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  • Hands-on Training in Robotic Surgery Growing More Popular in Europe

    Mimic Simulation » Blog
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    Mimic Technologies supports hands-on training courses at EAU 2015 in Madrid Mimic announced recently the beginning of a new partnership with the internationally acclaimed ORSI – OLV Robotic Surgery Institute that will jointly deliver new innovative training for robotic surgeons in Europe.  This year at the annual European Association of Urology in Madrid, Mimic provided dV-Trainers for the robotic surgery hands-on training courses. EAU TV went along at EAU 2015 to check out the hands-on training courses. Watch the video below to hear how some of the trainees enjoyed the course: “We…
  • New Detroit-designed hospital gown moves from creative concept to patient's bedside

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    17 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    Model G - the new Detroit-designed hospital gown that finally closes the drafty, embarrassing backside - has moved from creative concept to the patient's bedside, with more than 35,000 gowns rolling out this month throughout Henry Ford Health System's hospitals.
  • Better Medicine thru Better Medical Histories

    Professional Patient Perspective
    Michael A. Weiss
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:44 am
    “When you live with a life-altering health condition – like an autoimmune disease, chronic illness or developmental disorder – there are bad days and good days without hows or whys. Maybe there’s a pattern to what hurts and what helps, but you haven’t found it.   Yet. Betterpath is a free service that combines what’s happened in your medical history with what’s happening in your life, so you can find connections between what you do and how you feel.” BETTERPATH.COM APRIL 17, 2015 “OUR PAST AND PRESENT [PATIENT] DATA IS A FOUNDATION FOR…
  • E-cigarette use among American high school students is at an all time high

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    17 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    A new government report has shown that the use of electronic cigarettes has tripled among American high school students between 2013 and 2014, raising concerns that the fight against teen smoking is failing...
  • How providers can curb unnecessary care with a 'do no harm' campaign

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    Leslie Small
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    When two doctors started the Do No Harm Project at the University of Colorado-Denver, it was simply because they recognized that healthcare overuse is "an urgent ethical issue" in the medical field, said co-founder Brandon Combs, M.D., in a Thursday webinar hosted by the Lown more
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  • Infographic: The Connected Patient

    Melanie Matthews
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    The healthcare industry is still lagging behind patient expectations in terms of technology use and accessibility, according to a new report by The report found millennials prefer to engage with their providers through modern technology, and this will pressure healthcare providers to embed more social, mobile, and cloud technologies in their day-to-day interactions with patients. An infographic by examines how patients currently connect with providers and what the future of health will look like. Encouraged by early success in coaching 23 patients to wellness at…
  • PHOs Let Quality, Cost Guide Them Toward Value-Based Reimbursement

    Cheryl Miller
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    Instead of focusing on volume, physician-hospital organizations (PHOs) are concentrating on value-based care, says Travis Ansel, senior manager with the Healthcare Strategy Group. The once revenue-based organizations are now focused on quality and cost, realizing that if they can’t manage those two things, their reimbursement will go down. Why is the PHO model going to work now? We always get this question. This comes more from doctors than it does from administrators: why are PHOs going to work now, when they didn’t work before? The simple answer is that before, PHOs were…
  • Making a Case for Embedded Case Management: 13 Factors Driving Onsite Care Coordination

    Patricia Donovan
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Compliance with Triple Aim goals, participation in CMS pilots to advance value-based care, formation of multidisciplinary teams and avoidance of CMS hospital readmissions penalties are among the factors driving placement of case managers at care points, according to HIN's 2014 healthcare benchmarks survey on embedded case management. Participation in the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration, the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, and the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration has prompted a number of the survey's 125 respondents to embed case managers in…
  • Infographic: Big Data in Healthcare

    Melanie Matthews
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Big data holds a lot of promise for the healthcare industry, according to a new infographic by Mana LLC. Precision medicine, biopharmaceutical R&D productivity, mobile health and telemedicine have already seen impacts from big data. The infographic takes an in-depth look at the potential for reduced spending with big data use and the greatest big data opportunity in healthcare. The world of digitally enabled care is exploding: the number of patients using telehealth services will rise to 7 million in 2018, according to IHS Technology; healthcare apps and 'wearables' are trending in…
  • 3 Goals of Hospital Home Visits: Reconciliation, Red Flags and Re-Education

    Cheryl Miller
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    Hospital-initiated home visits conducted during post-discharge follow-up significantly curb avoidable admissions, readmissions and ER visits, according to findings from the Healthcare Intelligence Network's 2013 Home Visits e-survey. The hospital sector is almost twice as likely to conduct home visits than other sectors, and to focus on three key aspects of the discharge care plan: medication reconciliation, red flag recognition and patient/caregiver education. Hospitals are much more likely to conduct home visits to conduct post-discharge follow-up than overall respondents, our survey found.
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  • HIMSS15: Data-informed post-acute care choices save Advocate Health Care $200M

    Gienna Shaw
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Advocate Health Care is using data analytics to risk stratify their entire patient population--a departure from the traditional approach of focusing on the most costly-to-treat patients. Execs from the country's largest ACO outlined the program at a HIMSS session this week. read more
  • Times editorial board slams medical information blocking

    Katie Dvorak
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    Interoperability of electronic health information is often blocked by developers of the tools or "greedy medical centers that refuse to send records to rival providers," and the federal government must take steps to fix the problem, according to a post by the editorial board of the New York more
  • Healthcare providers: Brace for record-breaking HIPAA violation fines

    Susan D. Hall
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Some whopping fines for HIPAA violations could be handed down later this year, according to a privacy attorney, who adds that OCR has a "significant pipeline of unprecedented settlement agreements." read more
  • HIMSS15: Marshfield Clinic shares secret to population health management success

    Brian Eastwood
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Successful population health management blends predictive analytics, chronic care management, a timely feedback mechanism and measurable outcomes. It's a tall order, to be sure, but at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago, the Marshfield Clinic offered some insight into making it all more
  • Telehealth reimbursement language may be left off 21st Century Cures bill

    Katie Dvorak
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    Expansion of telemedicine services reimbursed by Medicare may be left out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's 21st Century Cures bill, according to a Politico article citing industry more
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    The Health Care Blog

  • Five Years of Failing Patients

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:01 pm
    By ANGELO VOLANDES, MD Although this March marked the fifth anniversary of passage of the Affordable Care Act many of its promises to place patients at the center of care remain elusive. No where is this more evident than in the law’s provision to improve shared decision making. Oftentimes there is more than one reasonable […]
  • Microsoft: The Waking Giant In Healthcare Analytics and Big Data

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:08 pm
    By HEALTH CATALYST  / WEBINAR SERIES In 2005, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare embarked upon a strategic Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW) initiative with the Microsoft technology platform as the foundation. Dale Sanders was CIO at Northwestern and led the development of Northwestern’s Microsoft-based EDW. At that time, Microsoft as an EDW platform was not en vogue and […]
  • Last Chance for Meaningful Use

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:35 pm
    By ADRIAN GROPPER, MD I mean: Last chance for patients as first-class citizens in Meaningful Use. The ghetto is abuzz. As I write this #nomuwithoutme  is just hitting Twitter. The reason the natives are restless in the patient ghetto is a recent proposal  by our Federal regulators to downgrade a Meaningful Use (MU) requirement for […]
  • Designing For Good: A Designer’s Hippocratic Oath

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    By MAD*POW The Designer’s Oath brings together designers from disparate disciplines and backgrounds to create collaborative Oaths that speak across design practices and organizations. The traditional boundaries of design are quickly expanding, and our code of ethics needs to be as flexible and easy to redefine as the process of design itself. The Designer’s Oath […]
  • Surviving the Affordable Care Act Grace Period

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    By KATHY YOUNG Since the first open enrollment in 2014 more than 11 million people have gotten coverage through the insurance exchanges established through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the plans offered through the exchanges are provided by the same insurers you deal with every day, there are some differences. The biggest one is […]
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    Health Business Blog

  • E-cigarettes: the California Cooler of the 21st century

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    Just a harmless, tasty treat? If like me you came of age in the 1980s you remember the California Cooler, a sweet wine/juice combo that made it easy for kids to start drinking alcohol even if they couldn’t handle the “adult” taste of beer, wine or liquor. They were very popular at the time but I don’t recall anyone ever saying they were a healthy alternative to anything. Fast forward 30 years to the e-cigarette era. New data show 13 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes. From the Boston Globe (E-cigarette use spikes among American teens) In interviews,…
  • Care transitions: Interview with Curaspan CEO Tom Ferry

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    Tom Ferry, Curaspan co-founder and CEO When Tom Ferry co-founded Curaspan back in 1999, discharge planning wasn’t the sexiest arena for a Harvard MBA to jump into. But he was on to something because 15 years later “transitions of care” is a mainstream term, there is a major focus on readmissions prevention, and post-acute care is universally recognized as the greatest opportunity for cost savings. Curaspan is right in the thick of it. Though we both live in…
  • See you at #HIMSS15

    12 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    I’m packing my bags and heading to #HIMSS15 in Chicago as a Social Media Ambassador. I look forward to seeing everyone there. I’ve been enjoying reading Scott Tharler’s HealthcareIT News profiles of the various social media ambassadors. The post about me went up Friday. You can also read about: Janice McCallum @janicemccallum Shahid Shah @ShahidNShah Jane Sarasohn-Kahn @healthythinker Chuck Webster @wareFLO Brian Ahier @ahier Linda Stotsky @EMRAnswers Mandi Bishop @MandiBPro MIchael Planchart @theEHRGuy By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of…
  • Tufts and Boston Medical Center merger: Why not?

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    The Boston Globe (Boston Medical Center, Tufts in merger talks) shares the not-very-surprising story of two teaching hospitals thinking about teaming up. Partners HealthCare and Beth Israel Deaconess (BIDMC) are the leading academic medical centers in town, with Tufts and Boston Medical Center (BMC) both struggling to compete. The financial challenges of Tufts and especially BMC are evidence of their positions in the food chain and the serious challenges of subsisting on government payments from Medicaid and Medicare, rather than the more lucrative commercial market. Tufts and BMC are…
  • Cancer drugs: Why the high and rising prices?

    7 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    Cancer drugs. Good stuff cheap? When Americans talk, pharmaceutical companies listen. And what they’ve heard is that initiatives to contain or regulate medical costs get labeled as “rationing,” a word with very un-American connotations. While politicians wring their hands, pricing strategists at pharma and biotech companies take action by charging high and rising prices for products for life-threatening illnesses. Cancer is Exhibit A, with many drugs costing more than $100,000 per year of treatment. A JAMA Oncology paper reviewed wholesale prices for cancer drugs…
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    Healthcare Economist

  • Friday Links

    Jason Shafrin
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Google Body? Negotiate without being a pushover. Things you didn’t know about income taxes. Tax deductions economists hate. Drawbacks of EMRs. Pharma productivity crisis?
  • What is MIPS?

    Jason Shafrin
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Yesterday I posted about MIPS, the new Medicare physician reimbursement program set to begin in 2019.  The Health Affairs blog provides a nice summary of some of the changes. First and probably most importantly, the formulaic approach to setting base payment rates is gone, replaced with automatic increases for all doctors from 2015 through 2019. For six years after that…no automatic increases will be provided and doctors’ respective rates will be altered based on their performance under a Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS). The MIPS is basically a consolidation of three…
  • ‘Doc fix’ fixed?

    Jason Shafrin
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:13 pm
    This may be the case.  Fox News reports: The Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation permanently overhauling how Medicare pays physicians late Tuesday in a rare show of near-unanimity from Congress. The legislation headed off a 21 percent cut in doctors’ Medicare fees that would have taken effect Wednesday, when the government planned to begin processing physicians’ claims reflecting that reduction. The bill also provides billions of extra dollars for health care programs for children and low-income families, including additional money for community health centers. Although…
  • On being well-informed

    Jason Shafrin
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:18 am
    HT: Justin Wolfers via The Incidental Economist.
  • Robots vs. Physicians?

    Jason Shafrin
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:42 pm
    The Economist reports that adverse events occur relatively frequently when physicians insert catheters: placing needles inside veins deep in the body is notoriously difficult. Some 15-30% of attempts suffer complications, mainly punctured arteries that can lead to infection (around 250,000 cases in America annually), but also bleeding, collapsed lungs and even cardiac arrest. Failure rates in children can be higher still. However, there may be a solution. A team led by Hugo Guterman, a robotics expert, has built a prototype device that uses ultrasound, machine vision and a robotic…
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    Age with Quality not in Crisis

  • Our Friday Song of the Week – I’m Not Your Steppin Stone

    Anthony Cirillo
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – I’m Not Your Steppin Stone   The post Our Friday Song of the Week – I’m Not Your Steppin Stone appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Running Better Than Walking for Older Adults

    Anthony Cirillo
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Running Better Than Walking for Older Adults A study reveals that seniors who regularly run for their exercise can slow their aging process more so than those who prefer walking. Running mitigates the age-related deterioration of “walking economy,” the metabolic cost to perform an motion. Metabolic cost is defined as the amount of energy consumed as the result of performing a given work task; usually expressed in calories. Walking for exercise has a minimal effect on age-related decline, says the study from researchers at the University of Colorado-Boulder and Humboldt State University in…
  • The Charlotte Today Show – Caregiver Stress. How to Spot It. How to Relieve It.

    Anthony Cirillo
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Charlotte Today Show – Caregiver Stress. How to Spot It. How to Relieve It. The post The Charlotte Today Show – Caregiver Stress. How to Spot It. How to Relieve It. appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Clogged Arteries Associated with Mild Cognitive Impairment

    Anthony Cirillo
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Clogged Arteries Associated with Mild Cognitive Impairment In a study of nearly 2,000 adults, researchers at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center found that a buildup of plaque in the body’s major arteries was associated with mild cognitive impairment. “It is well established that plaque buildup in the arteries is a predictor of heart disease, but the relationship between atherosclerosis and brain health is less clear,” said Christopher D. Maroules, M.D., radiology resident at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “Our findings suggest that…
  • Experts Now Say Forget LTC Insurance and Spend Down Your Assets for Medicaid Instead

    Anthony Cirillo
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    A study by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, revealed that long-term care insurance makes financial sense only for the richest 20 to 30 percent of unmarried people. For the rest, it makes more sense to spend down assets and then letting Medicaid pick up the tab. The caveat to this is that the study focuses on nursing home care and for that foregoing LTC insurance may make sense. The average nursing home stay for a man was less than a year; for women, 17 months. And 45 percent of patients don’t stay more than three months. Many of those short nursing homes stays end…
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • Structuring Physician Leadership To Promote Accountable Care

    Shantanu Nundy
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Physician leadership is widely seen as crucial to drive accountable care and population health, but the question is how. A recent survey of accountable care organizations (ACOs) across the country has shown significant interest and motivation by physicians for participating and playing strong leadership roles in ACOs. There have been significant challenges with physicians providing effective leadership of population health programs: Physician-led population health services have not been achieving the overall outcomes and demonstrating value. Physician services have not been coordinated with…
  • From the Grantmakers in Health Annual Meeting: Patrick Kennedy on Behavioral Health

    Lee-Lee Prina
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    In March 2015, I covered the annual meeting of Grantmakers In Health (GIH), an organization of foundations and corporate-giving programs that fund in health. The meeting, held in Austin, Texas, attracted foundation staffers from all over the country and good speakers. In this post and another to follow next week, I provide some tidbits from my “reporter’s notebook,” as Katie Couric used to say. The meeting’s theme this year was Pathways to Health. Faith Mitchell, GIH’s president and CEO, told attendees that this year’s meeting was the largest annual conference ever. GIH seems to…
  • Workplace Wellness Programs: Federal Agencies Weigh In

    Timothy Jost
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    Workplace wellness programs are very controversial.  Employers believe that they improve employee health, reduce absenteeism, and cut the cost of employee health benefit programs.  They are encouraged in this belief by wellness program vendors, who aggressively tout the benefits of their programs.  Disability advocates, on the other hand, are concerned that wellness programs are perpetuating discrimination against the disabled and health status underwriting.  Privacy advocates worry about who has access to the sensitive medical information that wellness programs demand of participants.
  • Reducing Inappropriate Psychotropic Prescribing For Children And Youth In Foster Care

    Kamala Allen
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is currently a much-needed national spotlight on the high rates of psychotropic medication use among children and youth in foster care, most of whom receive health coverage through Medicaid. This high-risk population is far more likely to receive psychotropic medications, including antipsychotics---a class of medication with serious side effects---than the Medicaid child population overall. While there are certainly some children and youth who should receive these medications, states must have oversight and monitoring mechanisms to determine when this is---or is not---the case. Many of…
  • Implementing Health Reform: Navigator Grants, Another ACA Challenge Rejected, And More

    Timothy Jost
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    On April 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service issued its funding opportunity announcement for 2016 navigator grants.  (search CFDA 93.332 here ).  The 2016 grant announcement looks much like last year's, with one major change: grant awards will be for 36 months rather than 12 months (actually for 12 months renewable for two additional 12 month periods).  This should give navigator programs greater assurance of stability than they have had in the past and reduce start-up costs. The total amount of awards for 2016 will be $67 million.  This is the same as the amount…
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    Medicare News Blog

  • Obama Praises Congress on Iran and Trade, but Chides Senate G.O.P. Over Nominee

    medicare poster
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Obama lauded Congress’s recent bipartisanship on Friday, but he sharply criticized G.O.P. senators for delaying a vote on Loretta Lynch, his choice for attorney general. Related NewsObama’s Medicare nominee gets GOP leader’s supportDemocratic Presidential Nominee Obama Says GOP Nominee McCain Would Make ‘Drastic Cuts’ In Medicare; McCain Campaign …From Cybersecurity to Trade Deal, Bills Are Expected to Start Moving
  • Jeb Bush Proposes Requiring Medicare End-of-Life Directives

    medicare poster
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    Jeb Bush’s remarks showed how public opinion has shifted since the firestorm over supposed federal “death panels” in 2009. Related NewsMedicare patients to get end-of-life counselingMedicare covers end-of-life discussionsMedicare: End of Life Counseling Altered in Medicare
  • Keep Patients Healthy, and Doctors Sane

    medicare poster
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The new Medicare bill will help us focus on the quality, not quantity, of care. Related NewsHealth Net offers Healthy Heart Plan to Sonoma CountyAnchorage Doctors Turning Away New Medicare Patients1 in 5 Medicare patients readmitted within month
  • Doctors See Benefits and Risks in Medicare Changes

    medicare poster
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Many said the legislation was short on details about how quality of medical care will be measured, and others expressed apprehension about whether the system would be fair. Related NewsDefibrillators Are Lifesaver, but Risks Give PauseReport at odds with Medicare extensionLack of oversight by CMS to ensure private Medicare drug plans have anti-fraud programs in place ‘risks significant …
  • Senate Approves a Bill on Changes to Medicare

    medicare poster
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The bill makes sweeping changes in the way Medicare pays doctors and resolves an issue that has bedeviled Congress for more than a decade. Related NewsSenate Approves Medicare Bill That Would Delay Physician Fee Cut, Extend SCHIP Through March 2009Senate panel approves Medicare drug price billSenate approves Medicare threshold changes
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  • The SGR Fix and quality measurement

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:52 am
    With the SGR bill passed, is the cup half full or half empty. I believe it is almost full, but some are already complaining that “we gave away too much”. The half empty crowd sees the quality payment piece as the poison pill in the bill. They opine that “we gave away too much”. Anyone who reads this blog knows how I rant about quality measurement. That term is an oxymoron. We cannot measure quality because it has too many dimensions for even an advanced mathematician. We measure performance and that does not equal quality. Talk to non-physicians about their concept of…
  • Goodbye to the SGR – the value of organized medicine

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    Disclaimer: As almost all readers know I am currently the Chair of the ACP Board of Regents. I have participated in a variety of medical organizations during my career. I pay dues to the AMA. Many physicians refuse to join medical organizations. They complain (often commenting on this blog) that the organizations are part of the problem. They pick a particular issue that they dislike and use that as an excuse to blame an organization for not representing them. I can only speak precisely for myself, but I do believe I speak for most Board members. In this post I will only speak to the ACP, but…
  • Why does sore throat diagnosis and management cause controversy?

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    In 2007, Malcolm Gladwell spoke to the Society of Medical Decision Making in Pittsburgh. In his talk concerning decision making, he used sore throats as an example of “easy decision making”. Of course I stood up after his talk to point out that even sore throats raise complex decisions. Just this year, my friend and colleague Jeffrey Linder titled his editorial about our recent pharyngitis paper: Sore Throat: Avoid Overcomplicating the Uncomplicated Sore throats often are uncomplicated. They often represent “just a sore throat”. But sometimes they portend more serious…
  • Initial thoughts on the Digital Doc by @BobWachter

    8 Apr 2015 | 5:42 am
    Last week I read Bob Wachter’s new book – The Digital Doc. I received a free copy AFTER I bought the book for my kindle app. I highly encourage everyone to read this book and think about Bob’s excellent reporting. The main value in reading this book is the historical perspective of how we got current dysfunctional electronic health records. He provides wonderful insights into the government’s role and why EHR’s are not more friendly for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. In thinking about this book, several overarching concepts emerged. First,…
  • Learning how to think like a clinician

    28 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    By request here is a link to video and audio of the first time I gave the talk. It has improved, but the general principles are the same. Please let me know if it is not accessible. Learning How to Think like a Clinician
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  • The Doc Fix, prayers of the progressive medical elite have been answered and then some

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    In regards to the passage of the doc fix bill (known now by the acronym MACRA) John Goodwin said it well: " it locks in Obamacare's vision of the relationship between physicians and the state." ... Now, doctors and patients will have to get used to a new reality where the federal government and beltway lobbyists’ priorities are more deeply embedded in physicians’ offices than ever."Further the exact details and degree of the embedding will not be made known  until  phase three of new payments system. Remember we have to pass the bill to see what is in it?The changes made in…
  • After 18 years and randomized trials with 25,000 men ,the relationship between 5 ARs and prostate cancer is still ??

