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  • Independence Day holiday

    Alok Saboo
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    FierceHealthcare will not publish Friday, July 3 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. We will return to our regular publishing schedule on Monday. We wish all our readers a happy and more
  • Why healthcare must eliminate barriers for nurse practitioners

    Joanne Finnegan
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    Increasing numbers of nurse practitioners who enter the healthcare field could help fill the gap created by a shortage of primary care physicians, according to an opinion piece on the Health Affairs Blog.  read more
  • Beth Israel aims to prevent emotional harm to patients

    Joanne Finnegan
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    The healthcare field has made great strides in preventing adverse events that cause physical harm to patients, but one Boston hospital thinks it's time that hospital quality improvement programs also work to prevent emotional harm that damages a patient's more
  • HHS launches Ebola training program

    Zack Budryk
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a National Ebola Training and Education Center to ensure American providers can safely identify, treat and transport any future patients infected with the deadly more
  • Only 6% of cardiac arrest victims survive outside hospital

    Zack Budryk
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Less than 6 percent of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive, while less than a quarter of hospital cardiac arrest patients survive, according to a new report from the Institute of more
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  • New test could predict arthritis drug failure in patients

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:27 am
    It may be possible to predict early which rheumatoid arthritis patients will fail to respond to the biologic drugs given to treat them, a study of 311 patients has found. These findings could help better manage patients' symptoms.
  • Rapid response to kids' stroke symptoms may speed diagnosis

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:38 pm
    A rapid response plan for children at a hospital quickly identified stroke and other neurological problems. One in four children with stroke-like symptoms were diagnosed with stroke and 14 percent were diagnosed with other neurological emergency conditions, the study states.
  • Commonly prescribed drugs affect decisions to harm oneself and others

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment. In contrast, the dopamine-boosting Parkinson's drug levodopa made healthy people more selfish, eliminating an altruistic tendency to prefer harming themselves over others.
  • End pharmacists' monopoly on selling certain drugs, argues British expert

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Evidence is lacking that having a category of drugs that can be sold only by pharmacists or under their supervision ('pharmacy medicines') has benefits, writes a pharmacy professor in a new article.
  • Successful heart transplant after using experimental artificial heart

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    A 44-year-old woman has received a successful heart transplant, thanks to an experimental Total Artificial Heart designed for smaller patients. The patient is the first person in California to receive the smaller Total Artificial Heart, and the first patient in the world with the device to be bridged to a successful heart transplant.
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  • Infographic: The Impact of Unmet Mental Health Services

    Melanie Matthews
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Sixty percent of Americans with mental illness have unmet needs for the mental healthcare services they need, according to a new infographic by Best Social Work Programs. The infographic examines the lack of coordination in mental healthcare services, mental health spending per capita and the impact of the lack of mental health treatment options. Behavioral health conditions affect nearly one of five Americans, leading to healthcare costs of $57 billion a year, on par with cancer, according to a 2009 AHRQ brief. Despite this impact, and the ACA's provision for behavioral healthcare as an…
  • Infographic: Physician Telehealth Use

    Melanie Matthews
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Some 57 percent of primary care physicians are willing to conduct a video visit with a patient, according to a new infographic by American Well. The infographic examines why physicians want to conduct video visits, potential use of telehealth by physicians and the type of video consults physicians find most valuable. The world of digitally enabled care is exploding: the number of patients using telehealth services will rise to 7 million in 2018, according to IHS Technology; healthcare apps and 'wearables' are trending in technology circles and healthcare providers' offices; and CMS's new…
  • 3 Embedded Care Coordination Models Manage Diverse High-Risk, High-Cost Populations

    Patricia Donovan
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    YNHHS uses an embedded care coordination approach to manage its high-risk, high-cost medical home patients, geriatric homebound and health system employees.When it comes to coordinating care for its highest-risk, highest-cost individuals—whether patients in a medical home, the geriatric homebound or its own employees—Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) believes an onsite, embedded face-to-face approach will best position it for success in a value-based healthcare industry. The Connecticut-based health system shared its vision for managing patients across its continuum via three…
  • Infographic: Medication Adherence

    Melanie Matthews
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Seventy-five percent of physician visits involve drug therapy, according to a new infographic by Anthem. The infographic also looks at the percent of Americans taking prescription medications, the public health cost of medication non-adherence and how to improve adherence. What's the cost of medication non-adherence? As high as $290 billion annually, according to one frequently cited estimate. An equally bitter pill to swallow is the dismal C+ grade in medication adherence earned in 2013 by Americans with chronic medical conditions, according to the first National Report Card on Adherence…
  • Infographic: Top Healthcare Revenue Cycle Performance Indicators

    Melanie Matthews
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Looking at key performance indicators (KPI) is the best way to keep track of a healthcare organization's revenue cycle. A new infographic by Expeditive shows the most important KPIs for healthcare organizations to track and the targets to hit. While others wait for the healthcare industry to complete its transition to value-based reimbursement, Bon Secours Medical Group has already aligned itself with payment reform, leveraging its care team and providers and automating workflows to enjoy immediate rewards from its patient-centered approach. Positioning for Value-Based Reimbursement:…
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  • A Declaration of Data Independence Through the Lens of the Patient

    John Irvine
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    By BRIAN AHIER This weekend is not only independence day in the US, it’s the culmination of a patient-led uprising to demand that providers hand over their medical data. To that end I & THCB are supporting Health Data Independence Day. Sign the petition at and please use and encourage others to use the free tool from the associated Vocatus Project to request your data from your doctors and hospitals. I’ll be taking up the cudgels in the continuing story of my son’s “Search for Intr-Aero-Bili-Ty” but for now we’re thrilled to publish…
  • It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, It’s SCOTUS!!

    John Irvine
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    By SAURABH JHA, MD In a 6:3 decision, SCOTUS rescued Obamacare once again. Obamacare, untouched by Donald Trump and the Anti-Death Panelists, was almost brought to its knees by a single word; a lowly, miserable, reclusive preposition – “by”. A brief summary. Obamacare helps low income families buy health insurance through subsidies doled out by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Health insurance is sold at online marketplaces called exchanges. The online exchanges have been created by the state or the federal government. The statutes say that subsidies are available for insurance…
  • The ABIM Controversy: A Brief History of Board Certification and MOC

    John Irvine
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    By ROBERT WACHTER, MD What’s up with the ABIM?” “I just got a note about an alternative board. Should I join it?” “Aren’t you glad to be off the Board?” These days, I get these questions from friends and colleagues regularly. When I first joined the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in 2004, the organization was a well-respected pillar of American medicine. Today the organization finds itself in a fight for its life, being painted as everything from out of touch to money-hungry to, more recently, corrupt. I just completed my decade-long…
  • King vs. Burwell: Chalk One Up For Common Sense

    John Irvine
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    By HENRY J. AARON The Supreme Court yesterday decided that Congress meant what it said when it enacted the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA requires people in all 50 states to carry health insurance and provided tax credits to help them afford it. To have offered such credits only in the dozen states that set up their own exchanges would have been cruel and unsustainable because premiums for many people would have been unaffordable. But the law said that such credits could be paid in exchanges ‘established by a state,’ which led some to claim that the credits could not be paid to people…
  • Quantifying the Art of Medicine

    John Irvine
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:12 pm
    By BRIAN C. QUINN Historically, placebos have been defined as a sugar pill or inert substance used as a control variable in experimental studies. Placebo effects were considered a nuisance. Researchers and clinicians have paid little attention to the fact that placebos seem to produce their own health impacts. But in a July 2 New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives piece , Ted Kaptchuk of Harvard Medical School and Franklin G. Miller from the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, show us that there’s more to placebos than we originally thought. For example, in…
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  • Partners closes Lynn’s hospital. I’m quoted

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Partners is following through on a plan to consolidate its North Shore operations into Salem Medical Center, a move that will result in the closure of Union Hospital in Lynn, 6 miles away. I’m quoted in the Boston Globe (Partners to close Union Hospital in Lynn). Here’s what I had to say: David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group in Boston, said Union’s closing is hardly surprising, since many community hospitals –particularly those that treat high numbers of low-income patients and rely on government reimbursements– are struggling financially. He…
  • King v. Burwell: A frivolous lawsuit

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:08 am
    What do you think will happen to Obamacare if I press this button? Some are surprised that Chief Justice John Roberts came out so strongly for the government in King v. Burwell, the lawsuit that aimed to bar insurance subsidies from Obamacare exchanges run by the federal government. I’m not a lawyer or Supreme Court scholar but to me Roberts’ stance isn’t surprising at all. King v. Burwell was a joke –an exemplar of the type of “frivolous lawsuit” some on the right are so fond of citing. Roberts wants the Court to be taken seriously both now and in…
  • Long term care insights from a long term friend or Yes Virginia, there is a role for LTCi

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    I wrote my blog post about long term care insurance in reaction to what I thought was a foolish, ivory tower-induced article in the Wall Street Journal, which blamed the unpopularity of long term care insurance on “narrow framing.” Narrow framing is certainly an issue in consumer financial decisions, but with long term care insurance the problem is the products themselves aren’t very attractive. In particular I’m looking for a plan to cover catastrophic expenses in case I end up in a nursing home for a decade or more. I can pay the first few years myself and want…
  • Primary care prognosis: Is it really so grim?

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:37 am
    Is it really that bad? A lengthy front-page Boston Globe article (Precarious future for primary care) includes some of the usual laments: The shortage of primary care physicians is bad and getting worse Primary care docs don’t make enough money compared to specialists Student loan burdens discourage a career in primary care Medical schools implicitly discourage the best students from going into primary care There is some truth in the above, but the article misses other significant problems with primary care and fails to note factors that I think may lead to a resurgence of primary care over…
  • Long term care insurance –perspectives from InsureBlog

    19 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    Hank Stern from InsureBlog has been known to keep me honest on insurance topics, so after I went off about long term care insurance earlier this week, I asked him to let me know if I was out of line. Good friend that he is he responded by writing not just one but two posts on the topic. The first post –about the WSJ article that annoyed me in the first place- is posted today. The next –responding to issues I raised in my post– is forthcoming. While acknowledging that some of the basic info in the article is accurate, Hank also has a bone to pick with the authors.
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  • Why The Affordable Care Act Isn't 'Here to Stay'­­­­--In One Picture

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Why is Obamacare still so unpopular? Why aren’t the working class and middle-class signing up for it? Why is the Obamacare population sicker and causing so many big rate increases a year earlier than expected? Is Obamacare financially sustainable in its present form? Is it politically sustainable as it is? Here is one picture that tells you just about everything you need to know to
  • The King V. Burwell Decision

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    First, as any of us who know the market can appreciate, the Court just saved the Republicans from themselves. They were in no way ready to avoid the crisis that would have engulfed the individual market––half of those people on the exchange who would have lost their subsidies and the other half off-exchange that would have seen 30% to 50% rate increases––on top of the big increases already
  • The Republican Proposals to Extend the Obamacare Subsidies If the Supreme Court Ends Them Would Create a Huge Market Mess

    18 Jun 2015 | 3:21 pm
    While both the House and Senate plans would create a means for people to continue to be covered in the wake of any Supreme Court finding that ended the subsidies in the federally run states, what we so far know about these proposals is clearly unworkable in the market and would lead to very big and unfortunate unintended consequences. See my post at Forbes
  • Why Are the Proposed 2016 Obamacare Rate Increases So Large?

    10 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    Why The Big Obamacare Rate Increases Have Begun a Year Early? One state after another is reporting big Obamacare rate increases––particularly from many high market share health insurers who have the best claim data. Where are the rates going up and by how much? Will regulators cut these rate increases back as they often did last year? What is causing this a full year before the insurance
  • The Eye Popping 2016 Obamacare Rate Increases Are Out

    1 Jun 2015 | 1:58 pm
    The Big Rate Increases Are Coming a Year Early The Obama administration has posted the 2016 rate increases in excess of 10% that the Obamacare health plans are requesting. There are a lot of them. All of the federally run states have been posted and some for the state exchanges as well. Both California and New York do not have their rates on this site yet. Some will quickly argue that many
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  • Measles death in the US

    Jason Shafrin
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Vox reports: We started 2015 with one of the worst measles outbreaks in recent history, which originated at Disneyland in California. And today, the US just recorded its first measles death in a dozen years. According to a news release from the Washington State health department, the (still unidentified) woman was probably exposed to the extremely contagious virus while at a medical facility during an outbreak in Clallam County. If you or your children haven’t gotten your MMR shot, get vaccinated. See this CDC chart for details.
  • Is Ebola back?

    Jason Shafrin
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Troubling news from Liberia. The BBC reports: A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia, following the death of a teenager from the virus on Sunday, officials say. The country had been declared Ebola-free more than seven weeks ago. The new case was in Nedowein, the same village where the boy died, the ministry of information said. Liberia’s authorities quarantined the area after the teenager’s death and said his funeral was carried out safely. Liberia has recorded close to 5,000 lives lost to the virus.
  • Vermont Creating an All-Payer Claims Database?

    Jason Shafrin
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    A claims database from all health insurers would but a great resource for researchers. States also want to use these data, however, to negotiate better prices. The question is, can a state legally compel health insurers to disclose prices? That is what a court case from Vermont involves. The Incidental Economist writes: the Supreme Court this morning agreed to hear Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual, a case with significant implications for the states’ authority over the health-care sector. At issue in the case is whether Vermont can force health insurers—including employers that self-insure—to…
  • ACA and narrow networks

    Jason Shafrin
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:56 pm
    One way for insurers to reduce health care costs is to restrict patient access to only lower cost providers.  This phenomenon is known as narrow networks.  On the one hand, narrow networks can promote efficiency by driving down provider price and directing patients to the highest value physicians.  Alternatively, if insurers use narrow networks to direct patients to providers based solely on cost, the quality of care patients receive in narrow networks may decline. What share of silver plans in health insurance exchanges use narrow networks?  This is the question Polksy and Weiner…
  • Monday Links

    Jason Shafrin
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:18 pm
    A good death. The cost of atrial fibrillation. Not a chance. CON. King.
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  • Thirteen Ways Of Looking At King v. Burwell: A Virtual Symposium

    Rob Lott
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    In the week after the Supreme Court handed down its anxiously-awaited decision on King v. Burwell, Health Affairs Blog published a series of nine essays analyzing the justices’ opinions and considering the case’s potential long-term impact. From Tim Jost’s comprehensive review to Abigail Moncrieff’s reflection on the role played by an amicus brief that she drafted, each essay offers a different perspective on the arguments, the Affordable Care Act, and our broader health care system. Here, readers can browse all of the essays in one place: The Supreme Court Upholds Tax Credits In The…
  • The Argument That Wasn’t

    Abigail Moncrieff
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    Last Christmas, I spent a somewhat panicky inter-semester break writing an amicus brief for King v. Burwell. I was worried that five Supreme Court justices were going to be too tempted by the plaintiffs’ legalistic interpretation of Obamacare’s text, despite ample evidence beyond the text that Congress never intended to deprive citizens in 34 states of health insurance subsidies. In a seminar I taught at Boston University, one of my students had proposed a legalistic version of the common sense point that Congress could not possibly have intended the plaintiffs’ result—a legalistic…
  • Seven Big Ideas From Spotlight Health

    Rob Lott and Rachel Dolan
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    A few of us from Health Affairs were lucky enough to attend Spotlight Health at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Besides seeing Elmo, what were some of the most interesting takeaways? Here are just seven of the ideas that surprised us, impressed us, and even made us reexamine what we thought we already knew. 1. From What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction Predisposition to addiction is 50 percent hereditary, that is, determined by our genetics. Addiction is more influenced by genetics than many other conditions we tend to think of as running in our family, like high…
  • After King v. Burwell, A New Opportunity To Build On Early Success

    Kathleen Sebelius
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    Editor’s note: This article is part of a series of blog posts by leaders in health and health care who participated in Spotlight Health from June 25-28, the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival. This year’s theme was Smart Solutions to the World’s Toughest Challenges. Stayed tuned for more. On June 25, Chief Justice Roberts quoted Marbury v. Madison in writing for the six-judge majority that decided King v. Burwell, a challenge to the tax subsidies for millions of Americans’ health insurance payments. Roberts wrote “in a democracy, the power to make law rests with those…
  • Medicaid Private Option For All?

    Rachel Dolan
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    The Medicaid “private option” pioneered by Arkansas continues to dominate the headlines. First, additional states, most recently Montana, are expanding Medicaid with this model. Now, Arkansas is considering the future of its program. There has also been some thinking about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in red states in a post National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) v. Sebelius and King v. Burwell environment. One idea is to make use of “1332 waivers” to expand the private option, where Medicaid provides premium support for certain enrollees to purchase…
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  • Medicare and Medicaid at 50

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    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The programs have helped millions of elderly, disabled and poor people, and have extended life expectancy in America. Related NewsAmounts Spouses of Medicaid Recipients May Keep in 2008 ReleasedMedicaid Spending Will Join Medicare in Out Running the Economy in Years AheadThomson Healthcare Selected by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Help Detect Medicaid Overpayments
  • Medicare and Medicaid at 50

    medicare poster
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The programs have helped millions of elderly, disabled and poor people, and have extended life expectancy in America. Related NewsAmounts Spouses of Medicaid Recipients May Keep in 2008 ReleasedMedicaid Spending Will Join Medicare in Out Running the Economy in Years AheadThomson Healthcare Selected by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Help Detect Medicaid Overpayments
  • A Promising Medicare Plan, if Only Health Organizations Would Stick Around

    medicare poster
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A new program seems to be working in reducing spending and improving quality, but it has a worryingly high attrition rate. Related NewsMedicare to Cut Payment for Two Promising Cancer DrugsNew Part D, Medicare Findings Presented by University of Maryland, Baltimore Lamy CenterChoose the right Medicare plan
  • Obamacare and Reagan

    medicare poster
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Once a program begins protecting elderly people from poverty or letting cancer patients receive treatment, the politics are transformed. Related NewsThe Obamacare We DeserveObamaCare drains MedicareTough medicine for Medicare
  • Nurse Pleads Guilty to Taking Kickbacks From Drug Maker

    medicare poster
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Heather Alfonso of Connecticut accepted $83,000 to prescribe Subsys, a powerful painkiller made by Insys Therapeutics. Prosecutors appear to be looking more closely at the company. Related NewsNurse pleads guilty to Medicare fraudAla. nurse pleads guilty to health care fraudSixth Individual Pleads Guilty for Role in $14.5 Million Medicare Home Health Care Fraud Scheme
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  • The attending physician’s job – role model

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    After 35 years functioning as a ward attending, I have had many epiphanies.  When I started, my concept of the ward attending physician’s job consisted of providing pearls to the learners.  My brilliant lists (differential diagnoses) had the ability to overwhelm the learners.  They would bask in my reflected glory.  I understood the job so poorly. These are the main points that I believe are essential for our role.  As Stephen Covey often quoted – “begin with the end in mind”.  What is the end of ward attending rounds?  The only unimportant person here is the…
  • Minimal urine output explained

    28 Jun 2015 | 5:01 pm
    The diagnosis for this patient is not difficult, but I present the numbers to help explain some concepts that have confused many students and residents. A 60+ year old man with a 10 year history of type II DM and a recent creatinine of 1.3 presents with the above symptoms. He cannot give a good history – but a relative provided an accurate history later in the patient’s course. He had apparently worked outside on a very hot summer day. The next day he began vomiting – no blood or coffee grounds. The vomiting continued for 3 days prior to coming to the hospital. He noticed…
  • Minimal urine output, confused, vomiting

    18 Jun 2015 | 5:35 am
    The diagnosis for this patient is not difficult, but I present the numbers to help explain some concepts that have confused many students and residents. A 60+ year old man with a 10 year history of type II DM and a recent creatinine of 1.3 presents with the above symptoms. He cannot give a good history – but a relative provided an accurate history later in the patient’s course. He had apparently worked outside on a very hot summer day. The next day he began vomiting – no blood or coffee grounds. The vomiting continued for 3 days prior to coming to the hospital. He noticed…
  • Becoming a clinician – observations from 3rd year students

    16 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    The transition between the basic science years and the clinical years in medical school are jarring, mystifying, exhilarating and thought-provoking. Yesterday, I did an hour conference with approximately 30 medical students. About half started their clinical year 5 weeks ago, while the remainder have only 3 weeks left before they finish the year. They gave me permission to share our discussion. We focused on their (and my) observations about the adjustments they were making. The following list is not complete, but rather what we talked about for an hour. We welcome your comments on additional…
  • Learning to wait and observe – avoiding the “do something” syndrome

    8 Jun 2015 | 2:40 am
    A wonderful blog post made me think – Do Something Syndrome. We all have moments where we fall victim to the curse of Do Something Syndrome. In fact the modern organization is full of do something syndrome. The key is to try and realize when we are doing it and back away. This post makes we wonder about the entire “quality” movement. As I recall, many advocates for performance measures have argued that we should start measuring things because we just have to start. We have had harm from performance measurement! The famous 4 hour pneumonia rule provides one example: The…
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  • There are some amazing octogenarians out there

    17 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    Some  know-it-all-officious-busybodies   medical progressive elite presume to know when various medical procedures should be limited on the basis of age. Some even presume to know how long someone will live as in recommendations regarding limiting of medical procedures for those deemed to have less than ten years life expectancy or using 75 as a cut off date for certain type of screening tests.My pathology professor in medical school was fond of saying when you tell someone how long he has to live they may piss on your grave.Spock's "live long and prosper" butts up against…
  • do you need a physician to order your blood tests?

