survey commissioned by, fittingly, a major cruise line.1 After you’ve done all of the ‘must-dos” of your day, you may simply feel you don’t have time for relaxation or, like 62 percent of the parents surveyed, you might feel guilty doing it. One-third of those polled even said they feel stressed out just by thinking about relaxation! Perhaps, more aptly, they feel stressed out because it’s just one more thing that you’re…
  • How Fascism Creates Science-Biased Medicine in Federal Policies

    Dr. Mercola
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola As stated in their mission statement, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting public health by assuring the safety and efficacy of drugs, biological products, medical devices, food, and more.1 It’s a tall order, no doubt, but the FDA makes many glaring omissions or, some might say, blatant oversights that put the public’s health at risk. Yet, the public is quite understanding and tolerant of the FDA’s mistakes and industry-friendly positions. For instance, even as they continue to ignore the risks of antibiotics in animal feed, deceive you…
  • Study Suggests Sugar Is Worse Than Salt for Blood Pressure

    Dr. Mercola
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola One out of every three US adults has high blood pressure (hypertension).1 If you're among them, one of the first recommendations your physician probably gave you was to cut back on salt. Yet, there's far more to maintaining a healthy blood pressure than eating a low-salt diet – a strategy that works for some people and fails for others. In fact, fewer than half of Americans with high blood pressure have their condition under control,2 and perhaps this is because conventional physicians have been focused on the "wrong white crystals," namely salt instead of sugar. One of the…
  • New Dietary Guidelines Reverse Flawed Recommendations on Cholesterol

    Dr. Mercola
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola For the past half century, cholesterol has been touted as a grave health hazard, and dietary fat and cholesterol have been portrayed as being among the “deadliest” foods you could possibly eat. This may finally change, as limitations for cholesterol will likely be removed from the 2015 edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It’s about time really, as 60 years’ worth of research has utterly failed to demonstrate a correlation between high cholesterol and heart disease. Not only does undamaged natural cholesterol not cause heart disease, it is actually one of the…
  • Flame Retardants and Cosmetic Chemicals May Jeopardize Your Health

    Dr. Mercola
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Unless you live in some remote wilderness, you’re likely being exposed to a wide variety of chemicals on a daily basis that can compromise your health. One class of chemicals that have become ubiquitous in the US is flame retardants. In the 1970s, the US implemented fire safety standards that led to more and more products adopting the use of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) to meet the stringent regulations. PBDEs have a molecular structure similar to that of banned PCBs, the latter of which have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems, and impaired fetal brain…
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    Medifast Arizona

  • The Connection between Obesity and Joint Arthritis

    David Greene
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:59 pm
    There is a strong connection between the body weight of an individual and joint disorders such as Osteoarthritis. Knees are one of the major weight-bearing joints of the body, and an increase of even 10 pounds of body weight, will cause an increase of 30-60 pounds of force with each step taken. According to the data provided by National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the risk of developing osteoarthritis in overweight females is increased by four times, whereas the risk is increased by five times in overweight males. One of the main connections between obesity and development of…
  • The Health Benefits of Weight Loss

    David Greene
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:57 pm
    According to recent research studies, a modest weight loss of 5-10 percent of total body weight can improve quality of health. Many people desire to lose weight to be more attractive, and this obviously improves self-esteem and confidence. However, a person who weighs 200 pounds will enjoy many health benefits from losing only 20 pounds. Here are some of the proven health benefits of weight loss. Lower Cholesterol Levels There are many cholesterol medicines to reduce the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). However, no medication can elevate the HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). This is where…
  • The Health Hazards of Obesity

    David Greene
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Obesity is a complex disorder that increases a person’s risk for health hazards and serious diseases. Obesity occurs when you consume more calories than you expend and it differs from overweight, which refers to weighing too much. Factors that affect a person’s weight include overeating, high-fat intake, not being active, and genetics. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2010, more than 2 in 3 adults are overweight or obese, with more than 5% of adults considered to have extreme obesity. The tool used to estimate weight is the body mass index (BMI). For…
  • Nightmare Effects of Sugar Addiction

    David Greene
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Cutting your addiction to sugar is worse than quitting smoking. Really! Smoking is something that you can cut out of your life and never think about again, but it’s not really the same with sugar. Sugar is all around us all day long and we’ve been taught to like it since we were children. Our bodies crave it and the craving increases as we eat more of it. And it causes a myriad of health issues including Type II Diabetes, obesity, gall stones, arthritis, and heart disease. Sugar is so highly addictive that, despite all of the health problems it causes, we continue to consume more and more…
  • Five Top Weight Loss Myths Brought to you by Arizona Medifast

    David Greene
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    In today’s world, there is an unlimited source of information for mostly any topic on the Internet. This includes one of the most popular topics out there today: weight loss. All you have to do is search “weight loss” on Google, and you’ll get over 250 million results, meaning a “ton” of information. However, not all of these tips and tricks you’ll find online are true or even helpful. Bad tips not only have the potential to keep you from losing weight, but they can also cause you to gain weight. To avoid this mistake, here are some common weight loss myths to consider.
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • Throwing Injuries Explained by a Scottsdale Orthopedic Surgeon

    Adam Farber
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    A shoulder joint that is exposed to repetitive throwing activities is at risk of several injuries. This is common among certain sports such as baseball and cricket. The shoulder joint is formed by the convergence of three bones; the collar bone, the shoulder blade and the arm bone. The head of the arm bone rests within a socket in the shoulder bone. The socket by itself is shallow and inadequate to house the head and is usually fortified by the labrum. This is a cartilaginous tissue that forms a rim around the socket conferring depth to it. The joint also acts as an anchor for various…
  • What are the indications for a second ACL reconstruction?

    Adam Farber
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:03 pm
      Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL reconstruction surgery involves replacement of torn ligament from the knee with a tendon graft, taken from other part of the body or a cadaver. ACL injury is fairly common in people playing high impact sports and more than half of the cases are required to undergo an ACL reconstructive surgery. The chances of an injury happening to the ACL of a person within 12 months of an ACL reconstruction surgery is 15 times higher than ACL of a person who has never had any injury to the ACL. Studies have shown that injury to the same or other knee, within 2 years…
  • What are the outcomes of ACL reconstruction?

    Adam Farber
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:01 pm
    ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament which is present in the knee. This ligament is responsible for holding the tibia or shin bone in place. The reconstruction of this ligament is performed when there is a tear and the person desires to get back to activities that require significant rotation and cutting. An injury to the ACL can cause the knee to give out. Injury of ACL is fairly common amongst players of high-impact sports such as hockey, soccer, skiing, basketball and football. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, there are over 200,000 cases of ACL injuries per…
  • An Overview of Tommy John Surgery from a Phoenix Orthopedic

    Phoenix Shoulder And Knee
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Tommy John surgery involves repair of an injured elbow ligament. The surgery is named after Tommy John, a former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher who had the first procedure of this kind in 1974. Often called ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, Tommy John surgery is done to repair the injured UCL elbow ligament following an injury, which often occurs in college or professional baseball pitchers. In 1974, when Dr. Frank Jobe performed the first UCL reconstruction, a torn UCL was considered to be a career-ending injury. Now, however, more than 85% of patients who have Tommy John surgery…
  • How should Labral Tears in the Shoulder be Treated?