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:57 am
    This commentary from JAMA give a good summary of where we are with 5 ARs ( Five alpha reductase inhibitors) and prostate cancers.Large randomized clinical trials (PCPT trial and the REDUCE trial have been done with  finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart).My take is that  the 5 ARs seem to reduce the risk of developing low grade prostate cancer but may increase the risk of higher grade prostate cancer. However, a reasonable argument can be made that the 5 ARs do not in fact increase the risk of high grade cancer but just make the cancers more easily detectable but we…
  • The medical progressive's fear-that someone,somewhere is deciding with his physician's input what his health care should be

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    H.L. Mencken defined Puritanism as that haunting fear that someone,somewhere may be happy.The Medical Progressive Elite's haunting fear is that someone,somewhere is making their own medical decision with input from their private physician.This fear is shared by the third party payers. In recent years,there appears to be considerable progress in alleviating their fear.The last thing that the third party payers and the medical progressive elite want is that medical decisions be made  a physician- patient "dyad".This situation is ripe for a classic Baptists and Bootleggers scenario,the…
  • Newsweek article echos practicing internists concerns about the ABIM and the ABIMF

    12 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
     Rising criticism about the American Board of Internal Medicine and its twin, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation is getting wider coverage.The leadership at the ABIM-ABIMF cannot be happy with this recent article in Newsweek by Pulitzer :Prize winning investigator journalist, Kurt Eichenwald.Most of the article highlighted the activities of the ABIM but he did say the following about the ABIM Foundation:"And there is another organization called the ABIM Foundation that does...well, it’s not quite clear what it does. Its website reads like a lot of mumbo-jumbo. The…
  • 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…
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    Health Care Renewal

  • "God Damn the Pusher Man" - Especially when Enabled by the FDA Revolving Door

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    Who is watching the watchers?  A story this week involving "speed" like drugs added to "dietary supplements" suggests how far the once respected US Food and Drug Administration has fallen.An Amphetamine-Like Drug Spiking "Nutritional Supplements" The story began with a paper by Cohen and colleagues published a relatively obscure medical journal, and then picked up by the news media.(1)  The main points of the article were:BMPEA (beta-methylphenylethylamine) is a compound first synthesized in the 1930s as a "potential replacement" for amphetamines.  Animal tests revealed…
  • Three More Settlements by Medtronic of Allegations of Deceptive Behavior, but No Umpire Says "You're Out"

    8 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Medtronic, the giant, previously US based device maker settled three lawsuits, all alleging deceptive practices, over three months in early 2015.  I will summarize the settlements in chronological order.Medtronic Subsidiary EV3 Settled Suit Alleging it Coached Hospitals about How to Overbill MedicareThis was actually an old case, originally against a company that Medtronic bought out, but only settled this year, in February.  As reported by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune,A Plymouth medical device company owned by Medtronic has agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a federal lawsuit…
  • Not with a bang but with a whimper

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    This is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsNot with a bang but with a whimper     -- T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men, 1925Those across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who lived through the disaster known as AHERF, the story of the Allegheny Health and Education Research Foundation, ending in one of the biggest non-profit health care bankruptcies in US history, may now note in passing the death some months ago--just recently announced--of its architect, one Sherif Abdelhak.Many books and articles have been written about this…
  • The Troubles at Cooper Continue, Lately Gruesomely, But Will Its Leadership and Governance Change This Time? - Part II: the History since 2005

    3 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    In our most recent post, we noted the latest tragic, and gruesome development at Cooper Health System, the largest hospital system in southern New Jersey.  Months after the system CEO, John F Sheridan, and his wife Joyce were found dead after a fire in their home, local law enforcement concluded that Mr Sheridan murdered his wife, set fire to the house, then committed suicide.  It turns out this is just the latest, albeit possibly most tragic and grisly, troubling news from that health care system.Our last post summarized the history from 1978, including:-  Seven people,…
  • The Troubles at Cooper Continue, Lately Gruesomely, But Will Its Leadership and Governance Change This Time? - Part I: Historical Background

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    Allegations of Murder-Suicide by a Hospital System CEO This will be a hard series of posts to write. It wa triggered by the latest, and perhaps most gruesome chapter in the troubled history of the leadership of Cooper Health, the largest hospital system in southern New Jersey (known locally as South Jersey).  As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer on March 28, 2015,Cooper University Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. stabbed his wife to death, set their bedroom on fire, and then took his own life, authorities have concluded, closing a six-month investigation into the deaths that…
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    Health Beat by Maggie Mahar

  • NIHCM Health Care Digital Media Award: the Finalists

    Maggie Mahar
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Thanks to NIHCM for including “Obamacare’s Victims” parts 1 and 2 on the list (see below for a brief description of this two-part post) , and congratulations to all of the finalists. The award recognizes excellence in digital media that improves understanding of health care topics.A $10,000 prize will be presented to the winner at a dinner in Washington, DC on June 1, 2015. I urge everyone to read the nominated posts. If you are interested in healthcare and healthcare reform, this is a good short list of “must-read’s.”  You may not agree with all of them, but they provide…
  • “Clinical Man”–by Clifton Meador (Why Do So Many Of Us Need Medical Tests to Tell Us That We Are Well?)

    Maggie Mahar
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Editor’s Note– Below, a post by Dr. Clifton Meador, author of more than a dozen insightful, often witty books including Sketches of a Small Town, Circa 1940 and True Medical Detective Stories.  (When reviewing Sketches on Amazon, I compared Meador to Mark Twain.) In the post below, Meador refers to one of his best-known stories, a tale set in the not too distant future titled “The Last Well Person.”  The fiction, which was published as an “Occasional Note” in NEJM in 1994, uses satire to comment on the folly of our obsessive drive to test and screen every…
  • Will the Supreme Court Scuttle Obamacare Subsidies? (No. What Can’t Happen, Won’t. )

    Maggie Mahar
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Not long ago, I ran across a photo of the Supreme Court captioned: “Maybe this will turn out to be . . .  Obamacare’s death panel?”   The caption refers to the widespread belief that when the Supreme Court rules on the latest challenge to Obamacare (“King vs. Burwell”),  it will strike down most of the government subsidies that have made insurance affordable for so many middle-income and low-income families.  (This lawsuit has been financed by the “Competitive Enterprise Institute,” a libertarian group with long ties to tobacco disinformation campaigns, and more recently,…
  • 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…
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    HealthBlawg :: David Harlow's Health Care Law Blog

  • Get Social Health: David Harlow Podcast Interview with Janet Kennedy

    David Harlow
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
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  • Meaningful Use Stage 3: The Buzz About APIs

    David Harlow
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
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  • HIPAA Audits: The Latest Oracular Prognostications

    David Harlow
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
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  • 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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    HealthLawProf Blog

  • 'The Week in Health Law' Podcast

    Nicolas Terry
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:28 am
    This week we are joined by Mark Rothstein, the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine and the Founding Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. One of...
  • 'The Week in Health Law' Podcast

    Nicolas Terry
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    This week Ross Silverman joins us to discuss HR2 Minutiae, his NEJM take on Vaccination Law & Policy, and Indiana's HIV Emergency Order. The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about...
  • "Very Real Consequences" for Medicaid and Beyond

    N Huberfeld
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Back in January, I commented on the oral arguments in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, the Medicaid reimbursement case that the Supreme Court decided yesterday. I noted then that Justice Breyer seemed confused about Medicaid's operation; that Justice Kennedy appeared...
  • 'The Week in Health Law' Podcast

    Nicolas Terry
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    By Nicolas Terry This week Erin Fuse Brown joins us to discuss Irrational Hospital Pricing, Price Transparency, the likely SGR Fix, and Non-Profit Tax Status. The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length...
  • Should Health Lawyers Pay Attention To The Administration’s Privacy Bill?

    Nicolas Terry
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    Cross Posted from Health Affairs Blog Health care lawyers justifiably ignored the 2012 Obama administration consumer privacy framework because it expressly and broadly exempted entities subject to HIPAA, stating “To avoid creating duplicative regulatory burdens, the Administration supports exempting companies...
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  • Does home care serve men and women equally in Ontario?

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:03 am
    As the population ages, there is increasing demand for publicly funded home care services to help older people preserve their independence, improve their quality of life, and delay or avoid going into a long-term care facility. The majority of home care users are older women, who have higher rates of disability and chronic conditions than […]
  • Early use of palliative care in cancer improves patients’ lives, outcomes for caregivers

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:03 am
    A new randomized clinical trial with Dartmouth investigators Kathleen Lyons, ScD, Tor Tosteson, ScD, Zhigang Li, PhD, and collaborators has noted significant improvement in several measures among those who began palliative care early. Their findings are described in, “Early Versus Delayed Initiation of Concurrent Palliative Care Oncology: Patient Outcomes in the ENABLE III Randomized Controlled […]
  • People who report sleep apnea develop cognitive decline a decade earlier, study finds.

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:56 pm
    The medical histories of 2,470 people aged 55 to 90 taking part in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) study were reviewed for the development of MCI or Alzheimer’s disease. Participants were also asked to report whether they suffered from sleep apnea and whether or not they received treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure […]
  • Alzheimer’s Society responds to the Liberal Democrat Party manifesto

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
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  • Depression and diabetes linked to higher risk of dementia, study finds

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    This is according to research published in JAMA Psychiatry today (Wednesday 15 April 2015). Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle examined the records of 2.4 million Danish citizens, who were 50 and older and initially free from dementia from 2007 through 2013. The authors found that during the study period, 2.4 per cent […]
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    News from Scott & White Healthcare

  • Memorial Hospital Receives Elite Award for Stroke Care

    Deontrea Jones
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Quality Achievement Award during the association’s International Stroke Conference 2015. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate […] The post Memorial Hospital Receives Elite Award for Stroke Care appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • McLane Children’s Joins Local Officials to Discuss Impacts of Child Abuse

    Deontrea Jones
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Community encouraged to play an active role in protecting our children Child abuse continues to have a major impact in Central Texas and the U.S. Today, doctors and local officials gathered on the front lawn of McLane Children’s Hospital to honor children who were victims of child abuse and to encourage the community to play […] The post McLane Children’s Joins Local Officials to Discuss Impacts of Child Abuse appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Jana Sharpley Takes Post as New President of Scott & White Healthcare Foundation

    Scott Clark
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Jana L. Sharpley, CFRE, is the new of president of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation. Sharpley began her work this week as the foundation’s top executive The post Jana Sharpley Takes Post as New President of Scott & White Healthcare Foundation appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center achieves status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

    Scott Clark
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center has achieved new status of Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The post Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center achieves status as Accredited Chest Pain Center appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
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    RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists

  • RDS Reopening: Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    We get quite a few questions about Retiree Drug Subsidy Reopening.  If you're unclear about an aspect of it, there's a very real possibility that your question has been asked before.  We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to help clear up the most common inquiries. Q.  What is a Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Reopening? A.   It’s a process that allows Plan Sponsors to go back and “reopen” past reconciled plan years to see if they captured all eligible members and eligible prescription drugs that qualify for Retiree Drug Subsidy under the CMS RDS Program. Q.  Why…
  • 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.
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    Schwartz MSL

  • RSA 2015: Breaking the Glass Firewall: The Changing Role of Women in IT Security

    Kendra Dorr
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    RSA is only days away. The leading security conference features hundreds of sessions, ground-breaking research and discussions about issues facing the industry. One of the more interesting sessions will explore the role of women in the IT security industry. Only 11 percent of people in the IT security profession are women. A lack of mentorship […]
  • Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Phones—Three Key Takeaways from MWC 2015, Where Mobile Went Way Beyond Just Phones

    Sarah Frueh
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    There aren’t many events in the world that can say more than 93,000 people traveled thousands of miles from 200 different countries to attend. The ones that make it into this upper-echelon of gatherings must be full of entertainment, intrigue, plenty of SWAG and more pseudo-celebrities than an episode of the Kardashians. So, are we […]
  • The Road to HIMSS: Reporter Michelle Ronan Noteboom talks HIT trends

    Davida Dinerman
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    MSLGROUP caught up with Health IT Freelance Writer Michelle Ronan Noteboom to chat about topics she will be interested in at HIMSS15. Meaningful Use Stage 3 and some of the big healthcare tech companies are among the topics on her agenda, and she is open to other news and innovations companies will be showcasing.  Look for […]
  • The Road to/from McCormick Place at HIMSS15

    Don Fluckinger
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    When Paul Simon sang “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” he may as well have been talking about leaving Chicago’s McCormick Place. Just like the wry tune goes, Jack, it sometimes seems a lot easier said than done. That’s because of the distance between the convention center and the Loop, where most people stay and […]
  • The 2015 RSA Conference Clock Ticks Toward April 20

    Bill Keeler
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Are you a marketing or public relations professional responsible for making your executive team look good in front of reporters and industry analysts at the 2015 RSA Conference? Do you have your finger on the pulse of how reporters plan to spend their time at the conference? How many media briefings do you have scheduled […]
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    World of DTC

  • Recycled pharma people

    Richard Meyer
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:28 am
    POST SUMMARY: The recycled pharma employees are not the best and brightest within our industry, they tend to be the people who are good at “gaming the political environment within... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • IT: Hinderance or help for drug marketers ?

    Richard Meyer
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:52 pm
    According to Manhattan Research “Physician tablet adoption for professional purposes almost doubled since 2011, reaching  62 percent in 2012, with the iPad being the dominant platform.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • On technology and healthcare…

    Richard Meyer
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    POST SUMMARY: While many startups are promoting the use of technology and healthcare we can’t and shouldn’t lose sight that we still need the human touch to improve health outcomes. I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • On the exodus of talent within in pharma…

    Richard Meyer
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    POST SUMMARY: Pharma marketing is facing a crisis created by people who are more interested in their personal brand than patients and by management who still doesn’t understand the importance... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Proof Pharma marketers don’t get it

    Richard Meyer
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:39 am
    POST SUMMARY: According to John Mack 70% of DTC spending last year was on TV. To me, that’s proof that DTC marketing is still stuck in the past and too many DTC marketers are attending way too... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • It's National Volunteer Week In Canada! How Are You Celebrating?

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    National Volunteer Week is now in its 74th year. Begun in Canada in 1943, National Volunteer Week was started to honour the important work of women who contributed on the home front during World War II. Since then, it has evolved, gained popularity and expanded to become the largest celebration of the vital contributions of Canadian volunteers. National Volunteer Week is a great time to evaluate and improve upon your organization’s volunteer engagement plan.
  • Branding Your Medical Practice

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Our president, Carol Vincent, was recently asked to do an expert interview on branding medical practices for the Practice Suite blog. Practice Suite is a cloud-base medical practice software company that provides specialized scheduling, billing and EHR systems to private practices across the United States.
  • How to take advantage of the ‘Fresh Start Effect’ in your communications

    15 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Researchers at the Wharton Business School (Dai et al., 2013) have found that people are more likely to engage in aspirational behaviours following temporal landmarks. In other words, we are more likely to try to improve ourselves (by exercising, eating better, or quitting smoking, for example) at the beginning of a new week, month, or year, or immediately following a birthday or holiday.
  • 4 Holiday Fundraising Gimmicks That Everyone Hates: Advice for Campaigners

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The holiday season can be the best time of the year for retailers and fundraisers alike -- or it can yield disappointing results that will affect your entire fiscal year. Non-profit fundraisers are in fierce competition for available donations -- but not all fundraising campaigns are equal. Here are four tactics that we think are the worst, and may in fact drive potential donors away.
  • How To Conduct An Effective Focus Group

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    Whether you’re trying to raise public awareness, change behaviour, test new products and services, or gauge the strength of your brand, market research is a must – and focus groups are a great way to gather intelligence. Ideally these are organized and facilitated by professionals, but smaller organizations with a do-it-yourself budget can still benefit from this tool, if they proceed with caution.
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • Observations and Feedback from a Seasoned Pro in Hospital and Practice Consulting – Episode 19

    Carey Green
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    On this podcast we will be discussing observations and feedback from a seasoned pro in the hospital and practice consulting arena. Jim Grigsby, owner of Jim Grigsby Consulting, provides insight and processes that work for his clients that our listeners can glean from during this interview. He is most known for his vast experience in revenue cycle management and processes for collections. Jim has over 25 years’ experience as a Revenue Cycle and Financial Management professional, as a hospital executive, consultant, project manager and account executive; Pre-Scheduling, Patient Access,…
  • Medical Practice Online Presence and Reputation is Getting Serious

    Rebecca Morehead
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    You must be sighing with relief now that the Meaningful Use deadline is over (for 2014 reporting anyway).  It has almost become like a new kind of tax season for eligible providers with attestation periods.  I hope you were successful in efforts to complete your attestation for 2014. We haven’t had any time off in a while, so for Spring Break we spent a little time with our grandson with some creative painting.  You can see him here with his version of an acrylic original.  It was a great week to have fun. I usually do not write about meetings I’ve attended, but it seemed appropriate…
  • Importance of Health-Conscious Education for the Prevention of Disease – Episode 18

    Carey Green
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    Tina Carter is a master herbalist and owner of The Clermont Herb Shoppe & Day Spa in historic downtown Clermont, FL. Tina is passionate about ensuring that her customers are educated when making decisions about their health. On today’s show we explore the importance of health-conscious education for the prevention of disease.
  • HIPAA Security Reminders – A New Tool for Your Success

    Rebecca Morehead
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    I want to thank everyone who participated in our survey in February. We received some excellent feedback about the tools and resources you’re looking for to help make your job easier. In fact, it spurred us to push up the release of a new product we had planned for 2015. It is an education program for staff that will be an ongoing compliment to the HIPAA Workforce annual training. This new product is a monthly program that will provide you with HIPAA security awareness reminders to use with your staff. It will reduce the time you spend searching for the information you need. It will also…
  • Tips for a Successful, Sustainable Small Practice with Michelle Alley – podcast episode 17

    Carey Green
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    On today’s More 4 Your Practice Michelle Alley will share her tips for a successful, sustainable small practice. Michelle covers some of the aspects of developing and sustaining her business in the health industry for the past 25 years. She shares what hs worked and some of what has not worked for her business as a practitioner. For the past 25 years, Michelle has cultivated a thriving private practice in Altamonte Springs, which incorporates acupuncture, Chinese herbal pharmacy and functional medicine. In addition to her work in the Healing Arts, Michelle has made a pledge to advocate…
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    Georgia Health News

  • The limits of physical evidence in sex abuse cases

    April Bailey
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    Historically, the hymen, a thin piece of skin-like tissue that stretches partly across the opening of the vagina, has been known as the “virginity shield.” It’s commonly believed that if the hymen is undamaged, sexual penetration has not occurred, particularly in the case of a child. But this idea is false. Sometimes, a woman may have an intact hymen and show no signs of physical damage even after having been sexually assaulted. And the same is true of a little girl. Gail Hornor, a pediatric nurse practitioner and child maltreatment researcher at Nationwide Children’s…
  • Report: State lags in public health spending

    Andy Miller
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Georgia ranks 37th among states in per capita spending on public health, according to a newly released report. The $18.48 that Georgia spent per capita on public health in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 is less than half the funding in some other Southeastern states, such as $59.22 in Alabama, $47.94 in Arkansas and $43.97 in Tennessee. The Georgia public health budget did exceed those in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina, said the report, released this week by the Trust for America’s Health. Georgia’s per capita amount increased from the $18.08 per capita amount spent in 2012-2013.
  • Chief of nursing home group steps down

    Andy Miller
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Jon Howell has resigned as president and CEO of the state’s powerful nursing home association, the group announced Thursday. Jon Howell The Georgia Health Care Association said Howell offered his resignation “to preserve the unity of the statewide association.” “The board accepted it with regret,’’ said the statement from William Davis, chair of GHCA’s board. Davis’ statement did not explain the nature of the discord within the trade group. A spokesman for GHCA, Dan Curran, told Georgia Health News that there was “a difference of opinion on an internal policy…
  • U.S. moms spacing pregnancies

    Associated Press
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    For U.S. moms, the typical time between pregnancies is about 2½ years, but nearly a third of women space their children too close. By Associated Press for Georgia Health News, 2015. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Wellness now the watchword at many workplaces

    Rebekah Ryan
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Fieldale Farms Corp. sees its wellness program as a way to reduce health care costs. Michael Tribbett’s blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol level were soaring when he signed up for free wellness classes offered at work. But Tribbett, a maintenance worker at a poultry processing facility, came away from the classes filled with energy and new resolve. “I’m not ready to die yet, I’m ready to live,” said Tribbett, 60, who works for Fieldale Farms Corp. in Cornelia. Fieldale Farms, which also has operations in Gainesville, is one of the largest independent poultry producers in…
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  • Preparing the Associate OD for a pay decrease

    Chad Fleming
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    As one of two owners in a large optometry practice, I have to face difficult employment issues each week. Like many optometry graduates, I had trained for the clinical aspect of optometry and had what I now see was a naive interest in being a business owner and employer. As job descriptions get more specialized traveling up the practice hierarchy, staff management risk increases. The associate OD position is near the top. I define risk as making employment changes or systems changes that may result in unhappy associate ODs.  The only thing worse is having a full schedule of patients and…
  • Text Messaging not important? Think again.