    16 Jun 2015 | 3:36 am
    There are a number of folks who want to eliminate at least one aspect of  gate-keeper role of the physician  or at least allow people  to order blood tests without getting a physician's order.To name a few: Dr Eric Topol,Elizabeth Homes,and apparently the governor of Arizona.Elizabeth Holmes is founder and CEO of a company named Theranos,which has developed a technology to enable a very large number of blood tests to be done from a few drops of blood,less than the tube drawn on a standard veni- puncture.In April 2015 , the governor of Arizona signed a statute "allowing"…
  • Bad news for pediatricians-good news for ABMS and the hegemony of the progressive medical elite

    9 Jun 2015 | 11:10 am
    See this blog posting regarding the unfortunate situation regarding board certification for pediatricians and how, at least so far, the  monopoly of ABMS is preserved.If possible the MOC situation regarding peds is even worse that that regarding internists and their board, the ABIM.One major insurer has refused to recognize certification from anything other than a ABMS recognized board.Quoting Dr. Med Edison in her blog: " After months of speculation about insurer acceptance of anything other than ABMS certification, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is on record refusing…
  • Who elected the ACP as the"conscience" of medicine?

    26 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    In a embarrassing display of  self congratulatory praise , in this  commentary Bob Doherty ,senior vice president of the American College of Physicians office of government affairs and public policy, makes the assertion that internists and particularly  the ACP are the "conscience of medicine".How does he support that claim? First, he cites the advocacy that ACP has provided for universal health care and for other causes..He also quotes from a commentary from Lancet which declared that internists and ACP were the conscience of medicine.Further, he makes the claim that the ACP…
  • Can a regular exercise program improve cardiac function in asymptomatic diastolic dysfunction with and without heart failure?

    19 May 2015 | 9:51 am
     Well ,at least one recent research paper answered that question in the affirmative. Dr. Nole and colleagues  (see below for reference) did a detailed study on the effects of endurance and resistance exercise on a small group of patients, some of who only had diastolic dysfunction (DD) and others who in addition had heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction. For purposes of the study normal diastolic function was defined as having: the following echocardiographic findings 1) E/A greater than one,2)E/e prime less than  10 and 3) preserved E/A greater than one…
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  • Aspects That Could Influence Your Salary as Certified Nursing Assistant

    21 Jun 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Regardless of whether you acknowledge it or not, when you are right in front of the job interviewer, it will always reflect that income is significant to stimulate you in giving your best when it comes to work. Your salary …The post Aspects That Could Influence Your Salary as Certified Nursing Assistant appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • Nurses’ Guidelines For Taking Care An Elderly

    1 Jun 2015 | 12:14 am
    When a nurse takes care of an elderly, it is important that a nurse can fully understand the details concerning the elderly patient. You have to to meet up with members of the family or anybody which is close to …The post Nurses’ Guidelines For Taking Care An Elderly appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • 10 Critical Facts about CNA Certification

    John Hammond
    14 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    10 Critical Facts about CNA Certification Are you interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant? In the USA, a CNA is a certified medical professional who provides healthcare to both ill and disabled patients. They perform a wide variety of …The post 10 Critical Facts about CNA Certification appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
  • Basic safety Procedures Nursing Assistants Must Learn

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

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s a well documented medical fact that those affected with Diabetes are at a much higher risk for foot problems. That’s why it’s so important to take proper care of your feet if you have Diabetes. Failure to take care …The post The Importance of Foot Care for Diabetics appeared first on MedBlogger Code.
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  • Bill Clinton, Paid to Speak to Biotech Conference, Extolled $1000 Pill to Prevent "Liver Rot," Despite Lack of Evidence that It Does

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    What were they thinking?Former President Clinton Talkes to Pharma and Biotech Executives In mid June, 2015, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that former US PresidentClinton was the keynote speaker at Klick Ideas Exchange, sponsored by Klick Health, a Toronto-based digital marketing agency, along with Veeva Systems and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. BIO, the Washington-based trade association, is holding its annual convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this week, attracting 15,000 people.For his troubles he was apparently paid, howeverhis foundation did not respond to a…
  • How Institutional Conflicts of Interest Exacerbate the Anechoic Effect - the Example of ASCO Fearing "Biting the Hand that Feeds You"

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    As we recently discussed (here, here, here and here), in May, 2015, the New England Journal of Medicine, arguably the world's foremost medical journal, published an editorial and a three-part commentary arguing that current concerns about the effects of financial conflicts of interest (COI) on health care are overblown(1-4).  On June 1, the Wall Street Journal published a report on the 2015 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) that provided a vivid example of why these concerns should not be dismissed.Questioning Drug Prices at the ASCO MeetingThe main issue in the…
  • Childish, petty and vindictive: UPMC hospitals ban sale of Post-Gazette from their gift shops

    25 Jun 2015 | 4:26 am
    Here's a new angle on how a healthcare organization might react to unfavorable press:Ban the sale of the newspaper in question from their territory:UPMC hospitals ban sale of Post-Gazette from their gift shopsJune 24, 2015 12:00 AM Steve Twedt / Pittsburgh Post-GazetteSome UPMC hospitals are banning the Post-Gazette from sale in their gift shops, a move UPMC spokesman Paul Wood said was precipitated by “fairness issues” in the…
  • The US' Multinational Trade Negotiations - Trading Away Its Own and Other Countries' Current and Future Restraints on Drug Prices?

    17 Jun 2015 | 11:48 am
    Trade Agreements More about Deregulation than Trade International trade negotiations, especially their more technical aspects, seem far removed from health care and health policy, and unrelated to health care dysfunction.  However, it seems that such trade negotiations have become a back door route to affect health policy, especially national efforts to regulate health care intended to improve patients' and the public's health.   We recently discussed how current multinational trade negotiations seem to be more about changing regulation in favor of big corporations than broadly…
  • Challenging the meme that [yes, there are all these drastic flaws and problems - BUT] ... EHRs improve patient safety

    15 Jun 2015 | 11:10 am
    One of the most persistent memes in healthcare IT is that, for all their deficits, bugs, flaws, interferences in care, and so forth, these systems "improve patient safety."I find the meme remarkable. 37 medical societies can issue a complaint letter about how EHR systems interfere in care and pose patient risk (  The Joint Commission can issue a detailed Sentinel Event Alert outlining the myriad ways that these systems "introduce new kinds of risks into an already complex health care environment where both…
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    HealthBlawg :: David Harlow's Health Care Law Blog

  • On Making Patient Reviews of Physicians More Useful

    David Harlow
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:50 am
    I recently hosted a Google Hangout on Air entitled Patient Reviews of Physicians: The Wisdom of the Crowd? (presented by The Harlow Group LLC in association with The Society for Participatory Medicine). I spoke with Niam Yaraghi (Center for Technology Innovation, The Brookings Institution) and Casey Quinlan (Mighty Casey Media) following their interesting back-and-forth online on the question of whether and how patient reviews of physicians can add value. Please take a look at the posts that preceded the hangout. Here are the initial post and reaction: Niam’s post and Casey’s post – as…
  • Appointment Reminders, Patient Marketing, HIPAA and You

    David Harlow
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:54 am
    Thank you to PatientPrompt for hosting a webinar I gave last week entitled Appointment Reminders, Patient Marketing, HIPAA and You. In case you missed the webinar, here are my slides: Appointment Reminders, Patient Marketing, HIPAA and You from David Harlow You should also check out Colin Hung’s livetweeting of the presentation, and a guest post I wrote in the days before the webinar, Health Care Marketing Communications in the Face of HIPAA. If you contact the good people at PatientPrompt they will be able to hook you up with a recording of the webinar and some other goodies. David…
  • Join Us for Patient Reviews of Physicians: The Wisdom of the Crowd?

    David Harlow
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    Patient Reviews of Physicians: The Wisdom of the Crowd? Google Hangout On Air with Niam Yaraghi and Casey Quinlan Wed, Jun 24, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET Presented in association with The Society for Participatory Medicine. I am hosting a conversation with Niam Yaraghi (Center for Technology Innovation, The Brookings Institution) and Casey Quinlan (Mighty Casey Media) following their interesting back-and-forth online on the question of whether and how patient reviews of physicians can add value. We will consider the old saw that healthcare is unique and can’t be dealt with in the same…
  • Outsourced Chronic Care Management Services Can Help Physicians and Patients

    David Harlow
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    A version of this post first appeared on the blog of a client, Flow Health Inc. I co-authored it with Robert Rowley, MD, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Flow Health. Health care services are not uniformly delivered in a coordinated manner in this country. Most people do not have health care providers who are part of IDNs, do not have care coordination baked into their experience of the health care system. Even folks those who receive their care from providers within a closely coordinated system, where everyone is on a single EHR platform and can share chart notes, referrals and other…
  • N of 1 – Reflections on Extracting Knowledge from Data

    David Harlow
    18 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    I was privileged to participate in last week’s Quantified Self Public Health symposium, where one of the threads of conversation focused on teasing strategies for generalizable improvements in health status out of the data collected by quantified selfers. Over time, there has existed significant tension between the prevalent use of the randomized clinical trial as the gold standard for medical research and the value of N of 1 studies, the measurement and examination of cause and effect in a population of one. Clearly, “N of 1″ studies have been responsible for numerous…
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    HealthLawProf Blog

  • Hobby Lobby Fall Out

    David Orentlicher
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    For those who feared that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision would open the door for employers to block contraceptive access for women in the workplace, welcome reassurance has come this week from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
  • King vs. Burwell: Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Tax Subsidies

    Katharine Van Tassel
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    Today, in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, handing a major victory to the Obama administration. The decision was 6-3, with Chief Justice John Roberts delivering the court's majority opinion. Roberts...
  • Affordable Care, the Supreme Court, and the Wisdom of Crowds

    David Orentlicher
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    How will the Supreme Court rule on the challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies that help millions of lower- and middle-income Americans afford their health care coverage? According to FantasySCOTUS’s court watchers, who have correctly predicted more than 70...
  • Congress, too, is mystified by long-delayed Equal Access regs

    N Huberfeld
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Finance sent a letter today to Secretary Burwell, urging HHS to issue the Equal Access regulations that have been in limbo since 2011. This is an...
  • Frozen Embryo Disputes and Unwanted Parenthood

    David Orentlicher
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    For the second time, a state court of appeals has given a woman permission to use frozen embryos over the objections of her former partner who supplied the sperm. In both cases, the new one from Illinois, the previous one...
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    Emergency Medicine Blog

  • Giving Oxygen in COPD - A Goldilocks Principle Is Required

    15 Jun 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Effects of hypoxia in COPD The most dangerous effects of hypoxia in COPD are sudden cardiac arrest and irreversible damage to the vital organs. Significant hypoxia for more than 4 - 6 minutes is already enough to cause sudden cardiac arrest. (Murphy et al, 2001) A number of studies recommend keeping a PaO2 of 50 mmHg in COPD to prevent sudden death of hypoxia (Hutchison et al, 1964; Smith et
  • Recommended Web Educational Resources Related to Emergency Medicine - To Get You Started!

    13 May 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Recommended resources from Chew Keng Sheng In today's hyper-connected world, content is almost a non-issue. When we click on the web, tons of educational resources can be found in websites, blogs, YouTube and in medical education, a recent crowd-sourcing, crowd-sharing concept has emerged - FOAM (Free Online Access Meducation). In recent years, I've got caught up with the FOAM virus
  • The Use Of adrenaline in anaphylaxis

    29 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    IM vs SC - which is preferred? According to the AHA 2005 on CPR & ERC, it says:"Absorption and subsequent achievement of maximum plasma concentration after subcutaneous administration is slower and may be significantly delayed with shock. Thus, intramuscular (IM) administration is favored."Thus, although it does not mention that SC route cannot be used, this is not the preferred route.IV
  • Mechanical CPR Devices - What is the scientific evidence so far with regards to its effectiveness in real life clinical settings?

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:09 am
    There are two types of CPR devices: 1. Load-distributing band CPR devices (LDB) Provide circumferential thoracic compression 2. Piston-driven CPR device (PD) Provide sternal compressions In preclinical settings, CPR devices improve coronary perfusion, cardiac output, ROSC. But how effective are these in real-life clinical settings? What’s the evidence so far? Let's look at three latest
  • Atrial Fibrillation in Emergency Department

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Listen to a podcast on the presentation, etiology, precipitants, management and disposition of Atrial Fibrillation in the Emergency Department from the Emergency Medicine Cases. Click on the link for the podcast. And listen to another podcast (click here) on interview with Ian Stiell Some of my take-home points and additional highlights from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) AF
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  • Elf the musical to host special opening night in aid of Alzheimer’s Society

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    ‘We are delighted that ELF the musical has chosen to partner with Alzheimer’s Society for a special fundraising evening.  We hope that those who attend enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment. The money raised from ticket sales will be used to help support the 850,000 people living with dementia and continue vital research. ‘For people […]
  • NHS Confederation response to Hunt’s announcement that medicines costs will be published on drugs packs

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    Responding to Jeremy Hunt’s speech yesterday, which included calls for a social contract between public, health and care services and an announcement that the indicative cost of medicines will be published on packs of medicines costing more than £20, Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “It is refreshing to see a genuine […]
  • Jeremy Hunt calls for national debate about caring for older people

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    Published 1 July 2015 People should keep in closer touch with older relatives, friends and neighbours Jeremy Hunt urged in a speech at the Local Government Association’s conference in Harrogate, today (1 July 2015). Article source:
  • Pitt leads trial to reduce antibiotic overuse at post-acute and long-term care facilities

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will be leading a $1.5 million national trial to examine methods to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC)facilities. The three-year study, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), will investigate guidelines and tools […]
  • Alzheimer’s Society warns of effect of heat on people with dementia

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    ‘A heatwave can lead to a vicious cycle. People with dementia may forget to drink enough fluids and wear suitable clothing. Dehydration and high body temperatures can lead to greater confusion. ‘As temperatures rise today, we are urging relatives, carers and others to check in on people with dementia to make sure they are OK. […]
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    News from Scott & White Healthcare

  • Scott & White Memorial Uses New Technology to Help Heart Failure Patients

    Deontrea Jones
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    New Heart Failure Monitoring Solution Aimed At Reducing Hospital Readmissions Patients with moderate heart failure now have a new option to help manage their chronic disease and reduce their chance of being readmitted to the hospital. Today, Scott & White Memorial – Temple for the first time implanted a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to […] The post Scott & White Memorial Uses New Technology to Help Heart Failure Patients appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • New Neuro-Oncology Clinic Opens at Scott & White – Round Rock

    Katherine Voss
    28 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Clinic offers team-based approach for treatment of brain tumors Scott & White Healthcare-Round Rock, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, has opened a comprehensive Neuro-oncology clinic to serve patients in the Central Texas community. Patients will benefit from access to a range of services that include neurosurgery, radiation oncology, and neuro-oncology as well […] The post New Neuro-Oncology Clinic Opens at Scott & White – Round Rock appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Baylor Scott & White Health Service Company Opens Headquarters

    Scott Clark
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    TEMPLE, Texas – Baylor Scott & White Health today opened new offices for the headquarters of Baylor Scott & White Health Service Company in Temple. Located adjacent to the historic Scott & White Clinic, Baylor Scott & White Health Service Company’s offices feature collaboration-friendly spaces that reflect the organization’s emphasis on innovation in bringing health care services […] The post Baylor Scott & White Health Service Company Opens Headquarters appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
  • Scott & White Memorial Transplant Team Completes Four-Patient Kidney Exchange

    Deontrea Jones
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Two incompatible pairs swapped kidneys during procedure at the hospital. Four patients are recovering after the transplant team at Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple completed a 14-hour, two-way kidney exchange surgery. This was the first time that such a procedure – known as a paired donation – was performed at Scott & White […] The post Scott & White Memorial Transplant Team Completes Four-Patient Kidney Exchange appeared first on Scott & White Healthcare News.
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  • Flag Day Music Monday

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I'm not an NBA fan, but I am a Metallica fan. So, when I ran across today's video of Metallica playing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to last night's NBA Finals Game 5, I knew it was perfect for today's Music Monday, which happens to be Flag Day.I've embedded the video below or you can watch it by clicking here. Crank up the volume, because the National Anthem never sounded so good.Occasionally, I'm asked, "Sheepdog, why a metal fan?" This is why. There's just something about the sound of a screaming 6-string. 
  • The Deaf Mafia Bookkeeper

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.His bookkeeper is deaf, which was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing and would therefore never have to testify in court. When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about the missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer, who knows sign language.  The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is."The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, "Where's the money?"Guido signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."The…
  • 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…
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    Schwartz MSL

  • The key to improving healthcare: It’s about the data

    Davida Dinerman
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:47 pm
    To conclude MSLGROUP Boston’s HIMSS15 video series, Senior Media and Content Strategist Don Fluckinger spoke with three clients about what they were showcasing at their booths, and what problems they solved en route to improving healthcare. While these vendors work across very diverse areas of healthcare IT spectrum, the one focus they have in common […]
  • PR Lessons Learned In 1H 2015: Part One

    Kiley Nichols
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:45 pm
    With the end of the first half of the year approaching, MSLGROUP decided to take a look back at the PR lessons learned thus far in 2015 and what they mean for our industry and our clients. Without further ado: 1. In times of crisis, early, frequent, honest communication that provides next steps is best. […]
  • Health Data Interoperability: Report from the trenches

    Don Fluckinger
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:13 pm
    U.S. healthcare isn’t as seamless as, for example, the banking industry when it comes to data exchange. But it’s getting there, say the CIOs and experts we interviewed at HIMSS15. New standards such as Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR, pronounced “fire”) could get us there in two to three years. There is another vexing piece […]
  • Data Security Takes a Front Seat in Healthcare

    Davida Dinerman
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    With the recent rash of breaches at prominent healthcare organizations this year, it was no surprise that health data security was top of mind among CIOs at HIMSS15. Show organizers added the Cyber Security Command Center in a new exhibit area as attendees felt pressure mounting to pass strict security tests in the wake of […]
  • PRSA Puts the Spotlight on MSLGROUP’s Merrill Freund

    Nathan Beers
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The PRSA recently got a chance to grill San Francisco’s managing director, Merrill Freund. Check out the full Q&A with Merill’s thoughts on the changing nature of PR, his advice to new PR professionals and his recommendations on the healthiest coffee consumption levels below. PRSA – Tell me about MSLGROUP and your role there. Merrill […]
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    World of DTC

  • The biopharma organization has to change

    Richard Meyer
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: Biopharma companies cannot meet the challenges of empowered patients and  other changes in healthcare by continuing down the same path.  The organization has to change by reviewing all... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The real faces of high drug costs

    Richard Meyer
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:43 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: Biopharma can’t just read about high drug prices in media stories, employees need to get out and listen to patients talk about how it’s affecting their treatment choices... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • False promise of helping patients

    Richard Meyer
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:33 pm
    KEY TAKEAWAY: If employees of Biopharma companies really want to help patients they can do so by ensuring that everyone who needs their drugs gets them regardless of cost, not by riding in a bicycle... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Wild West of medical apps

    Richard Meyer
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:17 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: The majority of physicians are skeptical of health apps because they’re not sure if they record accurate data and if patients are using them correctly.  Pharma, if they want to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Disruption vs. Destruction in pharma marketing

    Richard Meyer
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    KEY TAKEAWAY: The best way to achieve change within biopharma marketing is through creative disruption, not destruction.  Marketers have to use data to think outside the box and enlist company... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    FierceHealthPayer News

  • Aetna acquires Humana for $37B

    Leslie Small
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Aetna will acquire Humana in a $37 billion deal, the companies announced Friday morning, becoming the first mega-insurer to pull the trigger amid months of merger rumors.  read more
  • Medicare Part D plans cover majority of drugs used by dual-eligible consumers

    Alok Saboo
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Medicare Part D covers the bulk of medications commonly used by both Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).read more
  • Public advocates, Kaiser Permanente wage war of words over mental health services

    Ilene MacDonald
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    A war of words--and advertisements--is taking place in California over long-simmering allegations that Kaiser Permanente has failed to provide adequate treatment and insurance coverage for patients who need mental health services. A Kaiser spokesperson told FierceHealthcare that the Courage Campaigns' claims are just the latest efforts in an ongoing union smear more
  • Publisher's Note

    Alok Saboo
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    FierceHealthPayer will not publish Friday, July 3 in observance of the Fourth of July. We will return Monday with a brand new issue--enjoy your holiday weekend! more
  • Risk-sharing payments could affect future insurer mergers

    Susan D. Hall
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    Data on risk adjustment and reinsurance payments to insurers could play into future acquisitions, including any proposed deal for more
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    Custom Health Plans » Blog

