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  • How Should Doctors Get Paid? Hourly Wage, Piecework or Quality?

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    Hans Duvefelt, MD
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    By Hans Duvefelt, MD A long time ago, when I worked in Sweden’s Socialized health care system, there were no incentives to see more patients. In the hospital and in the outpatient offices there were scheduled coffee breaks at 10 and at 3 o’clock, lunch was an hour, and everyone left on the dot at five. On-call […]
  • Sign-up figures trigger new round of health law political spin

    News-Medical.Net Healthcare News Feed
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    President Barack Obama uses the new enrollment numbers to urge Democrats to be proud of the health law and call on Republicans to back off in their push to repeal the measure. GOP leaders, though, did not appear to soften their positions
  • Hospitals post doctor ratings on websites

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    Katie Sullivan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    When a few doctors at the University of Utah Health Care read bad online reviews about themselves, they took matters into their own hands and started posting patients' reviews of facility doctors on their own hospital's website, Kaiser Health News reported.read more
  • New Medicare Data Reveal Startling $496 Million Wasted On Chiropractors

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    Steven Salzberg
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Newly released Medicare data reveal that the U.S. wastes almost half a billion dollars per year on chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic is based on pseudoscience, and its foundational principle of "subluxations" is a myth. Here's an easy way to save $500 million without hurting health care.
  • From Empty Lots To Hospitals, New Purposes For Standard Spaces

    Health Care
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    These two projects are changing the system as we know it: One seeks to transform vacant lots into parks, and the other is using a fake hospital to foster real medical innovation.» E-Mail This
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  • Sign-up figures trigger new round of health law political spin

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    President Barack Obama uses the new enrollment numbers to urge Democrats to be proud of the health law and call on Republicans to back off in their push to repeal the measure. GOP leaders, though, did not appear to soften their positions
  • New report reveals current state of worldwide advanced wound care market

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    The Global Market for Advanced Wound Care Products 2014 report provides you with the knowledge to understand the current state of the advanced wound care market, the historical market background and the key companies who currently operate here. It is essential reading for anyone who needs to plan, sell or operate within the advanced wound care product sectors.
  • Obama presses scrutiny of 2015 health insurance rates

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    The president made his appeal to state insurance commissioners at a meeting Thursday. Elsewhere, consumer spending related to the health law jumps, the GOP again demands to know the White House's involvement in the healthcare.gov rollout, and hospitals try their hand as insurers.
  • At 8 million sign-ups, health law enrollment surpasses target

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    President Barack Obama hailed the latest tally of people who gained insurance as a result of the health law. News outlets also look inside this latest round of data to find out what information the administration is providing and what is still to come.
  • Listening to religious music decreases anxiety about death among older Christians

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    A new article published online in The Gerontologist reports that among older Christians, listening to religious music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control over their lives. In particular, listening to gospel music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and an increase in sense of control.
 
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  • Hospitals post doctor ratings on websites

    Katie Sullivan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    When a few doctors at the University of Utah Health Care read bad online reviews about themselves, they took matters into their own hands and started posting patients' reviews of facility doctors on their own hospital's website, Kaiser Health News reported.read more
  • Hospital-urgent care partnership reduces overcrowded ED

    Ilene MacDonald
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    In an effort to reduce overcrowded emergency departments, many hospitals look to shift patients who don't have critical or life-threatening conditions to more appropriate care settings. One Massachusetts hospital's recent partnership with an urgent care center shows promise that other hospitals and healh systems may want to consider.  read more
  • Docs make 12 million outpatient diagnostic errors every year

    Katie Sullivan
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    As hospitals focus more on quality measures and lowering readmissions, they also look to cut back on diagnostic errors, which occur in about 5 percent of U.S. adults, accumulating in as many as 12 million outpatient diagnostic errors each year, according to a study published in the BMJ Quality & Safety.read more
  • Hospital infections 'unacceptable and avoidable'

    Zack Budryk
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hospitals must do a better job of enforcing hand-washing rules, especially for nurses, to counter "unacceptable and avoidable" hospital infection rates, according to new guidance from the U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).read more
  • Census survey changes could hide ACA effects

    Katie Sullivan
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    The Census Bureau plans to change its annual survey so drastically that it may be difficult to determine the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, reports the New York Times.read more
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  • New Medicare Data Reveal Startling $496 Million Wasted On Chiropractors

    Steven Salzberg
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Newly released Medicare data reveal that the U.S. wastes almost half a billion dollars per year on chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic is based on pseudoscience, and its foundational principle of "subluxations" is a myth. Here's an easy way to save $500 million without hurting health care.
  • Sweden's Medical Innovators Headed For US Via The Crowd

    Alison Coleman
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    It is something of a Holy Grail for many European entrepreneurs with plans to export. The US market is vast, potentially lucrative, but tough
  • As Unexpected Medical Expenses Mount, Crowdfunding Site Lifts Boston Marathon Victims

    Nicole Fisher
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Out-of-pocket (OOP) medical expenses in the United States cost Americans nearly $328 billion in 2012 , with many attributing significant numbers of yearly bankruptcies to medical expenses. No one knows these kinds of unexpected costs like Pat and Jess, a couple who, both sustained severe leg injuries after one of the bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15th, 2013. When faced with an expected $500,000 lifetime cost for each amputee, with much of their needs not covered by insurance, the couple did not know where to turn. Then their friends started a…
  • Marijuana Tourism Bringing Big Bucks To Colorado, Or Is It?

    Andrew Bender
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Marijuana advocates say the pot trade has boosted tourist spending in Colorado and lifted the real estate market. Officials beg to differ. Oh look, cookies!
  • Insurers Fret Hepatitis C Pill Costs More Than Obamacare

    Bruce Japsen
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    As health insurance companies reveal much anticipated first-quarter earnings, it’s the unpredictable impact from the five-figure cost of new Hepatitis C treatments that are the subject of as much  Wall Street worry as the Affordable Care Act.
 
 
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  • Mom's diet mirrors child's food allergies

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    A long-term study evaluating maternal diet’s impact on food allergy in later life is expected to uncover causes of allergy in children. A particular focus for the project is the different effects of allergenic foods in different contexts.
  • Gene variant raises risk for aortic tear, rupture

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The significance of a genetic variant that substantially increases the risk of a frequently fatal thoracic aortic dissection or full rupture has been confirmed by researchers. Thoracic aortic aneurysms, or bulges in the artery wall, can develop without pain or other symptoms. If they lead to a tear -- dissection -- or full rupture, the patient will often die without immediate treatment. Therefore, better identification of patients at risk for aortic aneurysm and dissection is considered essential.
  • Unraveling the 'black ribbon' around lung cancer

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    A study consisting of lung cancer patients, primarily smokers between the ages of 51 to 79 years old, is shedding more light on the stigma often felt by these patients, the emotional toll it can have and how health providers can help. Previous research has shown that lung cancer carries a stigma. Because lung cancer is primarily linked to smoking behaviors, the public's opinion of the disease can often be judgmental. Today, lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death globally.
  • Adrenaline does little to increase patient's survival after cardiac arrest, study finds

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    Giving patients adrenaline after they suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital does not increase their prospects of surviving long-term, according to new research. When a person has a cardiac arrest, his or her heart stops beating. Unless the heart is restarted within minutes, the person usually dies. More than 90 per cent of people who experience a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital will die before reaching a hospital or soon after.
  • 20 years of data shows treatment technique improvement for advanced abdominal cancer

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    Analysis of 20 years’ worth of patient data shows that outcomes have clearly improved for patients suffering from advanced cancer of the abdomen when treated with cytoreductive surgery with Hyperthermic IntraPeritoneal Chemotherapy, or HIPEC. Cytoreductive surgery, or debulking, is removal of part of a malignant tumor which can't be completely excised and is done to enhance chemotherapy effectiveness. HIPEC is a perfusion technique in which heated chemotherapy is administered directly into the abdomen during the surgery to kill remaining cancer cells.
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  • Infographic: Healthcare Spending in America

    Jackie Lyons
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    America spends 2.5 times more on healthcare than other developed nations, despite using it less than these other nations, according to a new infographic from Vitals. This infographic also shows specific price tags for healthcare procedures and tests, as well as results and life expectancy in America versus other countries. Looking to drive value-based reimbursement without sacrificing quality of care? In Driving Value-Based Reimbursement with Integrated Care Models, Julie Schilz, director of care delivery transformation for WellPoint, and Terry McGeeney, MD, MBA, director of BDC Advisors,…
  • 3 ACO Opportunities to Improve Patient Engagement

    Cheryl Miller
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Patients are 30 percent more likely to enroll in care management during or immediately after an acute event if they are contacted directly and introduced to a program and services, as opposed to being contacted via telephonic outreach, says Colin LeClair, executive director of ACO for Monarch HealthCare, which was a top performer in year one of the CMS Pioneer ACO program. Through trial and error we found three opportunities to identify opportunities to yield patient engagement. First, getting the principal caregivers’ endorsement or that of the physician staff was by far the most effective…
  • Infographic: The Quality of Nursing, Patient Care

    Jackie Lyons
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Seventy-five percent of Americans 30 years and older are more concerned with the quality of nursing staff in hospitals than with the availability or accessibility of electronic medical records (EMRs), according to a new infographic form API Healthcare. While confident in nursing abilities, a majority of consumers feel nurses are spread too thin, which is impacting the quality of patient care. This infographic also provides data on the quality of nursing care, impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), consumer concerns and quality of patient care. Looking for other ways to increase patient…
  • Predictors of PHO Longevity and Financial Success

    Patricia Donovan
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    Today, value-based payment models encourage hospitals and physicians to work together and make each more accountable for the other's actions in a physician-hospital organization (PHO). But what are predictors of PHO longevity and financial success? Here, Healthcare thought leaders Travis Ansel, MBA, manager of strategic services, Healthcare Strategy Group, and Greg Mertz, MBA, FACMPE, director of consulting operations, Healthcare Strategy Group, debate the question. Response (Greg Mertz): It’s pretty evident that no one entity is going to be able to meet the needs of the population. If…
  • Infographic: Does Early Breast Cancer Detection Save Lives?

    Jackie Lyons
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    An extensive study of mammograms found that they do not decrease breast cancer death rates, and they increase over-diagnosis, according to a new infographic from BestMedicalDegrees.com based on a Canadian study. Consequences to misdiagnosis include unnecessary radiation, surgery and chemotherapy that come with high costs. The average cost of treating early stages of breast cancer is $22,000, according to the infographic. This infographic also includes the history and statistics of mammograms and early detection. Learn more about assessing health risks in 2013 Healthcare Benchmarks: Health…
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  • Privacy attorney: Documentation for HIPAA audits must be meticulous

    Dan Bowman
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    With HIPAA audits this fall expected to be more narrow in focus, healthcare organizations and their business associates must ensure that their documentation is meticulous, according to Adam Green, a privacy attorney with Washington, D.C.-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine.read more
  • How to avoid roadblocks to successful HIE

    Ashley Gold
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Effective integration with a health information exchange isn't easy, but there are ways to shorten the roadblocks and develop a comprehensive HIE strategy. To that end, Sean Kennedy, director of health information exchange at the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and Nicole Heim, CIO Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center, speaking Wednesday at the Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington, D.C., shared their experiences with HIE integration.read more
  • Financial tools seeping into population health management

    Susan D. Hall
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    The definition of population health management (PHM) differs depending on whom you talk to. But the lines are blurring between PHM and financial management, according to a blog post at Chilmark...read more
  • Report: Use Stage 3 to create a robust health data infrastructure

    Susan D. Hall
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Meaningful Use Stage 3 should embrace interoperability at its core to foster creation of a truly interoperable health data infrastructure, according to a report conducted by JASON, an independent group of scientists that advises the U.S. government on science and technology.read more
  • To prevent patient readmissions, stop playing 'whack-a-mole'

    Ashley Gold
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    What's the key to managing readmission risks? Not playing whack-a-mole by quickly combatting problems as they arise, according to Ray Hess, vice president of information management at West Chester, Pa.-based Chester County Hospital.read more
 
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  • Why Are There So Many ___________s In Medicine??

    ROBERT I. SUTTON
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    By ROBERT I. SUTTON An article containing some ideas from The No Asshole Rule appeared in The McKinsey Quarterly some time ago and was summarized in The Economist. This post is motivated by the question with which The Economist ends its little story: “If jerks cost firms so dearly, why are so many them employed?” I think that it is a good […]
  • Is Higher Spending Truly Wasteful?

    David Dranove & Craig Garthwaite
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    By DAVID DRANOVE & CRAIG GARTHWAITE Two weeks ago, the Kellogg School of Management was privileged to host Joe Doyle, an outstanding economist from MIT. In a broad research portfolio, Joe has focused on the effects from differing intensity of medical treatments. This research is shattering some long held beliefs about the relationship between health […]
  • A New Way to Explore and Comment on Doctor Data

    Fred Trotter
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    By Fred Trotter The American Medical Association (AMA) says the number one issue with recent data releases from HHS is that “there is currently no mechanism for physicians and other providers to review and correct their information.” We think we have a way to fix that problem over at the DocGraph project! Over the last […]
  • How Should Doctors Get Paid? Hourly Wage, Piecework or Quality?

    Hans Duvefelt, MD
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    By Hans Duvefelt, MD A long time ago, when I worked in Sweden’s Socialized health care system, there were no incentives to see more patients. In the hospital and in the outpatient offices there were scheduled coffee breaks at 10 and at 3 o’clock, lunch was an hour, and everyone left on the dot at five. On-call […]
  • Things That Make Me Worry About My Colonoscopy

    Mark Graban
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    By Mark Graban Sorry to get all Katie Couric on you, but I’m going to have a colonoscopy on Friday. I turned 40 last October and I have some family history that leads my doctor to get one done now rather than at 50. Unlike Katie, I won’t be broadcasting mine live, but I’ll share some […]
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  • Анджелина Джоли ест шесть раз в день - Жизнь

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    В последнее время актриса Анджелина Джоли заметно изменила свой образ жизни. Звезда Голливуда учится обходиться без прислуги, сама готовит. Сейчас Джоли следует диете под названием Eat-Clean Diet по книге ее основательницы Тоски Рено. Название этой диеты переводится как “чистящая еда”, она очень популярна в Европе. Автор…
  • Советуясь с односельчанами

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    19 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Двадцать второй год возглавляет Долгоруковский сельсовет Анатолий Зибров. За его спиной несколько выборных кампаний, которые он выигрывал, набирая более 80 процентов голосов избирателей. Такое доверие односельчан он объясняет просто: «Надо всегда идти навстречу пожеланиям людей, поддерживать их инициативы и советоваться с…
  • Как выйти из Великого Поста без последствий для организма

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    19 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Великий пост у православных верующих в нынешнем году начался 3 марта и завершится уже через несколько дней  главным праздником - Пасхой, которая в этом году отмечается 20 апреля.  По предварительным данным, в Украине поста придерживалось около 20% населения, или примерно восемь миллионов человек.  За семь недель организм отвык…
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    19 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    — и, наконец, цена. Установите для себя строгий (плюс-минус 100-200 рублей) ценовой лимит. А главное — старайтесь его не превышать. Источник: http://www.epochtimes.ru
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    19 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    я тоже теперь своему врачу не доверяю, когда сделала тест пошла после на узи, определили маточную б, позже недели через 2 пошла в жк на учет вставать, ну и там меня на кресле смотрела,на живот сильно давила, в итоге вечером пошла коричневая мазня, на следующий день красная, пришла опять в жк, говорит ну раз немного мажет то…
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  • Physician ratings edge closer to the mainstream

    David Williams
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Doctor ratings and reviews have gotten a bad name, especially from doctors. There are concerns about their validity and usefulness. And while I share these worries I also believe ratings and reviews are important and have the potential to become much more prominent and useful over time. I’m encouraged that some healthcare providers are reversing course and starting to publish ratings and reviews on their own websites. University of Utah is doing it, the Cleveland Clinic is considering following along, and others are also starting to think about it (Hospitals get into doc rating…
  • ObamaCare signups: More than just the exchange numbers

    David Williams
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    All that hyperbole for nothing! President Obama just announced that 8 million people signed up for coverage on federal and state health insurance exchanges during the initial open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. That’s higher than originally projected, and much higher than how things looked when the glitch-filled healthcare.gov sputtered out of the gate. Cynics will pick at that accomplishment, claiming that it overstates the law’s impact by counting people who already had insurance, and those who don’t end up paying their premiums. ObamaCare is…
  • Zohydro ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

    David Williams
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is trying to ban Zohydro ER, a new prescription painkiller, under a state of emergency he’s declared to combat opiate abuse. I agree with the Governor that opiate addiction is a huge problem in Massachusetts (and many other places) but the attempt to ban sales of Zohydro is a bad idea that’s likely to have a negligible impact on the addiction crisis while potentially harming one of Massachusetts’ most important industries. The argument against Zohydro ER (the ER stands for “extended release”) is that it promotes abuse by…
  • Health Wonk Review is up at Healthcare Lighthouse

    David Williams
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Healthcare Lighthouse makes its hosting debut with an April Fools’ edition of the Health Wonk Review. You’ll definitely want to check it out.  
  • ICD-10 delay –I’m quoted in AIS Health

    David Williams
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    ICD-10 is grounded again I was surprised –like many others– that the latest temporary “doc fix” bill also delayed the implementation of ICD-10 coding for a year or more. Everyone I know had expected the real deadline to be October of this year. We were told as much by CMS leader Marilyn Tavenner in her keynote address at #HIMSS14 in late February: “There are no more delays and the system will go live on October 1. Let’s face it guys, we’ve delayed this several times and it’s time to move on.” But she doesn’t run Congress and they…
 
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  • End-of-week links

    Jason Shafrin
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Suicide and cancer treatment. Hospital consolidation in France. Mini CoR. Exchanges doing just fine. Amazon and wellness.
  • “The medical marketplace is broken”

    Jason Shafrin
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:19 pm
    This quote is from David Blumenthal, a physician and former Harvard Medical School professor, who was the national coordinator for health information technology between 2009-2011.  He describes in an interview for the Atlantic why adoption of electronic medical records has been so slow in the U.S. From the patient’s perspective, this is a no-brainer. The benefits are substantial. But from the provider’s perspective, there are substantial costs in setting up and using the systems. Until now, providers haven’t recovered those costs, either in payment or in increased satisfaction, or in…
  • The role of coaches and student-athletes

    Jason Shafrin
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Today I take a break from my traditional blogging on healthcare and briefly discuss two issues related to student-athletes.  These questions include: Are coaches employers or educators? Should students get unlimited meal plans? I discuss each below. Much of the content is drawn largely from one of my favorite non-healthcare blogs, Wages of Wins. Are coaches employers or educators? Pat Fitzgerald, the coach of Northwestern University’s football team, says the answer is yes.  The Northwestern players have the option to unionize and Fitzgerald does not see himself as an employer. …
  • Who is health care’s Amazon.com?

    Jason Shafrin
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:36 pm
    That is the quesition PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) asks in it’s latest report.  Although the report does not make any specific predictions, there are some interesting case studies it presents.  Some of these case studies include Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 smartphone, complete with a built-in heart rate monitor. In 2013, Apple also was issued a US patent for a “seamlessly embedded heart rate monitor” for devices such as its iPhone. . CVS Caremark announced it would stop selling tobacco products in its 7,600 stores as part of a strategy to…
  • The uselessness of volume-based hospital analysis

    Jason Shafrin
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Do hospitals with higher volumes have better outcomes? If hospitals specialize or providers learn-by-doing, hospitals with more admissions or more procedures may have higher quality. A paper by Hentschker and Mennicke (2014) examine just this question and find: We define hypothetical minimum volume standards in both conditions and assess consequences for access to hospital services in Germany. The results show clearly that patients treated in hospitals with a higher case volume have on average a significant lower probability of death in both conditions [aortic aneurysm and hip fracture].
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  • Nurses Stand Up to Chevron with Richmond, California Residents

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    By: DeAnn McEwen, RN Power without Pollution! It’s not just a slogan, but an urgent call put forth by nurses who are committed to the health, well-being, and safety of our communities! A day after the nurses hosted a "Main Street Campaign Environmental Justice Workshop" at their headquaters in Oakland, they turned out in nearby Richmond, California at the Planning Commission hearing to bear witness to the life-threatening health impacts of Chevron’s planned expansion project of it’s coastal refinery. RNs outside of Richmond, CA City Hall. The Chevron project would send our…
  • Honor Dr. King’s fight for economic justice with tax on Wall Street

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    From Maine to California, nurses, students, HIV/AIDS and community activists, took to the streets today calling on Congress to fulfill the quest of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for economic justice by enacting a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund efforts to reverse inequality.  "The Inclusive Prosperity Act would make Dr. King proud," said Rep. Keith Ellison at a kick off press conference in Washington against the backdrop of the U.S. Capitol. National Nurses United Vice President Sandy Falwell, RN Rep. Keith Ellison, author of HR 1579 "This is a holy day, a sacred day,"…
  • NNU Nurses Win Historic Victory at MedStar Health!

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Management Finally Agrees to Reimburse Nurses for Increased Healthcare Costs for 2012 and 2013 After three arbitration decisions by two separate arbitrators and a federal judge’s order, hospital management has entered into a settlement agreement with nurses represented by National Nurses United to repay nurses for nearly all increases in out-of-pocket costs and premium increases for calendar years 2012 and 2013. The reimbursements will be applicable to NNU members at Washington Hospital Center who enroll in the company’s Care First healthcare plan. This settlement comes after…
  • TELL YOUT REPS: RNs Oppose Right to Work’ and Support Safe Patient Handling (HB 2612)

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Tell Your State Representative RNs Oppose Right to Work’ and ‘Paycheck Protection and RNs Support Safe Patient Lift Legislation (HB 2612) Missouri nurses, patients and unions are under attack in Jefferson City! We need to oppose such attacks, while fighting for the Safe Lift legislation that our patients deserve. Opposition to ‘Right to Work’ and ‘Paycheck Protection’ This week RNs from across MO mobilized to Jefferson CIty to meet with legislators over the course of the day and joined with unions from around the state for a noon rally to send the message…
  • TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON: Top five things nurses must know about where healthcare is heading

    21 Mar 2014 | 6:21 pm
    It’s 2014, which means the bulk of the Affordable Care Act is now in effect. While most of the mainstream media has focused on whether patients will finally be able to find affordable health insurance through the programs it creates (or not), very little attention has been paid to discussing how the wide-ranging law is being capitalized upon by healthcare corporations, and how some of its other incentives and provisions change the registered nurse’s scope of practice, speed up the computerization of healthcare, and encourage fundamental changes to healthcare delivery and systems.
 