    Chad Fleming
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Optometry offices typically do not have the most convenient hours for patients to pick up their glasses and contact lenses. Private practices are usually open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. These hours are convenient only for retirees. In today’s dual-income culture and 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedules, patients not being able to find time to do business with your practice may be why you are losing patients. Based on this, you as the CEO have two choices: open up longer hours or weekend hours, or communicate so skillfully that patients can fit you into their long hours and busy…
  • 3 reasons you are seeing more patients and making less money

    Chad Fleming
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Many optometrists believe today’s optometry business requires more and more effort to achieve the same financial rewards. If you agree, you may have fallen into one of these three traps: Refusing to Change – With decreasing vision care benefit reimbursements, optometrists can operate their offices the way they always have, or they can adapt to the changing environment. Surprisingly, even many optometrists who say they are operating in the new medical model still bill the old vision benefit plans for more than 60 percent of their total billing. Change begins from the top down and…
  • 3 external marketing resources that will maximize an Optometrist/CEO’s investment

    Chad Fleming
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Marketing can be internal, like when a patient recommends her optometrist to a friend, or external, which includes advertising like billboards, radio ads, and mailed flyers. Many optometry practice owners put little emphasis on external marketing. Owners tend to believe they are not impacted by marketing, so they see spending money on marketing a waste of time. However, studies show four out of five Americans are influenced by external marketing and make decisions accordingly. Considering this, forgoing external marketing seems like a grievous error. An often-overlooked form of external…
  • 3 resources every optometrist should bookmark

    Chad Fleming
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Patient care is more than vision correction and eye disease management. Patient care involves just that–caring. The best optometrists take a holistic approach and advocate for their patients’ needs. Many optometrists offer refractions and slit lamp exams for approximately the same cost. Differentiating yourself from the rest of the field requires you to tap your inner resources of compassion and care. If you don’t believe you are compassionate and caring, think about something you would never give up. Everyone cares about something. The elite optometrist is not the one…
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • Aging in Angola Prison

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Our society is faced with the dilemma of aging prisoners, and some predict this will become one of the most important factors in managing the criminal justice system. Elderly inmates represent the fastest growing segment of federal and state prisons, a trend which is expected to continue. Hospice programs are growing in American correctional facilities, with access to health care professionals and efforts to provide a dignified death. In 2010 I took a road trip to photograph aging prisoners in one of America’s most notorious prisons, Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola…
  • Healthy Dying... An important part of healthy aging

    Paul Tatum
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    By: Paul Tatum  @doctatumThis year the Obama administration will convene the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA).  The WHCOA has historically been viewed as a catalyst for improving policy on aging. This year's conference includes one laudable goal of improving "Healthy Aging."  This month's WHCOA blog makes the case as follows: "Older Americans are calling for a shift in the way we think and talk about aging. Rather than focusing on the limitations of aging, older adults across the nation want to focus instead on the opportunities of aging. Older adults are seeking…
  • Statins at the end of life, revisited

    Mike Steinman
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    The recently published statin-discontinuation trial has been celebrated in the palliative care community.  It’s message is clear – go ahead and stop statins in patients nearing the end of life.  Or is it?I’ll offer a contrarian viewpoint: the trial does not reliably prove that people are helped by stopping statins in the final year or so of life.  Why this “downer” message?  It’s because the study had insufficient power to assess if there are clinically meaningful differences between people who were randomized to stop their statin and those who were…
  • Potpourri from clinical work VIII: TVs, tissues, timing, losing stuff, & no to hospice

    Alex Smith
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    by: Alex Smith, @alexsmithMDThis is the 8th installment in my occasional post-being-on-service-digestion-of-what-just-happened-via-blogging potpourri from clinical work series.TVs.  Our palliative care consult service spends it days turning off TVs.  In rooms of patients with advanced dementia and the TV is on and loud and right in front of their face.  Who turned it on?  In the ICU rooms of patients with delirium, blaring over the other beeps and noise.  Asking the sitter/CNA to turn it off please.  I think TVs are a hazard to the mental health of hospitalized…
  • Friendship Line: nation's only 24-hour hotline for older adults in jeopardy

    Helen Kao
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Dear GeriPal community,We write today with a different sort of post.We realize direct solicitations are not the intended purpose of GeriPal but this time we appeal directly to you as our peers and readers to help a national service at risk of being shut down. To each of you who has experienced or laid witness to depression, loneliness, grief, and isolation among older adults, we ask that you consider a contribution to help support the Friendship Line.The Friendship Line is the nation's only toll-free, accredited, 24-hour suicide prevention hotline and warm-line for seniors and disabled…
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    Healthcare Today - Health News

  • Memory problems linked to sleep apnoea

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    According to a study in the journal Neurology, people with sleep apnoea are more likely to develop memory loss.A database of 2,400 people aged over 55 was used by US scientists. The people who reported suffering from sleep apnoea also said they had problems with their thinking a decade earlier than those who slept well.More research is under way to clarify the link.
  • 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

  • Better Medicine thru Better Medical Histories

    Michael A. Weiss
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:44 am
    “When you live with a life-altering health condition – like an autoimmune disease, chronic illness or developmental disorder – there are bad days and good days without hows or whys. Maybe there’s a pattern to what hurts and what helps, but you haven’t found it.   Yet. Betterpath is a free service that combines what’s happened in your medical history with what’s happening in your life, so you can find connections between what you do and how you feel.” BETTERPATH.COM APRIL 17, 2015 “OUR PAST AND PRESENT [PATIENT] DATA IS A FOUNDATION FOR…
  • Crohn’s Disease – The Virtual Crowd holds the Cure

    Michael A. Weiss
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    People are dying from Crohn’s Disease yet many people in the world have no idea about its potential SEVERITY or PERVASIVE nature. At present, Doctors only treat its SYMPTOMS because Medical Researchers have been unable to pin down the exact configuration of bacterial, genetics and environmental factors which CAUSE it. Worse, these steroid, immuno-suppressant and immuno-modulator (i.e., “Biologics,” like television’s celebrity pharmaceutical, “Humira”) symptom drug treatments can cause counter-intuitive lethal and life-style altering side effects FAR WORSE…
  • Patient Tips re: Pain Management Medicine

    Michael A. Weiss
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    This Blog Post is the third in a 3-Part Series on the Practice of Pain Medicine from a Patient’s Perspective. I find this medical specialty uniquely interesting because it is experienced by patients with all sorts of different diseases, ailments and pains yet there is still no objective manner in which to describe or chronicle “Pain.”  Trying to “codify” a “Pain Scale” is like trying to devise a “Scale of Good-Looking-Ness” for an online Dating Site. My pain of a “9” may only be a pain of a “4” for you just like I…
  • 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…
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    MedCity News

  • San Diego biotech Glycoregimmune raises $4.3 million for natural killer T cell-based therapy

    Meghana Keshavan
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    San Diego biotech Glycoregimmune is working on a way to inhibit the natural killer T cells that exacerbate the inflammatory response and hepatic injury that stems from liver disease. Natural killer T cells are a sort of heterogenous variety of immune cell; the company says: NKT cells share properties of both NK and T cells and are a functional link between the innate and adaptive immune responses. Type 1 NKT cells play a critical role in initiating and propagating the inflammatory response and the hepatic injury that is observed in liver disease. GRI’s lead program, GRI-0621, is an…
  • Athenahealth’s Bush: Interoperability is ‘prophylaxis against being a jerk’

    Neil Versel
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    MedCity News reporter Neil Versel interviews athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush on video during HIMSS15. The health IT landscape is shifting fast, pushed this month by a government report chastising EHR vendors for “information blocking,” proposed modifications to Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations and the subsequent backlash against the planned weakening of the Stage 2 measure related to patient engagement. Add Jonathan Bush, the outspoken CEO and co-founder of cloud-based EHR vendor athenahealth, to the list of those who doesn’t like the proposed change that providers only…
  • Medheads today: HIMSS wrap up and thoughts about IBM Watson

    Nicole Oran
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Although one of the most notable things about our second live Medheads broadcast was Chris Seper’s selfie stick appearance in honor of #himsselfie, some good opinions on healthcare were also touched on. Chris and our newest addition to the MedCity team, Neil Versel, (who rightfully enjoyed a cold beer during the discussion) had been at the HIMSS health IT conference for the past week. In the segment they, in addition to reporter Stephanie Baum, reflected on the news that came out of the whole experience in Chicago, which some 43,000 people attended. Throughout the conversation they…
  • Report: Emails, text messages helped hospital cut readmissions for congestive heart failure patients

    Stephanie Baum
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Figuring out effective ways to reduce 30-day readmissions for chronic conditions is an ongoing healthcare challenge facing hospitals as they try to avoid slashed reimbursement from CMS. Hahnemann University Hospital, a Philadelphia healthcare facility affiliated with Drexel University Medical School, made a case for using emails and text messages to reach patients on their mobile devices. Representatives from the hospital explained at HIMSS this week how they cut readmissions by 10 percent, MobiHealthNews reported this week. What started off as a six month study became a 10-month pilot and…
  • Orphan Black Season 3 premiere is just around the corner. Brace Yourself

    Nicole Oran
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    BBC’s Orphan Black has gained somewhat of a cult following at this point. Tatiana Maslany, the lead actress who plays multiple clones, has created an impressive array of characters many of us are itching to see in the Season 3 premiere tomorrow. But there will be much/many more involved this time around. The show centers around the multiple female clones we’ve learned to love (mostly) that were part of an experiment conducted by the Dyad Institute, which patented their genome. Quite a disturbing notion. And now that they’ve discovered they’re one of many, they’re…
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    Healthy Debate

  • The rise of the private patient advocate

    Ryan O'Reilly, Mike Tierney, Andrew Remfry & Jeremy Petch
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    After bouncing around doctors’ offices in an effort to treat her debilitating back pain, Maureen had become discouraged with the lack of progress. She had seen multiple specialists yet nothing seemed to provide relief, and she began to feel disillusioned as she struggled to navigate the health care system. “I seemed to be spending a lot time and a lot of money just going around,” she says. Maureen struggled with her condition for a number of years, until a friend of her daughter recommended she speak with Laurie Jenkins, a patient advocate from Healthcare Navigators Inc. After…
  • Do calories on restaurant menus make a difference?

    Wendy Glauser, Jill Konkin & Sachin Pendharkar
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Would you like 500 calories with that? It’s a question customers could be asking themselves if Ontario’s Bill 45, the Making Healthier Choices Act, becomes law later this year. If passed, Ontario would be the first province to require caloric information to be displayed on menus and menu boards of chain restaurants. The proposed law requires restaurants, supermarkets and other vendors that sell ready-to-eat food to display the total calories alongside menu options. The law will only apply to vendors with 20 locations or more, due to the expense of measuring calories and the requirement of…
  • Ontario families struggle to find services for children with autism

    Meera Rayar, Jill Konkin, Christopher Doig & Jeremy Petch
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Linda Cheung, a mother of two children with autism in Toronto, counts herself lucky. When her now-teenage sons were diagnosed with autism, there were virtually no wait lists for some autism services. But her family still struggles at times to access the services they need, and sometimes pays out of pocket for these services while they are on government wait lists. Even when her family has received government funds to purchase services themselves, Linda has been frustrated by a fragmented system that makes it hard to locate appropriate providers. For families like Linda’s, navigating the…
  • Hype in science: It’s not just the media’s fault

    Wendy Glauser & Maureen Taylor
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ground-breaking. Life-saving. Revolutionary. Health journalists like André Picard of The Globe and Mail and Julia Belluz of often see such words splashed on press releases about new studies in medicine. “When I see those words,” says Belluz, “my little alarm bells go off.” Journalists have come under fire for sensationalizing health science. But research shows that science can be hyped even before it reaches newsrooms. A study published late last year in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found more than one third of 462 press releases from top UK universities contained…
  • Prescription drug coverage: how does Canada compare?

    Vanessa Milne, Andreas Laupacis & Mike Tierney
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    When Jennifer* was laid off, it wasn’t paying the mortgage she was worried about – it was paying her drug bill. The $24,000-a-year cost of Enbrel, used to treat her rheumatoid arthritis, had been covered by her employer. She remembers sitting in the boardroom being told she had been let go, thinking, “I’m going to be crippled because I can’t afford this drug,” she says. “I started freaking out. All I could process was, I’m not going to have a job – how am I going to pay $24,000 a year for a drug?” She’s among the 10% of Canadians who have difficulty affording their…
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    Home Health Care News

  • Most Read: Most Expensive States for Home Health, Boomers’ Shifting Views

    Cassandra Dowell
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    In case you missed it, here are the most popular Home Health Care News stories grabbing readers’ attention this past week: 5 Most Expensive States for Home Health in 2015 – While the cost of home care services continues to grow more slowly than the cost of assisted living and nursing home care, a new report from insurance company Genworth, highlights the five most expensive states for home health aide services.  Will Boomers Reject Home Care? — The relationship between wealth and senior housing has changed over the years, says a recent report from the National Association of Real…
  • Top 10 Places for Home Health Growth

    Cassandra Dowell
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Home health volume trends are less favorable than historical norms, a new six-year analysis of patient and discharge data reveals. But some states are bucking the recent industry shift, the report from Healthcare Market Resources shows. “As we look at the six-year national analysis, we see that the golden years for home health seem to be on their way out,” Healthcare Market Resources says in the report, noting that the gap between patient volume and discharges is narrowing. While more than one-third of states had flat to declining discharge volume, nine states and one U.S.
  • [Update] Home Health Leaders Applaud Permanent Medicare Doc Fix

    Jason Oliva
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    Legislation to replace Medicare’s controversial Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) now has been signed into law. While some concerns regarding reimbursements linger, the home health community largely commends Congress. The bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act legislation to repeal the long-standing SGR, colloquially known as the “doc fix,” was signed Thursday by President Barack Obama, following a 392-7 vote in the House in late March and an overwhelming 92-8 vote in the Senate on Tuesday. “I applaud the Members of Congress from both parties who came together to pass…
  • Updates to Medicare Manual Clarify Home Health Face-to-Face Rule

    Tim Mullaney
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Home health agencies now can refer to an updated version of the Medicare manual that clarifies requirements for physician certification and recertification of patient eligibility for services, including changes to the face-to-face encounter requirement.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released the manual updates and a memorandum summarizing them. The changes reflect policies first described in the calendar year 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule published in November 2014. A number of the manual changes relate the face-to-face rule enacted as…
  • How IBM’s Watson Could Go from Jeopardy Champ to Home Health Hotshot

    Tim Mullaney
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    IBM’s supercomputer known as “Watson” might be best known for winning the game show Jeopardy!—but home health care providers might soon think of the artificial intelligence technology as an important ally in keeping patients out of the hospital. With the help of such big names as Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, IBM is launching Watson Health, the company announced late Monday. The Boston-based dedicated business unit of IBM will aim to take health care analytics to a new level by utilizing Watson to analyze a vast store of data. At the center of the effort is the Watson…
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    The Doctor's Tablet

  • Training Physicians to Think Broadly About Health and Wellness

    Aaron Fox, M.D., M.S.
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    Every Saturday morning, I see patients at the Bronx Transitions Clinic, which serves formerly incarcerated individuals. For most of my patients who are coming home from prison, acquiring stable housing and employment is a higher priority than managing their chronic illnesses. As a primary care physician, I may not be able to offer them jobs; [...]
  • Parental Identity and an Autism Diagnosis

    Lisa Shulman, M.D.
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Some things don’t get easier with time and experience. Telling parents that their young child has autism is one of those things. Even after nearly 25 years as a developmental pediatrician specializing in the early diagnosis of autism, sharing that news with a family remains one of the toughest tasks I face. A variety of [...]
  • Putting Patients on the Right Track

    Susan D. Klugman, M.D.
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    I boarded the 8:30 Metro-North Railroad train home from Manhattan recently after leaving a medical meeting. It had been a long and productive day, but now I was searching for a mint in my pocketbook because I had a weird taste in my mouth. All I found was a lollipop. Just before the train left [...]
  • In Search of Healthy Aging

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Is immortality possible? If it is, is it desirable? Those are some of the provocative questions Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Nir Barzilai, M.D., recently explored before a live audience. Dr. Barzilai, professor of medicine and of genetics, director of Einstein’s Institute for Aging Research and an attending physician at Montefore Medical Center, spoke at a screening of the documentary [...]
  • Face to Face with Humanism in Medicine

    Fay Burekhovich
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    It was the boy who was unable to speak who ended up teaching me the most. I was seeing patients in the epilepsy clinic at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore during my neurology rotation as part of my fourth-year training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The attending physician with whom I was working, an [...]
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    BrokerFish International Health Insurance Blog

  • Stunning Beaches from Around the World; an Interview with Heico Neumeyer

    Andrew Kasimir
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    We had the privilege of speaking with German photographer Heico Neumeyer about his travels and the beautiful beaches he has been to. He also shared with us some tips on how to take and compose good beach pictures! How were you lucky enough to travel to what must be some of the most amazing beaches in the world? I’m a freelancer based in Germany. During winter over here it gets terribly cold and dark so I try my best to travel to places that are sunnier. This includes parts of Southeast Asia, India, and West Africa. Krabi, Thailand You might think I spend lots of time on beaches but you’ll…
  • 50 Most Amazing Pig Out Foods on Earth (Photos)

    Andrew Kasimir
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:42 am
    Have you ever had one of those days where you tell yourself that “enough is enough” and you proceed to throw out all the junk food in your kitchen, motivate yourself to eat clean indefinitely, purchase an expensive gym membership, gym clothes, and a 10kg bag of whey protein? Well today is not that day. Here are 50 scrumptious and sometimes artery-clogging foods that will make you ditch that diet…again. 1. Grilled Cheese Sandwich Photo: Sam Craig One of the quickest meals you could make at home. If you’re feeling fancy, use several different types of cheeses in your…
  • 9 Tips on how to Score Cheap Flight Tickets

    Andrew Kasimir
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:51 am
    Travelling around the world can make your wallet run dry but it doesn’t have to be that way! We’ve compiled a few tips on how to stretch your dollar when it comes to snagging flight tickets. 1. Avoid Flying During the Holiday Season The demand for flight tickets during major holiday seasons is very high so unless you really need to fly at this time, try scheduling your flights during off-seasons. Planning your trips during off-seasons can get you much better prices which leave you with more spending money for your holiday. For example, the best time to visit Australia is during the…
  • Cigna Global International Health Insurance Review

    Annelies Van de Velde
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Annelies takes a look at Cigna Global’s international health insurance product range called Global Health Options.
  • 20 Mouth-Watering Foods Craved by Expats

    Andrew Kasimir
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Amidst all the preparation and packing for your move to another country, you would probably be looking forward to immersing yourself into the local culture and trying the local delicacies. However, home is still where the heart is when it comes to food. You could be missing the usual breakfast cereal that you have every morning or that particular dish that only your home country has. Below are some of the foods that expatriates are missing: 1. Blue Bell Ice Cream Photo: Jonny Hunter 2. Hot Pockets Photo: Mike Mozart 3. Poutine Photo: Joe Shlabotnik 4. Ceviche Photo: 5.
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Play Hard, but Protect Your Eyes

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    The weather’s getting warmer, and a lot of people just want to go outside and play. But remember, you can’t hit the ball if you can’t see it, and if you fail to wear eye protection during certain activities, you’re courting injury. According to the University of Miami Health System, of the 100,000 eye injuries resulting from sports each year, about 42,000 are treated in the emergency room; about 13,500 people with such injuries end up legally blind. Balls, bats and rackets are responsible for most of those injuries, but another player’s elbow or finger also can be dangerous. Eye…
  • Funding Shortfall Compromises Food Safety

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    You have to praise passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2010, the first major overhaul of food safety oversight in 70 years. It gave the FDA additional powers to prevent food-borne illnesses. But you also have to question why Congress still hasn’t appropriated enough money to fulfill the act’s mission. Within the last couple of weeks, eight people have contracted Listeria from contaminated ice cream. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Others might suffer high fever,…
  • Why Should Organ Donors Suffer for Their Selflessness?

