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  • Daughters Spends More Time Than Sons Caring For Elderly Parents

    CareNovate Magazine
    Dr G
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Study shows that daughters spend twice as much time caring for elderly parents as sons  New study presented during the American Sociological Association (ASA) annual meeting in San Francisco suggests daughters provide an average of 12.3 hours of elderly parent care per month, while sons provide an average of 5.6 hours, the study says. But […] The post Daughters Spends More Time Than Sons Caring For Elderly Parents appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Why Patient Experiences Should Foster Engagement

    Better Patient Engagement with Ian Worden
    Ian Worden
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Engaged patients cost less. Satisfied patients cost more. Engaged patients have better health outcomes. Satisfied patients have a higher death rate. A previous a Better Patient Engagement post titled, Patient Experience vs. Patient Engagement, explored the differences between patient experience and patient engagement. The post differentiated the two concepts as follows, “Whereas the patient experience is based on the patient’s perception of quality, patient engagement is based on the patient’s active and sustained participation in managing their health. The patient experience is about…
  • Obamacare boosts bottom lines of Washington hospitals

    News-Medical.Net Healthcare News Feed
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Hospitals attribute the 30 percent reduction in uncompensated care to the expansion of Medicaid and private coverage under the federal health law.
  • 82 Illinois hospitals slapped with $16 million in readmission penalties

    FierceHealthcare News
    Katie Sullivan
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    Eighty-two Illinois hospitals will pay more than $16 million in collective readmission penalties for not reducing their preventable readmissions, the state Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced last week.read more
  • 10 New Weight Loss Supplements You Need To Know About

    Forbes - Pharma & Healthcare
    David DiSalvo
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Supplements can help boost metabolism, decrease appetite, and cut fat absorption, but which ones work? Here are 10 with at least some scientific cred.
 
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  • 10 New Weight Loss Supplements You Need To Know About

    David DiSalvo
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Supplements can help boost metabolism, decrease appetite, and cut fat absorption, but which ones work? Here are 10 with at least some scientific cred.
  • Study: Eating High-Fat Dairy Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk

    David DiSalvo
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    High-fat diets have been enjoying excellent press lately. Earlier this month a study was published showing that low-carb diets outperform low-fat diets for both weight loss and heart health. This week, a new study suggests that people eating high-fat dairy products are at significantly lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes than those eating less dairy.
  • Cheaper Generic Statins Beat Brand-Name Statins in Adherence and Outcomes

    Larry Husten
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    A large observational study finds that people who received a prescription for a generic statin were more likely to take their pills than people who received a prescription for a brand-name statin. This increased adherence appeared to lead to a small but significant improvement in outcomes.
  • Heart Groups Don't Recommend Routine ECG Screening Of Young People

    Larry Husten
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    In a new scientific statement the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology do not recommend the routine initial use of ECGs to screen young people for underlying congenital or genetic heart disease.
  • Ebola: While Big Pharma Slept

    Dan Munro
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The story of Ebola's most recent (and now deadliest) outbreak is a book worthy topic. One possible title could easily be ‒ While Big Pharma Slept ‒ as an obvious reference to Winston Churchill's 1938 book describing Britain's lack of military preparedness against the looming threat of Nazi Germany. The New
 
 
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  • UT Southwestern one of two institutions to offer innovative four-flap microsurgery approach to breast reconstruction

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of only two places in the world that offers a new, innovative and highly successful approach to breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.
  • Combining Epilepsy Drug, Morphine Can Result in Less Pain, Lower Opioid Doses

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Adding a common epilepsy drug to a morphine regimen can result in better pain control, fewer side effects and reduced morphine dosage, according to research. The result could bring significant relief to many patients with neuropathic pain, a difficult-to-treat condition often felt in the arms and legs and associated with nerve tissue damage.
  • Care coordination can decrease health-care use by frequent users

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Better coordination of patient care between health care providers, encouraging patients to self-manage their health and other strategies can reduce use of the health care system by seniors and people with chronic conditions, according to research.
  • Largest ever study of awareness during general anesthesia identifies risk factors and consequences

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Accidental awareness is one of the most feared complications of general anesthesia for both patients and anesthetists. Patients report this failure of general anesthesia in approximately 1 in every 19,000 cases, according to a new report. Known as accidental awareness during general anesthesia, it occurs when general anesthesia is intended but the patient remains conscious. This incidence of patient reports of awareness is much lower than previous estimates of awareness, which were as high as 1 in 600.
  • Zebrafish genes linked to human respiratory diseases

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Hundreds of novel genes in the zebrafish have been identified that could be functionally identical to the human genes required for forming motile cilia, hair-like structures on the surface of airway cells. These are required for removing dust and pathogens from the human airway. The study showed that the loss of these genes is linked to development of defective motile cilia, which could be the cause of some respiratory diseases.
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  • Infographic: Aetna’s Approach to Value-Based Healthcare

    Melanie Matthews
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    With a new focus on quality of healthcare over quantity, Aetna is reporting improvements in outcome-based measures and reduced costs. In its new infographic, Aetna details its value-based healthcare options and results its achieving. If one trend has transformed the healthcare industry post-ACA more than any other, it is the market's new business model rewarding value over volume. Value-Based Reimbursement Answer Book: 97 FAQs on Healthcare Models, Measures and Methodology provides a framework for healthcare's new value proposition, with advice from thought leaders steeped in the delivery and…
  • Infographic: 7 Ways to Improve Patient Satisfaction

    Melanie Matthews
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    With healthcare transparency and the patient experience playing a larger role in not only the rating of healthcare organizations, but also reimbursement formulas, healthcare providers are playing closer attention to patient satisfaction levels. Leading Reach, a patient engagement company, outlines seven strategies for healthcare providers to improve patient satisfaction levels. If one trend has transformed the healthcare industry post-ACA more than any other, it is the market's new business model rewarding value over volume. Value-Based Reimbursement Answer Book: 97 FAQs on Healthcare Models,…
  • 6 Ways to Overcome Pushback to Embedded Case Management

    Cheryl Miller
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Change always incites pushback, and when Sentara Medical Group went from an embedded case management program to a hybrid approach, patient and provider pushback prevailed, recalls Mary M. Morin, RN, NEA-BC, RN-BC, nurse executive with Sentara Medical Group. Among the six ways Sentara overcame resistance was to establish and maintain patient-centered relationships, by conducting comprehensive initial and ongoing assessments with patients, and developing plans of care and coaching education for both patients and their caregivers. We maintained patient lists by populations within our electronic…
  • Infographic: Large Employers Lead the Way With Worksite Wellness

    Melanie Matthews
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    As a growing number of employers realize the impact that employees' health has on the bottom line, the number of employer-sponsored wellness programs has increased with larger employers leading the way. An infographic by MBA Healthcare examines the types of wellness programs that employers are offering and the impact the programs have on employee health. Healthcare companies seeking a roadmap to richer reimbursement should begin with the seven value-based healthcare priorities for 2014 identified by the healthcare C-suite: population health management, care coordination, integrated care…
  • Community Health Network Retools Readmissions Ruler for High-Risk Heart Failure Patients

    Patricia Donovan
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    From the many evidence-based health risk stratification tools available, Community Health Network has adapted a popular hospital readmissions indicator for use with medically complex patients at high risk of readmissions. Deborah Lyons, MSN, RN,NE-BC, network disease management executive director for Community Health Network, describes the adaptation process. HIN: Where do home visits for heart failure patients enter the picture? Deborah Lyons: We do a high-risk home assessment while we have patients in the hospital. Fully 100 percent of our patients that are admitted to inpatient status are…
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    FierceHealthIT News

  • William Hersh: HIT education has undergone a 'huge change'

    Dan Bowman
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    While William Hersh, professor and chair of the department of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, believes that technology is crucial to health IT education, he doesn't think it's necessarily the most important aspect of the industry for students to master. In an exclusive interview, Hersh touches on the evolution of health IT education over the better part of three decades, as well as how he thinks recent federal legislation impacts his efforts.read more
  • Telemedicine call center helps reduce cardiac readmissions

    Susan D. Hall
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Telemedicine helped reduce the rate of readmissions among patients after hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), according to new research published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.read more
  • ONC survey: Nearly half of patients given online access to records use it

    Susan D. Hall
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    For providers fretting over the patient engagement requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2), a new data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should offer some encouragement.read more
  • DeSalvo touts interoperability, Blue Button at Consumer Health IT Summit

    Katie Dvorak
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jumped into National Health IT Week in the District of Columbia by placing the focus on the consumers' role in their own healthcare.read more
  • ONC names new head for Consumer e-Health program

    Dan Bowman
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced on Thursday that Lana Moriarty will serve as the agency's Acting Director for Consumer e-Health.read more
 
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    The Health Care Blog

  • Anesthesiologist’s Review of the Facts in the Joan Rivers Case

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    By KAREN SIBERT, MD Since the death of comedian and talk-show host Joan Rivers, more information has surfaced about the events on the morning of August 28 at Yorkville Endoscopy. But key questions remain unanswered. News accounts agree that Ms. Rivers sought medical advice because her famous voice was becoming increasingly raspy. This could be caused […]
  • Should Docs Prescribe Data?

    14 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    LESLIE KERNISAN, MD I’ve always been a little skeptical of the push to get doctors to prescribe apps. To begin with, it would be awfully easy for us to replicate the many problems of medication prescribing. Chief among these is the tendency for doctors to prescribe what’s been marketed to them, rather than what’s actually a […]
  • Ebola Update from CDC Director Thomas Frieden

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    Thomas Frieden, MD The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is an international public health emergency. As the world responds, there is a risk that American responders working on the ground may be exposed to the virus or become ill. This summer, two American health care workers infected with Ebola while working in West Africa were successfully […]
  • Countdown to Health 2.0 2014: Exclusive Interview with ONC Chief Medical Officer Jacob Reider

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Matthew Holt interviewed Jacob Reider, Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Chief Medical Officer at the ONC, ahead of his appearance at the 8th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference. Jacob will be participating in several panels at Health 2.0, beginning with the Monday main stage panel ”Smarter Care Delivery: Amplifying the Patient Voice”. In this interview, […]
  • What Would You Give Up For a Virtual Doctor Visit?

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    By Girish Navani With the fast adoption of smart phones, tablets and wearable devices, the way people communicate, travel, eat and entertain have all been simplified. Why not streamline the way we experience healthcare as well? A study released in May 2014 from MDLive discovered that 82% of young adults 18-34 would prefer consulting with […]
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    Health Business Blog

  • Republican dominated states swallowing their pride on Medicaid expansion

    David Williams
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Time to swallow it, fellas, and expand Medicaid Pennsylvania and now Utah are joining other Republican-run states that have decided to say yes to the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act after all, after obstinately deciding to say no after the Supreme Court effectively made expansion optional more than two years ago. It makes perfect sense. As I’ve described repeatedly (see Texas cuts off its nose to spite its face… and On Medicaid expansion, poor states are subsidizing rich ones) refusing Medicaid expansion is self-defeating for a state. With elections coming up…
  • Health Wonk Review: September 11, 2014

    David Williams
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Nothing to be ashamed of Welcome to the September 11, 2014 edition of the Health Wonk Review. We’ve got a hearty and healthy set of posts from our wonkish community, including submissions on Obamacare, Medicare, performance measurement and power plants. Medicare anyone? In The 125 percent solution, Health Affairs  bloggers including Elliot Fisher suggest using Medicare as the benchmark for all payments to providers. “If every patient and every insurance company always had the option of paying 125 percent of the Medicare price for any service, we would effectively cap the worst…
  • China syndrome: Rich flee mainland for medical care abroad

    David Williams
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Coming for radiation treatment in the US? I feel bad for the patients profiled in Desperate Chinese Seek Medical Care Abroad in the Wall Street Journal. I’ll note upfront that I’m no expert in the Chinese system. But from what I’ve read here and elsewhere it’s not uncommon for hospitals and physicians to push profitable, expensive services and products that are not in the patients’ best interests. As a result, those with means are looking abroad for relief. Some are winging it to the US, and the article paints a flattering –albeit anecdotal…
  • Massachusetts Governor’s race: Their views on healthcare

    David Williams
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Election day tomorrow It’s primary election day in Massachusetts tomorrow, and the candidates for Governor are doing their best to attract the attention of voters. Earlier this year I interviewed all nine candidates for Governor –including all five who are on the ballot tomorrow– about healthcare. I compiled the results in a free ebook. (And you don’t need to provide any contact info to download it.) Healthcare is an important topic, and if it’s a deciding factor for your vote I encourage you to read and/or listen to the podcasts. We covered healthcare cost…
  • On Medicaid expansion poor states are subsidizing rich ones

    David Williams
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Like many states, proud to be a sucker State lotteries result in the voluntary transfer of wealth by the poor to the rich. It seems the Affordable Care Act is having a similar impact. In Massachusetts, residents of lower income towns like Chelsea spend more than 10 times as much per capita on the lottery as their affluent neighbors in places like Weston. Lottery spending by the poor enables the rich to pay lower taxes. It never really occurred to Congress that states would refuse to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. After all, expansion brings billions in new funding to…
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    Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

  • The Next Chapter of Obamacare

    7 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Welcome back from the summer. It's been pretty quiet lately on the Obamcare front. So quiet, that there has been a flurry of articles recently over how Obamacare has dropped to a second or even third tier issue and will hardly matter come election-time. Wishful thinking. Obamacare has largely been out of the news cycle for a couple of months but that is about to change. A few thoughts. The
  • Average California Obamacare Rate Increase Only 4%––Success!!!

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The weighted average increase for plans being sold on the Obamacare California public exchange in 2015 will be 4%. So, that means Obamacare is working really well, right? Well, wait a minute. Let's consider a few things: This week the California insurance commissioner reported that the average unsubsidized 2014 rate increase carriers charged going into Obamacare was between 22% and 88%. That
  • Halbig Decision Puts Obamacare Back on the Front Burner and Will Give Republicans a Huge Political Headache

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Today's 2-1 decision by the DC Court of Appeals striking down federal premium subsidies, in at least the 27 states that opted for the feds to run their Obamacare insurance exchanges, has the potential to strike a devastating blow to the new health law. The law says that individuals can get subsidies to buy health insurance in the states that set up insurance exchanges. That appears to exclude
  • "Biggest Insurer Drops Caution, Embraces Obamacare"

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Kaiser Health News is out with that headline today reporting that UnitedHealthcare is expanding its Obamacare exchange presence planning to sell polices "in nearly half the exchanges next year." The story goes on to report that United's leadership is saying the new public marketplaces look sustainable. There may be more to it than that. Consider: A carrier laying back the first year will have
  • Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Finds Most People Who Bought Health Insurance on the Exchanges Are Happy With It and That 57% Were Previously Insured––No One Should Be Surprised On Either Count

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    Let's take a look at both of these headlines: Most People Are Happy But Kaiser only asked the people who bought health insurance on the exchanges if they were happy with what Obamacare offered them. As I have said before on this blog, two out of three subsidy eligible people did not buy a health insurance plan in the first open-enrollment. This week the administration also reported that 76%
 
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    Healthcare Economist

  • Health IT in Four Countries

    Jason Shafrin
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:27 pm
    How have different countries developed their health IT systems? A paper by Adler-Milstein et. al in Health Affairs provides some insight. I summarize their findings below. Australia. In the 1990s-early 2000s, the government supported the adoption of EHRs through federal incentives to general practitioners. These efforts focused primarily on EHRs with e-prescribing. In 2005 the national and state governments established the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) to develop a national EHR system, which included unique identifiers for patients and providers. The national EHR system that…
  • HWR + More

    Jason Shafrin
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:11 pm
    David Williams hosts this week’s Health Work Review at the Health Business Blog.  If you need more entertainment for the end of your week, check out the links below as well. Eradicating Ebola in 100 days. Teachers with coding skills. Using social media to track adverse events. Uber goes to Lambeau. “…unless they get paid differently.”
  • The Apple Watch and Health

    Jason Shafrin
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Apple recently unveiled its smart watch.  The watch not only is a mini-computer, but it can help improve your health. Pharmafile reports: The watch comes with an app that promises to calculate all kinds of data including heart rate, calories burned and other metrics in one place – and can also count how many stairs you climb. Although the Apple’s new technology is exciting, some health experts are disappointed. Much of this monitoring software and hardware is already available through a variety of existing apps from Apple and its rivals Samsung, along with Google’s…
  • Will Obamacare Increase the share of Part-Time Workers?

    Jason Shafrin
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:56 pm
    The ACA requires large employers to provide coverage to all full-time workers. However, providing insurance is costly. Will employers avoid this requirement by hiring more part-time workers? An Urban Institute report claims that this is not the case. We find no evidence that the ACA had already started increasing part-time work before 2014. We find a small increase in part-time work in 2014 beyond what would be expected at this point in the economic recovery based on prior experience since 2000. This increase in part-time work is fully attributable to an increase in involuntary part-time…
  • Health Insurance and ER Use

    Jason Shafrin
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    One of the big political selling points of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was that by providing people with health insurance, they can get the primary care they need and avoid expensive ER visits. While the expansion of health insurance never claimed to be cost savings, did the ACA reduce ER visits? A paper by Hernandez-Boussard et al. finds the following: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) extended eligibility for health insurance for young adults ages 19–25. This extension may have affected how young adults use emergency department (ED) care and other health services. To test the impact of the…
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    Age with Quality not in Crisis

  • Taking a Statin for Cholesterol? You Still Need to Exercise.

    Anthony Cirillo
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Taking a Statin for Cholesterol? You Still Need to Exercise. Older men who were prescribed statins (the cholesterol-lowering medications associated with muscle pain, fatigue and weakness) engaged in modestly lower physical activity according to a recent JAMA study. Take these? Still need to exercise. David S.H. Lee, Pharm.D., of Oregon State University/Oregon Health and Science University College of Pharmacy, Portland, and colleagues examine the relationship between self-reported physical activity and statin use with seven years of follow-up. The average age of the men in the study was nearly…
  • Our Friday Song of the Week – Start Me Up

    Anthony Cirillo
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
      Our Friday Song of the Week – Start Me Up The post Our Friday Song of the Week – Start Me Up appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Physical Activity May be Best Option for Middle-aged Women Who are Overweight or Obese to Avoid Heart Disease – Video

    Anthony Cirillo
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
      Physical Activity May be Best Option for Middle-aged Women Who are Overweight or Obese to Avoid Heart Disease – Video The post Physical Activity May be Best Option for Middle-aged Women Who are Overweight or Obese to Avoid Heart Disease – Video appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Long-Term Care Expectation and Reality – Few Prepared. More Expect Family to Take on Burden of Caregiving.

