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  • Research: Young athletes who undergo ACL reconstruction experience re-injury

    News-Medical.Net Healthcare News Feed
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    One in three young athletes who undergo ACL surgery experiences re-injury, according to research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day. The study examined the long term success of surgery for patients aged 18 years and younger.
  • Rock Health's Halle Tecco: No easy answer for dearth of female health execs [Interview]

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    Leslie Small
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    While women make up a vast majority of the healthcare workforce, they are still woefully underrepresented in the C-suite of major healthcare organizations, according to a new report from Rock more
  • Obamacare Exchanges Attract Few High Income Americans

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    Bruce Japsen
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Government-run exchanges have been good at attracting low income Americans to subsidized coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but aren’t attracting higher income buyers who could be needed in the future, according to an analysis out last week.
  • Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

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    Jake Harper
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    Southeastern Indiana is battling an HIV outbreak. The new cases are mostly linked to injection drug use and have reignited a debate over needle exchanges, which are currently illegal in the state.» E-Mail This
  • Ebola more deadly for young children

    Healthcare Purchasing News Daily Update
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Ebola progresses more quickly and is more likely to be fatal for children under five...
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    Health Care

  • Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

    Jake Harper
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    Southeastern Indiana is battling an HIV outbreak. The new cases are mostly linked to injection drug use and have reignited a debate over needle exchanges, which are currently illegal in the state.» E-Mail This
  • Medical Bills Linger, Long After Cancer Treatment Ends

    Amanda Aronczyk
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    A woman's family is stuck with medical charges for care she received after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Negotiating relief from the bills has become a part-time job for her daughter.» E-Mail This
  • Senate Follows House In Passing GOP Budget Blueprint

    The Associated Press
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:06 am
    Working into Friday's pre-dawn hours, senators approved the measure by a near party-line 52-46 vote, endorsing a budget that closely follows one the House passed Wednesday.» E-Mail This
  • Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

    Ron Elving
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.» E-Mail This
  • High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now

    Jay Hancock
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Health plans that require people to pay thousands of dollars up front cut costs in the first three years, a study finds. But no one knows if costs will rise later as people avoid preventive care.» E-Mail This
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    Healthcare Intelligence Network

  • Infographic: Health Security in the Internet of Things

    Melanie Matthews
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    With the growing trend toward the Internet of Things (IoT) in healthcare, including wearables, embedded devices and other health and wellness monitoring devices, there is no doubt that networked healthcare offers numerous benefits, not only to the individuals involved, but to the healthcare industry as a whole, according to a new infographic by McAfee. However, less than 60 percent of healthcare providers have implemented security controls or a basic risk assessment for their IoT devices. The infographic outlines the benefits and risks of IoT deployment in healthcare. The goal of E-Healthcare…
  • Are Multi-Specialty Physician Groups ‘Next Generation’ to Transition to ACOs?

    Cheryl Miller
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    In another step towards advancing models of care that reward value over volume, HHS recently announced the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model of payment and care delivery, a new initiative designed to move an increasing percentage of Medicare payments into models that support value-based care, and which supports a number of tools including telehealth and post-discharge home services. With their built-in cadre of healthcare providers, multi-specialty physician groups (referred to here as physician groups), which comprised about a tenth of survey respondents to the…
  • Infographic: HealthTech Trends

    Melanie Matthews
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Data, connectivity and innovation are changing the healthcare landscape, according to a new infographic by Philips. In the infographic, Philips examines the potential of wearable technologies, connected devices, electronic health records, telehealth, predictive analytics, population health management, mobile health apps, data security, partnerships and cloud-based technology in healthcare. Real-time remote management of high-risk populations curbed hospitalizations, hospital readmissions and ER visits for more than 80 percent of respondents and boosted self-management levels for nearly all…
  • Countering 5 Remote Monitoring Cautions in Face of mHealth Uncertainty

    Cheryl Miller
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Physician champions and legislative advocates can spur remote patient monitoring success.Physician skepticism about mHealth is a frequently cited barrier to implementing remote monitoring. But once physicians understand they can allot in-person visits for those who truly need them, then use their other time remotely monitoring other patients to wellness, they might be more willing to buy in to mHealth. It's all about educating the physician, advises Dr. Luke Webster, vice president, chief medical information officer, CHRISTUS Health, who shared how CHRISTUS responded to these challenges…
  • Infographic: The Adverse Impact of High-Deductible Health Plans on Providers

    Melanie Matthews
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    The increase in high-deductible health plans (HDHP) is having a negative impact on healthcare providers, according to a new infographic by Nobility. The growth in HDHPs, up from one million in 2005 to 17.4 million in 2014, has led to some patients skipping or delaying procedures and an increase in medical debt for patients who cannot afford their deductible. The infographic examines the impact of HDHPs and how physician practices can respond to this growing trend. From collaboration and consolidation to the inevitable acceptance of a value-based system, the state of healthcare continues to…
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    The Health Care Blog

  • Accountable Care: Transparency of Fees Is Mandatory

    28 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    By CYNDY NAYER A personal account of a transaction that went very badly, and rules of Health Reform were not followed. Accountable Care and associated transparency have not made it to Florida, at least not in this physician’s office. I made an appt with an ENT (ear nose and throat doctor) for ear wax.  When […]
  • The Health Care Blame Game

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    By NORTIN HADLER, MD Overtreated, overstaffed, over-administered, overpriced, over-regulated, and over-legislated: that’s for starters. How about over-diagnosed, over-medicalized, over-screened, over-digitized, and over-litigated? Then there’s unavailable, inaccessible, non-empathic, and even cruel when it comes to the disabled, disallowed the disaffected and the disavowed. To top it off there’s the American fashion of dying, alone and encumbered […]
  • The Real Story Of How I Sold Two Startups, The Chaos Afterwards, And What’s Next

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    By ALEXANDRA CARMICHAEL Today we’re starting a series of more personal stories, looking at what makes interesting people in health care tick. Alex Carmichael is a rare multiple time CEO in health technology, and she has a very interesting tale to tell–Matthew Holt Don’t worry, this isn’t your typical, syrupy founder story. Matthew asked me […]
  • No More Numbers

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:03 pm
    By SHIRIE LENG, MD Medicine is obsessed with numbers. Or rather, journalists and medical administrators are. Here are two related examples of how large a grain of salt one must put on numbers. Cardiac surgical procedures, like everything else in medicine, have quality indicators. One of these is what we doctors call “30-day mortality”. What […]
  • Patient Self-Scheduling 2.0

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    By JOSEFINA JERVIS and MICHAEL TURPIN As the digital economy transforms health the most transformative ideas and consumer engagement solutions can sometimes challenge the industry’s ability to adopt and implement them. Reimbursement reforms, risk sharing, migration towards high deductible plans and the expansion of public and private coverage are converging to unleash an increasingly sophisticated consumer into […]
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    Health Business Blog

  • Digital pathology in action: Interview with Omnyx CEO Mamar Gelaye

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    Omnyx CEO Mamar Gelaye Pathologists are physicians who play a critical role in disease diagnosis and treatment planning. Yet if you’re a patient, chances are you’ve never met one, because pathologists typically work in the hospital laboratory, analyzing slides and providing their reports to the treating physician. Turns out pathology is also one of the last areas of medicine to embrace the digital revolution. That’s changing now as pathology discovers the benefits…
  • Health Wonk Review is up at Wing of Zock

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Some blogs have cool names. Example: Wing of Zock, which hosts the latest Health Wonk Review blog carnival. You’ll want to check it out because it contains a rich trove of posts about healthcare policy.
  • Hospitals say: Show me the money! (I’m quoted)

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Hospitals and other healthcare providers are struggling to collect out-of-pocket costs from patients. This has always been the case to some degree but with the growth of high-deductible plans and other forms of cost-sharing, patient payments have become a much more significant share of the pie. This state of affairs can lead to some ugly publicity. Hospitals are more likely to collect if they do so upfront, but it can also strike patients as rude and even unethical. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review covered this topic, leading with an example of a breast cancer patient who was told her surgery…
  • Biosimilars are not generics

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    Same thing only different The Wall Street Journal (Big Pharma’s Unfamiliar Biosimilar Threat) warns us that pharmaceutical companies are overvalued because investors have not realized that copy-cat versions of biotech drugs, aka “biosimilars” will hurt profits substantially. It’s not an unreasonable assertion. And yet, the Journal follows with a common but false explanation of what biosimilars are: “Biosimilars are analogous to generic versions of traditional small-molecule pharmaceuticals.” Actually they are quite different. Generic versions of…
  • Sovaldi: a near-perfect example of price discrimination

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    The controversy over the pricing of Gilead’s Sovaldi for Hepatitis C is a textbook example of price discrimination in action. I hope that my quick review of some of the principles involved will help explain what’s going on. Gilead sells Sovaldi for high prices in the US: up to $85,000 or so for a course of treatment. The price is a little lower in Europe, substantially lower still in middle income countries and less than  $1000, or 1 percent of the US price in poor countries such as India. Such stark differentials set up major financial incentives for people in richer…
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    Healthcare Economist

  • Friday Links

    Jason Shafrin
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Men’s salaries as nurses. “Top Lawyers” are average. MRI’s for less. Before and after. Health insurance exchange enrollment. California is nuts.
  • HWR is up

    Jason Shafrin
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Jennifer Salopek has posted the latest Health Wonk Review, Spring Break Edition at Wing of Zock.  This week’s topics are diverse and far ranging – Jennifer does a great job dishing them up.
  • A Neurosurgeon and A Patient

    Jason Shafrin
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:18 pm
    The moving story of Paul Kalanithi. That message is simple: When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing. Paul Kalanithi.
  • Insurance expansions reduce ER Use

    Jason Shafrin
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:49 pm
    One promise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was that by giving more people access to health insurance, patients would be more likely to have a regular source of care and would be less likely to use the emergency room. Rick Kronick–the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and a member of my dissertation committee–cites new research from the Annals of Emergency Medicine that finds that emergeny room visits have fallen. Kronick writes: A new study, published today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, shows that, following the implementation of the…
  • Tuesday Links

    Jason Shafrin
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Madness? (March-related) Homo Clinicus. The next step for 23andMe. How to kill a doctor. Getting noticed. Biotech contrarian.
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    Age with Quality not in Crisis

  • Poison Prevention and Seniors, The Charlotte Today Program

    Anthony Cirillo
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    Poison Prevention and Seniors, The Charlotte Today Program The post Poison Prevention and Seniors, The Charlotte Today Program appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Our Friday Song of the Week – 19th Nervous Breakdown

    Anthony Cirillo
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – 19th Nervous Breakdown The post Our Friday Song of the Week – 19th Nervous Breakdown appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Alcohol, Chocolate Could Prevent Memory Loss, Dementia! (Video)

    Anthony Cirillo
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Alcohol, Chocolate Could Prevent Memory Loss, Dementia! The post Alcohol, Chocolate Could Prevent Memory Loss, Dementia! (Video) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Vibrating Insoles Could Improve Walking Gait (Video)

    Anthony Cirillo
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Vibrating Insoles Could Improve Walking Gait The post Vibrating Insoles Could Improve Walking Gait (Video) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Vibrating Insoles Could Improve Walking Gait

    Anthony Cirillo
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Vibrating Insoles Could Improve Walking Gait When researchers put a urethane foam insole with piezo-electric actuators delivering subsensory vibratory noise stimulation to the soles of the feet of 12 healthy community-dwelling elderly volunteers aged 65 – 90 years, the vibratory insoles significantly improved performance on measures of balance and gait that are associated with falls.   The objective of this study was to test whether subsensory vibratory noise applied to the sole of the foot using a novel piezo-electric vibratory insole, can significantly improve sensation, enhance…
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • The Time Is Now To Fix Medicare ACOs

    Clifton Gaus and David Introcaso
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    This past January 20th, the Department of Health And Human Services established national Medicare pay-for-value goals. By 2016, the Department intends to tie 30 percent of Medicare payments, and by 2018 50 percent of payments, to quality or value through alternative payment models. Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are expected to make a significant contribution toward meeting these goals. With current ACOs accounting for 7.8 million beneficiaries and 15 percent of Medicare spending, it will be essential for the current 405 ACOs to stay in the Medicare Shared Savings Program…
  • Paying For The ‘Doc Fix’

    Michael Chernew
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    For years now it has become apparent that the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system is not sustainable. However, fixing the SGR will require increases in budgeted costs, and so one of the major barriers to replacing the SGR is figuring out how to pay for the fix. Towards this end, it is important to understand the appropriate cost-comparison. Federal scorekeepers (appropriately) assess the cost of the SGR fix relative to current law, which assumes that fees will follow a trajectory defined by current policy. But as near as I can tell, few advocate for that path or believe it will occur; rather…
  • Call For Submissions: Narrative Matters Poetry Contest

    Jessica Bylander
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    April is National Poetry Month and in celebration the Narrative Matters section of Health Affairs is seeking poetry submissions for upcoming issues of the journal. We are holding a poetry contest from March 26 to April 22, looking for well-crafted poems that touch on topics related to health and health policy. Three winning poems will be announced at the end of April. Winners will receive a $500 prize, publication in Health Affairs, and two copies of the issue containing the winning poem. All entries will be read by Health Affairs staff and winning poems will be selected by three guest…
  • Health Affairs Web First: Without CHIP, Sharply Higher Insurance Costs For Many Low-Income Families

    Lucy Larner
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is now set to expire after September 2015. A new study, being released by Health Affairs as a Web First, and also appearing in its April issue, examines the availability and cost of dependent coverage for children through employer-sponsored plans. Such plans would be the primary pathway to affordable coverage for more than half of all children losing CHIP eligibility, insofar as access to employer-sponsored coverage through their parents can bar children from receiving Marketplace subsidies. According to the study, 96.9 percent of…
  • Executions, Doctors, The U.S. Supreme Court, And The Breath Of Kings

    I. Glenn Cohen
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s note: This post is part of a series stemming from the Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review event held at Harvard Law School on Friday, January 30, 2015. The conference brought together leading experts to review major developments in health law over the previous year, and preview what is to come. A full agenda and links to video recordings of the panels are here The relationship between medicine and capital punishment has been a persistent feature of this past year in health law, both at the level of medical ethics and Supreme Court review. Our story starts in Oklahoma,…
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    Medicare News Blog