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    In addition to their willingness to undergo a potentially risky invasive procedure for the benefit of someone else, living organ donors also are financially generous. Their out-of-pocket expenses average $5,000 because, although a recipient’s insurance covers the donor’s medical expenses, it doesn’t cover transportation, lodging, child care and lost wages. So there’s a movement to relieve this enormous burden that could spur an increase in organ donations. Given this country’s extreme shortage of donor organs, that would be w welcome development. According to Reuters, experts…
  • Mark Cuban’s Ignorance Is a Setback for Wise Use of Medical Resources

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Mark Cuban is a renowned entrepreneur, owns the NBA Dallas Mavericks and appears on the reality TV show “Shark Tank.” He recently garnered additional attention for his medical opinions. Unfortunately, like so many “celebrities” who are loud and uniformed, his advice is terrible and only serves to undermine best care practices. As Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik put it, “When it comes to health-care policy, he's brash, outspoken and very misinformed.” Early this month, Cuban tweeted his 2.8-million followers to "have your blood tested for everything available, do it…
  • Women Get Short Shrift in Heart Attack Care

    12 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    More than 15,000 women younger than 55 die of heart disease every year in the U.S., and younger women are twice as likely to die after being hospitalized for a heart attack as are men of the same age. So why do women typically wait much longer than men to seek emergency care for a heart attack, and why, once they’re at the ER, are their symptoms so often misdiagnosed? That scenario was the subject of a recent report on NPR. It referred to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes that interviewed 30 women ages 30 to 55 who had been hospitalized after a heart…
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    strategy+business: HEALTH CARE

  • Mark Bertolini's Preventive Disruption

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The chairman and chief executive officer of Aetna -- one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S. -- talks about the disruption affecting his industry, the resulting impact on cultural evolution, and why he just raised the wages and improved the medical benefits of Aetna's lowest-earning employees.
  • From Fee-for-Service to Fee-for-Value

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Medicare's big announcement on payment models is an inflection point in the transition from volume to value.
  • The Future of Health Is More, Better, Cheaper

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As healthcare becomes more democratized, new companies entering the industry from other sectors, as well as established players, are racing to provide consumers with medical products and services they can use at home.
  • Improving Employee Well-Being by Default

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Brian Wansink explains how to help employees make healthy choices in Slim by Design.
  • How Engineering Principles Can Improve Healthcare

    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.
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    CareNovate Magazine » CareNovate Magazine

  • Managing Medications: Medication Reconciliation, ePatient Way”​ Seminar

    Dr G
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Medication Reconciliation Seminar for Providers and Patients Free Live Event -Don’t forget to TWEET LIVE during the event with the hashtag #medrec. Ask the panel questions about medications and provide your ideas. RSVP HERE to gain access. Join us for a special online seminar about Medication Reconciliation and Patient Empowerment. This educational seminar lead by will discuss the challenges with managing your medications and will provide tools and strategies. Our panel will consist of Dr. Emily Lu of Intake.Me, Darla Brown ePatient & Founder of Intake.Me, pharmacist…
  • Patient & Medication Safety – Can Use of Checklists Help?

    Dr G
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    I had the incredible honor of co-hosting the every growing,  fast trending with actionable information, #Healthxph Tweetchat, today April 11th. which is a collaborative effort by healthcare stakeholders to discuss/use, emerging tech in social media & healthcare to positively impact the landscape. The topic today was all about patient and medication safety checklists. We rescheduled #CareRx tweetchat to next April 18th for this awesome opportunity and collaboration. To learn more about #Carerx, a chat about medication use, safety and role of tech, social media and pharmacists,…
  • Pharmacist Recommended Tools To Help Fix How Patients Take Their Medications

    Dr G
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Can an app, technology tools fix how patients adhere to their medication regimen as prescribed by their doctors? Some stats to put things in perspective 3.2 billion  prescriptions are filled every year and over 50% of patients are not adherent (the medication is not taken appropriately). Studies show that up to 80% of people do not adhere to their medication treatment. 10% of all hospital admissions (69% of all medication related admissions) due to individuals not taking medications as directed. In this March 21st edition of #CareRx Tweetchat, my wonderfulRead More The post Pharmacist…
  • Digital Health for the Elderly: What’s New and What’s Next?

    Guest Contributor
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    Guest Author – Jennifer Birch With the help of technologies, many consumers are now able to keep their health in check without the need to go to a clinic or hospital. This was evident recently when the sector for digital health became significantly bigger with new innovations and devices hitting the market last year. Based on the Pew Research Center study in 2013 (see, seniors in America (ages 65 and older) continue to strengthen their adoption of technologies with 59 percent of them going online daily. This is…
  • Growing Old Baby Boomers Style – 6 Health Trends to Watch For

    Guest Contributor
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    Guest Contributor – Brenda Henderson Boomers have dominated American life for a half-century and will have an astronomic impact on health care as they age.  According to the Census Bureau, by 2050, it’s estimated that baby boomers will have for the first time more people over the age of 65 than children under age 5. Who are the Baby Boomers? They are the 76 million born from 1946 to 1964. Some studies have shown that even though boomers are living longer than other generations; they are not the healthiest group.Read More The post Growing Old Baby Boomers Style – 6 Health Trends…
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    CareNovate Magazine » CareNovate Magazine

  • Managing Medications: Medication Reconciliation, ePatient Way”​ Seminar

    Dr G
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Medication Reconciliation Seminar for Providers and Patients Free Live Event -Don’t forget to TWEET LIVE during the event with the hashtag #medrec. Ask the panel questions about medications and provide your ideas. RSVP HERE to gain access. Join us for a special online seminar about Medication Reconciliation and Patient Empowerment. This educational seminar lead by will discuss the challenges with managing your medications and will provide tools and strategies. Our panel will consist of Dr. Emily Lu of Intake.Me, Darla Brown ePatient & Founder of Intake.Me, pharmacist…
  • Patient & Medication Safety – Can Use of Checklists Help?

    Dr G
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    I had the incredible honor of co-hosting the every growing,  fast trending with actionable information, #Healthxph Tweetchat, today April 11th. which is a collaborative effort by healthcare stakeholders to discuss/use, emerging tech in social media & healthcare to positively impact the landscape. The topic today was all about patient and medication safety checklists. We rescheduled #CareRx tweetchat to next April 18th for this awesome opportunity and collaboration. To learn more about #Carerx, a chat about medication use, safety and role of tech, social media and pharmacists,…
  • Pharmacist Recommended Tools To Help Fix How Patients Take Their Medications

    Dr G
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Can an app, technology tools fix how patients adhere to their medication regimen as prescribed by their doctors? Some stats to put things in perspective 3.2 billion  prescriptions are filled every year and over 50% of patients are not adherent (the medication is not taken appropriately). Studies show that up to 80% of people do not adhere to their medication treatment. 10% of all hospital admissions (69% of all medication related admissions) due to individuals not taking medications as directed. In this March 21st edition of #CareRx Tweetchat, my wonderfulRead More The post Pharmacist…
  • Digital Health for the Elderly: What’s New and What’s Next?

    Guest Contributor
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    Guest Author – Jennifer Birch With the help of technologies, many consumers are now able to keep their health in check without the need to go to a clinic or hospital. This was evident recently when the sector for digital health became significantly bigger with new innovations and devices hitting the market last year. Based on the Pew Research Center study in 2013 (see, seniors in America (ages 65 and older) continue to strengthen their adoption of technologies with 59 percent of them going online daily. This is…
  • Growing Old Baby Boomers Style – 6 Health Trends to Watch For

    Guest Contributor
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    Guest Contributor – Brenda Henderson Boomers have dominated American life for a half-century and will have an astronomic impact on health care as they age.  According to the Census Bureau, by 2050, it’s estimated that baby boomers will have for the first time more people over the age of 65 than children under age 5. Who are the Baby Boomers? They are the 76 million born from 1946 to 1964. Some studies have shown that even though boomers are living longer than other generations; they are not the healthiest group.Read More The post Growing Old Baby Boomers Style – 6 Health Trends…
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • Can Fiber Promote Weight Loss?

    Dr. Weil
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    A new study from the University of Illinois suggests that adding fiber to the diet can influence the growth of two kinds of bacteria in your gut (known collectively as the microbiome) toward a ratio typically seen in lean people.  Unfortunately, the researchers observed, most Americans consume only 12 to 14 grams of fiber a day, which is half the recommended amount of 25 to 38 grams. The investigative team had previously studied whether adding fiber to the diet would cause gut bacteria to shift toward "lean." They gave snack bars to 20 men whose reported daily fiber intake was about 14…
  • Coffee Compound Offsets Obesity Effects

    Dr. Weil
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    The compound under investigation is chlorogenic acid (CGA, for short) and in studies with mice researchers at the University of Georgia found that it can reduce insulin resistance and the accumulation of fat in the liver, two harmful side effects of obesity. Untreated, these side effects can lead to type 2 diabetes and compromised liver function. The researchers noted that earlier studies indicate that regular consumption of coffee may help lower the risks of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in some individuals. For their study, the investigators fed mice a high-fat diet for 15…
  • Statins for Fibroids?

    Dr. Weil
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    New research suggests that statin drugs commonly prescribed to lower high cholesterol levels may do double duty in women with benign fibroid tumors of the uterus. Fibroids, the most common tumors in the female reproductive system, account for half the annual hysterectomies in the U.S. Earlier research has shown that statins have anti-tumor effects on breast, ovarian, prostate, and lung cancers, but until recently, their effect on fibroids was unknown, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston said. They collaborated on the investigation with teams from Baylor…
  • Exercise vs. Diet for Weight Loss

    Dr. Weil
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Sad, but unfortunately true - exercise alone is not enough to ensure weight loss. In a recent small study, most of the 81 overweight and sedentary women who volunteered for a 12-week supervised exercise program ended up putting on weight, in the form of fat. Some gained as much as 10 pounds despite walking on treadmills three times a week for 30 minutes at a pace representing 70 percent of their maximum endurance. The upside here is that when the program ended, all of the women were aerobically more fit than they had been at the start. In addition, several of the participants had more…
  • Lactose Intolerance May Lower Cancer Risk

    Dr. Weil
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    There aren't many perks to lactose intolerance - being unable to digest the sugar lactose in dairy products without developing bloating and abdominal pain - but new research from Sweden suggests that people with this condition may have lower risks of breast, ovarian and lung cancer. Although there is a genetic component to lactose intolerance, the researchers reported that relatives of lactose intolerant individuals did not have lower risk of the three types of cancer. The investigators also emphasized, however, that their findings do not prove that avoiding dairy products would necessarily…
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

  • Hands-on Training in Robotic Surgery Growing More Popular in Europe

    6 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    Mimic Technologies supports hands-on training courses at EAU 2015 in Madrid Mimic announced recently the beginning of a new partnership with the internationally acclaimed ORSI – OLV Robotic Surgery Institute that will jointly deliver new innovative training for robotic surgeons in Europe.  This year at the annual European Association of Urology in Madrid, Mimic provided dV-Trainers for the robotic surgery hands-on training courses. EAU TV went along at EAU 2015 to check out the hands-on training courses. Watch the video below to hear how some of the trainees enjoyed the course: “We…
  • New Maestro AR™ 3D augmented reality brings procedure-specific content to robotic surgery simulation training for Gynecology

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Hysterectomy module debuts at AAGL, November 18-20, 2014 Maestro AR for Hysterectomy will be demonstrated at the Mimic Technologies booth (#330) during the Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology (AAGL) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on November 18-20, 2014. Mimic Technologies, Inc announces the launch of the Maestro AR Hysterectomy, a new augmented reality software module exclusively available on their dV-Trainer robotic surgery simulator. Maestro AR is the first robotic surgery simulation technology that allows trainees to manipulate 3D virtual robotic instruments as a way…
  • Augmented Reality, Other Trainers for Complex Disease

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    Dr. Advincula is a leader in minimally invasive surgical techniques and one of the world’s most experienced gynecologic robotic surgeons who has published and taught extensively in the area of minimally invasive surgery as well as developed surgical instruments in use worldwide. He is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Arnold Advincula, MD and Sarah Sherwood wrote “Augmented Reality, Other Trainers for Complex Disease” for the September issue of Below is an excerpt from the article. “A four-year residency is…
  • Augmented Reality: Perfecting and Preserving Surgical Skills

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm highlighted Mimic’s new augmented reality software, Maestro AR in their latest issue. Click to see the full article + to watch the video The following is an except from’s September article. ” An advanced, procedure-specific training software for physicians who perform robotic surgeries has been developed by Mimic Technologies. This new augmented reality software, Maestro AR, is to be used with the dV-Trainer and gives surgeons the look and feel of being in an actual surgery. This software is suitable for surgeons in training who want to master their…
  • SLS to Host the Robotic Olympic Games September 10-12, 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Don’t miss this year’s Robotic Olympic Games taking place at the 2014 Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Annual Conference in Las Vegas. This year, some of the nation’s top surgeons will be competing for excellent scores for training for the daVinci Robot   Minimally invasive surgery is becoming the norm in a variety of areas of medicine, but it is  complex, causing a high percentage of surgeons to opt out, even though studies show less invasive surgeries are much better for the patient.  On Sept. 10-12, during the SLS Minimally Invasive Surgery Week / Annual Meeting and Endo…
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • You don’t want to miss the Cabin Fever Art Show at the Maine Jewish Museum

    12 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    The next time you are at the top of India Street in Portland where it hits Congress Street, look for the Maine Jewish Museum. It’s set back from the street behind a black wrought iron fence, nestled between Angela Adams on the left and a parking lot on the right. The museum is a hidden gem […]
  • Sprout Film Festival: Celebrate Every Person’s Unique Possibility

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Guest post by Sue Murphy, BS, Adult Program Senior Program Director, Spurwink Films by, for and about people with developmental and intellectual disabilities — including autism — increase knowledge and understanding. Although the Autism Society of America declared the first National Autism Awareness Month in April of 1970, the need for information on a local and regional […]
  • 20 easy ways to save energy and save money

    8 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    When I was growing up, my father was always trying to save energy and money. We were a big family and used a lot of electricity, heat and water. He would constantly scold me and my siblings for leaving on the lights, taking too long in the shower or using up all the hot water. […]
  • Wise advice on how to craft a new life after a brain injury

    3 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    A split second. That’s all it took for life to change for every single person in this picture. Carole Starr, for instance. She’s smack dab in the middle, wearing a blue top. Carole suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was in a car accident 15 years ago. At the time, she was a teacher […]
  • Adolescence: Not just about hormones. Blame it on the brain

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
      Did you know?  It takes a minimum of 25 years to build a basic brain. And we all play a role in shaping the adolescent brain. Next month, the group 21 Reasons is hosting a free presentation about the adolescent brain at Deering High School. 21 Reasons is a coalition of individuals, organizations and […]
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  • Copyright and DMCA Policy

    Joshua Jerry
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Intellectual Property Our Website may contain our service marks or trademarks as well as those of affiliates or other companies, in the form of words, graphics, and logos. Your use of our Website does not constitute any right or license for you to use such service marks/trademarks, without the prior written permission of the corresponding service mark/trademark owner. Our Website is also protected under international copyright laws. The copying, redistribution, use or publication by you of any portion of our Website is strictly prohibited. Your use of our Website does not grant you ownership…
  • Nitroxamin

    Joshua Jerry
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Nitroxamin Overview Nitroxamin is the name of a product that is said to help men of a certain age feel younger, stronger and more sexually confident. It is sold via an official site that does not contain much useful information for the consumer. It is well-designed and professional in appearance, but only shows ordering information, a few customer testimonials and very little ingredient information. There is a section regarding the importance of Nitric Oxide, a naturally produced substance that it vital to the vasodilation process, which in turn, helps the male achieve and sustain a strong…
  • Tribuloid

    Joshua Jerry
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    Tribuloid Overview The company Goliath Labs manufactures a number of different supplements that all appear to be largely aimed at body building males. Tribuloid is the name of one of their brands that promises to help the user build muscle mass and, according to the website, get ‘freaky big’ by increasing the amount of male sex hormone in the system. While the hormone does decrease in production with age, most men have a good amount in their body but it needs to be ‘freed’ so they can use it effectively. The Goliath Labs website is informative in terms of details about…
  • TestoMax200

    Joshua Jerry
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    TestoMax200 Overview TestoMax200 is a brand of supplement that is made for men who need to improve* the quality of their sexual performance. It is sold exclusively online although there doesn’t appear to be an official website for the product. However, some information can be gleaned from the sites that sell the brand which include customer testimonials, FAQ section and all ordering details. It is known that TestoMax200 is manufactured in the U.S. and marketed by the company Natural Breakthrough Research. They offer the product at a cost of $69.95 per one month supply and discounted prices…
  • Spartagen XT

    Joshua Jerry
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    Spartagen XT Overview Spartagen XT is a brand of male sexual support supplement that is designed mainly for men suffering from andropause. This is a condition akin to the female menopause that can affect men as they age and cause a decrease in libido, sex drive, energy and in some cases, even confidence. The product is sold on an official website that contains customer testimonials, an FAQ section and full ordering section. The product is sold directly from the manufacturer, Edge Bioactives, who offer a 14 day free trial and discounts with multiple orders. A one month bottle of the product…
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    Healthcare In India

  • Desi Brand Diabeto needs your support as it fights Diabetes

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    Almost 3 years ago I met two very bright, young and enthusiastic entrepreneurs from Bombay. They had started a venture called Farasbee which had produced a Diabetes management solution called Diabeto. Srikanth Pawar and Himanshu Jain swore to get into Diabetes management due to the lack of engagement system that affected their family members.  I covered them in this blog at that time. We had worked on a case study that was paunched at a premier B school in Bangalore and they had even presented to a healthcare team at IBM.   3 years since a lot has changed with Diabeto, and it has…
  • Muthoot healthcare striving towards a healthier central Kerala

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
      Healthcare in India continues to suffer from chronic infrastructure issues. The situation is far worse in rural areas which house almost 70 % of the country but have only 20 % of the infrastructure. This is both in terms of doctors as well as devices. The Indian government continues to work towards solving this problem and has planned to invest close to $ 11 billion to set up a universal healthcare system, one of the largest in the world. The annual cost of maintaining that system would be close to $ 8 Billion. Till then the country depends on public as well as private hospitals with…
  • Diabeto -­‐ a system to manage diabetes launches its pre-­‐ order campaign on Indiegogo

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:38 pm
      Three years ago I had met two young enthusiastic Mumbaikars and understood their vision for Diabetes management in India.The product was called Daibeto. We had gone on to build a case study and launched it at Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication Bangalore. I had even covered them in this very blog as an article – How an Indian start up was joining the global fight against Daibetes. Today I am very proud to announce that Diabeto is a reality and has been funded by an Angel Investor as well as Govt of Chile. The device is ready to ship and needs just one more boost, in terms…
  • Healthcare in India turns 5

    6 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Happy New Year   It is a matter of intense pride that this blog has turned 5 this January. I started this blog with the intention of covering the healthcare sector in India with an emphasis on public health. Those who have been with us from the beginning would recall that the earlier name of this blog was “Public Health India Blog”. Soon with the following, comments and the suggestions the name was changed to Healthcare in India and it is one of the first private Indian blogs that is dedicated to the public health scenario in India. Over the last 5 years the blog has covered…
  • How the Indian education system is creating a nation of diabetics ?

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
      Well congratulations ‘acche din’ have come to diabetes in India. We have successfully crossed 60 Million diabetics and now stand at 67 million. By 2030 we would reach 100 million diabetics. Now the rate of growth of diabetes in India has grown tremendously. According to a report by the ‘Indus Health Plus’, in Bangalore for example, there has been an increase of 7 % diabetes cases among females and 9% increase in males as compared to last two years. It is alarming that around 25 % of IT / BPO professionals are under threat of diabetes because of stress and…
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  • The Latest on Advanced Wound Cleaning: Beyond the Paper Cut

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH If you want to expand your survival-medicine knowledge beyond first aid but don’t know where to start, wound treatment is a great choice. Whether it’s during a disaster or just in your everyday life, you’ll eventually face a wound of some sort. You can learn a lot of advanced but easy-to-follow treatment details from my two affordable, interactive e-books, The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds and The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns. They cover gashes, bites, burns and more. I’ve also come across an excellent review regarding certain aspects of…
  • The Survival Doctor’s Latest Tips on Tourniquets

    6 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is the Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T) by North American Rescue ($28.99*). Note the stick you can use to wind the tourniquet tighter. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A tourniquet seems so simple. At its most basic, it’s just a strip of strong material. Its use seems simple too. You tighten it until the bleeding stops. Voilà. Life saved. But thanks to studies conducted over the last several years, the guidelines on tourniquets have become more sophisticated, causing emergency professionals to change how they use these lifesaving devices. Here’s the latest thinking, according to the…
  • How to Set a Broken Bone or Treat a Dislocated Joint

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The X-ray owner, Tim Snell, says this injury didn’t hurt as much as you’d think. “I can’t claim that the process of ‘popping it back in’ didn’t hurt though,” he wrote on Flickr, where he shared the X-ray. “What i thought would be a 5 second ‘click’ ended up taking 3 professionals over 10 minutes of tugging, twisting and pulling to get the little bugger back in place. it’s a good job i was pumped full of laughing gas.” (“Snap My Fingers,” shared via CC BY-ND 2.0.) by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Broken bones…
  • Can Cayenne Pepper Really Stop a Heart Attack?