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  • Our Friday Song of the Week – Drive By

    Anthony Cirillo
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – Drive By The post Our Friday Song of the Week – Drive By appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Caregiver Stress – Think You Know the Cause? Think Again. (VIDEO)

    Anthony Cirillo
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
      Caregiver Stress – Think You Know the Cause? Think Again. The post Caregiver Stress – Think You Know the Cause? Think Again. (VIDEO) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Drug Take Back Day April 27

    Anthony Cirillo
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and participating local law enforcement are coordinating a nationwide drug “take-back” day on April 26th.  This one-day event will provide residents with no cost anonymous collection of unwanted and expired medicines. Click here to find a DEA collection site near you. It’s a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet! Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high – over half of teens…
  • Want the Best Geriatric Care? Go for providers that do a high volume of geriatric patients. (VIDEO)

    Anthony Cirillo
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
      Want the Best Geriatric Care? Go for providers that do a high volume of geriatric patients. (VIDEO) The post Want the Best Geriatric Care? Go for providers that do a high volume of geriatric patients. (VIDEO) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Mediterranean Diet Associated With Lower Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease (VIDEO)

    Anthony Cirillo
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
      Mediterranean Diet Associated With Lower Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease (VIDEO) The post Mediterranean Diet Associated With Lower Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease (VIDEO) appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
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  • Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, The ACA, And The Corporate Person: A Historical Myth Bedevils The Law

    Malcolm Harkins
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    On March 25, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in two cases—Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius—challenging the validity of the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) mandate that employer-sponsored health plans cover all FDA-approved contraceptives (the “Contraceptive Mandate”). In each case, closely held plaintiff corporations contend that the Contraceptive Mandate illegally infringed upon the corporations’ freedom to exercise religion. The cases attracted attention because the Supreme Court had agreed to hear yet…
  • Implementing Health Reform: The Latest Affordable Care Act Coverage Numbers

    Timothy Jost
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    On February 17, 2014, the White House announced that 8 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance coverage through the health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges. This significantly exceeds the White House’s original goal of 7 million enrollees. It is far more than the Congressional Budget Office’s recent projections of 6 million. The number of actual enrollees will be smaller than this number. The CBO’s projections are for the average number of those actually enrolled in coverage over the course of a calendar year. To calculate the average number of enrollees, one…
  • Development Assistance For Global Health: Is The Funding Revolution Over?

    Jennifer Kates
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    In many ways, the last twenty years have been somewhat of a “revolution” in global health, as marked by rising attention, growing funding, and the creation of new, large scale initiatives to address global health challenges in low and middle income countries.  Indeed, the 1990s brought a steady increase in global concern about health, largely centered on the HIV epidemic and due to civil society organizing to draw attention to the growing crisis, leading to the creation of the Millennium Development Goals, and soon thereafter, the GAVI Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,…
  • Four Years Into A Commercial ACO For CalPERS: Substantial Savings And Lessons Learned

    Glenn Melnick
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Editor's note: In addition to Glenn Melnick, this post is coauthored by Lois Green. Background: In a very short period of time, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have become an important and widespread part of the US health care landscape. A recent Health Affairs Blog post estimates the total number of public (Medicare) and private ACOs at more than 600 nationally, covering more than 18 million insured population. Despite their rapid and widespread adoption, relatively little is known about how ACOs actually work and how successful they have been. This is due in part to their relative…
  • We’ll Need A Bigger Boat: Reimagining The Hospital-Physician Partnership

    Francis J. Crosson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Editor's note: In addition to Francis J. Crosson, this post is coauthored by John Combes. Change is underway in the delivery and financing of American health care, and it is manifested in the evolving relationship of hospitals and physicians across the U.S. These developments are most striking in California, but are appearing in various forms in almost all states. Physicians and hospitals are being both “pushed” and “pulled” together in new ways by a variety of market forces, including the development of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) for both Medicare and commercially insured…
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  • Health Care Quality, and Cost

    medicare poster
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The chief executive of a medical data website emphasizes the importance of information about quality of services. Related NewsMedicare moves to tie doctors’ pay to quality and cost of careMedicare moves to tie doctors’ pay to quality and cost of careMedicare to tie doctors’ pay to quality, cost of care
  • Cost of Treatment May Influence Doctors

    medicare poster
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association said they would use cost data to rate the value of treatments. Related NewsCost of Treatment May Influence DoctorsA Rule on Eye Treatment Is Likely to Cost MillionsWhite House Wants More Influence Over Medicare Rates
  • Cost of Treatment May Influence Doctors

    medicare poster
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments that they recommend for patients. Related NewsCost of Treatment May Influence DoctorsA Rule on Eye Treatment Is Likely to Cost MillionsWhite House Wants More Influence Over Medicare Rates
  • Obamacare, Deficits and Empirics

    medicare poster
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Assessing yet another potential metric for the health care law’s success. Related NewsMedicare Trustee: Obamacare Will Increase the Deficit by As Much As $527 BillionMedicare Trustee: Obamacare Will Increase the Deficit by As Much As $527 BillionMedicare Trustee: Obamacare Will Increase the Deficit by As Much As $527 Billion
  • Medicare and Eye Doctors

    medicare poster
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery responds to a news article, “Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts.” Related NewsLas Vegas eye doctors settle over Medicare fraud claimsDoctors Grow Wary of Avastin for Eye TreatmentHealth Column: What eye care does Medicare cover?
 
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  • I still love being an internist

    rcentor
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Many internists feel frustration over administrative burdens, a payment system that encourages you to decrease visit length (could we just ban productivity measures forever), MOC, the possibility of MOL and numerous regulations. A recent Daily Beast article provides a very slanted view – How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession. Multiple friends have sent me this article. I can only describe this article as hyperbolic. This wonderful counter post expresses my feelings – Sorry, being a doctor is still a great gig. I think physicians complain far more, and far more…
  • On becoming a runner

    rcentor
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    Sometime in my weight loss journey I became a runner. Unlike many, I did not plan this, it just happened. When I started my journey walking dominated my movement strategy. I had a personal goal of 4-5 miles walking each day. This was easy and enjoyable. Then one day, I got to a slight downhill stretch and decided to jog. That felt good. So I started doing it more and more. But I had a recurrence of my knee pain. Actually I get pes anserine bursitis. I kept running and walking, but the bursitis was threatening to limit my progress. One day last August, visiting my son in SF, I stopped into a…
  • Becoming Chair of the Board of Regents of the ACP

    rcentor
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Later today Chuck Cutler will officially hand over the position of Chair to me. Six years ago I joined the Board of Regents (BOR). This coming year seems like a dream at this point. Readers know my love for internal medicine. Forty years ago, during my medicine clerkship I realized that I am an internist. Like many other internists I am so lucky that internal medicine found me. The American College of Physicians is THE internal medicine organization. I could never imagine having this opportunity to pay back the field and the organization. The BOR is the policy body for the ACP. We are the…
  • The distraction diagnostic delay

    rcentor
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    One should assume that cognitive psychologists have a better name for this phenomenon. This patient’s story reveals a 2 day delay in making the correct diagnosis and the errors involved. The patient comes to the emergency department for dyspnea. The dyspnea began about 5 days ago, and while starting with exercise now occurs at rest. The patient denies fever, rigors, or productive cough. She has a history of asthma, but is not sure if the current symptoms are her asthma. On physical exam, the estimated BMI is 45. The patient is mildly tachycardic, afebrile, mildly tachypnic. Heart sounds…
  • Since knowledge evolves, what implication for performance measures

    rcentor
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    A few nights ago, we had a wonderful reception at the Internal Medicine 2014 site. The conference starts tomorrow, but we have many business meetings prior to the conference. Sitting with leadership colleagues we had a wonderful conversation about how medicine changes. One colleague gave the example of ulcer disease. Those who trained in the 1960s and 1970s know most of this history, but it actually goes back to the early part of the 20th century. Consider the Sippy diet, the Bilroth 2, highly selective vagotomy, the introduction of H2 blockers, the introduction of PPIs, and then the crazy…
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  • Another chapter in the never endling clash between the collective and the individual regarding health care

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The following comments were inspired by this insightful and very well written commentary by Margarit Gur-Arie entitled "Is the Nuremberg Code Obsolete?" After reading about where the cronies at IOM and the ideologues at Hasting Institute want to take us, I have to shout "It sure as hell better not be obsolete and do you people even know anything about the events that took place in Europe (or Macon county,Alabama for that matter)  in the 20th century and why we have the Code in the first place." One of the more troubling developments in recent years in medical care is the seemingly…
  • More internists are failing the MOC exam-why could that be? Resistance to ABIM's MOC grows.

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    Why are more internists failing the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam? Kevin Pho on his medical blog offers two suggestions. See here. One reason is what I call the economically driven bifurcation of internists into hospitalists and officists and the disuse atrophy of hospital care skills in the office bound docs and the lack of familiarity with the preventive care changes and routine treatment of non acutely ill patients on the part of the hospitalists. If you don't treat respiratory failure,sepsis and acute heart failure on a regular basis you might just not do as well on the boards.
  • Adam Smith's Men of Systems and the progressive medical elite

    21 Mar 2014 | 4:05 am
    Adam smith spoke of the men of system- men with a dangerous mixture of hubris and naivete  who presumed to know what is best for every one  and how to plan to bring that optimal state into being.The following commentary highlights the views of some physicians who might be considered the medical men of system.The following quote from Drs Don Berwick and Troyen Brennan in their appropriately named book, "New Rules" captures the essence of the fundamental nature of how men of system would arrange medical care. "Today, this isolated relationship[ he is speaking of the physician…
  • Breaking news-OBM discovers economics prinicple of "incentives matter"

    6 Mar 2014 | 7:27 am
    Several of my favorite economists have said that the real good stuff in economics is revealed in the econ 101 courses. One of the secrets revealed is that "incentives matter". Milton Friedman said most of economics could be boiled down to two thoughts; 1) there is no free lunch 2)demand curves slope downwards which simply means people tend to buy more if something costs less and tend to buy less if something costs more.Another principle is that generally supply curves slope upward which means that someone will tend to supply more of something if the price increases and tends to supply less if…
  • Are the Choosing Wisely leaders becoming impatient with the rank and file docs?

    5 Mar 2014 | 1:35 pm
     At least one of them seems to be according to this commentary by the former CEO of ABIM and ABIMF., Dr. John Benson Jr. who is referred to by some as the "father of ABIM". With the respect that designation would imply I think it prudent to take what he has to say seriously.Basically what he had to say was that the rank and file docs do not seem to be getting the message and more forceful "educational" methods need be employed.Such as : "...hard choices and penalties must go beyond training the next generation"  and" ABIM could require candidates to achieve a perfect score on…
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    Health Care Renewal

  • Knee Deep in the Hoopla - "A Triumph of Medical Technology" Sans Evidence of Superiority from Published Randomized Double Blind Controlled Trials

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    With the publication of several new articles in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, the buzz about Sovaldi (sofosbuvir - Gilead), a new oral treatment of hepatitis C, has become feverish.  The drug had been hailed as near miraculous, and the only debate has been about its near stratospheric cost (look here).  This week, of all weeks, however we should be extremely skeptical about expensive drugs promoted as the cures of our most feared ills.  This week a series of articles appeared in the British Medical Journal showing that there was no evidence to support the…
  • CMS does not have any information that supports or refutes claims that a broader adoption of EHRs can save lives?

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    If this is true, the EHR hyper-enthusiasm problem is even worse than I believed.From the April 2014 newsletter of the American Association for Physicians and Surgeons (http://www.aapsonline.org/index.php/about_us/), an organization that is dedicated "to preserving the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship and the practice of private medicine":CMS Claims to Have No Information on EHRsOn Mar. 14, 2014, the Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services replied to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent Apr. 4,…
  • Planned Obsolescence Disguised as Innovation, Oligopoly Disguised as a Free Market, and the Enrichment of Oligarchs

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    The New York Times published another article in its series on the high cost of US health care.  This one, focused on the care of type 1 diabetes mellitus and other chronic diseases, shines some light on the business management practices that now determine how our health care system functions, or not, and implies who benefits the most from them.Planned Obsolescence Disguised as InnovationThe article first discussed the brave new world of type 1 diabetes treatment.  The introductory theme was:Today, the routine care costs of many chronic illnesses eclipse that of acute care because…
  • Healthcare IT Amateur Kathleen Sebelius Resigns - Good Riddance

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is resigning.Press reports say she is resigning in large part due to the Exchange Website debacle.   This from the New York Times:Health Secretary Resigns After Woes of HealthCare.govhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/11/us/politics/sebelius-resigning-as-health-secretary.html?_r=0... Officials said Ms. Sebelius, 65, made the decision to resign and was not forced out [Yeah, right - SS]. But the frustration at the White House over her performance had become increasingly clear, as administration aides worried that the…
  • FDA on health IT risk: reckless, or another GM-like political coverup? "We don't know the magnitude of the risk, and what we do know is the tip of the iceberg, but health IT is of 'sufficiently low risk' that we don't need to regulate it."

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    In my Sept. 16, 2013 post "An Open Letter to David Bates, MD, Chair, ONC FDASIA Health IT Policy Committee on Recommendations Against Premarket Testing and Validation of Health IT" (http://hcrenewal.blogspot.com/2013/09/an-open-letter-to-david-bates-md-chair.html) I wrote: David Bates, Chair, ONC FDASIA Health IT Policy Committeevia email    Dear David, I am disappointed (and in fact appalled) at the ONC FDASIA Health IT Policy Committee's recommendations that health IT including typical commercial EHR/CPOE systems not be subjected to a premarket testing and validation…
 
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    Bioethics Discussion Blog

  • Patient Modesty: Volume 65

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    And the discussion continues.  From Paul writing to Volume 64:I wonder what women in general, as well as female nurses ,female techs, and other female providers would think if the gender numbers were reversed?Imagine you go in for a routine exam with your female doctor because you don't want a male doctor. A male chaperone or student is brought in to the room to observe.You either ask for him to leave or because you were blind sided by it you say nothing and go through it. Only to be angry about it later.During your exam the doctor finds something and recommends a vaginal ultrasound. You…
  • A Doctor's First Words to a Patient

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    “Interesting belt — where did you get that?”“I see you are from Youngstown. The key question is, are you a Steelers fan or a Browns fan?”Daniel R. Wolpaw, M.D., and Dan Shapiro, Ph.D. writing a Perspective article titled "The Virtues of Irrelevance" in the April 3 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine present these as examples of possible opening remarks by a physician to a patient who appears with a medical problem.  The authors suggest that remarks such as these serve 4 "key purposes"  from the physician's point of view which, in establishing the…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 64

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In this and the following Volumes, there is no need to go into more detail (and I will not allow that to be published here!) about "unprofessional behavior" if it amounts to describing prurient sexual interest and acts or frank sexual crimes by professionals. This behavior is clearly wrong for a physician or nurse behavior and requires notification of state professional boards in the United States and law enforcement as necessary. That is the solution for that behavior. To educate the patient to ask their provider "are you planning to manipulate my breast or genitals for your own pleasure or…
  • Doctors May Guess Your Diagnosis and Why They May Be Wrong

    9 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This thread is all about heuristic clinical reasoning which means a doctor's mental shortcuts to come to a diagnosis. Heuristic is defined in Wikipedia as:Heuristic (/hjʉˈrɪstɨk/; Greek: "Εὑρίσκω", "find" or "discover") refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery that give a solution which is not guaranteed to be optimal. Where the exhaustive search is impractical, heuristic methods are used to speed up the process of finding a satisfactory solution via mental shortcuts to ease the cognitive load of making a decision.
  • Patient Informed Consent from Partially Uninformed Physicians

    5 Mar 2014 | 9:51 pm
    The title of this thread clearly sets the topic to be discussed.  Informed consent by a patient for an examination or medical-surgical procedure is an established ethical and legal act which has been even more focused throughout the medical profession in the recent decades when previous professional paternalism behavior dissolved to patient autonomy.  However established the practice is preached, the act still depends on several factors. With regard to the patient becoming informed about the details of the examination and procedure, it requires the patient or patient's surrogate…
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    Health Care Organizational Ethics

  • Why I've Been Silent for Several Months

    Jim Sabin
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    I recently received an email from a college roommate who periodically visits this blog. Finding that I'd made no posts since November he wrote to find out if I'd been ill or, perhaps, was no longer extant in terrestrial life. He noted that at our age (college class of 1960), no news is not necessarily good news!The reason for my silence on this site is not illness or mortality. Rather, it's that I've been editing and writing for Over 65, a blog about aging issues published by the Hastings Center. Between seeking posts from other writers, editing what comes in, and writing my own posts, Over…
  • The Right Kind of Love Between Doctors and Patients

    Jim Sabin
    8 Nov 2013 | 2:30 pm
    Yesterday I attended a remarkable educational session at the Brigham & Women's Hospital - "Love Stories: Deconstructing and Learning from Successful Doctor-Patient Relationships."The stars of the session were Doris Bunte, who turned 80 this year, and Dr. Chuck Morris, her primary care physician. The large audience of medical students, residents, and staff, were transfixed by their description of their first appointment, the building of trust, and Dr. Morris's presence as a "guest of honor" at a large 80th birthday celebration.Here's how Ms. Bunte spoke about her relationship with Chuck…
  • Talking about Suicide

    Jim Sabin
    5 Oct 2013 | 11:53 am
    Earlier this week my friend Steve Moffic wrote a powerful post about his experience as a psychiatrist dealing with suicide. He presents a moving discussion of how difficult it was to think and talk about the suicide of a patient he treated in residency. Here's the concluding paragraph of Steve's post:Legal fears, confidentiality concerns, shame, and stigma are formidable obstacles. But talk we must, for talking—and listening—is a key to prevention and treatment. Any clinician knows that most who survive serious suicide attempts end up being glad they did, if they receive the help…
  • From Faith to Atheism

    Jim Sabin
    21 Sep 2013 | 8:00 am
    What would you think was being talked about if you read the following:"I got to come out...It used to terrify me, what people's reactions would be. But it's been so long now...I don't even care...I slept like a baby last night because I knew I wasn't going to have to live a lie any more..."This isn't a young gay or lesbian person coming out to the family - it's Teresa MacBain, a Methodist pastor, telling NPR about "confessing " to her congregation that she has lost her faith and is now an atheist.I interpreted the NPR interview and an article in today's New York Times in light of my Rosh…
  • Religious Ethics and Medical Ethics

    Jim Sabin
    4 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am
    The Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah – starts this evening, and the New York Times featured a front page article on “Bar Mitzvahs Get a New Look to Build Faith.” The article touched a very personal nerve for me. Both my parents and all of my grandparents were Jewish, but the family I grew up in was very non-observant. We didn’t belong to a synagogue and didn’t celebrate the Jewish holidays, other than a very perfunctory Seder at my father’s ailing mother’s home in Brooklyn. But at 11 or 12 I asked my parents to send me to Sunday School, an almost unheard of request for a…
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    Health Beat by Maggie Mahar

  • Health Care Spending Spikes: Why?

    Maggie Mahar
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    You may have read that health care spending in the private sector picked up both in the fourth quarter of 2013, and during the first two months of this year. Recent data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) show that during the last three months of 2013 spending on health care rose at an annual rate of  5.3%  The trend continued this year, with spending climbing 6.2%, on a year-over-year basis in January, and 6.7% in February, This came as a surprise. Since December of 2007, after adjusting for inflation, health care outlays have been rising by only 2.6%  As former CBO director…
  • How Much Will You Pay for Health Care in 2015? What You Need to Know About Healthcare Inflation-Part 1

    Maggie Mahar
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
      Probably you have seen headlines like this one: “O-Care premiums to skyrocket.” The warning, which was posted on The Hill, seemed designed to cheer conservatives distraught by Obamcare’s enrollment numbers. It began by announcing that next year, “premiums will double in some parts of the country. The sticker shock will likely bolster the GOP’s prospects in November and hamper ObamaCare insurance enrollment efforts in 2015.” Where did the reporter get her information?  The story is based on interviews with “health insurance officials.” Why would they issue…
  • How Many of Obamacare’s New Enrollees Were Uninsured Last Year? Why It Doesn’t Matter

    Maggie Mahar
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Charles Gaba, the enrollment guru who has been tracking Obamacare sign-ups since October, now estimates that by April 15, some 17 million Americans will have purchased their own insurance policies either in the Obamacare Exchanges (8 million) or off-Exchange (9 million) But how many of them were uninsured and how many were simply replacing policies that Obamacare had forced insurers to cancel?  This is the question conservatives ask.  After all they argue, if most of these folks already had coverage, we have just wasted a great deal of time and money moving them from a policy they chose to…
  • Obamacare Enrollment, Including Medicaid, Heads for 14-20 Million

    Maggie Mahar
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Revised: April 12 Charles Gaba, who has become the go-to-guru for Obamacare enrollment numbers, now predicts that by April 15, 7.09 to 9.75 million Americans will have purchased health insurance in the Exchanges.  This is in line with the back-of-the-envelope estimate that he offered a week ago: “a nice round 8 million.”  (In parentheses, he suggested:  Perhaps a little higher (1M even?)., and then struck that thought.  “As always,” he noted, “I’ll be more than happy to be proven wrong, as long as I’ve undershot the mark.”   To that 7.09 to 9.75 million, he now…
  • Obamacare Enrollment Hits 7 Million, Putting Downward Pressure on 2015 Premiums; Word-of-Mouth Spreads the Truth

    Maggie Mahar
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:11 pm
    (Updated March 31) As the “train wreck” called Obamacare pulls into the station it’s becoming clear that some 7 million Americans are signing up to purchase insurance in the Exchanges. Ten days ago I went out on a limb and predicted that we would hit 7 million, if not by March 31, by early summer. Now it appears that we’ll break through that target by midnight. Seven million was the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) initial estimate, but when the roll-out proved rocky, the administration lowered its expectations to 6 million. Reform’s opponents groused that…
 
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    HealthBlawg :: David Harlow's Health Care Law Blog

  • HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance: Should You Care?

    David Harlow
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg
  • FDASIA Health IT Report Issued; Comments Welcomed on Three-Agency Approach

    David Harlow
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
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  • Unlocking the Power of Health Data

    David Harlow
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:46 am
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  • Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts: Is the Application Process Broken?