    Phoenix Shoulder And Knee
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:07 pm
    A superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) tear is an injury to the labrum, which is a cartilage ring that surrounds the shoulder joint socket. The shoulder is made of three bones: the humerus (upper arm bone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the clavicle (collarbone). The head of the humerus fits into a round socket near the scapula, which is called the glenoid. The labrum surrounds the outer edge of the glenoid, and it helps to stabilize the shoulder joint. In a SLAP injury, the top portion of the labrum is torn along with the upper area of the biceps tendon. These injuries are…
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    Afshi Speaks

  • Shiv Kumar Batalvi – Punjabi Poet

    2 Feb 2015 | 3:27 am
    Shiv Kumar was born on 8 October 1936 in village Bara Pind بڑا پنڈ of Zafarwal Tehsil, Narowal District, Punjab, Pakistan. It is located in the northeastern corner of Punjab. His father was a Patwari by the name of Pandit Krishan Gopal. After the partition his family moved to Batala. Shiv passed his matriculate exams in 1953, from Punjab University. He went on to enroll in the F.Sc. programme at Baring Union Christian College in Batala. Before completing his degree he moved to S.N. College, Qadian into their Arts program. It is here that he began to sing ghazals and songs for his…
  • Best Free Window App For Solving Maths Problems

    4 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    The world’s first camera calculator is PhotoMath. Just point the camera towards a mathematical expression, and PhotoMath instantly displays the correct result. By pressing the steps button, you can see the full step-by-step solution. Use it to get help when you’re stuck solving a math problem. Children can use it as a tool which helps them to learn Math, while parents can use it to check their children’s homework. With PhotoMath, you can have a Math teacher in your pocket. PhotoMath currently supports basic arithmetics, fractions, decimal numbers, linear equations and…
  • World Best & Famous Forex Trading Websites

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    In the last few years, online forex trading has turned out to be one of the best modern ways of trading. But what exactly is forex trading? I’m sure many of you people would be thinking. What are its benefits? How is it good for me? First of all. Forex market which is also commonly known as ‘Forex’ or ‘FX’, is the exchange of one currency for another at an agreed exchange price on the over-the-counter (OTC) market. Forex is the world’s most traded market, with an average turnover in excess of US$4 trillion per day. The trading takes place between the financial institutes of a…
  • To Make Easier & Organize Your Life With These Free Apps

    9 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    By downloading these free apps, which can help your life easier & comfortable and staying healthy. 1. Dropbox: Dropbox is a free app that serves as a personal cloud storage service. This means you can store your documents, photos, and videos with the app, and then access them from any computer or app-supporting device. Not only is it very convenient, but this app also makes file sharing and collaborating with a team a cinch. (Google Drive is a similar – and also free! – app which allows you to do essentially the same thing, but all files must be Google Documents.) Free, available for…
  • Forex Tradaing Online With Small Capital

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Internet is rich with thousands articles about Forex Trading, but this article to help Pakistani peoples from where to take start and light and easy intro of Forex. Forex Trading means business of currencies buying and selling, and you can do it from your home as online trading. Pakistan is a loaded country with extraordinary peoples but problems is peoples don’t know their right direction. In daily life we seeing everybody taking costly smart phones and they buying phones from $250 to $500. If you can spend an amount on smart phone you can do forex trading with a capital equal to your…
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    Star Life Sciences Medical Monitor™

  • ePharma 2015: Rep-triggered Emails in the Low-See/No-See Era

    Jessica McDevitt
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    Predictions of the reduced need for sales reps in the digital age have not come true. On day 2 of ePharma 2015, presentations highlighted the need for sales rep integration with digital marketing activities, especially in light of the increase in “low-see/no-see” targets. Rep-triggered emails (more…)
  • ePharma 2015: IDN, ACO, OMG!

    Altay Akgun
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    New roles and opportunities for pharma and device companies dominated the conversation at day 2 of ePharma 2015, on Feb. 25. The need to demonstrate value, in the form of improved medical outcomes, has become clear. Getting there is another story. Patients First Yeah, yeah. Patients first. (more…)
  • ePharma 2015: Video, Mobile, and the Patient Journey

    Tim R. Garde
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    This year’s ePharma is off to a great start. I had the honor of giving a brief talk on the value of digital video for healthcare marketers, and I got a lot of great questions from some really smart people in the audience. Emerging Themes Digital (more…)
  • Twitter and Health Predictions

    Anju Kanumalla
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:13 pm
    In healthcare advertising, we’re all familiar with the idea that social media is allowing patients, especially those with chronic conditions, to find new ways to learn about, manage, or just commiserate about their health. However, researchers are now looking into how Twitter can be used (more…)
  • Timmy Talks Video

    Calcium Correspondent
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:53 pm
    ePharma is only a few days away. Are you ready? Here at Calcium, we’re all looking forward to it, especially Timmy’s talk on Pharma and Digital Video. If you haven’t already registered, there’s still time to do so.
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    Hot Topics

  • Basic Steps to Improve Compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Key Elements of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, and Hands-On Advice for Your Employees to Reduce the Risk of Legal Exposure. As you must be aware, the HIPAA Privacy Rule aims to protect the privacy of individually identifiable health information, while the HIPAA Security Rule is responsible for setting national standards to secure electronic ...
  • HIPAA Security Rule Compliance: Using Risk Analysis to Understand and Manage Risks

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Manage Risks and Be Compliant with HIPAA Security Rules – Use Risk Analysis. Being in compliance with HIPAA involves not only ensuring you provide the appropriate patient rights and controls on your uses and disclosures, but also that you ensure you have the right policies, procedures, and documentation, and have performed the appropriate an ...
  • 2015 Update to Injuries in ICD-10-CM

    16 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Demystifying Chapter 19 and 20 in the ICD-10-CM Manual to Clarify the Guidelines for Coding Injuries. Chapter 19 in the ICD-10-CM manual is related to injuries.  Although there is a freeze on changes to ICD-10-CM, there have been some updates for 2015 that include clarification on how to assign the 7th character extension and other updates re ...
  • Benchmarking Your Practice: Key Financial Ratios to Improve Profitability

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Learn Critical Skills in Analyzing & Benchmarking Practice Profit, Accounts Receivable Ratios & Cost Accounting. Today’s physicians and office managers need a high level of business management skills particularly in the financial area.  Join expert speaker Debra Phairas in this informative session to learn critical skills in a ...
  • Patient Rights and the HIPAA Privacy Officer: Making Compliance Decisions and Avoiding Violations

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Be Compliant with Patient Rights under HIPAA as A Privacy Officer, Learn to Avoid Penalties and Violations of Non-Compliance. With the recent changes to HIPAA and increasing focus on patient information, patient rights, and HIPAA enforcement – now is the time for the HIPAA Privacy Officer to review and update their organization's policies a ...
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    Infinit Healthcare

  • Top 3 Affordable Care Act News This 2015

    Infinit Healthcare
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Here's the latest news on the Affordable Care Act that you should know this year.
  • Hacking on Health Insurer Anthem: 7 Ways You Can Protect Yourself

    Infinit Healthcare
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:52 pm
    If you feel that you may be at risk, it is necessary to take some preventive measures to make sure that you are protected. We’ve listed down ways on how you can protect yourself.
  • What Can High-Tech Hospitals Outsource Now?