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A couple of weeks ago I wrote about deciding what to do if you have chest pain far away from expert help. As usual my readers contributed some thought provoking comments. Two suggestions in particular inspired me to write additional posts. Last week I discussed so-called cough CPR. This week, it’s cayenne pepper. The claim that cayenne pepper can stop a heart attack in its tracks is found far and wide on the Internet. So I decided to check out, as best I could, whether there’s any truth behind the headlines. In fact, capsaicin, which is the chemical that makes…
  • Does Cough CPR Work?

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Last week I wrote about deciding what to do if you have chest pain far away from expert help. Several comments on that post and on Facebook suggested vigorous and repetitive coughing could be tried. Since that suggestion is found far and wide on the Internet, I decided to check out, as best I could, whether there was any truth behind it. The Premise As far as I can tell, the thinking behind so-called cough CPR is that taking a deep breath, then a deep cough can raise your blood pressure for a second or two, thus delivering more blood to the brain. Also, the claims…
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    Health Blushon

  • 5 Most Typical Types of Cancer in Men

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    In the past few years, there have been many cases reported about cancers specifically in the male (30-50 years old). Few of the cancers have been common than others. Here are five of those common cancers in men that have been frequently reported:   Male-breast cancer: It is one of the most common cancers that have been found in men. It has been reported as a serious growth disease. Male / female bodies both have gland tissues that can be diagnosed with breast cancer. The most generic form of male breast cancer is ductal carcinoma. It is easily conspicuous in its first stage because it…
  • Bridal Make-up Tips

    Xee Malik
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    First things first, you want to start off with a completely bare face and cleansed skin. It’s best to do your make-up within thirty minutes of cleansing and moisturizing skin because if you do it immediately after you cleanse and moisturize your face then the foundation can slip because your skin hasn’t completely absorbed the moisture and if you take too long then make up can tend to not last as long. So do your make up after thirty minutes of cleansing and moisturizing to get the best results. You can either start with your foundation or you can start with your eyes. When you…
  • 10 Effective Tips To Lighten Dark Ankles Naturally

    Xee Malik
    7 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    Dark ankles are a common problem and are caused due to a number of factors like friction, injuries, sun damage etc. The thin skin of ankles is highly vulnerable to damage and may cause darkening and thickening of the skin with time. This can be annoying and embarrassing for some people during summers as it is the time to wear open sandals and flip flop which easily make the ankles visible. If you are finding natural ways to lighten dark ankles, look no further. Here are 10 effective tips to help you lighten the skin and flaunt your feet this summer #1 Pure Baking Soda Baking soda is one of…
  • Common Work Injuries and How To Avoid Them

    Xee Malik
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    Although spending time at work should be a place of safety and productivity, it is known as one of the most common places to suffer from injuries. From back injuries to sprains, accidents that cause harm to employees can occur when operating machinery, slipping, or due to falling objects. To create a safer environment and prevent injury or death, it’s important to know the most common injuries and how to protect yourself. Sprains Sprains are known to occur from slipping or falling in the workplace. This is one of the most common injuries and the second most common injury to occur while…
  • Premature Ejaculation – Causes & Treatment

    Xee Malik
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    Premature Ejaculation is most common problem in men and everybody want to get rid of it. It is very bad problem which don’t make you sexually happy and become source of embracement for a husband beside his wife. He can’t make his wife happy and sexually satisfied. Causes Of Premature Ejaculation: Hesitation Fear of early Discharging Lake of sleep Bladder Full of Urine Bladder Heat Tips to get rid red of Premature Ejaculation: After inserting penis wife should not move and still for some time. When husband take control and satisfy than put hands on hips of wife and ask her to move up and…
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  • Social Media Icons Widget

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Now available in a widget dashboard near you, we present the Social Media Icons Widget! No longer do you have to fiddle around with complicated HTML code to add beautiful social media icons to your blog or website. With this new widget, you can add icons for the most popular social networks in no time. The icons are linked to your social media profiles, making it easy for your readers to follow your latest status updates. The Old Way The New Way Currently, we support adding social media icons for the most popular social networks, including: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn…
  • New Theme: Cyanotype

    Takashi Irie
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s the time of the week again, Happy Theme Thursday! We’re pleased to present a new free theme, Cyanotype: Cyanotype Cyanotype, designed by yours truly, is a monochromatic blog theme with a bold, yet simple look that sets your blog apart from the rest. Pick your favorite background color or image to lend your personal flair. Cyanotype also supports the following popular features: Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Cyanotype on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!Filed under:…
  • Keep Connected! Expats and Nomads Blog Around the World

    Michelle W.
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    We don’t write blogs purely for ourselves — we write them to be read. For people who live far from family and friends, blogs serve twin readerships: they give the intrepid traveler a simultaneous way to chronicle travels for a broad audience and update those back at home. We love following the worldly adventures of these four expats and nomads, and we’re sure their friends appreciate the virtual lifeline, too! Wish I Were Here Writer J.D. Riso is a self-identified dromomaniac — a person with an uncontrollable desire to wander. Wish I Were Here is her record of…
  • Field Notes: Hispanicize 2015

    Marjorie R. Asturias
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Two weeks ago, Happiness Engineers Karen Arnold, Marjorie R. Asturias, and Jamil Abreu, as well as Code Wrangler Damian Suarez, attended the sixth annual Hispanicize conference in downtown Miami, Florida. The event, which took place from March 16-20, is billed as the “largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment,…
  • New Theme: Lingonberry

    Caroline Moore
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to present a brand new free theme for your enjoyment. Lingonberry Lingonberry is a bright, personable blogging theme by Anders Norén with bold colors and accents and a playful, modern twist. Formatted posts stand out from the rest, space for your site logo adds a personal touch, and footer widget areas for additional content give your posts and pages plenty of room to shine. Lingonberry also adapts to your device, for a flawless reading experience no matter the screen size. Get to know Lingonberry on the Theme Showcase, or give it a spin by…
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  • Survive 55 - 2 Year Anniversary

    10 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Baby's official. My blog has been alive for over 2 years as of April 11th. It's hard to believe. April 11th will now be remembered in history as a good day. Maybe even a great day. I guess it's time to celebrate my 1 year anniversary. If you look back in history you will find that there were not too many world changing events that occurred on April 11th. Going way back in time to 491 Flavius Anastasius became the Byzantine Emperor, taking the name of Anastasius I. I don't remember that happening. Over a thousand years later, in 1876, the Benevolent and Protective…
  • How Long Do I Keep Important Paperwork?

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    Baby Boomers, Do you know what? All of the "tax time" discussion this month has gotten me wondering about how long should I keep my files and important papers so I am ready, if and when, our helpful government decides it's time to look up my panties? I mean really.......Are there rules and/or a statute of limitations? If not, then what are the best recommendations? I think everyone, down to the very last Baby Boomer, is confused on this issue and has a tendency to save every last scrap of paper in case of a possible future financial colonoscopy by the "Big Brother" department of our…
  • 10 Useless Statistics That Could Change Your Life

    8 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Baby Boomers, Do you have an insatiable need to learn as much as you can about life? Are you also one of those people that always tries to stay "one step ahead" of everyone else? You know what I mean don't you? You always try to have the odds in your favor. You always enter a gunfight with the sun at your back. You're a risk taker but you know how to avoid danger and conflict because you see it coming a mile away. It's because you have a strong intuition. You're savvy. You have street smarts You know "things." Today,  my fellow baby boomers is your lucky day. Even if you don't liken…
  • Online Shopping Tips

    7 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    Baby Boomers,Did you know?One-third of the 195.3 million internet users in the U.S., adults aged 50+ represent the Web's largest constituency Two-thirds of Americans 50+ buy from e-retailers onlineIn 2012, baby boomers spend 27 hours per week online, 2 hours more per week then Millennials72% of adults 55-63 and even 47% age 73+ shop onlineDid you know? Latest statistics from 2012 show "nondelivery of payment or merchandise" was the top complaint to the FBI's IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center), accounting for nearly 14 percent of more than 25,000 reports logged each monthFraud at online…
  • Do Baby Boomers Still Rock?

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    Baby Boomers, The other day I was doing my requisite research on our generation when I stumbled across a posting at "Boomers World Wide." On their FaceBook page they were conducting a poll which asked: "What was the first band you ever saw?" Wow, that was a long time ago. But you know what, I remember it like it was yesterday. Well, kind of !!! It was 40 years ago. If my memory still serves me, the first real concert I ever attended was "Deep Purple" in 1974 at the International Amphitheater in Chicago. I remember it was early summer and I had just graduated High School. I was a young…
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  • Overview of Arthroscopic Acromioplasty from a Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeon

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:58 pm
    What is arthroscopic surgery? This type of surgery is used to treat severe rotator cuff disorders. If you suffer from rotator cuff disorders and nonsurgical treatment has not improved strength or movement of your shoulder, you might need surgery. This … Continue reading →
  • Cartilage Restoration with the OATS Procedure

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    What is the OATS procedure? This procedure is a surgical option used to treat a defect in your cartilage. This is one technique that can be used to treat the issue, although there are several. This process takes cartilage from … Continue reading →
  • All About Total Knee Replacement in Phoenix

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    What is total knee replacement? Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure where the articulating joint of your knee is replaced with a plastic articulating surface and metal femur (thigh portion), meant to simulate the natural joint. This procedure with … Continue reading →
  • ACL Reconstruction Basics from a Top Phoenix Knee Specialist

    15 Mar 2015 | 11:17 pm
    What is ACL reconstruction? This is a surgical process used to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament inside  your knee. If you tear this ligament, your knee might subsequently give way during physical activity. There are three bones which form at … Continue reading →
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  • Can This Reveal the Quality of Your Eyesight?

    Dr. Mercola
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a hybrid image titled "Marilyn Einstein" to help you determine if you have good vision. The picture combines a low spatial frequency (i.e. blurry) image of Marilyn Monroe with a high spatial frequency (i.e. clear) image of Albert Einstein. If your eyesight is working as it should, you should be able to see a detailed picture of Einstein when viewing the picture close up. As the image gets further away and/or smaller (or if you squint your eyes), the image of Monroe will appear. Although the Marilyn…
  • EFT: Tapping for Weight Loss, Documentary Film

    Dr. Mercola
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This film was proudly brought to you by FMTV, the Netflix® for Nutrition and Health. Want to LEARN how to improve your health with thought-provoking documentaries and interviews featuring the world's leading health and wellness experts? Start Your FREE 10 Day Trial and kickstart your health today! By Dr. Mercola Losing weight has become an obsession largely because there are so many overweight individuals. Estimates are that nearly 50 million Americans are dieting at any one time,1 yet nearly two-thirds remain overweight or obese. If you’re one of those 50 million, then you may want to…
  • The Limits of Tylenol for Pain Relief

    Dr. Mercola
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Low back and neck pain (spinal pain), along with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee, are leading causes of disability worldwide. It's estimated that more than 9 percent of the global population suffers from spinal pain while another 4 percent have osteoarthritis.1 Doctors often recommend drugs as the go-to treatment for such pain, with acetaminophen (Tylenol) being the first-line pain reliever typically recommended. Such advice is not without controversy, however. There can be responsible and appropriate use of painkillers to treat debilitating pain, but there are also…
  • Flame Retardants Cause Chemical-Induced Insulin Resistance, Studies Find

    Dr. Mercola
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Flame-retardant chemicals have been linked to serious health risks, including infertility, birth defects, neurodevelopmental delays,1 reduced IQ and behavioral problems in children,2 hormone disruptions,3 and various forms of cancer. In fact, flame retardants like polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) were recently identified as one of 17 "high priority" chemical groups that should be avoided to reduce your breast cancer risk.4 Still, the idea that fire retardant chemicals might save your life, or the life ofsomeone you love, is a powerful one. And chemical companies are…
  • High Blood Pressure Related Deaths Are Way Up: CDC

    Dr. Mercola
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The number of deaths due to hypertension, or high blood pressure, increased nearly 62 percent from 2000 to 2013, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 Currently, about 70 million US adults struggle with the condition, which amounts to one in every three adults. Only 52 percent of those who have been diagnosed have their blood pressure levels under control, and another one in three US adults has pre-hypertension, which means blood pressure is elevated and at risk of progressing to full-blown hypertension.2 If your blood pressure…
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    Medifast Arizona

  • Seven Ways Type 2 Diabetes Will Kill You

    David Greene
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Type 2 diabetes is easily ignored by patients because they don’t feel the symptoms of the disease at the early stages.  The number one reason people develop Type 2 diabetes is due to obesity. This condition causes various risks and complications that may kill the patient. Type2 diabetes affects different internal and external organs of the body such as the heart, nerves, kidneys, eyes, blood vessels, skin, ears, and feet. Controlling blood sugar will help patients to reduce or prevent the complications caused by this condition that usually develop gradually. Long-term complications…
  • Tips to Help You Lose Weight Fast with Medifast

    David Greene
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Have you tried myriads of weight loss programs, all of which were in vain? Do you want an effective solution to your weight loss problem? If your answer to these two questions was “yes,” then the following information will be of great help to you. Attaining a slim,lean body is a common dream, but this task is easier said than done for most. This problem can be easily taken care of with the help of Medifast. Medifast is a fantastic weight loss program created by a physician and the Medifast brand has been recommended by over 20,000 doctors since 1980. The Medifast program is scientifically…
  • Effective Ways to Get Fantastic Results while Losing Weight in Arizona

    David Greene
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Losing weight is extremely problematic for a lot of people. Most of them normally start with a crash diet that quickly drains their body of energy, leaving them starved, lifeless and dull. This practice deprives their body of all its nutrients and can result in severe health disorders. Yes, it does make you lose weight but it does more harm than good to your body. On the other hand, losing weight slowly using effective and helpful weight loss programs, such as the Medifast weight loss program, is a much better way to shed the extra pounds. There are some fantastic ways that can aid in getting…
  • Why Losing Weight Makes You a Better Parent

    David Greene
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:46 pm
    A surprising study, published by Time magazine, demonstrates that when parents take a weight loss class, their children generally lose as much weight as a class that involves both the parents and children. “The study involved 80 families with overweight or obese children aged 8 to 12. Half of the families entered a five-month education program with kids in tow, while the other 40 families attended parents-only classes. At the beginning and end of the five-month term, and at a follow-up six months later, researchers measured both parents’ and children’s body size as well as the kids’…
  • 8 Tips to a Healthy Work Setting – from a Phoenix Weight Loss Clinic

    David Greene
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:28 pm
    If you have an office job or a job that requires sitting for eight hours or more, you could be jeopardizing your own health. What is wrong with sitting environments and what tips can you learn to avoid the risk of hurting our own bodies? For example, most people will experience headaches, neck, shoulder, back, and even leg pain. Some will get numbness in the arms, wrist, legs and feet. A few reasons for the above aches and pains in the office include: The most obvious is being non-active for long periods of time. Using the computer typing can cause straining or carpal tunnel syndrome. Sitting…
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • An Overview of Throwing Injuries from a Phoenix Orthopedic

    Adam Farber
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm
    What is a throwing injury? Overhand throwing actually places pressure on the shoulder and specifically to all of the anatomy which tries to keep your sugar stable. Athletes who throw place this high level of stress on their shoulder repeatedly which can lead to overuse in the high range of shoulder throwing injuries. Although throwing often occurs in baseball pictures, throwing injuries can also be seen athletes who participate in any type of sport which requires repetitive over motion which can include track and field events, tennis, and volleyball. How does a throwing injury take place?
  • All About Shoulder Instability from a Phoenix Orthopedic

    Adam Farber
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    What is shoulder instability? Shoulder instability is a common condition which takes place when the connective tissue around your shoulder joint begins to loosen. Your shoulder joint is made up of what is called a ball and socket joint. Around the joint is strong connective tissue which actually holds your bones together in place. In addition to the connective tissue your shoulder region has a group of muscles called the rotator cuff which actively hold your shoulder joint in place and provide stability to your shoulder. There are certain movements which apply force directly to your shoulder…
  • All About ACL Tears from a Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeon

    Adam Farber
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    What is the ACL? The ACL is called the anterior cruciate ligament and it is one of four ligaments responsible for providing stabilization in the knee. What is the most common injury for the ACL? The most common injury is a torn ACL. What is a torn ACL? When the ACL goes through the front of your knee and passes through the middle of it, the thighbone can slip backward which can cause the tear. If you do not have a normal, intact ACL your knee would become incredibly unstable and would be prone to buckling when it is planted firmly on the ground or when you try and stop quickly. How does this…
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis info from a Top Arizona Orthopedic

    Adam Farber
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Basics of Rotator Cuff Tendonitis What is the rotator cuff? The rotator cuff is an area of four muscles and tendons which are attached to your bone inside of your shoulder joint. This combined with cartilage around your shoulder joint (labrum) enables you to keep your shoulder stable and to move it. What is rotator cuff tendinitis? Rotator cuff tendinitis is when the tendons in this area become irritated and the lining of your tendon becomes inflamed. This lining is normally very smooth. A rotator cuff tear can take place when one of your tendons has been used too much or suffers from a…
  • SLAP Tear Basics from an Orthopedic Doctor in Phoenix

    Adam Farber
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    What are SLAP tears? The SLAP tear is a specific type of injury that takes place in the shoulder. In order for your shoulder to stabilize you have a ring of tissue around the shoulder socket, made of cartilage. This tissue ensures that your arm bone rests perfectly within your shoulder socket. From the top part of this firm tissue to the back, you can significantly tear the region due to excessive stress. This region is called the labrum, and the specific area that can be torn is referred to as the SLAP. What causes this tear? This area of your shoulder socket will tear due to an injury. You…
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    Afshi Speaks

  • Turn Photos into Beautiful Paintings With Free Fresh Paint App

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:52 am
    Fresh Paint is a fun and easy to use painting app. Create original artwork or turn photos into beautiful paintings automatically. From whimsical pictures of your friends to amazing landscapes, Fresh Paint enables you to create anything. Update: - New pencil - “Inspire Me” feature helps you to search Bing for images to incorporate into your masterpiece - OneDrive improvements enable you to start painting on your phone and pick up where you left off on your PC - Front-facing camera support - Improved camera lenses - Bug fixes Features: - Realistic oil paint, brushes and pencils - Transform…
  • Save Your Important Memories With Free Dropbox Window App

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:58 am
    With Dropbox lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all of your computers, phones, tablets, and on the web. With Dropbox you’ll always have your important memories and work with you. Features: • Access your photos, docs, and videos from any device • 2 GB of free space when you sign up • Share even your biggest files with a simple link — no more attachments! • Add files to your “Favorites” for fast, offline viewing Use Dropbox to save and share photos, docs, and videos in a snap. And if…
  • Amazing Places in Pakistan

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Pakistan has rich in culture and fascinating places for tourism.These fascinating places will make you want to pack your bags and leave immediately. 1:Kalash Valley This is Kalash Valley, Chitral. Where the Nuristani people of Kalash speak ‘kalashamondr’. Breathtaking! 2:Kalam Valley This is Kalam Valley, Swat. A tourist hot-spot, labeled as ‘mini-Europe’ by many. 3:Mud volcanoes Not exactly, these Mud volcanoes can be found in different regions of Balochistan. This particular one rests in Hingol, Balochistan. 4:Ghizer River This is the exotic Ghizer River in Gilgit-Baltistan.Wrapped…
  • 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…
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    Ayurvedic Home Remedies

  • Shilajit – Best Anti Aging Natural Substance

    3 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    What is Shilajit – Shilajit is a transude which oozes from rocks, especially Himalayan mountains. It is primarily obtained from humus, an organic compound of the soil and other organic compounds. The humus contains fulvic acid...
  • Health Benefits of Hing Asafoetida

    3 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    Asafoetida Asafoetida or Ferula Foetida is one useful ayurvedic herb. In Hindi it is popular with name Hing or Hingu. Hing is commonly used Indian spice of kitchen. It is dried resin of Asafoetida...
  • Neem Health Benefits

    27 Dec 2014 | 5:40 am
    Health Benefits of Neem Neem (Botanical Name: Azadirachta indica) is one main herbal plant with many medicinal uses. This Neem tree is growing very fast and occurs in extent in India and it surrounding...
  • Gonorrhea Treatment

    26 Jan 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Gonorrhea Treatment Gonorrhea is one infectious and painful sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria. This disease is common in men and women both and gets very difficulties, pain during intercourse....
  • Anal Fistula Treatment

    6 Jan 2014 | 9:12 am
    Anal Fistula Treatment Fistula-in-ano or anal fistula suffering many people around the world. This condition arises when a boil or abscess erupt in anal canal. It is very painful disease in all anal diseases...
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    Star Life Sciences Medical Monitor™

  • How to Waste Billions of Very Useful Dollars

    Mike Scott
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    I am by no means any sort of expert on the financial aspects of electoral politics. On the other hand, I do have a relatively straightforward understanding of basic arithmetic, so I have been doing some sums, based on some relatively well-established facts. During (more…)
  • Educating the 21st Century Doctor

    Mike Scott
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    On the Kaiser Health News web site this week there is an interesting article about how some medical schools in the US have finally realized that there needed to be major changes in the ways in which physicians (more…)
  • Apple’s ResearchKit: The Future of Medical Research?