  • Budget Grandstanding in the Senate

    medicare poster
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Senate Republicans have produced a budget that repeals the Affordable Care Act, guts Medicare, and gives a tax break to the rich. Related NewsSenate passes $2.8 trillion budgetSenate Democrats Question HHS Secretary Leavitt About Medicare Provisions In President’s Budget RequestHouse G.O.P. Plans a Budget That Retains Tax Increases and Medicare Cuts
  • House Passes Bill Changing Medicare Fee Formula and Extending Children’s Insurance

    medicare poster
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In a significant bipartisan move backed by President Obama, the House agreed on changing the formula for doctors’ fees and extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Related NewsBill Passes for Children’s Health Care, Medicare ImprovementsPresident Bush Expected To Announce Medicare Physician Fee Formula Proposal During State Of The Union AddressHealth care legislation goes to House
  • Increased Military Spending Wins Out After Dueling Budget Votes in House

    medicare poster
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Republicans framed the debate around the imperative to shrink the government’s reach, balance the budget and begin to pay down the federal debt — without raising taxes. Related NewsHouse Approves $2.9T FY 2008 Budget That Would Require Lawmakers To Offset New Spending On Medicare, SCHIPAHIP, American Medical Association Television Ads Intended To Influence Lawmakers On Medicare LegislationAGING AMERICA: Medicare ‘as we know it’ will change no matter who wins the White House in 2012
  • When Nancy Met Johnny

    medicare poster
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When it comes to the ways of Washington, when should our elected representatives just make it happen? Related NewsWhen Nancy Met JohnnyDr. Johnny Benjamin: Beware: Cut Medicare Fees to Doctors and Watch the System DieAHIC works to expand boundaries of remote care
  • When Nancy Met Johnny

    medicare poster
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When it comes to the ways of Washington, when should our elected representatives just make it happen? Related NewsWhen Nancy Met JohnnyDr. Johnny Benjamin: Beware: Cut Medicare Fees to Doctors and Watch the System DieAHIC works to expand boundaries of remote care
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    db's Medical Rants

  • 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
  • Teaching diagnostic reasoning

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Amidoc wrote this comment: Thank you for sharing this with us. How about focus on teaching how to avoid clinical errors during medical school and residency? I am sure someone smart can come up with a curriculum and the apply it in real life. Yesterday I gave Grand Rounds at my alma mater – the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond (sometimes called VCU but I reject the relabeling). The title – Learning to think like a Clinician – is pithy, but may not convey the essence of the talk. In this talk I present patients whose diagnostic process helps us understand the source of…
  • Diagnostic errors are nothing new

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    JAMA went into their archives to publish this 100-year-old article – Why Physicians Err in Diagnosis (subscription necessary) Abrahams classifies errors on the part of physicians into two groups, social and clinical. Social errors, under which are listed (1) bad deportment and (2) lack of tact, affect chiefly patients suffering from such functional disorders as hysteria, psychasthenia and neurasthenia. Social errors prevent the physician from gaining the necessary confidence of such patients and inhibit the establishment of the thorough sympathetic understanding which should exist…
  • Learning from the detectives

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Many readers know that I love mystery novels and TV shows.  Recently I was talking with a 3rd year student, and realized that one of the reasons I love internal medicine is that every day I am a detective.  As I watch detective shows and movies and as I read or listen to detective novels I am learning lessons about being a better diagnostician. The best detectives collect data prior to coming to conclusions. They avoid premature closure. As they look at the evidence they do not act on the obvious, but rather ask about missing data. They refuse to rush to judgment. The best…
  • The danger of admission diagnoses (ht @medicalaxioms)

    22 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    Now that is a strange title.  How can a diagnostic label cause problems?  Yet our current insurance environment actually causes diagnostic delays and errors. As I understand it, patients need an admission diagnosis to justify admission to insurance companies.  Often in the hospital “quality assurance” representatives require me to assign a diagnosis so that the insurance company will “approve” the admission. When I started, we admitted patients because they were sick and we needed to figure out what was causing the illness.  A tweet stimulated this post – one…
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    retired doc's thoughts

  • 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…
  • As the destroy fee for service movement ramps up just remember there is no perfect compensation mechanism

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

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

  • Opinion, CIO Magazine: "The medical profession needs to get over its fear of information technology"- their complaints bogus

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    There comes a time when the pundits defending the status quo in the healthcare information technology sector and health IT utopianism simply need to be thoroughly and definitively refuted.This is such a time.  CIO magazine reaches the country's information technology leadership, including those in heathcare.   Hence, canards and meritless defamation of physicians can (and in my experience does) impact the attitudes and decisions of the leaders of the very technology physicians are increasingly dependent upon to deliver safe care.Ultimately, such misinformation can and does…
  • Two New Independent Reports on the Death of Dan Markingson, But Now What Will Happen?

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Years after his death, there is now a little more clarity about why Dan Markingson died.  Whether this clarity will have any impact remains to be seen.We most recently posted about the aftermath of Mr Markingson's death here, (and see posts in 2013 here, and in 2011 here.)  Very briefly, Mr Markingson was an acutely psychotic patient enrolled in a drug trial sponsored by Astra Zeneca at the University of Minnesota.  His enrollment was said to be voluntary although at the time he enrolled he had been involuntarily committed to care.  Despite his mother's ongoing and vocal…
  • A $6.6 Million CEO Dreams of a "Doctor-Less" Future

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The CEO of giant hospital system UPMC, Mr Jeffrey Romoff, has been one of the best compensated CEOs of ostensibly non-profit hospital systems.  As we noted here, his 2013-14 compensation was $6.6 million.  UPMC has become so big and its top managers so rich that a former Mayor of the city of Pittsburgh sued the organization claiming it was not really not-for-profit (look here and here).  The leadership of UPMC has previously supplied us with some interesting examples of conflicts of interest (look here and here).  The announcement of a new alliance of Pittsburgh…
  • Same Old, Same Old - Johnson and Johnson Settles Charges it Concealed Adverse Effects of Risperdal, Vaginal Mesh Device, Pleads Guilty to Selling Adulterated Tylenol, Announces CEO Got 48% Raise to $25 Million

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    We have devoted a lot of bytes over the years to the stream of allegations and ethical questions about Johnson and Johnson, the giant pharmaceutical/ biotechnology/ device company, and resulting legal actions.  Meanwhile, the company has bestowed a gushing stream of money on its top executives.  Its almost spring, 2015, and it seems nothing has changed.Johnson and Johnson's Latest Legal MisadventuresJury Verdict that Company Concealed Harms of Risperdal Let us start with the latest legal news about J&J.  In late February, 2015, as reported on the PharmaLot blog by Ed…
  • Increasing Bad Press for Today's Healthcare Information Technology - Deserved and Overdue

    16 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Here are three candid, quite revealing articles about the distaste for today's health IT that appeared recently.  I will address each,The first seems like pure deja vu (see my June 4, 2009 post "If The Military Can't Get Electronic Health Records Right, Why Would We Think Conflicted EHR Companies And IT-Backwater Hospitals Can?" at  Forbes:  Pentagon's $11 Billion Healthcare Record System Will Be Obsolete Before It's Even Built -  March 3,…
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    Global bioethics blog

  • Whose risk/benefit ratio is this, anyway?

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    It's a good question. An analysis of risks and benefits for study participants is considered central to the ethics of research, but how risks and benefits are determined remains tricky. Part of the job description of research ethics committees is to make such determinations, and the Belmont Report encourages use of quantitative risk data whenever possible, but it is unclear how often that actually happens. Anecdotally, there is a lot of eyeballing and back-of-the-envelope estimation of risks, if not outright speculation and magnification. And as for benefits, there is much disagreement as to…
  • Big Pharma feeling misunderstood

    10 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The CEO of Bayer, Marijn Dekkers, was last month reported to have said the following:"We did not develop this [cancer] drug for Indians. We developed it for Western patients who can afford it."What Dekkers said was in response to a question about a decision by an Indian government official to grant a compulsory licence to patents on said cancer drug, on the grounds that Bayer's price for it ($65,000) was far too expensive for Indian patients. Dekkers added that he thought the move towards a compulsory licence -- permitting low-cost generic equivalents to be produced and sold by companies…
  • New Year ruminations on global bioethics

    7 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The New Year is a good time to reflect on where one has been and where one is going. What have I accomplished or failed to accomplish? What can I do better? It is hard to know whether Julian Savulescu wrote his recent essay in the Journal of Medical Ethics (‘Bioethics: why philosophy is essential for progress’) in a bit of a fin d’annee funk. But it certainly sounds like it: his conclusion is that bioethics and medical ethics as fields have largely failed, and he seriously doubts that he as a bioethicist has made much of a positive impact over the past two decades. What is the malaise,…
  • Ebola and the ethics of research design

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    A couple of recent articles stimulated my interest on the ethics of conducting ebola research, particularly with those conducted in low-resource settings and having a randomised controlled design. It interested me enough to write a letter to JAMA, where it got bounced.  I thought about submitting to Lancet, but hip replacement surgery got in my way: just too much work. So it goes. Part of what is fascinating about the topic are the underlying issues regarding whether doing anything other than the 'gold standard' of clinical trials is justified. I am diverting this piece to…
  • Has global health become medicalised?

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Many people have heard of ‘global health’. In fact, it is hard to get away from it, particularly on the medical side of college campuses, in health policy discussions, or the media when a newsworthy epidemic breaks out somewhere. Global health is generally code for (unfair) health disparities and the unhappy tendency of health crises walk or fly across national borders. Perhaps less familiar is the concept of ‘medicalization’. Roughly speaking, it is the process by which human problems are understood as (or ‘reduced to’) medical problems. For example, one could view diabetes as a…
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    Health Beat by Maggie Mahar

  • “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…
  • Losing Weight—What the Experts Are Reluctant to Tell You – Part 1

    Maggie Mahar
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Have you ever shed 15 or 25  pounds and, then, over the next year or so, put it all back on? Usually, we blame ourselves. But, as I reported on HealthBeat in 2008, physicians who treat obese and overweight patients know that only about 5% of us are able to lose weight and keep it off—even in highly controlled experimental settings where patients diet and exercise under a doctors’ supervision. Over two years, 95% of us will put the pounds back on, and in some cases, add more. A National Institutes of Health (NIH), working group study published in the January 2015 issue of the journal…
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    HealthBlawg :: David Harlow's Health Care Law Blog

  • 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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  • Privacy and Security and the Internet of Things

    David Harlow
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
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    HealthLawProf Blog

  • '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...
  • Symposium-Medical Myths: Exploring Effectiveness, Misinformation and Scientific Rigor

    Nicolas Terry
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    The IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law's Hall Center for Law and Health and Indiana Health Law Review Annual Symposium will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015. This year's topic is: Medical Myths: Exploring Effectiveness, Misinformation and Scientific...
  • 'The Week in Health Law' Podcast

    Nicolas Terry
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    By Nicolas Terry This week Lindsay Wiley joins us to discuss "New Public Health" and we debate the value and validity of wellness plans. The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion...
  • Duquesne Law Seeks Health Law VAP

    Katharine Van Tassel
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Duquesne University School of Law invites applications for a visiting assistant professor for the 2015-2016 academic year. Although the appointment is only a one-year, non-tenure-track appointment with a 9-month contract, if the law school has an opening for the 2016-2017...
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  • Florbetaben PET imaging to detect amyloid plaques in Alzheimer disease: Phase 3 study

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    This site uses cookies to improve performance. If your browser does not accept cookies, you cannot view this site. Setting Your Browser to Accept Cookies There are many reasons why a cookie could not be set correctly. Below are the most common reasons: You have cookies disabled in your browser. You need to reset your […]
  • New guide to help prepare people on what to expect when someone they know is dying

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    ‘Many people do not associate dementia as a terminal illness when in fact it is the leading cause of death amongst women in the UK. For too long, death and dying has been a taboo and there is a lack of support for carers and families when it comes to preparing for these final days […]
  • Societe Generale banks big funds for Alzheimer’s Society

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    Societe Generale has almost doubled their original £500,000 target by raising a phenomenal £925,000 for Alzheimer’s Society. In addition, the bank has gone to great lengths to ensure its 3,000 employees understand more about dementia with over 310 hours of business time used to train 40 per cent of their UK workforce as Dementia Friends […]
  • AMA recommends responsible and informed use of restraint in aged care, Australia

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    The AMA has revised its Position Statement on Restraint in the Care of People in Residential Aged Care Facilities. AMA Vice President, Dr Stephen Parnis, said that the AMA recognises the need for balance between a patient’s right to self-determination and protection from harm, including harm to other residents and staff. “Medical practitioners work with […]
  • Link between relationships and health is ignored in the NHS, finds Relate

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    ‘In the UK there are 670,000 people caring for someone with dementia. For a spouse, child or friend the transition to carer can be difficult as the dynamic of the relationship changes. For the person with dementia, this can be equally hard and many people tell us they feel guilty that their family or friends […]
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    News from Scott & White Healthcare

  • 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.
  • Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock Opens Headache Clinic

    Katherine Voss
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches … any headache can be debilitating. Your head is throbbing. You might feel pain in your neck, back and shoulders. You are nauseous and sensitive to light, noise, and smell. You may even have trouble with vision. It can be difficult to do your job, go to school, or enjoy […] The post Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock Opens Headache Clinic appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • First Baylor Scott & White Health Sign on Medical Facility Lights Up Temple

    Deontrea Jones
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    McLane Children’s Specialty Clinic becomes first to display name and logo The McLane Children’s Specialty Clinic celebrated its one year anniversary and became the first medical facility in Temple to display the Baylor Scott & White Health name and logo. “When this clinic opened a year ago, the goal was to improve the coordination of […] The post First Baylor Scott & White Health Sign on Medical Facility Lights Up Temple appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
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  • Tennessee Lawmaker Thinks Deer Are A "Nuisance", But Poachers Not So Much

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Did the title of this post get your attention? Did it have "shock value"? Did you think, "what the heck", or something similar? Well, good. Those are the exact reactions I wanted you to have. If you're a Tennessee hunter, I'll bet your reaction will be even more intense by the time you finish reading the article.State Seal of Tennessee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Hunting is one of my hobbies and one of my passions. My health situation doesn't allow me to hunt as much as I'd like, but I'm always thankful for the opportunities I do have. Every year, I look forward to spring and the start of…
  • How Would The Sheepdog Deal with ISIS?