    David Harlow
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:05 am
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  • Where are they now? Accretive Health

    David Harlow
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:38 pm
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    HealthLawProf Blog

  • Guest Blogger Professor Gaia Bernstein: Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing and the Over-Production of Genetic Information

    Katharine Van Tassel
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    23andMe, the Internet genetic testing company, which offered genetic testing for health conditions and ancestry, has received extensive publicity in recent months. In November 2013, the FDA ordered 23andMe to stop marketing its health-related genetic test results to customers because...
  • The Delay of ICD-10

    Francisl
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    As part of the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014,” Congress provided that DHHS may not set ICD-10 as the code standard before October 15, 2015. October 15, 2014 had been the day set by DHHS for ICD-10 implementation....
  • Guest Blogger Professor Deborah L. Forman: Introducing The ABA's Draft Model Act Governing Assisted Reproductive Technology Agencies

    Katharine Van Tassel
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The use of assisted reproductive technology to create families is often described as collaborative reproduction. Intended parents, gamete donors and surrogates can all play a role in the process. Assisted reproduction typically involves collaboration among various professionals as well, including...
  • The Game of Succession

    Nicolas Terry
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    It is almost always dramatic when a well-known figure resigns. So it was this week, one leader gone and another swiftly nominated. Almost inevitably the process and new nominee were subject to conservative sniping. Then, Secretary Sebelius resigned! While the...
  • Health Insurance, Socioeconomic Status, and Health

    David Orentlicher
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Earlier this week, I wrote about the link between health insurance and health and suggested that socioeconomic factors such as education and wealth can be much more important for health than access to health care. There are some interesting studies...
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  • UnitedHealth reports mixed bag in Q1

    Anthony Brino
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    UnitedHealth Group reported a mixed bag in its first quarter financial report. UnitedHealth Group posted first quarter net earnings of $1.1 billion, or $1.10 per share, down a bit from $1.16 per share in first quarter 2013, but in line with guidance forecasting some $0.35 per share being consumed by the ACA insurance tax and other reform changes. read more
  • 4 key measures of patient engagement

    Wendy Lynch,Kristen Perosino
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Engagement is a big buzzword in healthcare these days. Every program seeks to achieve it; every provider wants to enhance it. We know that being engaged in our own health can lead to better outcomes. But what is engagement exactly? Does it mean following a doctor's advice? Does it mean eating five servings of vegetables each day? Or is it more complex? read more
  • ICD-10 delay: Who benefits?

    Austin Cameron
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    ICD-10 delay: Who benefits? Daily Feature It is now official: you must wait until 2015 to use ICD-10 code W6112XA – struck by macaw. President Barack Obama has indeed signed the SGR patch legislation - which includes another delay of ICD-10 implementation, to Oct. 1, 2015. read more
  • Tapping business intelligence tools to prepare for the future

    Paul Cerrato
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    When it comes to using business intelligence tools, most medical practices have yet to graduate kindergarten. But a closer look at these BI systems suggests it’s time to start using them to define trends in patient population and improve operational and clinical performance. read more
  • Taming toxic employees

    David Weldon
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    With the shortage of skilled workers in the healthcare industry, many healthcare organizations find themselves putting up with some toxic employees. If you find yourself in such a position, there are constructive steps you can take. Toxic employees can lead to serious problems in the workplace, such as overall lower employee morale, lower productivity, higher absenteeism, angered patients and loss of cooperation and collaboration among staff. read more
 
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  • UnitedHealth reports mixed bag in Q1

    Anthony Brino
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    UnitedHealth Group reported a mixed bag in its first quarter financial report. UnitedHealth Group posted first quarter net earnings of $1.1 billion, or $1.10 per share, down a bit from $1.16 per share in first quarter 2013, but in line with guidance forecasting some $0.35 per share being consumed by the ACA insurance tax and other reform changes. read more
  • On the Move: Finance

    Healthcare Finance News Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Greg McCulloch is joining California’s Sonora Regional Medical Center as vice president of finance/chief financial officer effective May 5. McCulloch joins Sonora from Walla Walla General Hospital, where he has served as CFO since 2011. read more
  • Creating an integrated care business model for behavioral health

    Stephanie Bouchard
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    To get ready to participate in integrated care funded by bundled payments, behavioral health providers need to establish a new business model, with particular emphasis on establishing episode of care rates. read more
  • Operations apps ready for the spotlight

    Erin McCann
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    After years in the shadows, operations applications are about to step into the spotlight. read more
  • Warding off fraud suits after CMS physician payment revelations

    Anthony Brino
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The release of Medicare’s payments to doctors could impact medical practices and health systems in a lot of ways, including being fodder for fraud accusations – a problem that’s worth getting ahead of from the get-go. Amid seemingly increasing healthcare fraud lawsuits and whistle-blower allegations, expect many lawyers, employees or former employees to go through the Medicare payment data looking for hints of aberrant billing trends. read more
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    Industry News from healthcarefinancenews.com

  • On the Move: Finance

    Healthcare Finance News Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Greg McCulloch is joining California’s Sonora Regional Medical Center as vice president of finance/chief financial officer effective May 5. McCulloch joins Sonora from Walla Walla General Hospital, where he has served as CFO since 2011. read more
  • The future of healthcare spending

    Kelsey Brimmer
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    As lawmakers try to understand the ultimate causes of the recent slowdown in healthcare spending growth, their determinations will eventually translate into policies that will impact healthcare businesses of all types. During a Brookings Institution webcast last week, healthcare industry experts discussed what they believe to be the causes behind the spending slowdown and possible strategies to keep spending in check. read more
  • Highmark eyes caregiver market

    Anthony Brino
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    The growing ranks of adults helping their aging and ill parents, relatives and friends is a business opportunity that health insurer Highmark is not passing up. The Pittsburgh-based insurer recently announced it is starting a new “comprehensive caregiver support system” available to members and non-members on a subscription basis for $79 per month. read more
  • New health system forms in Massachusetts

    Stephanie Bouchard
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:41 am
    Boston’s Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, Mass. announced Monday that they are creating a new health system. The two organizations will align under a new parent company, yet to be named. Each organization and their physician groups will operate under local governance and have equal representation on the parent company’s board. The new parent company's chief executive officer will be Normand Deschene, Lowell’s CEO, and its chairperson will be Ellen Zane, vice chair of Tufts Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. read more
  • New entrants into the healthcare market threaten traditional businesses

    Anthony Brino
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    New entrants in the healthcare market could snatch billions of dollars of revenue from traditional healthcare companies if the traditional companies do not move faster to provide services in the setting consumers want. read more
 
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    Emergency Medicine Blog

  • Emergency Medicine Digest

    26 Mar 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Selected publications of interest 1. Does a higher MAP target in septic shock confer lower mortality target? No. A target mean arterial pressure of 80 to 85 mm Hg conferred no mortality benefit over the standard 65 to 70 mm Hg target. Reference:  Asfar P et al. High versus low blood-pressure target in patients with septic shock. N Engl J Med 2014 Mar 18; [e-pub ahead of print]. (http://
  • Funnel or tapered shaped pediatric airway - where does this concept come from?

    9 Feb 2014 | 1:31 am
    Pediatric airway, especially for those 2 years of age, has often been described as a funnel-shaped with its narrowest part at the level of the cricoid cartilage (in contrast with the cylindrical adult larynx). But where does this concept originate from? Ríos Medina et al (2012) in a review article (click here to download in pdf) stated that it was way back in 1951 when Eckenhoff wrote about
  • Some updates from the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)

    1 Jan 2014 | 8:10 am
    Some salient updates relevant to the emergency physicians from the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI): The criteria  for STEMI 1) ST elevation, of course with, of     ≥2 mm (0.2 mV) in men or     ≥1.5 mm (0.15 mV) in women for leads V2–V3 and     for other leads, remember as usual,     ≥1 mm (0.1 mV) in at least 2 contiguous chest leads
  • Updates on Asthma and COPD 2013

    1 Dec 2013 | 9:55 am
    Updates on Asthma and COPD from Chew Keng Sheng Presented during the 1st National Emergency and Critical Care Symposium in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, Nov 2013 Updates on asthma It is important to remember that there are two separate classifications for any asthmatic patient that admits to the emergency department - one is with regards to the level of control of asthma over a prevailing
  • Quick caveat: Salicylate poisoning

    20 Nov 2013 | 10:00 pm
    The American College of Medical Toxicology, in their positional statement on Salicylate Toxicity, mentions that: Clinical deterioration, even in the setting of a falling serum concentration, is ominous, and suggestive of increasing central nervous system (CNS) salicylate concentration. As blood pH falls, there is an increased proportion of nonionized salicylate that more readily
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  • Video surveillance improves understanding of essential hygiene behavior

    Newsdesk
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    One of the best defenses against infectious disease is one of the most simple – hand washing. Still, despite years of global public awareness campaigns, hand washing rates remain low. Caregivers of young children in low-income, developing world settings are found to wash their hands only 17 percent of the time after using the toilet. […]
  • The National Review of Commissioning for Social Care in Wales 2013-14

    Newsdesk
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The review which took place between July 2013 and January 2014, looked at how well local authorities were implementing the statutory guidance on commissioning published by the Welsh Government in 2010. The report identifies that the current arrangements for commissioning services are not sustainable in the face of projected future demands and financial pressures. The […]
  • The National Review of Commissioning for Social Care in Wales, 2013-14

    Newsdesk
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:47 am
    The review which took place between July 2013 and January 2014, looked at how well local authorities were implementing the statutory guidance on commissioning published by the Welsh Government in 2010. The report identifies that the current arrangements for commissioning services are not sustainable in the face of projected future demands and financial pressures. The […]
  • Record store organises concert to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society

    Newsdesk
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:47 am
    ‘My mother has had Alzheimer’s for 12 years and just this week was discharged from hospital, after bouncing back once again. All the girls in my mum’s side of our family circle who have lived beyond the age of 55 have developed this disease. ‘Although we do everything we can in my shop to help […]
  • LaingBuisson report highlights new ‘top up’ market in care homes

    Newsdesk
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Published 14 April 2014 There could be an increase in ‘top-up funding’ paid by care homes residents, according to a new report by healthcare experts, LangBuisson, published today (Monday 14 April 2014). The report found that the fees paid by councils have decreased by 5% in real terms over the last five years, which means […]
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    News from Scott & White Healthcare

  • Memorial Hospital Receives Award and Honors for Stroke Care

    Deontrea Jones
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    Scott & White Memorial Hospital, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, has received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. “As a certified stroke center in Central Texas, we are dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality AchievementAward helps us achieve that…
  • Chief Nursing Officer Appointed for Scott & White’s Hill Country Region

    Katherine Voss
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    MARBLE FALLS, Texas – (April 16, 2014) – Betsy Patterson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has been selected to serve as chief nursing officer for Scott & White Healthcare – Hill Country Region, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, effective May 1.  Patterson came to Scott & White from the former Johns Community Hospital in Taylor, now Scott & White Hospital – Taylor, where she currently serves as chief nursing officer.  Patterson brings over 25 years of progressive nursing and leadership experience to her new role in the Hill Country. Media contact: Katherine Voss at…
  • Nancy Birdwell, head of Scott & White Healthcare Foundation, retires

    Scott Clark
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
     Alfred Knight, MD, named as interim CEO – TEMPLE, Texas (April 14, 2014) – Nancy Birdwell, who has led the philanthropic and development efforts at Scott & White Healthcare for the past 12 years, will retire June 1, 2014.  Birdwell, who serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation, has been instrumental in increasing annual contributions to the Foundation fifteen fold and in doubling its endowment. “Nancy has brought tremendous success to the Foundation by elevating all aspects of our philanthropic efforts, from…
  • Scott & White – Cedar Park West Clinic First in Central Texas to Offer Computerized ADHD Testing

    Katherine Voss
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Innovative tool helps with diagnosis/tracking in both children and adults Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood condition characterized by more than normal difficulty with focus, behavior control, impulsivity and hyperactivity. It affects nine percent of children younger than 18 and about approximately four percent of American adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with the condition as girls but after adolescence, males and females are diagnosed in equal numbers. Some kids grow out of it,…
  • April 7, 2014 1 pm update on Fort Hood shooting victims

    Katherine Voss
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    1:00 pm CST UPDATE: April 7, 2014:  We currently have three patients who continue to receive care at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. All three patients are listed in fair condition and are continuing to improve. All three are expected to remain in the hospital for the next several days. Unless warranted, there will not be any additional updates on patients until tomorrow. Please follow us on Twitter: @swhealthcare
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 7 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    As promised on Tuesday, today, on Freedom Friday, I am wrapping up sharing the video series, "Questions of Influence", NewsChannel5 ran concerning the questionable dealings of the Haslam Administration. Part 7 is basically a summary of the first 6 parts, but it does add some new information, too. The video for Part 7 is embedded below, or can be watched by clicking here.Below today's video, I review what we've learned.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather NewsChannel5 brought out the following in this investigative report :The state's motor pool was turned over to Enterprise Rental Car…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 6 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Today, we're into the stretch run of the video series detailing the questionable dealings of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's Administration. Part 6 is about five-and-a-half minutes long and can be summarized with one simple question - "What's the big secret?"I plan to wrap the series up on Friday. So, don't miss it. Segment 6 is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather Source - www.NewsChannel5.com investigative report titled "Questions of Influence".Related articlesThe Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide -…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 5 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    "Unfair advantage"? Competiveness? Bids?We don't need no stinking competitive bids! Fuhgeddaboutit.Today is Part 5 in the series about the dealings of The Haslam Administration. The video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather Source - NewsChannel5.com's investigative report titled "Questions of Influence".Related articlesThe Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 4 of 7 (thesecondchancesheepdog.blogspot.com)The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 3…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 4 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Today's video segment is Part 4 of NewsChannel5's investigative report, "Questions of Influence", about the questionable wheelings and dealings of Bill Haslam's Adminstration. I plan to run Part 5 later in the week and wrap the series up next week.The interesting thing about this segment is that, like in Part 3, I find myself once again agreeing with someone, Steve Gill, that I'm not a fan of. When he says that if a Democrat was in the governor's office with this sort of stuff going on, the Republicans would "be pitching a hissy fit," he's absolutely right. They would. So why are they…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 3 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Today is Part 3 of the video series on the "dealings" of the administration of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, and the series starts picking up some steam. The segment shared today is just under six minutes and will likely get your blood pressure up a bit.Normally, there is very little that I agree with Democratic Tennessee State Representatives Sherry Jones and Mike Turner about. However, this is one of those times. Rep. Jones nailed it on the head when she referred to these real estate dealings as "conflicts of interest."Part 3's video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking…
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    Alter Inspire

  • The Facts of Inequality

    John Driscoll
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Once in a while, an economist comes along who puts out a disarmingly simple concept that seems to cut through the miasma of misinformation that is cable news. Once such person may be Thomas Piketty, a French economist  whose “Capital in the Twenty-first Century” looks at income equality in a striking way. His big thesis?  The reason so many people live so poorly is that G.D.P. growth (which impacts wages) has flagged while the rate of return on capital (things like dividends, capital gains) has soared. John Cassidy , the terrific writer at the New Yorker, has done a good job of…
  • Bad News for Jobs Due to ObamaCare? Take the Long View.

    John Driscoll
    12 Feb 2014 | 10:52 am
    So, it’s been a rough January — a second month of anemic job creation, a new CBO report saying that ObamaCare could cost 250,000 jobs and continuing blasts of arctic froideur that have shut down even the redoubtable Alter Group offices for days. This is when perspective matters: Cassidy Turley takes a 6-month long view in the US Employment Tracker to find good news: Taking this approach, the U.S. economy is creating a monthly average of 178,000 net new jobs, consumer spending is growing at an annual rate of 3.1% and the ISM manufacturing index has been a robust 60.6.” Also,…
  • The Consolidation Wave in Healthcare

    John Driscoll
    4 Feb 2014 | 10:48 am
    Remember the Telecommunications Act of 1996? This was one of the signature pieces of legislation by the Clinton administration. The 1996 Act was intended to transition our communications laws and regulations from the era of natural monopoly to an era of market competition by eliminating barriers to entry at the local level. At the signing ceremony, former President Clinton put it this way: “This revolution has been held back by outdated laws, designed for a time when there was one phone company, three TV networks, no such thing as a personal computer. Today, with the stroke of a pen, our…
  • Dr. Ari Robicsek on Big Data & Healthcare

    Tom Silva
    14 Aug 2013 | 11:23 am
    Big Data have become ubiquitous buzz words for the aggregation of information in data sets and the use of algorithms to define patterns. Overall, the growth of the sector is being driven by the trend towards backing up data in the proverbial cloud, online shopping (which grew 14% between 2011 and 2012 to $42.3b in sales), and all the time we spend posting content on social media. McKinsey & Company predicts a 40 percent growth annually in the data being generated. American healthcare providers currently have $300 billion invested in data, including GPS and mobile apps. With the adoption…
  • Primary Care Gets a Break

    Donna Jarmusz
    30 Jul 2013 | 11:29 am
    There’s no question that primary-care physicians have long been spurned by the fee-for-service model that doesn’t recognize or reimburse fully the time spent with patients. Well, internists had a pretty good summer. Firstly , the CMS “proposed creating new evaluation-and-management codes for non face-to-face activities relating to the coordination of care for patients with two or more chronic conditions”.  And, now a bipartisan draft bill from the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee extends that to care coordination between multiple physicians and other…
 
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    Schwartz MSL

  • Survey Implementation for Client Content Creation

    Brittany Boyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    At MSLGROUP, our mission as public relations professionals is to be our client’s most trusted advisor. Anytime a client wants to implement any type of new campaign or media outreach initiative, they look to us to give them the most valuable and honest advice on how to amplify their brand messages. One PR technique we […]
  • Big Data Takes Big Steps into Healthcare – Part I

    Thea Lavin
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The big data analytics market swelled to $18.6 billion in 2013 – a whopping 58 percent growth from the previous year.[i] And this data behemoth isn’t standing still. Its economic foot print will grow to $50 billion by 2017.[ii] Dollar signs that big means there is an unfathomable amount of data to be analyzed. And […]
  • The Wearable Wheel: Visualizing Wearable Tech

    Mark McClennan
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    The Wearable Wheel is a visual map of the wearable technology landscape. Innovation and investment in wearable technology is exploding. At CES 2014 and SxSW, wearables were one of the hottest topics for discussion. At MSLGROUP we have the pleasure of working with some of the most innovative wearable companies. We firmly believe wearable technology […]
  • What’s Up With ICD-10?

    Thea Lavin
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Do you recognize the name H.R. 4302? If you work in any part of the healthcare industry, you should. It is arguably this year’s biggest piece of healthcare legislation to date. Sailing through the Senate on March 31, 2014 with a 64-35 vote, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (or H.R. 4302) postpones several regulations […]
  • MSLGROUP Challenge Day – A year later, on the other side

    Chelsea Robie
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Editor’s Note: The Summer Insiders Challenge is MSLGROUP’s Summer internship program. Out of the large pool of applicants, a small number of students are invited to attend “Challenge Day”, which is a full day of interviews, presentations…and yes, challenges. Not only is the event an opportunity for the next generation of PR talent to showcase […]
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    About.com Assisted Living

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Patients Have Better Outcomes Industry Sponsored Study Claims

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Can dedicated rehabilitation hospitals reduce readmissions more effectively than nursing homes? This sponsored study suggests yes. What do you think? A study released at a meeting of the March meeting of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) shows that patients treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units had better long-term clinical outcomes than those treated in nursing homes....Read Full Post
  • The staff experience: employees have human needs too!

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here is an excerpt from my recent Hospital Impact blog. In essence, healthcare must heal itself before it can heal others. This month's blog post extends from both my January and February posts. In January, I shared how short-sighted financial decisions hurt patient experience. In February, I discussed my new role as primary caregiver to my mom, suggesting that instead of focusing on patient experience, we should look at the human experience....Read Full Post
  • Quality Indicators No Good If Staff Does Not Understand Them

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A survey in the Journal of Research in Nursing shows that most nursing home staff do not fully understand the meaning and value of MDS 3.0. A survey was used to measure clinical leadership's perceptions of staff understanding of the minimum data set (MDS) quality indicators (QIs) and ways to improve staff understanding of this system, as well as specific perceived training needs among Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) nursing home care unit (NHCU) clinical leadership....Read Full Post
  • 22 Percent of Medicare Beneficiaries Experienced Adverse Events During SNF Stays

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    More of this will happen if SNFs don't get their act together. The Office of the Inspector General conducted a series of studies from 2008-2012 about hospital adverse events, defined as harm resulting from medical care. This work included a Congressionally mandated study to determine a national incidence rate for adverse events in hospitals. They continued that work by evaluating post-acute care provided in skilled nursing facilities (SNF). SNF care is second only to hospital care among inpatient costs to Medicare. What they found - almost one on four people experience an adverse effect…
  • Significant Gap in Healthcare Workers Predicted

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    We need a lot more people getting interested in our elders. The U.S. is unprepared to meet the current and future workforce needs for its older adult population, according to a set of state-specific issue briefs released by the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA). The Alliance, a coalition of 30 national organizations committed to strengthen the workforce trained to care for older adults, cited data from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Administration on Community Living showing the amount of federal funding going to each state to help develop a competent geriatrics…
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    World of DTC Marketing.com

  • DTC Marketing: Time to show business people the door?