    Danielle Cantalupo
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:57 pm
    If we are being totally honest here, I am not an Apple fan. (Where did this command key come from?) But despite my unreasoned feelings towards Apple, they recently released a new healthcare platform that has me considering stealing my roommate’s iPhone just to see (more…)
  • Oreos and the “News”

    Donald J. M. Phillips, PharmD
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    Having been hanging around this place in the universe for over six decades, I get to observe some trends. Some are encouraging, like the progress in life sciences and the “liberation” of the female gender. Some are disheartening, like the effect of gravity on my (more…)
  • Where’d'ya wanna go practice medicine doc?

    Mike Scott
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    There’s a new report out today entitled “Best and worst states for doctors” … but don’t get the wrong idea. This report is absolutely not about the states where you will find the best doctors. It is about the states (more…)
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  • Food Safety Guidelines for Spring Festivities

    6 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A breath of fresh air, fuller trees and fresh blossoms can mean only one thing  – It’s spring time! With winter out of the window, and all foodies gearing up to try new recipes for spring, safety must not be neglected. A few safety tips will help ensure your spring festivities are enjoyable. Why Food Safety Is Important Cooking food safely not only during spring but throughout the year can bring you some serious health benefits. Safe and well cooked food can help you lose weight much faster. Since spring is a time for celebrations … Read MoreThis article Food Safety Guidelines…
  • Healthy Diet Tips To Prevent Heart Disease

    5 Apr 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Have you heard of the saying “you are what you eat?” In the case of heart disease, this is a very accurate statement indeed! The reason that this disease is virtually at epidemic proportions in most countries is because diets have remarkably changed over the last two decades. When I refer to heart disease, I really am describing a condition known as vascular disease. In this condition, the arteries, which supply blood and oxygen to various areas of the body, are blocked by plaques which impede blood flow to the heart muscle and brain. … Read MoreThis article Healthy Diet Tips To…
  • Myths and Facts About Processed Foods

    Jon Yaneff
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I grew up in the dark. I only knew what I was told. I considered processed foods to be part of my diet because the foods simply tasted good, and they are affordable, so that’s what my family ate. Before I started my studies in holistic nutrition, I would occasionally eat processed foods. Now I rarely have them unless I trust the company and the ingredients. Nearly 90% of what I eat is a whole food. The number is probably greater for the couple of months I’ve been changing my diet with a transformation program … Read MoreThis article Myths and Facts About Processed Foods originally…
  • Diabetes Superfoods: Top 5 Foods That Help You Lower Blood Sugar

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    Eating the right foods can protect you from developing diabetes—a rather common diagnosis these days. Such foods have inherent properties that, if consumed regularly, can almost eliminate your risk of ever hearing that you have diabetes! What kind of help do you need to know if you’re already a diabetic? It starts with living a healthy life and eating nutritious food. Here are my top five superfoods that provide help for diabetics: 1. Olive Oil The omega-9 class of fatty acids contained in foods like olive oil can lower the risk of heart disease … Read MoreThis article Diabetes…
  • Infertility Issues: Simple Diet Tips To Boost Your Fertility

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Do you know that in the U.S. every one in seven married couples struggle with infertility issues. And, 50% of the time the problem is with the woman, 20% with the man, 18% with both, and 12% of the time it’s duet to some unknown issues. Some of the most common contributors to the infertility in women include: Endometriosis Polycystic ovarian syndrome Blocked fallopian tubes Rare or irregular ovulation And, lack of progesterone production. It’s also becomes difficult for a woman to conceive a baby once she crosses age of 34. When it comes to … Read MoreThis article Infertility…
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  • How the Affordable Care Act Affects Medicare

    Pat Palmer
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has been in the news a lot lately. And for good reason— it’s now a legal requirement to have medical insurance coverage. Many people are wondering how the Affordable Care Act affects Medicare and what differences you can expect to see. Today we’ll differentiate between these two insurance systems. We will also discuss the impact ObamaCare is having on Medicare and what differences you can expect to see. The ACA and Medicare Medicare is like an onion; there are multiple layers to it. These layers are options in care. Here is a breakdown of the most…
  • The Costly Pricing of Minute Clinics and Urgent Care Clinics

    Pat Palmer
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    A Minute Clinic is a CVS Health walk-in clinic; it is a huge pharmacy healthcare provider. In fact, it is the largest of this provider type in the U.S. In contrast, an urgent care clinic is a walk-in clinic that focuses on providing ambulatory outpatient care. As for pricing at each type of clinic, here is an overview of what you need to know as a consumer, to make the wisest decisions for your wallet.   Minute Clinics Minute Clinics are open seven days a week without the need for an appointment. They are also located across the nation within many CVS pharmacy stores and treat both…
  • Three Reasons Health Insurance Denies Claims and How to Prevent It

    Pat Palmer
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Your health insurance provider denies your claim although you are certain that your treatment should have been covered under your health insurance policy. While the number of claims per state and insurance provider vary, an average of about 25% of healthcare claims are denied. The most common reasons why U.S. health insurance companies deny claims are: Errors by the healthcare provider The claimed services or products fall outside of the consumer’s health plan The care received was not essential Reason #1 – Billing Errors Unfortunately, your doctor may have made a coding error for the…
  • New Hospital Policies That Affect Healthcare Pricing

    Pat Palmer
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    In the midst of many public complaints about the high costs of healthcare in the U.S., there are new hospital policies that are affecting healthcare pricing. Keeping current on these hospital policies helps consumers understand what protections and rights they are allowed as well as any controversies about the policies.   Disclosure Policy on How Much Medicare Pays Doctors In January 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would disclose the amount of money that Medicare pays individual doctors. That is, provided the requests for this information are made…
  • Helpful Tips: How to Respond to the Denial of your Health Claim

    Pat Palmer
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    The word “denial” is a tough one to swallow, particularly when it applies to your health insurance claim. However, just because your health insurance carrier denies your claim does not mean you do not have any other options. Here are some helpful tips on how to respond to a claim denial, which could increase your odds of getting a hospital or medical bill paid by your health insurance company.   File an Internal Review You might find it frustrating, with the requirement of acquiring health insurance under the ACA mandate, that you are still left with an unpaid, denied claim. But do…
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    CQC Compliance » Blog

  • Dilnot Report on Adult Social Care Published

    11 Jul 2101 | 3:42 am
    With our elderly population ever increasing, the Government commissioned Sir Andrew Dilnot to make recommendations regarding the future of the social care system in England. The long-awaited report was published this week. It comes at a time when local authorities are slashing their own social care budgets, and the private care sector has had to accept lower fees, although the true cost of care is steadily rising. With a population that is growing at a rapid pace, social care funding needs a radical overhaul so that it will be fit for purpose in the future.  Many people find themselves…
  • I found this – you may need it!

    Amanda Calberry
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with googling and sharing. If you want to know more about the people you work with, then here are some places to look. I had a serious car accident last week, and to be honest, I am struggling to get over it. So, in trying to come up with a fascinating topic to blog, I was noodling about in my usual online groups and decided that what I found might just be useful to you too. So – here are some great things I found which will keep you busy until I can come up with something of my own to say! Autism awareness If you support people with autism, you will…
  • Living in a 24 hour world

    Amanda Calberry
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    Accused of being lazy! I heard this week that a politician has allegedly claimed that “NHS Staff simply do not work hard enough. It is completely unacceptable that staff get days off and nobody bothers to come to work at the weekend.” If that insulting remark proves to be genuine, the fact of the matter is it’s just not true. Many practices offer excellent patient care outside of core hours (8.00am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday), including providing extended hours appointments and meeting unofficial waiting targets. However, an analysis by the BMJ on pledges to improve GP access has…
  • A vision of integrated support

    Amanda Calberry
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    In the personalisation of care which is supported by the new Care Act, an important element is the integration of services to support the individual across a wider range of their needs. In responding to consultation, the Government stated that the Act would ‘simplify the care and support system and provide the freedom and flexibility to integrate with other local services, innovate and achieve better results for people’. Integrating services to support older people, people with mental health problems, and with disability, has been a theme of developing services since the establishment…
  • Shift work health and safety management

    Amanda Calberry
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:08 am
    Shift work A significant proportion of the workforce has done shift work at some stage. Employers have a duty of care to protect the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees, including those doing shift work. In addition, employers must ensure that others are not exposed to health and safety risks through their undertaking. The Working Time Regulations 1998 (as amended) lay down the minimum legal requirements on how to organise working time. The employer must also comply with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (the HSW Act) and the Management of Health and Safety at…
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  • Bedbug Protocols: What They Mean And Why Should You Be Bothered

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Bedbug resurgence is a matter of great concern, primarily due to the fact that they are being seen, increasingly, in hospitals, nursing homes as well as in schools. Given their alarming ability to spread rapidly, following certain protocols for their control is a must. These guidelines are even more important for people in the healthcare and hospitality industry; landlords, building managers, pest control service providers, school and housing authority supervisors and inspectors should strictly adhere to bed bug management protocols to maintain health of their multi-member housing units.
  • How to Get Rid Of Bed Bugs in Clothes

    5 Apr 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Just because you live in one of the most up-scale neighborhoods, does not mean that you won’t have to deal with bed bugs ever. As you might have seen through the other resources presented on this website, there is not much one can do to stop bed bug infestations. Despite taking several precautions (especially while traveling etc); many homeowners all over the United States are encountering bed bugs from time to time. Bed bugs themselves are known as ‘world’s best travelers’ since they tend to hitchhike their way into our residences. Continue reading to learn ways in which you can get…
  • Do Not Neglect The Psychological Effects of Bed Bug Bites

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:35 am
    Alarming news reports are suggesting that the effects of bed bug bites are not restricted to physical symptoms alone; they are also leaving devastating psychological effects on the sufferers. Unfortunately, many people tend to turn a blind eye to these mental effects caused by bed bug bites-simply because these parasites are not known to transmit any fatal diseases. However, the lack of sleep that invariably comes from large bed bug infestations are a serious side effect-one which shouldn’t be overlooked. More and more people are also reporting psychological effects they are seeing in their…
  • Do Bed Bugs Smell? Why and What Can You Do About It?

    8 Mar 2015 | 11:03 pm
    If you are reading this, you probably know that bed bugs have made a comeback. If you are dealing with a particularly large infestation, then you are also probably dealing with a nasty ‘buggy’ odor around your sleeping quarters. Yes, bed bugs smell and the description of this smell will vary based on who you ask. Some people report bed bug smell as a sickeningly ‘sweet smell of almonds’; still others claim it to be ‘woody’, while a third group claims it to be like “the smell of rotten raspberries”. In general: bed bug smell is nothing like anything you have experienced before…
  • 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?
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    Dr Rajesh Shah's Blog

  • Why Does my Skin Itch?

    Life Force
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:29 am
    Itchy skin can be a very irritating phenomenon, which can disturb your peace of mind, daily routine activities and even your stretch of peaceful night sleep. The funny thing about an itchy skin is that it may be due to something as insignificant as the cold winter weather or something as sinister as cancer! So what does your skin itch mean? Let us have a look at the various causes of itching and what can be done about each cause of skin itching: What causes itching of skin? Itching of skin can be caused by any of the below: Dryness: If your skin does not show any eruptions or redness, then…
  • Colon cancer

    Life Force
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    Colon cancer is common in both males and females. This term signifies the cancer of the large intestine. Cancer of the rectum is termed as rectal cancer. Rectum is the last part of the large intestine. Most of the cases of colon cancer start with the development of non-cancerous (benign) polyp in the walls of colon. When these polyps are left untreated, they turn cancerous. Causes of the colon cancers: The exact cause of development of the colon cancer is not known. Cells in our body grow and divide in a particular order. This helps in the normal functioning of all the systems of the body.
  • What if your homeopath fails to give you relief?

    Life Force
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    Sometimes, in some disease conditions, in spite of trying very hard, the doctor or a homeopath is not able to give good results to the patient. In such conditions what should a patient do? Shall he switch over to another doctor? Or shall he stop taking medicines from any doctor thinking that his disease condition will never improve? We will discuss this in our blog today. It is very important for a patient to understand that all the diseases are not curable by all the systems of medicines and by all the practitioners. So, any doctor can fail to give the desired results regardless of his…
  • Use of homeopathic medicine after surgery

    Life Force
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    Homeopathy and surgery are not against each other. Surgery is a part of homeopathy. All homeopathic doctors in India are trained (at undergraduate level) and called as “Physicians and Surgeons”. Homeopathy complements surgery. There are some diseases for which the allopathic science has only one option called as surgery, but homeopathic medicines can heal them. Here, is the list of such conditions. Polyps Warts Fibroadenoma Small cysts Fissure Hemorrhoids or piles etc. There are some conditions which are not treated by homeopathy. They are as follows. Cataract Glaucoma Tumors Hernia…
  • Impetigo and homeopathic treatment

    Life Force
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Impetigo is a highly contagious skin condition seen mostly in children who are between 2-6 years of age. It presents itself with red sores on face, around the nose and lips or fluid filled eruptions on limbs and trunk. The red sores ooze out yellowish fluid and form a brown crust. Homeopathic Treatment: Homeopathy offers a very good scope in treating this condition. It is a recurrent skin condition. Taking homeopathic medicines from a qualified and experienced homeopath will not only heal the sores but also prevent the appearance of new sores on the body. Why should parents go for homeopathy…
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  • Avoid Social Media Sins in Healthcare

    Angie Best-Boss RN
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    The minute Laura met Casey, she was smitten. The tow-haired little boy captured her heart as soon as she walked into his hospital room. He seemed so small sitting in his hospital bed, reading to his stuffed rabbit. Laura was a semester away from graduating from nursing school and had been scared to start her pediatrics rotation because she had never been around children. Casey’s infectious smile tugged at her heartstrings, and she soon loved most aspects of pediatric nursing. She had found her niche. Even when she wasn’t assigned to Casey, she tried to stop in to visit with him and his…
  • Nurse Practitioner & Physician Assistant Career Analysis

    Julie Sweet
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    How the Primary Care Physician Shortage is Boosting Nurse Practitioner and Physician’s Assistant Demand This year marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician’s Assistant professions. Fittingly, opportunities for nurse practitioners and physician assistants have never been better. You can thank, in part, the looming primary care physician shortage. Fewer physicians are entering primary care, and those who do are opting to work fewer hours. Combine that with an increasing demand for services by a growing and aging population (the latter of which includes…
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology: A Rewarding & Unique Medical Specialty

    Susan Kerrigan, MD
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) is the only specialty in which physicians are trained to do both medical and surgical care of patients. Women’s healthcare allows you to serve women throughout all phases of their lives, from teenager to older menopausal women. Following board certification, you are a primary care physician and surgeon for women. Annual exams with Pap testing (including treatment of those that are abnormal), hormonal management from contraception to hormone replacement therapy during menopause, preconception and obstetrical care, breast health, medical and surgical…
  • Thriving Your Rookie Year as a Nurse

    MaryAnn DePietro
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    If you just graduated from nursing school, congratulation!  Now comes the exciting and scary part. You are probably more than ready to earn some money and put your skills to use. But even if you are excited about starting your nursing career, you may also be a bit apprehensive. It is perfectly normal to have a little anxiety your first few months on the job. But with the right attitude, you can thrive your rookie year as a nurse. Getting Started One of the first things you should do is take advantage of orientation. As a new nurse, you may be given a thorough orientation. You will likely…
  • Bedside Manner: What’s Missing in Our Healthcare Education?

    Brooke Chaplan
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    Since the age of Hippocrates, the importance of an empathetic relationship between doctor and patient during treatment has been acknowledged. In one of the works from the Hippocratic Corpus, a collection of early Greek medical works, it is written of a physician that “He should endure peacefully the insults of the patients since those suffering from melancholic or frenetic ailments are likely to hurl evil words at physicians.” This is age-old wisdom, indeed. However, many believe that there has been an overall decline in the quality of interactions between doctors and patients.
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  • books to read

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    The post books to read appeared first on Palchoice. This post is for all those book lovers, who like to read and read and read more… I have read all these books while i was preparing for my management entrance exam. I know it sound odd but this is how i started my reading habit. This post can also help all those who are [...] The post books to read appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice. Man quest is always to learn new things. But we can learn so many new things from our ancient history also. The ancient text is full of wisdom quotes and text. They can teach us how to live a wonderful life. Recently I completed reading the ancient Indian text panchtantra. I tell you this book [...] The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.   Why is there  so much fuss about waking up early in the morning? Why your mother keep on pestering you from the day you started your school to get up early in the morning? What’s so magical about getting up early in the morning? Let’s get it clear that every person is different. Some [...] The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 famous quotes of chanakya

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice. Chanakya was an acclaimed Indian teacher, philosopher, and royal advisor. A professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya is widely credited for having played the most important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Maurya empire was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. [...] The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice. Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself for studies? Or do you want to find the ways to motivate your children for studies? If your answer is yes to above questions then I think you are landed on the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the practical things [...] The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice.
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    Market Research Report: Ken Research

  • India Power Transformer Market Outlook to 2019 – Export Demand and Favorable Government Policies to Propel Market

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:20 pm
    India Power Transformer Market Outlook to 2019- Export Demand and Favorable Government Policies to Propel Market” presents a comprehensive analysis of the industry covering aspects including market size by revenue generated, power transformers production and their capacity utilization and market segmentation by cooling system (liquid/dry), by power rating, by end users, by market structure and others.  The report also entails a detailed description on the recent trends and developments, pricing analysis, threats and the competitive scenario of major players in the industry along with the…
  • Asia Online Jewellery Market Outlook to 2019 – Driven by Lucrative Discounts and Rising Online Buyers

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    Asia Online Jewellery Market Outlook to 2019 – Driven by Lucrative Discounts and Rising Online Buyers provides a comprehensive analysis of the various aspects such as market size of Asia online jewellery industry, market segmentation by different types of jewellery, metals & gemstones and regions.. The report also covers the market shares and competitive landscape of major players in India, China, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia online jewellery market. The online Jewellery market has emerged as one of the fastest growing industries in Asia. This industry has been majorly driven by…
  • Upcoming Publication on MENA Lubricants Market

    9 Apr 2015 | 5:35 am
    MENA lubricant industry research report is an upcoming publication which would be released in the coming month. The research report provides statistics on synthetic and semi synthetic lubricants, market size by value and volume, market segmentation by Commercial Automotive (Heavy-Duty Engine Oil, Hydraulic and Transmission Fluid, Gear Oil &Grease), passenger automotive (Passenger Vehicle Engine & Motor Oil, Automatic Transmission Fluid, Gear Oil &Grease), marine and aviation and by type of lubricants (Mineral Oil, Bio-Based Lubricants, Synthetic Oil, Grease and others). The…
  • Upcoming Report- India Organic Chemical Market

    6 Apr 2015 | 9:59 pm
    India Organic Chemical Market is one of the upcoming research reports which would be released by Ken Research in the upcoming month. The research reports covers statistics on the market size of the organic chemical industry in India by revenue, production and consumption, types of chemical and their usage. Some of the chemicals covered in the report are Benzene, methanol, Ethyl Acetate and Acetic Anhydride. The report covers specific information on market size on the basis of production and consumption and on the basis types of chemicals, import and export by value, volume and destination.
  • Africa Mobile Payments Industry Outlook to 2019 – Growth Led By Governmental Support and Mobile Network Operators

    3 Apr 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Africa Mobile Money Industry Outlook to 2019 – Growth Led By Governmental Support and Mobile Network Operators provides an in-depth analysis of the Mobile Money Industry. The report covers specific insights on the market size in terms of global and Africa mobile money market value, region and product wise segmentation, value chain analysis, business models, recent trends and developments and future outlook of the mobile money Industry at the global and regional level. The report also entails a detailed description of the prominent and emerging geographic markets of the region including…
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    Recent Blog Posts

  • Simple Home Safety Tips for Seniors

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    If you’ve recently contacted a home health care company about arranging senior care in Milwaukee, you’ve probably already heard of the importance of removing tripping hazards and installing grab bars. Modifying the home in these ways can certainly improve home safety for the elderly; however, there are many simple tricks you can use to keep yourself safe. For example, ask your elderly caregiver to take you shopping for some new shoes. Floppy slippers and similar footwear can increase your risk of a fall. Instead, invest in some sturdy, supportive shoes that have nonskid soles.
  • Managing Medication-Related Issues in Seniors

    8 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    As your parent or other loved one grows older, medication management is likely to become a serious concern. The elderly must often take multiple medications to manage medical conditions, which can become difficult to keep track of. Additionally, seniors are more likely to experience problems that make it difficult for them to manage their own medications, such as cognition deficits and dexterity issues. One way to keep your loved one safe and healthy is to enlist the help of a home health care agency that provides medication management for seniors in Milwaukee. Instructions An elderly…
  • Try These Senior-Friendly Balance Exercises

    1 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Along with home health care, physical therapy for the elderly can help them remain in their own homes longer. Balance is a common concern among seniors because impaired balance can readily lead to falls, which is a leading cause of disability. To promote safe living for seniors near Milwaukee, seniors can do some simple exercises that may be modified for a seated or standing position, such as hip flexion. You can see a demonstration of the hip flexion and other balance exercises by watching this video. Hip flexion involves lifting one leg while balancing on the other. You can perform this…
  • What Are the Risks of Faulty Medication Management for Seniors?