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    I’m not gonna sugarcoat it or pull punches – ISIS is straight up a scourge in the Middle East. It needs to be eliminated. They are barbaric and have no respect for human life, even the lives of their own people. They are like rabid dogs, and there is only one way to deal with such an animal – you put it down. Source : - NearEast.pngObama, Congress, and the rest of the civilized world are currently debating what the best course of action is. Is it bombing? Is it troops on the ground? Or, is it a combination of both? Considering that our military has been fighting…
  • 8 Years .... and Counting

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated the 8th anniversary of my heart transplant. It amazes me how fast the last 8 years have flown by. It seems more like only 8 days. However, I'm thankful for every one of the last 2900+ days. I haven't taken any of them for granted.The last 8 years have given me an opportunity to spend additional time with my wife, friends and family, and more time doing the things I enjoy. It has now dawned on me that I am not alive today because of anything I have done. I'm still here because of the love of friends and family who supported and prayed for me during my long…
  • A Different Approach

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

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

  • 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 […]
  • The Road to HIMSS15: Chicago in a nutsh—er, hot dog bun

    Doug Russell
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Chicago is one of the world’s great cities for food, music, sports and architecture – so it would be a crime to spend your entire HIMSS 2015 in America’s largest convention center (like I did on my first visit to Chicago). Right? After all, this is the town that gave us Al Capone, pinball machines, Chess […]
  • 5 Things Every Business Should Know about Data Privacy and Security in 2015

    Kiley Nichols
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a panel hosted by the Commonwealth Club in recognition of Data Privacy Day 2015. (Thanks to our excellent client ESET, a sponsor of the event, for the in!) The panel, “Open Forum: Data Privacy Trends 2015,” was moderated by Forrester Research Principal Analyst Fatemeh Khatibloo, and included security […]
  • The Road to HIMSS15 with FierceHealthIT’s Dan Bowman

    Don Fluckinger
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Image: “Beauty of Chicago” by Flickr user normalityrelief, licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike. Dan Bowman, the FierceHealthIT reporter deeply embedded in Washington D.C., has his finger on federal HIT policy’s pulse. We sat down with him to discuss what stories will matter to him at the 2015 Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference […]
  • Road to @HIMSS15 with Kyle Murphy of Xtelligent Media: Making plans at the show and in Chicago

    Davida Dinerman
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    Continuing our Road to HIMSS15 series, MSLGROUP sat down with Kyle Murphy, PhD, Editorial Director of Xtelligent Media, to talk about what he anticipates will be hot topics at this year’s show and his thoughts on Chicago. His articles appear primarily on  MSLGROUP: HIMSS 2015 is a month out. What stories will you be tracking closely? […]
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    World of DTC

  • Online health seekers attitudes (Data)

    Richard Meyer
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    POST SUMMARY: The Kelton/Makovsky 2015 Survey has some great nuggets of information on how people are making healthcare decisions.  Here are some good data nuggets…  FINDING: When it comes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Can pharma companies regain the trust of a skeptical public ?

    Richard Meyer
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:43 am
    An article in the LA Times suggested that patients should not necessarily trust newly approved drugs because the data in the clinical trials might tell the whole story.  While the move by GSK to open... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pharma websites irrelevant to online health seekers?

    Richard Meyer
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    POST SUMMARY: According to Makovsky Health and Kelton Research just 8% of U.S. Internet users, ages 66 and older, cited pharmaceutical company websites—the lowest response rate across all age groups.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Physicians concerned about “health apps”

    Richard Meyer
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    POST SUMMARY: According to the Financial Times “Nima Ahmadi, co-founder of Bioniq Health, a digital health start-up based in Palo Alto, California, says: “The noise-to-signal ratio in this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Generic Drugs Shows A Four-to-One Lead Over Branded

    Richard Meyer
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    POST SUMMARY: A new Harris Poll finds Americans favor generic prescription drugs over brand name products by a considerable margin. Eighty-one percent of those who buy prescription drugs say they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    FierceHealthPayer News

  • Gingrich: GOP won't repeal ACA

    Dori Zweig
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    Congressional Republicans who claim they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act really don't want to, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said at the 2015 World Health Care Congress this week in the District of more
  • Insurers show greater compliance with medical loss ratio

    Dori Zweig
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    During the first year of the medical loss ratio, insurers paid $1 billion to consumers, according to recent research from the Commonwealth Fund. Rebates dropped to $325 million in 2013, demonstrating an increase in insurer compliance with the more
  • Employers spend more on wellness programs, penalize employees less

    Dori Zweig
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    As employers increase their spending on employee wellness programs and lessen the penalties for not participating in the programs, do they hinder their overall return on investment? It's hard to say for more
  • Residents of states don't want their own exchanges

    Brian Eastwood
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    The majority of voters in the 34 states using do not want to see state exchanges if the Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell says that the federal exchange cannot sell subsidized plans, according to a recent poll by the Foundation for Government more
  • The problem with health insurers' price transparency initiatives

    Dina Overland
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    As insurers increasingly disclose their prices to consumers, the movement might be flawed and could potentially backfire. Without context, the recent price transparency initiatives are essentially more
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • 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…
  • Is Stress Taking Over?

    Rebecca Morehead
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Thank you to Susan Delano Swim for providing us with this blogpost. It’s normal to experience fluctuating moods in everyday life. We all face challenges and situations in our work and relationships that have the potential to weigh down on our sense of happiness and well-being. Having a sick family member, tax season, challenges or shortages at work cause stress that we all have to deal with.  Sometimes the stress can persist to chronic levels where it starts interfering with our ability to make smart decisions, handle our daily activities and enjoy our relationships.  Many have convinced…
  • More with Lorri Tolliver our Coding Expert – podcast episode 16

    Carey Green
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Lorri Tolliver, CPC, CPMA, CEMC is the Orlando Chapter President of AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders). Lorri had so much valuable information to give us in our January interview that we’ve invited her back for a follow up. Today we’re discussing reaching level 4 or 5 codes in a follow up visit, medical necessity, documenting time correctly and how to best document Critical Care and when it is appropriate.
  • Are you staying up-to-date on Meaningful Use changes?

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

  • Agreement smooths way for autism bill

    Andy Miller
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    The impasse over Georgia’s autism coverage bill has ended. A compromise between House and Senate leaders, announced Thursday, would clear the way for a vote on the measure before the General Assembly session ends next week. And the first legislative step came Friday morning, with approval of a newly reworked bill by the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee. Rep. Richard Smith The compromise occurred only days after the autism legislation appeared stuck and probably doomed in the House Insurance Committee. Senate Bill 1 would require many health insurance plans to cover applied behavior…
  • Potential merger sparks concern on prices

    Andy Miller
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    As merger talks continue between Emory Healthcare and WellStar Health System, a consumer advocacy group has voiced concerns about the potential impact of a deal in the metro Atlanta market. Beth Stephens Georgia Watch said such provider consolidation “is leading to higher prices for consumers with little to no improvement in the quality of care individuals receive.” Beth Stephens, the group’s health access program director, also said she is concerned that the public comment period about the merger lacks transparency. “We want to know what stakeholders are being engaged, and why…
  • Suburban counties rank highest in health

    Andy Miller
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    The suburban versus rural health divide remains the key theme in the latest ranking of Georgia’s healthiest counties. Forsyth County Forsyth is ranked the healthiest county in 2015, just as it was in the previous two years. It was followed by Gwinnett, Fayette, Cobb and Oconee. All are in the northern or north-central part of the state, and all are in the Atlanta metropolitan area except for Oconee, which is in the Athens metropolitan area. Rounding out the top 10 in the 2015 rankings are Cherokee, Columbia, Harris, Coweta and Lumpkin. The rankings were reported in the sixth annual County…
  • Report slams state on lack of disabilities progress

    Andy Miller
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    An independent monitor says Georgia is far behind in meeting its obligations for providing community services for people with developmental disabilities. A March 17 report by independent reviewer Elizabeth Jones criticized the state’s lack of progress in moving people with developmental disabilities out of state-run hospitals. A Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities spokesman said in an email statement to GHN on Wednesday that the agency is “carefully considering the findings and recommendations’’ in Jones’ report. “We will continue our efforts to deliver…
  • Distracted driving a factor in teen crashes

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    A study shows distractions played a factor in nearly 60 percent of moderate-to-severe crashes involving teen drivers. By WABE WABE for Georgia Health News, 2015. | Permalink | Comment |
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  • 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…
  • The #1 way to grow your practice–with minimal investment

    Chad Fleming
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Is your schedule slow? Growth occurs when you invest in what you want to grow. Investing in your practice requires a strategic approach to internal and external marketing. The best way to grow your practice is to connect with existing patients. Many patients get lost in follow-up and go one or two years without a comprehensive eye evaluation. The best way to grow your practice is to invest in your database of patients. This is simple and requires no time if you are using software that can do it for you. The top three software programs with these capabilities are DemandForce, SolutionReach,…
  • Who receives revenue of your associate ODs research and writing?

    Chad Fleming
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    As an employer you hired an optometrist to clinically evaluate patients and work as described in an Associate Agreement. So what happens when your associate OD uses patient clinical data generated when working with your company? For example, the associate examines patients four days a week and uses down time during those hours to write papers that are then published in both peer-reviewed journals and professional journals alike. Depending on the length and depth of the topic, the associate may be compensated for the work. Should this time and use of clinical data and records that are owned…
  • Should you rename your optometry practice?

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

  • Stopping statins in serious illness doesn't change survival...or does it? Sorting out the message

    Alex Smith
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    by: Alex Smith, @AlexSmithMDWe've talked previously on GeriPal about Dumb Medicine: continuing preventative treatments near the end of life.In one study of patients diagnosed with advanced incurable cancer and an average life expectancy of less than 2 years, up to 15% were being screened for another cancer that had no chance of harming them in their lifetime.In another study of women with dementia and an average life expectancy of less than 3 years, 18% were being screened with mammograms for a breast cancer that if detected, would not harm them in their lifetime.  Key features of both…
  • BREAKING: cancer therapy prolongs survival 6 months, worth 2-3 billion/year

    Alex Smith
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    by: Alex Smith @AlexSmithMDAn article was published yesterday that provides supporting evidence that a treatment* for advanced cancer improves survival by up to 6 months (18 vs 12 months).  This study was conducted in a population of patients with advanced cancer who had a prognosis of less than 2 years.  The first, earlier study of this treatment* to examine survival demonstrated a survival benefit of about 3 months in advanced lung cancer.This is big news folks.  A major question for our society - can we afford this treatment*?  By way of comparison, Avastin…
  • The art of being a hospice genie: experience, presence, and caring

    GeriPal Guest Author
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Photo by Joan TenoBlog by: Amy Getter, a hospice nurse who blogs at hospicediary.comI had been drained with frustration and immersed in the medical disaster we call home care this past week. Perhaps if I had never known the simplicity of visiting hospice nurses, before the medical giants of organizations and corporations had grabbed such a firm hold to significantly alter just a home visit by a nurse to a dying person, I would not have recognized what was startling. Okay, I have agreed that it is imperative to standardize what we do, what we say, ensuring that our care is cloaked in the…
  • Ageism in Healthcare Hurts Our Patients

    Stephanie Rogers
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    by: Stephanie E. Rogers, MD @SERogersMD For the first time in human history, adults older than age 65 will outnumber children younger than age 5.(1) In medical school, we receive training in treating young patients during the pediatrics lecture series and later in an extended clinical rotation, yet the training we receive for treating geriatric patients is significantly lacking. It was not until I entered my fellowship in geriatrics - after completing four years of medical school and three years of internal medicine residency - that I received any formal training in the care for older adults.
  • Searching for Successful Aging

    GeriPal Guest Author
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    by: Jeffrey M. Levine MD, AGSF (, www.jmlevinemd.comSuccessful aging is hard to define. The concept took root in 1987 when Rowe and Kahn published an article distinguishing “successful aging” from “usual aging.” Since then, scholars have been grappling for a definition but with little consensus. As discussed in a recent special issue of The Gerontologist (V 55 #1, February 2015) there are numerous directions from which the successful aging concept can be approached (see also this previous GeriPal post). As a geriatrician who spent much of my career in nursing homes…
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  • 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…
  • Crohn’s Disease – “Even doctors don’t take us seriously”

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

    Neil Versel
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Now I’m starting to appreciate how clinical researchers feel. It’s long been said that it takes as long as 17 years for new medical knowledge to find its way into routine clinical practice. Resistance to change, doubt about the findings and staunch defense of the status quo (“But we’ve always done it this way”) usually are to blame. It’s been less than 2½ years since, writing for another publication, I called for passive personal emergency response systems to become standard in eldercare, rather than the ancient technology of the pendant-worn panic button.
  • Is the Doc Fix fine print so bad even a doctor would vote against it?

    Westby G. Fisher, MD
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    It was like magic, a vote was held in the House of Representatives on the Medicare “Doc Fix” and moments later, my inbox was filled with press releases from the American College of Cardiology and the AMA. A few seconds later, a somewhat more tempered press release from AARP arrived, urging more revisions to the bill as it passed to the Senate for approval. This isn’t the first time in history Medicare has changed how it pays physicians. Nor will it be the last. But practicing physicians should be fully aware of what the new bill has in store for us.  After all, busy…
  • It looks like paying people to get with Obamacare doesn’t work (penalties probably will)

    Michelle Andrews
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The good news: Three-quarters of people who were eligible for the most generous financial subsidies on the federal health insurance exchange this year signed up for coverage, according to a new analysis by Avalere Health. The puzzler: Enrollment dropped off substantially for people with only slightly higher incomes who would also have qualified for significant subsidies. Stiffer penalties for not having coverage and redoubled efforts to reach out and educate people about the health law and their obligations may be keys to increasing enrollment for people in these income groups, says…
  • Health IT company wants to make it easier for patients, small practices to access and share EHRs

    Stephanie Baum
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:36 pm
    In a bid to help patients share their medical records with different physician practices and give them more control over their clinical information, health IT company BlueHub Health created a portal service. The company launched last year and sees itself as filling a niche between the patient-centered world of portable health records driven by the government blue button program and physician practices. Physicians who use the service can provide patients with a digital copy of their electronic records. Patients get access to a hub that allows them to view their medical information. The company…
  • Saphena Medical raising Series B round for its endoscopic vein harvesting device

    Meghana Keshavan
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Boston startup Saphena Medical is kicking off a Series B round for its endoscopic vein harvesting device. The startup launched last year with $3 million in Series A funding, which it said at the time was enough to push through regulatory clearance. But it’s recently raised another $1.2 million of a potential $3 million Series B round, according to a recent regulatory filing. Saphena Medical spun out of Pavilion Medical Innovations, a sort of medical device think tank formed out of  Catalyst Health Ventures. The startups working to consolidate veinous harvesting devices into one…
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  • 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…
  • Can financial incentives help patients be healthier?