    Infinit Healthcare
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Healthcare providers such as hospital are now facing pressure to adapt to changes in the industry. One of the best ways to do this is for them to outsource is to partner with digital enablers who can help them achieve their goals. Here’s a short list of what high-tech hospitals can outsource now.
  • Why More Hospitals are Outsourcing Revenue Cycle Management

    Infinit Healthcare
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) is a lucrative segment in the healthcare industry that is not likely to slow down in the near future. In fact, all signs point to more growth and expansion in the next five years or so.
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (January 4 – 10, 2015)

    Infinit Healthcare
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Healthcare reached its highest peak last year, with the help of Data and Technology. Let’s look at all the trends and predictions for 2015 and see how we can improve on what’s already a fast-developing industry. Here are the newest articles you need to read regarding Healthcare.
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    CQC Compliance » Blog

  • Provision of care for people who work

    Amanda Calberry
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    The CQC rates practices against particular population groups The CQC now inspects and rates practices against six population groups – older people, long term conditions, mother’s babies and children, working age, people living in vulnerable circumstances including people with a learning disability, and people experiencing poor mental health, including dementia. This article, the fourth in a series of six, will address the ‘people who work’ population group and how we could improve the service we give to them. This particular patient group includes all people in the practice population…
  • Swinging the lead?

    Amanda Calberry
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    Apparently the first Monday in February is ‘National Sickie Day’. This phenomenon is thought to be caused by a combination of cold damp weather and the post Christmas blues. Up to 375,000 workers were expected to call in sick on that day, according to research from the Employment Law Advisory Services (ELAS). For anyone out there who manages people services, you will recall those times when you got that call from an employee and you couldn’t help yourself in thinking they were skiving. Perhaps it was the predictability of it, or the really croaky way they explained themselves. Perhaps…
  • Integrating health and social care services

    Amanda Calberry
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    The Chancellor has drawn up plans to unite the budgets of health and social care in Greater Manchester. The Independent newspaper stated that: ‘A new board of health and council officials would oversee the combined budgets of NHS England, 12 GP-led clinical commissioning groups and the social care provided by 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester.’ This is a brave and welcome move, although some would see it as too little, too late. The aim of this measure is to drive the move towards integration of health and social care, to provide a joined up service to people in need of…
  • Can a small compound found in grapes prove beneficial in the fight against dementia?

    Amanda Calberry
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    A study published earlier in the year looked at the possibility of resveratrol, a compound found in foods like berries (e.g. blueberries), dark chocolate, peanuts, and particularly grapes and red wine, preventing memory loss. The study, conducted in ageing laboratory rats, provide some novel evidence that resveratrol may help improve memory. But is there any science that has looked at the impact resveratrol can have on a clinical condition such as Alzheimer’s disease? The answer is there has been some limited research. Resveratrol has gained importance in this area compared to other plant…
  • Setting new standards

    Amanda Calberry
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (known as NICE) have just produced a new quality standard to support the care and treatment of people with schizophrenia. First a bit of background about these terms. NICE is a government body which provides guidelines on treatment and care in England and Wales and advises on what treatment should be offered. It’s role now incorporates social care as well as clinical health care. Schizophrenia is the diagnostic term for a major mental health problem usually associated with thought disorder. This may include symptoms such as hearing…
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    Slice of Life

  • Managing Expectations – “Expectucation”

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:15 pm
    One aspect of patient counselling I never really considered before entering medicine was the process of evaluating and meeting (or not meeting) patient expectations.  There’s a popular acronym that gets taught in med school: “FIFE“.  This stands for Feelings, Ideas, … Continue reading →
  • Sep. 2, 2014 Easy night call and a false alarm

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    I’ve complained/ranted a lot about call on this blog; I guess that’s because call has a pretty major influence on your residency experience, at least when you’re on a busy service (which is most).  Yesterday though I had a fantastic … Continue reading →
  • “Medcest” – dating and relationships in medicine

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    You see 100-200 other young, intelligent, and passionate new medical students and can't help but think...some of them are hot! Continue reading →
  • Aug. 23, 2014 First laparotomy and overnight ORs

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    I was really looking forward to this past week for a number of reasons.  First, my girlfriend (who lives in a different city now) is here visiting.  We actually “couples matched” during the residency application process but seeing as we … Continue reading →
  • Aug. 19, 2014 Weekend Call Update

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    It's definitely a rush though when you're the one holding the instruments! Continue reading →
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  • How to Get Bed Bugs Out of Your Hair

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:17 pm
    “ My husband and I acquired bed bugs from a stay in a motel. Now it has been weeks of sleepless nights. Currently we are dealing with the infestation using OTC bed bug products and trying to reduce the small amount of clutter we have. The worst part is that we feel the bed bug eggs are hatching in our hair. Now, I know this might sound crazy and that most experts will refute these claims saying bed bugs do not get in the hair. But my husband and I are pretty sure that that’s the case. We have even used lice combs to comb out the larvae and eggs. Help! What can we do?” Sounds familiar?
  • What Are The Most Effective Bed Bug Control Techniques?

    15 Feb 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Bed bugs have a rather cryptic lifestyle and that is what makes their control so difficult. Integrated pest management is hence one of the most effective bed bug control techniques. This approach involves a detailed inspection of the infested premises (preferably by a qualified professional) followed by heat treatment or chemical control. In the first step, one’s personal belongings are examined thoroughly for bed bugs, eggs, larvae and fecal matter. Since bed bugs prefer hiding in cluttered spaces, it is essential that a ‘bare walls’ approach is used for ensuring complete elimination…
  • How To Evaluate Bed Bug Exterminator Cost

    4 Feb 2015 | 11:14 pm
    When it comes to getting rid of bed bugs using professional exterminator services, the big question on every homeowners mind is: “How much will bed bug extermination cost?” The answer is simple: Bed bug exterminator cost is determined by the extermination method used as well as the nature of the infestation. The cost also varies based on city to city as well as the reputation of the company you have selected for the job. No two bed bug exterminator professionals are the same; therefore the ‘one-price-fits-all’ approach will not work here. That being said; an experienced professional…
  • Bed Bugs and Pets Related FAQs: Can Pets Get Bed Bug Bites?