    Anthony Cirillo
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The AP-NORC study shows little has changed in our preparing for long-term care. Long-Term Care Expectation and Reality – Few Prepared. More Expect Family to Take on Burden of Caregiving. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research undertook a major study of public attitudes in 2013 related to long-term care in the United States. The report found that few Americans age 40 or older are prepared for long-term care and even fewer understand the financial costs involved. Americans 40 or older are counting on their families to provide assistance for them as they age. A second…
  • Make Educated Aging Decisions By BEing Informed. New Be.group Website Can Help

    Anthony Cirillo
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    This post brought to you by The be.group. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Educated Aging. As a healthcare marketer passionate about aging issues, I continually stress that the experience of care IS the marketing for senior care providers. Part of creating a great experience is making sure your web and social media presence are about educating people not selling. These platforms say a lot about an organization, its culture, and what you might expect should you seek its services. be.group, a non-for-profit operator of seven senior living communities in southern California,…
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • Early Observations Show Safety-Net ACOs Hold Promise To Achieve The Triple Aim And Promote Health Equity

    James Maxwell, Michael Bailit, Rachel Tobey, and Christine Barron
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Safety-net accountable care organizations (ACOs) have the potential to deliver cost-effective, patient-centered care that engages patients and contributes to achieving the Triple Aim in Medicaid. Safety-net ACOs are playing increasingly important roles in delivering care for vulnerable populations. Active ACO formation is occurring in at least 18 state Medicaid programs with considerable variability across states, although they have been slower to develop than ACOs serving Medicare or commercial populations. This post will outline five key observations regarding emerging safety-net ACOs and…
  • Narrative Matters: When The System Fails The Intertwined Needs Of Caregiver And Patient

    Tracy Gnadinger
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the September Health Affairs Narrative Matters essay, when a family caregiver becomes injured, she learns the difficulties—and costs—of caring for herself and her chronically ill husband at the same time. Suzanne Geffen Mintz’s article is freely available to all readers, or you can listen to the podcast. Don’t forget to visit the free Narrative Matters essay archive, which offers written and oral versions of current and past essays. Narrative Matters is published with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
  • Taos Pueblo: A Sovereign Nation Sees Positive Public Health Results

    Ezra Bayles
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing series written for Health Affairs Blog by local leaders from communities honored with the annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. In 2014, six winning communities were selected by RWJF from more than 250 applicants and celebrated for placing a priority on health and creating powerful partnerships to drive change. Interested communities are encouraged to apply for the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Applications are due September 17, 2014. The Taos Pueblo in New Mexico is a National Historic Landmark and one of a…
  • The Latest Health Wonk Review

    Chris Fleming
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    At Health Business Blog, David Williams is not ashamed to be a wonk in his September 11 edition of the Health Wonk Review. David highlights many great posts, including “The 125 Percent Solution,” suggested by Jonathan Skinner, Elliott Fisher, and James Weinstein on Health Affairs Blog, which would give consumers and insurers the option of paying 125 percent of the Medicare price for any health care service.  The next Health Wonk Review will be hosted by Billy Wynne at Healthcare Lighthouse on September 25.
  • ACOs, Bundled Payment Lead Health Affairs Blog August Most-Read List

    Tracy Gnadinger
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Posts on payment and delivery reform head the Health Affairs Blog top-fifteen list for August. Suzanne Delbanco and David Lansky’s post on accountable care organizations was the most-read post, followed by Tom Williams and Jill Yegian’s post on bundled payment, written in response to an article published in the August issue of Health Affairs. Next is Health Affairs’ Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil’s post on the five engagements that will define the future of health, drawn from his keynote presentation at the 2014 Colorado Health Symposium. This is followed by Rosemarie Day and coauthors’…
 
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    Medicare News Blog

  • Rashi Fein, Economist Who Urged Medicare, Dies at 88

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    13 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Dr. Fein’s ethical and humanitarian perspectives on national health care were influential from the Truman administration to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Related NewsLocal heart patient dies just weeks after finally qualifying for MedicareReinvestment of Medicare savings urgedMedicare disability recipient dies of brain tumor after having coverage interrupted
  • Ideas to Relieve a Kidney Shortage

    medicare poster
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Readers including doctors, a patient and a family member respond to an editorial. Related NewsKidney doctors question dialysis guidelinesCongress aims to ease doctor shortageComparing their ideas on Medicare
  • Per Capita Medicare Spending Is Actually Falling

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    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If the pattern continues, as the Congressional Budget Office forecasts, it will be a rarity in the Medicare program’s history. Related NewsResearch roundup: Medicare spending, community health centers, children’s dental servicesMedicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster AnymoreCMS Announces Preliminary Estimate Of 0.5% Increase In Medicare Advantage Growth Rate For 2010
  • Bracing for New Challenges in Year 2 of Health Care Law

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    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Early troubles under the Affordable Care Act are expected to be replaced by new difficulties as insurance prices fluctuate and more people sign up. Related NewsDoctors bracing for Medicare pay cutsNATION: Medicare premiums drop, enrollment rises in health care lawOverhauling health care, food safety issues among challenges awaiting Sebelius as health chief
  • End-of-Life Talks May Finally Overcome Politics

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    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Medicare may cover advance care planning that was once decried as “death panels,” and some private insurers are not waiting for the political process. Related NewsMedicare revives end-of-life planningMedicare covers end-of-life discussionsBackpedaling, Under Pressure, on End-of-Life Talks
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  • We physicians need a Ganesh attitude

    rcentor
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    Over the years, I have had the great fortune to learn about different cultures and religions. I have many colleagues and residents who are Hindu. They have taught me about Ganesh. For those of you who do not know about Ganesh, this paragraph gives a summary: In general terms, Ganesha is a much beloved and frequently invoked divinity, since he is the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity and fortune and also the Destroyer of Obstacles of a material or spiritual order. It is for this reason that his grace is invoked before the undertaking of any task (e.g. traveling, taking an…
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference – a clinical problem solving opportunity

    rcentor
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    For over 5 years, at our Huntsville campus, we have inserted M&M into our Grand Rounds schedule. We started our series for the Family Medicine senior residents. Once the Internal Medicine program started and had senior residents we expanded the number of M&M slots so that we now have 12 Family Medicine weeks and 8 Internal Medicine weeks. We believe our format is a bit different. The resident presents the information in chunks (one slide at a time). The moderator then challenges the remaining residents to speculate on what is wrong with the patient, what further information they…
  • EHRs – why good ideas do not always work

    rcentor
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Any entrepreneur will tell you that not all their brilliant ideas work. Any researcher will tell you the same thing. As we develop great ideas, we cannot work through all the implications of those ideas. One attribute of great managers involves knowing when to go to plan B. James Yorke stated, “”The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.” Unfortunately, the EHR road has no apparent exits. We have no plan B. Once we enter the EHR road, we are going 100 MPH with no exits, no brakes, and mounting obstacles in the road. OK, please excuse me my attempt at…
  • The weight loss project – dietary choices

    rcentor
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Yesterday I blogged about carbohydrates. As I have reflected and read about carbohydrates over the past 24 hours, I also thought about my food choices doing my weight loss project. Losing weight and maintaining ones new weight usually involves both increasing movement and modifying how one eats. Without having a plan, as I reflect, decreasing carbohydrates has dominated my modification. My maintenance diet is not “low carb” but rather “decreased carb”. Perhaps some specific choices will clarify my choices. I love the occasional hamburger. Over the past months I have…
  • Decreasing carbs – an idea whose time has come

    rcentor
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Woody Allen’s brilliant 1973 comedy – Sleeper – had this quote Dr. Melik: This morning for breakfast he requested something called “wheat germ, organic honey and tiger’s milk.” Dr. Aragon: [chuckling] Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties. Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or… hot fudge? Dr. Aragon: Those were thought to be unhealthy… precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true. Dr. Melik: Incredible. Regular readers know that I…
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  • The effects of multiple sub-concussion head blows in football

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Two research  groups have demonstrated brain imaging findings in collegiate football players over the course of a season.Importantly these abnormal finding occurred in players who did not experience a concussion..While concussions occurring at all levels of football competition has finally attracted some long overdue attention,more recently the significance of so called " sub-concussive" head blows is under scrutiny.Bazarian et al studied 10 college football players over the course of one season. ( "Persistent Long Term cerebral White Matter Changes after Sports related Repetitive Head…
  • What would happen if Choosing Wisely became the medical "law of the land"?

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Choosing Wisely (CW) is an initiative or campaign lead by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIMF) to change the thinking of physicians and patients so that the choice of  medical tests and treatments are chosen  wisely in such a way as to greatly reduce waste of resources and harm to the patient.It began as an apparent low-key program to simply have the physician and her patient sit down together and have conversation about what needed to be done in a particular patient's case and it continues in part to be marketed as such. So, if for example that a given test,…
  • The crusade to change medical ethics,custom and practice gains momentum

    6 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The mega-thought leaders,the established leadership of some of the major,influential professional medical organizations, and an alarming numbers of fellow travelers are on a quest to change the thinking of the worker-bee physicians,and the general public (who are either now patients or potential patients) from the long established model of the physician as an advocate and fiduciary to the patient to one in which the physician is a steward  of "scarce medical resources" which are characterized as being owned by society.But the physicians who are tricked into acting in that way are not…
  • Is "low value [medical] care like Justice's Stewart's definition of pornography?

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    In a 1964 obscenity case, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart admitted that he might not be able to specifically define the parameters of pornography but " I know it when I see it".I wonder if a similar situation exists with the concept of low value medical care (LVC) which is  a main talking point in a campaign spearheaded by the American Board of Medicine Foundation (ABIMF).Surely this term is not just a floating abstraction. I thought I had  simply missed the definition in reading about LVC. Off to Google to enter "definition of Low value care". Neither Google nor Bing lead me…
  • Population medicine approach meets Public Choice theory and practice

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    What happens with the population medicine approach (PMA) when one considers how thing really work according to the insights of public choice theory (PCT). Spoiler alert-you get much more cronyism,favoritism,and focused benefits and diffused costs with certain special interest groups profiting greatly.Considering what went on with the writing of ACA what groups would be likely to profit from a governmental run PMA? Big Pharma,big health care insurance , big hospital system,big prescription drug management companies,and lots of consultants who will claim to be able to explain it all.Recall some…
 
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  • Higher Authorities? - Pharmaceutical Companies, Addiction Experts, and Marijuana Policy

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    We have often discussed the web of conflicts of interest that is draped over medicine and health care, and seems responsible for much of our current health care dysfunction.  We have discussed examples of conflicts of interest affecting clinical research, clinical teaching, clinical care, and health care policy.  Each time I think we must have cataloged all the useful examples, a striking new one appears.So, let us get down into the weeds, so to speak, in the trendy new area of marijuana policy.I am not about to express an opinion on whether marijuana will prove to be useful in…
  • Does organized medicine need to "man up" on healthcare information technology risk and harms?

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    After reading a number of articles on healthcare IT problems over the past few years authored by leaders of organized medicine, please excuse me if I wonder out loud if organized medicine's leadership does not suffer from healthcare IT ignorance, low "T", or both.Case in point, a article by Robert B. Doherty, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs & Public Policy, American College of Physicians that appeared in the Philadelphia newspapers blog site "The Field Clinic" today, Monday, September 8, 2014.The article is entitled "Why doctors hate electronic health records" (no kindness…
  • Logical Fallacies in Defense of the PARADIGM - HF Trial of Valsartan - Sacubitril, Suppsedly the "Game Changer" for Heart Failure

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    We frequently discuss how commercial sponsors manipulate clinical research to serve their interests.  There have been many cases of commercially sponsored controlled trials ostensibly designed to assess their sponsors' products manipulated to make these products look better.Unfortunately, often such manipulation seems to escape public notice.  What skepticism they may generate often gets little notice, an example of the anechoic effect.  Very rarely do the people responsible for the trial deign to address skeptical criticism. However, we recently noted that cogent…
  • EHR safety, a false sense of security, and epistemological problems in the Medical Informatics community

    5 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Neil Versel is an author of many articles about healthcare information technology.  He recently published "Patient safety in the balance: Questions mount about EHRs and a wide range of patient safety concerns" (http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/patient-safety-balance) in Healthcare IT News, August 27, 2014, also appearing in the Sept. 2014 print edition.His article contained a sidebar on my views "A 'false sense of security'" (http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/false-sense-security).I thought my feedback back to him would be of interest, centering on a published comment of the…
  • Sacubitril - Valsartan, a "New Threshold of Hope" or Hype for Heart Failure?

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Summer must be over, because the next new blockbuster drug appears to be here.  At the end of August, the media heralded the results of a study of a new product for congestive heart failure (CHF) from Novartis.Novartis' New "Game Changer" The New York Times article was fairly restrained, simply saying ithas shown a striking efficacy in prolonging the lives of people with heart failureThe Reuters article's headline saidNew Novartis drug may upend heart failure treatmentIn Forbes, Matthew Herper called it aGame ChangerThe accompanying editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine (1)…
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  • Patients Killing Doctors

    4 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    A discussion starting on a bioethics listserv to which I subscribe. The opening of the thread and followed by 2 responses.  Would you want and are you in favor for your physician to have a gun available in his or her office accessible for self-protection?  ..Maurice. The current issue of the New Yorker (Aug. 25, 2014) has a man-bites-dog story "Under the Knife" (pp. 30-35) about an epidemic of doctor-killings by Chinese patients Physicians, of course, have been (mostly inadvertently) killing patients throughout the history of medicine. With a few notable exceptions (…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 69

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    As we continue on communicating about all the issues of patient modesty, I find that I may have been suggesting a wrong approach for my visitors to help resolve these issues: "speaking up"  to physicians and the medical system. "Up" suggests that the patient is somehow less significant and is inferior in the patient-doctor/medical system relationship.  And I don't believe this is true. Even though the patient may be the one who is ill, to meet the medical system's professional responsibilities, the system cannot act alone and must give equal attention to the patient as to their own…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 68

    3 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    As I have previously noted on this long running thread, there appears to be a metamorphosis from repeated descriptions in various details of personal physical modesty experiences and injuries to more generalized conversations with a philosophical, ethical or legal point of discussion. It is these latter postings which will be more directed toward discussing ways to actually change the medical system, either piecemeal or overall, to prevent or mitigate the possibilities that such personal experiences as noted in previous Volumes will happen.  It is my opinion now, whether or not the…
  • Patient Modesty: Volume 67

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
     So with Volume 66 reaching some 170 postings, we should move on to this Volume 67.  What is special on starting this new Volume is the fact that Artiger  joined us in Volume 66.  Artiger is a male physician (surgeon) verified by the Medscape medical website, where we both participate, who has provided us  with the long-needed professional input and education from the outside of this blog.  It appears that those writing to this thread have found his comments of interest and has accepted his presence here.  I have no idea how long Artiger will stick around…
  • "P in a Pod":(Physician Owned Distributorship): Physicians as Investors and Distributors in the Gadget Placed in Your Spine

    17 Jun 2014 | 3:36 pm
    If you have chronic back pain and your doctor refers you to an orthopedic surgeon who tells you that he or she can relieve the pain by inserting an appliance in your spine, there is a worry that the surgeon may be offering the surgery mainly for the surgeon's financial interest in that very appliance.  What is "Physician Owned Distributorship" (POD) and what is its significance to medical practice and the ethical and lawful behavior of the profession?  To get some insight into the POD and its current status, what follows is an explanation as copied from an investigation published by…
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  • Susceptible to Ebola, immune to criticism

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Karl Marx famously wrote that "... philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." The quote by Marx is sometimes used to bash 'academics' in the name of world-changers, men (and women) of enterprise, the 'hands-on' types, interveners, implementers, and so on: what we need is action, not thinking! This, of course, this turns Marx into a cartoon. If he knew the shortcomings of thought without action, Marx also recognised the perils of action without thought. Marx was a German philosopher. He thought for a living. But that hasn't stopped…
  • Ebola ethics

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Interesting to see the kinds of attention that has been given to the most recent Ebola outbreak in Africa. Part of the reason is that it is a serious epidemic, causing nearly a thousand deaths so far, and it is occurring in West Africa, rather than its usual stomping ground of the Democratic Republic of Congo and thereabouts. Another reason is that some Americans overseas have been infected, and medically evacuated back home, so the story involves not only the familiar 'death exoticism' of faraway anonymous Africans, but has a US domestic component as well.Perhaps because it involves American…
  • Bring out your infected!

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Public health emergencies reveal a brutal survivalist ethic within societies that normally lies suppressed. Normally, we are supposed to care about the individual choices of fellow citizens and protect their rights, but when an easily transmissible, life-threatening and incurable disease spreads in communities and exceeds our control efforts, rights and choices are transformed into dangerous niceties. That is when the sharper tools in the public health toolbox get pulled out: the involuntary interventions for the common good, the isolation, the quarantine, the mandatory testing. This all…
  • CIA-sponsored vaccination programs: spin and tailspin

    20 May 2014 | 10:55 am
    According to Wikipedia, the concept of 'spin' in public relations circles refers to "... a form of propaganda, achieved through providing an interpretation of an event or campaign to persuade public opinion in favour or against a certain organisation or public figure. While traditional public relations may also rely on creative presentation of the facts, 'spin' often implies disingenuous, deceptive and/or highly manipulative tactics."It might be worth adding a related concept to the public health vocabulary: tailspin. Tailspin is when, in the attempt to massage facts to persuade the public,…
  • Workshop on ethical and social science implications of HIV cure research

    2 May 2014 | 8:17 am
    Now here is a piece of shameless promotion. I am currently co-Principal Investigator (along with Dr. Joseph Tucker) of a NIH-funded research grant exploring the ethical and social implications of research currently taking place on a cure for HIV. As part of this project, our working group -- with generous support from the Brocher Foundation and the UNC Center for AIDS Research -- are holding a workshop next week on this topic at Brocher's swanky conference center on the shores of Lake Geneva. Roughing it, I know. We will even have a Tweetmeister (or whatever they are called), sending real…
 
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  • Obamacare Enrollment 2015: How Many People Will Sign Up Next Year? (Public Support for Obamacare Is About to Turn a Corner) Part 1

    Maggie Mahar
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, some 10 million previously uninsured adults gained coverage during the open enrollment period that began on October 1, 2013. Last month, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that the share of Americans who are “going naked” has plummeted from 21 percent in September of 2013 to 16.3 percent in April of this year. Even though open enrollment officially ended on March 31, 2014, people are continuing to sign up. Anyone who experiences a major life change (getting divorced, losing a job, having a baby) can still purchase insurance on the Exchanges…
  • OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT (part 2) Who Will Remain Opposed to Obamacare in 2015? “Zero-Sum Thinking”

    Maggie Mahar
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In 2015, I predict that Obamacare enrollment will soar, matching 2014’s success This may seem counter-intuitive. After all, inrecent months, the public’s perception of Obamacare seems to have soured. The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation’s health care tracking poll for July reveals that 53% of those surveyed last month said they view the Affordable Care Act unfavorably—a jump of 8 percentage points since June.  July’s results mark the first time since January, that more than half of all Americans opposed the health reform law Is this because people who have enrolled in the Exchanges are…
  • Border Crisis: Fictions v. Facts (Part 2 of “Children from Central America”)

    Maggie Mahar
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Despite extensive media coverage, there is probably much that you don’t know about the history of the border crisis—and what we can or should do in response. Too often the headlines are designed to stir passions, rather than inform. At the end of next week, Congress will leave for its five-week August Recess. Between now and then legislators will be debating the issues, and no doubt many of your friends will be taking positions. Here are the facts you need when weighing what you hear–whether on television or at a neighbor’s barbecue.  Are you aware that since President…
  • Children from Central America Surge Across Our Border: Congress Must Now Decide Whether to Change the Immigration Law that George W. Bush Signed in 2008

    Maggie Mahar
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    If you think fertilized eggs are people but refugee kids aren’t, you’re going to have to stop pretending your concerns are religious– Syd’s SoapBox News reports have been filled with conflicting theories explaining why tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, have been streaming into the U.S.  Some observers say that their parents are sending them here, so that they can take advantage of the social services and free education available in the U.S. Others argue that they are not coming here willingly, but that they have been forced to…
  • Polarized Politics Led To Cantor’s Defeat– and Cochran’s Victory. Why the “Uncommitted Center” Is So Important (Cantor part 2)

    Maggie Mahar
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Please scroll down for Part 1 of this post.  When House Majority leader Eric Cantor lost his seat to ultra-conservative David Brat, the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus summed up the majority view among political pundits: “The episode offers a disturbing commentary about the poisonous, polarized state of American politics.”   I cannot agree. I don’t think “polarization” is toxic.  To the contrary, as the poet William Blake once wrote “Without Contraries, No Progress.”  Conflict can clarify issues, and help us move forward.  Indeed, the clash of opinions is a time-honored way…
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  • HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum: Managing Social Media While Protecting Privacy and Security

    David Harlow
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
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    David Harlow
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
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  • Health Care Conferences This Fall

    David Harlow
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
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  • Massive data breach. Time for sports analogies?