    Wendy Glauser, Irfan Dhalla & Joshua Tepper
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    When Egon Jonsson was thinking about how best to support alcohol-addicted pregnant women, he thought of a controversial solution: paying them not to drink. The idea was inspired by studies that have offered shopping vouchers to pregnant women who succeed in giving up cigarettes. But when Jonsson and his team at the Institute of Health Economics in Edmonton submitted a grant to conduct the study, the Canadian funders disagreed with the approach of providing shopping cards. “It’s about how it looks to the general public, that you pay something for somebody to abstain from alcohol use during…
  • Canadian hospitals begin to open up visiting hours

    Ryan O'Reilly, Debra Bournes, Michelle Stasiuk & Jeremy Petch
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Two years ago, Colin’s first son was born at a hospital in a mid-size city in southern Ontario. After a long, difficult labour, his wife and baby were moved to a semi-private room at 5:30am. But Colin was not allowed to join them. “The nurses said I’d have to leave, and come back later in the morning,” he explains. When he protested, Colin was told that even though no one else was in the semi-private room, the hospital visiting hour policy prevented any visitor – even a brand new father – from staying overnight. Colin spent the rest of the night in the hospital lobby, hoping…
  • Antibiotic resistance in farm animals a growing concern for scientists

    Wendy Glauser, Maureen Taylor & Mike Tierney
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’ve all heard about the growing threat of “superbugs,” or bacteria that have become resistant to the drugs we currently use to treat them. And we know that our sometimes inappropriate use of antibiotics shoulders much of the blame. The more bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, the more they develop ways to fight back. But what about all the antibiotics given to animals? More than 75 per cent of all antibiotics used in Canada, by weight, go to farm animals, according to a report by Canada’s chief public health officer. That’s because a majority of antimicrobials are given on farms…
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  • Health Wonk Review for March 12, 2015

    Steve Anderson
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    The latest edition of Health Wonk Review is posted by Brad Wright over at Wright on Health and though it’s titled Spring Forward Edition, it’s feeling a lot like the King v. Burwell Edition. (The majority of the posts, actually weigh in on the Supreme Court challenge: Healthcare Economist has an overview for those not familiar with the case. Healthcare Lighthouse has the oral argument’s 6 most pivotal moments. HealthBeat asks – and answers – whether the Supreme Court might “scuttle subsidies.” NCPA’s Health Policy Blog predicts a finding for the…
  • Justices Kennedy, Roberts are ‘votes in play’

    Andrew Sprung
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the lawsuit that claims that the Affordable Care Act only allows health insurance exchanges “established by a state” to credit premium subsidies to qualifying buyers of private health insurance plans. According to the plaintiffs, the law did not authorize the federal exchange, now known as, to credit those subsidies. Since 37 states currently rely on, a finding for the plaintiffs would cut off subsidies and so render coverage unaffordable to the majority of current holders of…
  • Anatomy of a true health insurance death spiral

    Wendell Potter
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I mentioned in my last post that a Supreme Court decision in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell would likely lead to a collapse of the health insurance market in more than two-thirds of the states. History bears this out. Historical precedents In the years before the Affordable Care Act was passed, several states tried to bring an end to some of the health insurance industry’s anti-consumer practices, most notably insurers’ unwillingness to sell coverage to a large percentage of the population because of preexisting conditions. In my home state of Tennessee, Blue Cross…
  • Succeed or fail, challenge may push rates higher

    Wendell Potter
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    You may have heard that the Supreme Court will be hearing arguments on Wednesday in yet another case challenging the Affordable Care Act. What you probably have not heard is that regardless of how the Court eventually rules in King v. Burwell, your premiums will likely go up next year simply because the justices agreed to take the case in the first place. As illogical as that might sound, here’s what’s going on behind the scenes that will make the cost of coverage more expensive in most of the country next year than it would have been if the Court had not taken the case. King v.
  • Americans know how to shop (even for insurance)

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Shopping for a health insurance plan is hard. Too many of those who visited or their home state’s exchange but remained uninsured may not have realized that they were eligible for subsidies or Medicaid. Among those who did enroll in qualified health plans (QHPs) on ACA exchanges, however, evidence is mounting that most made informed choices and were reasonably satisfied. Here’s three facts about the market that indicate as much: 1. Active renewal market Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services released some fresh snapshots of buyer behavior on…
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  • Most Read: Home Health to Dominate by 2024, Telemedicine Proves Value

    Cassandra Dowell
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    In case you missed it, here are the most popular Home Health Care News stories grabbing readers’ attention this past week: Home Care Could be Heart of the U.S. Health System by 2024, Leaders Say — People’s homes are likely to become the key setting in tomorrow’s modern health care model, according to leaders from technology company Intel and a prominent provider organization. Affordable Care Act changes to better coordinate care, as well as people’s preferences to age in place, are among the factors that could lead in-home services to become the predominant type of health care…
  • How to Reduce Turnover Without Raising Home Care Wages

    Tim Mullaney
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    With home care workers in the midst of a nationwide push for higher wages, employers in the industry might naturally think that dissatisfaction with compensation is the main factor behind turnover. But pay very likely is not the primary reason care workers leave the job, and home health companies could improve retention — and their bottom lines — by enhancing communication with staff, experts said this week. “You can’t buy [caregivers],” said Susan D. Gilster, Ph.D., RN, executive director of health and dementia care consultancy The Gilster Group. She spoke at the American Society…
  • Drunk Care Aide Lawsuit Puts Spotlight on Background Checks

    Cassandra Dowell
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Damages caused by a drunk home health care aide are raising questions about the length to which one home health agency vets new hires. The aide allegedly “crashed through a garage door to take her elderly charge’s car on a drunken joy ride to another state,”  Courthouse News Service (CNS) reports. Martha Howard, 77, sued home care franchisee Visiting Angels, its owner Jeanne O’Neale, Brown O’Neale Inc. dba Visiting Angels, and the aide, Linda Joy Miller, on March 17 in Humboldt County Court, in Eureka, Calif., according to CNS.  “Howard says that had…
  • Home Care Prices Keep Pace with Assisted Living

    Jason Oliva
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    For seniors choosing between hiring a home health aide and entering assisted living, cost may not be much of a differentiator, newly released data suggest. The information reveals price tags for assisted living are comparable to those for in-home aides — and for both types of care, costs can vary significantly depending on location. A Place for Mom (APFM), the nation’s largest senior care referral service, on Wednesday released its first National Senior Living Price Index, a new resource that reveals cost trends in senior housing and care throughout the U.S., primarily across independent,…
  • 4 Steps for Matching Home Health Patients with a Telehealth Solution

    Tim Mullaney
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Home health providers already are improving outcomes and reducing costs by using patient monitoring technology, but administering a “technology readiness assessment” might help them maximize results, researchers said this week. A potential framework for these assessments stems from an investigation into how a Michigan-based home health provider utilizes a monitor called Cardiocom, Paul Freddolino, Ph.D., said at the American Society on Aging annual conference in Chicago. McLaren Health Care Corporation’s home care division successfully deploys Cardiocom to patients, according to a…
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  • The Shocking Truth about Medical Malpractice

    Frank Kurnik
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    We are presently in the midst of another medical malpractice insurance crisis, not unlike the crisis that occurred in the late 1970s. The availability of medical malpractice insurance is diminishing; insurance premiums are soaring; insurance carriers are going bankrupt or refusing to write malpractice insurance policies. In some areas, the cost of malpractice insurance is prohibitive, causing physicians to leave medicine. The most concerning effects are felt among patients, whose access to care is being compromised. It is easy to blame insurance companies, plaintiff lawyers, and runaway…
  • 7 Medical Marketing and Dental Media Strategies That Really Work

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

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

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

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

    Keith-Thomas Ayoob, ED.D.
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    In late February, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) issued its report recommending what Americans should be eating. Dietary guidelines are issued every five years, and this is the first step toward publishing the federal government’s official guidelines later this year. The DGAC only makes recommendations. The feds can choose to take those recommendations [...]
  • Urine Drug Testing: A Physician’s Change of Heart

    Joanna L. Starrels, M.D., M.S.
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    I remember the first time a supervising physician suggested that I order a drug test before prescribing a controlled medicine to one of my primary care patients. I felt queasy. I started to sweat. I thought, “Did you say drug test? Seriously? I’m no cop!” I worried that my patient would be offended. A decade [...]
  • Pre-Match Reflections from A Fourth-Year Medical Student

    Hannah Rosenblum
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Editors’ Note: This week is Match Week, the long-awaited yearly event when graduating medical students across the country learn if they match to a residency program and, if so, where they’ve been accepted. Earlier this week, we heard from a student who matched in January. In this post, we hear from a student gripped by suspense over [...]
  • A Medical Student’s Journey to Match Day

    Jose Diaz
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    Editors’ Note: This week is Match Week, the long-awaited yearly event when graduating medical students across the country learn if they match to a residency program and, if so, where they’ve been accepted. This week we hear from two students with a different take on Match Day, held on Friday, March 20. On January 13, while [...]
  • 2015 Match Day: With Special Meaning and Pride

    Joshua D. Nosanchuk, M.D.
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Editors’ Note:  Next week is Match Week, the anxiety-provoking yearly event when medical students across the country learn if they match to a residency program and if so, where they’ve been accepted. In this post, assistant dean for student affairs Dr. Joshua Nosanchuk reflects on how Einstein’s class of 2015 has inspired him and provides [...]
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  • 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…
  • 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:…
  • Unbelievable and Funny Stories from Travels Abroad

    Andrew Kasimir
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    When travelling to a country you have never been to, you know you are going to be in for a trip full of adventure and maybe even culture shock. Along with all the experiences that you gain, you will also bring home interesting and sometimes not so pleasant stories that make for great conversation starters! Read on to find out what other people have gone through during their travels: 1. Travels and public toilets Photo: Eliza Smith Photo: Eliza Smith Eliza Smith, an avid traveller from Australia speaks about her experience with public toilets in Japan and compares it to the one she used (or…
  • 10 Most Interesting Toilets from Around the World

    Andrew Kasimir
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Toilets have advanced from the simple hole in the ground to what we have in our homes and offices that involve complex drainage and water systems. The ancient Greek city of Ephesus which was founded in 1st century AD had pretty advanced public toilets for their time. However, this is not the kind of public toilet that you are probably thinking of.   Photo: Gary R. Caldwell Photo: Harvey Barrison These toilets were part of the Scholastica Baths and the seats were made of marble. Clearly it was not a problem for the people of Ephesus to ease themselves in front and next to each other.
  • 6 Tips for Living Abroad on a Budget

    The BrokerFish!
    5 Jun 2013 | 12:25 am
    Photo: Rodrigo_Soldon If you have plans to spend significant time abroad, be it for work or for pleasure, you’re in for quite a treat. Exploring different cultures and lifestyles, meeting interesting people, and sampling exotic cuisines are only part of the fun. For all its benefits, though, living in a new country can pose a daunting financial challenge. Whether you’re a seasoned international traveler or you’re living abroad for the very first time, there are several things you can do to keep your expenses in check. Read on for some helpful hints on how you can save money…
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • The Poster Child for Medical Malpractice Injustice

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    If you’re looking for a model of how to deprive people of their rights after they’ve suffered from medical malpractice, go to Wisconsin. As reported last week in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, companies that provide medical malpractice insurance in that state are reaping huge profits while the number of medical malpractice claims have fallen to record lows because lawyers can’t afford to take cases that are so burdened by legal handcuffs. Only 84 medical malpractice suits were filed in Wisconsin in 2014, down from 140 in 2013. In 1999, 294 claims were filed. But last year, the…
  • Suggested Reading: Hyping Hypothyroidism?

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Twelve in 100 Americans will be diagnosed at some point in their lifetimes with a thyroid disorder. Hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid gland, is treated with the drug levothyroxine, which has been called the second-most frequently prescribed drug in the U.S. As a long and interesting article in discussed, one of the hottest controversies in endocrinology is hypothyroidism and its treatment. Thyroid disorders are off-the-charts more common in women than men, and possibly as many as 2 million people, according to some estimates, have a thyroid disorder that hasn’t been…
  • Huckabee the Huckster: Promoting Bogus Diabetes Treatment for Political Gain

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    If you think the reputation of politicians couldn’t possibly sink lower, at least one potential presidential candidate proves you wrong. Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, starred in an Internet commercial for an “alternative” treatment for diabetes. Or, as the New York Times described it, a “dubious” treatment. Even that is being kind. From a wood-paneled study, the folksy Huckabee implores viewers to ignore “Big Pharma,” and treat their type 2 diabetes with a “weird spice, kitchen-cabinet cure” of dietary supplements.
  • Disagreement Between Fed Agencies Thwarts Medical Device Safety

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Eight years ago, Congress passed legislation to include identification numbers on individual medical devices so that if one caused a problem, its origin could be determined and whether the malfunction was rare or of a broader concern of which the public should be aware. The program still isn’t operational. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, (WSJ) the FDA had intended to use billing claim data bearing the “unique device identifier” (UDI) by 2012 to monitor the safety of devices such as implanted heart defibrillators and artificial joints. Not until last year did manufacturers start…
  • The Paleo Diet: Should You Eat Like a Caveman?