    1 Feb 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Bed bugs are back with a vengeance and over the last few years, they have literally been an epidemic in the United States. Apparently, bed bugs are stowing away in luggage, travelling on pets and other channels to enter the homes of unsuspecting people. Tenants and landlords are also warring over bed bugs in rented units. These nasty blood suckers are not only harassing humans, they are even troubling our pets. Naturally, most pet owners wish to know whether bed bugs can affect their pets. In this guide, we will consider various questions related to pets and bed bugs: Can bed bugs bite my cat…
  • Bed Bug Treatment Preparation Checklist: Steps to Prepare Your Home

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:55 pm
    If you are reading this, then you are probably dealing with a bed bug infestation. The fact that you have decided to treat your premises means that you have taken the first step in waging a war against these critters. Naturally, it is important to follow some protocols prior to any bed bug treatment as these can ensure that you get the most out of it. Whether you are opting for a DIY bed bug elimination treatment or have called in the professionals; read and print this handy checklist to make the process most effective and also to protect your kids, pets and valuables throughout. Room…
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  • “The Care of the Patient” – A Legacy

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Francis W. Peabody “One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.” Frances W. Peabody, MD, October 22, 1926 The quote which opens this blog is found in an essay derived from a talk Dr. Frances Peabody gave to the students at the Harvard Medical School, October 21, 1926. Before his address, Peabody told his wife, “I am absolutely sure that this little lecture will be remembered long after anything of a scientific nature I have written has been forgotten.” After his…
  • Why a Career in Healthcare Is One of the Most Rewarding Jobs

    Anita Ginsburg
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    When it comes to choosing a career, not many are more rewarding than the careers in the healthcare industry. The need for healthcare is increasingly becoming a demand, and given that the world is steadily evolving and changing, it shows no signs of slowing down. Although the healthcare field can be a very stressful space, it is also reaps several benefits simultaneously. Here are four reasons why the healthcare is one of the most rewarding fields there is. Job Security When an individual is in their last years of college or in the entry level stages of their career, job security is often…
  • I Try (To Be A Nurse) | Macy Gray Parody | ZDoggMD

    Michael Jones
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:34 am
    Editors note:  We were happy to see ZDoggMD finally give nurses the respect they deserve in his new music video and wanted to share it here.  After you watch and listen, pay a visit to ZDoggMD’s blog,, if you want more socially responsible and intellectually simulating medical humor.  Videos from are shared at with express permission.    
  • Maintain Provider Credibility by Looking the Part

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    Negative bias toward overweight and obesity saturates American society. Obese people are vulnerable to being stereotyped as lazy, undisciplined, intellectually inferior, and lacking in willpower. Prejudice and discrimination permeate the workplace and the media. Physicians and other health-care providers, whether or not many would admit it, also have a negative bias toward overweight and obese patients. Two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese, including many struggling health care providers. Do patients have negative bias toward physicians who are overweight or obese? Are…
  • Preventing Healthcare Worker Burnout

    MaryAnn DePietro
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    One of the reasons why someone may choose healthcare as a career is his or her desire to help people. Although working in the medical field can be gratifying, it can also present some challenges unique to caregiving. Whether you work as a physician, nurse, or allied healthcare professional, the job can become stressful at times. But what starts as stress can turn into something worse. Healthcare worker burnout is a result of frustration and fatigue due to the demands of the job. It can also cause feelings of detachment from patients and emotional exhaustion. Although job burnout can occur in…
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  • China Casino and Gambling Industry Outlook to 2019 – Growth Led by Surge in Foreign Tourists

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:57 am
    China Casino and Gambling Industry Outlook to 2019 – Growth Led by Surge in Foreign Tourists provides a comprehensive analysis of the casino and gambling market in Mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong. The report covers various aspects such as market size of Mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong casino market, segmentation on the basis of welfare and sports lottery, types of lotteries, Ballistic Mode of lottery, by games of fortune and others. The report also highlights the major trends and developments, growth drivers, issues and challenges and the government role in China casino and…
  • India Online Loans Market Outlook to 2019 – Industry Transformation by the Advent of Web Aggregators

    23 Feb 2015 | 1:35 am
    India Online Loans Market Outlook to FY’2019 – Industry Transformation by the Advent of Web Aggregators” provides a comprehensive analysis of the various aspects such as market size of India online loans industry, market size of different loan segments such as personal loans, home loans, auto loans, education loans and gold loans. The report also covers the market shares of major players in online loans industry in India. Web aggregator business model, funds raised, competitive landscape and market share has also been discussed. The online loans market has emerged as one of the fastest…
  • India Ballistic Protection Market Outlook to 2019 – Rising Defence Expenditure and Emergence of Global Players

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    India Ballistic Protection Market Outlook to 2019 – Rising Defence Expenditure and Emergence of Global Players” which provides a comprehensive analysis of the personal protective equipments as well as armored vehicles in India. The report covers various aspects such as market size of India personal Protective Equipments, segmentation on the basis of Ballistic vests, Ballistic helmets, Ballistic Bomb Suits, demining suits, Ballistic helmets and Ballistic blankets. The report also provides the snapshot on ballistic armored vehicle market and highlights the major trends and developments of…
  • Upcoming Publication on India Cable Market Research Report: Ken Research

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:09 am
    Ken Research has announced a pre-publication of the latest research report on India Cable Market – PVC Wiring and LT Cables Outlook to 2019 which is expected to be published in the coming month. The report will provide exhaustive coverage on the PVC Cables market, production and consumption of PVC cables, PVC consumed, role of channel partners. The report also covers the market size of PVC wiring and LT cables by revenue and volume, segmentation split by aluminium PVC and copper PVC by production capacity, by PVC insulated cables, power control cables and end users demand. The report…
  • India LED Market Size Report

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:23 pm
    The post India LED Market Size Report appeared first on Market Research Report: Ken Research.
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    Recent Blog Posts

  • A Look at Skilled Nursing Care

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Senior services near Milwaukee allow seniors to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, while reducing their risk of medical emergencies. In addition to meeting needs by offering meal preparation and medication management, home health services may include skilled nursing care. With this type of in-home care, registered nurses (RNs) will evaluate the client's medical history, and help him or her manage illnesses or injuries such as congestive heart failure, stroke recovery, fractures, arthritis, dementia, and many more. A few of the duties an RN might perform include tube…
  • A Room-by-Room Guide to Senior Home Hazards

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
    One reason why many seniors make the reluctant move from their homes to a nursing home is concerns regarding home safety. However, by improving home safety for the elderly with the help of a home health care agency serving Milwaukee, seniors can enjoy the comfort of their own homes. Plus, their family members can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their risk of serious injuries is greatly reduced. An elderly caregiver can provide a room-by-room assessment of hazards. Modify the Bathroom Many falls occur in the bathroom. Senior citizens may slip in the tub, fall while trying to stand up…
  • Tips for Talking to Your Aging Parents About Long-Term Care

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Many adult children are uncomfortable with the idea of broaching the subject of long-term care planning with their parents. In part, this may be because it indicates a reversal of roles and it's an acknowledgement of advancing age. However, it's always best to discuss long-term care in Milwaukee sooner, rather than later. As you'll learn by watching this video, 70 percent of individuals over the age of 65 will require home health care, medication management, or some other form of long-term care. This video features a discussion between Maria Shriver and Rob Lowe. Maria Shriver…
  • Making Your Home Safe for Seniors

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    Home safety for the elderly is a significant issue, given that the average home is filled with hidden hazards that can easily send a senior to the ER. When your family signs up for in-home care near Milwaukee, you can work with long-term care providers to identify and eliminate safety hazards in the home. Tubs often pose a safety hazard for seniors because it's easy to trip and fall when lifting up the legs to climb in and out of the tub. You can make your tub more accessible by making a cut-out or by installing a specially made cut-out tub. Hear more safety tips by watching this video.
  • The Importance of Taking Medications Properly