    David Harlow
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
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  • Practice Pointers in the Wake of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Privacy Settlement

    David Harlow
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
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  • Published This Week

    Katharine Van Tassel
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Sean T. Murphy, Redefining the Practice of Medicine: Euthanasia in Quebec, SSRN. Jennifer M. Jørgensen, Paula L. Hedley, Mickey Gjerris, Michael Christiansen, Ethical Issues Related to Screening for Preeclampsia, 28 Bioethics 360 (2014). Rob Lovering, The Substance View: A Critique...
  • Writing Competition: Thomas Jefferson School of Law Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law

    Katharine Van Tassel
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law Announces the First Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition Purpose The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and...
  • Call For Papers: The Social, Ethical, and Legal Consequences of Sports-Related Brain Injuries

    Katharine Van Tassel
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Journal of Law and Health You are invited to submit an Article for possible inclusion in the Journal of Law & Health’s Annual Symposium: The Social, Ethical, and Legal Consequences of Sports-Related Brain Injuries. The Journal...
  • Guest Blogger Professor Wendy Parmet: Defining Public Health Emergencies

    Katharine Van Tassel
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    What makes a public health threat an emergency? In this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, Rebecca Haffajee, Michelle M. Mello and I ask this question in connection with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s decision last spring to declare the opioid-addiction...
  • Guest Blogger Assistant Professor Jennifer A. Brobst: A Lesser Right to Die for Pregnant Women

    Katharine Van Tassel
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    This week, at Southern Illinois University School of Law, our annual Grayson Distinguished Lecture in health law featured Texas family law attorney Jessica Hall Janicek. Janicek successfully represented the family of Marlise Muñoz, who petitioned the state court in January...
 
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  • Hospital business model threatened, but retail outlook bright

    Anthony Brino
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    The currents of health reform and consumerization are getting more treacherous for incumbent hospital businesses, according to a new report by Standard and Poor’s Rating Services. With an influx of newly-insured populations and the growth of Medicare’s baby boomers, American healthcare continues to be a massive market for goods and services. The landscape, however, is shifting for better and worse, depending on the market segment. read more
  • Innovating human resources

    Anthony Brino
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    The human resources department may not be the first department in a health system that comes to mind in the transition to value-based care, but it is increasingly being seen as a source for potential innovation. According to an annual survey by HealthcareSource and the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Association (ASHHRA), from new screening and shadowing programs to retention and continuing education, human resources is key to managing healthcare reform goals. read more
  • Can ACOs succeed? 6 key questions

    Samantha DuPont
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    If you ask healthcare leaders what they think about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), you won’t be short on answers. In a time when healthcare spending continues to rise, people are desperate to see something succeed in improving the quality and cost of care. ACOs are captivating because they contain elements of care delivery that most experts agree should improve healthcare: financial risk sharing, electronic health records, quality benchmarks, patient engagement, and care coordination, to name a few. read more
  • CMS offers a RAC truce

    Anthony Brino
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    Have a lot of claims trapped in the abyss of a recovery audit appeal? Now there’s a chance to make a deal with the feds. Amid a massive backlog of hospital inpatient claims appeals at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is giving providers the chance to settle up and get paid – at least in large part. read more
  • Spinning data into gold

    David Weldon
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    With the big push toward data collecting and using data to lower costs and improve patient care, healthcare organizations are finding themselves in need of data analysts. “The focus on quality and consistency of care” is driving the demand, said Kara Chacon, senior corporate recruiter at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in Washington, where more than half of the 300-member staff is involved in analytics, research and business intelligence. “It seems like every healthcare organization is looking for an analyst of some type.” read more
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  • AAFP calls for medical education reform

    Healthcare Finance News Staff
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    The current hospital-based system of graduate medical education does not meet the needs of modern healthcare delivery or the training of the future physician workforce, according to a new reform proposal by the American Academy of Family Physicians. read more
  • Shrinking energy costs

    Rodney J. Moore
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    Energy costs eat up a chunk of a hospital’s budget. Demand response may help shrink those costs. read more
  • On the Move: Finance

    Richard Pizzi
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Effective Oct. 13, Rhonda Anderson will be chief financial officer at St. Louis-based Ascension Health. She is currently CFO at an Ascension affiliate in Milwaukee, and will replace Katherine Arbuckle, who is retiring. Henry Ford Health System in Detroit has named Edward G. Chadwick executive vice president and chief financial officer. Most recently, Chadwick served as executive vice president and CFO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. read more
  • Rethinking the proton center investment

    Anthony Brino
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    The Midwest’s first proton beam cancer therapy center is closing its doors amid ongoing efficacy questions and financial struggles. This and other developments should leave health systems considering investing in proton therapy treading cautiously – but not ruling it out altogether. On the advice of an outside review committee, Indiana University Health is closing its proton therapy center early next year, once the current roster of patients have completed treatment. read more
  • Health spending speeding up? Not so fast

    Jay Hancock
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    Doctors and hospitals treated more patients and collected more payments in the spring as millions gained insurance coverage under the health law, new figures from the government show. But analysts called the second-quarter increases modest and said there is little evidence to suggest that wider coverage and a recovering economy are pushing health spending growth to the painful levels of a decade ago. read more
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  • AAFP calls for medical education reform

    Healthcare Finance News Staff
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    The current hospital-based system of graduate medical education does not meet the needs of modern healthcare delivery or the training of the future physician workforce, according to a new reform proposal by the American Academy of Family Physicians. read more
  • Health spending speeding up? Not so fast

    Jay Hancock
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    Doctors and hospitals treated more patients and collected more payments in the spring as millions gained insurance coverage under the health law, new figures from the government show. But analysts called the second-quarter increases modest and said there is little evidence to suggest that wider coverage and a recovering economy are pushing health spending growth to the painful levels of a decade ago. read more
  • Aetna expands ACO agreements in New York

    Richard Pizzi
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    Weill Cornell Physicians, Cornell University’s physician group, has inked a new accountable care agreement with Aetna, intended to enhance care for approximately 9,000 of the insurer's commercial and Medicare members in New York. “This collaboration will add to the effort of aligning our Weill Cornell faculty with the Triple Aim of improving quality, lowering costs and performing population-health management,” said Michael Wolk, MD, chair of the Weill Cornell Physicians’ Managed Care Committee, in a press release. read more
  • The intersection of quality and finance

    Mary Mosquera
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    In the first part of our conversation with Money Atwal, who is both CFO and CIO at Hilo Medical Center in Hilo, Hawaii, he told us about how he and his team were digging into hospital operations. In the second half of that conversation, he talks about the intersection of quality, finance and technology. [See also: Hawaiian CFO digs deep to mine revenue.] Q. How are quality and finance correlated? read more
  • Kaiser taps solar power

    Rodney J. Moore
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Solar power is not new to Kaiser Permanente, but the California-based health system is planning to ramp up its usage. In July, Kaiser Permanente announced a program to install on-site solar at over 100 hospitals. It installed solar panels at 13 locations in 2011, including hospitals, medical offices and a distribution center. With a generation capacity of 11.3 megawatts, these arrays generated 18 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in 2013 – equivalent to the electricity use of about 1, 200 average American homes each year. read more
 
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  • Avanir’s drug reduces Alzheimer’s related agitation in trial

    Newsdesk
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
          “An estimated six million Americans have Alzheimer’s, a number that has doubled since 1980 and is expected to be as high as 16 million by 2050, the company said.”   Source: Reuters*   (Reuters) - Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc said its drug was more effective in reducing agitation associated with Alzheimer’s, compared with a placebo, […]
  • Public Policy & Aging Report sets national agenda for long-term care

    Newsdesk
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Add Your Opinion On This ArticleJoin the discussion Please note that we publish the name you give us, but we do not publish your email address. We will email you to let you know when your comment has been published but will not use it for any other purpose. Please see our privacy policy for […]
  • Nearly half of older adults have care needs

    Newsdesk
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Nearly half of older adults – 18 million people – have difficulty or get help with daily activities, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Michigan and the Urban Institute analyzed data from a national sample of older adults drawn from Medicare enrollment files. In all, 8,245 people were included in the […]
  • Fundraisers join fight against dementia at Peterborough Memory Walk

    Newsdesk
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    More than 300 people took part in the Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows which is expected to have raised over £10,000 for people with dementia and their carers. Walkers were set off by Caroline Ignatius, 32, who started organising Peterborough Memory Walk two years ago following her mum’s diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2010 […]
  • Call on Welsh Government for more support for people with dementia

    Newsdesk
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    Key findings include: Just over half of people with dementia in Wales (55 per cent) reported to be living well 7 out of 10 people were living with another medical condition or disability as well as dementia Over half (55 per cent) said they had felt anxious or depressed recently Also published today (Wednesday 10 […]
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  • Baylor student, Megan Ritzi condition update

    Scott & White Staff
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Megan Ritzi, 18, of Fort Worth is nearing the end of her treatment at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas. The Baylor University student survived an automobile accident in July, which occurred as she and three other students were traveling to a clarinet performance in Louisiana. She was initially transported to Scott & White Memorial […]
  • Temple survey finds interest in worksite health clinics

    Scott Clark
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The chamber’s survey found 10 percent of businesses with more than 50 employees were considering offering health care at their place of business. Scott & White, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is using the data to help plan for the future.
  • Scott & White Memorial Hospital recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review

    Deontrea Jones
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    TEMPLE, Texas – Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, was honored in the 2014 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs. According to Becker’s, organizations who made this year’s list are leading the way in quality patient care, cancer outcomes […]
  • Dr. William Rayburn to be honored by Texas A&M College of Medicine

    Scott Clark
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Dr. Rayburn will be honored at the College of Medicine donor recognition dinner at Traditions Country Club in Bryan. Mike Middleton, M.D, a College of Medicine Alumni Association trustee, will present the award. He was selected based on his community and medical education achievements.
 
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  • The End

    rkschwab
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    The first post on this blog was added on November 12, 2004 – it’s hard to believe I’ve been writing online about various aspects of healthcare for almost ten years. When I started this site, originally named MSSPNexus, (Medical Staff Service Professionals) the focus of my writing was current news and standards pertaining to hospital medical staff administration.  Later, as my career took a different path, I added risk management and over the past few years patient blood management into the mix. In 2004 being a healthcare blogger was a heady experience; there…
  • The Patient Safety Movement

    rkschwab
    27 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    ZERO Preventable Patient Deaths by 2020 The Patient Safety Movement is connecting People, Ideas and Technology to confront the large scale problem of over 200,000 preventable patient deaths in US hospitals each year by providing actionable ideas and innovations that can transform the process of care, dramatically improve patient safety and help eliminate patient preventable deaths. We are doing this one solution, one commitment, one hospital, one act of kindness and love, and one patient at a time. The movement is breaking down silos between hospitals, medical technology companies, patient…
  • Choosing Wisely – Critical Care Societies Collaborative

    rkschwab
    30 Jan 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Healthcare professionals tend, like everyone else, to make some choices based on habit or training.  The web site Choosing Wisely encourages physicians and patients to question some of those routine choices. Choosing Wisely aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is: Supported by evidence Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received Free from harm Truly necessary One of the lists on the site is from the Critical Care Societies Collaborative; five things physicians and patients should question: 1.  Don’t order…
  • Did You Know?

    rkschwab
    26 Dec 2013 | 10:10 am
    There are numerous benefits to applying blood conservation principles in patient care, most often referred to as Patient Blood Management. For example: Allogeneic transfusion is emerging as a potent risk factor for many complications commonly seen in hospitalized patients. –  Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/msj.21290/full   Donated blood doesn’t transfer oxygen from the blood to the body tissues as effectively as the patient’s own blood does. -  Forbes …
  • Have We Lost the Art of Medicine?

    rkschwab
    26 Nov 2013 | 2:24 pm
    Experienced Caregiver Shares 3 Tips for Injecting Humanity into an Often Cold & Arbitrary Heath-Care System As a well-traveled, well-educated couple who spent most of their lives in New York City, Philip and Ruth Barash had witnessed and experienced much as they approached their golden years. A savvy New York couple, they’d learned to anticipate challenges. Philip was a U.S. Army veteran who’d served in the Korean War and later became an attorney; Ruth’s education and experience includes philosophy, art, real estate, public relations and executive-level civic work. But one problem…
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  • 5 Strategies to Get Executives Engaged and Excited About Twitter

    Jordon Goulder
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    If you read my June 2014 blog post about why executives should get involved with Twitter, then you should have a good understanding of the business benefits of a socially-engaged company executive. In that post, I discussed how Twitter-savvy business leaders can help increase brand recognition, find talent and more. Now you are ready to […]
  • Taking a Holistic View of Electronic Health Records

    Davida Dinerman
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    In my years of working with technology companies I have learned that even the best technology cannot overcome bad process. For technology to make an impact on healthcare efficiency and patient outcomes, computer systems must be interoperable, and must allow people to use data in a valuable way. These issues intersected recently, as reported in […]
  • Know Your Audience: Best Practices for Doing PR in China

    Darah Roslyn
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Given its fast growing economy, China attracts businesses of all sizes, and many companies believe that they need to compete in the Chinese market if their company is going to be a leader in their industry. It is a country that is developing at a rapid pace—and it’s the uniqueness of its culture and history […]
  • #ICYMI: PRSA Boston’s The Digital Agency Event

    Caitlin Mahler
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    By Caitlin Mahler and Antonia Rutter Facebook and Twitter and YouTube, oh my! Welcome to the world of the digital agency where these platforms aren’t a faux-pas, they’re a big piece of business. Last week PRSA Boston held a panel discussion on the changing face of agencies in the digital era. Peter Panagopoulos, director of […]
  • When B2B Tech Memes Go Bad

    Mark McClennan
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    We spend a lot of time celebrating the great work we do for our clients, and the industry honors the best campaigns of the year through awards such as the PRSA Silver Anvil and Holmes Report Sabre Awards. But not everything all PR professionals do is a home run, particularly if you try to insert […]
 
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    World of DTC Marketing.com

  • If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything

    Richard Meyer
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    POST SUMMARY: If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. Pharma marketing cannot evolve and be a required company specialty if marketers work in an environment of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • H2H Marketing in Biopharma: A Utopian ideal, naïveté or the inevitable and needed conclusion.

    Richard Meyer
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    Summary: Guest blogger Alfred O’Neill discusses the emerging mass market marketing philosophy called H2H – Human2Human – and how it is best applied in Biopharma industry. He also offers some examples... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DTC marketers: listen to your audience via social media

    Richard Meyer
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    POST SUMMARY:  DTC marketers can learn a lot if they just listen to their target audience via social media as it can yield a wealth of information and patient insights into current marketing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DTC marketers: Risk adverse?

    Richard Meyer
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    POST SUMMARY: Taking risks is important for innovation yet when several hundred professionals were asked what would happen if they developed and tried “new and untested ideas,” only 17% said that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What has changed when patients chose healthcare treatments?

    Richard Meyer
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    POST SUMMARY: Most DTC marketing does not acknowledge that the way patients chose healthcare treatments, including prescription drugs, has changed over the last 3-5 years.  Today it’s more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    FierceHealthPayer News

  • Payer-provider collaborations seek to answer proton beam therapy questions

    Dori Zweig
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    When it comes to high-priced clinical treatments with murky evidence of effectiveness, proton beam therapy takes the cake. As hospitals rake in the profits, payers are left with the bill for a treatment that can cost $30,000 more than other types of radiation therapies. read more
  • States game Medicaid for millions

    Dori Zweig
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Many states avoid paying their share of Medicaid expenses, an issue the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has known about for more than a decade, according to the Washington Post.read more
  • Midterm elections could impact Medicaid expansion

    Dina Overland
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Five hotly contested governor races could have a big impact on Medicaid expansion. If the Democrats take Florida, Maine, Kansas, Wisconsin and Georgia, an additional 1.7 million people would likely become eligible for Medicaid coverage.read more
  • Insurers fight provider consolidation

    Dina Overland
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:13 pm
    As the trend toward hospital mergers and acquisitions continues, America's Health Insurance Plans is pushing back against consolidation, saying it jeopardizes insurers' attempts to move toward a value-based reimbursement systemread more
  • New Apple Watch: Should insurers foot the bill for popular but untested tech?

    Diana Manos
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthPayer,  Harry Greenspun, M.D., director of Deloitte's Center for Health Solutions, explains what technology like the new Apple watch means for payers.read more
 
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • Practice Manager Solutions is Under Construction

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    If you have been reading our recent broadcasts then you are aware that we have been under some construction here at Practice Manager Solutions’ office.  It had become glaringly obvious that we needed improved software and a better in-house tracking system.  In fact, the consulting business here is very similar to treating patients.  I’m going to pull back the curtain and share some of our processes with you so you can see if you get the similarities to your business, feel our pain and possibly learn some techniques that may help you. We knew that our client lifecycle was at best my…
  • Employment law as it relates to your healthcare business – a conversation with Jacqueline Rogers – podcast 102

    Carey Green
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In this episode of More for Your Practice I’m talking with Jackie Rogers and we’ll be answering your questions about human resources and the busy medical practice. Jacqueline Rogers founded Tri-HR Solutions; a company specializing in providing full Service Human Resources services for small, medium size businesses, not for profit and government agencies, Tri-HR Healthcare – temporary staffing for the healthcare industry and Tri-HR Staffing – temporary staffing for clerical and administrative positions. The company provides services to privately held client companies in…
  • Are you ready for Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program?