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:06 pm
    You’ve probably heard of the paleo diet — it’s the latest food trend that promises to improve health, aid in weight loss and make life more wonderful in every way. Is there anything more subject to fashion than diets? A recent analysis of the paleo diet in the Washington Post helped readers understand the popularity of eating like a caveman. Promoters of the paleo diet, it said, find fault with modern diets because they rely too much on processed food. The Paleolithic Era extended from about 2.6 million to 12,000 years ago — or from the earliest known use of stone tools through most…
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  • 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…
  • Medication Pill Box Gets A Makeover – Meet PillPack

    Dr G
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    As written many time here, medication nonadherence is a huge patient care issue and a costly one. According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), many chronically ill patients don’t need the medication prescribed to them. In terms of cost, millions of Americans take medication daily, but a lot of them forget to do so. A 2009 study conducted by the New England Healthcare Institute found that medical nonadherence costs the US as much as $290 billion per year. This is where PillPack comes in. Pillpack is an onlineRead More The post Medication Pill Box Gets A Makeover…
  • 20 Things Caregivers Can Do Right Now to Unwind

    Guest Contributor
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:22 am
    Caregiving is one of the most stressful stations in life. Few can relate—even more so without a nearby support group. When you start feeling helpless, it’s time to turn inward in a positive way.  Stop putting yourself on hold. Here are 20 quick, free or inexpensive ways to combat stress: Keep a handwritten journal. Just the act of writing creates a sense of mastery over frustrations.  Think of it as clearing your mental cache. Say “no” before you say “yes.” Caregivers tend to be accommodating souls. Pause before you plungeRead More The post 20 Things Caregivers Can Do Right Now…
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  • 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…
  • Medication Pill Box Gets A Makeover – Meet PillPack

    Dr G
    14 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    As written many time here, medication nonadherence is a huge patient care issue and a costly one. According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), many chronically ill patients don’t need the medication prescribed to them. In terms of cost, millions of Americans take medication daily, but a lot of them forget to do so. A 2009 study conducted by the New England Healthcare Institute found that medical nonadherence costs the US as much as $290 billion per year. This is where PillPack comes in. Pillpack is an onlineRead More The post Medication Pill Box Gets A Makeover…
  • 20 Things Caregivers Can Do Right Now to Unwind

    Guest Contributor
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:22 am
    Caregiving is one of the most stressful stations in life. Few can relate—even more so without a nearby support group. When you start feeling helpless, it’s time to turn inward in a positive way.  Stop putting yourself on hold. Here are 20 quick, free or inexpensive ways to combat stress: Keep a handwritten journal. Just the act of writing creates a sense of mastery over frustrations.  Think of it as clearing your mental cache. Say “no” before you say “yes.” Caregivers tend to be accommodating souls. Pause before you plungeRead More The post 20 Things Caregivers Can Do Right Now…
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • Tea, Citrus May Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

    Dr. Weil
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Here's some good news for women from the U.K.: a report showing that women who drank a few cups of tea per day and ate some citrus fruit or drank citrus juice (mostly orange juice) had a 31 percent lower risk of the most common type of ovarian cancer than others in the study whose consumption of tea and citrus was low. The researchers reviewed three decades of health data from 171,940 women age 25 to 55 participating in the long-running Nurses' Health Studies in the U.S., and analyzed food frequency questionnaires submitted by the study participants every four years. They credited the…
  • Milk May Increase Bone Fractures

    Dr. Weil
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you've been drinking milk daily to help strengthen your bones, you might be on the wrong track, new research from Sweden suggests. The study found that drinking milk doesn't boost bone strength. Instead, the opposite can occur. The investigation suggested that drinking three or more glasses of milk daily increased the risk of bone thinning (often a precursor of osteoporosis), bone fractures - and death - in women. Milk consumption also slightly increased deaths from cardiovascular disease in men who drank three glasses a day compared to men who drank less than a glass of milk a day.
  • How Alcohol Can Help Your Brain

    Dr. Weil
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you're age 60 or older and still have your wits about you, having a cocktail or two may enhance your episodic memory - the ability to remember events, whether they're recent or happened years ago. An example of useful episodic memory is the ability to remember where you parked your car. A new study from researchers in Texas, Kentucky and Maryland found that moderate alcohol consumption is also associated with a larger hippocampus, the brain area considered critical for episodic memory. Data from surveys of 660 patients enrolled in the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort revealed the…
  • Walnuts to Slow Alzheimer's

    Dr. Weil
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Eating a few walnuts a day may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and even slow the progression of the disease, at least in mice. A new study from the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities found that adding walnuts to the diets of mice with the mouse version of Alzheimer's boosted the animals' learning skills, memory, reduced anxiety and improved motor development. The amount of walnuts added to the mouse diet was the equivalent of a human portion of one ounce to one and a half ounces per day. The researchers performed this study following laboratory…
  • Drinking Soda May Accelerate Aging

    Dr. Weil
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    We know that habitually sipping sugary sodas can lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, but new research suggests that consuming sugar-sweetened drinks daily may have a negative effect on telomeres, the repeating DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes that shorten with age. Investigators from the University of California, San Francisco looked at telomeres in the white blood cells of stored DNA from 5,309 individuals who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999-2002. They calculated that the telomere shortening observed among individuals who…
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  • 7 Awesome Health Benefits of Asparagus

    21 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Asparagus gives us the signal that spring is coming. It is one of my most favorite vegetables during the spring. I always look for asparagus in the grocery whenever I go to shopping. Obviously this is for the health benefits it can offer us. This green vegetable is loaded with various nutrients and vitamins that are very beneficiary for our health. It is a rich source of vitamin A, C, E , K, fiber, folate, chromium, glucose etc. It is also an abundant source of glutathione which is a very…
  • 10 Health Benefits of Watermelon that Can Change Your View towards It

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. It would be a hard thing to find out who doesn’t like to take the fleshy and juicy flavor of watermelon. We generally tend to think that watermelon is just about water and sugar, but actually it is far more than that. The health benefits of watermelon are far wider than it is thought. When a fruit is full of minerals and nutrients that item is obviously being high in health values. When we talk about the health values of watermelon and list of nutrients and vitamins includes potassium,…
  • 10 Amazing Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. It is quite a new idea for us who are in the western hemisphere of the globe to use coconut oil in comparison to the eastern parts. But in the sea areas the consumption of coconut oil is age-old. No exact idea can be generated when was the benefits of the coconut oil have been invented by the people. But now the benefits of the coconut oil are widespread and rapid increase in the consumption of the coconut oil is quite eye-catching. Coconut is now famous as ‘super-food’. Coconut oil has a…
  • Top 10 Health Benefits Of Strawberry That you Should Know

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

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

  • Cancer diagnosis? 12 bold questions you need to be asking

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:55 pm
    When you first hear the news that you have cancer, it’s like being punched in the gut. Your brain is instantaneously filled with a million questions, but you’re so dumbfounded that, even if they made sense, you couldn’t get them out. The best you can do is ask, “I have cancer? Are you sure?” Deb […]
  • How to get a good night’s sleep and why it’s important

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Do you find that the older you get, the more trouble you have sleeping? You’re not alone. Insomnia is a fairly common problem at any age, but even more so once you hit 60. It’s estimated that half the people in the United States who are 60 and older either have trouble getting to sleep or […]
  • How to relieve that killer hangover

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    I’m guessing that a few people are hung over today after celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Do you have a tried and true hangover cure? I did a little research and came up with five that supposedly will help get you through the day. Check them out in the slideshow below (my first ever on the blog […]
  • Brain Injury: Seeing a Different View

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    In a split second, Martha Davoli’s view of the world shifted, figuratively and literally. It happened on March 1, 2012, seconds after she parked her car, got out and took just a few steps. “I didn’t realize there was ice under about an inch of snow,” she described to me in a quiet voice. “My […]
  • For the first time: Cholesterol, yes. Juicy steak, no.

    13 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    This guest post was written by Kit Broihier, MS, RD, LD, Courtesy of Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Have some time for a little reading? The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its 500+ page report recently, and while some of you might think it’s a snooze-fest (and no, I didn’t read the entire thing […]
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  • Enhance Your Figure with Breast Implants

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    Are you ready for a spring or summer makeover? Now is a great time to consider undergoing breast augmentation surgery, a popular procedure among women who want to enhance their figure and maintain more feminine body proportions. If you are noticing your breasts are sagging or shrinking with age, or you have always been self-conscious about your breast size and want shapelier breasts, you may be the perfect candidate for a breast augmentation procedure. Restore Volume Loss with Breast Implants If you have deflated breasts after pregnancy or weight loss, or you are losing volume in the breast…
  • Shape Up for Spring with CoolSculpting

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

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

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH If you have a heart attack in the wilderness, it’s judgment-call time. In my last post, I talked about the fact that you’ll have to weigh walking for help with waiting for help that you don’t even know is coming. Walking could damage your heart further. Waiting could postpone care too long. In this post, we’ll go into the details of how I’d make the decision. Of course, this is by no means individual advice, nor is it meant to cover every scenario. It’s just meant to give you an idea of some things to think about. First: Are You Really Having a Heart…
  • Wilderness Heart Attacks: When There’s No Perfect Choice

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Many years ago, my wife and I were in Arizona to attend a conference. We had several hours to kill until the first meeting that night, so I decided we’d make a quick trip to the Grand Canyon. Then, I calculated we had three hours to kill before we had to leave and decided we should hike the trail down the Canyon, at least for a bit. Well, I miscalculated the extra time and effort it would take to walk back up, so the hike became a speed walk. With about a mile to go, I heard my wife from behind me yell, “I think I’m having a heart attack.” I replied, “You…
  • 15 of the Worst Things to Do If You’re Stranded in the Cold

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

    Xee Malik
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    I don’t understand why people are so crazy about anal sex while God create a place (vagina) for doing sex. Man is so greedy about sex I bet that if God created anus for sex than the man used vagina for ending his sexual hunger. Anal sex is pleasure of a specific time for man but a painful work for a woman. In this post I am telling some Disadvantages of anal sex according to some references. According to Islam: Anal sex is prohibited in ISLAM very strictly. The Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) said that the person who will have anl sex (sex from back) with his partner Allah azzo jall will…
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  • The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

    Mark Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with…
  • New Themes: Saga and Satellite

    Caroline Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typography and attention to detail make for an enjoyable reading experience, and with support for large featured images and multiple post formats, Saga is flexible enough to be used as a photoblog, a personal journal, or a tumblelog. Read more about Saga on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes! Satellite…
  • Press Publish Livestream

    Andrea Middleton
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on April 18th, 2015.) Erick Prince-Heaggans will present Around the World in 80 Posts. Because this is the first event of its kind, we’re eager to get as much feedback from attendees as possible. And since it’s not always easy for people to travel to attend conferences, we’ve decided to bring Press Publish Portland to you (or at least to your…
  • This April in Blogging U.: The Return of Writing 101!

    Michelle W.
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. What is Writing 101? Writing 101 is a four-week course that runs from Monday, April 6, to Friday, May 1, 2015. Each weekday, you’ll get an assignment that includes a writing prompt and an optional “twist”; prompts are your topic inspiration for the day, while twists push you to experiment with writing techniques and tools. Who else is…
  • New Themes: Resonar and Scrawl

    Takashi Irie
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m pleased to present two new free themes designed especially for longform writing. Resonar Designed by yours truly, Resonar is an elegant blog theme with full-screen Featured Images. It’s perfect for blogs about fashion, food, or design, and the layout works especially well for longform features with large images. The combination of gorgeous images and beautiful typography creates posts that make an immediate visual impact. Read more about Resonar on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Scrawl Scrawl,…
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  • Don't Gamble with Retirement Fund Withdrawals

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Baby Boomers, Probably the most important asset you have is your retirement fund. In some cases, it is larger than the equity in your home. Do you spend as much time working on your IRA's and 401(k)'s as you do working around your house? Have you made any improvements lately or made any preparations for the future? I recommend you put a "Retirement Fund Review" at the top of your "Honey-Do" list for next weekend. This is a great time to get prepared for the end of the fiscal year. And it's a great time to get a jump start on getting the most from next year's tax laws and benefits. If you are…
  • Top 10 Summer Car Care Tips

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    Critical Maintenance Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Summer:  Baby Boomers, I know this is not the most exciting or provocative subject to read about today but bear with me. You have to remember that my "call to duty" at is to help our Baby Boomer generation, keep them informed, safe and "plugged in" the best I can. Sometimes, that means that we have to take care of the menial tasks in life as well so that little issues don't become bigger problems. I am a huge advocate of "an ounce of prevention" philosophy. So, today I am going to ask you to use an "ounce of prevention" to…
  • What the Internet is Doing to our Brains

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Baby Boomers, Let me ask you a question. On what day do you have the hardest time trying to sleep? Is it Sunday night like me? I guess there are several factors that combine to keep me restless on Sunday nights.  First, I lie in bed wondering where the weekend has gone.  Most times, it seems like I am doing twice as much over the weekends as I am doing during the week.  I can't stop working and I can't stop playing at the same time. It also seems like I pull the "emotional plug" on the previous week on Sunday nights.  My brain scans all of my priority lists and starts…

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Satisfy Her Needs Find out what women really want during sex. Men, listen up! Satisfying a woman's desire in the bedroom may be easier than you think. Sex therapist Sari Cooper from the website "RealAge" shares her secrets in a great video about making sure you meet your partner's needs. OK, guys, here's your chance to learn something.......just click anywhere on this line to view this video. Ladies, you can check out the video to find out what we are going to learn. Let me know if you agree with what Sari Cooper has to say. If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny,…

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    Baby Boomers, We've talked about it before. There is an evil empire that lurks in the background of this information age that is constantly trying to steal your personal information so they can use it for illegal reasons. The scams can come in a stupefying array of different forms. Phishing Ploys Free Trip Flim-Flams Hotel Hustles Charity Cheats           or  Spoofing Schemes There are thousands of different ways they will come at you.  It makes sense to always be prepared. In this day and age, the sage advice "If it looks too good to be true, then it is"…
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  • 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 →
  • Overview of Labral Tears in the Shoulder from FXRX

    12 Mar 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Shoulder Info from a Top Arizona Orthopedic Surgeon The shoulder joint is formed by the convergence of three bones: that is the shoulder blade also known as the scapula, the arm bone (humerus) and the collar bone. The head of … Continue reading →
  • Knee Arthritis Overview from a Top Phoenix Knee Specialist

    10 Mar 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Arthritis is a common malady among the elderly, but it can take place no matter your age. Younger people can experience knee arthritis as well. For some people knee arthritis is hereditary but for others arthritis in the knee results … Continue reading →
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  • How Vaccine Adjuvants Affect Your Brain

    Dr. Mercola
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Vaccine safety is certainly a highly controversial topic this year, and in this interview, Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic helps shed light on an important aspect of this discussion, which is how vaccine adjuvants can affect your brain. Dr. Tomljenovic is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she works in neurosciences and the Department of Medicine. "The reason why I got interested in this area is [because] there is a lack of research demonstrating safety," she says. "When one reviews most of the pharma-based trials on the safety of vaccines, you…
  • Cut Down on Meat by Using Mushrooms

    Dr. Mercola
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The flavor "umami," which means "delicious" in Japanese, is valued for making foods taste meatier and more satisfying. Umami is the natural flavor of glutamic acid, which, in your body is often found as glutamate; eating umami-rich foods may increase post-meal satiety, helping you eat less throughout the day and ultimately lose weight. Umami is valued for making foods taste better. When an umami-rich food like is added to soup stock, for instance, it makes the broth heartier, more "meaty", and more satisfying. Mushrooms, and shiitake mushrooms in particular, are rich in umami…
  • Monsanto—A Sustainable Ag Company?