  • Obamacare and Short Term Health Insurance

    Richard Monello
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Just because you missed the deadline for Obamacare doesn’t mean you can’t have Texas short-term health insurance. Custom Health Plans, Inc. can help you get covered immediately at a lower cost, so unpredictable medical expenses don’t derail your life. GET FREE QUOTES We understand that keeping track of Obamacare and temporary health insurance in Texas […] The post Obamacare and Short Term Health Insurance appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
  • The Supreme Court Nears its Decision on ObamaCare

    Richard Monello
    18 Jun 2012 | 12:23 pm
      The Supreme Court will be issuing its decision on the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act any day now. The decision will dictate whether Obama’s far-reaching legislation will remain in place or be overturned. It’s no secret that we think ObamaCare should be overturned, especially given its adverse affects on health […] The post The Supreme Court Nears its Decision on ObamaCare appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
  • High Deductible Plans Equal Lower HealthCare Spending

    Richard Monello
    30 May 2012 | 2:41 pm
    There may finally be some good news on the Texas health insurance front. In a recent study, researchers determined that total U.S. healthcare costs increased 3.8 percent in 2009 and 3.9 percent in 2010. Yes, that’s an increase, but it’s the slowest annual growth rate in 50 years! Much of the credit for this slowdown […] The post High Deductible Plans Equal Lower HealthCare Spending appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
  • Employers May Drop Millions from Health Insurance Rolls

    Richard Monello
    18 May 2012 | 9:05 am
    Here’s some startling news on the Texas health insurance front. A new poll that surveys some of America’s largest companies shows that the health care legislation passed in 2009 creates incentives for employers to drop workers from company insurance plans. This is because it’s better financially for companies to drop workers from those plans rather […] The post Employers May Drop Millions from Health Insurance Rolls appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
  • Protect Your Paycheck with Disability Income Insurance

    Richard Monello
    2 May 2012 | 1:34 am
    Here’s a scary stat: the Social Security Administration reports that “a 20-year-old worker has about a three in 10 chance of suffering a disability before reaching retirement age.” And as you get older, those chances increase. Injuries can force workers into early retirement, whether or not they’ve got the savings to make it work. To […] The post Protect Your Paycheck with Disability Income Insurance appeared first on Custom Health Plans.
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • Meaningful Use Changes for 2015

    Rebecca Morehead
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    Today’s video blog provides a summary of the proposed Meaningful Use changes for 2015. Watch it here: Additionally, I wanted to share with you slides from my recent presentation. This first slide is a summary of the proposed new rule:     If you’re not demonstrating Meaningful Use, then this next slide shows you the deductions proposed over the next few years:
  • Transform Your Healthcare Practice with These 3 Lighting Tips

    Rebecca Morehead
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:37 am
    I want to thank Cheryl Janis of Cheryl Janis Designs for today’s lovely guest post. You can find information about Cheryl at the end of the post.  Back in the 1970’s and 80’s (when I was growing up), every public building I can remember spending a significant amount of time like my elementary school, junior high, high school, a few hospitals, public offices, the grocery store, the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), the dentist’s office and my pediatrician’s office, all had one thing in common—glaring overhead fluorescent lighting. And it never felt…
  • Making Your Practice Appealing to Patients Using Interiors that Create Healing

    Rebecca Morehead
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
      Today, I am pleased to present my recent interview with interior designer, Cheryl Janis, about evidence-based design for your practice to attract and appeal to patients. Cheryl designs healing spaces for medical, dental, holistic and integrative wellness practices.  She helps to make them appealing to patients and staff.  Listen in to hear her six tips that you can implement today to make positive changes in your work environment. Note: Please bear with us during the first few minutes of this Google hangout – we encountered a few technical glitches that we’re able to…
  • A Simpler Way to Manage Your HIPAA Compliance

    Rebecca Morehead
    4 Jun 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Earlier this year, we asked you to take a survey about what tools would make your job as a Practice Manager easier. We received an overwhelming response that managing your practice’s HIPAA compliance is something you want help with.  You recognize that keeping up with HIPAA compliance is important, but so is managing your staff, accounts payable/receivable, submitting claims, processing payroll and providing a great patient experience.  HIPAA compliance is time-consuming requiring that you have a process for: Keeping your staff updated with security reminders Getting notification of…
  • Practice Managers, know your retirement and fiduciary responsibilities for your practice with David Hoshour – Episode 22

    Carey Green
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    David Hoshour, MBA, MA, AIF is the President and Principle of Cornerstone Investment Services and a registered investment advisor specializing in retirement plans and fiduciary compliance. In today’s podcast you will learn some things you might not have known before about your retirement and fiduciary responsibilities as a Practice Manager. David also discusses how to gain knowledge and expertise when planning your practice retirement packages. David began his career in 1984 with Merrill Lynch and founded Cornerstone Investment Services, a fee-only investment advisory firm in 1995. He…
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    Georgia Health News

  • Merger mania: Aetna to buy Humana

    Andy Miller
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    Insurance giant Aetna said Friday that it has agreed to buy rival Humana for $37 billion in a deal that reflects the rampant consolidation in health care. The acquisition, if approved by shareholders and regulators, will roughly double Aetna’s membership in Georgia. Connecticut-based Aetna has roughly 700,000 Georgia members in its health plans, while Louisville, Ky.-based Humana covers 692,000 in Georgia.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, with about 3 million members, will still be the leading health insurer in the state even if the Aetna-Humana merger deal is completed. Nationally,…
  • Alcoholics Anonymous convention hits Atlanta

    Andy Miller
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    Chase S. began drinking as a high school freshman in Cobb County. “I drank pretty heavily,’’ he says now. But just before he turned 18, Chase got sober, turning to Alcoholics Anonymous for help. “It’s a fellowship program that saved my life,’’ says Chase, now 28. He’s joining thousands of A.A. members Thursday through Sunday at the  2015 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous in Atlanta. More than 60,000 people are expected at the conference, representing 93 countries. Alcoholics Anonymous is a loosely knit fellowship program of men and women who have had a…
  • Acupuncture: A different way to deal with pain

    Judi Kanne
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    In 1996, the FDA approved the acupuncture needle as a medical device. Sara Hewitt Kupelian is not your typical medical-surgical nurse. What makes her stand out is that she is also a licensed acupuncturist. “Learning Chinese medicine and acupuncture takes real dedication and devotion,” says Kupelian, a registered nurse for 23 years.  She estimates that she logged about 10,000 hours in class and studied for more than four years to prepare for the national certification exam. Kupelian, who practices in Atlanta,  started her training in Georgia, but later moved to Colorado to complete her…
  • Benefits of sports to a kid’s mind, heart

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:44 am
    Parents talk about sports teaching their children about discipline, dedication and how to get along with others. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2015. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Doctors’ suit aims to topple state’s CON rules

    Andy Miller
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Two Cartersville ob/gyns filed suit Tuesday to overturn the state’s health care regulatory process, saying it restricts competition and is unconstitutional. Drs. Hugo Ribot and Malcolm Barfield are challenging the Georgia certificate-of-need program, a complex set of regulations governing the creation and expansion of medical facilities. The CON process has long been controversial because hospitals often use it to challenge competitors’ proposed projects. It has also pitted doctors against hospitals in battles over building surgery centers. The physicians’ lawsuit asserts that…
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  • Build your Optometry Practice to Sell

    Chad Fleming
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you been thinking about retirement? If you have graduated from optometry school and you currently own your practice, you should be. It’s never too early to begin the process of preparing your practice to sell. Many optometry practices do not sell for reasons that could have been prevented if the CEOs would have had the mindset that someday they would sell. If you plan to someday sell your optometry business, then avoid these four costly mistakes that have left many optometrists holding a business they cannot sell. Aging Technology – Some optometry practices still use outdated…
  • Oh baby! Surviving an Associate OD’s maternity leave

    Chad Fleming
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    The birth of a baby is one of the most exciting events a human can experience. When one of our associate ODs informed me she was pregnant, I was happy for her. As a CEO of our optometry practice, I also recognize scheduling her maternity leave will bring some challenges. Overcoming these hurdles and coming out stronger post-maternity leave is what all successful optometry practices do. The great management advantage of pregnancy and maternity leave is you most likely will be aware of it seven or eight months in advance, so you will have plenty of time for planning. Here are a couple of tips…
  • The #1 way to avoid paying unemployment

    Chad Fleming
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    A bad hire can can damage office morale. Sometimes employees don’t work out and need to be terminated. However, you might hesitate before you fire them because you don’t want a lawsuit for wrongful termination, and you certainly want to avoid paying unemployment. Here is the number one way to avoid unemployment costs: Quit and Document When employees quit voluntarily, they will have a harder time receiving unemployment pay, so quitting is the best-case scenario. Of course, many times poor employees refuse to see they are the problem so you may have to fire them. However, when a…
  • How to stick it to your NO SHOWS

    Chad Fleming
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    When patients cancel or or forget their appointments, a highly productive day can turn into a day that’s only slightly better than just staying at home. Because frequent cancellations and “no shows” are costly, some optometry practices try to punish patients by charging them a “no show” fee. However, I think they end up losing in the long run. Is there a way to stick it to the schedule busters? Maybe, or maybe not. First, you need to consider these three things: Is your appointment reminder system efficient and effective for the patients you serve? SolutionReach has been…
  • Dialing for dollars: How to reduce costs

    Chad Fleming
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    In the past several years, staying profitable in an optometric business has become a battle. Reimbursements continue to decline while cost of goods and general optometry practice bills increase. Expenses will quickly eat up profits if you don’t proactively control your costs. The bite that hit our practice recently was the corporate “family plan” for our mobile phone and device costs. I was amazed how the plans had changed, without even a courtesy call to inform us of the rate increases. One phone call this morning saved us $100 per month ($1,200/year) in data usage. To be proactive…
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • ABIM Discontinues Requirement for Maintaining Underlying Board Certification

    Eric Widera
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:46 pm
    American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has had a lot of, well, lets just say difficult press this year. There is one piece of news though that came out yesterday that should send a smile to any internal medicine physician practicing in the specialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and should resolve the debate that Alex Smith talked about one year ago in this GeriPal piece.  What happened? ABIM announced that it will discontinue the requirement for maintaining underlying board certification (sorry Alex, I know you already paid)!What does all this mean?  This means you will…
  • A Master of Science Program in Palliative Care?

    Dan Matlock
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:21 pm
    We’re in trouble.  There just aren’t enough specialists in palliative care to palliate all the suffering out there.  One estimate of provider need is over 5,000 full time employees, which could require up to 18,000 trained providers depending on the proportion of time providers devote to the practice of palliative medicine.One important strategy to address this problem, as highlighted by the recent IOM report Dying in America,  is to improve the skills of all providers in the practice of “primary” palliative care. Historically, some physicians have turned…
  • A better way to care for frail patients: Independence at Home

    Paul Tatum
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report that I think will change how geriatric palliative care will be delivered in the United States.What is the report? CMS released the results from the first performance year of the Independence at Home Demonstration.  The Independence at Home Demonstration  is modeled on the Home Based Primary Care program from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which brings comprehensive, longitudinal, interdisciplinary primary care into the home setting for patients with complex, chronic, disabling disease.
  • Flags of Grief

    GeriPal Guest Author
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    by: Genevieve Flagello, LMSW, ASWI am a social worker two years into my career, currently working with veterans on an inpatient hospice unit. My clients range in their generational experience of war, from the Gulf to WWII. My work with these veterans is intense, yet rewarding, and every day they teach me a little more about life. Recently, I returned to my office from an extended trip and was informed that a veteran I had worked with closely had died. This is not uncommon. I mean, I work in HOSPICE. All of my clients, veterans, will at some point die while in my care. It’s the nature of the…
  • Top 10 Reasons Eric Widera is the Best Fellowship Director Ever

    Daphne L
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    10.      Like President Obama, he keeps his wardrobe streamlined so he can focus on what’s important.9.      He shares the dark chocolate in the fellows’ candy bowl.8.      His door is always open for career advice, teaching, venting, and laughing.7.      He rules the Geriatrics and Palliative Care Twittersphere. At AGS, we realized he is the closest we’ll ever get to meeting a celebrity.6.      He only made us do the #Thickenedliquidchallenge once.5.
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    Safety un-Limited

  • Does CPR actually help you survive?

    Tony Howarth
    13 Jun 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Does having many people trained in CPR mean they actually do it? If so, does it work? We'll find out. Continue reading →
  • It’s tick time!

    Tony Howarth
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Tick Time? What with the winter being very mild and the spring already having topped 26 C in our area, the ticks are back. We know because one was found on a child at our school last week. So, time … Continue reading →
  • Making Your Business a Safer Place

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

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

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

  • Findings of public perceptions of the NHS

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:33 am
    Standout findings from latest government survey on public perceptions of the NHS.Please click here to be redirected.
  • Prescriptions to display how much contents cost taxpayers

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
    A new government plan will see all packets of prescription medication displaying the cost of its contents to the taxpayer.All packs costing more than £20 will display "funded by the taxpayer".This is part of an effort to try and reduce waste and remind people of how much their medication costs.
  • Lung cancer in women reaches 20,000 a year

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    For the first time since records began lung cancer cases in women have reached 20,000 a year.According to data from Cancer Research UK, the 2012 figure is a rise from 14,000 in 1993. This figures means rate of lung cancer in the female population has risen by 22%.
  • Future health in the palm of your hand

    14 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    A study suggests chances of heart attack, stroke or dying young is hidden in palm of hand.The Lancet published the trial on nearly 140,000 people in 14 countries. It suggests grip strength is better than blood pressure at predicting risk.However, experts argue more study is required to determine the link between grip and the heart.
  • Memory problems linked to sleep apnoea

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

  • Crohn’s & The CDWP

    Michael A. Weiss
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:26 pm
    That’s me in the spotlight at “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France, explaining I formed the IBD Charity “Crohn’s Disease Warrior Patrol” because “Patients helping other Crohn’s patients is often the best medicine.”      This picture is of me presenting the logic behind my formation of the 501 (c)(3) Charity, “Crohn’s Disease Warrior Patrol” [CDWP], at the recent 2015 “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris, France. More specifically, after reading seemingly repetitive healthcare social media (hcsm) posts by frustrated, scared or…
  • Crohn’s – “Should I stay or should I go” to the Hospital?

    Michael A. Weiss
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:10 am
    Crohn’s Disease – Should I stay at home or should I go to the hospital?        It’s been a while since I’ve posted but that’s because I had some opportunities to speak about Crohn’s Disease in some very cool places around the world and then, ironically, I had a very serious Crohn’s flare-up and was hospitalized at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City for a week or so.  I am better now so I thought I’d take advantage of this rainy-Sunday to address a VERY important issue which seems to come up every day on the different health care social media platforms.  That is,…
  • My IBD British Brethren in London

    Michael A. Weiss
    24 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Dear London-based IBDers:        I will be staying in a downtown London hotel from June 7th to June 10th and if you are interested in being interviewed for a Documentary my non-profit is producing on raising global awareness of the potential severity and pervasiveness of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, I would very much like to make your acquaintance and I encourage you to contact me.  My Twitter Handle is @HospitalPatient and you can email me directly from this Blog at      “Patients helping other IBD patients is often the best…
  • Doctors who don’t LISTEN

    Michael A. Weiss
    22 May 2015 | 7:52 pm
    The fallacy of trusting some Doctors      I had a horrible doctor appointment today with a local well-respected Ophthalmologist.  In order to see her, I had to complete a PRE-APPOINTMENT 30-Page “Patient Information Packet.”  It included all the typical information but also demanded precise details regarding the medications I was taking, the eye surgeries I have had, CDs of any recent Head or Brain CTs or MRIs and a most accurate/succinct description of the reason I sought her expertise.  I complied even though it was time-consuming and somewhat costly. But, I assumed my diligent…
  • When Doctors disappear, Crohn’s Disease Patients ONLY have each other

    Michael A. Weiss
    18 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The grim reality for Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis patients, especially on weekends and holidays.      Another weekend went just went by during which I encountered a very experienced and intelligent patient with Crohn’s Disease posing the following question to a well-trafficked Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)-dedicated “Group” within a health care social media platform: “Do you think I should to the hospital?”  The question was followed with his symptoms following recent Bowel Resection Surgery during which his terminal ileum was removed. That vital…
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    Healthy Debate

  • Health care system stigmatizes and discriminates against transgender people

    Wendy Glauser, Jade Goliath & Verna Yiu
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    When Lucas Silveira – then going by his female name – told his Toronto-based family doctor he identifies as male, the doctor’s discomfort was palpable. She stumbled over her words, and then said, “I don’t really know how to help you,” recalls Silveira, a musician with the rock band The Cliks. The doctor agreed to do some research into hormone therapy or surgery options. A few months later, she called Silveira saying that she couldn’t help him and suggested he go to the city’s Sherbourne Health Centre, which specializes in marginalized communities, including lesbian, gay,…
  • Telemedicine on the rise across Canada

    Wendy Glauser, Michael Nolan & Andrew Remfry
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s still far from routine, but telemedicine is quietly growing across Canada. Last year, a pilot project with a portable robot was launched in Saskatchewan. And telemedicine programs in Ontario have been growing by around 30% per year for the last several years, according to David Jensen, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health. Telemedicine can involve a health worker speaking to a patient through videoconference, telephone or gionviewing aspects of a patient’s history and physical examination remotely. As these four examples show, telemedicine can result in reduced wait times and…
  • Many hospitals don’t do enough to support health workers after an adverse event

    Wendy Glauser, Maureen Taylor & Mike Tierney
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    The boy stopped breathing. That morning, he had been admitted with what seemed like a seizure to the emergency room at IWK Health Centre in Halifax. He had been given drugs to stop the seizure. Katrina Hurley, an emergency doctor just starting her night shift and taking over the case, thought the boy was over-sedated from the drugs, and she told this to his parents. As her team resuscitated the child, the parents yelled “You did this!” at Hurley. The child who suffered multiple, severe health problems had a shunt that was draining fluid from his brain to his abdomen. In reality, that…
  • Birth doulas: The benefits and the tensions

    Wendy Glauser, Jill Konkin & Irfan Dhalla
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    When she pictured her birth, Meghan Ward wanted a support person who would be with her from start to finish. Her first choice was a midwife, but there wasn’t a midwife in the Bow Valley, Alberta region where she lives. As a compromise, she found an obstetrician for her maternity care and started looking into a doula to be with her for the duration of the birth. Ward ended up with two doulas, one of whom was in training. The doulas met with Ward leading up to the labour and discussed positions she could try and pain relief techniques. Doulas do not provide medical care. Instead, during…
  • Improving appropriateness of antipsychotic use in long-term care

    Arij Elmi, Verna Yiu, Mike Tierney & Jeremy Petch
    4 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    When prescribed appropriately – to treat psychosis related to a psychiatric condition like schizophrenia – antipsychotic medications can improve a patient’s quality of life. However, too often it appears antipsychotics are being prescribed to residents of Long-Term Care Homes (LTCH) to control behavioral symptoms of dementia (such as verbal or physical aggression) without a concurrent psychiatric diagnosis. This is concerning, because these medications have serious side effects such as loss of energy and drowsiness, which can impact quality of life. They have also been associated with…
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  • When Silver is worth more than Gold or Platinum

    Andrew Sprung
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Healthcare reporters associated with Kaiser Health News rarely get their facts wrong. And an NPR/KHN report on the plight of those who bought ACA plans with high deductibles no doubt accurately reports the facts about the person in question. But the story is misleadingly framed. The problem is very real but less prevalent than reporter Jim Burress of WABE, NPR’s Atlanta affiliate, suggests. Here is the story’s lead: A key goal of the Affordable Care Act is to help people get health insurance who may have not been able to pay for it before. But the most popular plans – those with…
  • Financial ruin for millions? #ThanksGOP

    Charles Gaba
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:46 am
    For several months now, various media outlets (including myself) have talked about how many people could lose the federal tax credits provided by the Affordable Care Act and/or with it, their health insurance policies, if the Supreme Court rules for the plaintiffs in the infamous King v. Burwell case. The decision announcement is expected sometime in June, which means that Advance Premium Tax Credits (APTC) could potentially be cut off starting as soon as July. Most of the estimates have ranged anywhere from 6 to 9 million people across the 34 states which have their ACA insurance exchanges…
  • Health Wonk Review for June 4, 2015

    Steve Anderson
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:05 pm
    A big thank you to Louise Norris for hosting this week’s Health Wonk Review over at Colorado Health Insurance Insider – and for putting our latest post (and the latest addition to our blogging crew – Amy Lynn Smith) in the lead slot. I typically do a point-by-point rundown of who posted in HWR and on what topic, but I think I’d be doing our readers a disservice if I didn’t simply send them over to Louise’s great review. (So head on over there.) Next up for HWR? Tinker Ready hosts HWR over at Boston Health News on June 18. See you then.
  • The life-or-death impact of King v. Burwell

    Amy Lynn Smith
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Leonard and Dawn Erina have worked hard all their lives, wanting to provide for their family and eventually enjoy their retirement. But as that day approaches, the dream of retirement may be harder to achieve than they ever thought. That’s because the Erinas are among the estimated 8 million Americans who stand to lose the tax subsidies they receive under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) to help them pay for health insurance. It all hinges on the King v. Burwell case, which challenges the legality of tax subsidies for people who bought insurance through the federal…
  • Health Wonk Review for May 21, 2015