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    On March 31, 2014, Linda Sanches, MPH, Senior Advisor, Health Information Privacy in the Office for Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, presented information about Phase 2 of the OCR Audits of  HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification. The new program, which will begin in October of 2014 and run into 2015, is very different from the 2012 Phase 1 program.  These audits will be conducted primarily by OCR internal staff, not an outside agency, and will be, for now, desk audits (offsite review) of requested documentation.  This round of audits will…
  • Transforming Diabetes for Your Patients’ Health: a conversation with Mary Costa and Nancy Ferris – Podcast 101

    Carey Green
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Mary Costa, a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator is also the president and CEO of “Transform Your Diabetes Health”.  Nancy Ferris is a Lifestyle Breakthrough coach who specializes in helping individuals create maximum health and wellness.  As guests on the show, they explain their new site www.tydh.org which is offering ongoing education for diabetic patients and giving healthcare providers the educational tools and resources to support patients with diabetes. Mary Costa, a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator has worked for one of the largest HMO’s in the…
  • A 4-Point Plan for Extending Courtesy Through Your Clinic’s Calendar

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I want to thank Sue Jacques for providing this week’s blog post. Please enjoy! While most people struggle to some degree with punctuality, staying on time is particularly challenging for those who work in medical clinics. Why? Because health care professionals need to be prepared to adjust their agendas at the drop of a hat in order to handle unforeseen and urgent medical matters. But let’s face it; unexpected emergencies aren’t the only reason a practice’s timetable can go out the window.  Personal disorganization, poor communication, and unrealistic scheduling are other common…
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    Georgia Health News

  • Another important change in state benefit plan

    Andy Miller
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is dropping its Medicare Advantage plan for next year for retirees in the State Health Benefit Plan. That means UnitedHealthcare will be the sole provider of the Advantage plans for 2015. (Blue Cross is the sole provider for 2014.) The Georgia Department of Community Health is informing retiree health plan members about the Blue Cross move through email and letter this month, letting them know that the decision won’t affect the coverage in effect for the current year. Medicare Advantage is a health plan offered by a private company that contracts with…
  • Georgia health centers get funding to expand care

    Andy Miller
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    A federal agency has awarded $6.9 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 30 community health centers in Georgia that will help expand their primary care services. Sylvia Burwell That funding was part of $295 million awarded nationally to 1,195 health centers by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “Health centers are a key part of how the Affordable Care Act is working to improve access to care for millions of Americans,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell in announcing the grants Friday. “These funds will enable health centers to provide high-quality primary health…
  • ‘Water lady’ on front lines in campaign against arsenic in Georgia wells

    Andy Miller and Lee Adcock
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Janet McMahan preaches the use of water filters to eliminate contaminants in household water from wells.   Janet McMahan figured it out five years ago — just before her son Ben was diagnosed with cancer. Starting in 2008, she had skin cancers erupting all over her body, including parts “where the sun don’t shine.” Her two dogs had also developed cancer. McMahan had just given a talk about world hunger at an Irwin County church, and had read about Bangladesh. In that impoverished South Asian country, millions of people were being exposed to arsenic in their drinking water from…
  • What you need to know on enterovirus

    WebMD
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    What parents should know about enterovirus D68, a respiratory illness that is striking children. By WebMD for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Suicides rise in middle-aged men

    NPR
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The suicide rate for middle-aged men eclipses older men, who have had the highest rate. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
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    Gesundheit über alles ....

  • Private Backlinks

    Flavio Steffan
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Der Begriff Backlinks dürfte mittlerweile jedem etwas sagen, doch worum handelt es sich bei privaten Backlinks eigentlich? Eigentlich kann man sich fast denken, worum es hier geht. Private Backlinks sind einfach gesagt Links, die von Familienmitgliedern, Freunden oder Bekannten im Internet gesetzt werden. Natürlich kann man auf diese Weise nicht so erfolgreich werden, als wenn Backlinks bei einer professionellen Agentur gekauft werden, allerdings bringt es gerade am Anfang viel, wenn Backlinks von allen Bekannten und Helfern im Netz verstreut werden. Geschäftspartner und Arbeitskollegen…
  • Die richtige Zahnpflege

    Flavio Steffan
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Das tägliche Putzen der Zähne ist wichtig, um auch später noch gesunde und weiße Beißer zu haben. Das lernen bereits Kinder im Kindergarten, doch viele Erwachsene nehmen es mit der Zahnpflege nicht so ernst, was sich recht schnell bemerkbar macht. Es ist außerdem gar nicht so einfach die richtige Zahnpflege zu finden. Soll man ohne Ende Bürsten, Zahnseide verwenden oder doch lieber ein gutes Mundwasser? Fest steht, dass eine gute Zahncreme nicht teuer sein muss. Wichtig ist nur, dass man gerne damit putzt. Etwa 30 Cent am Tag sollte eine gute Zahnprophylaxe am Tag kosten. Wenn man…
  • Whey Shakes

    Flavio Steffan
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Whey Protein ist wohl das bekannteste Supplement in der Bodybuilding-Szene. Whey liefert das so dringend benötigte Protein in hochkonzentrierter Form und überzeugt dadurch, dass der Körper das Produkt besonders schnell aufnehmen kann. Die besten Zeitpunkte für die Einnahme sind allgemein gehalten direkt nach dem Aufstehen oder aber nach einem harten Training. Doch nicht jeder Sportler profitiert von dem gleichen Whey-Produkt. So gilt es für die verschiedenen Anforderungen auch das richtige Produkt zur Hand zu haben. Es gibt zahlreiche Whey Protein Shakes Rezepte, die in ihrer…
  • Die neuen Geräte von Apple

    Flavio Steffan
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    Die nächste Apple Neuheit wird wohl das iPhone 6 sein, das in wenigen Wochen auf dem Markt erscheint. Fans warten bereits sehnsüchtig und lesen gespannt alle Spekulationen, die rund um das neue Gerät im Internet kursieren. Aber auch über andere Apple Neuheiten gibt es bereits Gerüchte. Das iPhone 6 wird möglicherweise am 9. September 2014 vorgestellt. Aller Voraussicht nach wird es wieder zwei Geräte geben, die sich preislich sowie von ihrer Größe unterscheiden. Ein Smartphone wird mit 4,7 Zoll und ein anderes mit 5,5 Zoll ausgestattet. Eine der beiden Varianten soll außerdem mit…
  • Narbenbehandlung

    Flavio Steffan
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    Auf jede Hautverletzung wird der Körper mit Narbengewebe reagieren. Das ist eine ganz natürliche Schutzfunktion, um die eigentliche Haut wiederherzustellen. Narbengewebe ist allerdings eher unelastisch und hebt sich von der gesunden Haut ab, weshalb sie natürlich keiner wirklich haben möchte. Die gute Nachricht ist, dass es mittlerweile viele Möglichkeiten gibt, Narben mit der Zeit verblassen zu lassen. Meistens sind Narben viel heller als die restliche Haut und hat keine eigene Schweiß- und Talgdrüsen. Darüber hinaus werden höchstwahrscheinlich keine Haare mehr an solchen Stellen…
 
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    OptometryCEO

  • Mirroring: Why some Associate ODs get pay increases and others do not.

    Chad Fleming
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    When new optometrists begin practice they are often so happy with the security of an associate position they simply accept the compensation offered. However, many are underpaid. A good associate OD can bring the practice a lot of money. The smart new optometrists know their potential and take the risk to discuss compensation. Maybe you are a new optometrist and want to have the feared compensation conversation, but you are unsure how to go about it. Some people seem to automatically make a social connection, so they breeze through interviews and compensation conversations without breaking a…
  • 5 marketing strategies to keep your optometry practice schedule full

    Chad Fleming
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The biggest marketing mistake most optometrists make is waiting until the practice schedule slows down to start advertising. Proactive marketing gives the greatest return on an investment. Successful practices market when things are good so that three to six months later when other optometrists experience a slowdown, their schedules will still be full. In the past, satisfied patients would tell their friends by word-of-mouth. With today’s technology and social media, that same information is transmitted by clicking “Like” on Facebook, sending a “re-tweet,” or…
  • Turn Website Visitors into New Patients

    Chad Fleming
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Online paid ads, also known as pay-per-click or PPC, are the most efficient way to drive more traffic to your optometry website. However, how do you convert these web visitors into new patients? The answer is a custom, PPC landing page. Here, we will examine five ways you can create a blockbuster PPC landing page that gets results. 1. Make It Quick and Easy In our fast-paced world, consumers don’t have time to read lengthy web pages when they are looking for information. Make your landing page easy to read and skim for information. Both design and text are major contributors to the user’s…
  • The Optometry Business Plan Organization Chart

    Chad Fleming
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Being the CEO of your company requires you to be a visionary. Visionaries plan for the future with a logical understanding of where their business is now and where they want it to go. If you are not a visionary, find an optometrist with this gift and make an appointment to visit with him or her about your practice. A visionary will ask the right questions to stir your thinking about what your future practice looks like. When many optometrists plan their practices they make the mistake of planning small. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every…
  • 5 Tips for Ideal PPC Landing Pages

    Vince Wood
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Online paid advertising, or pay-per-click (PPC), is an effective way to drive a lot of users to your optometry website quickly. However, designing the right pay-per-click ad is only half of the equation. The other half is a great landing page that gets online visitors to convert into new patient appointments. So what makes up the ideal PPC landing page?   1. Create a Custom Landing Page The biggest mistake practice owners make in their online paid advertising is using their optometry website’s homepage as a landing page. A homepage is too general for a PPC campaign and does not provide…
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • Competitive Bidding? Is it really competitive or making it harder for patients to get what they need

    Carla Perissinotto, MD
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Over the last few months, ever since Medicare started its competitive bidding process  my colleagues and I, in the UCSF Housecalls program have had a harder time getting our homebound patients the durable medical equipment (DME)  they need.   The purpose behind the competitive bidding process seemed like a good idea--lower the costs and reduce fraud that has been occurring with DME.From the Medicare site: "The program:Helps you and Medicare save moneyEnsures that you have access to quality medical equipment, supplies, and services from suppliers you can trustHelps…
  • A False Hope: Artificial Nutrition in the Dying Patient

    Colin Scibetta
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:46 pm
    My patient was dying and his family was terrified. Riddled with abdominal tumors and engorged gastric blood vessels, Mr. L, a 45 year old Korean man with advanced hepatitis B-related liver cancer would not survive this hospitalization. For weeks, he had suffered from progressive abdominal pain and distention, and had recently lost his desire for food and the ability to take anything by mouth. He had difficulty swallowing anything, and he felt like his abdomen was going to explode when he tried. His large extended family, his wife in particular, was preoccupied with feeding him. On…
  • Using the Skills Learned at VITALtalk to Take Out the Trash

    Eric Widera
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:12 pm
    We just spent the last several days learning facilitation skills at the VITALtalk faculty development course.  This truly amazing course is meant to give health care professionals like us the skills needed to run communication training programs at our own home institutions. After just finishing the course, we thought it would be interesting to do something similar to what Alex Smith did in his "Take Out the Trash Video." There, he used some of the communication techniques he learned in palliative care training at home with his wife.  His results were less than perfect. We figured…
  • Urine Catheters in the Hospital: Bad Stuff

    ken covinsky
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When I was a resident, it was routine to place urine catheters (a catheter threaded up the urethra, into the bladder) in older patients when they landed in the hospital.  For some diagnoses, we were even taught that the urine catheter was standard of care.  For example, virtually any patient admitted with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure (CHF) had a urine catheter placed. While we knew these urine catheters were uncomfortable for patients, we truly thought we were doing the right thing.  Generally, a patient hospitalized with CHF has retained too much fluid.  So, we…
  • Handshakes, handholding, and other dangerous methods of transmitting bacteria

    Alex Smith
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    by: Alex Smith @AlexSmithMDIn a recent study in the American Journal of Infection Control, researchers coated a gloved hand in e. coli.  One person with the e coli glove then they shook hands, high-fived, and fist bumped another person with a sterile glove.  Transfer of e coli to the sterile glove was measured. Results:Highest transfer of bacteria: HandshakeLowest transfer of bacteria: Fist bump (high five was in the middle)Difference: Fist bump less than 10% of bacteria transmitted compared to the handshakeExplanation: handshakes have the greatest surface area in contact, for…
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    Safety un-Limited

  • Pain assessment using OPQRST

    Tony Howarth
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    OPQRST – This little string of the alphabet helps you to do a comprehensive pain assessment. Obviously if someone has pain from a cut finger, you deal with the finger. When you need to dig more deeply and find out … Continue reading →
  • Google Glass – What About Health and Safety?

    sea2skyguest
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:15 pm
    If there’s one product that’s created a stir before its public launch, it’s Google Glass. The search engine giant has an innovative, high-tech product in its beta program (which means it’s still in the testing phase) that looks like a … Continue reading →
  • The Dangers of Driving While Drowsy – an Infographic

    sea2skyguest
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Many people have heard of the dangers of “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI) or “Driving While Intoxicated” (DWI). There have been many campaigns to bring awareness to this danger. But there is another danger on the road. A danger that … Continue reading →
  • Seat Belt Awareness

    sea2skyguest
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:12 am
    Let’s go back to the prairie land. Back before motorized vehicles existed. Remember The Little House on the Prairie or John Wayne westerns? If you took note of the time era entertainment depictions, you may have noticed that transportation was … Continue reading →
  • Swimming With Sharks? Five Tips for Driving Safely Around Big Rigs

    sea2skyguest
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Cars and tractor trailers on the highway are sometimes like oil and water: They don’t mix. Car drivers do whatever they can to pass big rigs that they believe are moving too slowly down the road. At the same time, truck … Continue reading →
 
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    Healthcare Today - Health News

  • Brain continues to be active while we sleep

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Scientists find people are still able to classify words during their sleep.Writing in the journal Current Biology, the research team studied the brain's behaviour while awake and while asleep. A word test was introduced while the participants were awake and the researchers found they continued to respond correctly while asleep.Further research will now focus on how to take advantage of sleeping ...
  • Monkeys get Ebola immunity from vaccine

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    Scientists say experimental drug for Ebola is ready for human trials.The vaccine was given to monkeys who have developed a 'long-term' immunity to the virus. Human trials have already started in the US and will soon be extended to the UK and Africa.More than 2,000 people have now died in the outbreak in West Africa according to the World Health Organisation.
  • Psychological support waning for heart patients despite nearly half experiencing mental health issues

    4 Sep 2014 | 12:31 am
    Psychological support for heart patients is waning despite nearly half experiencing mental health problems after their heart event. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling for urgent improvements to the mental health support offered to heart patients after an audit of cardiac rehabilitation schemes - exercise and education programmes to help people recover from a heart attack or heart surgery - revealed fewer than one in ...
  • Food poverty warning

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    Experts warn rickets becoming more apparent due to malnutrition because people could not afford quality food.Health figures revealed a 19% increase in people admitted to hospital with malnutrition. Vice president of the Faculty of Public Health, John Middleton, said food-related ill health was getting worse "through extreme poverty and the use of food banks"."It's getting worse because ...
  • Double vaccines for polio could free world of disease

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Research suggests using polio oral vaccine along with additional injection boosts immunity.The World Health Organisation says the findings were 'truly historic'.The disease is spread through contaminated faeces and can cause death. Fighting polio has been one of the biggest success stories in global health.
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    Professional Patient Perspective

  • From Managed Care to ObamaCare to “Smartphone Medicine”

    Michael A. Weiss
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Healthcare Hashtags & Social Media Analytics After suffering through Managed Care and now living through remedial intended ObamaCare, the United States has entered the first truly exciting times of global healthcare.  The innovative spirit prevalent in the United States is due to the convergence of eHealth and mobile health, the emergence of healthcare entrepreneurs combined with the proliferation of global health care social media platforms such that technology has democratized the practice of medicine for healthcare professionals, patients, institutions, pharmaceutical companies and…
  • Patient’s Most Valuable Tool is still The Question

    Michael A. Weiss
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The health CARE Burden has now shifted from Doctor to Patient Patient Questions Doctor, can you please spell the name of that disease?  Is it chronic?  What are my treatment options?  Should I be seeing a specialist or are you the doctor to treat me?  Should I seek a second-opinion?  Are there additional diagnostic tests I could undergo?  Can it lead to additional medical problems? What medications must I take?  Are there generic versions of those drugs?  What is an autoimmune disease?  How did I get it?  Will my children develop it?  Should I have children with this chronic,…
  • Healthcare Innovators from Doctors 2.0 & You (2014)

    Michael A. Weiss
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    This Interview is with Dr. Jacques Durand, Founder of the hospital patient picture-sharing “app” called “HospitalPIX” and BlaBlaDoctor, the first global health social network committed to provide independent hospitals and treatments reviews.  Dr. Durand is a practicing French physician based in South East Asia but he’s also a Social Media Expert and has devoted his life to advancing healthcare online.  In addition to HospitalPIX and BlaBlaDoctor, Dr. Durand’s company, HEALTH2i, has also formed an mHealth platform called “DokterGratis” which enables Live Chat on Smartphones…
  • Must ePatients embrace mHealth w/ caution?