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Medications can help seniors live longer, more fulfilling lives despite medical conditions. Unfortunately, far too many seniors experience problems with medication management. Seniors may fail to take medications on time or they may take the wrong dosage. They may also have problems opening bottles, reading labels, and remembering instructions from healthcare providers. Family members of seniors can rely on senior care services to provide medication management solutions in Milwaukee. Managing Medical Conditions One of the most critical reasons why seniors should take their medications as…
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  • Everything You Need To Know About UTI Antibiotics

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:12 am
    Antibiotics are the best line of treatment for treating UTIs in men and women. (Even vets prescribe antibiotics for UTIs in dogs and cats). Today, we will be enlisting the common antibiotics which really work in treating bladder infections quickly, provided they are taken as prescribed. We will also study contraindications and side effects of these UTI antibiotics. What are the top antibiotics for treating UTIs? The antibiotics which typically work on the e.coli bacteria causing the UTIs are: Fosfomycin Ciprofloxacin Levofloxacin Nitrofurantoin These UTI antibiotics work directly on the…
  • What Do White And Red Blood Cells in Urine Mean? Do They Indicate Urine Infections?

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Often, people with the frequent tendency of developing urine infections undergo routine urinalysis tests. These may be done in several different ways. The dipstick test is the most common method of Urinalysis which can indicate presence of sugar, proteins, acidity, ketones as well as bacteria in the urine. In case of microscopic Urinalysis, a few drops of urine may be examined under the microscope and these often indicate white (WBC) or red blood cells (RBC) in urine without bacteria. Such results often confuse people; in that they want to know why these cells are present, despite the fact…
  • Urine Infections in Babies and Toddlers: Symptoms and Treatment of UTI in Children

    8 Jan 2015 | 8:28 pm
    A urine infection or bladder infection in babies can be attributed to bacterial growth in the bladder, and, in some cases, the kidneys. In approximately 30% of urine infection cases in babies and toddlers, the cause stems from an underlying structural error in the urinary system. Naturally, it can be downright scary for parents to watch their child suffer from miserable urine infection symptoms. In several cases, pediatricians might even recommend further tests such as an X-ray or ultrasound for determining the cause of frequent urine infection in babies. Let us study toddler urine infection…
  • UTI and Menstrual Cycle: Is It Normal To Get Urine Infections During and After The Periods?

    3 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Urine infections are very common in women and majority of the sufferers tend to experience them during, or just after the menstrual cycle. Often gynaecologists are asked by their patients whether there is a correlation between urinary tract infections and menstrual periods. The answer, theoretically, is no. However, there are several factors that can contribute to UTIs in relation to one’s monthly periods. Let us study this correlation between periods and UTIs in detail. “I keep getting UTI symptoms after every menstrual cycle”. What does it mean? Ask any doctor the interrelation…
  • Check Your Symptoms: Dark Yellow Urine Might Indicate UTI

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Symptoms such as dark yellow urine the first thing in the morning often causes one to panic into thinking that s/he might be suffering from a urine infection or UTI. Normal urine is colorless and if you have been drinking adequate quantities of water, you should not see dark urine at any point of the day. Needless to say, there are many reasons that could cause urine to turn dark yellow in color. Certain medications such as multivitamin-mineral supplements or even food dyes often get into the urine to cause a darkish color. However, if you also experience several other symptoms such as fever,…
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    Health & Discount Dental Plans

  • The AmeriPlan Lifestyle Represents Revolutionary Savings

    Ed Harrison
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    The AmeriPlan Lifestyle Represents Revolutionary Savings In the 21st century, now more than ever before, Americans are seeking new and improved ways to stay healthy and to take charge of their health. The AmeriPlan Lifestyle, created by Dennis and Daniel Bloom which debuted in 1992, has grown into the largest and most unique discount medical plan […] The post The AmeriPlan Lifestyle Represents Revolutionary Savings appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • What is AmeriDoc by The AmeriPlan Corporation?

    Ed Harrison
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    AmeriDoc is AmeriPlan’s popular telemedicine program. The service is included in the Ameriplan Lifestyle, American MD Plus, and Ameriplan Healthcare discount health plans. Members who currently have any of these AmeriPlan discount medical plans will enjoy an affordable and convenient alternative to in-office doctor visits through the service at a fraction of the cost of […] The post What is AmeriDoc by The AmeriPlan Corporation? appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

    Ed Harrison
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    If you have teenagers, you know how expensive braces and other orthodontic treatments can be. The cost of braces can easily run into the thousands of dollars, and if your child needs more involved treatment, the cost can be even higher. Finding a way to reduce these costs and save money is important, particularly if […] The post Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces? appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Affordable Dental Plans For Good Oral Health

    Ed Harrison
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    You should learn what you can about the affordable dental plans that are available so you know how to save money on dental services. This information will go over some of the plans you can utilize so you can get your dental health taken care of. Don’t wait and learn what is needed for you to have […] The post Affordable Dental Plans For Good Oral Health appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Dental Discount Plans Reviews – AmeriPlan Dental Plus

    Ed Harrison
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    For most of the American families, dental care remains the biggest out of pocket medical expense. Even the cheapest set of dentures costs approximately $450 today and if you need to save one of your molars, cost can easily run into a few thousands. Most of the insurance plans available today cost a lot and […] The post Dental Discount Plans Reviews – AmeriPlan Dental Plus appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
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  • Use Social Media to Strengthen Current Clients Relationships

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    The popularity of using social media for business marketing continues to grow. It is a tool that can be used in a multitude of ways for a maximum number of benefits. What businesses need to remember, though, is that it is also a powerful way to forge stronger relationships with the clients that are already loyal to your brand. Ask anyone and they will tell you that it is easier, and more cost-effective, to keep your current clients than to get new ones. This is something that many new entrepreneurs tend to forget in their desire to grow quickly. To succeed as a brand, you need to foster brand…
  • Booming Medical Tourism in India

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:18 am
    Booming Medical Tourism in India “India is perceived as one of the fastest growing medical tourism destinations. In recent years, government support, low cost, improved healthcare infrastructure, and its rich cultural heritage, have taken Indian medical tourism to the new heights. Overall, its emergence as one of the world’s most cost-efficient medical tourism destinations has helped India to attain a position among the global leaders. This research on Indian medical tourism is an outcome of extensive primary and secondary research, and a thorough analysis of various industry…
  • How to choose your orthopaedic surgeon

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:37 pm
    There are many people in need of the help of orthopaedic surgeons. Hip and knee replacement surgeries have become quite common in the past few years, but this does not mean that you should not be confident with your choice of a  orthopaedic surgeon. Hip replacement surgery will definitely improve your lifestyle and with the help of an experienced surgeon, chances are that your recovery experience will also be very positive. Without further ado, probably the first thing you should look for when choosing a surgeon is his experience and qualifications. Feel free to ask as many questions as you…
  • How Much Does Rhinoplasty or Nose surgery Treatment Cost?