    Dr. Mercola
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Monsanto, leading the pack of chemical technology companies that have infiltrated the seed business with their patented genetically engineered (GE) seeds, has spent many years trying to rehabilitate its reputation as a producer of toxic chemicals responsible for death and suffering. It's not working very well however, and the reason for that is because despite the user-friendly rhetoric, they still haven't found a moral compass that points due North. They're still producing toxic goods, and they're still going to extreme means to hide it. Monsanto now refers to itself as a…
  • Eyelashes Grow to Just The Right Length to Shield Your Eyes

    Dr. Mercola
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Eyelashes are one of the most subtle yet powerful facial features. They draw attention to your eyes, helping you to communicate without saying a word. And long, thick lashes have long been associated with beauty and youth. In 2010, women spent $537 million on mascara, and this figure doesn’t include mascara sales from Wal-Mart or club stores.1 False eyelash sales bring in another $44 million annually,2 while lash extensions cost even more (about $200 and up per application). But the pursuit of flirt-worthy lashes ignores one important point – your eyelashes have a very…
  • Stress in America Caused by Money

    Dr. Mercola
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The American Psychological Association (APA) has released its latest “Stress in America” report, with some good news to report. Overall, average stress levels in the US are trending downward. On a 10-point scale, with 1 being “little or no stress” and 10 being “a great deal of stress,” the average stress level was 4.9 in 2014, compared to over 6 in 2007.1 That being said, many are still reporting high levels of stress, especially when it comes to one major factor: money. Money and Financial Pressures Are Stressing Americans Out Money topped the list of stressors to…
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  • 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 problems? If your answer to these two questions was “yes,” then the following information will be of great help to you. Attaining a slim and 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 physicians since 1980. The Medifast program is…
  • 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…
  • The Connection between Obesity and Joint Arthritis

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

  • 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…
  • Distal Biceps Repair Info from a Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeon

    Adam Farber
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    What is Distal Biceps Repair? Your bicep muscle is located on the front part of your arm. It is this muscle which enables you to bend your elbow and to rotate your forearm.This muscle is also responsible for contributing to the stability of your shoulder. Attached to this muscle or tendons which link it to your bone. These tendons can be torn at the elbow which will deplete the strength in your arm and make it impossible for you to turn your palm up or down. Once it is torn, the bicep tendon will not grow back and heal. There are other muscles in your arm which can make it possible to bend at…
  • Throwing Injuries Explained by a Scottsdale Orthopedic Surgeon

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

  • The power of large-scale genomics …

    Mike Scott
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    According to a new media release from Amgen, the company’s deCODE Genetics subsidiary (acquired back in 2012) has just published a series of reports in Nature Genetics on the entire genomes of 2,636 people (more…)
  • Google as the Arbiter of Knowledge

    Anju Kanumalla
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    For the last few weeks, certain corners of the internet have been abuzz over the idea that Google’s algorithms may begin to take the factualness of web pages into consideration. This metric is called the Knowledge-Based Trust score. For the moment, Google is merely doing (more…)
  • Google files patent for wearable device to treat disease

    Mike Scott
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    According to an article in today’s Daily Telegraph in the UK, Google has recently filed a patent application for a wrist-wearable device that could be used to destroy specific proteins or even cancer cells. In the patent application, Google (more…)
  • A billion here, a billion there, …

    Mike Scott
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    In 2014 the US pharmaceutical market is said to have been worth approximately $395 billion (with a B). And yup, this is proof of the old saw implicit in the headline. However, … According to the market (more…)
  • Value, cost, benefit, and modern advances in cancer care and other forms of treatment

    Mike Scott
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    The value and the cost of drugs used in the treatment of cancer are back in the news again this week … and not just here in the USA, either. In the most recent issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Drs. Hagop Kantarjian and Vincent Rajkumar (more…)
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  • 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…
  • Dining Out? Consider These 5 Healthy Eating Tips

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    North Americans love dining out. I know it’s just great to have food with your loved ones and share some thought-provoking conversations over the drinks with your friends. Dining out is a great pass of time, but how do you know that anything you’re eating is healthy for you. Well, if the restaurant is renowned or family-owned, then there’s less to worry about the quality of food. On the other hand, the fast foods and average restaurants do not merely care about your health. Most of them use processed foods and GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms … Read MoreThis article Dining…
  • Healthy Diet Options to Lower High Blood Pressure

    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the leading causes of stroke, heart attack, kidney disease and blindness. It is a most common disease which is also associated with the aging process and does not have any specific pattern of symptoms. There are a lot of treatment options available for high blood pressure, including many types of drug and lifestyle intervention. And, amongst all these treatments, a healthy diet has received quite a good attention in the recent period. Best Diets to Lower High Blood Pressure There are numerous different diets that can … Read MoreThis article…
  • Weight Loss Diet: Best Foods To Help You Lose Weight

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Well, there are lots of foods you typically eat on daily basis and which can promote weight gain. Even if there are several causes of obesity, your daily diet play an important role in how much weight you put up or lose. There is a common misconception that avoiding specific foods can be a great natural way for reducing the extra body weight. Yes, avoiding certain foods is good way to start with, but if you’re serious about losing few pounds in less time, you need to think beyond this. In this article, we’ll be … Read MoreThis article Weight Loss Diet: Best Foods To Help You Lose…
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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…
  • Stress risk assessment

    Amanda Calberry
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    In this article we will review some of the areas to cover when undertaking a stress risk assessment. The employer has a legal responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees at work; this includes minimising the risk of stress-related illness or injury to employees. Employers need to identify stressors within the workplace and ensure that risk assessments have been carried out, are monitored regularly, and any recommendations are being implemented. Cost to the…
  • Poison

    Amanda Calberry
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:47 am
    “Everybody’s got their poison, and mine is sugar.” This quote is from one of America’s hottest athletes, basketball player Derrick Rose, and I have to own up to being with him there. So many of us have an addiction to sugar. We use it as a comforter when life is tough, and we use it as reward when things go well – lose/lose! Mind you DRose really burns it off during a game! We all know that sugar is a root cause of both caries and obesity. Right now, there is a growing awareness that the age group most affected by both of these issues are young people. The most recent (2013/14)…
  • CQC inspection myths for GP practices

    Amanda Calberry
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    What does the CQC really expect? From my colleagues at other practices I often hear rumours about what is required by the CQC. However, over the last 12 months Professor Nigel Sparrow, the CQC’s Senior National GP Advisor, has been addressing common myths about inspections of GP and out-of-hours services, and he shares agreed guidance to help practices achieve the required evidence. A link to the CQC’s Mythbuster tips can be found at the end of this blog, but here are my top five myths and guidance on what is actually necessary. 1. Practices cannot have carpets Not true. Where carpets…
  • e-learning in the care sector

    Amanda Calberry
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    The phrase ‘e-learning’ in care work conjures up people sitting in front of a screen, trying to learn about people skills and how to practice care and support. More technology invading our lives, we are tempted to think. Or we feel that people skills are what care and support is all about, and this needs practice and interaction, not time out with a mouse and keyboard. But I don’t think e-learning should be dismissed so lightly. I have no involvement in supplying training, but I was impressed recently when I followed a thread showing a vast range of e-learning opportunities. Yes,…
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  • 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?
  • What Are The Most Effective Bed Bug Control Techniques?

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

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

    Carrie Maldonado; SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPC, CPRW
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    Unless you have spent an extended length of time in a sensory deprivation chamber, chances are you have at least heard of the phenomenon known as social media. You probably have a Facebook account and maybe you Tweet (or maybe not), and you may have at least seen the light blue logo with the ‘in’ in the middle of it. LinkedIn declares itself to be the world’s largest professional network and is ‘the’ social media platform for professional life. Think Facebook with work-only content. Like many professionals, those in the medical industry spend an extraordinary amount of time and…
  • The Good News – Dr. Bumper

    Michael Jones
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Editors note: Today we are sharing another cartoon from Dr. Bumper, who seems as if he could use a little work on his bedside manner… Dr. Bumper is a creation of the real life physician Dr. David Goldberg who draws inspiration for his comics from his real life patients. We hope you enjoy his cartoons, and the rest of the medical humor we share on our blog. If you do enjoy the Dr. Bumper comics that we republish here, please consider purchasing the book which makes a great gift at any time of year: Dr. Bumper’s cartoons are published at…
  • Where Are the Best Cities for Healthcare Workers?

    Daniel Jennings
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Finding a nice place to live that is affordable can be really tough in today’s America because the cost of living and the availability of jobs can vary widely from region to region. The situation can be even worse for healthcare workers because many of them have to devote a large part of their income to paying off college loans. Therefore, you need to consider both the cost of living and the availability of work when you plan a move. There are many affordable communities with very limited employment opportunities and many popular communities where average people can no longer afford a…
  • Where Registered Nurses Make the Most Money

    Angie Best-Boss RN
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    Maybe your grandma was right. The key to happiness is to follow your heart. Then again, Grandma probably didn’t have the kind of student loan debt you do. Maybe you should follow your heart in a state where nurses make the most money. How much money do nurses make? The answer is – it depends. The best-paid 10 percent of RNs in the United States made more than $96,320 in 2013 while the bottom 10 percent earned less than $45,630. (Link: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean hourly wage for nurses in the…
  • Rural Practice Myths Busted

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    The phrase “rural medical practice” may bring images to mind of cows and silos, a primitive office with archaic trappings and your services paid for with a carton of eggs or a bushel of produce (none of which are necessarily off-putting). Myths about rural practice are just that – myths. It would be a shame to let those myths keep you away from what can be a rich, fulfilling experience. Mackinac Island, MI Locales designated as “rural” can be any location not clearly identified as urban or suburban, so there’s no consistent description for a rural area or practice setting.
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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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  • Foods that cause acne – A research-backed, myth-busting answer

    Sheikh Ovais
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    We’ve all heard of the tales from our elders about pizzas, chocolates, burgers, and French fries causing our acne. But those tales were only able to fascinate us till the mid 60s. It was then, when several experts evidently concluded that all these ‘often blamed’ foods have nothing to do with the development of acne. Time Magazine reports that an unpublished study that took place in 1966 was the first one to evidently debunk this myth. It compared more than 1,000 teens with acne with 5,000 of those without it. Although, the study did find an association of milk…
  • How to get rid of rosacea effectively – Top treatments and products

    Sheikh Ovais
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:57 pm
    More intimidating than it sounds, Rosacea is a severe skin disorder that can leave deep physical and psychological impact on your overall life. It is different from traditional acne because it mostly targets adults, which is why it is also referred sometimes as “adult acne.” People having a fairer skin and those belonging to the Caucasian region mostly become its victims. Steven R. Feldman, in his meta-analysis of 17 different studies on rosacea, says: Patients with rosacea have higher incidences of embarrassment, social anxiety, depression, and decreased quality of life compared with the…
  • 10 best acne soaps – All from choosing to using them effectively

    Sheikh Ovais
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Image credit: AdamKR If you’ve been wondering about choosing the right soap for your acne-prone skin, you’re finally at the right place. I know how daunting it can turn out to be when besides spending your hard earned money, all you’re left with is an awful soap that does nothing but worsen your acne. Now before moving on to evaluating the best acne soap for you, let me explain a few important things: Using an acne-fighting soap is not dumb! Perish all thoughts that suggest your hygiene has nothing to do with your acne. Choosing a right acne fighting soap is just as…
  • The causes of acne – An offbeat analysis

    Sheikh Ovais
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Having acne can be an agonizing experience for any person, regardless of age or gender. Studies have revealed that the annual cost of acne medications exceeds $2.2 BILLION in the U.S. alone, which clearly shows people’s eagerness towards treating this disease [source]. Though some of these acne medications simply cover up your acne and don’t really treat it, getting rid of acne should be from its roots—its causes. But the problem is that there’s no exact cause behind acne. There are several factors that doctors think bring on this problem for many people. Let’s briefly discuss…
  • Best ways to get rid of acne scars – The ultimate analysis

    Sheikh Ovais
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Our frustration doesn’t stop even after getting rid of acne, because of acne scars. Now let me assume for a while your condition at this very moment you’re reading this guide. You’ve struggled a lot to defeat your acne. You’ve tried different treatments, therapies, or medications. And finally, after a fierce combat between you and your acne, you’ve become the winner. Maybe you have a different story, but the only sense, I believe, behind your reading of this article is that your acne has left some absolute weird scars behind it. They’re all over your face and even on the…
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    Market Research Report: Ken Research

  • Germany Greenhouse Cultivation Market Outlook to 2018 – Government Initiatives to Propel Growth

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    Germany Greenhouse Cultivation Market Outlook to 2018 – Government Initiatives to Propel Growth” provides a comprehensive analysis of the various aspects such as market size of the Germany Greenhouse Cultivation Market, market segmentation on the basis of vegetables, fruits, flowers and tree nurseries grown by number and area covered and macroeconomic factors affecting the industry. The report also covers the market shares and revenues of major greenhouse construction companies engaged in the market. The area covered under the greenhouse has been following a downward trend since 2005.
  • Thailand Seed Industry Outlook to 2018 – Government Support and Technological Advancement to Escalate Productivity

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Thailand Seed Industry Outlook to 2018 – Government Support and Technological Advancement to Escalate Productivity provides a comprehensive analysis of the various aspects such as market size of the seed industry in Thailand. The market is segmented by rice, maize and vegetable seeds, by hybrid or non hybrid seeds and by domestic and imports revenue in the report. The report also includes the competitive landscape of major seed developing companies in Thailand in both domestic and international market and also provides a detailed presentation on the rice seed and the maize seed…
  • The Netherlands Greenhouse Cultivation Market Outlook to 2019 – Declining Profitability to Hamper Growth