    Michael A. Weiss
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:29 pm
    First, the Music Industry was transformed by technology Back in college, I was a serious music fan and collected “Albums” for the entire experience of reading the linear notes while listening, and possibly even using, the rare double album cover for more nefarious and deleterious purposes.  These days, at least one of those purposes is considered “medicinal,” so, in retrospect, maybe I wasn’t the outlaw, The Allman Brothers’ double album, “Eat a Peach,” made me in my mind.  As time went by and 8-track tapes became as hard to find as talent when Kim Kardasian looks in the…
  • Crohn’s Disease: 3-year old talks about his Dad’s illness

    Michael A. Weiss
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb…” It’s two (2) more years till Kindergarten, and I am already SO over Fisher-Price toys and smiling on-command every time one of my Mom’s friends talks gibberish to me just to make me like her.  Everyone does that to me; even my aunts and uncles.  I don’t get these people; just because I don’t talk, doesn’t mean I don’t understand everything they say.  Still, people visiting my house have more interesting conversations with our dog, “Lucky,” than they do with me.  Do they think I…
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    MedCity News

  • Startup iVinci raises $5M to make healthcare billing more consumer friendly

    Dan Verel
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    With the push toward consumer-friendly efforts in healthcare, could billing be the next area of focus? If there’s one area that is decidedly not consumer-friendly, billing would likely top everyone’s list. But at least one company, iVinci Health, is attempting to do just that, and it closed $5 million in new funding earlier this month. The Boise-based company also said its VisitPay, an online payment and financing portal that helps patient manage medical bills and set up financing plans, has been expanded through investment from several big name health systems that have already…
  • Get used to seeing more mergers and acquisitions in healthcare

    Dan Verel
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    The pace of mergers and acquisitions among healthcare giants continues, seemingly unabated, as more systems look for ways to better coordinate care. This time, it’s a merger between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University Health System in Illinois, a deal that would create a $7 billion, 16 hospital so-called mega-system, spurred by the well-known shifts across the hospital and healthcare industries that have resulted in unprecedented consolidation. Yet some markets have been slower to see this than others. In, say, California, this is relatively old hat considering the…
  • Healthcare startup devises unusual solution to senior fall risk: Wearable airbag

    Stephanie Baum
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    In 2010, there were 258,000 seniors aged 65 and older were admitted to the hospital with hip fractures, most of them from falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The cost of hospitalization and recovery amounted to upwards of $20 billion, according to Cleveland Clinic data. It’s a massive problem for hospitals that can’t discharge patients until they’re no longer deemed a fall risk. It’s also a driver of a rapidly growing industry around remote monitoring devices. But early stage healthcare startup ActiveProtective thinks it has developed a way to better…
  • Verizon/HBR tech report: Too many hospitals are still in watch and wait mode

    Veronica Combs
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Robert Frost said, “Freedom lies in being bold.” For hospitals, being bold may be the key to survival as well, according to a new report from Verizon and Harvard Business Review. “The Digital Dividend: First Mover Advantage” surveyed 672 business and technology leaders from around the world. There were 74 healthcare respondents in that group. Based on their attitude toward technology, companies were put into one of three groups: pioneers, followers, and cautious companies. During a conference call Monday, Angelia Herrin, a research director at Harvard Business Review, said…
  • Nebraska Medical Center uses telemedicine to treat Ebola virus patient

    Stephanie Baum
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    Source: The Nebraska Medical Center One of the most challenging things about highly contagious and dangerous diseases like the Ebola virus is figuring out how to deliver care without risking it spreading to others. A Nebraska medical center is using telemedicine to treat a patient with Ebola as a viable way to deliver care in an acute setting. It’s a move that reflects a broader trend of how hospitals are implementing telemedicine for acute care. Vidyo’s video conferencing platform is being used in the 10-year old Biocontainment Patient Care Unit at The Nebraska Medical Center to…
 
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  • From the factory floor to the emergency department: Hospitals explore Lean method

    Vanessa Milne, Sachin Pendharkar & Gord Winkel
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Can health care learn from assembly lines? Manitoba’s St. Boniface General Hospital thinks so. It’s been using Lean, a system inspired by Toyota, on processes around the institution. Last year, one of its projects was to reduce wait times for CT scans. Staff ran a Rapid Improvement Event, where a team mapped out patient flow and looked for possible improvements. And they found them. After cutting out repetitive forms, removing unnecessary steps and creating a single patient registration spot, wait times dropped from an average of 26 minutes per patient to eight minutes. The…
  • Can insurance companies learn the results of an HIV-AIDS test?

    Paul Taylor
    9 Sep 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 was wondering who is able to access Ontario Ministry of Health lab records. I did a series of tests for a needle-stick injury, and was recently told that I could be discriminated against for a job in public health or insurance. When I looked it up online, it appears that insurance companies can access lab records. Is this true? Answer: There are very specific rules governing who has access to the…
  • How Norway’s innovative library made high-quality health information free for everyone

    Vanessa Milne, Irfan Dhalla & Timothy Caulfield
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you’re looking for evidence-based health information in Canada, a lot depends on who – and where – you are. A physician in a teaching hospital? No problem. But family doctors in rural areas, nurses or physiotherapists have a much harder time accessing up to date materials. And the general public is more likely to find themselves turning to Dr. Google than trustworthy sources. In Norway, these differences disappear. Rural physicians and motivated patients can read the same high-level information a doctor in the largest hospital enjoys. That’s thanks to the Norwegian…
  • Don’t count on marijuana to treat prostate cancer

    Paul Taylor
    2 Sep 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 battling prostate cancer for 11 years. My prostate was removed in 2003 and I also received radiation treatment. The cancer seemed under control. In the past year, however, the count from my PSA test has gone from 4.1 to 8.4. Now my doctor is recommending that I do hormone-deprivation therapy that will eliminate testosterone from my body. My doctor says testosterone can fuel prostate…
  • Hospital parking: health care’s controversial cost

    Vanessa Milne, Andreas Laupacis & Mike Tierney
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shalimar Novak is sick of paying for parking. The social worker has been to Toronto’s Mount Sinai once or twice a week recently for appointments related to her pregnancy, and paid about $15 every time. “It definitely adds up,” she says. “And when you have a kid coming, you’re thinking in diaper dollars. It would be nice if that money could go towards things you need, instead of going towards parking.” She and her husband have decided they’ll probably take a taxi to the hospital when she goes into labour, rather than dealing with the hassle and cost of…
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  • Health Wonk Review for September 11, 2014

    Steve Anderson
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Summer’s over, the kids are back in school (Yes!) and the fall sports seasons are underway. And with those seasons – like a fresh fall breeze – arrives a new season of Health Wonk Review. David Williams over at Health Business Blog is officiating the “season opener” for HWR with a review of a dozen great recent posts from respected wonks. As usual, the field is dominated by opinions about the ACA, and this edition, they’re led off by our own Curbside Consult post from Harold Pollack. In his 18th edition of Curbside Consult, Pollack hosts a really great dialogue…
  • ‘Transcending Obamacare’ (Part 3 of 3)

    Harold Pollack
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    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. Avik Roy, author of “Transcending Obamacare,” left, and Curbside Consult Host Harold Pollack Avik Roy’s 20,000-word health reform plan – “Transcending Obamacare” – is one of the few conservative proposals that spells out how Republicans might push the Affordable Care Act in a more conservative direction. In our final interview segment, we focus heavily on coverage for low-income Americans and how we…
  • ‘Transcending Obamacare’ (Part 2 of 3)

    Harold Pollack
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    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. Avik Roy, author of “Transcending Obamacare,” left, and Curbside Consult Host Harold Pollack As I noted in the introduction to my Curbside Consult interview with Avik Roy, his 20,000-word health reform plan – “Transcending Obamacare” – is a serious, though-provoking read. It is unlikely that Republicans will be able to hinder or modify the Affordable Care Act, but Roy’s plan is a…
  • ‘Transcending Obamacare’

    Harold Pollack
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    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. Avik Roy, author of “Transcending Obamacare,” left, and Curbside Consult Host Harold Pollack Regular readers might remember that I have frequently tangled with Avik Roy, a conservative health policy expert who advised to Mitt Romney in the 2012 campaign, and the author of a short e-book, “How Medicaid fails the poor,” whose title is self-explanatory. Avik and I have serious and deep differences over…
  • Health Wonk Review for June 5, 2014

    Steve Anderson
    8 Jun 2014 | 3:37 am
    If you haven’t gotten your health wonkage fix, head over to Health Wonk Review – hosted this week by Joe Paduda over at Managed Care Matters. Joe says this edition is “quick – but not dirty!” Quick or not, the review is packed with more than a dozen great posts, the usual posts devoted to commentary about the health law. (Our own blog hosts Harold Pollack’s fascinating interview of economist and author David Cutler, who both reflects on his pride he feels for helping shape health reform and offers a post mortem on the botched rollout of the law.) But if…
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    Home Health Care News

  • Private Equity Group Acquires New York Home Care Agency

    Jason Oliva
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    A private equity company headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, with over $2.5 billion in assets under management is adding to its growing portfolio with last week’s purchase of Lynbrook, New York-based home care company, All Metro Health Care Services, Inc. Founded in 1955, All Metro provides home- and community-based services in New York, New Jersey and Florida as a licensed home care agency providing primarily non-skilled personal care aide services, including light housekeeping, homemaking, bathing and grooming to seniors and high needs individuals. In addition to the…
  • Families Find Caregiving Comes With Startling Expenses

    Emily Study
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Nearly half of family caregivers spend more than $5,000 per year on caregiving, impacting their finances as well as current employment and future retirement plans, a new study shows.  Of the 46% of family caregivers that spend more than $5,000 annually, 30% spend more than $10,000 each year, according to Caring.com’s latest “Usage and Attitudes” survey.  “Caregiving can be a startlingly expensive endeavor that most people aren’t financially prepared for,” said Caring.com CEO Andy Cohen in a written statement. “But yet only three in 10 caregivers have…
  • ‘Medical Home’ Health Care Practices Nearly Double in Ohio

    Cassandra Dowell
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Ohio has more than 500 medical practices delivering a teamwork-based model of health care, according to a recent Associated Press article.  The Ohio Department of Health says there were 513 medical homes in the state as of last month. That’s up from 157 sites in June 2012 and 293 in June 2013. The model, known as patient-centered medical homes, allows for health practicioners to follow patients using patient databases and other technology to provide patients with help when it’s needed.  “Officials say the model helps reduce the overall cost of care through prevention and…
  • Half Of Older Americans Have Care Needs, Majority Receive Informal Help

    Cassandra Dowell
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Nearly one-half of older Americans, or 18 million people, had difficulty or received help in the last month with daily activities, according to a recent study published in The Milbank Quarterly. “The older population—especially those with few economic resources—has substantial late-life care needs,” the study says. “Policies to improve long-term services and supports and reduce unmet need could benefit both older adults and those who care for them.” Those needing help in settings other than a nursing home had at least one informal caregiver, such as a family member…
  • Home Care Workers Nixed from California’s Paid Sick Leave Bill

    Jason Oliva
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Wednesday that will provide paid sick leave to millions of workers in the state, however, in-home health care providers and several others won’t be able to benefit from the new law. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522), which is slated to take effect July 1, 2015, does not define “employees” as those who provide in-home supportive services, employees subject to collective bargaining agreements or airline flight crews and attendants, who are subject to federal labor laws. Specifically, the bill…
 
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  • Where Social Media and Health Informatics Intersect

    Jonathan Govette
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Healthcare professionals have long understood social media is a great way to boost their brands, share helpful tips and pass long practice-specific information to patients in an expedient fashion. After all, many patients are already engaged on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Using these social media streams for the implementation of the EHR and other tele-health efforts might not seem as intuitive, especially when privacy is taken into account.  There are some compelling reasons, however, for health informatics specialists and medical professionals to consider the usefulness of social…
  • Concerned about Patient Privacy? 7 Disastrous HIPAA Violations that you should avoid

    Jonathan Govette
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    You have heard the statements. HIPAA violations happen all the time.  No one ever gets caught.  No one will ever discover the breach.  Don’t be so sure.  Privacy and Security have become huge social concerns.  It is big news.  HIPAA privacy and security breaches are discovered. People are caught, fined, sued and pay a lots of money for HIPAA violations.  You would be surprised by the varied ways that HIPAA violations can come to light: national news casts, police investigations, patient complaints, law suits, and public outcry.  Here are a couple of true stories. 1.  Drivers Notice…
  • Electronic Medical Records – Past, Present, and Future?

    Fred Pennic
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am
    Dr. Donald Voltz, MD discusses how the electronic medical records of today is merely a duplication of the past and how future EMR systems must align medical professionals with data that needs to be collaborative.  The open question regarding Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) is what they now offer the medical community and what would medical professionals need and envision for the next generation. The Henry Ford adage: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” This quote has been used to counter criticism from physicians with respect to EMR adoption…
  • Tackling the Heartbleed Bug in Health Care : Are you at Risk?

    Emily Newhook
    28 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    As word of the Heartbleed bug spread across the Internet, IT professionals across all industries have taken notice and are working tirelessly to resolve the issue. Public health officials, health care administrators and privacy advocates are concerned about the potential security implications for patients and medical providers, especially given the sensitivity of patient data such as Social Security numbers or treatment information. According to Healthcare IT News, Phil Lerner, chief information security officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, says responding to the bug is…
  • Is the Cloud the Answer to your Hospital’s Challenges? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Fred Pennic
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Hospitals are currently struggling to deal with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) upgrades, figuring out Health Information Exchange (HIE) compatibility, Meaningful Use mandates, and the upgrades required for International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, (ICD-10) Click image to enlarge Image courtesy of: www.innotas.com The post Is the Cloud the Answer to your Hospital’s Challenges? [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on referralMD | World's Leading Healthcare Referral Network.
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    Better Patient Engagement with Ian Worden

  • Why Patient Experiences Should Foster Engagement

    Ian Worden
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Engaged patients cost less. Satisfied patients cost more. Engaged patients have better health outcomes. Satisfied patients have a higher death rate. A previous a Better Patient Engagement post titled, Patient Experience vs. Patient Engagement, explored the differences between patient experience and patient engagement. The post differentiated the two concepts as follows, “Whereas the patient experience is based on the patient’s perception of quality, patient engagement is based on the patient’s active and sustained participation in managing their health. The patient experience is about…
  • What Can TurboTax Teach Us about Patient Engagement?

    Ian Worden
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:52 am
    What can TurboTax teach us about patient engagement? It turns out quite a bit. A recent Better Patient Engagement post discussed engagement from the patient’s perspective and emphasized the need for healthcare design that recognizes, acknowledges and considers the unique emotional needs of patients. People don’t want to be patients and this is an important distinction when you are trying to engage patients in their care.  People don’t want to be patients and this makes us hesitant to be active participants in our care.  TurboTax has a similar dilemma in that it too must address the…
  • Engagement: The Patient’s Perspective

    Ian Worden
    26 May 2014 | 10:32 am
    There is much ado in the healthcare industry regarding how to improve patient engagement. Health plans, hospitals and providers alike are tackling initiatives designed to improve patient engagement. While there is much posturing on this topic at its core patient engagement is still by and large an elusive endeavor for most organizations. An often overlooked component of improving patient engagement is…well, the patient. So what do patients think about engagement? To begin with it is probably a misstatement to characterize most patients as contemplators of their engagement. Rather, from a…
  • Patient Engagement Potpourri: Google Glass, Virtual Assistants, Walgreens and More

    Ian Worden
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    It can be tough to find time to keep on top of the topic of patient engagement with all of the competing priorities.  An easy way to stay informed on the topic is to join the Linkedin group Patient Engagement Innovation Exchange.  Over 40 patient engagement discussions were posted to this group in February.  This Linkedin group is dedicated to discussion surrounding patient engagement news, trends, practices and innovations. A sampling of the discussions include: A blog post by Kathleen Poulos at InCrowd titled “Google Glass and Patient Engagement – Is This a Match Made in Heaven?”…
  • Caregivers as a Gateway to Improved Patient Engagement

    Ian Worden
    16 Feb 2014 | 10:29 am
    Did you know that it is significantly more likely that any given patient has a caregiver than has accessed or used a patient portal? Yet many healthcare organizations are spending significant time and resources on their patient portal efforts to help improve patient engagement while overlooking a potentially more immediate and impactful patient engagement opportunity – caregivers. Caregivers can be thought of as someone who provides unpaid care to a friend or relative who is sick or disabled. A national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, supported by…
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    The Doctor's Tablet

  • Highlighting Next-Generation Scientists in the Bronx

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    What’s the best way to convey scientific information to nonscientists? That’s a question young investigator Sabriya Stukes pondered this week at the second annual student research symposium sponsored by the Bronx Science Consortium. The event comes on the heels of Stukes successfully defending her Ph.D. in microbiology & immunology at Einstein. “Whenever I think about [...]
  • New School Year Brings Old Questions about Autism

    Lisa Shulman, M.D.
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Back-to-school shopping, new sneakers and first-day outfits, sharpened pencils and fresh notebooks in oversized backpacks by the door: As a parent, these are the images I’ve come to associate with the start of every school year. But with my 20-plus-year history as a developmental pediatrician specializing in autism at Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Children’s [...]
  • Boosting Potassium Intake to Lower Stroke Risk

    Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D.
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    The American Heart Association journal Stroke published an article this afternoon that reinforces the importance of sufficient potassium intake in reducing risk for the most common type of stroke. The study involved more than 90,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79, who were followed for an average of 11 years. Compared with women who ate [...]
  • A Doctor’s Passion and Influence: From Haiti to Einstein and Beyond

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    There are certain people who enrich lives, shape careers and inspire excellence. Einstein’s Dr. Roger Duvivier is one of those people. From his upbringing in Haiti, Duvivier grew from a young man with a dream—who knew almost no English when he came to the U.S. at age 18—into an accomplished obstetrician/gynecologist, mentor and global health [...]
  • Chasing an Ebola Strain: A Q&A with Researcher Dr. Jonathan Lai

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    There are five known species (or strains) of the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Jonathan Lai, associate professor of biochemistry at Einstein, recently developed new antibodies that could one day be used as a therapy for the Sudan ebolavirus strain.  The Doctor’s Tablet recently sat down with Dr. Lai to discuss his latest study; his ongoing [...]
 