    Richard Meyer
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    POST SUMMARY: If DTC marketers focus more on patient needs and wants instead of the “science of marketing” than direct to consumer marketing will be a lot more effective argues this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pharma social media: forget ROI, focus on patients

    Richard Meyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    POST SUMMARY: While the pressure on pharma companies to maintain profit margins is high the industry needs a better focus on patients as consumers of healthcare.  Part of this focus should be using... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • GE Healthcare Uses social media for Parkinson’s disease

    Richard Meyer
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    POST SUMMARY: GE Healthcare is using Google+ to reach patients, caregivers and physicians to increase awareness of the challenges of Parkinson’s disease.  They have included some experts and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why a prescription medication can cost $1000 per pill

    Richard Meyer
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    POST SUMMARY: What is a “fair price” for a medication and who should decide the cost to our healthcare system?  Drug prices are once again coming under scrutiny even though they only... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The good people within pharma

    Richard Meyer
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    POST SUMMARY: My post last week on the Actos judgement generated quite a lot of debate over at LinkedIn.  While most agreed with my take on the judgement there were of course the people who believe... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    redbirdonline.com

  • Wanted: Online Marketing Specialist

    cvincent
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Redbird Communications is looking for an experienced online specialist to plan, implement, and analyze digital marketing strategies for our clients and the agency itself.
  • How to use infographics to raise awareness for health promotion campaigns

    jmulvey
    3 Feb 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Over the past few years, we’ve created infographics to support health promotion campaigns including awareness for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Today, we want to share a few of the tactics we’ve learned. You’ll also learn some advanced techniques for promoting your infographic to make sure that it travels far and wide online. We’ve broken it down into the three stages of creating an infographic: gathering the data, designing your story, and promotion. 
  • Redbird is ‘Climate Smart’!

    lrichard
    19 Dec 2013 | 2:10 pm
    We’re happy to report that Redbird is now certified as a Climate Smart Business, following an eight-month program to track, report and analyze our greenhouse gas emissions related to business operations. During that time, Redbird participated in three workshops and worked with Climate Smart business leaders to i) measure our emissions since 2011, ii) reduce our emissions, and iii) leverage that information into an emissions reduction plan which will form part of the Redbird Corporate Sustainability Plan.
  • Learn how leading non-profits demonstrate the impact and ROI of their programs

    jmulvey
    9 Dec 2013 | 1:23 pm
    We are collecting responses and best practices from non-profit leaders about how they measure and demonstrate the impact / ROI of their programs. All participants will recieve a special report with best practices and insights gained from leading non-profits, public health organizations, and social enterprises from accross North America. If you'd like a copy of the report, please respond by December 15th, 2013.  Your donors and stakeholders want you to quantify the exact ROI of their investment in awareness campaigns and program delivery.
  • REDBIRD’S ‘ALULA’ SITE

    lrichard
    5 Nov 2013 | 3:45 pm
    Redbird Communications has developed a proprietary networking application called ‘Alula’.  An alula site is whatever the user wants or needs it to be but at the core it is akin to a completely secure Facebook site customizable for any organization or cause.
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    FierceHealthPayer News

  • Medicare Part D linked to fewer hospital visits, lower costs

    Dori Zweig
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Prescription drug insurance for seniors will reduce the use of and spending on nonpharmacy medical services, researchers at the University of Illinois and the Johns Hopkins University found when comparing national records from before and after Medicare Part D kicked in 2006.read more
  • Insurers offer grocery coupons for healthier members

    Alicia Caramenico
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Insurers are taking a page out of the Sunday paper, sending grocery coupons to consumers to encourage healthy eating, CNBC reported.read more
  • It's final: Exchange enrollment has closed

    Dina Overland
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:16 pm
    After several deadline delays, enrollment for the federal health insurance exchange officially closed as of midnight Tuesday.read more
  • Uninsured drops three-fold in ACA-friendly states

    Dina Overland
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:13 pm
    States expanding Medicaid while also operating their own health insurance exchanges experienced a larger drop in the uninsured rate compared to states that ignored these Affordable Care Act measures, a new Gallup poll shows.read more
  • Price transparency should start with insurers

    Dina Overland
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Insurers, providers and some of their lobbying groups have issued new recommendations that give payers a leading role in advancing price transparency in healthcare. read more
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • The Hidden Liability That Could Bite Your Physicians Hard

    Ecoughlin
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Few practice managers are aware that their retirement plan could hold one of the largest personal financial risks in their practice. To understand why, you need to learn the term “fiduciary.” A fiduciary is someone in a special position of trust on whom others rely. On a qualified retirement plan like a 401(k), 403(b) or cash balance plan, fiduciaries are those involved in decisions on the plan, including the plan trustees, committee members and usually the CEO, CFO and head of H.R. As practice manager, you may also be a fiduciary. One fiduciary is always named in the plan document,…
  • Barbara Phillips – Nurse Practitioner Business Coach

    Ecoughlin
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Barbara Phillips is a business coach and consultant to nurse practitioners who want to start their own medical practice business. We will ask her how the Nurse Practitioner medical practice industry is faring under the new healthcare laws and regulations and what the future looks like for advanced practice clinicians. Please visit NPBusiness.org for more information.    
  • The Drive of Medical Scribes

    Ecoughlin
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    There is a lot of talk about medical scribes lately, but besides the unprecedented quotes by physicians, what is the driving force behind this mystic industry? It essentially is what the un-assisted physician has to deal with daily in their practice to keep their head above water. It’s a plethora of new government mandates for physicians and hospitals. Most of these mandates are coming in the form of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) beginning on Jan. 1. But the ACA is not alone; some other laws were supposed to take effect, the Two Midnight Rule governing the definition of an inpatient…
  • Scribe America CEO on Medical Scribe Programs

    Ecoughlin
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Dr. Michael Murphy, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Scribe America, LLC is an expert in scribe policy, emergency department throughput,  electronic medical record implementation and optimization of  provider-to-patient ratios. He  joins us to discuss Medical Scribe programs as it relates to EHR systems and medical practice management.    
  • ICD-10 Pushed Back But Perfect Storm Still Brewing for Independent Practices

    Ecoughlin
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:06 am
    Last week while speaking for MOROF , I explained the meaning of the Perfect Storm.  Meteorologists use the term“perfect storm” and dictionaries describe it “as an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically”.  It is the combination of circumstances that I was talking about in last week’s article that make up the conditions that lead up to a potential financially-depressed event facing independent practices today and in the near future.  Although no one is ever aiming to become a casualty of a…
 
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    Georgia Health News

  • 2 insurers picked for university health plan

    Andy Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    The contract for state employees and teachers has dominated the discussion of Georgia health benefits this year, because of widespread complaints that erupted over choice of plans and out-of-pocket costs. But almost drowned out by that uproar is another state health contract with a big impact for employees and the insurance industry. The Board of Regents this week approved two insurers to deliver medical services in 2015 to University System of Georgia employees. The two winners currently hold University System contracts. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has been selected as a statewide…
  • Risks of popular anxiety drugs

    NPR
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Xanax and Valium, prescribed to treat anxiety, can be deadly when mixed with other sedatives. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Georgia exchange applications hit 220,000

    Andy Miller
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday. Ralph Hudgens Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people. “Many Georgians completed the application process by the deadline, but have yet to pay for the coverage,” Hudgens said in a statement Wednesday. March 31 was the official deadline for individuals to get insurance coverage or face a…
  • Camp with a special focus gives comfort and fun to grieving children

    Andrew Lowndes
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    Camp MAGIK provides grieving children with professional counseling and fun activities Weekend sleepover camps for children can be about more than crafts and canoeing. During the past two decades, Rene McClatchey has helped hundreds of  grieving youngsters recover from devastating losses. Every year, McClatchey, an assistant professor of social work at Kennesaw State University, runs three weekend-long sessions called Camp “MAGIK,” an acronym for “Mainly About Grief In Kids.” Registration is open now for this year’s first camp, which takes place April 25-27 in Cartersville.
  • When is it time to change doctors?

    WebMD
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Physicians are usually surprised when a patient requests to see another doctor. By WebMD for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
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  • ObamaCare in the Granite State

    John Goodman
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The only exchange option afforded to consumers comes from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a unit of WellPoint. The insurer built a narrow network that lowered premiums by 25% or 30% while still complying with ObamaCare’s other mandates… …Of the 26 in-state acute care hospitals, 10 were booted from Anthem’s network (not counting emergency services). Even the state capital of Concord was shut out, and the coverage gaps are wider because so many primary care and specialist practices are now owned by health systems. The Granite State didn’t lack for insurers before.
  • Are We Winning the War Against Diabetes?

    John R. Graham
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Federal researchers on Wednesday reported the first broad national picture of progress against some of the most devastating complications of diabetes, which affects millions of Americans, finding that rates of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and amputations fell sharply over the past two decades. The biggest declines were in the rates of heart attacks and deaths from high blood sugar, which dropped by more than 60 percent from 1990 to 2010… Beyond the declines in the rates of heart attacks and deaths from high blood sugar, the study found that the rates of strokes and lower extremity…
  • Why We Spend So Much on Drugs

    John Goodman
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    The editors at Bloomberg explain: Here’s how the system works: When a doctor administers a drug in his or her office, Medicare pays 106 percent of its average selling price. The doctor keeps the extra as compensation for administering the injection. What has this got to do with eye doctors? The drug Lucentis, used to treat macular degeneration, cost Medicare almost $2,000 a shot in 2012. Another drug, Avastin, which works just as well, costs about $50. If you were the doctor, faced with a system that pays you 6 percent of the drug’s cost, which would you choose? That Medicare…
  • Tax Preparers Earned Bounties to Sign People Up For ObamaCare

    John R. Graham
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    ObamaCare’s open enrollment was supposed to close on March 31. Then it was extended to April 15 — Tax Day. The Administration chose that date for a deliberate purpose: Tax preparers were paid to enroll people in ObamaCare. The Administration has a number of ways to pay people who are not licensed insurance agents or brokers to recruit ObamaCare applicants. A self-employed tax preparer of my acquaintance told me that his tax-preparation software vendor offered him $50 “per scalp” that he enrolled in ObamaCare. (Here’s the vendor’s website offering…
  • Twofer: Ryan’s Medicare Plan Saves Taxpayers $20 Billion and Reduces Seniors’ Premiums

    John R. Graham
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Paul Ryan keeps making his Medicare reform proposal more politically palatable, while still saving money all around: Ryan’s plan has gone through several versions, but all of them have been based on the old bipartisan idea of “premium support.” The idea was that instead of paying for senior citizens’ medical services directly, the federal government would help them purchase private coverage plans. The CBO still projects savings for the federal government — $15 billion — but it shows that beneficiaries will pay less, too. (Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View)
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  • Six Nursing Careers for Working Moms

    Doug Donald
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Many assume that the demands of a nursing career are too high for those who also want to enjoy raising children.  As the need for healthcare workers continues to expand, however, so do the options for working moms in the nursing profession. Here's six examples. Ambulatory Care Nursing Outpatient nursing offers the convenience of working mostly days with no weekends or holidays. These professionals typically serve in a community clinic or doctor’s office and have usually worked for in-patient units. Experience with triage, patient history and record keeping is mandatory for…
  • 7 Steps To Get Started As An Acupuncturist

    Doug Donald
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:03 am
      ↵ Contributor: Arvind Kumar Public demand coupled with changes in healthcare may increase demand for acupuncture, leading to increased employment opportunities for licensed professionals. An increasing number of insurance companies offer coverage for acupuncture, and even the U.S. Army is looking for acupuncturists. Here are seven steps to get started as an acupuncturist: Assess your skills — Do you have fine, hand-eye coordination and steady hands? Are you a good communicator who genuinely enjoys helping others? Work on your demeanor — An acupuncturist’s…
  • 7 Things All Doctors Should Do Before Signing a Contract

    Stephanie Rollheiser
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    At CompHealth, we have the opportunity to work with a lot of great young doctors. After years of medical school and residency—and mounds of student debt—we find that most of them can’t wait to land that first job and start making money. There’s just one problem. Though their schooling has prepared them to work with all kinds of patients and in all types of medical settings, most doctors are not as comfortable dealing with contracts and negotiation. Here are a few things doctors should be aware of before signing on the dotted line. Don’t glide over things you…
  • Latino Healthcare Enrollment on ACA, Malcolm Gladwell on Healthcare, Abandons from your Website ...

    Kristianna Berger
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Good morning on another Monday! Today we'll take a look at efforts by the Administration to increase Latino enrollment in the Afforadable Care Act, Malcolm Gladwell on healthcare and why patients are leaving your hospital website. Enjoy!  NPR: Obama Pitches Health Care Law To Latinos In Bid To Boost Enrollment March 6, 2014 - Getting Latinos to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is seen as critical to the law's success. The Latino population is disproportionately uninsured and relatively young, but enrollment hasn't been going well. This, in part,…
  • 5 Essential Tactics For Behavioral Interview Questions

    Doug Donald
    7 Mar 2014 | 8:38 am
    Interviewers like behavioral interview questions, because they can trigger revealing, candid answers. Most begin, “Tell me about a time when you …” If you’re good at storytelling, you’ve got a leg up on the competition. Employers are trying to get at certain competencies when asking a behavioral interview question. Many of them relate to communication skills. Here are some others: Problem solving skills Expertise related to the position Teamwork skills Leadership aptitude Before you interview think about your most successful work experiences and write them down.
 
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  • 3 ways to build patient loyalty

    Chad Fleming
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Patients who are loyal will always return to your office for their regular exams instead of going elsewhere. Loyal patients will refer their friends and co-workers in need of eye care to your office. Loyal patients are key to a successful optometry practice. Loyalty cannot be purchased, it must be earned by connecting with patients beyond the exam room interaction and going above and beyond their expectations. Here are 3 ways to build loyalty in an optometry practice. Call patients – Calling patients on the phone is difficult for me. I would rather craft an email or send a short text,…
  • The #1 way to increase your production by $80,000 this year

    Chad Fleming
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Most business owners want to grow their businesses, and optometry practice owners are no exception. However, growing the bottom line in today’s economic climate is tough. Many optometrists are forced to sign with insurance companies that have negotiated rates that are 60 percent less than usual and customary fees, which means the reimbursement for that $100 exam will only be $40. Other optometrists feel pressured to offer discounts on glasses and contact lenses to keep up with online competitors. The optometrist who is also a savvy investor will look for ways to minimize marketing…
  • How to protect yourself in an optometry employment lawsuit

    Chad Fleming
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Letting go of an employee may be one of the hardest confrontations that a CEO of an optometry office will face. Telling someone that he or she no longer has a job is difficult, and the smaller the office, the closer the acquaintance and the harder it is. Along with this unpleasant task come other not-always-pleasant tasks, like going through the hiring process to replace the employee, and explaining to patients that a certain employee is no longer with the office. Although terminating an employee is difficult, if a staff member is not meeting expectations it may be one of the best decisions…
  • What all buyers and sellers of optometry practices need to know

    Chad Fleming
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    All sellers want to get top dollar for their optometry practice, but many of them are not.  One reason they are not getting 65 percent of gross or higher is because they have not taken the time to remove all their personal expenses from the income statement. Owners of optometry practices can take advantage of many tax benefits. For example, many owners take family vacations during the week of Optometry’s Meeting, which allows them to write off the trip as continuing education, but also enjoy time with family. If the owner is not planning on selling the business in the near future this…
  • 3 reasons your appointment template should not specify type of appointment

    Chad Fleming
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Let’s face it. We optometrists who have been practicing for a while like our comfort zones and tend to resist something new. However, electronic health records and the Affordable Care Act are changing how we do business, and we would be wise to pay attention to the ramifications. In the past, optometrists depended upon the comprehensive eye exam to be the main source of revenue generation. Appointment schedule templates reflected this by allowing for a good number of these every day. Appointments for other care, like a red eye evaluation or a contact lens evaluation–while…
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  • Medicare hospice payment reform: not seeing eye to eye

    Alex Smith
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:48 pm
    By: Alex Smith @alexsmithMDEye-popping numbers from the headlines of the New York Times today - 2% of doctors bill for one quarter of all Medicare payments.  At the top of the 2% is a Florida ophthalmologist who billed Medicare for $21 million in a single year.So what does this have to do with hospice payment reform, you ask?  Those 2% of doctors billed Medicare 14 billion dollars in 2012 for their services (note this doesn't include the cost of medications, but may include the costs of administering medications, like…
  • #Geriatrics and #Palliative Care Consults via #Twitter!

    Alex Smith
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    by: @AlexSmithMDHere at GeriPal, we have really tried to push the envelope with the use of social media in geriatrics and palliative care.  We're announcing here that we have taken things to a whole new level with our recent pilot study of geriatrics and palliative care consults via twitter.Here we publish our first ever geriatrics consult via twitter.  We have anonymized the identity of the caregiver and patient to protect confidentiality.Notice how using twitter leverages the strengths of twitter: namely, organizing the creativity and expertise of the whole twitter community…
  • 3 Blogs Waiting to be Started: PediPal, PalliTech, and GeriPal EM

    Alex Smith
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Every once and a while Eric and I are contacted by people hoping to start a blog.  Sometime people follow through and start a new blog.  One terrific example is GeriTech, a blog about technology to improve care of older adults, started by Leslie Kernisan, MD.  See her recent post about the need for a good blood pressure monitoring app.Here are 3 blogs that are just waiting for the right dedicated people to get started.  Some of these are ideas that have been talked about but haven't taken off yet.  Maybe you, dear reader, will be the one to get one of these blogs…
  • New treatments for hep C: aging patients, unconscionable prices, missing voices

    Alex Smith
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Promotional video by Gilead pharmaceuticals, makers of a new drug, urging people to talk to their doctor about treatments"We have a cure we cannot afford" - so said Dr. Steve Pearson at yesterday's meeting of the California Technology Assessment Forum, or CTAF.  I was a first time panelist.  See this story in the Washington Post about the meeting.New treatments for hepatitis C are pretty amazing.  Old treatments included injections that made people pretty sick (basically like having the flu for months) and were about a coin flip as far as effectiveness.  New treatments may…
  • Join the GeriPal & Pallimed party at the AAHPM/HPNA/SWHPN 2014 Annual Assembly

    Eric Widera
    10 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    The 8th annual GeriPal / Pallimed party is back on for this year's AAHPM/HPNA/SWHPN 2014 Annual Assembly.   We are going to do a similar progressive party as we did at the 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans.  What does this mean? Basically we will start off at the Field Irish Pub at 9pm on Thursday March 13, and as the evening progresses we will be moving to different locations.  The only way to find out where we are is to use social media and follow on of the GeriPal/Pallimed feeds, or the #HPMparty hashtag. Date: Thursday, March 13th.  Start time 9pm.  End time…
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  • More needed to prevent hospital infection, says watchdog

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
  • Bowel cancer screening warning

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:33 am
    The uptake of the bowel cancer screenings among the eligible 60- to 74-year-old group is currently at a national level of 58%, which is lower than both cervical and breast cancer screenings (79% and 72% respectively). 

The charity, Beating Bowel Cancer, urged more people to come forward and for Public Health England to make it a priority to increase these numbers.One of the suggested reasons for ...
  • Early help could help teens with mental health issues

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Mental health problems are distressing. Up to 850,000 children and young people in the UK had a diagnosed mental health problem, and many more go undiagnosed.A new Australian study, followed a group of teenagers for 16 years, to see how likely problems are to persist into adulthood.

 1,943 teenagers were randomly selected from schools across Victoria, Australia. They were assessed every six months for three ...
  • GP opening hours to benefit 'seven million patients'

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    The prime minister announced in October that £50m would be made available to GP services to operate outside normal hours and by methods including phone, email and Skype. The high levels of interest in the original plans saw the scheme extended and, instead of benefiting half a million patients, the pot will go towards helping a figure closer to seven million.
Mr Cameron also announced plans to improve care s...
  • Watchdog claims out-of-hours GP care 'diabolical'

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    The care provided by GPs outside of normal hours in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan is ‘diabolical’ according to a patient watchdog.The comments are based on the waiting times of patients to be assessed over the phone and seen by medical staff. It also said that this has resulted in an increased burden on the local A&E. 

The Cardiff and Vale board serves a population of 472,000 and receives ...
 
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  • Contrasting Neurologists – The Ridiculous to the Sublime

    Michael A. Weiss
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:04 pm
    When stricken with a challenging medical condition, most people seeking the opinion of a referred-to medical specialist, such as a Neurologist, assume each will reach the same conclusions, conduct the same exams, and apply the same thoroughness and attention to detail in treating the patient with dignity, compassion and respect. Au contraire, as my recent experience proves with respect to Consultations with Two (2) Neurologists my Mom and I recently interacted with to treat my Mom’s condition of “Left Homonymous Hermianopsia” (“LHH”) which was correctly diagnosed by a…
  • Adjusting to Ostomy through physicality of playing Hockey

    Michael A. Weiss
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:48 pm
      April 4, 2014 I recently had the privilege to conduct a Video Interview with the soon-to-be-announced winner of the 2014 “IBD Heroes Award,” Mr. Andrew Berlack.  This Award is being funded by my Non-Profit Foundation, “Crohn’s Disease Warrior Patrol,” [The "CDWP"] because we want to highlight POSITIVE stories about people with Crohn’s, Colitis and any other Inflammatory Bowel Disease to provide much-needed INSPIRATION living with IBD requires on a daily, hourly and often minute-by-minute basis.  There will be more 2014 IBD Heroes because we want it to be dynamic so that…
  • 4 Tips for Helping You Cope with Breast Cancer

    Michael A. Weiss
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:38 am
    This guest blog on breast cancer help was written by ShareCancerSupport.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women facing breast and ovarian cancer. For more information, visit their website. A breast cancer diagnosis can be scary, and it rightfully should be. If you or someone you know just got this heartbreaking news, you may be wondering how you will go on, and what to do from here. Cancer and its correlating treatments can bring about both emotional and physical changes, and here are a few ways to help you cope with these changes and the thoughts, feelings and emotions…
  • My 1984-1985 “Diagnostic Journey” to Crohn’s Disease

    Michael A. Weiss
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:28 am
              Due to various painful ramifications of my recent successful Hip Replacement Surgery, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”  Mark Twain  Mind, Body & Spirit vs. Damn the Torpedoes In my most recent Blog Entry I described the “Diagnostic Journey” as the necessary undertaking patients must initiate to make sense of their serious, abnormal, debilitating and unrelenting medical symptoms and doggedly pursue the proper diagnosis and successfully treatment pursuant to some CPT or HCPCS insurance…
  • Autoimmune & Rare Disease “Diagnosis Journey”

    Michael A. Weiss
    15 Mar 2014 | 7:48 pm
    It starts with a Primary Care Physician Based on the structure of the Healthcare System in the United States, for example, patients experiencing abnormal or unusual symptoms usually start their quest for a diagnosis with their “1st level” primary care physician to initiate various “baseline” diagnostic tests and to hopefully obtain medical advice as to their next move which they hope brings them closer to the correct diagnosis.  But quickly diagnosing even the most common autoimmune illnesses such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (“IBD”) (with Crohn’s Disease being an IBD),…
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  • Six Nursing Careers for Working Moms

    Doug Donald
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Many assume that the demands of a nursing career are too high for those who also want to enjoy raising children.  As the need for healthcare workers continues to expand, however, so do the options for working moms in the nursing profession. Here's six examples. Ambulatory Care Nursing Outpatient nursing offers the convenience of working mostly days with no weekends or holidays. These professionals typically serve in a community clinic or doctor’s office and have usually worked for in-patient units. Experience with triage, patient history and record keeping is mandatory for…
  • 7 Steps To Get Started As An Acupuncturist

    Doug Donald
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:03 am
      ↵ Contributor: Arvind Kumar Public demand coupled with changes in healthcare may increase demand for acupuncture, leading to increased employment opportunities for licensed professionals. An increasing number of insurance companies offer coverage for acupuncture, and even the U.S. Army is looking for acupuncturists. Here are seven steps to get started as an acupuncturist: Assess your skills — Do you have fine, hand-eye coordination and steady hands? Are you a good communicator who genuinely enjoys helping others? Work on your demeanor — An acupuncturist’s…
  • 7 Things All Doctors Should Do Before Signing a Contract

    Stephanie Rollheiser
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    At CompHealth, we have the opportunity to work with a lot of great young doctors. After years of medical school and residency—and mounds of student debt—we find that most of them can’t wait to land that first job and start making money. There’s just one problem. Though their schooling has prepared them to work with all kinds of patients and in all types of medical settings, most doctors are not as comfortable dealing with contracts and negotiation. Here are a few things doctors should be aware of before signing on the dotted line. Don’t glide over things you…
  • Latino Healthcare Enrollment on ACA, Malcolm Gladwell on Healthcare, Abandons from your Website ...