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:33 pm
    The nose area is a very critical facet of your face, and it is established and noticeably visible, which neither any glasses, make-up nor, hairstyle can cover up, compared with the other face features. Asymmetries of the nose area can be a great importance, having a negative impact on your overall countenance. You may also become quite self-conscious about the overall look of your nose area. Thankfully, that now nose asymmetries can be easily fixed via surgical treatment for the nose area. Factors That Influence the Expense of Rhinoplasty Rhinoplasty or nose surgery can be done for decreasing…
  • Have Harmless Surgery for Weight Loss

    17 Feb 2015 | 2:27 am
    An authority may perhaps prescribe weight reduction surgery, as well as bariatric surgery, in case everything else is notable for many who are really extra fat, it is a menace to their own life. Like every operation, weight reduction surgery conveys dangers. Or could it be no more the weight reduction approach, like a longer lasting eating schedule in addition to hobby operations will certainly be advised to keep right up a great weight. For this learn weight loss surgery low cost India. Can it be appropriate to say that you are likelihood for weight reduction surgery? The particular NHS may…
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  • HealthTN Highlights The Value of Health Insurance [VIDEO]

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    At HealthTN, we feel it is important for you to understand the value of health insurance. But first, what is health insurance? Health insurance is a contract between you and an insurance company.  You buy a plan, and the company agrees to pay part of your medical costs when you get sick or hurt. Other important benefits of health insurance may include preventive care, and the cost of some prescription drugs. Did you know the average cost of a 3-day hospital stay is $30,000? Or that fixing a broken leg can cost up to $7,500? Having health coverage can help protect you from high, unexpected…
  • Does Wearable Technology Make a Difference in Your Health?

    Ashley Goddard
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    Fitness App And Tracker We live in a world where technology moves at a rapid pace. A newer trend within the last 3 years has been wearable technology from brands like FitBit, Jawbone, Nike, Apple, and Microsoft, among others. What is wearable technology? Wearable technology comes in different forms, such as fitness & health trackers, eyewear, and wrist watches. It has become a means to collect and access data on the go. I want to talk specifically about fitness and health trackers and how these devices can impact your health and, maybe one day, your health insurance. Making an Impact…
  • What HealthTN Wants You to Know About Seeing Your Doctor [VIDEO]

    5 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    Most health plans give you the best deal on services when you see a doctor who has a contract with your health plan (also called an “in-network” provider). While you may be able to see doctors who don’t contract with your plan (called “out-of-network” providers), you’ll pay higher out-of-pocket costs for those doctors. To find out if your doctor and other health care providers work with your health plan, or to find providers who work with your plan: visit your health plan’s website and check their provider directory, call your insurer to ask about specific providers, or call…
  • 2015 Enrollment: Did you pay your premium?

    2 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
    Pay Your Premium to Finish EnrollmentIf you’ve enrolled in a plan and paid your first month’s premium, congratulations! Your enrollment is complete. If you haven’t paid it yet, don’t wait. Follow the instructions from your insurer about how and when to make your first premium payment. Take careful note of the date the payment is due and be sure to pay your payment by then. If you don’t, you may lose your coverage. Once you’ve paid your premium, remember to: Review your member card or other materials your plan sends you. Decide who will provide your care by…
  • 5 Things to Know About Health Insurance and Your Taxes

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    New Tax Information for your 2014 Federal Tax Return Did you know that your health insurance may affect your taxes? If anyone in your household enrolled in a Marketplace plan in 2014, you’ll need some new information when you file your federal income taxes this year. Here are 5 things to know about health insurance and your taxes: Watch your mail for Form 1095-A. It will help you file your 2014 federal taxes. If you enrolled in a Marketplace health plan in 2014, you’ll get this new form in the mail from the Marketplace by early February. This form includes important information…
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  • Happy Holi Background Wallpapers

    Happy Day
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
    Happy Holi Background Wallpapers Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. Its comes in February end or early march every year. In 2015 Holi celebrate on 6th march. is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South […] The post Happy Holi Background Wallpapers appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Holi Colors Balloons

    Happy Day
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
    Holi Colors Balloons Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. Its comes in February end or early march every year. In 2015 Holi celebrate on 6th march. is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, […] The post Holi Colors Balloons appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Happy Holi Clipart Images

    Happy Day
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:23 am
    Happy Holi Clipart Images Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. Its comes in February end or early march every year. In 2015 Holi celebrate on 6th march. is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South […] The post Happy Holi Clipart Images appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Happy Holi Banner

    Happy Day
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:52 am
    Happy Holi Banner Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. Its comes in February end or early march every year. In 2015 Holi celebrate on 6th march. is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, […] The post Happy Holi Banner appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Happy Holi Free Clipart

    Happy Day
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:04 am
    Happy Holi Free Clipart Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. Its comes in February end or early march every year. In 2015 Holi celebrate on 6th march. is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South […] The post Happy Holi Free Clipart appeared first on FestVent.Com.
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    Other Options for Doctors

  • 7 Reasons Why Doctors Can Make Great Entrepreneurs

    20 Feb 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Originally published on Linkedin in June 2014.   Richard Branson referred to 2014 as “the year of the entrepreneur”, going on to state “From being a dirty word in the past, entrepreneurship is increasingly being celebrated and encouraged – as it should be.” In the past few years, there has been a real explosion of health-related technology. There has not been a day when you don’t hear about ‘digital health’ or yet another medical app. Many terms were unheard of at medical school: “Health 2.0”, “mHealth”, “eHealth”. What do they mean? Who came up with them? And…
  • Psychiatry Registrar changing specialty and applying for Core Medical Training (Feb 2015)

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:50 pm
    “Your sessions were extremely helpful for preparing my “commitment to specialty” and I was able to increase my application score by several points following your advice. The commitment to speciality/ portfolio interview and ethics/governance both went well. The clinical scenario was more challenging but I should have pulled through. Your service has given me the best chance of making my professional aspirations come true.” The post Psychiatry Registrar changing specialty and applying for Core Medical Training (Feb 2015) appeared first on Other Options for Doctors.
  • Medical Registrar going through transition from medicine to Pharma (Feb 2015)

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:45 pm
    “I feel that today the day of handing in a 3-month resignation notice a weight has started to lift, and have to thank you so much as a part of my transition team. I know there will be ups and downs particularly over the next few days, but the visualisation exercises have really, really helped. Thank you for helping me believe enough in myself to know its ok to admit I’m not happy where I am at work and to believe I can change it.” The post Medical Registrar going through transition from medicine to Pharma (Feb 2015) appeared first on Other Options for Doctors.
  • Paediatric Registrar who requested support in planning her a career break / OOPE (Jan 2015)

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:43 pm
    “I just want to say how grateful I am for all your advice and the resources you have directed me towards. You have gone above and beyond to really listen to what I wanted to get out of next year and make me feel confident about my application.” The post Paediatric Registrar who requested support in planning her a career break / OOPE (Jan 2015) appeared first on Other Options for Doctors.
  • The Dangers of Alternative Careers Lists for Doctors

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Before finally making my career transition, I regularly searched Google for “alternative careers for doctors”. There are multiple sites with lists of alternative options for those with a medical degree. Google search returns nearly nine million articles on this topic! But what if none of the options on these numerous lists seems “right”? Does it mean there is something wrong with you? I struggled “to find” an alternative career for several years. Many lists presuppose that doctors would necessarily want to use their medical degree in one way or another after leaving clinical…
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  • What are the best tips for Kids Dental Care ?