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

  • SLS to Host the Robotic Olympic Games September 10-12, 2014

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

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

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

    hollyberkley
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Mimic’s robotic surgery simulation technology is featured in this month’s issue of Medical Dealer magazine. See this issue here. “One of the most powerful equalizers in any system is technology, and as medical equipment manufacturers work to improve their positions in an increasingly competitive and outcomes-based marketplace, some are considering the specific needs of women in their product development,” writes Matthew N. Skoufalos in his cover story for MedicalDealer Technology: The Great Gender Equalizer – A look at trends in women’s health. In the article,…
  • Art Director Gordon Nealy on Training, Instruction + Education in Simulation

    hollyberkley
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    “I’m going to talk to you today about training, instruction and education. These are highly associative and overlapping terms but I use them to better describe our company’s approach to simulation and relate it to your function as communicators and educators.” – Art Director Gordon Nealy The following is a transcript from Mimic’s Art Director Gordon Nealy who spoke about Mimic’s approach to training, instruction and education during the recent Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference. In his speech, Nealy explains how Mimic has created new…
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Breast-Sparing Surgery Shows Better Results in Some Cancer Patients

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A preliminary report shows that surgery that spares the breast in patients with a certain kind of early-stage breast cancer has better survival rates than mastectomy. The study findings, reported Consumer Affairs, “defy the conventional belief that the two treatment interventions offer equal survival, and show the need to revisit some standards of breast cancer practice in the modern era, …” Breast-conserving therapy (BCT), according to a paper presented at the Breast Cancer Symposium earlier this month, involved lumpectomy plus radiation for patients with early-stage, hormone…
  • DEA Will Allow Consumers to Return Unused Prescription Drugs

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The federal government is finally addressing this country’s serious abuse of prescription drugs with more resources than just those that regulate health care. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has agreed to allow consumers to return unused prescription drugs to pharmacies to improve the chances that they won’t be used except for what they were intended for. As reported last week in the New York Times, of most concern are drugs classified as controlled substances, such as opioids (painkillers) including OxyContin, stimulants including Adderall and depressants including Ativan. The…
  • Researcher Is Surprised by Wild Disparity in Cost for Simple Blood Test

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    File this under “irrational”: At one hospital, a blood cholesterol test cost $10, while another in the same state charged $10,169. That’s a multiple of more than 1,000. Wildly divergent costs for similar lab tests was the subject of a recent report in the journal BMJ Open, which looked at charges for routine blood tests at California hospitals that were performed in 2011. The researchers, as noted on KaiserHealthNews.org, (KHN) found no rational explanation for the dramatic different in listed prices, although they did recognize that teaching hospitals and government hospitals generally…
  • Seniors: Beware of Drugs That Present a Fall Hazard

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The older you get, the higher the probability that you take a prescription drug, or several. What’s supposed to help you, however, can pose a risk — half of the 20 most prescribed medications taken by older people might increase the risk of a fall. And falls in older people can be deadly. According to a study published in the European Journal of Public Health, antidepressants and drugs taken to control pain were most strongly associated with a greater probability of being injured in a fall. Serious injuries were significantly more common with 11 of the 20 medications studied. The…
  • Surgery Often Doesn’t Work on Worn Out Knees

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    As they age, a lot of people have knee pain from osteoarthritis, and a lot of them undergo arthroscopic surgery to relieve it. But several studies find that the procedure offers neither improved function nor less pain for many. A meta-analysis — one in which the data from many different studies are crunched — published in the journal CMAJ looked at how effective the surgery is to repair degenerative meniscal tears in patients with mild knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when cartilage and other tissues in the joint degenerate, leaving the…
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    Dr. Pierre's Blog

  • Finally here

    Dr. Pierre
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    I have been noticeably absent from my blog writing duties but with good reason. After graduation from residency it took about 2 weeks before it hit me that my board exams were around the corner.  Not having to study for boards since PGY1, it took a week(or 2) to shake off the rust before trying to get in form for intensive studying. Having to juggle the duties of my new job & past responsibilities was tough but I have been here before so making it work was just something I had to make work. I'll be knee deep in the test when this blog goes live so wish me & my other dream team…
  • Bottom of the barrel

    Dr. Pierre
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    After the spending last year atop the mountain as the senior resident the tables have again flipped as I start out a new chapter in my life as an attending. I've have spent the better part of the last two weeks getting acquainted with new colleagues in the practice as well as new EMR systems in both the hospital & outpatient clinics. The best thing about this go around is that the patients don't look as me as this student/resident when I get introduced so there isn't that awkward couple of minutes where they're deciding whether they won't to let me in the exam room as well. Being the new…
  • And I'm out

    Dr. Pierre
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    What seemed like an eternity has finally come to fruition..By the time this post goes live online I should be walking out West Palm Hospital for the last time as an Internal Medicine Resident. It is fitting that on my last night as a resident just about everything thing bad that could happen just about did. For starters the sick bug hit my intern like a ton of bricks so I had to send her home before I could even get sign out, the nurses were bothering me all night for calls that I had been able to avoid the past two years with my senior status & of course one of the busier nights in the…
  • Homestretch

    Dr. Pierre
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    By the time this goes live online, I will have about three days left of residency & with officially two more night shifts to go EVER. The light at the end of the tunnel has never been this bright. I remember starting this journey 3 years ago thinking it would never come & now things are moving so fast I barely have time to remember what happened. As the last of the seniors to finish I can't wait to hand in my pager, name badge & monthly paper work for the last time. I probably am going to leave my white coat there as well just solidify the transformation from resident to…
  • Who motivates the motivators?

    Dr. Pierre
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:33 am
    This was a discussion brought up to me recently by a colleague of mines, which I found extremely interesting. We both are very familiar with serving the role of primary motivator/mentor for people in our lives, so the question came down to who gets people like us motivated when we are down. I started asking several friends of mines who are in similar positions & was met with the same bewildered face as I had when it was asked to me. Being in the position where people always come to you for help sometimes leaves you high&dry when you're the one looking for advice. People usually…
 
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Daughters Spends More Time Than Sons Caring For Elderly Parents

    Dr G
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Study shows that daughters spend twice as much time caring for elderly parents as sons  New study presented during the American Sociological Association (ASA) annual meeting in San Francisco suggests daughters provide an average of 12.3 hours of elderly parent care per month, while sons provide an average of 5.6 hours, the study says. But […] The post Daughters Spends More Time Than Sons Caring For Elderly Parents appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Home Organizing Tips For Moms & Caregivers

    Dr G
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    The lazy, crazy days of summer are on the wane. Are you ready to get the kids back to school? Here are some ideas to get you reorganized and re-energized for the new academic year. Ease into your schedule — Practice earlier bedtimes and getting up to an alarm the week before they’re required. Create […] The post Home Organizing Tips For Moms & Caregivers appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • You Dream. I dream. Let’s Celebrate #WorldDreamDay, Sept 26th

    Dr G
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:22 am
    World Dream Day is a global initiative aimed at helping the world reach its full potential. The movement starts on September 26th. Created by Ozioma Egwuonwu, is also called International Day For Dreamers. In its third year, World Dream Day is a growing movement that supports and encourages dreamers everywhere to move forward with their […] The post You Dream. I dream. Let’s Celebrate #WorldDreamDay, Sept 26th appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Who Is Your Loved One’s Best Health Advocate?

    Guest Contributor
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    5 Ways to Be Your Loved One’s Best Health Advocate No matter how experienced, sympathetic and caring healthcare professionals are, they will never do what you do for your loved ones. This is not because they are incompetent or unfeeling – it’s simply because the woman whose blood pressure they’re taking or the man who […] The post Who Is Your Loved One’s Best Health Advocate? appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • 7 Steps for Highly Effective Hospital Discharges Tips

    Guest Contributor
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Without high-quality care coordination after a hospital discharge, one can expect to bounce right back from home to the hospital again. Having better care coordination promises to reduce readmission rates and improve patients’ lives while reducing costs. That’s why it’s important for local health care systems’ to coordinate care for patients across all care settings: […] The post 7 Steps for Highly Effective Hospital Discharges Tips appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Daughters Spends More Time Than Sons Caring For Elderly Parents

    Dr G
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Study shows that daughters spend twice as much time caring for elderly parents as sons  New study presented during the American Sociological Association (ASA) annual meeting in San Francisco suggests daughters provide an average of 12.3 hours of elderly parent care per month, while sons provide an average of 5.6 hours, the study says. But […] The post Daughters Spends More Time Than Sons Caring For Elderly Parents appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Home Organizing Tips For Moms & Caregivers

    Dr G
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    The lazy, crazy days of summer are on the wane. Are you ready to get the kids back to school? Here are some ideas to get you reorganized and re-energized for the new academic year. Ease into your schedule — Practice earlier bedtimes and getting up to an alarm the week before they’re required. Create […] The post Home Organizing Tips For Moms & Caregivers appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • You Dream. I dream. Let’s Celebrate #WorldDreamDay, Sept 26th

    Dr G
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:22 am
    World Dream Day is a global initiative aimed at helping the world reach its full potential. The movement starts on September 26th. Created by Ozioma Egwuonwu, is also called International Day For Dreamers. In its third year, World Dream Day is a growing movement that supports and encourages dreamers everywhere to move forward with their […] The post You Dream. I dream. Let’s Celebrate #WorldDreamDay, Sept 26th appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Who Is Your Loved One’s Best Health Advocate?

    Guest Contributor
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    5 Ways to Be Your Loved One’s Best Health Advocate No matter how experienced, sympathetic and caring healthcare professionals are, they will never do what you do for your loved ones. This is not because they are incompetent or unfeeling – it’s simply because the woman whose blood pressure they’re taking or the man who […] The post Who Is Your Loved One’s Best Health Advocate? appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • 7 Steps for Highly Effective Hospital Discharges Tips

    Guest Contributor
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Without high-quality care coordination after a hospital discharge, one can expect to bounce right back from home to the hospital again. Having better care coordination promises to reduce readmission rates and improve patients’ lives while reducing costs. That’s why it’s important for local health care systems’ to coordinate care for patients across all care settings: […] The post 7 Steps for Highly Effective Hospital Discharges Tips appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    Musings on Medicine and the Health Care System

  • Should You Listen to Your Doctor?

    Debra Gordon
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
                When I speak about the US healthcare system, I always like to tell the story of my mother. A couple of years ago, she emailed my sisters and I. “Good news!” she wrote. “My nuclear stress test was normal!” (The test  involves injecting a radioactive dye into a vein after which a special camera scans the heart to determine if there are any blockages). At the time, my mother was 70 and, with the exception of very-well-controlled high blood pressure (that she’d had all her life), extremely healthy. No sign of heart disease.
  • How Much is Three Extra Months Worth?

    Debra Gordon
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    I’m in the middle of a project about the future of cancer care in this country. And you can’t talk about cancer treatment these days without also talking about cost. That’s because cancer drugs are among the most expensive in the world, with several costing more than $100,000 a year. If you have a 20% copayment, that means $20,000 out of your pocket. Yet most of these drugs extend life just a few months and most have significant side effects. Let’s take a look at one drug approved this year: Zykadia, indicated for a type of late-stage lung cancer. It costs $13,200 a…
  • Welcome to the Roller Coaster Ride of the Affordable Care Act

    Debra Gordon
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:24 am
    I’m behind in the blog, I admit it. Last week I was planning a blog on all the good news about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the 10 million people who signed up; the lower-than-expected premiums; the lower-than-anticipated medical inflation predicted for the coming year, the result of which is due, at least in part, to the ACA. Then came the ruling from a federal circuit court that the government could not provide subsidies for people to buy health insurance in states that did not set up their own exchanges. The ruling comes from a couple of sentences in the huge bill (about 900…
  • Help! I’ve Lost My Insurance and I Can’t Get Up!

    Debra Gordon
    22 Jun 2014 | 4:44 am
    The serendipity of the universe never ceases to amaze me. A couple of days ago I gave the keynote speech on healthcare reform at the Texas Medical Association’s CME Association’s annual meeting in Austin. A physician in the audience brought up an issue that was trumpeted in the press when the health care exchanges rolled out for open enrollment; namely, that people had lost their insurance and couldn’t see their doctors. I knew that a very small minority of people had actually “lost” their insurance, and that, in most cases, that insurance provided pretty bad…
  • 74 and Counting. . . Why Gun Control is a Public Health Issue

    Debra Gordon
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:48 am
    This map shows every school shooting since December 14, 2012–the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Don’t bother counting — there are 74. The only reason the map won’t break 100 in the next two months is that school is out for the summer. Certainly, this is a moral issue. And a political issue. But first and foremost, the issue of gun control is a public health issue. As the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research notes: “More than 31,000 people a year in the United States die from gunshot wounds. Because victims are disproportionately young, gun…
 
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • How’s Your Circadian Rhythm Treating You?

    Dr. Weil
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    If your sleep schedule and mealtimes are irregular, you can upset the balance of your circadian rhythm, which is responsible for the 24-hour cycle of our physiology. Add poor diet to that and you may risk triggering harmful inflammation in your body, a recent study suggests. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center looked at the effect of circadian rhythm disruptions in male mice fed two different diets. To alter circadian patterns, investigators reversed the cycles of exposure to light and dark in the test mice. Then they fed some of the mice regular mouse chow, and put the others on a…
  • What Fruits and Vegetables Do You Always Peel? (Poll)

    Dr. Weil
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    A recent Q&A discussed if peeling the skin from fruits and vegetables also removes the nutrients of the produce: Peel Away Nutrients? Check out the article and let us know what fruits and vegetables you peel the skin from before eating. What fruits and vegetables do you always peel?
  • Sports and Energy Drinks: No Good for Kids?

    Dr. Weil
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Teenage boys who regularly consume sports and energy drinks aren’t only expending energy on sports. Instead, a new study has found that these kids spend more time playing video games than boys who consume energy drinks less than once week. Worse, the study found a link between teenage consumption of sports and energy drinks and such unhealthy behaviors as smoking, high dietary intake of other sugary drinks, and prolonged time spent watching TV in addition to playing video games. The researchers, from the University of Minnesota and Duke University, gathered their data from 2,793…
  • How to Make Turmeric Tea (Video)

    Dr. Weil
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    Turmeric tea is a delicious and healthy drink that provides anti-inflammatory properties through turmeric. Dr. Weil shows how to quickly brew a batch of turmeric tea with only a few ingredients - water, turmeric, and lemon or honey to taste. Want new videos from Dr. Weil? Subscribe to his YouTube channel for weekly videos!
  • Should Kids Take Vitamins?

    Dr. Weil
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    I am often asked whether children should take vitamins. The answer is yes, I believe the evidence is clear that most children will benefit from an antioxidant and multi-mineral formula. Many kids don’t eat enough vegetables and fruits, and their diets are often full of processed and refined foods. However, vitamin supplements shouldn’t be substitutes for whole foods, and children need a full complement of healthy fats, slow-digesting carbohydrates and body building proteins. You can help encourage a healthy diet by eating meals together, focusing on whole, fresh foods, and…
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    Rasmussen School of Health Sciences Blog

  • 6 Qualities of a Successful Pediatric Medical Assistant

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As a parent, you're a pro at making youngsters feel happy and at ease. Becoming a pediatric medical assistant is the perfect opportunity for you to extend that passion from your personal life into your professional life. But what does it take to be a successful PMA?
  • Fargo Medical Lab Tech Student Shifts Course in Pursuit of Healthcare Career

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fargo medical lab tech student Brittaney Lettow has found a new career focus that, while practical, is far from dull. Here is how she plans to help doctors diagnose potentially life threatening diseases.
  • 3 HUGE Healthcare Trends Impacting the Future of Medical Coding

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    ICD-10 has 23 times more procedure codes than its predecessor, ICD-9. This is just one of the striking healthcare trends new medical coders face. Read more to find out the others.
  • Stars Align for Fargo Health Information Management Student

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    There are a precious few times in life where it just seems like the stars have aligned and by some stroke of luck everything in life is going your way. Fargo health information management student Brenna Welton is currently in the middle of one of those great runs of luck. However, attributing her recent string of success to just luck is selling Welton short. As the saying goes, you make your own luck. This is how Welton, with the help of Rasmussen College, created her own luck and began a new career she never imagined possible.
  • 11 Entry-Level Healthcare Jobs Employers Want to Fill NOW

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Not only is the healthcare field booming, but we've found 11 healthcare positions that require very little field experience-making the transition from undergrad student to healthcare professional a fairly smooth one.
 
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    Mimic Simulation » Blog

  • SLS to Host the Robotic Olympic Games September 10-12, 2014

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

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

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

    hollyberkley
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Mimic’s robotic surgery simulation technology is featured in this month’s issue of Medical Dealer magazine. See this issue here. “One of the most powerful equalizers in any system is technology, and as medical equipment manufacturers work to improve their positions in an increasingly competitive and outcomes-based marketplace, some are considering the specific needs of women in their product development,” writes Matthew N. Skoufalos in his cover story for MedicalDealer Technology: The Great Gender Equalizer – A look at trends in women’s health. In the article,…
  • Art Director Gordon Nealy on Training, Instruction + Education in Simulation

    hollyberkley
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    “I’m going to talk to you today about training, instruction and education. These are highly associative and overlapping terms but I use them to better describe our company’s approach to simulation and relate it to your function as communicators and educators.” – Art Director Gordon Nealy The following is a transcript from Mimic’s Art Director Gordon Nealy who spoke about Mimic’s approach to training, instruction and education during the recent Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference. In his speech, Nealy explains how Mimic has created new…
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • Healthy Eating on a Budget

    dianeatwood
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    Have you looked at your food bill lately?  Let’s face it: food prices are not going down. Whether you buy food at a local market, grocery store or your favorite “super center,” planning a healthy meal for one or a family while keeping to a budget is challenging. While we all have preferences, keeping an […]
  • Health Events in Maine September 13 to September 22

    dianeatwood
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13 KAT-Walk & Karo-5K for Brain Aneurysm Awareness Back Cove Baxter Boulevard & Preble Street Extension Portland, Maine 11:00 am to 3:00 pm This annual event benefits the Brain Aneurysm Foundation in its efforts to support early detection, education, fund research and create awareness about brain aneurysms. For more information … Soup Making […]
  • I Don’t Know What to Say to Mom

    dianeatwood
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Dementia changes how people experience and interact with the world around them. The way a person with dementia uses words often leaves family members and caregivers unsure how to respond. After years of being able to communicate interactively, and exchange information clearly, as dementia progresses this flow suddenly shifts. Initially, it may be an occasional […]
  • Stress Relief: Catching Health on the Morning Report

    dianeatwood
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Relieving some stress with Sharon on the Morning Report. Google
  • Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

    dianeatwood
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Some people consider apples a superfood, so one a day just might help you stay healthy. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, many of them right here in Maine. I’ve put together a list of some Maine orchards that let you pick your own apples — a great way to spend a late […]
 
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    Healthcare Solutions Team

  • HealthCare.Gov Website faces new Challenges: Tax Forms

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans. Because of complicated connections between the new health care law and income taxes, the Department of Health and Human Services must send out millions of new tax forms next year. They’re like W-2s for people getting health insurance tax credits under President Barack Obama’s law. The forms are called 1095-As, and list who in each household has health coverage, and how much the government paid each month…
  • Are You Wondering Who’s Paying the new Obamacare Tax?

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it required health insurers, hospitals, device makers and pharmaceutical companies to share in the cost because they would get a windfall of new, paying customers. But with an $8 billion tax on insurers due Sept. 30 — the first time the new tax is being collected — the industry is getting help from an unlikely source: taxpayers. States and the federal government will spend at least $700 million this year to pay the tax for their Medicaid health plans. The three dozen states that use Medicaid managed-care plans will give those insurers more…
  • The Health Care Law in Limbo

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Earlier this week, two decisions were released in recent court challenges to the Affordable Care Act. At issue in both cases is the legality of the health insurance premium tax credits that are being provided to individuals who need financial assistance to purchase a plan in the health insurance exchanges. Right now, the tax credits are being provided for everyone who qualifies, regardless of whether they are purchasing from a state-based exchange or the exchange established by the federal government. The challengers in these cases ascertain the Affordable Care Act only intended to provide…
  • Can Obamacare Succeed Without Subsidies?