    Kristianna Berger
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Good morning on another Monday! Today we'll take a look at efforts by the Administration to increase Latino enrollment in the Afforadable Care Act, Malcolm Gladwell on healthcare and why patients are leaving your hospital website. Enjoy!  NPR: Obama Pitches Health Care Law To Latinos In Bid To Boost Enrollment March 6, 2014 - Getting Latinos to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is seen as critical to the law's success. The Latino population is disproportionately uninsured and relatively young, but enrollment hasn't been going well. This, in part,…
  • 5 Essential Tactics For Behavioral Interview Questions

    Doug Donald
    7 Mar 2014 | 8:38 am
    Interviewers like behavioral interview questions, because they can trigger revealing, candid answers. Most begin, “Tell me about a time when you …” If you’re good at storytelling, you’ve got a leg up on the competition. Employers are trying to get at certain competencies when asking a behavioral interview question. Many of them relate to communication skills. Here are some others: Problem solving skills Expertise related to the position Teamwork skills Leadership aptitude Before you interview think about your most successful work experiences and write them down.
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  • How about this obnoxious germ alarm as a reminder for workers to wash their hands?

    Deanna Pogorelc
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Safeguard, Procter & Gamble’s largest global personal care brand, has created a seriously loud handwashing reminder in a bid to keep people using public bathrooms from spreading so many germs. It’s a soap dispenser rigged with an alarm. Pressure sensors placed on doors connect back to the dispenser/alarm, and when someone tries to open the door without having used the soap dispenser, the alarm is triggered. It stops when someone pushes the button on the dispenser. Safeguard launched the system last fall in several fast food restaurants and schools in the Philippines.
  • Hear That Rumble? It’s Called Direct Primary Care & It’s Gaining Momentum

    Kerry Guard
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    1 in 10 Practice Owners are Planning a Transition to Concierge Medicine As physicians experience more friction with insurance companies and unreasonable patient loads in order to meet their financial goals, more doctors say they are ready to leave the traditional healthcare system in favor of cash-only or concierge-based practices most commonly referred to as direct primary care. A survey of 14,000 physicians found that 1 in 10 practice owners are planning to transition from traditional to concierge practices in the next 1-3 years. The Rise of Direct Primary Care (and other terms) Also…
  • Mobile health apps from EHR to diabetes picked as Webby award honorees

    Stephanie Baum
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    As part of the annual Webby Awards this year,  11 mobile health apps were chosen as honorees. They include behavioral health apps from the Veteran’s Administration, a diabetes app from GlaxoSmithKline and a personal health-record organizing tool for families. My Wellness Journal is a personal health record app for iOS networks developed by Project Tiki. It organizes family health information, including medical history, medications, vaccinations, family history and procedures. It also integrates calendars and contacts and helps users take images and store information. PingMD is a…
  • Wikipedia seen as useful tool to predict flu outbreaks, researchers find

    Stephanie Baum
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The tradition of predicting flu and tracking disease outbreaks has tended to fall exclusively on the shoulders of the Centers for Disease Control. Healthcare entrepreneurs have sought to supplement that info by using big data generated from social media channels such as Twitter to make assessments earlier. A new study by a couple of researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital identifies another website which could be used for this task: Wikipedia. Influenza is attributed to up to 500,000 deaths each year globally, with up to 3,500 in the U.S. alone. Researchers David J. McIver and John…
  • Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

    JAKE PEARSON
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders. Experts say the findings, published this week in The Journal of Adolescent Health, could lead to better training for correction officers on how to deal with the possible symptoms of such trauma, which include problems with impulse control and decision-making. "You need to train the correction…
 
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  • Paying for plasma – Canada’s double standard?

    Meera Dalal, Christopher Doig & Andreas Laupacis
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Sandra Duvlock was 58 when she was diagnosed with dermatomyositis. The gradual inflammation of her muscles had gotten to the point where she was unable to walk, clean or feed herself. When this relatively rare disease was diagnosed, Duvlock was prescribed intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatment and long-term physical rehabilitation. IVIG is a blood product that uses plasma proteins to boost the immune system of patients like Duvlock. Plasma is the liquid component of blood that holds red blood cells in suspension. At 66, Duvlock’s dermatomyositis is finally under control and she is…
  • What is the TAVI minimally-invasive heart surgery procedure?

    Paul Taylor
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis in a heart valve. I am now having more symptoms, such as chest pains and shortness of breath. I’ve heard about a minimally-invasive procedure called TAVI. How does it compare to heart surgery to replace the valve. Answer: The TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation) procedure is currently being performed on only those patients who are not…
  • How far along are we in making hospitals more ‘senior friendly’?

    Karen Born, Verna Yiu & Mike Tierney
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Being hospitalized can have dramatic impacts on seniors’ wellness, and time spent in hospital contributes to loss of important functions such as strength and mobility – critical to their independence and wellbeing. Camilla Wong, a geriatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto says “hospitalization robs us of the things that are really important for older people.” A tale of two patients Margaret Young, who is 85 years old, was admitted to a general medicine unit at a downtown Toronto teaching hospital for ‘failure to thrive’. A geriatrician assessed her and diagnosed…
  • Breast cancer: how long does it take to get results after a lumpectomy?

    Paul Taylor
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Personal Health Navigator is available to all Canadian patients. Questions about your doctor, hospital or how to navigate the health care system can be sent to AskPaul@Sunnybrook.ca Question: I had a breast lumpectomy at an Ontario hospital on March 7th. My follow-up appointment was on March 25th. At that appointment, the surgeon told me I have two breast tumours and one is invasive. I took the pathology report home and noticed that it was written on March 13th. If it only took six days to analyze the lump and write the report, diagnosing cancer, why did it take another 12 days after…
  • Stubbornly high rates of health care worker injury

    Karen Born, Mike Tierney & Gord Winkel
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ann Smith starting working as a bedside nurse on an Edmonton general medical unit  in 2012, three years after graduating with her nursing degree. She was working a night shift when she entered the room of an elderly patient who had called for help to get to the washroom. The patient had very limited use of her lower limbs and felt like a deadweight in Smith’s’ arms. “The unit was busy, as always, and unfortunately there wasn’t anyone immediately present to help me.” Smith felt a twist in her back from the awkward lifting and moving of this patient, but continued her…
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  • Reports of ACA demise: greatly exaggerated

    Harold Pollack
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
      Will health reform still be a ‘BFD’ in 2014? Previous editions of Curbside Consult Like this?Follow us for more. Follow @EyeOnInsurance       EDITOR’S NOTE: Healthinsurance.org’s Curbside Consult is a periodic informal dialogue with medical and health policy experts about pressing issues of the day. For this edition, I Skyped with Dr. Jonathan Gruber, who is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of the health care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also the most famous…
  • Obamacare: Irreplaceable, irrepealable

    Wendell Potter
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
      2014: A very good year for health coverage The elephant in the room March ACA enrollment madness? Like this?Follow us for more. Follow @EyeOnInsurance       The Obama administration and supporters of the Affordable Care Act were able to breath a sign of relief when the health plan numbers came in this week. The original goal of getting 7 million Americans signed up for coverage on the newly created exchanges not only was met but exceeded. I’m willing to go out on a limb and predict that the number of people moving into the ranks of the insured will continue to go…
  • Health Wonk Review for March 27, 2014

    Steve Anderson
    30 Mar 2014 | 1:19 pm
      Read back editions of Health Wonk Review. Read this week’s HWR edition. Like this?Follow us for more. Follow @EyeOnInsurance       Sorry this is a little late – and a little shorter than usual. But it’s still Sunday, and we know many of our readers are still surfing around for some of the best health policy blogging on the Web. If you’re one of those health policy diehards, definitely head over to the Health Affairs Blog, and check out Chris Fleming’s “March Madness Edition” of Health Wonk Review. No, it’s not (thankfully) more…
  • March ACA enrollment madness?

    Wendell Potter
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:59 pm
      ‘I don’t need health insurance!’ Just how bad are junk health policies? Help paying for insurance? Not interested. Like this?Follow us for more. Follow @EyeOnInsurance       We’re now in the single digits in our countdown to the end of being able to buy health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, but that doesn’t mean that those exchanges are the only way to sign up for coverage before March 31. In fact, millions of Americans have been enrolling “off exchange” since last fall and will continue to be able to do so until the end…
  • Flushing away $10,000 to ‘just say No’

    Louise Norris
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:18 pm
      ‘I don’t need health insurance!’ Just how bad are junk health policies? Help paying for insurance? Not interested. Like this?Follow us for more. Follow @EyeOnInsurance       My husband and I own a health insurance brokerage, and in the early days of open enrollment, we worked with a couple from a small town in eastern Colorado. They were both in their early 60s, and their income was right around $60,000, making them eligible for a subsidy of roughly $830 a month. That’s great news, right? Except to them, it wasn’t. Their position was that…
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    Home Health Care News

  • Philips Lifeline Launches New Home Health Solution

    Alyssa Gerace
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    In early April, Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) launched a new solution that expands access to its existing medical alert service, Lifeline. HomeSafe Wireless System enables seniors without a home phone line to still utilize Lifeline. More than a quarter of U.S. households do not have landlines, concurrent with increasing usage of cellular phones, according to Census Bureau data.  The new HomeSafe system was introduced to address this shift and leverages a wireless communicator that connects users to Philips’ 24-hour emergency response center.  The wireless system encompasses the standard…
  • ViaQuest Acquires Home Health and Hospice Operations to Drive Presence, Growth

    Elizabeth Ecker
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    An Ohio health services company is ramping up its home care and hospice presence with the acquisition of Indiana-based operations this week. It will target new growth through partnerships with local communities and long term care providers.  ViaQuest, based in Dublin, Ohio, announced it has acquired the Indiana operations of TriStar Home Health and Hospice—a division of Trilogy Health Services based in Louisville Kentucky. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  Among the acquired operations, TriStar’s Indiana operations known as Vibrant Home Health Care serve 22 Indiana counties,…
  • Senior Living Nonprofit Boosts Home Care Channel with Merger

    Jason Oliva
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Lutheran Life Villages, a faith-based provider of retirement living services of Fort Wayne, Indiana, said Wednesday that it will merge its home care division with a company specializing in dementia care services. The merger with Birchwood Inc. will further strengthen Lutheran Life Villages’ service offerings in Northeast Indiana, the company stated on its website.  “We are honored and extremely thankful to the Birchwood board of directors for entrusting Lutheran Life Villages to continue to expand the services offered at Birchwood,” stated Alex Keifer, president and CEO of…
  • CMS Readies Fingerprint Background Checks for Home Health Providers

    Jason Oliva
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will finally begin to implement its long-heralded fingerprint-based background checks for home health providers. As part of enhanced enrollment screening provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act, CMS announced it is beginning to phase in the implementation of fingerprinting background checks—an initiative three years in the making.  The federal overseeing of the Medicare and Medicaid programs hopes to use fingerprinting to detect “bad actors” attempting to enroll in the Medicare program as well as to remove those…
  • Miami Home Health Fraud Scheme Nets 10 Arrests

    Elizabeth Ecker
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The owner of a former Miami home health agency as well as nine additional participants have been indicted for their roles in a Medicare fraud scheme that allegedly bilked the federal government out of $12.5 million.  The defendants, including former owner of Marcialed and Sacred Health, Vicente Diaz, were indicted on 59 counts from health care fraud to wire fraud and conspiracy to pay and receive bribes and kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program.  Diaz faces additional charges for his part in controlling the home health agencies through which the fraud was conducted. …
 
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  • How to Use #Hashtags to Increase Your Online Presence [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Jonathan Govette
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    Why are #Hashtags important? Here is a great infographic detailing why tweets with hashtags get more engagement. Need some examples of healthcare hashtags? Read our 2 articles below: Top 30 Healthcare Twitter Hashtags to use while Tweeting  How to Use Twitter for Healthcare Effectively (4 Tips) Click image to increase size  Image courtesy of www.quicksprout.com The post How to Use #Hashtags to Increase Your Online Presence [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on referralMD | Medical, Dental Physician Referral Network.
  • The Painful Reality of the ICD-10 Delay

    Fred Pennic
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Congress is on the verge of delaying healthcare’s new diagnosis code system for another year — a relief to doctors, but a pain for CIOs.  If the implementation of ICD-10 diagnosis codes is delayed by an act of Congress, as seems likely, doctors may be spared a headache — but healthcare CIOs will gain one. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid had set forth a firm October 1 deadline for the implementation of a new and vastly expanded system of diagnosis and insurance billing codes, a transition that has been in the works since the 1990s and had been pushed back repeatedly.
  • How to Reduce Patient Referral Leakage and Increase Revenue [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Jonathan Govette
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Patient referrals are an integral revenue generator for every hospital, clinic and caregiver.  Yet most facilities require the patient to hand-deliver referrals and do not adequate track the originating provider of said referral.  This leads to many issues including reduced coordination of care, loss of revenue, and a poor patient experience. So why is this happening? 1. Excessive Specialization Options Over the last 40 years, specialties and sub-specialties for doctors have dramatically increased from 11 in 1970 to over 145 in 2014.   Primary care providers have to spend more time…
  • The Top 50 Google+ Tips that will Make you an Expert

    Jonathan Govette
    16 Mar 2014 | 8:34 am
    Wanted to say thanks for +Rick Eliason for putting these tips together.  It will take  you a while to get through them all but the concepts will help your practice excel both online and with your patients. 50 Google+ Tips 1. Create A Killer Hovercard: goo.gl/ifDhJW 2. Sharing to Circles vs. Publicly: goo.gl/1qr0YO 3. Google+ Communities: goo.gl/NC21Ly 4. Share Your G+ Posts on Other SM : goo.gl/QeefiD 5. Report Issues With G+ or Suggest Ideas: goo.gl/FywX2c 6. Create A “Save For Later” Circle: goo.gl/PmBRWf 7. Add A Large Image To Your Post: goo.gl/lVr3yj 8. The…
  • Top 5 Tools for Health Administrators

    Jonathan Govette
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    From complex electronic health record systems to mobile health applications, technological innovation and adoption have proved especially challenging – even downright polarizing – for the health care industry. But this is all changing due to requirements set forth in the federal Health Information Technology (HITECH) Act and the Affordable Care Act. There is also increased pressure to lower the rising cost of health care while improving quality. Entrepreneurs and technology companies are focusing on providing tech tools that can satisfy regulations, lower costs and improve the…
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    The Doctor's Tablet

  • Vegetative States and PET Scans: Is More Information Better?

    Ruth Macklin, Ph.D.
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    One typically thinks of advances in medical science and technology as having unalloyed benefits. The ability to cure illness, the mitigation of pain and the possibility of making diagnoses that are more accurate are some of the uncontroversial results of medical progress. Yet as a new study of vegetative states demonstrates, such advances can raise [...]
  • Why Hepatitis C Is Vastly Underreported

    Kristina R. Chacko, M.D.
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) continues to be the number one cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer and the primary indicator for liver transplantation in the United States, yet it remains vastly underdiagnosed. More than three million people in the U.S. are infected. Guidelines support widespread screening for HCV, and excellent treatments are now available. So [...]
  • Just the Fats: What’s New? What’s Old?

    Keith-Thomas Ayoob, ED.D.
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    With the Mediterranean diet all the rage, not only because consumers like its tasty composition but because of research touting its health benefits, experts have had to become more specific about recommendations for fats. There’s a steady drumbeat these days—from everyone from chefs to food writers to health gurus—criticizing nutritionists and the “diet police,” who, [...]
  • E-cigarettes: Is Liquid Nicotine Safe?

    Ruth Macklin, Ph.D.
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    The debate over e-cigarettes has been heating up. Are the smokeless, battery-powered, nicotine-dispensing devices a gateway to smoking for young people or a helpful way for smokers to quit? Public health experts can be found on both sides of the debate. An article in the New York Times on February 22 cited two leading figures, [...]
  • Perspective on CDC Autism Findings

    Lisa Shulman, M.D.
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on increasing autism prevalence has created concern among parents, headlines in the media and enough questions to warrant additional exploration. The findings from 2010 data show that autism now affects 1 in 68 children, up 30 percent from the last analysis, released two years ago, [...]
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  • Improved Training Is Key to Better Outcomes for Robotic Surgery

    hollyberkley
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The data is in! A new study demonstrates that surgeons who followed its training protocol on a simulator perform at a much higher level than those who use the more traditional means of training for the da Vinci robot. (Photo: Florida Hospital Nicholson Center) The following article written by Sarah Sherwood was published on OBGYN.Net da Vinci training is taking on new meaning. For those who prefer using the robot over traditional laparoscopic surgery, the news over the past year has been less than positive. Unreported adverse effects, the cost of the robot, and doubts about surgical skill…
  • SOLD OUT! Robotic Surgery Hands-on-training courses at ESU/ERUS 2014

    hollyberkley
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    This year’s 29th Annual EAU Conference will be held in Stockholm. The European School of Urology (ESU) and the EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) are offering intensive hands-on training courses during the annual meeting in Stockholm this Sunday, April 13 and Monday, April 14. These will be the 3rd courses MimicMED has developed in conjunction with EAU. Courses are limited to 6 participants and allow hands-on training using Mimic’s dV-Trainer, the robotic surgery simulator for the da Vinci Si Surgical System, and  serve as an introductory level course. Mimic’s proprietary MSim™…
  • Opportunity for RN First Assistants to Experience new Simulation-based Training at 2014 AORN Surgical Conference & Expo

    hollyberkley
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Now, for the first time, RNFAs can use simulation training to develop skills specific to their role in robotic surgery. By Todd Larson, RN, BSN, MSIT, CNOR andDirector of MimicMED Many RNFAs have undergone training that focuses on hand eye coordination and psychomotor skills in a lab setting using dry lab models and being subjectively evaluated. This is commonplace not only in advanced practice nursing, but in medicine as well. The Halstedian Apprenticeship model (see one, do one, teach one) has long been the model for training surgeons. It is no surprise that institutions that facilitate…
  • Mimic Joins Dr. Vipul Patel at the 2014 Celebration of Life Gala in Support of Prostate Cancer Research

    hollyberkley
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The International Prostate Cancer Foundation Board Mimic Technologies was proud to join Dr. Vipul Patel and The International Prostate Cancer Foundation during the annual Celebration of Life Gala benefiting the International Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Florida Hospital Prostate Cancer Program. Dr. Vip Patel, a recognized leader in the field of robotic prostate- cancer treatment. Dr. Vipul Patel’s dream of creating a prostate cancer foundation to promote research, educate men and encourage prostate screening was realized this year at the inaugural International Prostate Cancer…
  • Opportunity for Surgeons to Improve their Robotic Surgery Skills at the Upcoming World Symposium on Endometriosis

    hollyberkley
    28 Feb 2014 | 11:37 am
    Dr. Ceana Nezhat, M.D., is a recognized world leader in the field of minimally invasive surgery and Symposium Chair of the 2nd World Symposium on Endometriosis The 2nd World Symposium on Endometriosis: Endometriosis, Cancer, and Fertility is happening March 27-29, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s theme: “Fertility Sparing Technology from Molecules to Robotics,” focuses on the latest research and treatment strategies in the fields of endometriosis and oncofertility. The event promises three days of innovative, cutting-edge presentations, live surgeries, and open discussions as…
 
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    Oregon Clinic Center for Aesthetic Medicine

  • CO2 Laser Resurfacing

    Deb Beers
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Have you ever retouched a photo? Do you remember how easy it was to erase the imperfections and fine lines? That is what CO2 laser resurfacing can do for your skin; resurface and smooth your skin so that make-up, serums and moisturizers can glide on smoothly and effortlessly. There are other treatments you can do to get smooth skin, but for the time and money involved, there is nothing like having it done in one fell swoop with the fractionated CO2 laser. This treatment works very well for not only face, but neck, décolletage, and hands. Face it: as we get older we want our skin to age as…
  • Commit to a skincare regimen

    Deb Beers
    8 Jul 2013 | 1:50 pm
    Commitment issues? Yeah well me too…but that’s another story. What about committing to a regular skincare regimen? That is one commitment that if you stick to it, you will see positive results in about a month’s time. Our skin is essentially a barrier keeping out pathogens and external forces while keeping in the good stuff; think blood, lymph and our vital internal organs. Without it our health and well being would be seriously compromised. Throughout our life, we will expose our skin to environmental forces such as wind, sun, heat, and cold as well as internal forces such as stress,…
  • Follow the “Rules of Sun” to Save Your Skin

    Dr. Mansouri
    6 Jun 2013 | 8:59 am
    A friend of mine who is careful with her health was recently in Hawai’i but burned herself playing in the sun with her kids. She told me, “I wore SPF 30 the entire time! What did I do wrong?” Her glowing (red-hot glowing) skin reminded me that it is time for a sun safety primer. The sun has two types of damaging radiation: UVA and UVB.  UVA is responsible for tanning, wrinkling, and photoaging, but also increases your risk of skin cancer and melanoma.  UVB is a key player for development of sunburns, skin cancer, and to a lesser degree, wrinkling. Sunscreens work to chemically absorb…
  • Correct the gummy smile with botulinum toxin