    Steve Anderson
    22 May 2015 | 11:17 pm
    It must be the upcoming Memorial Day holiday because this week’s edition of Health Wonk Review seems a tad shorter than usual. Under a dozen posts and just a handful focused on the ACA? Wow. Guess some folks sneaked off to the campgrounds early? Here’s a quick rundown of what you can find in this week’s edition: Obamacare Joe Paduda at Managed Care Matters, looked at the effect of state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion on workers comp system. Louise Norris, Colorado Health Insurance Insider, offers her thoughts on the story of Luis Lang, who rejected Obamacare but then…
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    Home Health Care News

  • Editor’s Picks: Face-to-Face Reform, $20M HomeHero Investment

    Tim Mullaney
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:23 pm
    The HHCN team wishes all our readers a star-spangled 4th of July. If you’re looking to catch up on some reading during the long weekend, here are some of our most popular recent stories. HHCN Most Read Proposed Law to Reform Face-to-Face Requirement—Simple in theory, unworkable in practice. So says Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) of the Medicare face-to-face rule. Menendez is co-sponsoring a bill to lessen the administrative burdens that providers are under due to this requirement. Disruptive Home Care Startup Raises $20 Million to Expand—HomeHero is the latest startup to get a massive…
  • Telehealth Skyrocketing to 158 Million Sessions Per Year by 2020

    Jason Oliva
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Many studies have projected the enormous growth in store for telehealth in the coming years, and these video conferencing sessions taking place in people’s homes and similar settings will represent the majority of usage within four years, says a new report. Telehealth video consultations will increase from 19.7 million in 2014 to 158.4 million per year by 2020, according to the report from Tractica, an independent research and consulting firm. While clinical consultations currently represent more than three-quarters of the market, Tractica finds growth over the next several years will be…
  • Disruptive Home Care Startup Raises $20 Million to Expand

    Tim Mullaney
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:45 pm
    HomeHero, a California-based startup disrupting the way in-home caregivers and clients connect with each other, has secured $20 million in Series A funding and is expanding into new markets. The company, which launched in January 2014, now has raised a total of $23 million. This round was led by Graham Holdings Company with participation from Social+Capital Partnership, Tencent Holdings Limited and The Launch Fund, Inc. The previous $3 million seed round last year was led by Social+Capital Partnership and included Science Inc. and Jason Calacanis of The Launch Fund. The funding announcement,…
  • Behind the Headlines Podcast: Former Amedisys Exec Talks Big Changes

    Cassandra Dowell
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:43 pm
    One of the biggest trends in home health care is the use of data analytics and sharing that data to improve patient care. But while it’s an important trend, it is also the most misunderstood, Dr. Michael Fleming, former chief medical officer of Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMED), tells HHCN in this week’s podcast. Amedisys is a Louisiana-based home health agency that serves about 360,000 patients each year.  Fleming is also a past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Currently, he serves on the advisory board of Nashville-based healthcare technology company Medalogix. …
  • Seniors Requesting Help Seek Home-Based Services

    Cassandra Dowell
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    Home-based services rank as one of the top needs of seniors reaching out for help, new data show. In 2014, seniors nationwide made more than 271,200 requests for assistance from the Eldercare Locator, a referral service providing information about care resources available in communities around the country.  The average caller is age 60 or older, is a first-time caller and— while the organization was originally conceived as a service for caregivers—over 70% of those contacting the center are reaching out on their own behalf, according to the 2014 Eldercare Locator Data Report: A…
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    The Doctor's Tablet

  • Developing a Herpes Vaccine: A New Approach

    Betsy Herold, M.D.
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    Editors’ Note: In March 2015, Einstein researchers announced successful results on a vaccine that completely prevented herpes infections in mice. The study, published in the journal eLIFE, prompted hundreds of inquiries to Einstein from people around the globe seeking more information about clinical trials. As we’ve explained to those who’ve contacted us, there are several steps [...]
  • Miscarriage: It’s Not Your Fault

    Chavi Eve Karkowsky, M.D.
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Editors’ Note: In May 2015, Einstein researchers released findings from a national survey that showed a wide disparity in perceptions about the incidence of miscarriage. Most respondents believed it was rare—occurring in about 6 percent of all pregnancies. The reality is that one in four pregnancies—25 percent—ends in miscarriage. In about half the cases, no [...]
  • Communicating Science in Public Places: A Pint of Science Q&A with Julie Nadel

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    Editors’ Note: Pint of Science is a three-day global festival that seeks to stoke interest in science in “everyday people.” On May 18, one event took place at Gun Hill Brewery in the Bronx. Albert Einstein College of Medicine student Julie Nadel, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of genetics in Dr. John Greally’s lab, [...]
  • What Propels My Diabetes Research

    Jill Crandall, M.D.
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:41 am
    There are many reasons to pursue diabetes prevention—avoidance of the long-term vascular complications (blindness, renal failure, cardiovascular disease) and reduction in healthcare costs are frequently cited. And, of course, these are very important. But there’s another reason to prevent diabetes—the burden of living with diabetes, the day-to-day restrictions (dietary) and obligations (glucose testing, exercise, medications) [...]
  • Variations in Regulations on Assisted Reproductive Technologies

    Ruth Macklin, Ph.D.
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Medically assisted reproduction—also known as Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)—is practiced throughout the world. The Reproductive Bioethics Committee at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has had an ethics advisory committee for ART since 1987 when it first introduced an egg donation program. As a member of that committee since its inception, I have become acquainted with a wide [...]
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Suggested Reading: When It Comes to Heart Attack, Speed Heals

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    In the 10-year period between 2003 and 2013, the U.S. death rate from coronary heart disease fell about 38%. In a long, anecdote-filled story that was part of its series on heart disease, the New York Times detailed how the decline reflects not only that we’re giving up cigarettes and controlling our cholesterol and blood pressure better, but that emergency departments are treating heart attack patients significantly faster. “With no new medical discoveries, no new technologies, no payment incentives — and little public notice,” according to The Times, “hospitals in recent years…
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Shakes Hands with Death and Evil

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:43 pm
    I can sort of get why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce would attack the whole concept that ordinary people should be able to sue corporations when said corporations inflict injury and death on the citizenry. After all, lawsuits to enforce corporate accountability are none too popular in boardrooms across America. And so the endless claims of "frivolous lawsuits" by the Chamber's various front groups like the Institute for Legal Reform make sense in the "you've gotta look out for your own people" category. But now the Chamber has descended to a new circle of Hell in whose interests it decides to…
  • Waiting List for Vets Seeking Health Care Grows

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Last year the country was shocked to learn the extent of the systemic problems the Department of Veterans Affairs had in delivering adequate health care generally, and, specifically, the grossly long periods vets had to wait to get an appointment. It’s not getting better. Department officials told the New York Times that the number of vets on waiting lists of at least one month is 50% higher than it was during the height of last year’s problems. Because the VA has a budget shortfall of nearly $3 billion, the outlook continues to look bleak. Despite last year’s reports of insufficient…
  • Q&A on Medicare’s End-of-Life Care

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:20 pm
    End-of-life medical care has come under sharp review recently as policymakers grapple with whether health-care professionals should be reimbursed for talking to patients about their treatment options. Planning for such care is fraught with difficulty. No one wants to discuss death and the infirmity that often surrounds it, but such discussions with doctors and families are critical to ensuring people receive the treatment they prefer if they are unable to communicate their wishes when the time comes. (See Patrick’s newsletter, “Dying in America: A Necessary Conversation.”) About 3 in 4…
  • A Move Toward Eliminating Medical Bill Surprises

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    It probably has happened to you or someone you know: A patient chooses the doctor and the facility where the procedure occurs mindful of his or her insurance plan’s network, then later receives a surprise bill showing, sometimes, thousands of dollars owed for out-of-network care. The services were provided, but the patient never knew about them and/or that they weren’t in-network. The New York Times described this situation in stark terms in its series “Paying Till It Hurts.” (See our blog.) And a recent survey by Consumers Union further quantified it, showing that almost 1 in 3…
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  • Strategies to Cope If Your Aging Parent Is Diagnosed with Dementia

    Guest Contributor
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    By Lori Wagoner It can prove to be really tough when your aging parent is diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or memory loss. Memory loss is progressive and with age can be debilitating and disabling. Alzheimer’s affects roughly 5.3 million people in America. Of this about 5.1 million are aged 65 and older, and a majority is women. Millions of people devote their time caring for loved ones diagnosed with the disease. Recovery is not possible despite exciting medical discoveries being made, including potential of ultrasound therapy in curingRead More The post Strategies to Cope If…
  • How To Balance The Never Ending Cycle of Working, Self Care and Living

    Guest Contributor
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
    Guest Author: Tiffany Michaels A proud Certified Nursing Assistant who enjoys, writing, traveling, hiking and zumba. I have 10 years experience in health care industry but I am currently working as a CNA. At the same time, I am also enjoying my life being a blogger at Working always has a purpose, and that is to live. If you don’t work, you never get paid, or perhaps, you’ll become homeless, you’ll become poor and eventually you will die. The never ending cycle of “work to live – live toRead More The post How To Balance The Never Ending Cycle of Working, Self…
  • How To Talk Before You Take Any Medication

    Dr G
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    A new study shows that there are gaps in communication between healthcare providers and patients about the benefits and potential risks of prescription medicines. Nearly half of Americans take a prescription medicine, and over 20% of Americans take at least three. Yet, research shows that approximately 62% of patients and caregivers are not aware of any safety warnings about their prescription medicines, and 10% of patients are not aware of possible severe reactions to or side effects of the medicines they are taking. CareNovate is proud to partner with theRead More The post How To Talk…
  • Managing Medications: Medication Reconciliation, ePatient Way”​ Seminar

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

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

    Guest Contributor
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    By Lori Wagoner It can prove to be really tough when your aging parent is diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or memory loss. Memory loss is progressive and with age can be debilitating and disabling. Alzheimer’s affects roughly 5.3 million people in America. Of this about 5.1 million are aged 65 and older, and a majority is women. Millions of people devote their time caring for loved ones diagnosed with the disease. Recovery is not possible despite exciting medical discoveries being made, including potential of ultrasound therapy in curingRead More The post Strategies to Cope If…
  • How To Balance The Never Ending Cycle of Working, Self Care and Living

    Guest Contributor
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
    Guest Author: Tiffany Michaels A proud Certified Nursing Assistant who enjoys, writing, traveling, hiking and zumba. I have 10 years experience in health care industry but I am currently working as a CNA. At the same time, I am also enjoying my life being a blogger at Working always has a purpose, and that is to live. If you don’t work, you never get paid, or perhaps, you’ll become homeless, you’ll become poor and eventually you will die. The never ending cycle of “work to live – live toRead More The post How To Balance The Never Ending Cycle of Working, Self…
  • How To Talk Before You Take Any Medication

    Dr G
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    A new study shows that there are gaps in communication between healthcare providers and patients about the benefits and potential risks of prescription medicines. Nearly half of Americans take a prescription medicine, and over 20% of Americans take at least three. Yet, research shows that approximately 62% of patients and caregivers are not aware of any safety warnings about their prescription medicines, and 10% of patients are not aware of possible severe reactions to or side effects of the medicines they are taking. CareNovate is proud to partner with theRead More The post How To Talk…
  • Managing Medications: Medication Reconciliation, ePatient Way”​ Seminar

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

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

  • A Way To Banish Cellulite?

    Dr. Weil
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    A popular European spa treatment claims to be helpful in reducing cellulite. But is it true? Find out what the treatment is, and what Dr. Weil says about how well it works. Dry brushing, long popular in Europe, is in vogue at American spas - and now there are plenty of products on the market to help you do it at home. But should you? Basically, dry brushing involves rubbing the skin with a dry, natural bristle brush. The process can be gentle or rough and may help slough off dead skin cells, but other claims for it are far-fetched:  Cellulite reduction or elimination. There is no reason…
  • The Benefits of Black Pepper

    Dr. Weil
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    More than a zippy spice that accents bland foods, black pepper has legitimate health benefits as well. Find out what makes it worth an extra shake on your favorite foods, and try out the recipe! Black pepper is the most popular spice in the world, and black, green and white peppercorns all come from the black pepper plant (Piper nigrum), native to Asia. Black pepper is the whole, partially ripened fruit; green is the unripe fruit; and white is the peeled seed. Black pepper can provide you with serious health benefits: it is a proven antibacterial agent, and compounds in this spice help…
  • 4 Ways To Promote Healthy Hair, Nails and Skin

    Dr. Weil
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are important for healthy hair, nails and skin. Find out which ones provide the most benefit. In addition to eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild Alaskan salmon and freshly ground flaxseed, and taking care to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 when needed with the goal of avoiding sunburn, certain supplements may help promote healthy hair, nails and skin. Consider the following: Evening Primrose Oil - nourishes skin, hair and joints by supplying essential omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 - provides the much-needed fatty acids EPA and…
  • Why Men Should Eat More Veggies

    Dr. Weil
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Attention men: Need another reason to eat your vegetables? Find out what vegetables can do for your prostate – and ways to get more veggies into your diet! Research indicates that men who eat plenty of soluble fiber have a lower risk of prostate cancer. Heart-healthy fiber can be found in fresh produce, steel cut or rolled oats and beans, but fiber from vegetables was shown to be the most beneficial for prostate health. How to achieve this feat? Be adventurous! Replace meat with beans and hearty root vegetables in soup and casserole recipes; make a vegetable-based casserole the main…
  • A Natural Way to Treat Bruises

    Dr. Weil
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you or a family member tends to get scrapes or bruises from minor activities, consider bromelain. Find out where it comes from and what it can do. The next time one of your family members gets a scrape or bruise, consider bromelain. This enzyme, extracted from the stem of the pineapple, is a great natural remedy for swelling, pain and bruising after a minor injury. Look for capsules of standardized extracts, and take on an empty stomach - at least 90 minutes before eating or three hours after. The adult dose is 200-400 mg three times per day and children can take half this amount. Be aware…
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • Tri for a Cure: How it really began

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    If it weren’t for Pat Jordan, who passed away in May, there would be no Tri for a Cure (an annual women’s triathlon in Maine.) It was Pat who lovingly pointed that out to her daughter Julie Jordan Marchese, who founded the Tri eight years ago. “When she reminded me,” Julie chuckles, “I said Mum, […]
  • Does your family know your final wishes? On the Morning Report

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:11 pm
    If you could no longer speak for yourself, would the people who love you know your final wishes? If they did, could you count on them to carry them out? Sharon and I talk about how to start the conversation — on the Morning Report. Catching Health will be back on the Morning Report with […]
  • 10 important tips for preventing deadly medical errors and infections

    24 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    John McCleary died at the age of 83. He lived a nice long life, you might say. Maybe, but John’s life was still unexpectedly cut short. Not by an accident or a heart attack or cancer. By an infection. That he picked up as a patient in the hospital. A few years back, John fell […]
  • What Brought You Joy Today?

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    Today is the fifth installment of a series of updates on joy from the Catching Health Facebook page. In case you missed the previous posts, about a month ago, I was inspired to share a picture of a lilac tree and asked my followers what brought them joy that day. People responded! Day 30 has […]
  • What Brought You Joy Today?

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Today is the fourth installment of a series of updates on joy from the Catching Health Facebook page. If you missed the previous posts, about a month ago, I was inspired to share a picture of a lilac tree and asked my followers what brought them joy that day. People responded! Day 30 has come […]
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  • Prosta-Sentials

    Joshua Jerry
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Prosta-Sentials Overview The product Prosta-Sentials is a brand of supplement that is targeted towards men who want to protect the health of their prostate as they age. It is made by the company ‘Food Science of Vermont’, a manufacturer who makes a large number of health and wellness supplements that are sold under a variety of different brands both online and in retail stores. According to the manufacturer’s website, approximately 1 in 2 men experience problems with their prostate after the age of 50, which includes difficulty in urination and frequency of urination…
  • Prosta Response

    Joshua Jerry
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Prosta Response Overview Prosta Response is a product that is made by Source Naturals, a trusted manufacturer that sells their brands of supplements online and in retail stores. Prosta Response is their supplement that is designed to help support a healthy prostate gland in men. The prostate gland can become enlarged as men age, particularly after the age of 50, and it can cause many different problems, including frequency in urination and interruption of the urine flow. More severe issues with the prostate can lead to prostate cancer, which is why it is important to keep the gland as healthy…
  • ProstAdvance

    Joshua Jerry
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:54 pm
    ProstAdvance Overview ProstAdvance is a supplement that is made by the company Futurebiotics, an established and reputable manufacturer who makes a number of high quality, organic goods. ProstAdvance is for men who need to maintain the health of their prostate, something which can decline as they age. Poor prostate health can lead to trouble with urination (frequency and difficulty in urination), and in some cases can cause Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate gland). The Futurebiotics website includes ProstAdvance and there is a separate page with information about the…
  • ProstActin

    Joshua Jerry
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:48 pm
    ProstActin Overview ProstActin is a supplement that is made by the company Nature’s Plus, a very established manufacturer with a reputation for producing high quality goods for a range of different health conditions. ProstActin is their brand that is targeted towards men in their 5o’s and older who may require extra prostate support. After the age of 50, most men experience some prostate enlargement which, if not treated can lead to frequent urination, usually disturbing their sleep, and difficulty in urinating. ProstActin provides a number of natural herbs, vitamins and mineral…
  • Prostacet

    Joshua Jerry
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Prostacet Overview After the age of 50, many men start to notice problems with their prostate gland. While this is normal, many of the symptoms of an enlarged prostate can cause embarrassment, frustration and anxiety. Prostacet is a brand of supplement that naturally supports prostate health, helping to relieve the symptoms by reducing the size of the prostate and improving* the urinary function. It is sold online from the official Prostact website which is user-friendly, well-designed and reasonably informative. There is not much information regarding the manufacturer of the brand, nor are…
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    Healthcare In India

  • 5 super foods to keep you healthy

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:47 am
    (The following is a guest post by content writer Neha Chaudhary) Today we are surrounded by pollution, dust, smoke, unhealthy water and in general our diets are unbalanced owing to long hours of work where we tend to skip meals and thrive on junk food for daily survival. We often forget the harm we do to our bodies in the process. Incorporate these foods in your diet to improve your overall health: Salmon Salmon is a renowned source of vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids which is excellent for soft and radiant skin. It contains selenium which acts as a natural sun protector and is also a good…
  • How Big Data Can Help Healthcare

    16 Jun 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Of the many advantages of technology since the arrival of computers is the ease with which data can be analyzed to predict probable challenges as well solutions across various industries. By observing the prevalent trend and drawing comparisons, data analysis has the ability to greatly improve efficiency and decision-making capacity, based on solid statistics and research.   However, when faced with large data sets that include various patterns and trends, traditional analysis procedures often fall inadequate. This is why more and more industries are increasingly moving towards Big Data,…
  • Tweet Your Way to Good Health

    10 Jun 2015 | 9:44 pm
    The previous post on the blog was about an app that helps people keep a watch on their calorie and nutrition intake. A smart idea backed by solid research and a dedicated team of nutrition experts. But what is truly interesting is the manner in which the team has now taken the idea to the next level turning it into an initiative of sorts. The #TweetToTrack campaign was launched on June 2, 2015 with an aim to make health and nutrition a way of life. Simply tweet the name of the food item along with the hashtag #TweetToTrack to @HealthifyMe and have the nutrition and calorie count sent to you…
  • Nutrition First: How an App Seeks to Make People Aware of Their Food Habits

    2 Jun 2015 | 9:19 pm
      How often do you check the cover of packaged food items for their nutritional value? Most people usually toss it in the shopping cart without thinking twice about what they are about to consume. Given that Indian food is generally high on carbs and there is increasing preference for fatty junk foods, the nutritional value of a meal is not only diluted but the required daily nutrient intake too suffers leading to various lifestyle disorders such as diabetes and hypertension. The awareness of nutrient intake and calorie count is relatively low in India than perhaps other countries. This…
  • Bridging the Doctor- Patient Gap in India

    20 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    One of the many deterrents in visiting a doctor is often the unpleasant experience of having to wait in queue for your turn along with other patients, carry files full of past medical records and basically spend time in a dull environment full of disease. Saurabh Arora, CEO of Lybrate was quick to identify this gap. “There is a demand and supply gap between doctors and patients; an inertia among people to visit doctors,” observes Saurabh. Having worked with Facebook, connecting small businesses with people through technology, Saurabh returned to India two years ago connecting patients…
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  • What’s So Bad About Moving a Broken Bone?