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Medication management is a critical concern for seniors. This demographic tends to take multiple medications to manage chronic conditions, which raises the risk of a potentially serious medication error. Often, when seniors can no longer manage their wellness, a nursing home seems like the only option. However, an in-home care service can offer medication management solutions in Milwaukee. Identifying High-Risk Seniors Families of seniors can discuss the proper management of medications with their loved one’s physician. It can be helpful to identify whether a senior may be at a high…
  • How Long-Term Care Counseling Can Help Seniors

    20 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Often, families delay discussing home safety for the elderly until a serious event happens, such as a major medical diagnosis or a fall at home. It is beneficial for both seniors and their families to receive long-term care counseling before the need for care becomes urgent. Long-term care is a personalized strategy that seeks to meet seniors’ needs and preferences. Because long-term care in Milwaukee can encompass such a broad range of services and support systems for seniors, meeting with a counselor can be quite helpful. When families meet with a long-term care counselor or geriatric…
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  • Is Clear Urine Healthy? If Not, What Color Should Urine Ideally Be?

    2 Apr 2015 | 12:09 am
    Since decades, there is a debate about healthy urine color. Most people believe that urine which is clearest is also the healthiest. However; new research is proving otherwise. In this guide, we will discuss what color your urine should ideally be in order to be deemed healthy. Light yellow or clear: What color should healthy urine be? Dark yellow urine indicates dehydration in most cases. At least this is the information voiced by majority of scientific publications and doctors all over the world. Sportsmen are also made to keep an eye on their urine color- any darker than ‘normal’ and…
  • Managing UTI in Diabetes

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    Many elderly patients get UTIs while they are already on diabetes treatment. Likewise, diabetes and UTI in men are also conditions that go hand in hand. Research has actually shown that nearly 9.4% people suffering from Type 2 Diabetes also get UTIs regularly, while only 5.7% people without diabetes are diagnosed with bladder infections on annual basis. In this guide, we will study what every diabetic patient needs to know about managing bladder infection. Two types of UTIs are common in Diabetics UTIs are typically of two types depending on which part of the urinary system they occur in:…
  • UTI Back Pain: What To Do About Bladder Infection Lower Back Pain?

    6 Mar 2015 | 2:16 am
    UTI or urinary tract infection affects millions of women worldwide. The urinary tract is a system consisting of the bladder, tubes called ureters as well as the kidneys. This system creates and transports the urine out of the body, but in some cases, germs get inside the urine causing an infection known as UTI or bladder infection. One of the major symptoms of a UTI is intense back pain on the lower side, particularly on the right side, or in some cases, just below the ribs. Here are the symptoms of UTI in detail: Painful urination The urgency to ‘go’ frequently but hardly producing any…
  • 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…
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    Health & Discount Dental Plans

  • Are High Affordable Care Act Deductibles Deterring People From Getting Health Care?

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    The Affordable Care Act was intended to help people on low incomes to cope with the cost of healthcare. In principle, Obamacare seems like a great idea, but the high deductibles of policies offered through the Affordable Care Act mean that many people are now opting to skip essential health care because they are concerned […] The post Are High Affordable Care Act Deductibles Deterring People From Getting Health Care? appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Understanding Dental Insurance And How It Works

    Ed Harrison
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Taking good care of your teeth now is the best way to avoid needing painful and expensive dental care in the future. Unfortunately, many people do not go to the dentist because they cannot afford to do so. With dental insurance, you can reduce the cost of care so that you can take better care […] The post Understanding Dental Insurance And How It Works appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • How To Save Money On Healthcare Costs

    Ed Harrison
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    There is no denying that healthcare is becoming more and more expensive. For the most part it’s very difficult for people to afford doctor appointments, medication and several other tiny details that lead to huge payments. But there is some good news for those who are willing to take extra precaution and save on healthcare […] The post How To Save Money On Healthcare Costs appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Understanding Tricare Supplemental Insurance

    Ed Harrison
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    Most health insurance policies pay first for a person’s health care services. Tricare supplemental insurance is different in that after Tricare has paid its portion of your bill, the supplemental insurance will then reimburse you for out-of-pocket expenses associated with your medical care. Every supplemental insurance policy has slightly different rules. Tricare’s supplemental insurance comes […] The post Understanding Tricare Supplemental Insurance appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Understanding Health Insurance

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Choosing the right health insurance starts by understanding health insurance and acknowledging the various types of health insurance products that are available. There are factors that one needs to consider when choosing insurance coverage for your health, it is important that you consider all variables that can benefit you as the insured. The cheapest insurance coverage is not […] The post Understanding Health Insurance appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
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  • How Hip Pain Is Diagnosed and Treated

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Are you a woman who suffers from hip pain ? While men can suffer from this ailment too, women tend to visit their doctors the most about this chronic condition. If you’re one of the many women who are plagued by constant pain, getting a clear diagnosis is the first step in treating and managing your pain. Step 1: Get the Right Diagnosis What may feel like pain in the hip may actually be something entirely different. Many patients often misrepresent where their pain is located. Doctors often discover that what may seem like a hip ailment to the patient is actually pain located in the…
  • Hotel Industry: Customer Satisfaction|Accommodation|Medical Travel|India

    13 Apr 2015 | 1:03 am
    Since 1994 when the customer index was created, the hotel industry score for client satisfaction has decreased from 75 to a four-year low of 71 in 1997, where it stayed in 1998. The service industry, in general, noticed its customer satisfaction score growth 6.6% to 72.2% this year. While the hotel industry’s score for client loyalty grew one point from last year it is still lower that of the last years. Ron McNair, partner, Arthur Andersen’s business consulting hospitality industry practice, attributes decline in client satisfaction to some industry trends. He stresses that…
  • Carpal Tunnel Surgery , Why Does One Need The Surgery?

    6 Apr 2015 | 3:03 am
    The carpal tunnel syndrome occurs because of increased pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. The pain of carpal tunnel syndrome occurs more often around the palm side of the wrist and hand and may radiate to the forearm, shoulder, and neck. The median nerve gives sensation to the fingers so many patients describe a tingling or numbness there. Many complain of dropping objects they pick up or difficulty buttoning buttons. The carpal bones of the hand form a C shaped ring that is covered by a ligament. There are eight of these bones that vary in size and shape to make up the wrist area.
  • How to Sleep Better: 10 Easy Techniques

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Reduce your caffeine. Drinking multiple cups of coffee is a big part of people’s morning routines but this habit can contribute to tossing and turning at night. Effects of caffeine may take up to 8 hours to subside so avoid drinking coffee in the afternoon. Avoid taking a nap during the day. If you must, take a quick power nap. A 15 to 20 minute nap can help you get re-energized when you start to feel groggy. It increases creativity, enhances mood and heightens decision making skills. Don’t go over 30 minutes of sleep or sleep after 3 p.m. as both are counterproductive; it will…
  • Strategies For A Healthy Body

    17 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    1. Help to make Much more Entire body Actions Allow it to be a regular problem to locate methods to proceed the body. Ascend steps in the event that provided a selection in between which as well as escalators or even elevators. Stroll your pet; run after your children; throw golf balls along with buddies, mow the actual yard. Something that techniques your own braches isn’t just an exercise device, it is a tension buster. Believe ‘move’ within little increments of your time. It does not need to be an hour or so within the fitness center or perhaps a 45-minute cardiovascular…
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  • 22 Preventive Care Benefits for Women

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    All Marketplace health plans and many other plans must cover the following list of preventive care benefits for women without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. This is true even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by an in-network provider. Anemia screening on a routine basis for pregnant women Breast Cancer Genetic Test Counseling (BRCA) for women at higher risk for breast cancer Breast Cancer Mammography screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40 Breast Cancer Chemoprevention counseling for women at higher risk…
  • Letters to the editor, April 6: Insure Tennessee

    6 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Governor should fight for his plan When Governor Haslam first introduced his Insure Tennessee proposal he said, “My faith doesn’t allow me to walk on the other side of the road and ignore a need that can be met – particularly in this case, when the need is Tennesseans who have life-threatening situations without access to healthcare.” I believe it’s time for Governor Haslam to have the courage to politically fight to have a bill passed and signed that will help those he spoke about so passionately. Three things that I think he could do are: First, call out…
  • Were you penalized for not having health coverage in 2014? You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period

    1 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Open enrollment for 2015 is over. But if you filed your taxes after Feb. 15th and were penalized for not having health coverage, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. In 2015, the fee for not having health coverage increases to $325 per person or 2% of your household income – whichever is higher. This fee generally applies if you can afford to have health coverage but choose to remain uninsured – although you may not have to pay the fee if you qualify for an exemption. If you don’t have coverage for the remainder of 2015, you’ll risk having to pay the fee…
  • How to Qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) in Tennessee

    13 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    For health insurance coverage in 2015, the Open Enrollment Period began November 15, 2014 and ended February 15, 2015. However, you can still enroll in health care for 2015 at any time of the year if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). The rules about when you can make these changes and the kinds of changes you can make are different for each SEP, so please review carefully. Remember, we have local Tennessee health insurance agents to help review your Special Enrollment Period eligibility and answer any questions you may have. You can still enroll in health care for 2015 if…
  • TennCare Solutions: Have you been denied TennCare?

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    Health Insurance Marketplace | Many Tennesseans have attempted to get health care coverage through TennCare or CoverKids, only to be told that they must apply for TennCare through the Health Insurance Marketplace at But what happens when these individuals are being denied TennCare or Medicaid coverage? You can still qualify for tax credits to get lower monthly payments and the health coverage you deserve! states on page 3 of their Appeal Request Form for Tennessee (Form Approved OMB No. 0938-1207): If you were denied Medicaid and want to…
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  • St George’s Day Events In London | Schedule

    Deepak Rawat
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:34 am
    St. George’s Day Events Schedule: St. George is the patron saint of England. We celebrate his position in history with a national day on the 23rd April each year. This is held to be the day of his death in 303 AD. Saint George the one of the great legend of the England. He was […] The post St George’s Day Events In London | Schedule appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • St George’s Day Flag Coloring Pages

    Deepak Rawat
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    Coloring Pictures Saint George’s Day: Celebrate St George’s Day with some patriotic colouring pages and of course a colouring page of St George slaying the dragon, National Flag and St.George. St. George is the patron saint of England. We celebrate his position in history with a national day on the 23rd April each year. This […] The post St George’s Day Flag Coloring Pages appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • St George’s Day 2015 HD Images, Pictures, Photos

    Deepak Rawat
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:20 am
    Hd Pictures St. George’s Day 2015: Here’s the sneak peak of St. George’s Day feast have a look on St.George’s Day  latest images, pictures and photos. St. George is the patron saint of England. We celebrate his position in history with a national day on the 23rd April each year. This is held to be […] The post St George’s Day 2015 HD Images, Pictures, Photos appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • St George’s Day Quotes, Sayings, Lines, Wordings

    Deepak Rawat
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Inspirational Quotes St. George Day: St George is the patron saint of England. We celebrate his position in history with a national day on the 23rd April each year. This is held to be the day of his death in 303 AD. Saint George the one of the great legend of the England. He was […] The post St George’s Day Quotes, Sayings, Lines, Wordings appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • St George’s Day 2015 Feast Date in UK, Canada, Australia, USA

    Deepak Rawat
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Schedule St. George Day 2015: St George is the patron saint of England. We celebrate his position in history with a national day on the 23rd April each year. This is held to be the day of his death in 303 AD. April 23, generally accepted as the anniversary of his death, but not for […] The post St George’s Day 2015 Feast Date in UK, Canada, Australia, USA appeared first on FestVent.Com.
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    Other Options for Doctors

  • Leaving Medicine? Top 13 Strategies To Fund Doctors’ Career Change

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    When it comes to considering alternative careers, for many doctors there are two main stumbling blocks. Even if you’ve got the answer to the question “What would I do instead?”, the second (possibly even bigger) obstacle is “Can I afford the transition?”. ‘Doctors and money matters’ is a complex topic, which is not discussed openly, other than the occasional damning article in the likes of the Daily Mail. Whether through choice or necessity, doctors who are considering reducing full-time clinical hours or leaving medicine all together need to face financial planning…
  • How Doctors Can Learn Business Basics In 6 Hours

    8 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    It was a Saturday morning and 30 medics at different stages of their careers, from medical students to retired GPs (and even a dentist!), gathered in central London for the “Introduction to Becoming an Enterprising Doctor” workshop. The event was organised by entrepreneurial physicians who wanted to provide a learning and networking platform for doctors considering alternative career paths in or out of medicine. The day was about learning and sharing how to set up own business.   Our attendees came from all over the UK and even Denmark. They had several goals: 1. Exploring options…
  • 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.
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    GoodScout Insurance Aggregator

  • Montana takes another step toward Medicaid expansion

    Ben Thomas
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Montana state senators have endorsed a House amendment to a bill expanding Medicaid eligibility to about 70,000 low-income Montanans, putting it one vote away from the governor’s signature. Senators gave initial approval by a vote of 29-21 on Friday. If the bill passes third reading it will head to the governor, who is expected to sign it into law. The vote happened without discussion. The amendment appropriates about $2.1 million to state departments, the bulk of which will go to the Department of Labor and Industry for helping people who enroll find better jobs. Republican Sen. Ed…
  • N.Y. warns of synthetic pot dangers after 160 hospitalized

    Ben Thomas
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Synthetic marijuana has sent 160 people to hospitals in New York state In a little over a week, a spike that prompted authorities to warn Friday that the drug is dangerous and illegal. Over 120 emergency-room visits since April 8 linked to synthetic pot — known by “spice,” ”K2,” ”green giant” and other street names — have been in New York City, its Health Department said Friday. The average earlier this year was two to three synthetic marijuana-related emergency room visits per day citywide. Statewide, poison control center calls stemming from synthetic…
  • Medical News Today: Happiness can be spread through the smell of sweat, study finds

    Ben Thomas
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Pharrell Williams should probably watch out – the “Happy” hitmaker might get an influx of fans trying to sniff him if the results of this latest study are anything to go by. Researchers found we can detect happiness in other people’s sweat. What is more – this happiness may be contagious. The researchers say their findings indicate the state of happiness can be transferred to others through the smell of sweat. Published in the journal Psychological Science, the study found we produce chemical compounds, or”chemosignals,” in our sweat when we…
  • Medical News Today: Review provides further insight into link between hormone therapy and breast cancer

    Ben Thomas
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A review of data from two Women’s Health Initiative clinical trials reveals the varying effects of menopausal hormone therapy on the incidence of breast cancer over time. The results are published in the journal JAMA Oncology. The review revealed that use of estrogen plus progestin was associated with a steady increase in breast cancer incidence, while estrogen alone was found to reduce breast cancer risk. Hormone replacement therapy was once considered the standard treatment for women suffering menopausal symptoms. It involves the use of medications that contain female hormones –…
  • Andy Slavitt at HIMSS15: 'Modernize the healthcare infrastructure'

    Ben Thomas
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    Speaking at HIMSS15 on Thursday, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said providers will need to evolve in order to benefit from value-based reimbursement, and "will need technology to help them get there." Accountable Care read more Source: Health insurance The post Andy Slavitt at HIMSS15: 'Modernize the healthcare infrastructure' appeared first on GoodScout Insurance Aggregator.
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    Considering American Healthcare

  • Considering American Healthcare: Finalist for the 2015 NIHCM Foundation Digital Media Award

    3 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    A Brief Note from Marc: Yesterday, I was delighted to hear that I was selected as a finalist for the National Institute of Healthcare Management Foundation’s Digital Medical Award based on several posts at Considering American Healthcare.  The prize, which “recognizes excellence in digital media that improves understanding of health care topics through analysis grounded in empirical evidence” will be awarded in June. I want to say that I am stunned that the committee would select CAH as one of 14 final entries. As a doctor who has been pounding out CAH in…
  • Segmenting Healthcare into “Luxury” and “Value” Brands… Thoughts On Not Getting Stuck in the Middle.

    3 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    A few months ago, I wrote about how healthcare is poised to segment according to cost and service levels– and that we will likely begin to see healthcare brands emerge that appeal to price-conscious consumers looking for reliable, basic care. My suspicion was that US healthcare is now facing its “Southwest Airlines” moment, where nimble and lean competitors will soon undercut inefficient legacy systems for market share. What I hadn’t considered is how this segmentation is probably going to squeeze “middle of the road” healthcare brands.  That, as…
  • 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…
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    Law360: Health

  • Chancery Fast-Tracks Suit Over $63M BioScrip Stock Deal

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
    A Delaware chancery judge put a shareholder suit challenging BioScrip Inc.’s $62.5 million stock purchase agreement with Coliseum Capital Management LLC on the fast track Friday, setting a hearing on whether to halt a shareholder vote on share conversion and voting power caps days before the annual stockholder meeting.
  • 3 Questions About EEOC Rules And Wellness Programs

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    The proposed U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rule published Monday on using financial incentives to encourage worker participation in wellness programs was welcomed by management-side attorneys, but they still had questions about some areas. Here, Law360 looks at three open issues on the minds of attorneys and employers.
  • Fla. Dems Urge Governor To Drop LIP Funding Suit

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Florida Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday asked Florida Gov. Rick Scott to abandon his suit against the federal government over $1 billion in health care funding for low income residents and said the governor should instead negotiate a Medicaid expansion deal for the state.
  • CMS Floats Small Pay Bump For Hospitals In 2016

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday proposed its fiscal 2016 policies for reimbursement of inpatient hospital admissions, floating a modest pay raise that will be largely offset by mandatory reductions and quality-of-care penalties.
  • High Court Must Examine Gay Therapy Bans, Opponents Say

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    Opponents of a New Jersey law banning the treatment of minors with so-called sexual orientation conversion therapy have once again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the matter, arguing that a Third Circuit ruling created a divide over whether the therapy is free speech or professional conduct.
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    The IV League

  • What’s In My Backpack for Nursing School

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    The post What’s In My Backpack for Nursing School appeared first on The IV League.
  • How I Got a Job in the Most Desired Unit in the Hospital

    11 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    The post How I Got a Job in the Most Desired Unit in the Hospital appeared first on The IV League.
  • What’s In My Nursing School Clinical Bag?

    5 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    This week, I go over what type of bag I will be carrying to my nursing school clinical rotations and what I am packing inside of it.   If you click on the photo of the item below, it will take you directly to where you can purchase some of the things that I have in my clinical bag.   My clinical bag, from 31. I ordered mine with my name on it, in my school colors.  The Littmann Classic II Black Edition Stethoscope.  My reflex hammer from Pedia Pals, the model is Jamaal Giraffe. The 2015 Lippincott Pocket Drug Guide for Nurses  The 2nd Edition of Nursing Facts Made Incredibly…
  • The Husband/Wife Makeup Challenge

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
      My husband and I took a break from everything and did the Husband and Wife Makeup Challenge. It was hilarious what we ended up with! We tagged Nurse Bass on Youtube  and his wife to take a break from everything else as well and let Nurse Bass do your makeup! The post The Husband/Wife Makeup Challenge appeared first on The IV League.
  • I’m Wedgie Free! – Nursing School Uniforms

    8 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Check out this week’s vlog post talking about the nursing school uniforms that are required by my program. You can also click on the photos below to get any of the things that you saw in the video directly from the manufacturer or from Amazon.   The White Coat Clipboard by MDPocket, in lilac. One word for this clipboard – AMAZING! The NP Nursing Pocket Reference Guide by MDPocket. The MDPocket Rapid ID Nurse Pack with Reel – this one is pretty amazing as well!   *Note – I did get the crystal lanyard with this set in Onyx. It is gorgeous and, while I can and…
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  • The antidote to anger: compassion

    Catherine Lenain
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you’re feeling frustrated, angry or resentful, trying to turn those feelings into loving kindness is probably the last thing on your mind. But it may be the most effective solution. Often it is just easier to be angry. We don’t have to think about anything much other than the fact that we have been wronged, and that things should not be this way. When your friend cancels on you for coffee for the third time, you probably don’t really care why, it’s just inconvenient. On the other hand, does it really get us anywhere, other than more wound up? Having compassion requires an…
  • Germanwings Crash: How can we better our workplaces?

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    There has been a recent spiral of media speculation around the pilot, Andreas Lubitz who crashed the Germanwings plane into the Alps on the 24th of March. Speculation is a dangerous concept when it involves the unknown. There have been some assumptions made with regard to the pilots psychological fitness given a “depressive episode” he faced during his training as a pilot and whether the act in question was in fact suicidal. Having read a plethora of articles “exposing” the pilots past, it is clear to me as mental health advocates – we still have a long way to…
  • Have a break: Have a ‘check-in’.