    Dr. Ghaheri
    9 Mar 2013 | 5:57 am
    Many people are unhappy with the position of their upper lip when they smile. In some patients who have overactivity of certain muscles, the upper lip overelevates when they smile and shows excessive gums (the “gummy smile”). There are two separate muscles (adjacent to each other) that are responsible for this overelevation of the lip: the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi and the alar nasalis muscles. The elevation tends to be symmetric although occasionally, one side elevates more than the other. In my opinion, the levator is the more dominant of the two muscles for this…
  • Rhinoplasty or Nasal Surgery in Portland

    Bradley VanDyke
    2 Feb 2013 | 2:17 pm
    According to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the single most important feature in mammals is symmetry.  Facial symmetry is said to be one of the traits that impacts a person’s judgment of how aesthetically appealing a potential partner is.   A person’s nose can help or hinder facial symmetry.  Thankfully for individuals who are unhappy with the symmetry of their nose, there is rhinoplasty or nasal surgery. Individuals who elect to have nasal surgery do it for a variety of good reasons.  Some people may be uncomfortable with the shape of their nose (size,…
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Choosing Wisely Campaign Protects Its Own

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    We’ve been champions of the Choosing Wisely campaign, an initiative by several medical specialties to call out procedures they advise doctors and patients to view with skepticism. But now it looks like there's a big "Not in My Back Yard" problem with the program. Last year, for example, our blog “Orthopedic Treatments You Should Reject” outlined five treatments the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons said appeared to have little worth. So it’s disappointing to realize, as a story by KaiserHealthNews and the Chicago Tribune recounted last week, that some of the largest medical…
  • Another Careless Promotion of C-Sections

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    No matter how hard medical experts and other promoters of good, safe health care try, it seems, there are always loud voices chiming in from the fringes of ignorance to offset their message. A few weeks ago, in a blog about obstetricians recommending that women not be rushed into induced labor and also calling for fewer cesarean sections, we revisited the dangers of unnecessary C-sections, and noted that nearly 1 in 3 U.S. women give birth via C-section. But when Dan Murphy, second baseman for the New York Mets, missed the first two days of the Major League Baseball season, he was berated,…
  • Suggested Reading: Coming to Grips with End-of-Life Decisions

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Sometimes, we read an article that’s important, moving and, we hope, illuminating, but too long to summarize fairly in a blog post. Last year, one such story, written by Charles Ornstein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning health journalist, was published by ProPublica.org, a nonprofit investigative news site. It perfectly captures the emotional turmoil involved in making end-of-life decisions for someone else — in this case, his mother. Even though Ornstein is an expert consumer when it comes to health care, he wasn’t prepared for the complex reality of his family’s situation. You must be…
  • Miscommunicating the Science of Mammography

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    The more we discover about cancer screenings, it seems, the less clarity there is about who should have them, when and what to do about the results. Mammography is one of the more common footballs being kicked around in the best-practice screening arena, and we’ve regularly covered the news about this imaging test. So has Gary Schwitzer on HealthNewsReview.org, whose recent post reviews the difficulty many media have in reporting results of mammography studies that are accurate, nuanced and provide the context people need to make informed decisions about what’s best for them. This time,…
  • Who Pays the High Costs of Medicines? Check This Out

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:48 pm
    In a fascinating set of letters to editor in the New York Times, responding to an article about six-figure prices for some drugs for those with chronic diseases like diabetics, this caught my eye, from reader Ed Schmith: Last year, according to my calculations, these four [manufacturers], with a total of about $100 billion in sales, had nearly $22 billion in after-tax profits (21.9 percent). By comparison, in a highly competitive industry, Campbell Soup’s net profit was 8.4 percent, and we can choose whether or not to buy its products, a choice not available to those with Type 1 diabetes.
 
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    Carenovate Magazine

  • AHHQI Teams Up With Carenovate Magazine, Medication Management Education for Home Health

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    On April 22nd, Carenovate Magazine will cohost the popular tweetchat #HomeHealthchat cordinated by the Alliance for Home Health Quality & Innovation (AHHQI). The “Healthy At Home” monthly Twitter chat intends to bring together various stakeholders in the home health policy community, including home health associations, providers and caregivers, patients and clinicians. … Continue reading The post AHHQI Teams Up With Carenovate Magazine, Medication Management Education for Home Health appeared first on Carenovate Magazine.
  • What Can I Do With All The Unused, Expired Medications in My Medicine Cabinet?

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Do you have your medicine cabinet filled with expired medications, over the counter (OTC) drugs or medicines you no longer have any use for? Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show … Continue reading The post What Can I Do With All The Unused, Expired Medications in My Medicine Cabinet? appeared first on Carenovate Magazine.
  • Be Prepared. Caregiving in African American Families

    admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    About 65.7 million Americans provide care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged. According to AARP’s Public Policy Institute, they provide unpaid care which would otherwise cost $450 billion. Caregiving can impact families with financial hardship, emotional stress and job-related strain. A recent AARP survey of voters age 50 … Continue reading The post Be Prepared. Caregiving in African American Families appeared first on Carenovate Magazine.
  • Spring Issue – Brain Health, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, TBI, Gele Tea & More

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Spring Issue of CareNovate Magazine is LIVE! Inside Issue #3, Gele Tea raises awareness of Alzheimer’s disease & dementia in minority groups, Traumatic brain injury IQ – what every parent, caregiver must know, Learn more about Hospital Wrist Band Project for hospitalized dementia patients, Autism numbers continues to increase, Impact80 … Continue reading The post Spring Issue – Brain Health, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, TBI, Gele Tea & More appeared first on Carenovate Magazine.
  • Six Tips For Caring For Your Aging, Elderly Loved Ones

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:16 pm
    One of the most important parts of our lives is caring for elderly parents. Children have a responsibility to look after those wonderful individuals who gave them the gift of life. However, there are many aspects of caring for elderly parents that can be stressful for both parents and their … Continue reading The post Six Tips For Caring For Your Aging, Elderly Loved Ones appeared first on Carenovate Magazine.
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  • AHHQI Teams Up With Carenovate Magazine, Medication Management Education for Home Health

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    On April 22nd, Carenovate Magazine will cohost the popular tweetchat #HomeHealthchat cordinated by the Alliance for Home Health Quality & Innovation (AHHQI). The “Healthy At Home” monthly Twitter chat intends to bring together various stakeholders in the home health policy community, including home health associations, providers and caregivers, patients and clinicians. … Continue reading The post AHHQI Teams Up With Carenovate Magazine, Medication Management Education for Home Health appeared first on Carenovate Magazine.
  • What Can I Do With All The Unused, Expired Medications in My Medicine Cabinet?

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Do you have your medicine cabinet filled with expired medications, over the counter (OTC) drugs or medicines you no longer have any use for? Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show … Continue reading The post What Can I Do With All The Unused, Expired Medications in My Medicine Cabinet? appeared first on Carenovate Magazine.
  • Be Prepared. Caregiving in African American Families

    admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    About 65.7 million Americans provide care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged. According to AARP’s Public Policy Institute, they provide unpaid care which would otherwise cost $450 billion. Caregiving can impact families with financial hardship, emotional stress and job-related strain. A recent AARP survey of voters age 50 … Continue reading The post Be Prepared. Caregiving in African American Families appeared first on Carenovate Magazine.
  • Spring Issue – Brain Health, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, TBI, Gele Tea & More

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Spring Issue of CareNovate Magazine is LIVE! Inside Issue #3, Gele Tea raises awareness of Alzheimer’s disease & dementia in minority groups, Traumatic brain injury IQ – what every parent, caregiver must know, Learn more about Hospital Wrist Band Project for hospitalized dementia patients, Autism numbers continues to increase, Impact80 … Continue reading The post Spring Issue – Brain Health, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, TBI, Gele Tea & More appeared first on Carenovate Magazine.
  • Six Tips For Caring For Your Aging, Elderly Loved Ones

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:16 pm
    One of the most important parts of our lives is caring for elderly parents. Children have a responsibility to look after those wonderful individuals who gave them the gift of life. However, there are many aspects of caring for elderly parents that can be stressful for both parents and their … Continue reading The post Six Tips For Caring For Your Aging, Elderly Loved Ones appeared first on Carenovate Magazine.
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • Vitamin D: Are You Deficient?

    Dr. Weil
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Vitamin D deficiency is common in the developed world, and according to at least one study, people with very pale skin are most likely to be seriously deficient. Researchers at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom took the vitamin D levels of about 1,200 people. They found that 730 had lower than optimal levels, and those with fair skin had significantly lower levels. The possible reason? People with very fair skin tend to avoid the sun because they burn easily, making it difficult for their bodies to make sufficient "D" from sun exposure. This suggests that if you have fair skin and…
  • How Do You Use Cinnamon? (Poll)

    Dr. Weil
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    A recent Q&A discussed cinnamon potentially posing a health risk: What's Wrong with Cinnamon? Check out the article and let us know how you typically use cinnamon.   How do you use cinnamon?
  • 5 Ways To Get More Aerobic Exercise

    Dr. Weil
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    If you have made aerobic exercise part of your workout routine - congratulations! Walking, running, cycling and other continuous forms of aerobic activity are vital to the health of your heart and overall well-being. But if you find this type of exercise overwhelming or not enjoyable, there are some steps that can help you get back on track. Use these suggestions for making aerobic exercise an ongoing, safe and rewarding part of your life: 1. Any aerobic exercise is better than no aerobic exercise. Even a few minutes on a regular basis can be healthful, but if you want to experience all the…
  • Cinnamon - Spices in the Kitchen (Video)

    Dr. Weil
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    The health benefits of cinnamon are numerous, and it is well known as an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agent. The therapeutic powers of cinnamon come from its essential oils, which have been researched for their anti-clotting effects on blood platelets. Cinnamon has also been studied for blood sugar control; it appears to slow the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, which evens out blood sugar highs and lows. Want new videos from Dr. Weil? Subscribe to his YouTube channel for weekly videos!
  • Dr. Weil Recommends: The Healthiest Carb

    Dr. Weil
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Carbohydrates are an essential part of a balanced, healthful diet. Instead of simply shunning carbs in your efforts to maintain a healthy weight, learn to make the right choices. Start by avoiding the more-refined carbohydrates, which rapidly convert into blood sugar, causing corresponding rises and falls in insulin levels, which can lead to overeating, weight gain and insulin resistance. Examples of refined carbohydrates include foods made principally of flour and sugar, sweetened (and particularly low-fat) dairy products, most snack foods and baked goods, and soft drinks. The latter is…
 
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    MedicareWire

  • Medicare Doc Fraud or Something Else?

    David Bynon
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    The headline news today is awash with stories about the release of Medicare data from 2012 detailing payments to doctors around the nation: “Small Slice of Doctors Account for Big Chunk of Medicare Costs.” — The Wall Street Journal “Release of Medicare doctor payments shows some huge payouts.” – Los Angeles Times “Sliver of Medicare Doctors […]
  • Medicare Home Health Population is Older, Poorer, Sicker and Mostly Women and Minorities

    David Bynon
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    New analyses completed by Avalere Health and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates released by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare find that the majority of Medicare home health beneficiaries and caregivers, both skilled and informal, are women and that Medicare home health beneficiaries are among the most vulnerable of all Medicare beneficiaries. The newly-released data show […]
  • Value Base Health Care Shows Little Signs Of Success

    David Bynon
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    According to a new RAND Corporation report, after ten years of experimentation with reforms that give health providers financial incentives to improve performance, relatively little is known about how to best execute such strategies or judge their success.  Value-based health care payments are the mechanism the Obama administration is counting on to reduce Medicare spending […]
  • What To Do About Dry Mouth

    David Bynon
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Xerostomia, more commonly called dry mouth, is the sensation of not having enough saliva in the mouth to be comfortable. Most of us get dry mouth from time to time, but when it becomes chronic, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist or doctor to have it checked. It’s not a problem to […]
  • Fun Everyday Memory Boosters

    David Bynon
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our brain is without a doubt the most amazing of all human organs.  It controls our entire central nervous system.  Although studied through modern medicine for decades, there is still much to be learned about how the brain functions, and the causes of diseases like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia that affect memory. As complex […]
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  • Top 10 Home Remedies for Hangover

    jessy
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:46 pm
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Having a hangover can make one feel not so good. This is why it is good to have some treatments for them on hand. There are a lot of awesome home remedies that can help to make a hangover better. The following is a list of some of them that are available for use. 1. Bananas Bananas can be one of your very best friends when you have a hangover. This is because when you are drunk, your body is subject to losing potassium, and this is because you are constantly urinating. Bananas can help to…
  • How to Get Rid of Morning Sickness: 13 Ways

    jessy
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Pregnancy should be an amazing and memorable time for every woman. Unfortunately for some, this wonderful time can be spoiled by morning sickness, typically during the first trimester. While it is called morning sickness, it can occur at any time of the day. It can be very debilitating. The good news is that there are home remedies that are safe for you and your baby that will make the first trimester a little more bearable. 13 Ways to Get Rid of Morning Sickness #1-Vitamin B-6 Supplements…
  • How to Get Rid Of Gas Pains: 18 Ways

    jessy
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. When gas doesn’t properly pass through the body by belching or by flatulence, then it will build up in the stomach and intestines, causing bloating. Bloating cause gas pain, which can be mild or intense. The gas within the body is made of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, sulfur, hydrogen, and sometimes methane. The bad odor of gas is caused by harmful bacteria that lies in the large intestine and the in the colon tract. The main causes of gas build up is inaccurate swallowing of air or…
  • How to Get Rid Of a Hangover: 13 Ways

    jessy
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Most people, at sometime in their life, have suffered from a hangover. While they were drinking, they were having fun and they felt good, but the next day reality sets in as they sat there feeling nauseated with a pounding headache. At this point as they sit there holding their head in their hands, telling themselves that they are not going to do this again, they are wondering how to get rid of a hangover so they can feel better. While nursing your hangover you may find yourself wondering how…
  • How to Get Rid Of a Bad Cough Using Home Remedies

    jessy
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    You are reading this post from ihomeremedy.net. Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. An occasionally brief cough can be caused by daily air we breathe such as cold air, fumes, dust, or simply eating. However a persistent cough is generally the result of mucus or other irritant secretions from a cold, asthma, bronchitis, the flu, the virus or tuberculosis. By keeping the throat lubricated with plenty of fluids, relieves a persistently bad cough. Granted, coughing is our body’s way of clearing out airway irritants, but a bad cough can be caused by varying reasons. Home…
 
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

  • Improved Training Is Key to Better Outcomes for Robotic Surgery

    hollyberkley
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The data is in! A new study demonstrates that surgeons who followed its training protocol on a simulator perform at a much higher level than those who use the more traditional means of training for the da Vinci robot. (Photo: Florida Hospital Nicholson Center) The following article written by Sarah Sherwood was published on OBGYN.Net da Vinci training is taking on new meaning. For those who prefer using the robot over traditional laparoscopic surgery, the news over the past year has been less than positive. Unreported adverse effects, the cost of the robot, and doubts about surgical skill…
  • SOLD OUT! Robotic Surgery Hands-on-training courses at ESU/ERUS 2014

    hollyberkley
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    This year’s 29th Annual EAU Conference will be held in Stockholm. The European School of Urology (ESU) and the EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) are offering intensive hands-on training courses during the annual meeting in Stockholm this Sunday, April 13 and Monday, April 14. These will be the 3rd courses MimicMED has developed in conjunction with EAU. Courses are limited to 6 participants and allow hands-on training using Mimic’s dV-Trainer, the robotic surgery simulator for the da Vinci Si Surgical System, and  serve as an introductory level course. Mimic’s proprietary MSim™…
  • Opportunity for RN First Assistants to Experience new Simulation-based Training at 2014 AORN Surgical Conference & Expo

    hollyberkley
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Now, for the first time, RNFAs can use simulation training to develop skills specific to their role in robotic surgery. By Todd Larson, RN, BSN, MSIT, CNOR andDirector of MimicMED Many RNFAs have undergone training that focuses on hand eye coordination and psychomotor skills in a lab setting using dry lab models and being subjectively evaluated. This is commonplace not only in advanced practice nursing, but in medicine as well. The Halstedian Apprenticeship model (see one, do one, teach one) has long been the model for training surgeons. It is no surprise that institutions that facilitate…
  • Mimic Joins Dr. Vipul Patel at the 2014 Celebration of Life Gala in Support of Prostate Cancer Research

    hollyberkley
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The International Prostate Cancer Foundation Board Mimic Technologies was proud to join Dr. Vipul Patel and The International Prostate Cancer Foundation during the annual Celebration of Life Gala benefiting the International Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Florida Hospital Prostate Cancer Program. Dr. Vip Patel, a recognized leader in the field of robotic prostate- cancer treatment. Dr. Vipul Patel’s dream of creating a prostate cancer foundation to promote research, educate men and encourage prostate screening was realized this year at the inaugural International Prostate Cancer…
  • Opportunity for Surgeons to Improve their Robotic Surgery Skills at the Upcoming World Symposium on Endometriosis

    hollyberkley
    28 Feb 2014 | 11:37 am
    Dr. Ceana Nezhat, M.D., is a recognized world leader in the field of minimally invasive surgery and Symposium Chair of the 2nd World Symposium on Endometriosis The 2nd World Symposium on Endometriosis: Endometriosis, Cancer, and Fertility is happening March 27-29, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s theme: “Fertility Sparing Technology from Molecules to Robotics,” focuses on the latest research and treatment strategies in the fields of endometriosis and oncofertility. The event promises three days of innovative, cutting-edge presentations, live surgeries, and open discussions as…
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • Health Events in Maine April 21 to May 5

    dianeatwood
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Monday April 21 Stress relief group Community Partners space 56 North Street Portland, ME Monday April 21 2:30 to 3:30 Join board-certified music therapist Kate Beever for an hour of relaxation, discussion, and joy based in music (no musical experience necessary). Go home with simple tools for your own stress relief. Only $12 a session, […]
  • How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

    dianeatwood
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Rita, who is 79 years old, has congestive heart failure, a chronic health condition that lands many people in the hospital or nursing home. Telemedicine has allowed her to closely monitor important vital signs and stay in her own home. According to the CDC, approximately 5.1 million people in the United States have congestive heart failure. […]
  • A taste of the Mediterranean: Chicken with white beans

    dianeatwood
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    This recipe is not one I would ordinarily make, but now that I have, I would definitely do it again. It was easy to prepare and ready to serve in no time. I thought it was delicious. It calls for a can of chopped green chilies, but I’m sure you could substitute with fresh and […]
  • When should you be concerned about heartburn?

    dianeatwood
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    If you were to ask me if I ever have heartburn, a week ago I would have answered no. It turns out I was quite wrong. I had an endoscopy last week — Dr. Doug Howell, my gastroenterologist, threaded a scope with a camera on the end of it through my mouth, down my esophagus and […]
  • Why won’t my aging parents let me help them?

    dianeatwood
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    By Kate Fallon, a licensed clinical professional counselor at Ageless Journeys. She also teaches the Savvy Caregiver program at Southern Maine Agency on Aging. Have you had moments of frustration, wanting to help your aging parents in some way only to find they refuse you? It can be very frustrating to meet with resistance. You likely […]
 
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    Healthcare Solutions Team

  • The BIG Summit

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is coming under renewed attack as some of the nation’s leading conservatives gather for a New Hampshire summit thick with presidential implications. Several potential Republican White House contenders — among them Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — headline a conference Saturday in Manchester, N.H., hosted by the conservative groups Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity. Scheduled speakers also include real estate mogul Donald Trump, former House Speaker Newt…
  • Are You Educated on Obamacare?