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH If you’ve only ever seen a dried-up old bone on a skeleton, you’ve gotten the wrong idea about bones. Bones are very dynamic, and that fact impacts how we treat broken ones. Last week, I wrote that it’s important to immobilize most fractures. Splint them, and don’t walk on them. (Make a cane or crutches if you have to travel for safety or to get help.) But learning why this immobilization is so important will help you remember to do it. The reasons are multifold. Initially, if you do use the broken bone, besides increasing the pain, you may move the bone…
  • When You Don’t Want to Set a Broken Bone (Read: Most of the Time)

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH It’s getting hot out there, so let’s cool off a little: It’s winter. You’re at your homestead, miles from the city. A severe ice storm has frozen your area. Large branches have crashed from the weight of the ice. The road is impassible, and there’s no phone service. You venture outside, just a bit, to survey the damage. Wouldn’t you know it; you slip backward. Your outstretched arm braces your fall. Immediate, intense pain. To your horror, your forearm is now crooked. You know you won’t be able to get professional help for at least another 24 hours. The…
  • 4 Tips to Survive and Adapt to the Heat

    8 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Big news for the Northern Hemisphere. Summer will officially be here June 21. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, I’m a little early (or late). You might want to take a look at my cold-weather posts. But for us northerners, the heat is on. For as long as I’ve practiced medicine, whether in Mississippi or Colorado, I’ve known that in those first few hot days I’ll be treating some otherwise healthy people for heat-related problems. In fact, just the other day, I saw a man in his early 20s with chest pain, headache, and just feeling awful. He’d been…
  • Medical and Self-Help Treatment Options for PTSD

    1 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is part 2 in my series on PTSD. See part 1, “How the Brain Is Physically Changed With PTSD,” here. Soldiers of the Connecticut National Guard’s 143rd MP Co, stationed in Afghanistan, say a prayer for the families and the community of Newtown, CT. (US National Guard photo, December 18, 2012.) by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Say someone is robbed at gunpoint, or they’re walking down the street and their best friend is shot and killed in front of them. We think to ourselves, “Poor person. How can they ever cope with something like that?” Certainly we expect they’re going to need…
  • How the Brain Is Physically Changed With PTSD

    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Paratroopers from 3rd Platoon, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division prepare to load a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter in the Bermel District of the Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan, Oct. 13, during an air-assault mission to detain a known militant. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Andrya Hill, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs.) by James Hubbard, MD, MPH With Memorial Day just past, I thought I might write on a fairly common medical problem that affects many soldiers coming back from war:…
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  • New Theme: Libre

    Caroline Moore
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to introduce Libre, a new free theme designed by yours truly. Libre Libre brings a stylish, classic look to your personal blog or longform writing site. The main navigation bar stays fixed to the top while your visitors read, keeping your most important content at hand. At the bottom of your site, three footer widget areas give your secondary content a comfortable home. Customize Libre with a logo or a header image to make it your own, or use one of two custom templates — including a full-width template with no sidebar — to change…
  • Reinvented Video for WordPress

    Guillermo Rauch
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Today, we’re announcing a complete overhaul of VideoPress, the service that has powered more than 3,000,000,000 video plays on and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites around the world. We’ve made the next-generation VideoPress dynamic, responsive, and lightning fast to support the ever-evolving needs of content creators everywhere. Take a peek at what’s under the hood! Embed anywhere, play anywhere Out of the box, the new VideoPress is lightweight and responsive for beautiful playback on any screen, from smartphones to desktops. VideoPress works on all modern…
  • #LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

    Hugo Baeta
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins — President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015 Here at…
  • July in Blogging U.: Blogging 101 and 201

    Michelle W.
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered. Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. We’re offering two courses in July — learn more: Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — July 6 – 24 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get…
  • Celebrating 10 Years of & Automattic

    Mark Armstrong
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    This year marks the 10th birthday of and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version —, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005. Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger…
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    15 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    SURVIVE 55 - SAVE MONEY Baby Boomers, Don't you agree that today is another magnificent day in paradise? Sometimes, I am amazed at how blessed we are to wake up each and every day on this wonderful planet with all of it's beauty and stunning opportunities just waiting for us to take advantage of them. So, let's get something right out in the open first.   My friends think I am strange, my family thinks I'm a bit peculiar, people I do business with think I'm a little bit offbeat and the reaction of people on the street that I meet for the first time is: "this guy is a really unusual…
  • Telemarketing "Spoofing" Scam

    11 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Baby Boomers, Have you ever seen this telephone number pop up on your phone? (845) 842-1177 This is a "Spoofed" phone number. Over the last couple of weeks I have received at least 25 calls from this number.  I never answered because I don't answer numbers that I don't have in my address book. I have over 400 names listed in my Droid address book.  If you are not in my phone book then chances are I don't want to speak with you.   If the call is so important, the caller will leave a message and then I might call them back.  If it's worth it, I will add the new number to my…
  • 5 Interesting Facts About Happiness

    5 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    Baby Boomers,  Are you "Happy?" Don't take this the wrong way or look upon me unkindly but every morning I wake up I am really freaking "Happy." My life may not be exactly what I want (yet). My health is not perfect. My finances are not to the point where I can retire without watching what I am doing. But I am "Happy." Certifiably, assuredly, unquestionably, indisputably and without a doubt "Happy." I often wonder why. Are you "Happy?" Do you know why? I get a ton of emails (my choice) from a million different sources with a multitude of assorted messages. One that caught my eye this…
  • "Amazing" Shopping Mall - Biggest Building in the World

    4 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    Baby Boomers, Do you remember when shopping malls first came on the scene?  What a fantastic modern day invention.  Let's take a stroll down memory lane. It was Sunday afternoon.  Everyone would gather into the family station wagon anticipating a day of window shopping, fun treats and indoor excitement.  It was almost like a short vacation.   You would visit exotic locations like "Montgomery Ward"s, "Famous-Barr", "Marshall Field's" and "Goldblatt's".  There were many stores. Stores that had everything.  You could buy shoes at "Thom McAn", suits…
  • The 5 Signs of Financial Infidelity

    2 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    Are there any other Baby Boomers out there, like me, that have been married and divorced a couple of times?  I don't think it's out of the ordinary any more.  In fact, it seems to have become a common trait of our generation. I have been married and divorced twice.   I know it's probably not one of my most admirable achievements to underscore and I know I have not been the most incredibly perfect role model for my children.  But who wants to be Ward Cleaver anyway? You know what?  Even though I have been through 2 divorces, I don't consider my marriages as…
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    FXRX Orthopedic Surgery Blog

  • The Basics of the Rotator Cuff from a Phoenix Orthopedic

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Rotator cuff basics A rotator cuff is the tendon located in the upper arm bone connecting to your shoulder. If this area is damaged in any way you may require a rotator cuff repair. The repair necessary for this part … Continue reading →
  • An Overview of SLAP Tears and Treatment

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    SLAP tears are a fairly common sports injury. This is a specific type of tear which takes place in the shoulder. In order for your shoulder to maintain stabilization it requires a ring of tissue to line the inner shoulder … Continue reading →
  • When You Need Total Hip or Knee Replacement in Arizona

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Total joint replacement is a very serious operation, one which literally replaces the existing joints with plastic and metal, both of which are intended to simulate your natural joint. The surgery involves an open procedure and a significantly lengthy recovery … Continue reading →
  • Knee Arthroscopy with a Phoenix Sports Medicine Doctor

    14 Jun 2015 | 11:44 am
    Arthroscopic surgery is a particularly popular type of surgery because it is minimally invasive and brings with it fewer complication risks and a faster recovery time. Open surgery was typically the traditional form of surgery for sports injuries and it … Continue reading →
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  • Green Spaces Make Kids Smarter

    Dr. Mercola
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Spending time in nature is important for physical and mental health, but more than 80 percent of Americans live in urban areas,1 which can limit access to green spaces. Research conducted in the Netherlands in 2001 revealed people report fewer health complaints and better mental health when they're in a greener environment.2 Further, all types of green space – city parks, agricultural areas, forest, etc. – were equally beneficial. As reported by The Trust for Public Land:3 The benefits extend to psychological health. 'The concept that plants have a role in mental health is…
  • Social Anxiety Disorder Linked to High Serotonin Levels, Throwing Treatment with SSRIs into Serious Question

    Dr. Mercola
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Depression and other mental health problems are at epidemic levels judging by the number of antidepressants prescribed each year. According to CDC data,1 one in 20 Americans over the age of 12 report some form of depression, and 11 percent of the US population over the age of 12 is on antidepressant medication.2 This despite overwhelming evidence showing that antidepressants do not work as advertised. At best, antidepressants are comparable to placebos. At worst they can cause devastating side effects, including deterioration into more serious mental illness, and suicidal or…
  • 7 Top "Healthy" Foods to Avoid

    Dr. Mercola
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola In a global survey of more than 27,000 people, 26 percent reported that confusion about which foods are healthy was a major barrier to eating right.1 That confusion is only compounded upon because many of the "official" dietary recommendations are contrary to optimal health. There is no one-size-fits-all diet that benefits everyone, but there are certain principles that will help most people thrive. You want to be centering your diet on whole foods, for starters – those that come from nature, are minimally processed and, ideally, are grown locally and without synthetic…
  • Consumer Protection Group Applauds FDA Ban on Trans Fats, but Undermines GMO Labeling Movement...

    Dr. Mercola
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola For the past six decades, saturated fat and cholesterol have been wrongfully vilified as the culprits of heart disease. Research shows it's actually refined carbs, sugar, and trans fats found in processed foods that are the real enemy. The first scientist to publish evidence linking trans fats to heart disease while exonerating saturated fats was Dr. Fred Kummerow,1 author of Cholesterol Is Not the Culprit. That first article was published in 1957. Now 100 years old, Dr. Kummerow has spent eight decades immersed in the science of lipids, cholesterol, and heart disease, and his…
  • 10 Surprising Ways You Are Making Your Vegetables Less Nutritious

    Dr. Mercola
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Modern-day diets are often lacking in nutrition, in large part because food choices are not optimal. About 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food is for processed foods, which may be fortified with nutrients out of necessity but lack the naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes found in fresh whole foods. Even the healthy foods you choose, such as an apple or lettuce, are likely not as nutritious as they once were. Ancient wild plants provided an astounding level of phytonutrients that are largely absent from our modern cultivated fruits and…
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    Pain Management Las Vegas

  • Neck Pain Treatment With Las Vegas pain management doctors

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:14 am
    Neck pain does not have to remain a part of your life. By understanding your back and back pain you can start to heal from existing pain and alleviate the potential risk of back pain in the future. The best pain doctors in Las Vegas understands this. This is why they provide answers and care at the best pain clinics in Las Vegas The lower back is an impressive thing, composed of bones, joints, muscles, nerves, and spinal discs all of which work together to ensure your body functions at its best. These elements combine to not only protect your spinal column and nerve roots, responsible for…
  • Disc Herniation Treatment With Pain Management Doctors In Las Vegas

    3 Jun 2015 | 4:55 am
    What is Disc Herniation? To understand the process of disk herniation, it is important to understand what a herniated disc is. A herniated disc is a spinal disc found between the bony vertebrae. It acts as a shock absorber absorbing stresses by displacing water and then reabsorbing it. Disk herniation is the displacement of the intervertebral disc material beyond the confines of the disc. A single herniation may contain vertebral endplate cartilage, nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosus and apophyseal bone. What is the Cause of Disc Herniation? The spinal bones in the spinal cord are separated…
  • All About Whiplash With Las Vegas Pain Management

    26 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    What is Whiplash? Whiplash, neck sprain or strain, is an injury to the neck. It mostly occurs due to acceleration or deceleration force that leads to unrestrained, forward and backward movement of the neck and head, which result from a motor accidents. As a result, the intervertebral joints (found between the vertebrae), cervical muscles, discs and ligaments, and nerve roots may become damaged. Normally, whiplash is not considered a life-threatening injury, but it may result in prolonged periods of partial disability. While many of those involved in minor car accidents recover quite quickly…
  • Pain Treatment Options For Arthritis

    Nevada Pain Clinic
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition, and osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear, are common sources of joint damage. Pain management for either of these conditions can include a wide range of medications, depending on many factors. Weight loss: For many patients, this can help remove stress and pressure on damaged joints. Activity avoidance or adaptation: Avoiding or limiting particular activities will often provide a basic level of pain relief. It may be helpful to switch some or all exercise to a different type of activity from running to swimming, for example to limit stress.
  • Chiropractic Treatment After Car Accidents

    Nevada Pain Clinic
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    A serious car accident can sometimes leave you with soft-tissue injuries that cause a lot of pain. Back and neck injuries, including whiplash, are common and might not become apparent until a few days after the actual accident. At that point, it’s important to get treatment to keep pain from becoming worse and turning into a chronic condition. There are different options you’ll have at pain management clinics for treating either new or long-term pain. What causes whiplash or back pain? Commonly, a rear-impact accident causes your head to snap forward and back sharply. This can cause…
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    Medifast Arizona

  • Top 5 Things To Know About Metabolism

    David Greene
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:04 pm
    If you are trying to lose weight or you want to maintain your current weight, your mind is probably filled with things like calories, carbs, fats, or when you will next be able to fit in a workout into your busy schedule… or even how great a chocolate bar would taste right now. One thing that is important to consider when you are trying to lose weight or stay healthy is your metabolism. Not many adults understand what the metabolism is all about. Here are the top 5 things to know about metabolism. 1. Your metabolism is the way that your body processes the things that you consume, and how…
  • How Hydration Helps you Lose Weight

    David Greene
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Hydration is one of the key elements to staying healthy and losing weight. Far too many people who are searching methods for quick and easy weight loss don’t truly appreciate that the body is almost entirely made up of water. Without water, not only can your brain not function, but your body cannot digest the food that you have. This means that you are unable to process what you ingest, burn off the fat when you exercise, and lose any of the weight that you were trying to lose. One thing that people should understand is that weight fluctuates on a daily basis. Many people are concerned…
  • How Does Your Body Deal with Excess Calories?

    David Greene
    25 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Many people today focus on the idea of calorie equilibrium. This is a concept that in order to be healthy you have to count calories and keep the calories you intake to the same as the calories you burn. But the catch is this: a calorie burned whether through sleep or exercise is a calorie burned. But not all calories are the same. Some have large repercussions on your body compared to others, and many people are unaware of the differences or what they can do to prevent the serious ramifications of harmful calories. When your body has excess calories, in general, it deals with it by…
  • The Top Five Reasons to Lose Weight Before Joint Replacement

    David Greene
    22 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Joint replacement surgery is designed to replace a damaged joint with metal and plastic components. There are many diseases which may require joint replacement after long term wear and tear to the joints. These might include rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. When disease such as these cause significant disability and pain, joint replacement surgery may be the best remaining option. In order to reduce the risk for complications and increase the chance of a successful surgery, you might want to lose weight before you have your surgery. 1. Orthopedic surgeons are often concerned with…
  • What is the Link Between Various Cancers and Obesity

    David Greene
    10 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Today there are many links between cancers and obesity. Over the last three decades the percentage of overweight and obese adults and children has increased tremendously, at shockingly high rates. The growth of obesity rates has led to diseases and increased risks of cancers including: Gallbladder cancer Thyroid cancer Colon and rectum cancer Breast cancer (post-menopausal) Esophagus cancer Kidney cancer Pancreas cancer Endometrium cancer (the lining of the uterus) And other types This has also increased secondary health concerns such as coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes,…
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • What to expect when going into arthroscopic surgery

    Adam Farber
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used by Arizona orthopedic surgeons to not only inspect the shoulder joint but to diagnose your condition and to repair the problem. When you undergo shoulder arthroscopic surgery, the first thing that happens is that you meet with a surgeon.  This meeting is set up in order to determine whether or not you qualify for shoulder arthroscopic surgery. The hospital where the surgery takes place will contact you prior to your scheduled surgery. The purpose of them contacting you is to discuss with you what you need to do in preparation for the event.
  • What to Expect With a Rotator Cuff Procedure in Arizona

    Adam Farber
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:09 pm
    If you have injured your rotator cuff, you more than likely have an issue such as a SLAP injury, torn ligament, or severe inflammation leading to bone spurs. All of these issues can be treated with non-surgical options initially, but if they are left untreated it can lead to severe complications and the need for surgical options. If you have a damaged rotator cuff your doctor might recommend surgery in which case you will have to meet with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss your qualifications for surgery. What causes the rotator cuff injury? The shoulder consists of a ball and socket joint.
  • How to prepare yourself for rotator cuff repair in AZ

    Adam Farber
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:03 pm
    In order to prepare yourself for rotator cuff repair it is best that you understand what a rotator cuff repair actually involves. This process is a surgical process which is used to repair a torn rotator cuff. This is a surgical process which reattaches your tendon to the upper part of your arm bone. If you have only a partial torn rotator cuff the smoothing procedure might be the only thing you require. But if your rotator cuff is torn in the thickest area of the tendon it might require repair by stitching. In this case the two sides of the tendon are stitched back together. A rotator cuff…
  • What to Expect during a distal biceps repair

    Adam Farber
    14 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Distal biceps repair is a unique surgical process used when your elbow has sustained a serious injury. The distal biceps muscle is located at the front area of your arm. It is this muscle which allows you to bend your elbow and allows you to rotate your forearm. It is this muscle which is responsible for contributing in part to the stability of your shoulder. There are tendons attached to this muscle which link directly to the bones. If these tendons are torn the strength in your arm and your elbow will become depleted and you will find it impossible to turn your palm either up or down. Once…
  • Shoulder Arthritis Treatment in Phoenix Arizona

    Adam Farber
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:31 pm
    The most common form of shoulder arthritis is osteoarthritis. Many people assume that osteoarthritis is age-related and is a degenerative joint disease that only affects older people. But, while it is true that older people are at a higher risk for developing this disease, it is not a condition only affecting elderly people. Shoulder arthritis takes place when the cartilage around the shoulder joint breaks down and leads to inflammation. This will cause pain and swelling and possibly decreased range of motion. The cartilage is a rubbery type material which is located around the ends of each…
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    Ayurvedic Home Remedies

  • Therapeutic Properties of Turmeric

    19 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    7 Therapeutic properties of turmeric Turmeric, scientifically known as curcuma longa is the common spice used in kitchens around the world. There is nothing exotic about this spice as it is available quite easily...
  • Natural Remedies to Cure Urinary Tract Infection in Women

    5 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    Natural Remedies to Cure Urinary Tract Infection in Women Urinary tract infection, mostly addressed as UTI is one of the most common condition faced by women of all ages. Every woman may come across...
  • Shilajit – Best Anti Aging Natural Substance

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

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

    31 May 2014 | 3:58 am
    Fitkari Alum Fitkari is used in many home remedies and has many health benefits. Fitkari is a chemical compound and in English known as Potash alum/ Potassium alum/ Potassium aluminium sulphate with chemical formula...
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    Calcium Medical Monitor™

  • Success in Drug Development Dominating Headlines

    Andrew Lyle
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:17 am
    According to the California Biomedical Research Association (CBRA), it takes roughly 12 years for a drug to move from lab to patient (give or take). Only about 5 in every 5,000 candidate compounds make it from pre-clinical testing to Phase I clinical trials. Of those (more…)
  • King, Burwell, George III, Magna Carta, and the Art of Compromise

    Mike Scott
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    As many had hoped and many had feared, “Burwell” has won out over “King” in the latest major spat at the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) as to the intent of a single clause of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “the ACA” and “Obamacare”). To (more…)
  • Digital opportunity from digital marcom leadership

    Mike Scott
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:08 am
    An article in this month’s PharmaVOICE features the opinions of C-suite executives of three major players in the digital healthcare communication space — including Timmy Garde from Calcium. PharmaVOICE asked the contributors to focus their minds on the greatest opportunities for innovation in the  digital marketing (more…)
  • Wotzina name and wotzit worth?

    Mike Scott
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    The naming of pharmaceutical companies is becoming an increasingly interesting area of study — particularly when one looks at how companies get rebranded after major acquisitions and mergers. At one end of the spectrum we have what might reasonably be known as “the traditionalists”: Johnson & Johnson (more…)
  • Coming Soon: The New Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule

    Sooyeun Kim
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    On June 30, 2015, the new “Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule (PLLR)” will become effective. This new rule will require content and format changes in the pregnancy and breastfeeding labeling information for prescription drugs and biological products. The PLLR will replace the current pregnancy letter (more…)
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    Infinit Healthcare

  • What Benefits Can Hospitals Get from Healthcare Automation?

    Infinit Healthcare
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Even as automation has become part of our daily lives and an integral part of operations in various industries, it is still lagging significantly when it comes to healthcare. As staffing outages continue to grow significantly each year along with an aging population that increasingly needs health care, applying automation to some health care operations is going to be a necessity.
  • Doc Mellhorn and the Pearly Gates ‘He was Just a Good Doctor and He Knew Us Inside Out’

    Robert McEwan
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:57 pm
    The doctor, in this case reminded me of 'ol Doc Frazier,' our family physician who was like Doc Mellhorn in every respect, including the occasional house call. It was at a time when there weren't many prescriptions to give and Doc Frazier's words and hands conveyed all the confidence we needed to get better.
  • Top 5 Blogs for the Business of Healthcare

    Infinit Healthcare
    26 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    The article contains a list of reliable healthcare blogs that inform, entertain, and inspire both students and professionals in becoming more active participants in the ongoing healthcare debates.
  • Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Market May Reach $215 Billion by 2020

    Infinit Healthcare
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    For a complete overview of the pharmaceutical outsourcing market, Research and Markets recently produced an in-depth report called "Outlook of Global Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Market".
  • 5 Tips on Hiring Quality Healthcare Staff

    Infinit Healthcare
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    The demand for high quality healthcare staff is growing due to the continuous changes in the healthcare industry. Learn how to hire top quality staff for your medical practice with these helpful tips.
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  • Is Transparency in Healthcare Costs Possible?