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Here Is Our Quick Guide in Getting Dental Care for Kids How many times did your parents remind you to brush your teeth after every meal? Probably, they have told it about you as you wake up in the morning, as you start eating your breakfast, and even before you totally go out in the house for school. Parents would always make sure that you will brush your teeth and most of the kids would totally find it annoying. Well, the main reason on this is that your parent would surely have enough idea on the proper dental care that you have to follow. Brushing your teeth could be the easiest and the…
  • What is Autism Spectrum Disorder: Signs and Symptoms

    Gloria Sestito MSW
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:16 am
    Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism spectrum disorder is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Characteristics include repetitive behaviors, interests and activities. Together these issues cause significant impairment in social, occupational and other areas of functioning. The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) defines autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a single disorder that encompasses several disorders previously diagnosed separately: Autism Asperger’s…
  • How Premium Tax Credit Works and Why it’s Causing Major Problems

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    For those who meet the criteria for Premium Tax Credit, the good news is that the US government is subsidizing premiums for essential health insurance coverage. After looking at how this works and who qualifies for the credit, this article will show how Premium Tax Credit is causing major problems and why many people will end up owing money when they are expecting to receive some credit. There are also an increasing number of law suits against the IRS, and the reason for this, in relation to Premium Tax Credit, will also be explained. The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has been the cause of…
  • Here is The Anthem Cyber Attack FAQ update

    12 Feb 2015 | 2:52 am
    What happened? Anthem, Inc. was the victim of a cyber attack. Anthem discovered that one of its database warehouses was experiencing a suspicious data query. We immediately stopped the query and launched an internal investigation. Anthem took immediate action to secure its data and contacted federal investigators as soon as it made that discovery. When and how did you discover the attack? On January 27, 2015, an Anthem associate, a database administrator, discovered suspicious activity — a data query running using the associate’s logon information. He had not initiated the query and…
  • Why I generally “feel fat” when I don’t “feel good” about myself

    10 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    What does it mean to feel “fat”.  I’ve heard many people tell me they feel fat when in fact they look healthy.  In terms of underweight/normal/overweight your Body Mass Index (BMI) is frequently referenced to determine and quantify and individual’s relative size based on mass and height.  With diet and exercise these numbers do fluctuate over time, but generally don’t vary day to day or minute to minute. Speaking from my own personal experience I generally “feel fat” when I don’t “feel good” about myself.  In the past I addressed that state by partaking in some…
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    Considering American Healthcare

  • Global Capitation: The Three Less-Obvious Vulnerabilities for Health Systems Considering Global Payments

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    I receive a fair number of emails and Linkedin messages from healthcare executives who are interested in global risk contracts and are looking for a some advice from the provider side. Here’s what I usually tell them: Global risk can be a very good thing for both patient care and for margins– but it’s a wildly complicated business and not without its perils for participating health providers. Most executives understand the financial ramifications of taking responsibility for all their patient’s medical expenses.  That part is intuitive.  But, I usually tell folks that they…
  • The “Religion of Big Data” in Medicine: Will Getting More Granular Help Doctors Make Better Decisions?

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot about “big data” and how it is going to affect the practice of medicine.  It’s not really my area of expertise– but here are  a few thoughts on the tricky intersection of data mining and medicine. First, some background: these days it’s rare to find companies that don’t use data-mining and predictive models to make business decisions. For example, financial firms regularly use analytic models to figure out if an applicant for credit will default; health insurance firms can predict downstream medical utilization based on historic healthcare…
  • A Flood of Medical Information Has Overwhelmed the Craft Business of Medicine: What’s Next?

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    If recent popular posts on the big physician blogs are any indication, some US physicians are beginning to crack. Three of the most read recent posts on KevinMD are on the topics of physician burnout, knowing when to quit medicine and—frighteningly– on the conditions that lead physicians to suicide. Along with my now quotidian experiences interacting with unhappy doctors, I’m suspicious that we may be reaching the end of physician professional practice as we know it. My sense is that external demands, adjacent innovations and a flood of new medical knowledge are pushing…
  • Pricing Risk: What Margin Should Risk-Bearing Healthsystems Reasonably Expect?

    30 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    There is an old adage in the business world: reward follows risk. In other words, in an ideal market, investors are supposed to balance the potential returns of an investment against the possibility that they’ll lose their money. I’ve thinking a lot about risk recently as our organization came to the end of our budget process.  Philosophically, the question was this: what should the financial rewards be for a healthsystem that decides to take on medical risk? Are budgeted margins appropriate for the degree of exposure that groups assume when they migrate from fee-for-service? Here are…
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    Law360: Health

  • China Connected To Anthem Data Breach, Report Says

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:26 am
    The Chinese government appears to have played a role in supporting a massive data breach that targeted Anthem Inc., the nation’s second-largest health insurer, according to a report issued Friday by a cybersecurity firm.
  • Same-Sex Couples Lay Out Equality Case In Supreme Court

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:39 am
    Couples in four Midwestern states where same-sex marriage bans still remain have rung the opening bell in their case for marriage equality, telling the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that they can no longer wait for their marriages to be recognized.
  • Bad Buys Drive Houston Health System Into Bankruptcy

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:19 am
    University General Health System Inc., a health care system beset by creditor collection efforts at its flagship Houston hospital, filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday after a series of failed acquisitions, burdensome managed care deals and allegedly inflated revenue estimates.
  • Takeaways From High Court's NC Dental Opinion

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:29 am
    The U.S. Supreme Court's message in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission is clear — the actions of active market participants cannot be cloaked as government action merely because a state has established a regulatory board to oversee the industry in which they participate, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
  • A Means To Stave Off Medicare Termination

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    In light of a Florida bankruptcy court decision in the case of Bayou Shores SNF LLC, health care entities may attempt to duplicate a strategy that would buy them time to turn around troubled facilities if faced with the crushing financial impact of Medicare and Medicaid termination, say attorneys with McGuireWoods LLP.
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  • Traditional vs. Accelerated Nursing Program….My Choice

    21 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Come check out my newest video and see why I chose an accelerated program over a more traditional nursing program.   As you can see, there are many factors that go into making a decision about what type of nursing school program to choose. To make an informed decision, I suggest doing research on the different types of programs that are available and even research different programs of different schools in your area. There’s also another good resource to check out schools, join forums, and talk with other people who have attended a program that you might be considering.  That…
  • Nike Studio Wrap Review

    8 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    So I saw these bad boys on instagram and just knew that I had to have a pair of them! They are toeless shoes for yoga or dance. When I say shoes, that’s sort of a misnomer. They are very light and airy. There is a tad bit of elastic around the toe holes to keep them on. You can fan your toes out nice and wide in the wraps. The tread on the bottom keeps you from sliding around perfectly. Some of the sets of wraps include a very light outer shoe with a bit of matching ribbon that ties on the leg. Mine came in a box with just the wraps and a bag to wash them in, but I thought they…
  • Prerequisites and Lower Division Nursing School