    Catherine Lenain
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
    Do you ever notice, when someone asks you how you’re doing, that the response ‘I’m great thanks, how are you?’ comes out of your mouth before you’ve even thought to consider it?   Life is full of distractions, and it’s easy sometimes to avoid our own feelings. We switch onto autopilot to get through the day, and may rarely take the time to stop and ask ourselves how we are actually doing. In any resting moment alone, before we know it our Facebook news feed is on a screen in front of us, the earphones are in or we’re on the phone. You only have to look around any train or…
  • Feedback on NHS mental health services to be provided by patients in near real-time

    Laura Hunnikin
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    As we are all made aware through reading in the papers or seeing on the news, most people (unfortunately) have something to complain about the NHS. Also as is being made evident, mental health services are often under-funded, under-staffed and over subscribed, leading to negative perceptions of the mental health services that the NHS provides. However, at the start of this year the NHS announced that patients using mental health and community mental health services are able to give feedback on their experiences. They are able to do this using the Friends and Family Test (FFT), which has…
  • Blogger Mental Health Support

    Heba El-Husseini
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Over the past month we’ve had some fantastic displays of support from the mental health blogging community and I’d just like to take a moment to talk about how incredible it is that we’re showing solidarity on such an important matter. As an avid reader of blogs and e-zines I’ve come across many of your musings and I’m blown away by the beauty and honesty that I encounter daily from you all. And to all the Plus1 Community members: I encourage you to interact with one another and build these bonds because meeting people who share the same vision is truly…
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  • How ICD-10 Transition will benefit Your Practice [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    Are you worried about ICD 9 to ICD 10 transition as to how, it will benefit your practice? Worry no more, as we bring to you in this infographic the core benefits of ICD 10 and enumerate the clinical, professional, operational as well as financial reasons to prepare for ICD […] The post How ICD-10 Transition will benefit Your Practice [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • How Building an App Can Grow Your Business

    Vigyanix WP
    4 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Are you still living with the thought that mobile apps are only for big brands? If so, read on… Even small businesses are going mobile and building apps. If you don’t believe this, search for the app of the small flower shop down the corner of your street. Did you […] The post How Building an App Can Grow Your Business appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • How Google is Revolutionizing Healthcare [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    “The regulatory challenges are just too great to warrant serious investment” pretty much encompasses Google’ founder’ view of healthcare. But Google’ interest and investment in healthcare in past couple years tells a different story.  Google ventures, Google’s venture capital arm invested more than one third of its investment money in healthcare and […] The post How Google is Revolutionizing Healthcare [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • How to Market Your App [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    There are over 1 million apps available in the market vying for users attention and nearly 2000 apps are released everyday. In such a competitive scenario, what makes an app shine and grab user attention?  Lets explore through this infographic what all goes into marketing, the tactics involved and the […] The post How to Market Your App [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Ultimate Guide to Building Apps for Doctors [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Apps are surely changing the face of healthcare, but mobile medical app development poses a set of challenges very different from that of developing mainstream mobile apps. Compliance with regulatory standards while facilitating ease of use is crucial in mHealth app development. Improved patient care, patient engagement and secure communication […] The post Ultimate Guide to Building Apps for Doctors [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
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  • Online Job Boards: The New Normal

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Whether you’re looking for a job, or looking for a job-seeker, recent statistics seem to suggest your best bet for finding either is via internet job boards. According to a recent–and, unfortunately, unsourced–post on Online Recruiting News and Views, internet job boards now account for well over 40 percent of so-called “quality hires.” That puts them at the top of the list, ahead of more traditional sources such as social networks and employee referrals. But though the Online Recruiting post doesn’t cite any source for its statistics, it’s not hard…
  • The Good, The Bad, and Job Statistics

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    There’s good news and bad news in a recent report on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ list of top jobs for growth potential. The good news–for those in the healthcare industry, at any rate–is that three of the top five are healthcare jobs. Which really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since the healthcare industry has been on an upswing these last few years. The BLS reported that the industry had a strong showing in March–adding 22,300 jobs–despite a down month overall for job growth across the U.S. economy. In the last year, the health…
  • The Jerk at Work: A New Study

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    A new study by software firm Cornerstone OnDemand seems to confirm something the rest of us have always suspected. It’s about the office jerk. You know who we’re talking about–that @#$% so-and-so that everybody in the office hates. According to Cornerstone OnDemand, you really are better off without him. And not just in some vague, squishly, oh-how-morale-would-improve sort of way. The OnDemand survey determined that hiring jackasses diminishes the workplace in quantifiable ways; we’re talking dollars and cents. The study looked at 63,000 hirees, and took into account…
  • Providers Taking Charge

    10 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    A couple of years ago, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a story taking note of an evolution in the U.S. healthcare system that has seen more doctors and nurses being thrust into leadership positions. The paper pointed to various health institutions around the country as examples–Texas Health, fronted by president Lillie Biggins, an RN; Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Illinois, with physician Roberta Luskin-Hawk at the helm; and Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire, which is led by nurse Anne Jamieson. The article noted that many health organizations are now requesting…
  • The State of Healthcare Tech-NO-logy

    8 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    According to a recent Harris poll–conducted at the behest of PerfectServe, a medical communications platform–one of the biggest problem areas in the U.S. healthcare system today is technology. If that sounds broad and unspecific, that’s because the survey found that the industry is experiencing problems in just about every area related to tech–technological incompatibilities, lack of adoption, use of inadequate or outdated technologies… When it comes to tech, the survey says, the healthcare industry is simply not embracing the state of the art. The poll was…
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  • Lose Weight, Get Free from Arthritis Pain Easily

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:33 am
    If you’re a victim of arthritis and your daily routine is contributing to your body weight, then it’s time to cut down on your calories. It may be surprising for you to know that being overweight not only make you prone to heart diseases or diabetes but affects the joints of bones as well. Arthritis cripples you with joint pain and stiffness because it causes the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down. How weight affects your joints: With every moving activity, we put three to five times of our body weight on the joint of knees, hips…
  • Symptoms and Treatment of Bronchitis

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    Our lung comprises of some tubes called bronchial tubes that carry air to and from it. Sometime due to cold or infection it become inflamed or irritated, then it is called Bronchitis. There are two types of bronchitis, acute and chronic. Signs and symptoms of both the Bronchitis may include: Cough Production of Mucus, which can be clear, white, yellowish-gray or green in color Chess discomfort Fever Fatigue   Acute Bronchitis generally caused by viral or bacterial infection but exposure to pollution and chemical, use of other irritants like smoke, tobacco may cause it to occur. However…
  • Occupational Health Benefits

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    Occupational health completely focuses on employee health and well being by treating occupational illnesses. Occupational illness generally develops over a period of time because of workplace conditions and is caused when the person is exposed to a physical, chemical or biological agent in the work premises. Occupational Health Benefits Some of the occupational health services that our doctors at Doctors Immediate Care provide include • Pre and Post employment physicals to determine the capability of an employee • Workplace injury or illness • EKGs • Dot and Non-Dot drug screening…
  • Have a Happy and healthy holiday season

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    It is the holiday season, you might have many plans running in your mind, but be cautious about your health. This holiday season can either gain you or put you down, everything is in your hands; Only you can make it a brighter one. Follow some of these tips and direct your family and friends to do so. Hold on Got vaccinated? First of all, get the flu vaccine to protect yourselves and your loved ones from the contagious flu. Find Your Nearest Clinic for $14.99 Flu Shots Resume Wash your hands Do it every now and then, to avoid the spread of germs or bacteria as it is a flu season. Scrub your…
  • Significance of National Influenza Vaccination Week

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:22 am
    National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) takes place from Dec 7-13th every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established the NIVW in 2005 to highlight the significance of an influenza vaccine. Getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent this influenza referred as the flu. It typically peaks from December to February and last as late as May and it’s the peak-time to get the flu shot. Vaccination to keep away from the Flu The Flu viruses are spreading and the people are getting sick. If you don’t want to be one among them, then get the flu shot now to enjoy…
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  • A Step to Create Healthcare Transparency

    Jeff Smedsrud
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Consumers need more transparency to help them make better healthcare decisions. Too often, it is not clear if a provider is in network. It is not clear, if a specialty drug is covered by a health plan. It is not clear, what the actual cost is of a medical procedure.   Change is long overdue. Yesterday, an important step took place with the launch of the Clear Choices Campaign, an advocacy effort of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, which helps lead. The campaign is comprised of 15 employer, insurer, consumer, life science and provider organizations —…
  • Top 3 Tips for Reducing Your Medical Bill Costs

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    Guest post by David Holt Did you know that you can negotiate your medical bills? If not, you are not alone. In fact, the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States is due to medical debt.  Ten million Americans with active health insurance plans still have trouble paying their medical bills.1  You really have four options when presented with a big medical bill that you simply cannot afford.  You can: Declare bankruptcy Fund-raise money Take out loans to pay the bills; or You can negotiate I am an advocate of negotiation. Why? It preserves your credit, it keeps your financial need…
  • Nurse Salary Gap Study Provides No Rx for Problems in Healthcare System

    Colleen McGuire
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    A recent study conducted by The Journal of the American Medical Association found male registered nurses make $5,148 more per year compared to their female counterparts, and this inequality of pay between the two sexes has not changed in decades, while other industries have narrowed salary differences. What gives? It’s a common known fact women are paid 78% of what men are, on average, across all industries. But in a female dominated field like nursing, the fact that women are still paid less than their male peers overall is disturbing for the healthcare system as a whole. Here’s why. The…
  • Pregnant? It Could Soon Mean You Can Buy Health Insurance at Any Time

    Jeff Smedsrud
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:28 pm
    It is not official yet, but expect The White House to announce that being pregnant – and not just having a baby – will be become categorized as a Qualifying Life Event. Maybe it’s because I’m the dad of four kids and had a ‘feeling’ that my wife was pregnant even before we officially knew. Today, I have a ‘feeling’ there is some good news coming out of The White House soon if you are pregnant. When this happens, it is an opportunity for someone enrolled in a high deductible health plan to evaluate if different coverage that lowers out of pocket expenses is a better fit. More…
  • How to Mess Up Your Tax Subsidy and Owe the Government Money

    Jeff Smedsrud
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Meet my family. My wife and I have three college-age children. Each of the kids made some money and filed their own tax returns, as required. My wife and I made $68,000 combined last year. We filed on time. So did our kids. We were taxed at our rate, they were taxed at their lower rate. Because our income was modest, we were eligible for a premium tax credit on the health insurance plan we bought from Or so we thought.  But under the Affordable Care Act, I have two aviator families. Eligibility for premium tax credits are based on a calculation of “tax family”…
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  • New Telemedicine Model Proposed for Hospitals

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    In an article reported by MedCityNews, a new standard for hospital telemedicine services was introduced by Ernst & Young they are hoping will be adopted by the American Telemedicine Association and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). This system, they believe, will begin to define adoption standards for telehealth coverage. Dr. Bill Fera, a principal in the Health Care Advisory practice at EY says, “We wanted to create a standard way to communicate. We need to understand where people are. But no one defines what adoption means to this point.”…
  • The Lone Star State Stands Alone against Telemedicine

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
      Last week, Texas lawmakers ended a protracted battle between the state board and telehealth company Teladoc when they voted to restrict the practice of telemedicine, bucking the national trend of increased adoption. The move comes as a surprise at a time when many states in recent months have moved towards expanding telemedical practices and mandating insurance coverage for the services.  The momentum towards telemedicine can also be felt outside the confines of legislation, with national demand increasing exponentially with every passing year. In a New York Times…
  • Telemedicine Legislation to be Reintroduced to Congress

    7 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    Two telemedicine bills that were first introduced in 2013 and 2014 are now poised for reintroduction to congress according to an article by mHealthNews. Both bills are closely linked with Medicare, the first focusing primarily on reimbursement and coverage, the second on the more general expansion of telemedical practices. While both bills lost momentum due to delays, their renewed progress is a promising sign of increasingly widespread interest in the expansion of telemedicine.  HR 3306,The bill introduced in 2013, was dubbed the Telehealth Enhacement Act…
  • Telemedicine Benefits Reach Both Patients and Physicians

    4 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    An article for the Arizona Sun endorses telemedicine, saying that it makes sense for both doctors and patients. The piece begins with a story about a local singer who had a performance scheduled, yet could not perform due to not having asthma medication. She did a quick search of the internet and within 20 minutes she was speaking to a physician. After a 20 minute appointment a prescription was phoned in to a local pharmacy. The virtual doctor’s appointment cost her only $35. The benefit to the public provided by telemedicine is enormous; however the patients are not the only beneficiaries.
  • Washington to Require Telehealth Reimbursement

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
      The Spokesman-Review reported this week that a new bill sponsored by Republican Senator Randi Becker would require "private carriers and Medicaid plans to reimburse patients when they receive covered benefits through telemedicine". The bill was heard Wednesday by the House Health Care and Wellness Committee after passing unanimously through the Senate. For Washington, a state with many rural communities, introducing telemedicine is an obvious move. Marc West, an ALS patient who testified at the hearing, reminded the committee that "there are over 4 million people in…
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  • Why Using a Single Vendor for Translation and 508 Compliance is Best

    Andrea Duarte
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Like the universe, healthcare is rapidly expanding. More and more players enter the market and for every new player hundreds of new vendors follow. A growing range of solutions can create confusion and additional work. Why add more to manage to the already overflowing task list on your desk? There are clear advantages to a centralized process with one vendor for translation services and 508 Compliance. 1 – Shortened delivery times.  September 30! The CMS deadline for delivering vital plan documents to your members.  With shortened production times and last minute changes from CMS…
  • Heart Disease and Hispanic Women

    Andrea Duarte
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    February is the month where we lead with our hearts.   We give them freely, and secretly hope to receive one or two in return.  Valentine’s Day we celebrate love and remind those we care about how much they mean to us.  This month is especially important for the women in your life.  Not because she needs chocolate or an expensive piece of jewelry, but because she needs to know how to protect her heart.  No, not from being broken, but from a much more serious issue facing women – heart disease.  Heart disease is the number one killer for all Americans but it especially affects…
  • Valentine’s Day Culture and Traditions around the world

    Yannick Gibson
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Love has no culture, boundaries, race and religion.”- Santosh Kalwar It is no surprise that February is known as the month of love due to Valentine’s Day, but how do Valentine’s Day culture and traditions vary around the world? Stores in the US are currently stocking up on chocolates, heart-shaped objects and a wide assortment of flowers in preparation. In fact, in the past few years Valentine’s Day has grown to become a billion dollar industry. Here are some Valentine’s Day facts:  $13 Billion: The average annual Valentine’s Day spending  196 million:…
  • Alan Vernon Gives his Dos and Don’ts for Successful Sales

    Andrea Duarte
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    Our own Alan Vernon has over 20 years experience in sales and healthcare and was featured on for his expertise in sales and client relations.  He is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of language related and cultural adaptation specifically for the healthcare industry.  He has refined the art of building key relationships with clients by having a thorough understanding of their business and anticipating their needs. Dos and Don’ts for Successful Sales “To me, job titles don’t matter. Everyone is in sales. It’s the only way we stay in business” , Harvey Mackay…
  • Does Culture Affect Prenatal Care?

    Andrea Duarte
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Who doesn’t love seeing a healthy, happy baby? Unfortunately, this is not a reality for all mothers in the United States. Statistics have shown that approximately 1 in 33 babies, approximately 120,000, are born each year with some form of birth defect. These defects have been defined by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine as the abnormal development of the fetus resulting in death, malformation, growth retardation, and functional disorders. And, while these may range from less severe symptoms, such as low birth-weight, to more serious like disease or drug and alcohol…
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  • Autism Screening and Diagnosis – Early Intervention Is Important

    Julie Clements
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of intricate neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by difficulties in communication, social impairments, and repetitive stereotyped behavioral patterns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 88 children in multiple communities in the United States have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Typically, autistic children need physical, occupational and speech therapy; sometimes social and behavioral (ABA) therapy and psychological therapy may also be needed. Providers of these services are reimbursed when the therapy is…
  • Get Your Mobile Optimization in Shape before April 21

    Rajeev Rajagopal
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:08 am
    That mobile optimized search is emerging as the single greatest trend is nothing new. That Google favors websites optimized for the mobile search isn’t new as well. But what’s new is Google’s revelation that by April 21 it will increase its “use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal.” In other words, it is set to launch a major update which is supposed to alter the way it assesses the mobile user-friendliness of websites. The nature of the updates has not been revealed and is therefore hazy at the moment. But Google has revealed that this update, actually an…
  • Drug and Device Companies to Disclose Payments Made to Physicians for CME

    Meghann Kiernan
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:26 am
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released their proposed rule for physician payment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is a major reversal of policy, according to which CMS now wants the industry to report payments to physicians for continuing medical education. This move would eliminate the current exemption for continuing medical education (CME) in the open payment programs (commonly known as Sunshine Act) that requires drug and device companies to directly disclose payments and items of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals. The recent reversal was…
  • Alzheimer’s Takes a Heavier Toll on Women than Men

    Natalie Tornese
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:26 am
    More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s and the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the country. According to a recent report published in the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, a 65-year-old American woman has a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, while a man (the same age) has about a 1 in 11 chance. It was also found that women in their 60s have double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s than breast cancer. The report reveals that out of the 5 million people suffering from this ailment, 3.2 million people happen to be…
  • National Walk for Epilepsy 2015 – An Initiative to Raise Funds for Epilepsy Research

    Julie Clements
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Epilepsy (also referred to as “fits”) is a serious neurological disorder in which the central nerve cells in the brain work abnormally causing seizures. According to 2014 statistics, approximately 2.2 million people have this condition in the United States. It is estimated that about 1 out of 26 people will develop this condition at some point in their lifetime. Each year more than 1, 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with this condition with the incidence being higher in young children and older adults. To highlight the importance of epilepsy awareness, the National Walk for Epilepsy…
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  • Umeclidinium bromide, Vilanterol – Patent, Extension and Data Exclusivity Expiry Snapshot (51 countries)

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Need fast access to comprehensive SPC, data exclusivity, and litigation intelligence that’s simple to access and use? Already used by big pharma, biologics manufacturers and their law firms, Patent, Extension and Data Exclusivity Expiry Snapshot saves you days of research and instantly puts you in-the-know. !NOW WITH ‘USA VIEW’! “The most extensive source of patent information available.” Product Portfolio Manager – Dr Reddys Laboratories “The database is reliable, frequently updated, well-arranged, user friendly.” Director IP – Zentiva k.s…
  • Clevidipine – Comprehensive patent search

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Imagine having your own team of pharmaceutical patent experts at the click of a button. Used by the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies and legal teams for over 10 years, Ark In-depth Searches are the benchmark in comprehensive, accurate and relevant patent data. Searched and analysed by highly trained, qualified staff using proprietary searching techniques, you won’t need to worry about missing patents or updating data. And that means your IP staff will be freed up to concentrate on your business, rather than getting bogged down in patent data. “Provides structured,…
  • Doramectin (Vet) – Comprehensive patent search

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Imagine having your own team of pharmaceutical patent experts at the click of a button. Used by the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies and legal teams for over 10 years, Ark In-depth Searches are the benchmark in comprehensive, accurate and relevant patent data. Searched and analysed by highly trained, qualified staff using proprietary searching techniques, you won’t need to worry about missing patents or updating data. And that means your IP staff will be freed up to concentrate on your business, rather than getting bogged down in patent data. “Provides structured,…
  • Eprosartan – Comprehensive patent search

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Imagine having your own team of pharmaceutical patent experts at the click of a button. Used by the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies and legal teams for over 10 years, Ark In-depth Searches are the benchmark in comprehensive, accurate and relevant patent data. Searched and analysed by highly trained, qualified staff using proprietary searching techniques, you won’t need to worry about missing patents or updating data. And that means your IP staff will be freed up to concentrate on your business, rather than getting bogged down in patent data. “Provides structured,…
  • Cefixime – Comprehensive patent search

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Imagine having your own team of pharmaceutical patent experts at the click of a button. Used by the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies and legal teams for over 10 years, Ark In-depth Searches are the benchmark in comprehensive, accurate and relevant patent data. Searched and analysed by highly trained, qualified staff using proprietary searching techniques, you won’t need to worry about missing patents or updating data. And that means your IP staff will be freed up to concentrate on your business, rather than getting bogged down in patent data. “Provides structured,…
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    Transform Healthcare

  • How Drug Diversion Harms the Healthcare Facility and its Staff

    Blog Administrator
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    By Seth Hartman, PharmD, Informatics Pharmacist at Oregon Health and Science University This is the third in a series of posts about drug diversion. Drug diversion in hospitals and other healthcare facilities not only puts patients at risk—it also harms...
  • Pharmacists’ Role in Improving Medication Adherence: An Overview

    Blog Administrator
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    This is the first article in a series about medication adherence. Pharmacists have the skills and ability to impact patient lives, both in the hospital by managing medications, and after discharge by helping patients understand the importance of medication adherence....
  • News Corner: Meaningful Use Stage 3 and Transitions of Care: Asking too Much?

    Blog Administrator
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid recently released its proposed rule for Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 3. Designed to give providers additional flexibility and simplify the MU program, Stage 3 focuses on driving interoperability between different electronic health records and...
  • How Hospital Drug Diversion Puts Patients at Risk

    Blog Administrator
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    By Seth Hartman, PharmD, Informatics Pharmacist at Oregon Health and Science University. This is the second in a series of posts about drug diversion. When healthcare workers divert drugs, it causes great harm to patients. Drug diversion is an ongoing...
  • News Corner: Convenience and Cost Factors Increase Medication Adherence for Seniors With Diabetes

    Blog Administrator
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    As a company that provides medication adherence packaging, we’re always interested in other factors that contribute to medication adherence. A study by Kaiser Permanente determined that several criteria involving the health system correlated with high rates of adherence, according to...
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