    18 Mar 2015 | 11:56 pm
    The Netherlands Greenhouse Cultivation Market Outlook to 2019 – Declining Profitability to Hamper Growth” provides a comprehensive analysis of the various aspects such as market size of the Netherlands Greenhouse Cultivation Market, market segmentation by number, area and yield, and macroeconomic factors affecting the industry. The report also covers the market shares and revenues of major greenhouse construction companies engaged in the market. The greenhouse market in the Netherlands is one of the leading agricultural markets in the world due to the use of modern technology and…
  • India Fitness Services and Equipment Industry Outlook to 2019 – Increasing Obesity and Disposable Income to Spur Future Growth

    17 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    India Fitness Services and Equipment Industry Outlook to 2019 – Increasing Obesity and Disposable Income to Spur Future Growth presents a comprehensive analysis of fitness services and equipments being used in the country by revenue along with the market segmentation by pricing, organizational structure, city-wise concentration for fitness services and by end users, type of equipments, origin for the fitness equipments, growth drivers, and competitive scenario of major players in the India Fitness Services and Equipment Market. The fitness services and equipment market in India has low…
  • Upcoming Report – India Retail Automation Market Outlook to 2019

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:14 am
    India Retail Automation Market Outlook to 2019 is an upcoming publication which will be released by Ken Research in the upcoming month. The report discussed the market size of retail automation market by revenue and production volume, market segmentation by product type such as POS, Fuel Dispensers, ticket vending machines and kiosk and end user segmentation by parking, petrol pumps, airport, railway station, supermarkets, hypermarkets, consumer good and retail outlets. The report discusses POS terminal market size, its revenue, transaction value and production volume from 2009-2014 along…
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  • 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…
  • Surprising Stats About Senior Falls - And What You Can Do About It

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Aging well is about much more than achieving longevity; a senior’s quality of life is equally as important. Unfortunately, millions of seniors fall in their homes each year, and many suffer disabling or even fatal injuries. To promote home safety for the elderly in Milwaukee, families can become better informed about the dangers and they can consult an agency that offers in-home care. Understanding the Statistics The statistics regarding safe living for seniors are rather grim. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of all seniors aged 65 and older…
  • What Issues Make Medication Management Difficult for Seniors?

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Medications and other marvels of modern medicine have made it possible for people to live longer than ever while maintaining a high quality of life. Unfortunately, many seniors experience difficulty with medication management. In some cases, poor medication management in Milwaukee can lead to life-threatening overdoses or failure to take prescribed drugs. When you enroll your elderly loved one in home health care in West Allis, WI, an expert can identify the barriers to proper medication administration and develop medication management solutions. Vision Vision is a common reason for…
  • A Look at Skilled Nursing Care

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

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

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

    16 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    When you want to rejuvenate yourself by being away from all the hustle and bustle of daily life then picking on the best wellness retreat will surely help. It is a way to rest and relax amidst the natural environment with lot of peace. The growing pressure of study, work and lot more has been putting a lot of pressure on individuals today. Both men and women these are exposed to lot of sickness and allergies. As life has become really very stressful the need for relaxation is at the apex. Health is overlooked by too many of them most of the times. Most commonly this is seen in women as they…
  • Medical Tourism Market in India 2014

    11 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    Medical Tourism Market in India 2014 This latest market research report titled Medical Tourism Market in India 2014 analyses the growth of the market due to the availability of healthcare facilities in the country which are comparable to developed countries and is available at costs that are several times lower than the latter. Currently, the market is witnessing heavy inflow of international patients and this is expected to increase in coming years. Apart from the low costs, increase in the inflow of foreign patients is resulting from the fact that the minimum waiting time is required for a…
  • Understanding doshas for a healthy life through Ayurveda

    10 Mar 2015 | 12:33 am
    According to ayurveda, one of the main constituents for human health are the doshas. The three doshas are vata, pitta and kapha. Balancing the three is vital to live a prolonged, healthy life. Subtypes in thesedoshas reflect an individual’s well-being through different organs and senses. Read on to know more. A] Types of vata doshas 1. Prana vata This is responsible for governing inhalation, controls the human mind, and aids perception through our sensory organs. Prana vata is located in the brain, throat, head, respiratory organs, and heart. 2. Udana vata This vata is in charge of…
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  • How to Qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) in Tennessee

    13 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Do you qualify for an SEP in Tennessee? 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…
  • 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…
  • 5 Things to Know About Health Insurance and Your Taxes

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

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

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

    Deepak Rawat
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:14 am
    2015 Easter Fest Best Quotes: One of the most awaiting festivals in Christian religion ‘Easter‘ that celebrated on the occasion of rebirth of Jesus Christ. A festival which is celebrated with cards, gifts and novelty Brings up light in our life too. To make the moment memorable people leave no stone unturned and celebrate the […] The post Happy Easter Inspirational Quotes appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Happy Easter 2015 Moving Pictures | Gifs Photos

    Deepak Rawat
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Motion Pictures For 2015 Easter Fest: Christian religion’s one of the highly awaited festival Easter is on the way that will mark on April 2015 first Sunday. the festival is celebrated on the occasion Jesus Christ’s resurrection rebirth and regeneration, a renewal of life. On this grand moment people around the world leaving no stone […] The post Happy Easter 2015 Moving Pictures | Gifs Photos appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Easter 2015 Egg Decoration Ideas

    Deepak Rawat
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Eggs Decoration 2015 Easter Festival: The fest says the arrival of Spring symbolises rebirth and regeneration, a renewal of life and one of the much-awaited festival that is celebrated with full zest and zeal. The festival of Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Christ. One more vital feature of Easter is egg. Egg is a symbol […] The post Easter 2015 Egg Decoration Ideas appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Easter 2015 Jesus Christ Pictures

    Deepak Rawat
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    Hd Pictures Jesus Christ Easter 2015: The much-awaited festival of Christians is on the way and decorations celebrations  in full swing around the world. The festival celebrated by Christians to commemorate the rebirth of Jesus Christ and on this grand moments people gather  with large processions  and being carried out in the church followed by an […] The post Easter 2015 Jesus Christ Pictures appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Easter SMS Text Messages For Friends

    Deepak Rawat
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Latest Text Messages Easter 2015: A couple of days are left to mark Christian much-awaited festival ‘Easter’ and zeal-excitement among people starts waving. if you are thinking how to  express your excitement  to your friends and close ones then here we came across with latest messages to you on this grand occasion of 2015. Here […] The post Easter SMS Text Messages For Friends appeared first on FestVent.Com.
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    Other Options for Doctors

  • 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.
  • Paediatric Registrar who requested support in planning her a career break / OOPE (Jan 2015)

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

  • Already two massive healthcare breaches this year !

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    It’s only spring and already this year hackers have pulled off two massive healthcare breaches, in what appear to be sophisticated attacks. But are the Premera Blue Cross and Anthem breaches just a coincidence, or are they part of a larger trend that could affect other healthcare companies this year? There’s no denying that the healthcare sector has long been a target of hackers. Identity theft is a lucrative black market business and these companies are repositories for some of the most sought-after data by cyber-criminals. But until recently, most of these incidents were due to…
  • Is It Important For Seniors To Get A Vision Insurance ?

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Let’s talk about the importance for seniors to get a proper vision insurance ! One of the greatest concerns for seniors is health insurance. The reason is that upon retirement, the jobs they had that were providing the lion’s share of their health coverage are a thing of the past. The transition to Social Security and Medicare offers quality medical coverage for a monthly premium of just over $100. But there are gaps in the coverage. Three of the most common health issues for seniors – hearing, dental, and vision – are not covered by Medicare unless there is an accompanying…
  • The Importance of Dental Care For Seniors

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    Why is dental care important for seniors? Why you should get a Dental Insurance when you are a senior? Chronic health issues are connected to gum disease known as, periodontal. These issues include; heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and diabetes. There are nearly 25% of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 who suffer from gum disease, over 30% of them have untreated cavities and almost 30% of seniors lose their teeth. Regardless of what society may except as normal, it is not part of growing old to lose your teeth. Poor dental health can lead to life a threatening illness which makes…
  • What are Autism Spectrum Disorder Causes and Diagnosis ?

    Gloria Sestito MSW
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    Autism Spectrum Disorder – Causes and Diagnosis This month’s article is a continuation of the information provided last month which gave an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder and detailed the signs/symptoms that accompany the disorder. Now let’s look at the causes/risk factors and how ASD is diagnosed. The causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Currently no single known cause for ASD has been identified. The complexity and wide variation of symptoms point to the probability of many causes. The two main factors that seem to play a role are: Genetic problems Those associated with a genetic…
  • Premera Blue Cross Announces Cyber Attacks on their servers

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Connexion’s parent company, Premera Blue Cross, has recently announced that it has been a victim of a cyberattack. According to our security resources, this attack has been restricted to members who have enrolled through Connexion producers. Because Premera Blue Cross and Connexion makes members personal information their top priority, they apologize for any concerns that this incident may cause for those who are affected. What Happened? By gaining access to Premera’s Information Technology system, attackers were able to secure personal information from the insurance applications that…
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    Law360: Health

  • This Week In Congress: A Few Hearings Outside Of DC

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am
    The statutory deadline by which Congress must pass a budget is April 15, which means the House and Senate must work quickly to iron out the differences between their two proposals when they return to Washington in two weeks. A significant issue of disagreement will be between the defense and deficit hawks over military funding, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.
  • 3rd Circ. Should Uphold Horizon Settlement, Attys Say

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and counsel for a class of health care service providers have urged the Third Circuit to preserve a class action settlement resolving claims over unpaid reimbursements, saying the deal provides the best solution to the dispute, even for the objectors who appealed.
  • Fizer Beck Says It's Not To Blame For $2M Arbitration Award

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Fizer Beck Webster Bentley & Scroggins PC said Friday it was not negligent in a series of legal proceedings that cost a medical staffing company more than $2 million, arguing that as many as six other entities had an opportunity to review and correct a partnership agreement the company called "seriously deficient."
  • 2nd Circ. Says NY Health Law Not Preempted By ERISA, NLRA

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The Second Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court ruling that said a section of the New York Public Health Law is not preempted by either the National Labor Relations Act or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, finding plaintiffs’ arguments to be without merit.
  • NY Cuts To Judges' Health Plan Ruled Unconstitutional

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    A New York judge on Wednesday gave a win to other current and retired judges contesting the state’s plan to decrease contributions to the cost of state judges’ health insurance premiums, ruling the law violated constitutional protections for judges’ pay.
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    The IV League

  • Nursing School Orientation

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
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  • 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…
  • Nursing School Grade Spreadsheet Revisited

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you couldn’t  download the nursing school grade spreadsheet the first time, here’s your second chance! Get the nursing school spreadsheet and keep track of all of your classes throughout the semester so there aren’t any surprises. You can even use this spreadsheet with the app to add grades into your spreadsheet on the fly. A tutorial on how to use the spreadsheet can be found on the website here or on YouTube here. Be sure to leave me a comment if you’d like to see more nursing school freebies coming your way! [contact-form-7] *Copyright notice* – This…
  • Free! | Nursing School Pharmacology Drug Card Template

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you have checked the website and tried to download the pharmacology drug card template for nursing school, I would bet you never got it! Try again right here in this post. Just enter your name and email and you should be able to download the .doc file directly. The template will print on a plain white standard index card. [contact-form-7] *Copyright notice* – This file, created by the I.V. League, is for personal study usage only. Any sales or sharing of the file is strictly forbidden. The post Free! | Nursing School Pharmacology Drug Card Template appeared first on The IV League.
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  • myTomorrows Mobile App for Clinical Trials and Expanded Access Programs

    13 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Free Search for Expanded Access Programs and Clinical Trials Drug development takes about twelve years from discovery to marketing authorization. Drugs that show promising results during clinical development need to be tested in large patient populations before receiving marketing authorization. In many cases patients with high unmet medical needs that are excluded from clinical trials, can’t afford to wait the extra years it takes for a drug to receive such a marketing authorization. Learn more about Expanded Access Programs. Expanded Access Programs enable physicians and patients who…
  • Celsion Corporation and myTomorrows Partner to Introduce ThermoDox

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
     January 20, 2015 Celsion Corporation and myTomorrows Partner to Introduce ThermoDox® Early Access Program in Europe for Patients with Recurrent Chest Wall Breast Cancer LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Celsion Corporation (NASDAQ:CLSN), a fully-integrated oncology company focused on the development of a portfolio of innovative cancer treatments,  today announced that it has signed a license and distribution agreement with myTomorrows to implement an Early Access Program for ThermoDox®, its proprietary heat-activated liposomal encapsulation of doxorubicin, in all…
  • Practical, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Expanded Access to Investigational Drugs

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The New England Journal of Medicine Jonathan J. Darrow, S.J.D., J.D., M.B.A., Ameet Sarpatwari, J.D., Ph.D., Jerry Avorn, M.D., and Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H. N Engl J Med 2015; 372:279-286 January 15, 2015 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMhle1409465 The authors review the FDA policies and procedures that permit some patients with serious conditions to receive investigational drugs before formal product approval and examine the legal and ethical issues associated with expanded access. Source: Disclosure forms provided by the authors are…
  • ‘The Uber Of Medicine’ Brings Experimental Drugs To Terminal Patients

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    By: STEFANO POZZEBON If you are diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live, having to wait years for a new treatment to hit the market is not an option. But that is the situation for thousands of people, as new medicines take 15 years on average to get from the lab to formal approval. To speed up the process, Ronald Brus founded myTomorrows, a Dutch startup that provides development stage drugs for doctors and their patients who do not have any other options. These medicines are considered relatively safe, having passed a first wave of tests, but have not reached the stage of being…
  • A New Dallas Buyers Club: A Startup Helps Sick And Dying Patients Get Experimental Drugs