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to explain the Obama administration’s latest decision to extend a key Obamacare deadline by saying people just “are not educated on how to use the Internet.”  The explanation, which glossed over the myriad technical problems HealthCare.gov had for weeks after its October launch, came as the administration faced Republican criticism for a late-breaking decision to extend a looming deadline for some. Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act federal exchanges is set to end March 31, but the Department of Health and Human Services will…
  • Healthcare.gov Goes Down On Last Day

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:19 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s health care website stumbled on deadline day for new sign-ups. Visitors to HealthCare.gov on Monday morning saw messages that the site was down for maintenance. At times the visitors were also directed to a virtual waiting room — a feature designed to ease the strain on the site during periods of heavy use. The site was working again at 8 a.m., according to CNBC. Administration spokesman Aaron Albright said the website undergoes “regular nightly maintenance” during off-peak hours and that period was extended because of a…
  • FOUR NEW MYSTERIES IN THE OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT NUMBERS

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:34 am
    The White House is heralding the news that 2.2 million people have signed up through state and federal health care marketplaces as evidence that Obamacare, which started as a disaster, is finally working. On Monday, Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that December alone accounted for 1.8 million new enrollees. In December, seven times more people enrolled through the federal exchange, and adults aged 18 to 34 signed up at eight times the rate they did in the first two months of the law. “Americans are finding quality affordable coverage in the Marketplace, and best of…
  • OBAMACARE AFTERMATH: FEWER DOCTERS, HIGHER COSTS

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Beleaguered defenders of President Obama’s healthcare law are frantic to assure Americans that at the end of the day – in spite of all the glitches and disappointments – Obamacare is good for the country. They argue that our nation’s existing healthcare system is “broken” and needs to be fixed. In a recent op-ed published in The New York Times, Charles Blow offers up several places where the U.S. falls short. He notes that the U.S. has fewer doctors per person than most OECD countries, fewer hospital beds per person and that our increase in life expectancy – nine years between…
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    menshealthwire.com

  • Zhen Gongfu

    Joshua Jerry
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:50 am
    Zhen Gongfu Overview Zhen Gongfu is a brand of male sexual supplement that appears to be sold exclusively online, mainly through e-bay. It is manufactured in China and the information for the product is obviously translated and doesn’t give a professional image. However, there are details about how the product works which is to provide the male with sexual stamina, fight fatigue and replenish semen. Zhen Gongfu is available in several different package sizes starting at pills for $4.99. A money back refund is mentioned but no details are provided as to the terms of the refund. Zhen Gongfu…
  • Vixalis

    Joshua Jerry
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Vixalis Overview The product Vixalis makes many claims, including the fact that it can result in penis growth while also increasing the male user’s sexual confidence. There is an official website for the brand and, while it is reasonably informative, it does make the product seem almost ‘too good to be true’. The website has several customer testimonials and information about the effects of the product which, in addition to the penis growth can also result in ‘monster orgasm’ and stronger erections. There is a comprehensive FAQ section for the brand and all…
  • Virility Ex

    Joshua Jerry
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Virility Ex Overview Virility Ex is a supplement that is made in the U.S.A and sold exclusively online. The web presence for the brand is professional in appearance but lacking in many areas. The official site contains some customer testimonials and information about the manufacturer, but fails to provide ingredient information which is obviously very important. Virility Ex is sold at a cost of $44.98 per bottle but consumers can get discounted prices if they purchase more than one bottle per order. In addition to the discounts they can also receive free gifts and membership to the…
  • Vikonon

    Joshua Jerry
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Vikonon Overview The product called Vikonon is manufactured by the company Savoy Laboratories and sold online from several independent retailers. There is very little information about this particular brand of male sexual supplement and unfortunately there is no official website for the product. In addition to this, the actual cost of the brand is not known although it is sold in different package sizes ranging from packs of 12 to 60. There is no apparent money back guarantee for the product and there doesn’t seem to be any free samples on offer. Vikonon Product Details Ingredients for…
  • Vigorexin

    Joshua Jerry
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Vigorexin Overview Vigorexin is a brand of male sexual supplement that is designed to make the user’s erection ‘bigger, stronger and harder’ according to the official website. The site is quite informative about the brand – there is an explanation as to how it works and several customer testimonials shown. Plus, all contact information is provided about the manufacturer and there are details of the 90 day money back guarantee. Unfortunately there are no details regarding any type of clinical studies that may have been performed on the formula although the manufacturer…
 
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    Sudhir Polisetty's General Dermatology Blog

  • AAD Speakers Address Future of Dermatology

    Sudhir Polisetty
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Hello and welcome back to my general dermatology blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I am a practicing General and Surgical Dermatologist. Recently there has been discussion about the future of dermatology and the challenges facing dermatologists because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In fact, this was the subject of many speakers at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) annual meeting plenary session.At the meeting, associate professor and vice-chair of dermatology Jack S. Resnick Jr., MD, noted that often, our specialty is behind the curve when it comes to innovation and if we do…
  • Mobile Teledermatology Shows Potential for HIV Patients

    Sudhir Polisetty
    13 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    Welcome back to my general dermatology blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I write this blog to help others stay abreast of interesting dermatology research and headlines. Today’s blog concerns a new study appearing in JAMA Dermatology about the potential to improve access to care for HIV-positive patients.Face-to-face evaluations by a board certified dermatologist is the golden standard of dermatology, so little research is available on the effectiveness of mobile teledermatology. The study’s authors note that few have investigated this format’s reliability and validity while none,…
  • Lure of Cosmetic Procedures Compounds Dermatologist Shortage

    Sudhir Polisetty
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Welcome back to my general dermatology blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I am a dermatologist with The Dermatology Center in New Albany, Indiana. This week’s blog focuses on a major story concerning the future of dermatology, a shortage of general dermatologists.As the Star Tribuneexplains, the popularity of higher paying cosmetic procedures such as Botox, lip augmentation, and chemical peels is causing many medical students to shy away from general dermatology. Minnesota has 4.3 dermatologists for every 100,000 residents and the state’s medical school only graduates five…
  • FDA Warns of Wart Removers Catching Fire

    Sudhir Polisetty
    20 Jan 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Some freeze-away wart treatments pose fire hazard.Hello again and welcome back to my dermatology blog. A recent consumer report has shown some concern about the safety of in-home wart removal products, which are proving to be quite flammable. Warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) and are very common. They are usually small and blister-like, resemble a cauliflower, and are most commonly found on the hands or feet. While they may disappear on their own, some may linger and require treatment. There are many over the counter products available that can aid in wart removal including…
  • Tips for Dry Winter Skin

    Sudhir Polisetty
    14 Jan 2014 | 9:11 am
    Welcome back to my blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and I am a dermatologist at The Dermatology Center in New Albany, Indiana. With record breaking cold temperatures and wind chills sweeping the country last week, I got a lot of questions about dry winter skin. It’s common for skin to dry out during the winter and this can lead to itching, cracking, flaking, and bleeding in certain cases. Fortunately the USNews and World Report recently shared a few tips for preventing and treating dry skin.Avoid Long, Hot ShowersOne tempting way to escape cold weather is to relax in a long, scalding hot…
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    Healthcare In India

  • Philips Healthcare Launches VISIQ Portable Ultra Sound

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Did you know that almost 26 million babies are born in India every year. That’s like adding a new Venezuela to our population every year. As most of the population is based in the rural areas, almost 60-70 % of these babies and their mothers would not have access to proper care before birth. This includes the ultra sound scans that those of us in the urban areas consider apart of the pregnancy monitoring healthcare system. These ultra sound scans are important as they help monitor the condition of the baby and the mother. They also help identify birth defects in advance. For example a…
  • How mobile apps are transforming Healthcare

    admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Today, some of the apps that you download on your mobile turn your device into a more useful gadget, from being a handy interface for paying your bills, starting your car or functioning as your house alarm. It really makes your life easy and convenient. So, do not be surprised if you can also use your mobile to help you live a healthier life. Yes, check out below the best healthy lifestyle apps which are designed to make your life simple, easy and healthy. These apps will help you take care of yourself and can be one great source of inspiration and support.   (Image Source: Forbes.com)…
  • Can social networks help us understand health behavior ? A study from Altimetrik

    admin
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:20 am
    Of late social media data is being used in lots of meaningful ways. Though the movement started as one propagated by the youth, social media has found a permanent place in the board room of businesses and in the R & D labs of many innovation centers.   Recently I read a paper by one of the research analysts at Altimetrik, where the author Namrata Mishra discusses an algorithm that can be used to analyse the social network of a local area and give an assessment of the health standards of the region. For example analyzing the text and pictures shared my members of a particular…
  • Why Tuberculosis could be treated with better diagnostics ?

    admin
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:53 pm
    In my last piece I had discussed why TB was a social issue more than a medical issue. Today I wanted to put down my thoughts on the need for better diagnostics as means to catch the disease. Often the challenge in India is wrong diagnosis. This not only affects the patients but also leads to further complications for the medical services. TB is no exception to this problem. Today many patients suffer due to ineffective diagnosis which sets the patients on the wrong path. WHO has approved tests which are very effective. But these tests are expensive. The Indian Government does test for free…
  • Why Tuberculosis in India is a social problem…..

    admin
    25 Feb 2014 | 4:09 am
    As we complete yet another year, we continue to stare at a TB epidemic in India. As I mentioned in my post last year that we have done precious little and often we seem to be distracted by newer and cooler diseases like AIDS. I was talking to one of the health workers in Karnataka and came across a very interesting insight. She told me that Tuberculosis is a social problem in India more than health. When I asked her if she was referring to the social stigma attached with the disease, she just smiled and told me that the problem goes deeper. After an hour of our discussion I understood what…
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    San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery Blog

  • TRANSFORM YOUR SILHOUETTE WITH BODY CONTOURING SURGERY

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    If you have lost a significant amount of weight or undergone multiple pregnancies, your skin may have become loose or saggy. For many people, loose skin doesn’t just “bounce back” to its original state, and the effects of weight gain and weight loss may have changed your body shape. Loose skin, stubborn fatty pockets, and stretch marks are some of the unwanted side effects of weight loss, but these issues can be corrected with body contouring procedures. The team of board-certified plastic surgeons at San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery can determine whether you are a candidate for body…
  • Introducing a New Kind of Dermal Filler: Juvéderm Voluma in San Antonio

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Get Beautiful Cheeks Instantly When it comes to dermal fillers, many of them are very similar and often used for the same purposes. You have your hyaluronic acid (HA) based fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane, and then you have calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) fillers like Radiesse. These fillers are often used for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles to restore a more youthful appearance of the face. However, a new type of filler has joined the facial filler family. What Makes Juvéderm Voluma in San Antonio Different than Other Fillers? Voluma is the newest hyaluronic filler by the…
  • Why Liposuction in San Antonio Is Not For The Lazy

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    14 Feb 2014 | 9:49 am
    Let’s get one thing straight: Liposuction in San Antonio is not a form of weight loss. There are people who consider liposuction to be a way of cheating the system; losing the fat without the diet or exercise. However, this is not at all for what the procedure is intended. Liposuction in San Antonio is not a means to maintain a lifestyle of sitting on the couch watching Netflix all day while stuffing your mouth with junk food. You don’t simply wake up one day and think, “Hmm, I think it’s time to lose some of this fat.” Those who undergo liposuction often are already living a…
  • COULD A TUMMY TUCK IN SAN ANTONIO BE RIGHT FOR YOU?

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    9 Jan 2014 | 9:45 am
    A Tummy Tuck Can Be Highly BeneficialDelio OrtegonSan Antonio, TXJan 09, 2014Could a Tummy Tuck In San Antonio Be Right for You by Delio Ortegon If you’ve ever considered a tummy tuck, you’re not alone. In 2012, surgeons nationwide performed more than 155,000 tummy tucks, making it the third most requested plastic surgery procedure in the United States, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). A tummy tuck, also referred to as abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure where loose, extra skin and fat cell deposits are removed. Depending on the type…
  • CHANGE UP YOUR NEWS YEAR’S RESOLUTION BY ACHIEVING YOUR IDEAL BREASTS

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    12 Dec 2013 | 2:00 am
    Breast Enhancement for a More Confident & Sexy 2014 For most of us, a New Year’s resolution can feel a bit like a punishment for the health-crimes we committed in the kitchen over the course of the year.  The snacking, savoring, and cocktailing all start to catch up to you and those jeans you normally live in may feel a bit too tight now. Committing to make it to the gym more often or eating more salads and less junk food seem like the appropriate response. But what if instead of punishing yourself, you treated yourself to a new look for 2014? This is how women are changing up their…
 
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    thesurvivaldoctor.com

  • Your Disaster Fashion Guide: The Outfit That Fights Diseases

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Back when I was growing up, I don’t think the phrase “universal precautions” was in a health care worker’s vocabulary. Now, we’re well-versed in such “precautions”—techniques that help prevent spreading diseases. But back then, people were more lax. We lived more like you might live at home with your family today—which is not like you’d want to live during a disaster. Back then, sure, people with highly contagious diseases were isolated, but few health care workers were afraid of getting a little blood on them from someone with no obvious…
  • Unprecedented Ebola Outbreak. Could It Spread Here?

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A field technician demonstrates protective gear in Zaire during the first Ebola outbreak in 1976. This is the third post in my “Long-Term Disaster Diseases” series. See the rest here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A new outbreak of Ebola is going on in Africa, and Doctors Without Borders is calling it “an epidemic of a magnitude never seen before”—not because of the number of cases or deaths. There have been more in previous outbreaks. It’s because of how the disease is spreading. In the past, Ebola has always stayed confined to a small region. This time the same strain of the virus…
  • New! The Survival Doctor Store—All the Supplies I Recommend in One Place

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Many people have asked where to find all the medical supplies I’ve mentioned in my posts. Well, you find them all over the place—some in pharmacies, others in outdoors stores, some in health-food stores, and still more in survival outlets. Compiling an emergency medical kit can call for quite the time—and gas—commitment. So I set out to make life easier. I searched Amazon, eBay, and other sites and developed my new online “store and more”—a one-stop shop plus supplies guide. In it, you don’t just get what to buy but why. I even share my personal…
  • Why You Need to Start Allergy Treatment Early

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Sneezing You have to admit, the commercials are convincing: Your allergies are keeping you inside, virtually blocked from the outdoors. Otherwise you’re sneezing, have watery eyes, just miserable. You take a pill, and whammo, you can do what you wish. Want to roll in the grass, sniff a little ragweed? No worries. Pet a cat even if they usually make you break out in hives? No problem. Whatever you were allergic to before, you’re not anymore, as long as you take the pill. But do these allergy medicines actually work? If so, how well? And what about home remedies…
  • Eye Injuries, Part 2: Punctures, Frostbite, and Chemicals

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Last post, I wrote about the most common eye injuries I see: having something in the eye, a scratched cornea, or both. With these injuries, sometimes you may just start feeling discomfort, never even knowing what happened. But in the injuries I talk about in this post, you’ll know. With them, diagnosis is not the problem. But knowing how to treat them could mean the difference between having permanent damage and healing completely. Puncture Wounds, Blast Injuries, Blunt Trauma, and Cuts Any eye injury that involves anything other than the outer corneal layer (the…
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    Health Blushon

  • American Have Lower Sex Drives

    Xee Malik
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    In Earlier Times the Issue of lower sex drives aroused in much older age but nowadays this problem is happen in age of 30 and 40. Males of 30-5o year old experiencing low libidos. Doctors are blaming economic problems like deflation, inflation and unemployment which causes depression, tension and Stress on men. In this condition they lack vitamin and have lower sex drives. Must Read: Unusual Sex Advice that Works America Is world power but their men are lacking their Sexual power because of too much stress and work burden. According to a study of 2010 there are 13 million men in USA may be…
  • Beauty Benefits Of Neem

    Xee Malik
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Hi Friends Today I’m sharing about beauty Benefits of Neem. Neem Is wonderful natural Product which is easily available  and you can get many beauty benefits. Neem Is a herb which is easily available and it is anti- bacterial, anti- parasitic, anti- fungal, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that is not only best for your health but it also help you to get rid of your beauty problems. Neem is anti fungal and anti bacterial so it is beneficial for acne problem, oily skin and prone skin. Here are some surprising beauty benefits of Neem. Lets take a look  Boil water with some…
  • Blood Groups and Their Details

    Xee Malik
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Everyone has different blood group according to his body and genetic order. Mostly members of one family have same blood group. My family also have same blood group and can easily donate blood to other family member. But some people don’t have same blood group and face difficulty in emergency. Now days fresh blood is very rare in blood banks and hospitals. Hospitals and Blood banks purchase unhealthy blood from drug addicted and from many stupid persons who have unhealthy blood. The main reason of purchasing blood from these kind of people is saving money. they purchase blood at low…
  • Electronic Cigarettes – Healthier Way to Smoke

    Xee Malik
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:26 pm
    The electronic cigarettes have really revolutionized the way you are smoking. The E- cigarettes are the ones without any smoke and they are operated by making use of battery and are devices that have the shape of cigarette. These kinds of products have gained much customers in the market due to the less damage that it prone to the individuals compared to the regular cigarettes. These cigarettes are much appealing because they do not have any kind of tobacco content in them. E liquid that is available in cartridges form the vapor that you inhale when you are using the electronic cigarettes. It…
  • 5 Dental Tips for a Youthful Smile and Look

    Xee Malik
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Despite the old wives tales, people don’t have to lose their teeth as they age. Indeed, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure your teeth are healthy and youthful into old age and beyond. Yes, beyond. Archaeologists figure out a mummy’s age and state of health by looking at their teeth. Here are five dental tips to keep yours healthy and beautiful: Brush You should brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristle brush. Though you may think a soft brush won’t get your teeth as clean as a brush with firm bristles, it will. It will also save your gums from…
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    Mens Health Blog

  • 5 Easy Steps to Take Care of Your Skin

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Having a beautiful skin is a dream for all of us. A soft, radiant, skin tone which will not only make you beautiful but also makes you the centre of attraction wherever you go. But maintaining such skin texture is also quite a challenge. As pollution and stress has become a part of daily life, it directly or indirectly affects our skin structure to a great extent. It causes a substantial harm to our skin and over a period, it loses all its beauty and charm. But there is no need to get alarmed. There few ways through which you can retain your skin’s glory and beauty in a much simple way.
  • Home Remedies for Migraine Headache

    admin
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:44 am
    Migraine headache is quite painful and discomforting one. As of now the cause behind migraine headache is not known however it is believed that dilation of blood vessels in the brain causes this type of pain in the head. A person may feel nauseated and weak. It is said the some brain chemical when changes inside the brain, the vessels swells causing immense pain in the head. A sufferer gets this headache in the form of migraine attacks. They can develop at any time of the day or night and gets triggered by various factors. Various treatments are available for migraine. But no cure has been…
  • Bimatoprost: The safest way to a better vision

    admin
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:05 am
    Eyes are said to be the most sensitive part of every human body. Hence it invariably is our responsibility to make sure that we take utmost care of this part. Medicinal science has done an excellent job by making sure that they invent something so magical that every eye problem will be washed off. For now we can concentrate on Glaucoma and proudly say that Bimatoprost will treat Glaucoma. It works wonderfully by easing out the pain that a normal eye suffers because of an increased pressure that basically happens because of loss of internal eye fluid. It saves you a big deal from vision…
  • Energy drinks lead to dreaded diseases

    admin
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:55 pm
    The negative effects of energy drinks have always been spoken of and written about. But many countries even today sell these products on a high scale. The number of these side effects is vastly seen on teenagers. Their mental health seems to get low after a moderate consumption of these energy drinks. One of the major cause is because the presence of the high amount of caffeine. Many negative behaviour sin teenagers is said to be because of this fact too. There have been many steps taken in the past, however not much improvement has been witnessed. This surprising study was taken in the year…
  • Tips to help you fight upcoming summers!

    admin
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Summers are around the corners. Heat can cause many problems. Too much of heat is problematic like it may cause dehydration, heat stroke, skin problems and many such issues. There is one fact that many are not aware of and that is depression caused specially in summers. Summer depression can be seen in many especially in children since there is a sudden change of schedule. Your daily routine gets disrupted and hence it causes depression in many people. At such times the best to do is engage you in any activity. But with the right tips you can fight any of the above problems. The first thing…
 
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  • Best Smart Phone App 

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    TOOT TONE There are smart phone apps that you can't live without.And then there are thousands of cell phone apps out there that really do not serve any kind of purpose.Here is a smart phone app that really should be marketed to the general public.I see this device as having real world business applications well beyond the humorous social and personal etiquette possibilities.But that is just me.I hope you enjoy the little "Silly Saturday" video below called "Toot Tone." If you found my blog funny, interesting or even helpful (you sick bastard) I bet your friends would to. Please forward it to…
  • It's Tax Time !!!

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Is it a good morning Survive55 followers?Hopefully you all have successfully put  another April 15th behind you.Did you get your taxes in the mail by midnight last night?I wonder if everyone who reads this blog understands why I asked that question.Well, our younger followers may not realize that back in the day (when life was simpler and paper was king) before TurboTax online and the eponymous E-file option, the vast majority of hard working United Staters would wait until the very last minute to finish their tax returns and get them postmarked before the dawning of April…
  • Heartbleed Bug

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    Fellow Survive 55 Baby Boomers,In one of last week's blogs we talked about how to create safe and secure passwords for your internet usage.Well, out timing couldn't have been better.It appears that the "Heartbleed" bug is a clear and ever present danger to everyone now and it has taken root and is growing.I really don't understand the technical "tomfoolery" that goes on behind the scenes if you or a website you visit is affected by this bug.Somehow, it works it's way into your personal information and history of websites that you visit like Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and many others.This…
  • What Would You Do If You Were Rich and Famous?

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    What a great cocktail party discussion topic, huh?I'm sure everyone dreams about what they would do if they had gobs of money and silver screen notoriety.Now, as you are getting older, do you feel those dreams have passed you by?Or,  have you already made the tough decisions to arrange the priorities in your life to reach your personal and financial goals.If you haven't yet it is never too late.Remember, it all starts with the first step..................Well, today, my fellow Baby Boomers, you will have to indulge me for a while while I have my own little cocktail party and prattle on…
  • Gone To The Dogs

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    I know this is in German (I think?) but it still too damn funny.Who doesn't need more of this in their lives? If you found my blog interesting or funny, I bet your friends would to. Please forward it to them or tell them about it by clicking on the Google "G+1"  and the FaceBook "Like" buttons. The more Baby Boomers we can help the better place we make this world !!! Thanks for joining me..........................................................
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  • Mila Kunis Pregnant with Baby Girl From Ashton Kutcher

    Donna Begg
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    Image source: http://www.gumbumper.com/ Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher will be soon having a baby girl. The news comes from multiple sources from US Weekly. Although the couple has not yet confirmed their engagement or even the Black Swan actress’ pregnancy, it seems that the motto of this tight lipped pair is what you see is […]
  • Ways To Lose Belly Fat Safely and Quickly

    Donna Begg
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    The main cause of belly fat is the sedentary lifestyle. If you are not moving your body enough and taking too much calories, you are sure to start developing belly fat. There are four keys to keep the belly fat under control: exercise, diet, sleep and stress management. Vigorous exercise cuts your fat including visceral […]
  • Red Light Therapy For More Youthful Looking Skin!

    Elizabeth
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Just over a decade ago, non-invasive anti-aging procedures were more like myth. Today, non-invasive skin care science is very much alive! People who have reservations obtaining Botox or getting surgical procedures done all in the name of beauty now have a range of scientifically-proven effective non-invasive procedures to choose from. And, you wouldn’t have guessed […]
  • RegeneSlim: Is RegeneSlim Safe and Effective to Lose Weight?

    Evan Jensen
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Regeneslim Overview As the American population struggles with obesity, everybody is looking for an alternative, natural way to lose weight. RegeneSlim is a supplement advertised to promote weight loss. The manufacturer claims it contains ingredients to curb user’s appetite and enhance their energy level at the same time. A lot of weight loss aspirants are […]
  • Causes, Symptoms and Risk Factors of Vasomotor Symptoms of Menopause

    Doris Mburu
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    What are Vasomotor Symptoms of Menopause? Vasomotor symptoms refer to the symptoms that accompany menopause or peri-menopause that are associated with the sudden opening of blood vessels that are close to the skin. This is mostly due to the fluctuations in the hormone levels in the blood stream. Examples of Vasomotor symptoms include; hot flashes, […]
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  • Diabetes complications continue to decline but the number of diabetics continues to increase in US

    Digital Health
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    A new study released in the New England Journal of Medicine this week showed that the rate of diabetes related problems over the last two decades such as heart attacks, stroke, and lower limb amputation continue to decline – more than a 60% decline! Researchers have shown five complications decline between 1990 and 2010: acute myocardial infraction a decline of 67.8, death from hyperglycemic crisis a decline of 64.4%, stroke and amputation declined by 50%, and end-stage renal disease by 28.3%. This is likely due to early detection, better screening, new advancements in medicine, and…
  • Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic!

    Digital Health
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    In a recent study that was published in JAMA pediatrics the study looked at 20,690 children between the ages of 2 to 19 from 1999 to 2012. The analysis showed not only is obesity on the rise but also extreme obesity. A child with a body mass index (BMI) that is 120 to 140 percent higher than their peers is considered to be extremely obese. Obesity and extreme obesity are associated with many health problems such as developing type II diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. The study showed that 17.3% of US children were obese in 2011 to 2012. At the same time, 5.9% met criteria for…
  • Is muscle strength important in adolescence to prevent any future diabetes or heart disease?