    19 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Healthcare costs are not an easy thing to analyze. Even for the insured, the cost for a procedure can vary greatly. You might be at risk of encountering out-of-network physicians within an in-network facility. It’s not unusual for a facility to have contracted physicians working within their facility who are not employees. These contracted physicians are not bound by any discounts negotiated between healthcare facilities and health insurance companies. Rather, these physicians are able to charge a patient whatever they deem necessary. Many consumers are caught off guard when they receive a…
  • The Unethical Practice of Balance Billing

    Pat Palmer
    26 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    If you’ve ever received an outrageous medical bill, you may be a victim of a practice called balance billing. Many doctor’s offices and hospitals balance bill patients. What is it? Why is it so common? How does it make your bills higher? Is there anything you can do about it? Definition of Balance Billing Balance billing is also called extra billing. It is a practice in which a medical provider bills a patient for the difference between the fee the doctor charges and the amount paid by the insurance company. For example, if a doctor charges $5000.00 for a procedure, the health insurance…
  • How the Affordable Care Act is Changing Our Healthcare System

    Pat Palmer
    5 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    The Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare as it is popularly known, is one of the most widely talked about new laws in decades. Nearly every time you watch the news, there is at least one story on the topic. And, if by some strange chance there isn’t any ObamaCare coverage on the news, you’ll at least see a commercial about it. Even with all of this coverage, many Americans are completely confused about exactly what the Affordable Care Act is, and how it affects our healthcare system. Some feel it’s going to burden people:others think it’s going to make healthcare prices go up. What Is…
  • The Affordable Care Act and the Small Business

    Pat Palmer
    5 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    One of the most talked about media stories during the past couple of years has been the topic of how the Affordable Care Act is affecting small businesses. Opponents of the Affordable Care Act say that small businesses could actually have to close their doors or reduce their number of employees. So, what else are opponents of the Affordable Care Act saying? What are the counterarguments of the ACA supporters? What ACA Opponents Are Saying Small businesses will have to pay a lot of money they dont have. The main argument of ACA opponents is that small business owners will not be able to…
  • Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Healthcare Costs

    Pat Palmer
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    What Is Medical Transparency? A popular word in healthcare billing these days is “transparency.” What does this mean and why is it so important? According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, transparency means: Free from pretense of deceit Easily detected or seen through; obvious Readily understood Accessibility of information, especially concerning business practices For years, medical billing practices have been anything but transparent. In fact, as time goes on it seems that billing procedures are becoming more murky than clear. Medical billing is so complicated, and at…
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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…
  • Dentistry Budgets: Moving the goal posts

    Stan Barker
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I actually remember the time when you could set up practice, register with the local Area Health Authority (who would welcome you with open arms) and just go. Money would come back from the DPB (Dental Practice Board) automatically. OK, I know there were huge holes in this system from the point of view of quality assurance but everyone seemed happy, especially patients and dentists. Everyone involved in this had an understanding of dentistry, and practices tended to pop up where need was greatest because there was a commercial element involved in deciding where you might invest as…
  • Hay fever season

    Stan Barker
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    It’s the hay fever season. Pollen counts are high and this means those who are prone to allergies are suffering with various symptoms, affecting one in five people at some point in their life. Hay fever (also known as allergic rhinitis or pollinosis) is a common allergic condition with an estimated 10 million people with hay fever in England alone. Usually beginning in childhood or during teenage years, both men and women are equally affected but more likely if there is a family history of allergies, particularly asthma or eczema. Symptoms of hay fever The season and severity of each type…
  • Home Care in the Netherlands

    Stan Barker
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    The Scottish Government – as in other parts of the UK – is looking at restructuring the operations of their Health Service and more local, primary care, holistic and person-centred models are being looked at. It is refreshing to see that one service overseas seems to tick all the boxes, and the Government is looking closely at it to see what lessons can be learned. The service is Buurtzorg Nederland, and was founded in 2006 by Jos de Blok. It is a community-based home care carried out by nurses, with a minimal management structure and high levels of autonomy entrusted to the nurses to…
  • Looking across the sea – what does the US say about diet, cognition and mood?

    Stan Barker
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are reviewed, updated and published every 5 years. The 2015 Guidelines – due to be published later this year – are advised by a report of the scientific evidence from an expert group, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). This committee has now finished its review and this will be used to inform the recommendations in the influential guidelines. In their review, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has reported on the relationship between nutrition and cognitive diseases and this month’s nutrition article takes a closer look at…
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  • How to Get Rid Of Bed Bugs in Carpets

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Getting rid of bed bugs from carpets can be a tricky matter; you need to do it right to ensure that you are actually removing the bugs and not just spreading them to other areas of your home. In this guide, we will give you a detailed account of how to get rid of bed bugs in carpets. How to get rid of bed bugs in carpets the right way Before we tell you the right way of getting rid of bed bugs in carpets, you must also educate yourself about what the wrong methods are: Never sweep or wipe a floor having bed bugs. This will only spread their eggs and larvae over a larger area. The key is to…
  • How To Repel Bed Bugs From Skin

    8 Jun 2015 | 10:05 pm
    There are many EPA approved drugs and repellents that can be used by people suffering from bedbug infestations; ideal for use when one hasn’t had a decent night’s rest thanks to the annoying critters. How to repel bed bugs from skin is also a primary concern for travelers who have no choice but to spend a night or two in an infested motel room.In this guide, we will consider some of the best bedbug repellent products that can help repel bed bugs from skin and clothes. EPA approved bedbug repellents The Environmental Protection Agency has approved several products containing following…
  • Questions To Ask Your Bed Bug Pest Control Company

    31 May 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Choosing a bed bug pest control company is the most important decision you will be making in your fight against bed bugs. The company should use the right techniques, and, at the same time, should also use safety measures and environmental-friendly products for the job. Naturally; most people dealing with a bedbug infestation want to get rid of it as soon as possible. However, one must be pragmatic: having bed bugs is not the nicest thing to happen to you but, at the same time, the sky is not falling down. It is important to take the time and really research the company well even if it means…
  • How To Safely Remove BedBugs When Pregnant?

    26 May 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Many people want to know whether they can safely remove bed bugs when there is a pregnant woman living in the infested home. Commercially available bed bug sprays are usually toxic and could harm the pregnant woman and her unborn child. So, today, we will discuss some top natural remedies to safely remove bed bugs when one is pregnant and also discuss some effective natural remedies to treat bed bug bites on pregnant women. Is commercial bedbug spray okay to be used around pregnant women? “My wife is in her first trimester. We are dealing with a severe bedbug infestation. Is your pest…
  • Bed Bug Home Remedies: Ones That Do And Do Not Work!

    14 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Today, there are literally hundreds of products available on the market that claim to rid your home of bed bugs to help you regain control over your sleep and your life. The fact is: there is no silver bullet when it comes to ridding your home of bed bugs. A product might advertise itself as being the best one on the market in treating bed bug infestations at fraction of the cost charged by professional exterminators. However; one must think, if that were the case, why do these professionals have such expensive equipment, or undergo hours of training for combating such household pests? The…
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    Dr Rajesh Shah's Blog

  • Is Aspartame (Artificial Sweetener) bad for you?

    Life Force
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    36 years old Satish recently discovered the joyous wonders of a magical substitute to sugar – Aspartame, the Artificial Sweetener. He could sprinkle this over his food and enjoy as much sweet as he wanted, without having to worry about the calories. This was just like magic! Like every magic has a dark side, a week later Satish’s friend forwarded an email to him. This email gave a detailed account of how Aspartame, an artificial sweetener caused cancer in experiments on rats. Now, Satish was in a fix – was Aspartame, the artificial sweetener really that bad? What is Aspartame? Aspartame…
  • Pemphigus Vulgaris

    Life Force
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    What is Pemphigus Vulgaris? Pemphigus vulgaris is a rare disease of the skin that causes painful blisters. These blisters are usually in a group of three or four, varying in size on the skin and mucous linings in our body. Types of Pemphigus Vulgaris: Pemphigus Vulgaris- It is the most common type. It is mostly attacks the limbs especially on the ankles.  It also affects the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat, nose, eyes, genitals and lungs. This disease usually starts with blisters in the mouth and later on the skin.  Pemphigus Foliaceus- It is a rare disease in which the body is…
  • Does my Child have a Behaviour Disorder?

    Life Force
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:18 am
    6 years old Andrew has always been known in his neighbourhood for his quick, sharp, bold replies. However, recently his mother began wondering if Andrew had gradually crossed the border from ‘cuteness’ to ‘rudeness’. When does a child’s behaviour go from being normal to being a behaviour disorder? All children have episodes of bad behaviour. Is a temper tantrum thrown just because a child needs attention? Is your son being irritable or disobedient just because he is tired? Is your daughter lying only because she is too small to know any better? Before going on to judge whether your…
  • Itching skin (Pruritus)

    Life Force
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:37 am
    Itchy skin or pruritus is one of the common problems faced today by various people around the world. The itching usually affects specific areas and is accompanied by other signs, such as redness, irritated skin and bumps filled with clear fluid or pus. It may also be accompanied with scaling, darkening and thickening of skin (Hyperkeratosis). There are many reasons for one to have an itchy skin. Causes of Itchy Skin Skin diseases Internal diseases Irritants and Allergic conditions Skin Diseases- Itchy skin is the predominant symptom in most of the skin diseases. Dryness of the skin is another…
  • Prurigo Nodularis

    Life Force
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    Prurigo Nodularis is a skin condition which frustrates patients and doctors equally – patients, because of the constant itching and doctors, because of the lack of an effective permanent cure in modern medicine. Do you have itchy eruptions? Prurigo Nodularis is a long standing disease which causes multiple eruptions. The eruptions tend to be small, dry and hard (called nodules). Constant scratching often leads to crust formation on the nodule. The itching is often so severe that one tends to scratch until the eruptions bleed. Who gets Prurigo Nodularis? Scientists have not been exactly able…
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  • Rap Video Solves Hospital Readmission Rate Problems

    Michael Jones
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    Editor’s note: Okay, we admit that our title may be (more than) a little sensational, this rap video probably won’t really solve any readmission rate problems. But, this rap video can at least guarantee some laughs, and like usual ZDoggMD does deliver a thoughtful take on the issue behind his parody towards the end of the song. If you enjoyed this dope jam from ZDoggMD, you can find plenty more hits at, and you can also give him a follow on Facebook. republishes ZDoggMD’s material with express permission.       Click here if…
  • Ultrasound Technologist / Sonographer Career Analysis

    MaryAnn DePietro
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Working in Ultrasound If you are looking for a career in healthcare in which you have the chance to utilize the latest technology, interact with patients, and work in a variety of settings, ultrasound may be a good choice. Ultrasound technologists, also called sonographers, are imaging specialists who operate sonography machines to create images of various internal structures, such as the kidneys, heart, and abdomen. Ultrasounds are also commonly performed on pregnant women to determine the growth and development of the fetus. Some technicians perform a wide variety of ultrasounds, while…
  • Vacation With a Purpose: Exploring Volunteer Opportunities in Healthcare

    Angie Best-Boss RN
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    Most of us get into the medical field because we like helping people. We get a deep sense of satisfaction from offering our services to our patients. Sometimes, however, we desire to do more, whether it’s down the street or around the globe. Spending a few days or even weeks volunteering with those who otherwise would have little access to medical services can be a very rewarding experience. Volunteer opportunities can allow medical staff to broaden their knowledge base, learn new skills, and might even boost resumes. A United Kingdom survey response of 200 leading businesses suggested that…
  • What is the Promise of Personalized Medicine?

    Anya M.
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    The era of personalized medicine, also known as precision medicine, has been burgeoning for decades – ever since the advent of the Human Genome Project in 1990, which culminated with the completion of the first human DNA sequence in 2000. With the rapid adoption of next-generation sequencing technology since the turn of the century, an individual’s entire genome can be sequenced in under 2 weeks, at a cost of under $1,000 dollars. This latter detail is crucial to understanding why – after such a protracted period of anticipation – genomics is finally rising to the forefront in…
  • 10 Simple and Effective Resume Writing Tips

    Susan Gulliford
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    There is no lack of articles on the internet about how to write a resume. As a former recruiter, people tell me that they find these articles confusing and unhelpful. For this post, I compiled a list of the most common, practical advice I gave job seekers over the years to make their resumes more effective. Determine whether you need a 1 or more page(s) – Many people are under the impression that a resume should only be one page. In my experience, this advice applies to people with less than 10 years of professional experience. If you are aiming for a senior position, it benefits you to…
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  • i want this tee now

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:31 am
    The post i want this tee now appeared first on Palchoice.     tees designed by me . i have posted some tees on teespring. i have designed these tees as a hobby. if you are interested in these tees then click on the blue “Buy Now” button . these are never before offer. enjoy and share with your friends as well. The post i want this tee now appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 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.
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  • [Infographic] 10 “must-have” tips for using tea tree oil for acne & skin

    Sheikh Ovais
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The inspiration for this infographic came when I was writing an in-depth post on this subject, Exploiting tea tree oil for acne (do check it out if you haven’t already, you’ll love it!). Tea tree oil is a versatile essential oil. It’s proclaimed health benefits are literally endless. It could easily fill out dozens of pages and still lack some important points. An article alone on Medline includes over 30 different ailments in which tea tree oil can be used as a remedy. So, I decided only to concentrate on its benefits for acne or skin care in general and create…
  • Apple cider vinegar for acne: 10 proven methods that really work

    Sheikh Ovais
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:01 am
    No doubt, apple cider vinegar is a tasty addition to your pickles, salads, drinks or marinades. But can it be a medicine? You’ll hardly ever find a doctor who would suggest you to try apple cider vinegar for acne. Neither you can readily find studies supporting this thought. But yet you hear celebrities like Scarlett Johansson or Hilary Duff singing praises of apple cider vinegar. In case you’ve missed, the odds of which are quite low, they consider ACV as one of their ultimate skin care secrets. Moreover, Megan Fox, Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba, and Katy Perry have been taking…
  • Exploiting tea tree oil for acne: 15 recipes, top 3 products, studies, & safety precautions

    Sheikh Ovais
    24 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    “On a Sunday, I noticed a pimple right in between my eyes and nose. I immediately started to pinch it, hoping that it’ll get lost that way. But no luck. The next day, it was even worse. More huge, inflamed, and pus-filled. And then I started applying a liquid directly on that pimple. Things started to get better. Each day, that pimple got smaller and smaller. And By Friday, it was COMPLETELY GONE. Not even a tiny mark was left!” This is a real life story from a real world acne sufferer like you. Truly dramatic and inspirational – from a huge, ugly, and inflamed…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Recent Blog Posts

  • Do Vitamins Help Seniors Stay Healthy?

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Seniors tend to face more health problems related to nutritional deficiencies than younger adults, so vitamin supplements may be recommended by your doctor in addition to a healthy diet. As this video explains, there are several common nutritional deficiencies in seniors such as low levels of calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium. Vitamin supplements can help to boost these nutrients and ensure good health for independent seniors. If nutrition is a problem for you or an elderly loved one, consulting a home health care professional can facilitate healthier eating at home along with personal care…
  • How Seniors Can Benefit from Physical Therapy

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Physical therapy is one of the most adaptable types of medical treatment, because the exercises and tools used in therapy are based wholly on the needs and physical restrictions of the patient. Seniors who are participating in physical therapy may experience a number of unique benefits from this type of therapy, which may be part of a comprehensive in-home care plan to ensure save living for seniors in Milwaukee. Keep reading to explore the distinctive benefits that physical therapy may have to offer for your elderly loved ones. Improved balance Falls are a leading cause of emergency room…
  • How ANS Home Health Services Can Assist with Long-Term Care Management

    10 Jun 2015 | 3:45 pm
    For seniors who live at home—even with the help of home healthcare professionals—it can be difficult to predict long-term care needs and plan for these needs both practically and financially. With ANS Home Health Services in Milwaukee, however, you can plan for long-term care management with the guidance of experienced professionals who will work with every member of your family to provide appropriate solutions that cater to your loved one’s best interests. To help you plan long-term care for a loved one, ANS Home Health Services offers assistance through care managers who…
  • Spotlight on the Benefits of Skilled Nursing Care [INFOGRAPHIC]

    8 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Do you have a loved one who needs regular medical care? The good news is that you have an option other than putting him or her in a nursing facility. Home health care from an RN lets your loved one stay in the comfortable, familiar surroundings of home without compromising his or her care. With skilled nursing care, an RN will provide your loved one with the support they need, from medication management and injections to wound care and catheterization. These home health care providers are trained to manage care for a wide range of conditions, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
  • What to Expect from Occupational Therapy

    3 Jun 2015 | 3:40 pm
    For seniors living at home with the help of home health professionals in Milwaukee, occupational therapy can promote independence and reduce the frequency of emergency room visits caused by accidents at home. Occupational therapy is similar to physical therapy, though it focuses primarily on task-specific goals rather than overall strength and mobility. If you or a loved one has had occupational therapy recommended as part of a home care program, here is what you might expect through this program. Environmental assessment Because occupational therapy is individually tailored to each…
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  • Are UTIs Seasonal? What You Need To Know About Preventing Summertime UTIs

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Women often get the worst as far as health is concerned: from puberty to child birth to menopause, their bodies undergo various biological changes. They have to wrestle these discomforts at nearly every stage of their lives ; not only do these tend to age them faster than men, their chances of getting cancers, typically, cancer of the breast, are also greater than those in men. As if all this weren’t enough, women also have to deal with painful Urine infections (also called UTI or bladder infections) several times in their lifetime. If statistics are to be believed, then nearly every woman…
  • Top Tips To Keep Your Urinary System And Kidneys Healthy

    19 Jun 2015 | 12:58 am
    The best way to prevent urinary tract infection complications is to keep the kidneys and the entire urinary system healthy. This can be done through proper diet and nutrition. In this guide, we will cover the steps to keep the entire urinary system and kidneys healthy through home remedies, herbs and proper lifestyle changes. The urinary system and kidneys-keeping them healthy The complex urinary system and especially our kidneys are responsible for a lot more than simply filtering out waste products. The system is connected to our blood circulatory system and also maintains a harmonious…
  • Help! I Get UTIs Often! Break The Cycle of Getting UTIs Constantly

    17 Jun 2015 | 12:13 am
    ‘I get nearly 11 UTIs in each year! I feel they are related to my menstruation, because after each period I get a UTI. I tried to put my periods on hold but the moment I got them, I got the UTI back. What can I do?’ ‘I get Utis a lot. Please help.’ ‘Why do I get Uti often?’ Urinary tract infections are a common issue and it is estimated that every woman will at least have one urine infection in her lifetime. Recurrent UTIs can be very painful as they mean several days of discomfort, painful burning and difficulty while peeing. A woman going through a bladder infection is normally…
  • Control Your Bladder Infections With Chinese UTI Treatment

    4 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    UTI (urinary tract infections) commonly known as bladder infections, occur due to the presence of bacteria in the kidneys, ureters, urethra or bladder. Women are more likely to suffer from UTIs as compared to men. Women in the age groups of 20 to 50 years are particularly more susceptible to these infections. Statistics indicate that nearly 90% of women in the United States alone will experience at least one recurring episode of bladder infection in their lifetime.Western medicine usually treats bladder infections with antibiotics; however, over the course of time, many bacterial strains…
  • Top Tips For UTI Prevention in Dogs

    19 May 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Many pet dogs (most of them of advanced years) tend to suffer from recurrent Urine infections. Typical signs and symptoms of UTIs in dogs include frequent urination accompanied by a foul smell. In majority of these cases, pet owners procrastinate taking their dog to the vet immediately, despite seeing these symptoms. However, it is vital to get such UTIs treated quickly since failure to do so could lead to serious complications. Let us study UTIs in dogs in greater detail and also study some tips for UTI prevention in dogs. What causes UTIs in dogs? As in case of humans, urine infections in…
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    Health & Discount Dental Plans

  • TriCare Military Dental

    Ed Harrison
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    About TriCare Military Dental Whether you are currently serving in the armed forces, or have already left with a good standing record, you need to make certain that you have good dental coverage in order to keep your oral health maintained. The TriCare Military Dental program choices can assist you in this endeavor. After all, your […] The post TriCare Military Dental appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Ways To Pay For Braces

    Ed Harrison
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    Ways To Pay For Braces So You Won’t Break The Bank It can be tough to find ways to pay for braces if you aren’t sure of where to start. That is why you should take a few minutes to go through these tips. When you are able to get a good deal on braces […] The post Ways To Pay For Braces appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Is TriCare Dental Insurance Worth It?