    1 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    This week we take a look at the prerequisites or lower division classes needed to get into a nursing school program, or what is known as the upper division. One of these is most commonly pharmacology. Make sure you click subscribe to get the free pharmacology flash card template you saw in the video delivered directly to your inbox! This card will save you tons of time and you can use it in several different ways. Email Address First Name Last Name   The post Prerequisites and Lower Division Nursing School appeared first on The IV League.
  • Diploma, Associate, Traditional, & Accelerated Nursing School Programs

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    When choosing a nursing school, there are many factors that should be taken into account. You have several options for nursing programs. We are going to talk about all of the options for obtaining a nursing license and pros and cons of each. The first option that’s out there is a diploma program. These tend to be for Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurses. The programs for these types of nursing licenses are considered to be non-degree programs and last around a year or so. These types of nurses are allowed to start IVs, initiate IV therapy, perform assessments, charting on patients;…
  • Christmas and Graduation Gifts

    17 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Check out the video of my Christmas and graduation gifts, which are all things that I could use for nursing school in the coming year. Obviously I have a little bit of a thing for gold dots. And for Kate Spade. Next time I will do some action shots with the cube and post my review of that, as well. Everything that I got was something that I wanted for nursing school, blogging, or because I thought it was darn adorable! So, you’ve seen my haul in the video. Want to grab some of my gear for yourself? Click on the photos below to be taken straight to Amazon, where you can purchase them…
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  • 4 Differences Between How South Korea and USA View Health Tech
    4 Feb 2015 | 4:58 am
    Those who follow me know that I’m from San Francisco and now live in Korea. It’s been half a year and I’m going to share with my readers my experience on how Seoul views Health and Technology compared to San Francisco.  Hopeful this will provide you with some market insight.  Lets dive in. Attitude Towards Tech Gadgets I remember the days when I’d take the San Francisco BART and passengers were texting on their iPhones.  Here in Seoul Korea, everyone is Kakao-ing on their Samsung Notes.  Phones in Korea look huge!  All my Korean friends boast about the size…
  • 4 Ways The Mind Kills Entrepreneurs
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Entrepreneurship is about the heart and stomach.  What I’m trying to say is entrepreneurs are passionate and hungry.  After working on my startup for some time, I lost my mojo.  I even took a hiatus from it because it felt like I was swimming through mud.  With some time to focus on myself, I learned that it was my mind preventing me from reaching success. Here’s 4 Ways the mind kills the Entrepreneur. Limiting Beliefs The mind makes you doubt your vision.  Your mind does whatever it can to protect itself from failure, but oftentimes it keeps you from achieving great…
  • The Shocking Truth About Doctors and Digital Health
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:11 am
    I love and respect my doctors. But lately, I’ve been noticing digital health startups expecting super-hero like powers from doctors to somehow wave their tongue depressors and instantly assimilate new technology into their practice while making sense of a plethora of health data that the patients have diligently collected with their cool wearable device.  Maybe it’s the impact of all the melodramatic medical dramas on TV such as Grey’s Anatomy.  I’m going to call this the Doctor-Idolization-Phenomenon. Let’s bring it back down to reality. Being a Doctor is…
  • Digital Health, Wellness, mHealth, Health 2.0, Medical Technology, Medical Devices, Health IT, Wearables EXPLAINED
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:38 am
    A slew of new words are being thrown around lately in the health tech space and I think it’s time to lay them all out on the table in clear sight and define them. I’ll keep it short n’ simple. Health Tech It’s the biggest umbrella in the healthcare niche. It includes everything from drugs, devices, organizational systems and procedures used in healthcare.  When in doubt, use “Health Tech” as a catch-all term to describe your product. Digital Health Within Health Tech, there’s Digital Health, the love child of digital technology and healthcare.
  • Digital Health Startup Tips: Ship Fast, Then Iterate? Not Worth It.
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    Bulldoze through and get that minimum viable product out into the market. After it’s released, iterate fast using market feedback.  Ok hold your horses for a second…. This “Ship Fast Then Iterate” approach has been the golden rule for Tech companies since the dawn of time.  Since Tech gave birth to Digital Health in the medical device field, I have noticed that many Tech folks apply this mindset to the health and medical device space but are realizing that it doesn’t work.  Tech companies like Apple, Samsung and Google, are venturing into the digital…
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  • Delirium: Art inspired by mental illness

    Heba El-Husseini
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    After reading Sandy Wyatt‘s guest post on the way that art serves as a reliever for her bipolar symptoms, I was inspired to share some of my own artwork surrounding mental health. ‘I didn’t want my picture taken’Photography & artwork: Heba El-HusseiniWords: Sylvia PlathModel:Bethany Taylor   I created Delirium as a part of my Fashion Publication module at university two years ago when I was at my worst during my second bout of depression. The subtleties of an unseen illnesses is something that was important for me to try and bring through the images while…
  • Predicting your future health – do you want to know?

    Laura Hunnikin
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Genome sequencing is the process where researchers determine the identity of the 3 billion nucleotides that compose the human genome. It allows you to find out if you are at risk of passing on diseases to your offspring, whether you have genetic risk factors that make you more likely to get certain diseases and how your genes could affect your reaction to certain medications, as well as exploring genetic traits such as male pattern baldness and pain sensitivity. Really interesting stuff eh? Scientists can do this by looking at changes in genetic sequences, called mutations that may cause…
  • My Story: Anxiety

    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Anxiety has always been something I had to deal with ever since I was approximately ten years of age. I feel like anxiety is something that a lot of people have experienced throughout their life, especially throughout their early to late adolescence years. I was no exception. I was reasonably young and to be fair, I had no knowledge on what “anxiety” meant, let alone what mental illnesses were when I initially experienced my first anxiety attack. And that was scary. I was lying in bed; drifting off into slumber when suddenly it felt unusually hard to breathe. I didn’t think anything of…
  • When Actions Speak Louder Than Words

    Rohan Kallicharan
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    I could not help feeling a certain sense of unease this week as I monitored a Twitter chat hosted by the regional branch of a prominent mental health charity. I should add that the regional branch in question are greatly responsible for my being alive today, having offered me a support network and signposted me towards a diagnosis in the period after my second attempt on my own life. Manchester Mind are a huge part of my life, and in no way is this a critique of them, but more an analysis of what we are achieving, or sometimes otherwise, in Social Media channels when it comes to mental…
  • Duchess of Cambridge makes video appearance in aid of Children’s Mental Health Week

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Monday marked the beginning of the first Children’s Mental Health Week, an initiative from mental health organisation, Place2Be. The week opened with a video of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge speaking in support of the week-long campaign to increase mental health services for children, and a call for better early-preventative measures. In the video, The Duchess of Cambridge,  Royal of patron of Place2Be addressed how the ‘stigma around mental health means that many children do not get the help they so badly need…’ before imploring that ‘this needs to change.’ We completely…
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