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    By: Jessica Leber myTomorrows is working with drug companies to get not-yet-approved treatments stuck in regulatory purgatory to patients—giving them one last chance to survive. When his father was diagnosed with a serious, difficult to treat lung cancer, Ronald Brus should have been the last person to feel helpless. Brus is a medical doctor and a long-time executive in Europe’s pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Although he quickly learned about a promising experimental drug to treat the cancer, after six months, he still hadn’t received the legal go-ahead for his father to get…
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  • 10 Advantages of Getting Your Device Approved by FDA
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:53 am
    Playing within the lines of non-medical wellness toys is fun, but lets get serious. If you want your product to be meaningful with significant and direct impact to health, you should consider expanding your health technology into the world of medical devices and undergo the pre-market submission process with FDA. Here’s why. 1. High Impact Yes fitness and meditation apps are great. But I personally feel you will hit the glass ceiling quite quickly with these devices. If you want something meaningful, you have to have direct impact to to a serious condition. If someone has a bacterial…
  • 4 Differences Between How South Korea and USA View Health Tech
    4 Feb 2015 | 4:58 am
    Those who follow me know that I’m from San Francisco and now live in Korea. It’s been half a year and I’m going to share with my readers my experience on how Seoul views Health and Technology compared to San Francisco.  Hopeful this will provide you with some market insight.  Lets dive in. Attitude Towards Tech Gadgets I remember the days when I’d take the San Francisco BART and passengers were texting on their iPhones.  Here in Seoul Korea, everyone is Kakao-ing on their Samsung Notes.  Phones in Korea look huge!  All my Korean friends boast about the size…
  • 4 Ways The Mind Kills Entrepreneurs
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Entrepreneurship is about the heart and stomach.  What I’m trying to say is entrepreneurs are passionate and hungry.  After working on my startup for some time, I lost my mojo.  I even took a hiatus from it because it felt like I was swimming through mud.  With some time to focus on myself, I learned that it was my mind preventing me from reaching success. Here’s 4 Ways the mind kills the Entrepreneur. Limiting Beliefs The mind makes you doubt your vision.  Your mind does whatever it can to protect itself from failure, but oftentimes it keeps you from achieving great…
  • The Shocking Truth About Doctors and Digital Health
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:11 am
    I love and respect my doctors. But lately, I’ve been noticing digital health startups expecting super-hero like powers from doctors to somehow wave their tongue depressors and instantly assimilate new technology into their practice while making sense of a plethora of health data that the patients have diligently collected with their cool wearable device.  Maybe it’s the impact of all the melodramatic medical dramas on TV such as Grey’s Anatomy.  I’m going to call this the Doctor-Idolization-Phenomenon. Let’s bring it back down to reality. Being a Doctor is…
  • Digital Health, Wellness, mHealth, Health 2.0, Medical Technology, Medical Devices, Health IT, Wearables EXPLAINED
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:38 am
    A slew of new words are being thrown around lately in the health tech space and I think it’s time to lay them all out on the table in clear sight and define them. I’ll keep it short n’ simple. Health Tech It’s the biggest umbrella in the healthcare niche. It includes everything from drugs, devices, organizational systems and procedures used in healthcare.  When in doubt, use “Health Tech” as a catch-all term to describe your product. Digital Health Within Health Tech, there’s Digital Health, the love child of digital technology and healthcare.
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  • 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…
  • Guest Post: I Am Not My Depression

    Heba El-Husseini
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    We received a submission from Vaanie of Pockets for Boroughs, a passionate mental health advocate and radiographer from Sydney. She’s got some poignant views on depression and mental illness. She kindly wanted to share her story and coping mechanisms with the Plus1s in this heartfelt entry:   I have been living with diagnosed depression for almost 4 years now. I consider myself recovered and say “had” depression sometimes but it always comes back to bite me. I’m not saying it doesn’t get easier but the work never stops. There were a lot of questions that used to plague…
  • Do Something Remarkable

    Rohan Kallicharan
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” John Green, An Abundance of Katherines, 2008 This quote has resonated with me greatly in recent years. Better still, it is not one that is constantly quoted and misattributed to Mandela, Gandhi or similar, but one from modern literature, there as real as the page in front of me from which I often read it. Our lives are so often governed by fear; of what we will feel if we fail, of the scorn others will pour on us, of feeling inadequate. And that is simply the tip of the iceberg. Our comfort…
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  • 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.
  • From Zero to Hero: 10 Things About Application Development You Need to Know

    Vigyanix WP
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    What makes an app successful? Is it the thought behind its development or the problem it is meant to solve? If we look closely we will find two distinct theories coexisting and fighting for a share in the billion dollar mobile app market. The first speculation generally derives from the […] The post From Zero to Hero: 10 Things About Application Development You Need to Know appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Does Your Mobile App Need FDA Approval? [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    When is a smartphone no longer just a smartphone but instead considered a regulated medical device by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? Mobile medical apps are rapidly introducing  new and innovative ways to improve healthcare and patient care. The FDA consistently regulates these apps to ensure their  safety and […] The post Does Your Mobile App Need FDA Approval? [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • What Every App Developer Should Know About HIPAA [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Do you develop healthcare applications? If yes, then you must understand the laws surrounding protected health information (PHI) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Not all Health applications fall under HIPAA rules unless they collect, share or store PHI with covered entities such as hospitals and healthcare professionals . Let […] The post What Every App Developer Should Know About HIPAA [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • How Mobile Phones are Keeping us Healthy

    Vigyanix WP
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    Would you believe if someone told you that smartphones are actually keeping us healthy? Who imagined that one day we would use our smartphones to know the calories we burn? Time has passed since being healthy required us to sit back and relax until there was something serious to be […] The post How Mobile Phones are Keeping us Healthy appeared first on Vigyanix.
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  • A Working Parents’ Top 10

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    The life of a working parent isn’t easy, and personal finance site NerdWallet feels your pain. Partnering with Business Insider, they created a list in 2014 of Top Cities for Working Parents. The list takes into account four factors it deems of primary importance to working folk with kids: affordability (in terms of both median salary, and cost-of-living); child care costs; school quality; and community. Here’s the Top 10: 1. Gilbert, Airzona 2. Plano, Texas 3. Chandler, Arizona 4. Fremont, California 5. Irvine, California 6. Garland, Texas 7. El Paso, Texas 8. Lexington, Kentucky…
  • The Nursing Shortage: Real or Imagined?

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    The jury still seems to be out on whether the nursing shortage predicted by many healthcare industry observers is actually here, or else on the way. Or whether, instead, the whole notion of a nursing shortage is based on bad data and false assumptions, and we’re actually headed for a nursing surplus before too long. On one hand, organizations like the Bureau of Labor Statistics have predicted a shortage of nurses moving into the next decade. The Department of Health and Human Services, on the other, predicts there will be more professionally trained nurses than nursing jobs by 2025. So…
  • Reforming CDC

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Wow. So, it appears that one of our nation’s hubs of health and safety–the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA–is neither a very healthy, nor a very safe place to be right now. According to a recent report issued by a panel of independent experts, CDC’s commitment to safety is “inconsistent and insufficient”, its safety training is inadequate, and its workers fear reprisal should they report safety incidents. Also in the findings of the report: panelists expressed the fear that CDC “is on the way to losing credibility.” The…
  • Bang for the Buck: U.S. News Medical School Rankings

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    U.S. News and World Report has been releasing its yearly rankings of the best colleges and universities in the country since 1983. And over the decades, the rankings have only gotten more comprehensive and diverse. Now, the publication divides its rankings into sub-categories—for best graduate schools, cheapest universities, most expensive colleges, best online programs, etc. Among this year’s list of lists is the “10 Most Affordable Private Medical Schools,” which not only ranks the schools according to tuition cost, but also cross-references them according their position…
  • Toward a More Engaged Workforce

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    It’s not a new study, but it bears a second look. The Gallup organization released a study in fall of 2013—”State of the Global Workplace”—that found that only 13 percent of workers worldwide are “engaged” at their place of work. And being “engaged,” the study said, means having a deeper psychological commitment to one’s job, meaning the employee is likely to be making a positive contribution at the workplace. There’s some good news for those of us in the United States, in that U.S. and Canada (i.e. “North America” in the…
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  • 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…
  • Ebola Virus Disease – History, Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
      Ebola Virus Disease Ebola Virus Disease discovered by Professor Peter Piot is a severe haemorrhagic fever caused by the viral infection from a dangerous and most frightening virus by name, Genus Ebola virus, which aggressively attacks the blood circulatory system and has a tendency to spread quickly to all organs in the human body.  The Survival rate of affected patients is very low, the death rate can go up to 90% in the majority of the cases, as the victims can die within a time period of 10 days and EVD being considered one of the deadliest in the world. Ebola was identified from…
  • Importance of Vaccines: Why Immunizations Are So Important?

    11 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    August is National Immunization Awareness Month, highlights the importance of immunizations and also the need for improving national immunization coverage levels and encourages all people to protect their health by being vaccinated against infectious diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Immunizations are one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th century. Immunizations protect the people from Vaccine-preventable diseases, including hepatitis B, measles, Influenza, Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis, Pneumococcal, chickenpox, Human…
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  • 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”…
  • Extension Granted to Help Uninsured Avoid Tax Penalty

    Colleen McGuire
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Congratulations American taxpayers – many of you now have more time to apply for a health insurance plan if you are currently uninsured. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, which mange, have announced an extension to the health insurance enrollment period to help those who were not aware they would be penalized for failing to carry a health policy. For states that utilize, the special enrollment period will run between March 15 and April 30. In five other states that have also extended the deadline, dates for application vary (listing below). It is…
  • Dates for 2015-2016 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Announced

    Colleen McGuire
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the dates for the 2015-2016 open enrollment season, one day after succumbing to pressure and extending the 2015 deadline for millions of Americans unaware of the tax penalties they face being uninsured. In a letter to the insurers in the federally-facilitated marketplace, CMS stated that the 2015-2016 open enrollment period to purchase health insurance will run from November 1, 2015 until January 31, 2016. While the 2015-2016 dates had not been officially announced on, it was widely rumored the open…
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  • Establishing National Telehealth Licensing for Physicians

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    The telemedicine industry while successful, is a young field, HealthCareDive makes a compelling argument that it's own youth is hindering its growth. Due to an absence of nationalized standards, the way forward for telemedicine is murky. This presents a serious problem for healthcare providers, because statistically, telemedicine programs work. “The VA's program leads the way, with statistics that confirm what many suspected about telemedicine. People prefer it (94% approval rating from patients) and it reduces office visits (by 34%). It's even good for use in mental health, with those in…
  • Tele Heatlh the New Focus for ADHD

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    New research has emerged that suggest telemedicine is an effective treatment option for ADHD, as reported in this article on These findings come at a welcome time when, as lead author Kathleen Myers, (MD, MPH, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, and director of Telemental Health Services at Seattle Children's Hospital) explains: "There are not enough people now to treat children with mental health disorders, and it is projected that there will not be enough in the future, so we need new models of…
  • Key Steps to Building a Solid Telehealth Practice

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    In an article for MultiBrief, Karen Thomas presents a simple guide for initializing a telemedicine program. She lays out the case that while the devices might be interesting, it is the operational backend that is really the driving force behind a successful telehealth practice. The article continues by laying out the steps to consider upon implementing your telemedicine system. Best practices: The best first step is to choose not only reliable devices, but equally reliable, HIPPA compliant telemedicine services. Policies and Procedures: The next step is to define the policies for telehealth…
  • Reimbursement Policy Draws Physicians to Telemedicine

    13 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Physicians have long recognized the benefits of telemedicine. As we have previously covered, reimbursement has remained one of the most crucial issues concerning the universal adoption of telemedicine. Now, mHealthIntelligence has reported that a majority of physicians are planning to broaden their telehealth services due to new reimbursement policy.  The report states, “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services implemented new policy on January 1, 2015 that reimburses providers who actively manage Medicare patients who are diagnosed with two or more chronic conditions.” While…
  • Where does Telemedicine Stand Today?

    10 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    With the constant stream of news surrounding telemedicine and its advances and setbacks, it can be hard to conjure a coherent picture of where the industry truly stands. The American Telemedicine Association CEO, Jonathan Linkous, managed to do just that, however, in an interview last month with When asked to describe the state of telemedicine today, Linkous' response was resoundingly positive: "Growing at a very, very rapid pace. Telemedicine has been growing two ways. One is by the number of services provided we estimate that somewhere around 15 million Americans…
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  • Cleaning Up Your Accounts Receivable (A/R) for the Coming Year

    Rajeev Rajagopal
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
    As the New Year is fast approaching, it is very important to clean up your account receivables (A/R) to improve your medical billing and coding process and increase year-end collections. This will also help you refresh the records for the coming year, keep the records ready for the tax season and ensure that your cash flow stays manageable. A thorough A/R analysis is vital to make a decision regarding whether to continue to chase older claims or make necessary adjustments and move on. Errors in claims can also be resolved through this analysis. If you prefer to have some support in this…
  • Role of Critical Care Units in Managing Patient Care

    Meghann Kiernan
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    Generally, critical care refers to the direct delivery of medical care for a seriously ill or injured patient. An illness or injury to be considered critical must seriously impair one or more vital organs of the patient so that their survival rate is put at risk. This requires detailed interpretation of multiple data sources along with the application of advanced technology to manage the patient. Therefore, critical medical support requires frequent personal assessment and manipulation by a trained practitioner. As per 2012 statistics, there are approximately 6000 ICUs in the United States,…
  • Screening Important for Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer

    Natalie Tornese
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is recognized as the third most commonly diagnosed malignant neoplasm worldwide and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. It is estimated that there will be 135,000 new cases of CRC and nearly 50,000 deaths due to this disease in the United States in 2015. Generally, colorectal cancer develops in the colon or the rectum. Reports suggest that the lifetime risk of developing this condition is about 1 in 20 (5%) and this is somewhat higher in men than women. The potential risk factors associated with this disease include…
  • Is ACA Failing to Provide Dental Coverage for Kids?

    Julie Clements
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Dental coverage is a must for kids as it is necessary for them to visit dentists periodically since even a small cavity may lead to big health problems later. Though most children get coverage through their parents’ employer-based health insurance or the government-funded Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicaid (CHIP), the American Dental Association says that around 10 million children aged 2 through 18 had no dental insurance in 2011. In order to help people not eligible for Medicaid and having no workplace coverage, health insurance marketplaces were opened last year.
  • Brain Injury Awareness Month 2015 – An Initiative to Address Misconceptions Surrounding TBI

    Rajeev Rajagopal
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:43 am
    Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. According to reports from the Brain Injury Association of America an estimated 2. 4 million children and adults in the US sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. It is projected that around 52,000 deaths occur each year due to this type of injury. In order to generate more awareness about traumatic brain injury, the month of March is observed as “National Brain Injury Awareness Month” each year countrywide. Sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), this event provides a…
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