    Ed Harrison
    12 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    TriCare Dental Insurance Bernard Harris, a retired active duty service member talks about the TriCare Dental Insurance – is TriCare Dental worth it? In short – no. Bernard says that the TriCare health insurance for retired military members does offer fine health care, the dental insurance is not in that league. Monetary caps and limits […] The post Is TriCare Dental Insurance Worth It? appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Are High Affordable Care Act Deductibles Deterring People From Getting Health Care?

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

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

    22 Jun 2015 | 11:46 pm
    The description of Liver Transplant There are two different surgical ways to treat the liver transplant surgery such as the Heterotopic approach and the orthotopic approach. In the Orthotopic approach the liver of the patient is removed and the healthy liver is replaces at the place of diseased one. The time limit in which the liver is to be transplanted is within twelve hours to fifteen hours.  The Heterotopic approach involves transplanting the liver at the left side. At the ectopic side the healthy liver of the donor is sewed and this is that approach which is meant to be better for this…
  • Liposuction Ways to Make It Safe and Effective

    11 May 2015 | 12:47 am
    • Patients should only seek liposuction procedures from qualified surgeons and doctors. A background check of the surgeon and hospital is very important. Just because a hospital lists liposuction as one of their medical services does not mean they will do it safely and successfully. Patients should be thorough on their research and avoid relying too much on online promotions when choosing a hospital and doctor for their liposuction procedure. It helps to visit different hospitals and seek advice from different plastic surgeons before settling on one. • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle…
  • Face lift Procedures – Low Cost |India

    7 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    The basic concept of a facelift is merely to raise the tissues of the face to restore a more pleasing contour. As we aged, the face undergoes predictable changes, so that, in general, since the volumes of fat, muscle and bone decrease with age, there seems to be an excess of skin and muscle. Then we tend to acquire new features less than nice looking. We develop nasal and labial folds and lines of smiling deep. We also got a double chin and neck gobbler turkey. I suppose you’ve heard that our enemy is gravity, but some people say we should be grateful for gravity, and getting a bum rap.
  • What to Know about Cardiothoracic Surgery

    28 Apr 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Your chest houses your 2 most important life-sustaining organs: your heart and your lungs. Heart problems and lung problems can result in life-threatening conditions. In some cases, surgery may be required to treat the problem. Cardiothoracic surgeons focus on both the heart and the lungs. Cardio surgery focuses on the heart, and thoracic surgery focuses on the lungs; therefore, cardiothoracic surgeons are qualified to diagnosis and surgically treat both heart and lung problems. Get to know a little but more about what cardiothoracic surgery in Seattle might entail. Common Surgical Heart…
  • Tummy Tuck reshapes the stomach and abdomen area

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:24 am
    The tummy tuck is often used by women who have had more than one pregnancy and by men with accumulated fat in the lower abdomen. Through the procedure, the belly gets remodeled and large amounts of fat are removed. The abdominal wall is formed by a series of layers that protect the human body. One of the thicker is the one that is called subcutaneous tissue, consisting mostly of fatty tissue. Below we have three layers of muscle tissue, which guarantee the abdominal contraction. Of all the areas of the body region of the stomach is the most fat accumulates and is also a very suitable place to…
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  • Bronze vs. Catastrophic: Comparing the Cheapest Health Plans

    23 Jun 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The plans offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace are divided into five tiers: platinum, gold, silver, bronze and catastrophic. The “Metal Tiers” (Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze) are an option no matter your age but Catastrophic is only available to those under 30 years of age (or who cannot find coverage for less than 8 percent of their income). If you’re under 30, you’re probably more than likely still finding your place in life and may not have an expendable income to invest in a higher priced health plan. And that’s okay, you definitely have options.
  • 15 Preventive Care Benefits for Adults

    30 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    All Marketplace plans and many other plans must cover the following list of preventive care services without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. This is true even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm one-time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked Alcohol Misuse screening and counseling Aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease for men and women of certain ages Blood Pressure screening for all adults Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at…
  • 22 Preventive Care Benefits for Women

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

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

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

  • A (Lower Cost) Healthcare Industry to Deal With a (Higher Cost) Healthcare Industry

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    I recently had lunch with a medical device company executive who was describing his company’s efforts to develop a non-invasive diagnostic device that could quantify the degree of cirrhosis in a patient with liver illness.  It’s technology that his firm sees as timely given the recent introduction of Solavdi and other Hepatitis C therapies: the device will be offered as a way for healthcare systems (and insurers) to risk-stratify a bolus of patients who are waiting for hepatitis C antiviral therapy. As background: Sovaldi was really the first pharmaceutical therapy to…
  • The Pendulum Swings Between Individualism vs. Collectivism in US Healthcare. What Does the Next Decade Hold?

    12 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    Communities don’t think, don’t believe, don’t want, don’t have needs, don’t have interests and don’t make decisions. Only individuals have minds that generate desires and needs – and only individuals can make choices and decisions. Harry Browne- Libertarian Candidate for American President, 1996 and 2000 When I visit my European in-laws, some who work in healthcare, I’ll often regale them with American Healthcare Horror Stories. They’ve heard the one about the $25 Aspirin and the  $117,000 bill from the assistant surgeon in New York.  …
  • Humanizing the Healthcare Machine: On Not Getting Lost in the Warehouse

    31 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    One summer afternoon, when I was eight or nine, I impulsively chose to ride my bike down a steep hill near my childhood home.   From the top of the hill my bike accelerated at a frightening rate and I remember for brief moments somehow being airborne before landing in a pile of bent metal and bloody asphalt.  My adventure ended with a trip to the children’s hospital for a cast and a sling. After all of these years what I remember most from that visit was being in pain and almost vertiginously looking down a corridor into the massive, soaring atrium of a hospital packed with…
  • A Few Thoughts on “Culture” in Healthcare

    16 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    The big news in Boston healthcare last week was the announcement that Tufts and Boston University Medical Centers were calling off their proposed merger.  The Boston Globe wrote:  Although they did not specify why the deal fell apart, the hospitals were apparently unable to overcome differences in culture, mission, and strategies for the future, analysts said. “Culture always trumps strategy,” said Ellen Lutch Bender, president of the consulting firm Bender Strategies LLC. I don’t know any of the details about the proposed merger, and certainly can’t tell you if the deal…
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    Law360: Health

  • Skadden Guides Centene In $6.8B Deal For Health Net

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Medicaid insurer Centene Corp. on Thursday said it will acquire fellow insurance provider Health Net Inc. for approximately $6.8 billion — marking the third major insurance company merger in less than a week — in a deal with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom as its counsel. 
  • White House Orders Updated GMO Rules Amid Criticism

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    The White House on Thursday ordered three federal agencies to overhaul the government’s regulations on genetically modified organisms, saying current rules are excessively complex and confusing and need updating to boost public confidence in federal oversight of biotech crop products.
  • Doctor Tied To Sen. Menendez Scandal Gets Bail In Fla. Case

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    A wealthy Florida eye doctor facing criminal charges for allegedly bribing his close friend U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., was granted bail in a separate Medicare fraud case in Florida, with an $18 million bond agreement reached Thursday set to end his roughly 11-week detention.
  • FTC Says LabMD Misstated Facts In Data Security Row

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday told the administrative court overseeing its long-running data security row with LabMD Inc. that while it didn’t oppose the company’s request to refer cybersecurity firm Tiversa Inc. to the U.S. Department of Justice, but the company misconstrued several facts.
  • Health Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2015

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:38 pm
    The second half of 2015 is shaping up as a potential litigation blockbuster for health care providers, as major developments loom in cases involving the False Claims Act, the future of crucial Affordable Care Act funding and the 340B drug-discount program. Here are six cases that attorneys will be watching closely.
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    The IV League

  • 10 Random Facts About Me!

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    Hey guys! Come check out my latest video as I tell you 10 completely random facts about myself. I also have tagged NurseMurse, Nurse Bass, and JenLovesNursing to tell everyone 10 random facts about themselves. I cannot wait to see what they say!   The post 10 Random Facts About Me! appeared first on The IV League.
  • I’m related to Princess Diana!!

    20 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    So….yeah. There’s this. I won’t spoil it by telling you how I am related to Princess Diana, but go and watch. Do it! Crazy right? The post I’m related to Princess Diana!! appeared first on The IV League.
  • Summer Giveaway Winners

    17 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    The Summer Giveaway is over and 3 gorgeous gals have won some Badge Blooms! Thanks so much to everyone who participated (over 635 entries) and a big thank you again to Melissa of Badge Blooms for providing these adorable badge holders. I will be in touch with each of you to get your addresses and get your Blooms mailed out to you by Saturday ladies! Congrats and a big thank you to everyone! The post Summer Giveaway Winners appeared first on The IV League.
  • Lunch at School

    10 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
      The best part about the little lunch GoPicnic kits is they are only ~300 calories for the entire box!! I got mine from Target on sale, but they definitely have them on Amazon and will ship directly to your door. I may try that next time! I have included some photos of the items that I went over in the video. Underneath each photo is the link to where you can purchase them or the store that I purchased mine from, or if you want to order them from, I have made it super easy! All you need to do is click on the photo of the item and it will take you right to the site so you can…
  • Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing

    24 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Ipsy GlamBag is an awesome subscription service that delivers full size beauty products directly to your doorstep. Watch the video below to see the unboxing of one of the Ipsy Glam Bags.   Follow this link to sign up or find out more about Ipsy. *Disclosure* – I am not receiving any compensation to discuss or review Ipsy. I have been a subscriber for over a year and a half and am reviewing because I love it! The post Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing appeared first on The IV League.
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    myTomorrows » Blog

  • Regels frustreren revolutie in farmacie

    12 Jun 2015 | 2:45 am
    Ontdek myTomorrows. Maak een gratis account Risicovrees en cententellerij zijn fnuikend voor farmaceutische innovaties, betogen de hoogleraren Van Deventer, Girbes en Singer. We staan aan de vooravond van grote innovaties op het gebied van medische behandelingen. Europa speelt een belangrijke rol bij de doorbraak van nieuwe medicijnen en de ontwikkeling van genen celtherapie. Helaas worden deze inspanningen gefrustreerd door hindernissen in de regelgeving. In plaats van het enorme potentieel van innoverende middelen in te zien, zijn regulerende autoriteiten, zorgverzekeraars en politici…
  • Antisense Therapeutics and myTomorrows ATL1102 Early Access Program for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

    2 Jun 2015 | 2:10 am
    Antisense Therapeutics Limited (“ANP” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a global agreement with innovative expanded access provider myTomorrows (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) to implement an Early Access Program (EAP) for ATL1102 for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This program will initially be established in selected countries within the European Union (EU) including the 4 major pharmaceutical markets in that territory. Early Access Programs allow biopharmaceutical companies to provide eligible patients with ethical access to investigational…
  • Makelaar in medicijnen (Dutch)

    28 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    Een nieuw medicijn ontwikkelen, duurt vijftien jaar en kost een miljard euro. De eerste pilletjes zijn peperduur. Maar dat hoeft niet. Het kan goedkoper en sneller. Alleen loopt de farmaceutische industrie hopeloos achter als je dat vergelijkt met moderne technologieën als de iPhone. Ronald Brus zet met myTomorrows een breekijzer in de medicijnkast. Tekst: Rien Floris Ronald Brus is arts en voormalig CEO van het Leidse biotechnologiebedrijf Crucell. Bij de verkoop van Crucell aan het Amerikaanse Johnson and Johnson maakte hij zijn miljoenen waarmee hij nu onbereikbare medicijnen bereikbaar…
  • 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…
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    PlusGuidance Community

  • The summer blues?

    Catherine Lenain
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:28 am
    As we come into summer, there starts to be a bit of a buzz in the air. People are going away, moving house, beginning a new course, finishing a previous one. The sun is shining, nature starts to look brighter, and for many people, new prospects and ventures seem to emerge. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? While for some of us this time of year might certainly be very exciting, for others it can actually be a little unsettling. Have you ever found yourself looking around at everyone else beaming with joy in the sunshine, and found yourself feeling comparatively… flat? If so, you may be relieved…
  • I’m struggling, you’re struggling – let’s work this out together

    Stephen Kennedy
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    I’ve done a few brave things in my life; protecting complete strangers from life threatening situations; battling the ocean to do so; fighting 100ft forest fires; catching and relocating deadly snakes in the jungles of Asia. It’s fair to say I’ve tested myself, both personally and professionally, in a range of extreme situations. But with the stigma surrounding mental health, as prevalent as ever, writing this testimonial is probably the bravest thing I’ve done. And that’s why I had to do it. The more of us that stand up and admit our mental health struggles, the…
  • Secure Online Counselling

    Nathaniel Smithies
    22 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    If you’re a counsellor or therapist and you’re thinking about starting to practice online, it’s important that you choose a platform that takes security seriously. Secure online counselling options do exist, and you don’t have to settle for an option that does not provide confidentiality for you and your client (like Skype). PlusGuidance is a secure option, and has the very highest of standards when it comes to data security, confidentiality, and practicing in an ethical way online. For instance, PlusGuidance is HIPAA compliant, which means we meet the gold standard…
  • Tackling the problems as they emerge: Improving resources for mental health problems in children

    Catherine Lenain
    18 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    A new website,, has been launched to provide information and resources around children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. The hope is that websites such as MindEd may help individuals in close contact with children, such as parents, teachers and carers, to spot the early signs of difficulties and take the appropriate action or offer the necessary support. Child psychiatrist Dr Raphael Kelvin, who led this project, voiced his thoughts in BBC’s ‘Scrubbing Up’ column last week about the need for more aid, especially in the classroom, if we are to really…
  • The antidote to anger: compassion

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

    Vigyanix WP
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Medical research has since long been plagued with health care information that is either inconsistent or not of the quality needed for any research. But with technology giants like Apple and Google stepping in into healthcare sector, health innovation and research is now possible with volunteers joining medical research with […] The post Future of Medical Research: Apple Research Kit & Google Study Kit [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • ICD-9 to ICD-10 Mapping Made Easy with GEMs [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    With ICD 10 transition looming large, do you wonder how ICD 9 codes can be converted to ICD 10 codes or vice versa? Translating or mapping between ICD 9 to ICD 10 codes is possible by using General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs). GEMs seeks to create a smooth translation mechanism or […] The post ICD-9 to ICD-10 Mapping Made Easy with GEMs [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • Healthcare on Fire: A Beginner Guide to HL7 FHIR [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    What is Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)? What makes it different from HL7 V2 and HL7 V3? FHIR has been built keeping in mind the the needs of implementers. It is the latest interoperability standard from HL7 based on the concept of resources which can solve administrative, clinical and infrastructural […] The post Healthcare on Fire: A Beginner Guide to HL7 FHIR [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • ICD 9 vs ICD 10: Things You Must Know [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    What makes ICD-10 code sets different from the existing ICD 9 codes? ICD-10 is a huge leap forward which better reflects current medical practices, updated medical terminology and improved clinical accuracy in the classification of diseases. Let us find out through this infographic what makes ICD 10 stand out and […] The post ICD 9 vs ICD 10: Things You Must Know [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
  • What Makes a mHealth App Successful? [Infographic]

    Vigyanix WP
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    With over 10,000 medical apps available today, only 28 percent of smartphone users have reported to be very satisfied with the overall mhealth app quality and experience. It might make you wonder what really makes an mHealth app successful? Let’s find out through this infographic the components of a successful […] The post What Makes a mHealth App Successful? [Infographic] appeared first on Vigyanix.
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    Hospital Jobs and Careers Blog | Job Tips & Resources for Hospital Jobs

  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Hospital Careers

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Searching endlessly in the paper, online, and through other outlets is not only tiring, but it is time you’re wasting. You could be spending your time putting in hours, caring for patients, and loving what you do; all while making money. Through this cheat sheet, you can find out the secrets to finding the ideal job, in your neighborhood, where you love to be every day.   Narrow Down Your Search Narrow the career search down to some of the positions you feel the best suited for. Use keywords to conduct the search to get better results overall. Another way to narrow the search down is…
  • OSHA’s Crackdown on Nursing Safety

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    A recent NPR report tells that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has decided to crack down on an industry with a long history of workers with special work-related healthcare issues. The surprise is that industry is the healthcare industry itself. NPR reports that nurses and nursing assistants suffer more debilitating back and arm injuries than any other occupation. Such injuries are caused primarily by lifting and moving patients, the report says. Many nurses end up having to undergo orthopedic procedures, and many quit the field due to injury. What’s more, OSHA cites…
  • Big Issues in 2015

    29 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    In the wake of Supreme Court rulings on various aspects of the Affordable Care Act, Becker’s Hospital Review has published a list of “The 8 Biggest Healthcare Issues in 2015 So Far.” And not surprisingly, all of those issues are either directly or indirectly related to the ACA. It’s a thought-provoking list, inasmuch as Becker’s provides a largely spin-free look at the real fallout from the ACA — the good, the bad, and the stuff that just doesn’t even make sense. One of the biggest takeaways from the Becker’s list: The average person is paying…
  • A Little Empathy

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    At the Hospital Impact website, blogger and healthcare professional Thomas Dahlborg recently posted an interesting column about “the need for empathy in healthcare.” It’s almost hard to wrap your head around the story Dahlborg relates: while visiting a large hospital in the Midwest, he and the resident chief nursing officer (CNO) engage in a wide-ranging discussion on policy and patient care. Dahlborg relates his own experience to the CNO, telling of how he learned with time that providers must often go the extra mile in order to connect with patients. That a…
  • The Doctor is Out

    22 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    Changes in healthcare are putting a new spin on an old practice. The humble house call, it would seem, is a thing again, according to a recent Associated Press article. AP details how Medicare has completed the first year of a three-year study to see whether home-based care — including house calls — can save money over traditional hospitalization. The answer so far seems to be a resounding “yes,” as Medicare revealed that it saved more than $25 million in the first year. To put this in perspective, big shifts in the way we consume and deliver healthcare have given rise…
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  • Beat the Heat of Summer with Some Simple Tips

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:54 am
    The summer is finally here. The annoying heat of the sun means you’re more exposed to several troubles like skin burn, allergy, sunstroke, heat boils and other infections. But no need to worry as you can make the summer experiences pleasurable while taking care of your health at the same time. Just follow some tips to beat the heat of summer without being prone to it.   Your skin and eye health: Spending long hours under the direct heat of the sun can cause your skin to turn red or sunburn. The ultraviolet radiation of the sun doesn’t only burn your skin, but it causes several…
  • Common Sports Injuries That Can Be Treated at an Urgent Care

    23 Jun 2015 | 2:52 am
    Games and sports are common part of life. Besides teaching discipline and teamwork sports help stay in shape. It’s a way life through which every child expresses their physical potential. Even sports are also considered as a great way for mental development. But the physical activity involved in sports coupled with the risk of injuries. From normal sprains to severe head injuries it can be of varied types. Fortunately, urgent care facilities are capable of treating several sports injuries. At Doctors Immediate Care, we’ve every modern facility available for treating any kind of non-life,…
  • Are You Getting Ready with Sports and School Physicals Season?

    18 Jun 2015 | 4:25 am
    Are you bothering about your child’s school or sports physicals? As the new school year approaches, many parents get busier to perform the sports and school physicals of their children. As we all know it’s a mandatory task to be completed before getting admitted into school and taking participation in any sports activity. Why anyone needs sports physicals? Sports build teamwork and instill discipline in your child. It’s the great way to stay in shape and healthy, avoiding an overweight body. But there’s some risk involved in sports activity that ranges from normal strains or sprains…
  • Five Facts You Should Know About Arthritis

    26 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    Arthritis affects the people of all ages. The common symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, swelling and stiffness that may vary over time. Arthritis makes life painful, causing trouble in physical activities and get worse with age leading to disabilities. Regardless of age or sex arthritis can cripple anyone. Although, nearly 53 million adults and 300,000 children have fallen victim to arthritis in America, most people are little aware about this disease and the type of arthritis they suffer. Osteoarthritis or degenerate arthritis: It is one of the most common forms of arthritis affecting…
  • Lose Weight, Get Free from Arthritis Pain Easily

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

    Colleen McGuire
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:12 am
    Now that we are two years into the Affordable Care Act, nearly anyone who does not receive health insurance benefits from an employer must purchase their own health insurance plan by law. What many might not realize is that a state exchange or the federal marketplace is not the only option for buying a healthcare plan, and there could be extra benefits for shopping away from the government exchanges. Marketplace exchange plans that are found on or on a state exchange are also referred to as on-exchange health insurance plans. Here are some unique characteristics about…
  • You Better Shop Around for Health Insurance

    Jeff Smedsrud
    5 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    This time, you really need to shop around when searching for a health plan during the next Open Enrollment Period, which runs November 1, 2015 to February 15, 2016. Last year, health insurance companies offered plans that generally increased costs by 10%, and in some instances, even less. This year, it will be vastly different. Insurance companies plan to increase prices by 15% … 25% … 50% … some as high as 75% more than last year’s prices. If you paid $500 a month for a healthcare plan this year, expect to spend at least $100 a month more in 2016 – unless you shop around, and make…
  • On the Horizon of a Healthcare Insurance Evolution

    Colleen McGuire
    29 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    This is part 2 of a 2 part series. In the first part of this series, we reviewed a survey by the GenRe Life Corporation that asked employees of various ages what their thoughts and perceptions were about the health insurance exchanges. We focused particularly on millennials, who identified technology and savings on healthcare plans as primary levels of interest for the exchanges, compared to other age levels that participated in the survey. In summary: 60% of millennials think favorably of the health insurance exchanges Technology is the primary way of making the health insurance exchanges…
  • How Much Are You Paying in State Health Exchange Fees?