    Digital Health
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    Visit our Facebook page and don’t miss any Health Updates from DHT. A recent study that published this month in the “Pediatrics” journal would suggest yes it may be an independent risk factor if you are not strong in your adolescence years. Early strength training activities can lead to a decrease in cardio metabolic diseases. The research involved 1,421 children (670 boys and 751 girls) and the result of the study showed that boys and girls with higher strength to body mass ratio had lower BMIs, lower percentage of body fat, and smaller waistline. The results were concluded by…
  • Can diabetes and high blood pressure in middle age lead to brain shrinkage and memory loss?

    Digital Health
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:43 am
    A recent study that published online in the journal Neurology studied this question. It defined middle age as people between the aged of 40 to 46 and old age was considered as 65 and older. The study concluded that people that develop diabetes and high blood pressure in middle age were more likely to have brain damage as well as problems with memory and thinking skills (referred to as mild cognitive impairment) versus their counterparts that never had diabetes or high blood pressure. In the study thinking and memory skills of 1,437 people with an average age of 80 were evaluated. The…
  • Do artificial sweeteners cause metabolic changes such as diabetes and obesity?

    Digital Health
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:01 am
    Artificial sweeteners are referred to as non-nutritive because they have no nutritional value. Sugar in its natural form tends to be highly nutritious such as whole fruit because it is also packed with fiber and low in glycemic load. But the debate continues as to whether artificial sweeteners cause metabolic changes. Diet drinks have been around since the early 1960s, if these “drinks” were effective we shouldn’t be seeing the epidemic rate of increase in diabetes and obesity. Recently there was a study conducted in Oita University in Japan that studied mice that were consuming sugar…
 
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  • Should I have a total shoulder replacement?

    daveman
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints. It is essentially a ball and socket joint that connects the humerus (upper arm bone), clavicle (collarbone), and scapula (shoulder blade). This joint is stabilized by the rotator cuff muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis) and their tendons. The shoulder can be damaged acutely, such as in accidents and other causes of direct physical trauma, or it can be damaged progressively, such as from progressive diseases and the wear and tear of overuse. Without treatment, the damage may progress and lead to loss of function,…
  • Current advancements in total knee replacement

    daveman
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The knee bears the impact of body weight when standing, walking, running, and other activities of daily living. It is a hinge joint that joins the femur (thighbone), the tibia (shinbone) and the patella (kneecap), and allows flexion and extension of the lower leg. The contact surfaces of the bones are covered in articular cartilage, which is a smooth tissue that has the dual function of allowing the bones to glide over each other, as well as serving as a shock absorber against impact. As one of the primary weight-bearing joints, the knee absorbs a lot of wear and tear over time. The knee can…
  • FAQs on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    daveman
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:51 pm
    What is the carpal tunnel? The carpal tunnel is a structure that can be found in your wrist. It is a tunnel-like structure formed by your wrist bones and the transverse carpal ligament, which is a strong band of connective tissue. This tunnel contains the median nerve and flexor tendons of the fingers and the thumb. The median nerve is the one that innervates the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that affects many people. It typically presents and progressive pain, usually described as…
  • An Overview of Non-operative Meniscal Tear Treatment

    daveman
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The knee is a hinge joint that is composed of three bones: the thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and kneecap (patella). Two wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage, known as the menisci, are found between the femur and tibia. These are composed of cartilage that is tough and rubbery, allowing it to serve as a shock absorber, cushioning the joint and keeping it stable. Tears of the meniscus are among the most commonly found injuries to the knee, particularly for athletes in contact sports. Meniscal tears vary in their location and severity, and the treatment options will depend on the particular…
  • FAQs on ACL Reconstruction from a Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeon

    daveman
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:58 pm
    What injuries require ACL Reconstruction? The knee is a hinge joint that holds together the femur (thighbone), tibia (shinbone) and the patella (kneecap). There are four main ligaments that hold the knee together: the medial collateral (MCL), lateral collateral (LCL), anterior cruciate (ACL), and posterior cruciate (PCL) ligaments. The ACL runs diagonally in the middle of the knee, preventing the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur, as well as providing rotational stability to the knee. The ACL is one of the most commonly injured ligaments of the knee. In the United States, there are…
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  • Why and How to Say No to an Unnecessary Root Canal Procedure

    Dr. Mercola
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    PLEASE NOTE   This is the first of a two part series.  Part two with comprehensive and specific options on what to do if you already have a root canal will be posted soon. These two articles are our effort to help save lives not teeth.By Dr. Lina Garcia One of the fundamental understandings that supports holistic, biological dentistry is that the dental procedures and materials used in them can affect your whole body, not just your teeth. In the case of a root canal procedure, it can lead to a number of chronic health problems and even degenerative diseases. Unfortunately, it is…
  • New Documentary “Ingredients” Looks at the Local Food Movement

    Dr. Mercola
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The American food system is nearing a state of crisis. Ingredients is a documentary that explores the failings of the industrial food model, and how the local food movement is gaining momentum as a far better alternative. The film presents a refreshing look at food from the standpoint of sustainability, safety, flavor, nutrition, culture, and community. This documentary takes us across the US from the urban food deserts of Harlem to the biodynamic farms of the Hudson River and Willamette Valleys, and into the kitchens of several celebrated chefs—culinary game-changers who are…
  • Juicing: How Healthy Is It?

    Dr. Mercola
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola If you ever feel like it’s difficult to eat enough veggies, making a small investment in a high-quality juicer is one of the best steps you can take for your health. Raw juice can be likened to a "living broth," as it is teeming with micronutrients that many people are lacking. When you drink fresh-made green juice, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down. Drinking your juice first thing in the morning can give you a natural energy boost without resorting…
  • Psychoneuroimmunology—How Inflammation Affects Your Mental Health

    none
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Kelly Brogan Psychoneuroimmunology This is what I aim to practice. Medical terms of this length command our respect for the interconnectedness of different subspecialties, for the futile segmentation and compartmentalization of the body into different organ systems. As discussed in this previous article I wrote for Dr. Mercola, deconstructing the serotonin model of depression, psychiatry is in a crisis. It can no longer stand on its own, throwing more and more medications at its perceived target.  It seems, therefore, fitting that psychiatry would follow the investigative path of…
  • The Aftermath of Daylight Saving Time

    Dr. Mercola
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Daylight Saving Time (DST), the practice of moving clocks ahead one hour in the summer months and returning them back an hour in the winter, was first implemented by Germany during World War I, as a way to conserve electricity. The idea, however, dates back to William Willett, an Englishman who campaigned for “summer time” in the early 1900s so that people would have more time to be out in the sunlight – though the British government was not interested. It wasn’t until 1918 that Daylight Saving came to the US, although it was repealed a short time later, in 1919…
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    Nevada Pain

  • What are the various types of knee ligament injuries?

    Nevada Pain
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The knee is a hinge joint that connects four main bones: the femur (thigh bone), the tibia and fibula (shinbones), and the patella (kneecap). The ends of the tibia and femur, as well as the posterior of the patella, are covered in tough connective tissue known as articular cartilage. This provides a smooth gliding surface that reduces friction between the bones of the knee joint, and facilitates smooth movement. The knee also has two C-shaped, rubbery pads of cartilage tissue covering the top of the tibia that are known as the medial and lateral menisci. The menisci serve as shock absorbers…
  • What to expect with a kyphoplasty procedure

    Nevada Pain
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    Kyphoplasty is a procedure for the treatment of spinal compression fractures. It is a minimally invasive procedure recommended if other conservative measures have already failed. Medication and physical therapy should be first line treatments prior to the consideration of surgical interventions. Osteoporosis, or weakening of the bone, is the most common reason for fractures that will require kyphoplasty. Other conditions that may cause spinal compression fractures include: Growth from malignancies Metastatic CA Vitamin D deficiency Menopause Chronic renal disease Rheumatoid arthritis Certain…
  • FAQs on Radiofrequency Ablation from a Las Vegas pain center

    Nevada Pain
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:27 pm
    FAQ Radiofrequency Ablation What is radiofrequency ablation? Minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopic surgery, shock wave lithotripsy, and radiofrequency ablation have allowed physicians to treat patients with minimal damage to tissues. These procedures are associated with better outcomes, faster recovery time, and improved patient satisfaction compared to traditional open-surgery techniques. Minimally invasive procedures are also preferred by hospitals and insurance corporations because of shorter in-patient stay. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that…
  • What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

    Nevada Pain
    15 Mar 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Spinal decompression therapy has been a revolutionary treatment offered by Las Vegas chiropractors. The treatment may help patients avoid surgery, achieve Pain Relief and get back to doing the things in life that have been put on hold. Anatomy of spinal disc disease Degenerative change in the discs of the spine is a normal consequence of aging. The discs become dehydrated which results in narrowing of the discs. The outer fibrocartilaginous ring of the disc (annulus fibrosus) may crack or rupture thus allowing the inner nuclear material to leak into the spinal canal (a condition known as a…
  • FAQs on Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty

    Nevada Pain
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:58 pm
    by Nevada Pain What are kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty? Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are procedures that have been developed to treat spinal compression fractures. Both of these procedures use bone cement, which is injected into the fracture site; this then hardens and stabilizes the broken vertebra. It also acts to prevent further injury or re-injury. What is the difference between kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty? Both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty use medical-grade bone cement to repair fractured or compressed vertebrae. This is usually inserted under fluoroscopy (X-ray guidance) into the…
 
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    Medifast Arizona

  • Psychological Effects of Obesity on Adolescents

    Arizona Medifast
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Childhood obesity is a disturbing national epidemic which has increased in prevalence over the last three decades. According to the CDC, approximately 15 percent of children and teens are now obese, and many more are overweight for height range. Obese kids are more likely to go on to become overweight adults, with statistics suggesting that 30 percent of adult obesity begins during childhood. Childhood Obesity Definition Obesity is defined as an excessive amount of body fat in relation to lean body mass. This is generally calculated by physicians as body mass index (BMI), a formula that takes…
  • Supervised Weight Loss with an Arizona Medifast Center

    Arizona Medifast
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    A supervised weight loss program is a fantastic way to lose weight if you stick to a plan. Below are a few preparations that need to be done in order to lose weight effectively. The Mind The very first thing that you need to do when starting a weight-loss program is to have the right mindset. Prepare your mind to accept what it takes to lose the weight that you desire. Also, prepare yourself to know that it took months – maybe years – to put the weight on, and it may take that long to take and keep it off. Quick weight-loss programs are often times a let-down for people, and they…
  • Behavior Weight Loss Tools from a Phoenix weight loss clinic

    Arizona Medifast
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    You are finally tired of trying to lose weight by dieting, exercise, eating more, eating less, more vegetables and fruit, and less carbohydrates. It’s enough to make a person give up. What you need is a different approach to what you’ve been used to trying. You need weight loss tools – tools that you can work with that will work for you, and tools that turn negative attitudes into positive ones. In addition to utilizing the Medifast Weight Control Program for your weight loss regimen, here are a few different eating habits and strategies, to help achieve a new healthier and…
  • Tips on Losing Belly Fat from the Top Weight Loss Centers in Arizona

    Arizona Medifast
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:53 pm
    There are two types of body fats that we store. One is under the skin, and it is stored in the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks. This fat is called “subcutaneous fat,” which means that it’s underneath the skin. The other fat is called “visceral fat.” This type of fat is stored deeper inside of our bodies, near or around the organs, such as lungs, digestive tract, liver, heart, chest, pelvis area, and abdomen. Belly fat is the most dangerous type of fat and it is a good indicator of health risks for cardiac disease. Visceral Fat and Why We Have It The hidden fat (visceral) is…
  • Losing Weight in your Hips and Thighs

    Arizona Medifast
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:11 pm
    In order to lose weight in your hips and thighs, you will have to lose weight all over your body. To make your hips and thighs appear slimmer, you will need to do the right exercises to tone them. Eating sensible meals and exercise will allow you to have slimmer hips and thighs. Some adipose tissue (fat) is harder to lose than other fat in the body. Everyone’s body is shaped and made different, so some will diet and lose more upper body fat, while others lose more weight on the lower body. 10 Weight Loss Steps that Work Step 1: Think about it – First of all, when trying to lose weight in…
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • The pros and cons of having an ACL reconstruction

    Adam Farber
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The knee is a hinge joint made up of three main bones: the femur (thighbone), tibia (shinbone) and the patella (kneecap). Holding the knee together are four (4) bands of connective tissue known as ligaments that provide stability against forward, backward, and lateral movement of the knee. The ligaments that hold the knee together are the: the medial collateral (MCL), lateral collateral (LCL), anterior cruciate (ACL) and posterior cruciate (PCL) ligaments. The ACL runs diagonally in the middle of the knee, preventing the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur, as well as providing…
  • An overview of the Female Athlete Triad

    Adam Farber
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    The Female Athlete Triad, sometimes referred to as “the TRIAD”, is an often under-reported and unrecognized combination of three (3) interrelated conditions that can be seen in female athletes. These are: 1) disordered eating; 2) amenorrhea; and 3) osteoporosis. The exact prevalence of the female athlete triad is unknown, although studies estimate that the prevalence of disordered eating behavior can range anywhere from 15 to 62 percent of female college athletes, while amenorrhea occurs in anywhere from 3.4 to 66 percent of female athletes. The condition is often underreported because of…
  • Knee bracing – what are the indications?

    Adam Farber
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:35 pm
    The knee is one of the primary weight-bearing joints of the body. It is a hinge joint composed of the femur (thighbone), tibia (shinbone) and patella (kneecap). The knee is stabilized by numerous muscles and ligaments, in particular, the quadriceps and hamstrings. Aside from supporting body weight, the knee also absorbs the impact of walking, running, and other activities of daily living. Over time, the knee absorbs a lot of wear and tear. This may eventually lead to injury, weakening the stability of the joint and causing pain. There are numerous conditions that can affect the knee,…
  • Top 5 Ways to Avoid Surgery for Impingement Syndrome of the Shoulder

    Adam Farber
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:20 pm
    The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint that connects the humerus (upper arm bone) to the clavicle (collarbone) and the scapula (shoulder blade). The deltoid raises the arm to the level of the shoulder and slightly above. The rotator cuff muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis) stabilize the humeral head, preventing it from moving around too much and keeping it centered in the shoulder socket. The two muscles exert opposite, or antagonistic, effects. When there is an imbalance between the two antagonists, particularly when the deltoid overpowers the rotator…
  • What are the Options for Symptomatic Shoulder Instability?

    Adam Farber
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Shoulder instability occurs when there is excessive laxity of the shoulder joint in one or more directions due to difficulties in maintaining the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) centered within the glenoid fossa (shoulder socket). It is considered instability when the head of the humerus partially or completely dislocates from the socket repetitively. Most people who suffer from symptomatic shoulder instability would complain of shoulder pain. They can also feel shoulder looseness, or “popping” or “clicking” of the shoulders. There are also others who complain of numbness or…
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    Afshi Speaks

  • Microsoft Closed The Doors For XP

    Admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    After 12 years, Microsoft ending Windows XP support and It’s the end of the line for Microsoft’s Windows XP from 8 April 2014. What Microsoft Says “Microsoft provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But the time came for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences. As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft has also stopped providing…
  • Best Remedies For Face Open Pores

    Admin
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Large pores on the skin makes it looks unflattering. Despite all your efforts, do you fail to conceal the open pores on your face? A mask of your makeup does no good either? Most women face the irritant called ‘open pores’. These pores not only hamper your beauty but can also make your complexion look dull. There are some fabulous home remedies to get rid of your open pores permanently. 1-Tomato Juice The best way to shut down the open pores naturally is by using tomato juice. Tomato juice helps to fill in the pores and make the skin even again. The tomato juice should be applied on the…
  • Get Unlimited Free Online Storage & Cloud Backup- Symform

    Admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Symform is easy to setup, with point-and-drag simplicity. You choose the files you want to store, as well as a drive or device from which you want to contribute. How it works: 1-Backup All Your Files Your files are important. We’ll protect them. Install Symform on all of your devices and we’ll make a mirrored copy of your stuff in the cloud. As you add, delete, and update files those changes are made to your cloud copy as well. No file size limitations or other restrictions. 2-Synchronize Devices Stop worrying about where your stuff is saved. With Symform you can sync your folders across…
  • Best App To See the Content of Cache Folder Of Chrome -ChromeCacheView

    Admin
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:48 am
    Google Chrome’s browser cache contains information from Internet sites you have visited. It may store images and videos, or the layouts for entire Web pages. Chrome uses these files to make websites load faster. You can access the cache on your Windows computer by navigating to the folder’s location. You may not be able to locate some folders because they are “hidden.” Therefore, you will need to make hidden files and folders visible on your system before browsing to the Chrome cache folder. It is ChromeCacheView app which helps you to get details about all the content saved in the…
  • Electric E-Bike With Awesome Design

    Admin
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:03 am
    FEDDZ will win you over with its esthetics and functionality, giving you a new attitude toward urban life. New electric mobility with a radically new design or Whatever you want to call it, an e-bike, e-scooter, electric cruiser. FEDDZ is a Epic Bike and delivers the ultimate in driving fun in the city. Silent, free from oil, gas and without smelly emissions….that is what your driving future should be. This bike also have space to bring your things, The removable battery is important for city use, allowing you to recharge the battery in your apartment or at any electric outlet, This bike…
 
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  • Star Adds Strength with Calcium

    Tim R. Garde
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    In an unprecedented merger of Life Science agencies, Star Group combines Calcium NYC, Vox Medica, and Star Life Sciences to offer clients even greater resources to effectively market brands in today’s dynamic healthcare environment Star Group, the largest independently owned marketing communications firm in
  • The Autism (Non?)-Epidemic

    Anju Kanumalla
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    According to the CDC, the rate of autism among 8 year olds increased 30% between 2008 and 2010 to about 1 in 68 kids. That’s a startling statistic, and it leads to more questions than answers. But first let’s look at the figure
  • Patients Want Online Outreach from Pharma

    Joshua Spiegel
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    And Other Digital Support, Too Value-add digital services are common in nearly every other consumer-facing industry, so why not pharma? According to a survey from Accenture, patients don’t just want these services; they expect them. They are also, perhaps, not as prevalent as they should
  • Telemedicine and Intensive Care

    Altay Akgun
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    Patients in intensive care units managed by intensivists do better and leave sooner compared with ICUs that aren’t managed by specialists. However, community hospitals in both rural and urban settings may not have critical care specialists available 24/7, resulting in longer stays and, in some
  • Personalize Your Non-Personal Promotion

    Alison Lentz
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    We have written extensively about the evolving role of the pharmaceutical sales representative. Fewer reps and less access have challenged today’s marketers to determine other effective ways to reach their target prescribers. The industry is abuzz with digital non-personal strategies – from HCP
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  • Foods Rich in Vitamin A

    admin
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Vitamin A is an essential vitamin that is necessary for good vision, to boost immunity.. The post Foods Rich in Vitamin A appeared first on Business Media Site.
  • Top 10 Foods High in Vitamin C

    admin
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:43 am
    Vitamin C helps the body to maintain healthy tissues and a strong immune system and.. The post Top 10 Foods High in Vitamin C appeared first on Business Media Site.
  • 7 Products That Clean the Lungs of Nicotine

    admin
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in the world and it.. The post 7 Products That Clean the Lungs of Nicotine appeared first on Business Media Site.
  • Food That Lowers Blood Sugar Levels

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  • ICD-10-CM for Burns & Corrosions of the External Body Surface

    10 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    ICD-10-CM guidelines for coding and reporting burns & corrosions of the external body surfaces It is important to have a proper understanding on ICD-10-CM coding guidelines for reporting burns and corrosions to the external body as it may be a tricky subject to some. The major focus of this session would be to understand the reporting requirem ...
  • Preparing for the New HIPAA Audit Program

    2 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Documentation Is The KeyTo Survive New HIPAA Audit And Avoid Fines The random HIPAA Compliance Audit program had a year of trial audits in 2012.  The US Department of Health and Human Services has reviewed the results of that work and the HIPAA audit program is being restarted in 2014 based on what was learned from the 2012 audits.  Area ...
  • HIPAA Omnibus Update - Required Changes To Medical Office Policies And Procedures

    21 May 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Get Insights on What Policies and Evidence You Need To Produce, If You Are Audited By the HHS Office of Civil Rights The new Omnibus Update to the HIPAA regulations now in effect and fully enforceable, containing numerous changes based, for the most part, on The HITECH Act passed in 2009. The amendments require changes in several areas of operatio ...
  • An Overview Of ICD-9 Diagnostic Coding Guidelines V/S ICD-10 - Similarities And Differences

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Know the Changes You Can Make Today To Help With The Transition To ICD-10-CM Understanding the ICD coding guidelines is imperative in ICD-10 transition. Many coders do not have a deep understanding of the ICD-9 guidelines. Their code selection is based on someone telling them what to choose and not necessarily from understanding that both the conv ...
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    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Comprehend the New HIPAA Compliance Obligations for Business Associates New updates to the HIPAA regulations now being enforced contain numerous changes , for the most part, on The HITECH Act passed in 2009.  Some of the most significant changes have to do with how Business Associates of HIPAA covered entities are treated under the regulation ...
 
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    Embracing Civility

  • Survey: Tell Us about Your Bad Boss!

    Stacey Turnure
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    At some point, just about everyone experiences the agony of a bad boss. But what do you do about it? Sometimes it helps to know what others do in the same situation. Take this short survey. It’s completely anonymous! We’ll gather … Continue reading →
  • Are You Fed Up?

    Stacey Turnure
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    If you are fed up with incivility in your healthcare workplace, watch this:
  • Today ONLY!

    Stacey Turnure
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    ITK is at it again! Check out their Deal of the Day! Today only, get a Complete Civility Training Program for up to 24 learners for under $10 per person This package was custom designed for organizations with 24 or … Continue reading →
  • UNLESS . . .

    Stacey Turnure
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    In the legendary words of the Once-ler from Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not. The healthcare industry needs YOU to reverse the culture of incivility.  It … Continue reading →
  • Scrubs Magazine Explores Toxic Nursing Relationships

    Stacey Turnure
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:44 am
    The Fall 2013 issue of Scrubs Magazine began investigating the growing problem of incivility in the healthcare workplace.  We were interviewed and our Self Awareness Quiz was included in an article called “Build Emotional Resistance.” We’re happy to see Scrubs … Continue reading →
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