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, faces new scrutiny in the courts, raising additional questions about the future of Obamacare. In late July, two federal appeals court panels issued contradictory rulings within hours of each other on the legality of one of the law’s key components: subsidies to help people pay for health insurance. At issue in both lawsuits was whether the wording of the law authorizes the government to make tax credits available to subsidize the cost of health insurance premiums for millions of qualifying middle- and…
  • The Power of Prevention

    mmack@aplanforeveryone.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Benjamin Franklin once said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” yet 279 years later his words still have not been successfully put into medical practice. It is estimated that 70 percent of deaths in America are linked to preventable conditions, including heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Yet the U.S spends 75 percent of its $2.8 trillion annual health care budget on treating disease but only 3-5 percent on prevention. [9] While health expenditures in the United States are more than double the average spent by…
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    menshealthwire.com

  • Alpha Fuel XT

    Joshua Jerry
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Alpha Fuel XT Overview Alpha Fuel XT is a product that is marketed towards men who have noticed a decline in several areas of their health and well-being. It is sold exclusively online and presented on an official website that is professional and well-designed. The site contains information regarding the symptoms of low sex hormone levels and the problems that this can cause, including low sex drive, erectile difficulty, increased body fat, depression and problems with fertility. There is no FAQ section though nor any customer testimonials shown. Alpha Fuel XT
  • Orvigomax

    Joshua Jerry
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Orvigomax Overview OrvigoMax is an oral sexual support product that is sold exclusively online from the official brand website. The site is really just one page of information which briefly explains how the product works to support the male erection process to result in harder erections, longer-lasting orgasms and ‘wild pleasure’. There are a number of testimonials shown on the product site but no FAQ section. A link to the secure ordering page explains how consumers are offered a 14 day risk free trial of the product after which time, if they haven’t cancelled, they will continue to…
  • ProZemax

    Joshua Jerry
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    ProZemax Overview ProZmax is a sexual enhancement product that is manufactured by the company Love Laboratories and sold exclusively online. The product has an official website which is reasonably informative and well-designed. There are customer testimonials plus a quote from a ‘leading urologist’ who recommends the product. In addition to this, there is an explanation of the erection process and the importance of oxygenation in this process. When used as directed, ProZemax is said to increase the amount of oxygen available to the penile chambers, improving the blood flow and resulting…
  • Viconan

    Joshua Jerry
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:55 am
    Viconan Overview Viconan is a brand of male enhancement product that is manufactured by the company Erotic Potions. It is sold exclusively online, directly from the manufacturer, who present the product on a well-designed and informative website. There is a full section explaining exactly how the product works, plus a lengthy FAQ section. There is also a video presentation and full details regarding the ordering process and money back guarantee, which is 60 days from time of purchase. The product is available in several different package options with a one month supply – one bottle –…
  • Orexis

    Joshua Jerry
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:50 am
    Orexis Overview Orexis is manufactured by Urban Nutritionals and sold on several online retail sites. Some of the information is presented in an exaggerated way, which gives the product a ‘too good to be true’ image. However, unlike some similar products, Orexis does not claim to actually increase the penis size but does state that it can improve overall sexual health, increase pleasure for both partners and support a stronger, firmer erection. While the sites that sell the brand are all positive about the product, there are some warnings to be found on other sites, regarding the…
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    Viewpoints of Innovative Healthcare Leaders

  • Rona Levin - Future of DNP programs with implementations of Affordable Care Act

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at New York University, Professor Levin teaches nursing research and evidence-based practice at all educational levels and in the practice setting, mentors nurses in clinical practice and doctoral students, and provides guest lectures in classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as for clinical agencies. Professor Levin held varied full-time positions at Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) from 2001 through 2011. From 2003 until 2006 she was Project Director of the Joan M. Stout, RN Evidence-Based…
  • Rona Levin - How to shift thought from researchers with external evidence to DNP students translate evidence to real world practice

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at New York University, Professor Levin teaches nursing research and evidence-based practice at all educational levels and in the practice setting, mentors nurses in clinical practice and doctoral students, and provides guest lectures in classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as for clinical agencies. Professor Levin held varied full-time positions at Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) from 2001 through 2011. From 2003 until 2006 she was Project Director of the Joan M. Stout, RN Evidence-Based…
  • Rona Levin - Innovations and partnerships in academia's nursing programs

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at New York University, Professor Levin teaches nursing research and evidence-based practice at all educational levels and in the practice setting, mentors nurses in clinical practice and doctoral students, and provides guest lectures in classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as for clinical agencies. Professor Levin held varied full-time positions at Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) from 2001 through 2011. From 2003 until 2006 she was Project Director of the Joan M. Stout, RN Evidence-Based…
  • Rona Levin - Progress that has made on implementing and sustaining evidence based practice in nursing education

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at New York University, Professor Levin teaches nursing research and evidence-based practice at all educational levels and in the practice setting, mentors nurses in clinical practice and doctoral students, and provides guest lectures in classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as for clinical agencies. Professor Levin held varied full-time positions at Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) from 2001 through 2011. From 2003 until 2006 she was Project Director of the Joan M. Stout, RN Evidence-Based…
  • Corinne H. Rieder - Unmet needs in caring for older adults.

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Corinne H. Rieder has been the executive director and treasurer of the John A. Hartford Foundation since January 1998. Prior to that, she was corporate secretary and director of federal relations at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, she served as executive vice president and dean of Bank Street College of Education. Rieder taught strategic planning at both institutions. Rieder has held various federal government positions at the Office of Management and Budget and the former Department of Health, Education and Welfare. She also served as director of education planning for the New…
 
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    Healthcare In India

  • Why India needs something like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to drive health awareness ?

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    (Source : You Tube) I call it the “Gangnam Style” of healthcare. Whether on Facebook or on You Tube the one phenomenon you cant get away from is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—also referred to as motor neurone disease (MND), Charcot disease, and, in the United States, Lou Gehrig‘s disease—is a neurodegenerative disease with various causes. It is characterised by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle atrophy, difficulty in speaking (dysarthria), swallowing (dysphagia), and breathing (dyspnea). ALS…
  • Why India needs more patient engagement and experience channels ?

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Patient engagement and experience in India continues to be a back burner despite our progress in healthcare and medical facilities. If one looks at the US, Canada , Europe or Japan there are many patient engagement portals that provide information, build communities and enhance the experience of patients suffering from a certain disease as well as the patient parties that are affected. A good example is the MD Anderson Cancer Survivors forum that brings all the Cancer survivors together to help foster a feeling of belonging and support these patients as they get their life together again.
  • Is Cornflakes for breakfast healthy for India?

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    India is facing an obesity epidemic. Currently an estimated 30 million people in India currently would fall under the obese category. With this market in place, many organizations have decided to make a play to help us lose weight and fight the obesity epidemic. There are gyms, specialty clinics, fitness diets and portions. Organizations like VLCC have made a huge bang of the buck selling weight loss solutions.   The latest entrant in this market is  Cornflakes. The firm has been trying to make in roads into India for a long time. Their initial entry did not work well as a breakfast…
  • Kill the joint pain with knee replacement surgeries

    admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:01 am
    India most joint pains can be attributed to either the Knee or the hip. Interestingly almost 70 % of these pains are due to the knee. Only 30 % due to the hip. In Europe on the other hand the percentages are just the reverse.     (Image Source: Medicine.net) Indians in general suffer from more knee problems due to the sedentary life styles and the proliferation of the services Industry has made things just worse. While looking for the actual numbers I found out that there were close to 80,000 knee replacement surgeries in India in 2012. The number today would have gone up…
  • Join the #AskNova Twitter chat on cosmetic surgery on May 29th 3-4 PM

    admin
    28 May 2014 | 9:54 am
    Cosmetic Surgery has been the fascination for many in recent times. For those who have been in a traumatic incident or a birth defect, it may be a life changer. But for those obsessed with their physical appearance it has also become a source of indulgence. To demystify Cosmetic Surgery and to answer queries around it, Nova hospital has arranged for a Twitter chat.. The chat would be around the Body Contouring Surgery with South India’s leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Karthik Ram on 29th May, 2014, between 3 – 4 PM, IST. You can join the chat at #AskNova. How can you participate?   To…
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    San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery Blog

  • Take Years Off Your Appearance with a Facelift in San Antonio

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    Is it time for a makeover? Freshen up your look and say goodbye to those telltale signs of aging with a facelift in San Antonio. This is one of the most popular procedures for patients who are concerned about loose or sagging skin around the face and neck. Facelift surgery can completely transform your appearance and could be just what you need to boost your self-confidence. Should I Get a Facelift? Even though there are many non-surgical treatment options available for rejuvenating the skin, a facelift can be very effective for tightening the skin and restoring your youthful appearance…
  • Surgeon General Warning: Stop Tanning to Protect Your Skin

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    If you’re a frequent tanning bed user or just like to spend a lot of time in the sun, it may be time to break the habit. Health organizations and dermatologists have been issuing warnings about the dangers of UV exposure for years, but the number of skin cancer cases in the United States still continues to rise each year — now at 3.5 million cases of basal and squamos cell skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The office of the U.S. Surgeon General has issued a report warning Americans to protect skin from UV damage. Why UV Exposure is So Dangerous Exposure to ultraviolet…
  • Natural Breast Augmentation: Increase Your Breast Size without Implants

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    If you’ve always wanted larger breasts but don’t like the idea of getting implants, talk to Dr. Ortegon about a natural breast augmentation with the fat grafting technique. Dr. Ortegon can use a special technique to increase the size of your breasts by transferring fat from other areas of your body to your breasts. Not only will your breasts look and feel more natural, but you won’t have to worry about some of the complications associated with breast implants, such as rupturing or capsular contracture. How Natural Breast Augmentation Works Only some plastic surgeons around the world are…
  • CoolSculpting Can Help You Lose the Bulge without Surgery

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    When your usual diet and exercise routine isn’t helping take off those extra inches around your waist, hips, and thighs, a body contouring procedure may be your only option. However, you may not have to go under the knife to improve your figure. CoolSculpting in San Antonio is a non-surgical procedure designed to freeze away fat cells and get rid of stubborn fat permanently. The procedure is performed in about an hour in our office and patients can return to regular activities right after their treatment. CoolSculpting has proven to be an effective method for reducing body fat by up to 25…
  • Treat Yourself to Our Mommy Makeover Special this May

    Dr. Delio Ortegon
    22 May 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Having children can completely change your body and you might be left struggling to lose those extra pounds and inches. For many women, sagging breasts, a stomach pooch, and stubborn pockets of fat are some of the unwanted side effects of pregnancy. Undergoing a combination of breast and body procedures that can restore your pre-pregnancy figure could be just what you need to renew your self-confidence and feel good about your body again! We have created a mommy makeover package that includes a breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, and liposuction if needed. Book this package during the month of…
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  • Logrolling: How to Move an Accident Victim

    LAwordsmith
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    U.S. soldiers practice rescuing during medical training at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2011. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH You’re driving down a highway when the car in front of you swerves to avoid something. You swerve too—right off the road. You are able to stop on the grass, but the other car can’t. It flips and the driver is ejected. You find him lying on the ground, bleeding, groaning, but otherwise not responding. At this point, what’s the number-one thing you’ll avoid doing if possible, even though it might…
  • You Find Someone Unconscious. What Should You Do After Calling 911?

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Unconscious. What would you do? by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Here’s a scenario that happens more often than you might think. You come home from work and find your loved one lying unconscious on the floor in your house. What would you do? Call 911? Sure. A#1 yes. But what can you do until first responders get there? Or what if they’re running late, or can’t get there at all? It happens. You need a system: First do this, then do this. Okay, first thing after calling for help? Your answer: _______________________   My answer: Make sure you’re safe. Yeah, if it’s your loved one…
  • 3 Childhood Illnesses That Cause Swollen Necks

    LAwordsmith
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH When you’re sick and go to the doctor, one of the first things we often do is feel your neck. We’re looking for swelling in certain places, which can indicate an infection. So if your child gets sick and you’re unable to get expert help, if there’s swelling in the neck, that can give you clues about what’s going on. Here, I’ll talk about three causes: strep throat, mumps, and diphtheria. In the U.S., strep throat is the most common. Because of childhood immunizations, mumps is much less frequent these days, and diphtheria is virtually wiped out. But it is…
  • Day After Disaster: 4 Scenarios to Test Your Basic Survival Medicine Skills

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I thought I’d have a little fun today and walk you through what to do in some scenarios to test your basic survival medicine skills. To get the most out of this post, wait for a minute after reading each scenario and think what you’d do in such a situation. Then you can see my answers. And maybe together, we can come up with a better plan. You know, two heads and all that. (In this case, thousands of heads.) I think if you really participate we’ll all be the better for it. Thanks to Sara Hathaway for providing the scenes from her new novel, Day After Disaster.
  • 4 Common Causes of Coughs in Kids—With a Printable Chart

    LAwordsmith
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Part 2 in my childhood charts series. See more charts here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This is part two of my series about tips on recognizing childhood illness. Last time, I talked about illnesses with rashes. This time, it’s illnesses that come with bad coughs. If you can’t get expert help, you need to be able to recognize them so you’ll have an idea of how long they’ll last, what the most common complications are, and which can be helped with antibiotics in case you have them or can get to a doctor for them. If you wish, print out and store the chart, along with the one on rashes…
 
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  • Common Work Injuries and How To Avoid Them

    Xee Malik
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Although spending time at work should be a place of safety and productivity, it is known as one of the most common places to suffer from injuries. From back injuries to sprains, accidents that cause harm to employees can occur when operating machinery, slipping, or due to falling objects. To create a safer environment and prevent injury or death, it’s important to know the most common injuries and how to protect yourself. Sprains Sprains are known to occur from slipping or falling in the workplace. This is one of the most common injuries and the second most common injury to occur while…
  • Best 5 Tips for Maintaining Your Dental Crowns

    Xee Malik
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Crowns are often used to restore teeth that have been damaged or had a large cavity filled. Although crowns are made from sturdy, durable dental materials, patients should still exercise care with their newly restored tooth. The following tips will help patients take better care of their dental crown. 1. Brushing and Flossing Some oral care habits should not change after a tooth has been restored with a crown. Brushing after meals and flossing at least one each day are among them. These standard practices help eliminate leftover food and bacteria that can harm the crown or infect the…
  • Easy Way To Get Rid Of Acne

    Xee Malik
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Acne is very irritating problem and people use many remedies to get rid of it but mostly they failed to do so. Actually they don’t know what is best method to get rid of acne, they waste their money in useless products and waste their money. Here I’ll tell you the best method of getting rid of acne. Acne is not a very big problem which can’t be handled easily this is very common and controllable problem which can be handled by correct treatment. Use following methods to avoid this problem. Lets have a look.   Apple Cider Vinegar Dip cotton in apple cider vinegar and…
  • How To Get Rid of Feet Odor

    Xee Malik
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    Feet odor is very disgusting and awful disease which embarace a person in front of people. This is very common problem which  mostly occur in summer and from wearing shoes with socks. People hate this odor and want to get rid of it, they also use different method to get rid of this problem but failed to do so. You can get rid of this problem easily with lemon. yes lemon is very beneficial for feet odor. some days ago I Posted Benefits of Lemon because lemon is best natural product for many diseases and many beauty problems. According to many researches lemon has anti bacterial …
  • Ways to Make Flossing Easier for the Kids

    Xee Malik
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    Teaching children the importance of oral hygiene can be a difficult task. A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body, so teaching them at a young age is key. Flossing is sometimes the most difficult task to impart to children, but luckily there are ways to make this easier and more fun as they learn good hygiene habits. Use a Flossing Chart Pick out a fun flossing chart (or even draw one yourself) that has every day of the week. Let your kids pick their favorite stickers to put on the chart for each day that they floss. This not only helps them to remember to floss, but it also motivates them to…
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  • San Diego Convention Center / Sofia Hotel Reviews

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    Picking a "Weiner" Baby Boomers, I have to admit that one of the reasons I was so excited to attend the AARP "Ideas@50+” event last week was that it was held in San Diego. San Diego has to be one of my favorite travel destinations. If you remember, last year in May, Doc and I celebrated the first year anniversary of our meeting by taking a romantic weekend  trip to San Diego. Although last weekend's trip was basically business, we also earmarked it for some much needed rest and relaxation. So, for a few days, let's turn Survive 55 back into a “travel blog” and talk…
  • You Know It's Hot Outside When............

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Baby Boomers,Do you ever wake up and just know it's going to be a "Hot One" today?Well, it's like that pretty much every day in Arizona.To commemorate the final "Dog Days" of summer on this wonderful "Silly Saturday" I thought I would bring you a little humor from the internet.Although I found these photos on the web, it's not hard to imagine that a lot of them were taken right here in the "Valley of the Sun."Welcome to Arizona, where summer spends the winter — and hell spends the summer! If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting or even funny I bet your…
  • John Cougar Mellencamp AARP "Ideas@50+" Concert Review

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Baby Boomers,  Does this sound like anyone you might know?  A child is born with “spina bifida” back in October of 1951.  He had corrective surgery as a child and his youth was not unlike any others except his burning ambition to be a rock and roll star.  He was average in school, a bit of a rebel and by the age of 14 had already started playing in local bands in the small Midwestern town where he was growing up.  At 18, he eloped with his pregnant girlfriend and was a father by the time he graduated High School.  But he stayed focused and…
  • AARP "Ideas@50+" San Diego Review

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Jay Lickus at "Ideas@50+" Baby Boomers, I have finally caught up from our wonderful trip to San Diego last weekend to attend the AARP “Ideas@50+” convention. First of all, I would like to thank AARP for throwing such a nice event. I’m sure it cost them a pretty penny to put this show on and while I am not a huge advocate of their programs, I must say that everything at the event was extremely professional, very focused on the interests of our generation, relevant, dignified and well thought out logistically. To steal their words in describing the event:   “The…
  • AARP "Ideas@50+" San Diego Event Review

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Baby Boomers…… Do you think you really understand your fellow Boomers? Doc and I just returned from the AARP “Ideas@50+” National Event in San Diego. Overall, it has to be categorized as an amazing weekend. Unfortunately, the AARP Event was not the highlight of our visit. More than 14,000 Boomers and Senior Citizens were expected to attend the 3 day event but from what we saw I don’t think attendance came even close to that number. I think the biggest draw was an armchair interview with Soledad O’Brien with actors Julia Louise-Dreyfus and Kevin Spacey. So…
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    consumerhealthdigest.com

  • Neurozan Plus: Is Neurozan Plus Safe And Effective To Use?

    Mary Kerubo Agata
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Neurozan Plus Multi-Vitamin Review Neurozan Plus is a multi-vitamin that combines the latest research based micronutrients such as zinc, iron and iodine which contribute to enhanced cognitive function. This supplement is designed with a high purity super potency 60 percent Omega-3 capsule to provide Docosahexaenoic acid which helps to improve brain function. The beneficial effect […]
  • Does Meta Herbal Neuroiq Improve Your Focus?

    Mary Kerubo Agata
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    NeuroIQ formula from Meta Herbal Overview NeuroIQ is a brain enhancement supplement that is advertised as an advanced brain health product for Concentration, Memory, and Focus. It is designed to improve cognitive abilities and to wake up your mind, help you remember and focus, slow the aging process and increase learning abilities. The company that […]
  • Neuro Smart: Does This Natural Energy Drink Work?