    Colleen McGuire
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    After the close of the 2015 health insurance open enrollment period, the federal marketplace boasted a 61% increase in sign-ups on But the 14 state exchanges had little to talk about, posting a meager 12% increase in enrollments – just 2.8 million new people.1 The lack of sign-ups means most states did not produce enough income to stay sustainable – if they were not living on federal grants or other funding to help keep the lights on. But federal aid ends in 2016, and state exchanges will have to survive on their own, or find alternative options. Cash flow is one of the…
  • What Millennials Think About Health Insurance Exchanges

    Colleen McGuire
    14 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    In a recent two-part survey organized by GenRe Life Corporation, researchers asked individuals about their thoughts and perspectives regarding health insurance exchanges. Consumers interviewed were required to have at least some knowledge of a health insurance exchange, although a majority of interviewees had a health insurance plan through their employer. The purpose of the study was to answer the following questions: Do individuals feel exchanges are here to stay, and are they willing to purchase health and non-health insurance through an exchange? Do individuals prefer a certain type of…
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  • How Wal-Mart’s Primary Care Services Can Help Improve Healthcare Access

    Julie Clements
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to provide health insurance coverage to an estimated 30 million Americans. However, insurance access alone will not be sufficient as a sizeable workforce is required to meet the increased demand. The US healthcare domain is at present facing a critical shortfall of health professionals. Reports from US Health Resources and Services Administration reveal that more than 20% Americans reside in areas without having sufficient access to primary care physicians. The report highlights that this shortage is more in rural areas (where people suffer from…
  • Is ICD-10 Transition Challenging for Pediatricians?

    Rajeev Rajagopal
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Like all other practices, pediatric practices are also required to start using ICD-10 coding to bill their services from October 1, 2015. The new codes are much more helpful to track public health conditions, ensure improved data for epidemiological research, measure outcomes and care provided to the patients, make clinical decisions, identify fraud and abuse and design payment system/processing claims system. Pediatricians should learn the nuances of the new coding system and prepare for the transition as soon as possible. A research conducted by the University of Illinois in Chicago reveals…
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy – An Alternative Treatment for Tendinitis

    Meghann Kiernan
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:22 am
    Tendinitis is a painful condition resulting from inflammation of the tendon or its sheath. Calcific and non-calcific tendinitis of the shoulder is often unresponsive to conventional therapies. Extracorporeal shock-wave therapy (ESWT) has been recommended as an alternative treatment for the condition. According to a newly published review of 28 randomized controlled trials in the Annals of Internal Medicine, this shockwave therapy reduces pain and improves function in patients with chronic calcific shoulder tendinitis and may be a good alternative to conventional therapies. With this effective…
  • A New Drug Approved for High-Risk Neuroblastoma Treatment

    Natalie Tornese
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:59 pm
    This March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Unituxin (dinutuximab) as part of first-line therapy for pediatric patients with high-risk neuroblastoma. There have been few treatment options available for this pediatric cancer and researchers have been working on a new drug that can help kids’ immune system to fight cancer. There were very few drugs approved that were specifically developed to treat children with cancer. Unituxin marks the first approval for a therapy that aimed specifically for treating kids with high-risk neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a rare type of…
  • Coding, Documentation and Billing for LFU Wound Care Management

    Julie Clements
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Low-frequency ultrasound (LFU) wound care management involves the use of non contact ultrasound to treat chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, post-surgical wounds, burns and more. To receive the correct reimbursement for this service, appropriate documentation and medical coding are inevitable. The coders must be aware of billing requirements of a particular insurance plan (for example, Medicare) as well. Benefits may vary according to the contract, and individual member benefits must be verified. CPT Coding When coding for LFU, you have to report the service with the…
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    Life Sciences Market Research Reports

  • Neuromodulation Market by Technology (Deep Brain Stimulation, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) & by Application (Depression, Parkinson’s, Tinnitus, Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, Ischemia, Obesity) - Trends & Global Forecast to 2020

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Over the years, the global healthcare industry has witnessed a paradigm shift, and is now increasingly focused on minimally invasive therapies that not only treats a wide range of chronic and refractory disorders but also have fewer sideeffects.The demand for neuromodulation has increased significantly, because of patients’ preference for minimally invasive surgeries.Moreover, these therapies are reversible, which allows physicians to cease treatment, as and when required by removing the stimulating devices. Based on technology, the internal neuromodulation segment is expected ...Order…
  • Global Sulfur Analyzer Industry Report 2015

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Sulfur Analyzer industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Sulfur Analyzer market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures are also analyzed. This report also states import/export consumption, sup ...Order / Buy a…
  • China Oxycodone Hydrochloride Industry Report 2015

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Oxycodone Hydrochloride industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Oxycodone Hydrochloride market analysis is provided for the China markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and Bill of Materials cost structures are also analyzed. This report also states impo ...Order / Buy a…
  • Global Kidney Cancer Drugs Market 2015-2019

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Kidney cancer also known as renal cancer affects the kidney cells. RCC is the most common form of kidney cancer in adults and Wilms' tumor in children. The exact cause of the disease is not yet known. The symptoms of renal cancer are often confused with other kidney disorders. This usually results in late stage detection of the disease, which leads to less chances of patient survival. In the majority of cases, it is diagnosed accidentally, when the patient undergoes checkups for other disorders. Kidney cancer can be triggered by a number of factors including both lifestyle-related c ...Order…
  • Healthcare Cloud Computing Market by Application (PACS, EMR, CPOE, RCM, Claims Management), Deployment (Private, Public), Service (SaaS, IaaS), Pricing (Pay as you go) & by End-User (Providers, Payers) - Analysis and Global Forecasts to 2020

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Over the years, the adoption of cloud computing in healthcare has increased owing to the rising need to curtail healthcare costs and improve the quality of healthcare. Thus, stakeholders in the healthcare cloud computing market have implemented clinical information system (CIS) such as electronic medical records(EMR), computerized physician order entry (CPOE), and radiology information system (RIS). These technologies offers easier and faster access to data depending on the way it is stored—that is, on public, private, or hybrid clouds. In 2014, the clinical information system ...Order…
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    Transform Healthcare

  • 8 Tips for Implementing Carousel Technology in Your Hospital

    Blog Administrator
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Carousel technology is able to greatly improve medication safety and efficiency of pharmacy inventory management by automating the storage, distribution and ordering of medication. Despite the advantages of pharmacy carousels, the transition to a fully automated system takes effort and...
  • News Corner: Going to the Hospital? Some Researchers Say Leave Your Medications at Home

    Blog Administrator
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    There are researchers who believe that the odds of having medication errors occur during a hospital stay increase with the number of medications a patient is taking, due to an increased risk of drug-drug interactions, drug-disease interactions and wrong drug/dose...
  • Six Ways to Minimize Interruptions for Nurses

    Blog Administrator
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Frequent interruptions have become a part of the day to day routine for nurses. Yet studies have shown that these interruptions can be dangerous, leading to wasted time and medication errors. Of course, if a patient needs immediate attention, a...
  • Pharmacists’ Role in Improving Medication Adherence – Digital Patient Tools

    Blog Administrator
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    This is the fourth and final post in our Medication Adherence series. While pharmacists can provide valuable support in medication management, the ultimate goal is to enable patients to manage their medications independently. For seniors, the ability to successfully manage...
  • News Corner: Destruction Through Diversion

    Blog Administrator
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    Diversion is a serious issue that’s putting patients’ lives on the line every day. A recently published in-depth article by Newsweek  uncovers how alcohol and drug addict David Kwiatkowski, a radiology technician, spent close to 10 years traveling from hospital...
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    Wachler & Associates Health Law Blog

  • CMS Proposes Revisions to Medicaid Managed Care Rules

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Recently, on June 1, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its long anticipated Medicaid managed care proposed rules. This is the first time CMS proposed revisions to the Medicaid managed care regulations since 2002. The proposed rules includes several measures intended by CMS "to modernize the Medicaid managed care regulatory structure in order to facilitate and support delivery system reform initiatives to improve health outcomes and the beneficiary experience, while effectively managing costs." Among other things, the proposed rule would make a number of changes…
  • Bill Introduced to Reform the RAC Program

    20 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Recently, United States Representative Sam Graves introduced the bill HR 2156, otherwise known as the Medicare Audit Improvement Act of 2015. Currently pending, the Medicare Audit Improvement Act addresses the aggressive nature of recovery audit contractors ("RACs"). Since the beginning of the RAC program, contractors have been paid on a contingency fee basis, thus incentivizing them to find improper payments. The Medicare Audit Improvement Act is intended to curb such practices. The bill would eliminate the contingency fee for RACs and replace it with a flat fee rate--similar to other…
  • Senate Finance Committee Examines Medicare Appeals Backlog

    19 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to address the rising Medicare appeals claims backlog. At the hearing, Nancy Griswold, Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA), blamed the backlog on a lack of funding and an unprecedented amount of appeals. ALJ Griswold stated that the average processing time for each claim has soared to 550 days, more than quadrupling over the past five years. There are currently over 500,000 Medicare appeals pending review. While appeals continue to stack up, OMHA's budget was increased…
  • Proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rules

    28 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    On Friday March 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") announced the release of the new Stage 3 meaningful use proposed rules. Concurrently, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology ("ONC") released its new EHR certification requirements, which are linked to its previously released interoperability roadmap. CMS says that the new rules "will give providers additional flexibility, make the program simpler, and drive interoperability among electronic health records, and increase the focus on patient outcomes to improve care." With the…
  • OIG Advisory Opinion Clarifies that Excluded Providers May Receive Payments for Services Performed and Billed by Practice Prior to Exclusion

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    On February 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) delivered an advisory opinion finding that a physician or provider previously excluded from participating in Medicare, Medicaid, and all other federal health care programs was permitted to share in federal payments with his former medical practice when the payments were based on services furnished prior to the individual's exclusion even though payment was received by the practice after the exclusion. The Petitioner sought guidance from the OIG as to whether sharing in these payments with…
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  • New initiative to combat global hypertension

    Dr. Victor Marchione
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    Hypertension is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. It is most often referred to as high blood pressure. Right now, about one in every three American adults has hypertension. Only half of these people …The post New initiative to combat global hypertension appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Misdiagnosis of zinc deficiency leads to copper deficiency

    Bel Marra Health
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    The human body requires essential minerals in order to perform its functions. There are two types of dietary essential minerals the body needs: Major and minor. Major essential minerals consist of calcium, sodium, sulfur, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and chlorine. Minor …The post Misdiagnosis of zinc deficiency leads to copper deficiency appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Thrombocytopenia (Low platelet count): Causes and prevention

    Bel Marra Health
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    While driving your tire may run over a nail. This can lead to the air escaping from the tire, eventually leading to a flat. But, if you bring the tire to a mechanic they can easily insert a plug and …The post Thrombocytopenia (Low platelet count): Causes and prevention appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Women: Is your low heart beat affecting your libido?

    Bel Marra Health
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    In the realm of sex it seems matters which affect men are more commonly talked about. For example, it’s men who have the little blue pill for sexual dysfunction, and nothing for women. But don’t worry ladies an option for …The post Women: Is your low heart beat affecting your libido? appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • How fruits can help you burn calories

    Bel Marra Health
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    If you want to promote calorie burning it really has a lot to do with what you eat. Of course while marrying proper diet and exercise together can burn the most calories; you can get a good head start by …The post How fruits can help you burn calories appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
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    Virtual Journal Club

  • Severe Sepsis due to Otogenic Pneumococcal Meningitis with Pneumocephalus without Meningeal Symptoms.

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    Severe Sepsis due to Otogenic Pneumococcal Meningitis with Pneumocephalus without Meningeal Symptoms. Intern Med. 2015;54(13):1661-1664 Authors: Odani N, Kitazono H, A Deshpande G, Hiraoka E Abstract The absence of meningeal signs and symptoms is rare in patients with bacterial meningitis and may lead to a delay in diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, the onset of bacterial meningitis associated with pneumocephalus is a rare complication of ear infections. We herein report a rare case of otogenic meningitis complicated by pneumocephalus that was initially missed due to the absence of typical…
  • Hospital readmission of skilled nursing facility residents: a systematic review.

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    Related Articles Hospital readmission of skilled nursing facility residents: a systematic review. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2015 May-Jun;8(3):148-56 Authors: Yoo JW, Jabeen S, Bajwa T, Kim SJ, Leander D, Hasan L, Punke J, Soryal S, Khan A Abstract Hospital readmission of patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) is common and costly with increasing public attention over the past decade, particularly in light of the new health care environment surrounding the advent of the Affordable Care Act. The purpose of the current systematic review is to critically examine prevalence, predictors,…
  • Atrial Fibrillation and Mortality in Critically Ill Patients: A Retrospective Study.

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Atrial Fibrillation and Mortality in Critically Ill Patients: A Retrospective Study. Am J Crit Care. 2015 Jul;24(4):336-341 Authors: Gupta S, Tiruvoipati R, Green C Abstract BACKGROUND: Although atrial fibrillation is common in critically ill patients, no large studies on its impact on patient mortality in general intensive care units have been done. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between atrial fibrillation and hospital mortality in critically ill patients. METHODS: In a retrospective cohort study, critically ill patients who had atrial fibrillation during a 2-year period were…
  • Impact of appropriate antimicrobial therapy for patients with severe sepsis and septic shock–a quality improvement study.

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Related Articles Impact of appropriate antimicrobial therapy for patients with severe sepsis and septic shock–a quality improvement study. PLoS One. 2014;9(11):e104475 Authors: Yokota PK, Marra AR, Martino MD, Victor ES, Durão MS, Edmond MB, dos Santos OF Abstract BACKGROUND: There is ample literature available on the association between both time to antibiotics and appropriateness of antibiotics and clinical outcomes from sepsis. In fact, the current state of debate surrounds the balance to be struck between prompt empirical therapy and care in the choice of appropriate…
  • The ward round–patient experiences and barriers to participation.

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Related Articles The ward round–patient experiences and barriers to participation. Scand J Caring Sci. 2014 Jun;28(2):297-304 Authors: Swenne CL, Skytt B Abstract BACKGROUND: Patients’ participation is essential to their well-being and sense of coherence, as well as to their understanding of and adherence to prescribed treatments. Ward rounds serve as a forum for sharing information between patient and caregiver. The purpose of the ward round is to obtain information and plan medical and nursing care through staff-patient communication. AIM AND OBJECTIVE: The aim and objective of…
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    Shailja Trivedi

  • Reduce Stress Through Regular Practice Of Yoga

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    In the current scenario, people are undergoing stress and in a few cases, many are not able to handle the daily issues. Reducing stress becomes easy for a person after practicing the relaxation techniques which include meditation, music therapy, rhythmic exercises, and yoga. All these activities reduce stress and various other tensions of life and boost the essential energy as well as the mood of an individual. The relaxation techniques make a person earn various qualities that allow one to lead a smooth life handling the irritating troubles that are mostly caused due to stress. An effective…
  • Secrets To A Healthy Diet With Shailja Trivedi

    23 May 2015 | 12:59 am
    Busy lifestyle, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, no time for physical exercise and lots of unwanted stress – if you are experiencing all these, it’s high time you should reveal the secrets to a healthy diet. As the saying goes, we are what we eat. Eating habits go a long way in ensuring good physical, mental and psychological health. According to Australian dietary guidelines, there should be five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruits a day. These days we have a plethora of options to choose in a retail market. There is whole new range of food items from garden fresh, organic,…
  • Health Tips Useful When Suffering From Thyroid

    13 May 2015 | 3:23 am
    Diet can play an important role to relieve hardships caused by thyroidThyroid patients have problems like weight gain, joint pain, hair loss, sleepiness, fatigue, skin acrimony etc. To get relief from these, focus must be given on drugs as well as on diet.Coconut oil Coconut oil contains low fat and cholesterol. Consumption of coconut oil keeps the digestion good, so this oil is considered expedient for thyroid patients.Take Linseed Daily Daily intake of linseed wil provedl benefit. Eat a teaspoon of roasted linseed in the morning or make sauce of it.Fiber and water To get relief from…
  • Yoga And Mediation Classes- Shailja Trivedi

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
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  • Meditation & Yoga Classes, DieBalanced Diet Tips by Shailja Trivedititian Bhopal - Shailja Trivedi

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:37 am
    Meditation & Yoga Classes, DieBalanced Diet Tips by Shailja Trivedititian Bhopal - Shailja Trivedi: Contact Shailja Trivedi, she is an exceptional dietitian, offering Yoga, meditation classes and balanced diet tips near Bhopal in India.
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  • Keli Meagher the mother of a son whose...

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:14 am
    Keli Meagher the mother of a son whose has speech development problem, he was not able to communicate properly, his concentration was week. But after the daily transmission programs for kids from Trivedi Family and Guruji he started sleeping well, his vocabulary started building very fast. The transmission program has changed the life of her son.
  • Guruji introduces the new for...

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:51 am
    Guruji introduces the new for blessing. He says that this blessing is the most powerful blessing than the others. In this blessing speed of transformation is too high. One just require is the time. Take this blessing and experience transformation on every level.
  • A lady overcomes her chronic sciatic...

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:20 am
    A lady overcomes her chronic sciatic pain with The Trivedi Effect. After the energy Transmission by Mahendra Kumar Trivedi her pain disappear and she has noticed many positive changes in her life. Watch this video.
  • Mahendra Trivedi shares his intention...

    27 Jun 2015 | 6:43 am
    Mahendra Trivedi shares his intention to link consciousness with science, explaining why his work in the information field is beneficial to humanity. Watch this video to know the answers of the questions on the topics range from religion to crop yields.
  • Omarion, the famous astrologer tells about the astrological...

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:26 am
    Omarion, the famous astrologer tells about the astrological communication and how it is bridging gap between astronomy and astrology. He said that after reading the astrological chart of Alice Branton, he found that Alice is destined to transform this planet by bringing a very high vibration into the people. While looking the at Mahendra Trivedi’s chart, he found that Mahendra Trivedi has been born with an unstoppable amount of power to transform everything on the world.
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    tonikal » Get Healthy

  • 10 Ways To Crack Eggs, Kevin Bacon Style

    Megan Goldin
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Eggs have an undeservedly bad reputation. They’re actually super good for you in a multitude of ways. Just ask actor Kevin Bacon who is starring in a hilarious ad extolling the virtues of eggs. Bacon aside, here are 10 good reasons why you should eat eggs: 1. Nutritional studies have found that eggs make you feel fuller which means you’ll eat less calories if you have an eggy meal. 2. Forget about the old myth that carrots improve eyesight. It’s actually eggs. Eating a single egg a day can result in a 30 percent increase in lutein and zeaxanthin in the blood. Studies show…
  • Death By Sugar: Horrifying Global Death Toll From Sodas

    Megan Goldin
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sugary drinks may be responsible for the deaths of 184,000 adults every year around the world, a study has found, presenting a horrifying statistic the researchers say can only be reduced by a global movement to remove sodas from diets. “Many countries in the world have a significant number of deaths occurring from a single dietary factor, sugar-sweetened beverages,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, senior author of the study and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University in Boston. “It should be a global priority to substantially reduce…
  • Tea Detox Can Cause This Unexpected Side-Effect

    Megan Goldin
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:20 pm
    A tea detox popular with British celebrities has caused a spate of unexpected pregnancies prompting doctors to warn about the possible side-effects of tea detoxification brews. Doctors say that some detox preparations may have a laxative effect that makes the contraceptive pill less effective. “The guidelines that come with the combined oral contraceptive pill say that if you have diarrhoea within four hours of taking it, the effectiveness cannot be guaranteed. So you should be using additional precautions as well,” Dr Sarah Hardman, deputy director of the Faculty of Sexual and…
  • Butter Up Your Diet: Fats Are Back

    Megan Goldin
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    Eating fats was considered the culinary equivalent of a cardinal sin for decades. Now, the wheel has turned. Fats are back in business and nutrition experts are leading the charge to rehabilitate the bad boy reputation of dietary fats. Leading diet experts in the United States are asking the U.S. government to change its dietary guidelines so that it removes limits on fats, but establishes limits on sugar and refined grains which studies have shown is the main cause of the obesity epidemic in countries such as the U.S., Britain and Australia. Years of demonising fats, they said, has resulted…
  • Doctors Warn Against Breast Milk Fetish

    Megan Goldin
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:21 am
    You can buy it organic, kosher, or halal. Or how about paleo, peanut and corn free. This isn’t an aged whiskey even though they call it “liquid gold”. It’s breast milk. There’s a thriving online black market for breast milk and doctors are getting worried.Most of the advertisements on websites such as, a website described as the Craig’s List for breast milk, are for babies or toddlers. However some of the breast milk buyers are men with breast milk fetishes, and others drink it because of a fitness craze or a chronic disease such as eczema…
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