    Mary Kerubo Agata
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Visalus Sciences Neuro Smart Review Neuro Smart is natural energy drink manufactured by a company known as Visalus Sciences. The manufacturer claims that Neuro Smart can re-energize and refresh your mind and body. They say that this product is good for those people who are looking for a way to boost their morale. They claim […]
  • Does Memory 2000 Help Improve Your Memory?

    Mary Kerubo Agata
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Review for Memory 2000 Capsule Memory 2000 is a brain enhancement formula that is meant to improve memory, learning abilities, cognition and stress for people in need of it. This formula is manufactured by a company called Natural Balance. This is a United States company committed on designing and promoting natural supplements that fix health […]
  • Does Brain Health Omega Keep Your Brain Focused?

    Mary Kerubo Agata
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Brain Health Omega Supplement from Amway Brain Health Omega is a brain enhancement supplement designed to provide essential nutrients that keep the brain focused, sharp and clearer. The company behind this product is known as Amway. It is a United States company founded in 1959 according to the information we collected from its official website. […]
 
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    Digital Health Technology

  • Wearable Digital Technology Has A Long Way to Go!

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

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

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

    Digital Health
    28 May 2014 | 6:04 am
    Chances are your daily habits are making you diabetic. Type II diabetes is when your body does not produce enough or effectively use insulin that is made by your pancreas. Insulin is a hormone that allows the body to convert glucose for energy and glucose comes from the foods that you eat. Obesity is usually associated with diabetes as 90% are overweight. The American Diabetes Association predict that 1 out of 3 Americans will be diabetic by 2050. Currently there are 26 million diabetics and 7 million of those don’t even know it. But what’s alarming is that 79 million people are…
  • Are you Still Eating High Sugar and High Refined Processed Foods?

    Digital Health
    19 May 2014 | 6:18 am
      Research is consistently coming back and saying that eating foods that are high in sugar or products that are highly processed and refined will dramatically impact the quality of your health. Here are some recent studies and information that just might change your behavior: Diets high in added sugar increase cardiovascular risk according to a study done by Central for Disease Control and Prevention the article published in American Medical Association Internal Medicine in 2014. Researchers looked at 30,000 people by using data from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey…
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  • Top 8 Treatments to Try Before Knee Replacement

    daveman
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    When someone has significant osteoarthritis of the knee, the Phoenix orthopedic surgeon will try several conservative measures before considering a knee replacement surgery. Find out about the top 8 treatments you should consider before having surgery on your knee. 1. Exercise and Weight Loss One of the most important aspects of nonsurgical management of knee arthritis is weight loss and strengthening. For every pound of weight, there is six pounds of pressure on the knee joint with activity. Overweight people also tend to develop arthritis at an earlier age than slimmer individuals. Muscle…
  • Myths about Shoulder Replacement

    daveman
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    The shoulder joint is composed of a ball and socket. When these bony components become damaged, worn, and painful, the orthopedic surgeon may suggest a shoulder replacement. During this procedure the “ball” (head of the humerus bone) is replaced with a metal or plastic implant, and the “socket” (glenoid bone) is replaced with a rounded cup that conforms to the head of the ball. A total shoulder replacement involves replacing both the ball and the socket, whereas a partial shoulder replacement involves replacing only the ball. Myth #1: You must have severe arthritis and…
  • An Overview of Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome of the Leg

    daveman
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Chronic compartment syndrome, also called chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) of the leg is an underdiagnosed cause of exertional leg discomfort. This syndrome most often occurs in elite athletes, recreational runners, and military recruits. It is often overlooked by physicians as a cause of muscle pain, leading to a two-year delay in diagnosis. This diagnosis delay combined with frequent occurrence may affect a person’s participation in physical activity. Causes of CECS CECS is caused by a marked increase in tissue pressure within the closed fascial space during physical…
  • Treating Damage To The Medial Collateral Ligament

    admin3
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a part of the knee joint that is frequently injured. Not all of the injuries suffered by this ligament require surgery, but some of the best orthopedic surgeons may recommend surgery if you are continually spraining your MCL. That can catch people off guard as we are used to sprains being treated with ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medications. There are some very valid reasons why this may be suggested as a treatment. Best Orthopedic Surgeons In Arizona Why would you get surgery for a sprain? Spraining the medial collateral ligament most often occurs…
  • Arthritis And Hip Replacement

    admin3
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis your orthopedic surgeon has probably talked to you about the potential of a hip replacement. While that can be frightening for people to hear about, it is a good discussion to begin. Understanding the treatments that your orthopedic surgeon will recommend before deciding that a hip replacement is right for you will help you give them a real chance to see if they will relieve your pain and improve your mobility too. Why don’t they just replace the hip and skip the other therapies? Your orthopedic surgeon may have talked to you about…
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  • Simple, Effective Approaches for Safely Preventing and Treating Back Pain

    Dr. Mercola
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola An estimated 75 to 85 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some time in their lives, and it's one of the most common reasons for taking time off from work. In most cases, the pain is a result of simple mechanical problem, such as poor posture or improper movement. Not surprisingly, back pain has become a major target for drug company disease mongering.1 The latest example of this is the emergence of ads for ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory disease of the axial skeleton that includes the spine, which is actually a very rare condition. One frequently…
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Bone Health

    Dr. Mercola
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Studies from the US Framingham trial show nearly two-fifths of the US population may have suboptimal blood levels of vitamin B12.1 And the criteria they use to make this assessment is 6-700 pg/ml, so it may be the majority of people who are vitamin B12 deficient. This is important to be aware of, and correct if it applies to you, as vitamin B12 is important for the formation of red blood cells, the maintenance of your central nervous system, and plays a role in the production of DNA and RNA. Vitamin B12 is also fittingly known as the energy vitamin, and your body requires it…
  • Why the Use of Glyphosate in Wheat Has Radically Increased Celiac Disease

    Dr. Mercola
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup, has dramatically risen over the past 15 years, right in step with the use of GE crops. According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), glyphosate appears to be strongly correlated with the rise in celiac disease. Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Seneff produced some phenomenal research1 on this connection, which was published in December last year. Previously, she has investigated the relationship between glyphosate and the…
  • Healthy Shiitake Sautéed Mushroom Recipe

    Dr. Mercola
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Mushrooms are certainly one of the most delicious types of fungi, but they're also among the most medicinal. About 100 species of mushrooms are being studied for their health-promoting benefits, and about a half dozen really stand out for their ability to deliver a tremendous boost to your immune system. You really can't go wrong with any of the edible mushrooms, as they are rich in protein, fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, and minerals, along with being excellent sources of antioxidants. Mushrooms contain polyphenols and selenium, which are common in the plant world, as…
  • Pathogens on Planes: How to Stay Healthy in Flight

    Dr. Mercola
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola One major US airline estimates that its aircraft fly an average of nearly six flights per day. With, let’s say, an average of 137 people on each flight, that’s 822 people per day that may pass through any one plane. After a week, that exposure rises to more than 5,700 people, each with the potential to share their own possibly pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and other microbes with the aircraft seats, tray tables, toilet, arm rests, and virtually every other surface on the plane. Considering that some of the nastiest microbes, like MRSA and E. coli O157, can last about a week…
 
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  • The Use Of Stem Cell Therapy To Treat Degenerative Arthritis

    admin2
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is the most common form of the disease and the source of pain for many people. As the cartilage breaks down in the joints, such as the knee, ankle, neck and shoulders, bone rubs against bone during movement and causes pain. Damage can also occur to the surrounding soft tissue. Unlike other pain clinics that limit their treatment options to medications or surgery, we believe that stem cell therapy is an excellent option that addresses the damage caused by the disease instead of just providing a quick fix. Pain Clinics in Las Vegas…
  • Managing The Pain Of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

    admin2
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition that causes chronic pain, and typically occurs following trauma or an injury to an arm or leg. The primary symptom is pain which can be constant and ranges from very uncomfortable to severe. Many people who suffer with CRPS describe it as a feeling of pins and needles or severe burning and it often radiates to the entire affected limb. In some people, the area becomes increasingly sensitive to the degree that any touch, no matter how light, results in pain. Due to the differences in treatment effectiveness among patients, pain management…
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation For Chronic Pain

    admin2
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    You may have some reservations about any treatment that involves electric stimulations. However, electrical nerve stimulation is a relatively simple procedure that may help alleviate chronic pain issues. If you do not want to take many medications to get your pain under control, using a TENS unit is a great option to use. Electrical nerve stimulation is also known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). TENS is a therapy that uses an electric current to interfere with the nerve impulses that produces the pain sensation. The electrodes are placed on or near the area of pain. It…
  • Fibromyalgia And Treatment Options For You

    admin2
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Fibromyalgia is a condition that has been a fairly new diagnosis but many people have suffered with it for many years. It is a musculoskeletal disorder that is known to bring about chronic pain in the individual who has it. Fibromyalgia patients are apt to have pain and tender points in certain areas of the body, such as the neck, back, shoulders, hips, arms, and legs. These tender points may present themselves in other parts of the body, too. Pain Doctors Las Vegas Causes It is believed that a miscommunication between the brain and the body and it results in chronic pain. The patients with…
  • What You Need To Know About Trigeminal Neuralgia

    admin2
    22 Jun 2014 | 2:35 am
    A patient who presents with facial pain when the face is touched, putting makeup on, or even brushing teeth, could have trigeminal neuralgia (TN). The condition is affects the trigeminal nerve that carries nerve impulses from the facial area to the brain. If there is something aggravating this nerve, it will cause abnormal pain sensations to the person affected. The attacks may be short and mild initially, but the longer it progresses, it could become very painful and frequent. Patients describe it as a searing pain. Trigeminal neuralgia affect women more than men, and people who are older…
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  • How to Deal with Food Cravings While on a Weight Loss Program

    Arizona Medifast
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:29 pm
    When trying to stick to your diet, there are certain things that are extremely difficult, and the worse one of those is cravings. Cravings often come out of nowhere, when you’re having such a great week. You have been sticking to your diet, staying with your exercise routine, and are feeling great. Then suddenly, all you can think about is chocolate or those cookies sitting on the counter. Here are some quick tips on how to deal with those pesky cravings while trying to stick to your diet. First it is important to understand where cravings originate. Cravings often arise from a few…
  • Understand your Metabolism before you start to Lose Weight

    Arizona Medifast
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    When trying to lose weight, many people believe that skipping meals will give them their desired weight. They often become frustrated when this does not prove to be true, and often give up on their weight loss goal. Skipping meals and other weight loss strategies that limit a vast amount of calories in a short amount of time do not work due to the complex and important process of our metabolism. Here are some things you need to understand about your body’s metabolism in order to start losing weight in the proper and healthy way. Two Components of Metabolism The body’s metabolism is a…
  • Food Pyramid and Weight Loss

    Arizona Medifast
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:22 pm
      When trying to lose weight, it can be difficult to know the proper and healthy way to go about it. There are so many weight loss programs that try to convince you that skipping meals will create the weight loss you desire, but these options are not healthy. It’s also important to understand that if you want to lose weight, and keep it off, learning how to change your lifestyle is the best option.   Changing your lifestyle begins first  with altering your food habits. One of the things to understand about healthy eating is the food pyramid, which is a great tool to use while…
  • 8 Great Weight Loss Tips for Busy People

    Arizona Medifast
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Many people believe that losing weight is a time consuming and difficult process that can only be accomplished if you have lots of time and effort. While it is true that losing weight can often be a difficult task, that doesn’t mean that busy people cannot shed pounds. Losing weight while running a household or adhering to a busy schedule is easier to do than you think. These 8 weight loss tips for busy people will show you how to lose weight, while you are also keeping up with your hectic life.   Number 1: Limit Cola and other Sugary Drinks   As someone on the go, it’s often so…
  • Healthy Diet and Weight Loss Habits

    Arizona Medifast
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Trying to lose weight can often times be a frustrating and difficult experience for many people.  Healthy weight loss is essential when trying to lose weight, because not only will you be making lifestyle changes that will enable you to remain at your goal weight, but you will also improve your overall health. Here are some healthy diet and weight loss habits to help you reach your goal weight. Realistic Weight Loss Goals   Healthy weight loss habits should begin with setting a reasonable goal weight–one that is at a healthy body mass index (BMI), along with a goal for the right…
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  • Top 5 Things to Know About Rotator Cuff Repair

    Adam Farber
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    One of the feared injuries for pitchers, tennis players, and other athletes is a rotator cuff tear. When a tear of this muscular structure is severe, it can end the player’s career. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that converge around the upper region of the humerus (upper arm bone). These structures form a cuff that holds the arm in place and permit movement in varying directions. Too much stress on the shoulder joint can lead to swelling and partial tears in the rotator cuff tendons. When one or more of these tendons pulls away from the bone or tears, it is…
  • How Long Does Rehab Last After ACL Reconstruction?

    Adam Farber
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is often referred to as ACL repair. The torn or damaged ligament is repaired when a tissue graft is used to reconstruct the ACL. An autograft is tissue of the patient’s own body. An allograft is tissue from a donor’s body (cadaver). Most ACL surgery is deferred until the initial swelling and inflammation resolves. This is done to prevent scarring and delays in healing during the recovery process Rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction surgery is a lengthy process. It can be several months before the patient is able to return to…
  • Will a Meniscal Tear need Surgery?

    Adam Farber
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    When deciding how to treat a torn meniscus, there are numerous things to consider, such as your activity level, age, the location and extent of the tear, the doctor’s preference, and when the injury occurred. Treatment options include conservative measures, such as rest, ice therapy, compression and elevation, physical therapy, and a temporary knee brace. Also, there is surgical repair (sew the pieces together), partial meniscectomy (removal of the torn section), and total meniscectomy (removal of the entire meniscus). Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair When possible, the orthopedic…
  • An Overview of Cartilage Procedures for the Knee

    Adam Farber
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    There are many surgical procedures for problems with knee cartilage. Articular cartilage is a white, smooth tissue that covers the bone ends at the area where bones come together to form joints. If cartilage is not healthy, the joints become stiff and painful. Healthy cartilage is necessary for bones to glide across each other without friction. Articular cartilage is damage from normal wear and tear, injury, trauma, and certain medical conditions. Phoenix orthopedic specialists have perfected many surgical techniques to stimulate the growth of new knee cartilage or to restore cartilage…
  • About Your Shoulder Pain ~ How Shoulder Pain Develops

    Adam Farber
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    The shoulder joint may feel like a sturdy joint, but it’s actually relatively unstable in construction. The joint trades stability for mobility, allowing both arms to move in almost all directions to lift objects of various weights. The shoulder joint, as a ball and socket joint, is supported by the four rotator cuff muscles—the teres minor, subscapularis, infraspinatus and supraspinatus. The group of muscles provide the shoulder joint stability and help move the joint.   Orthopedics Phoenix As stable as the construction of the shoulder joint seems, it also makes people prone to…
 
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  • Freemake Video Converter – Free Software

    Admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:59 am
    There are many video converters but this converter was tested by us, now a days every person have their own device and all devices have their own demands the problem is mostly peoples don’t know technical specifications about a video and they don’t know how to convert and what is original bit-rate frame rate etc. But with this converter you don’t worry it will deduct your video original format and you just need to set its bit-rate to control video load or size. Freemake Video Converter is designed without any limitations and hidden costs. This is freeware of new level, which…
  • EagleGet Easy Your Downloads

    Admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    EagleGet is light weight software for downloads and you can you use as download accelerator as well. Till now its completely charge free. EagleGet is a very nice download manager with a clean, pleasingly sparse interface and convenient browser integration, it’s a fairly solid downloader and definitely is worth keeping if you want a simple and reliable downloader for Windows. You can say EagleGet Download Manager: Best IDM alternative This Software few highlights: Accelerate downloads by up to 6 times, resume broken download. EagleGet saves your time, nerves and money. Download video…
  • Line is Another App. For Free Calls & Text Messages

    Admin
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:05 am
    Line is another smartphone application for free calls and text messages. There are a lot of app.is using for free calls and text messages like viber , Line making its new ranking in the line of application and we can easily use it and easily instal in our smartphone for free calls, text messages, sharing videos,photos and a lot of more fun.This app.is available in all kind of platforms like iPhone, Android,BlackBerry,Windows Phone,Nokia Asha.You will find more comprehensive like never before.Its just ease for your smartphone. LINE is a new communication app that allows you to make FREE voice…
  • How the Menopause Symptoms are Impacting Your Daily Life

    Admin
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    What is Menopause Menopause is the natural end to menstruation (monthly periods). Most American women experience this around the age of 50. However, some women can experience menopause as early as 40 years old or as late as 60 years old. If menopause occurs prior to age 40, this is thought to be abnormal and is called premature menopause. However, there are a number of simple lifestyle changes that you can make to help you cope with the post-menopause stage. Try these 5 low impact menopause exercises that will help your body. 1-Swimming Swimming is an advantageous sport to practice as you go…
  • Makes it Easy to Type in the Language You Choose-Google Input Tools

    Admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 6:46 am
    Google Input Tools for Windows is an input method editor which allows users to enter text in any of the supported languages using a Latin (English / QWERTY) keyboard. Users can type a word the way it sounds using Latin characters and Google Input Tools for Windows will convert the word to its native script. Available input tools include transliteration, IME, and on-screen keyboards. Google Input Tools for Windows is currently available for 22 different languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Persian, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Russian,…
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  • How patients are thinking about access to their online health records

    Mike Scott
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    A new report from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology, based on data collected in 2013, provides us with some detailed insight into what patients are thinking about their ability to access their health information on line. The survey conducted by
  • Another new wearable approved by the FDA

    Mike Scott
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    The Apple Watch wasn’t the only new wrist-wearable to be making news last week. An Australian startup called Global Kinetics convinced the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to approve its Personal KinetiGraph or PKG Data Logger as the first wrist-worn device to provide data
  • How baby boomers use consumer healthcare technologies

    Mike Scott
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    A study by LeRouge et al. in the Journal of Medical Internet Research addresses factors affecting the uptake of consumer health technologies by “baby boomers”. (Did you even know that there was such a thing as a Journal of Medical Internet Research?) Key findings from this
  • The Philadelphia Eagles and Sports Science

    Joshua Spiegel
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    The Technology the Eagles are Using, and Why It’s football season. Or, rather… IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON!!! And that means time to talk about, um… science? Yes! Specifically “sports science” —which is, by all accounts, a “secret” weapon that Philadelphia Eagles head coach (and chief innovator) Chip
  • The Lasker awards and the politics of cancer screening

    Mike Scott
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    The 2014 Lasker Awards were announced earlier week.  For those who aren’t familiar with the Lasker Awards, they are generally considered to be America’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize for biological and medical sciences. One of this year’s three awards went to
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  • E/M Coding Updates for 2015

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Boost Your E/M Services in 2015 by Applying the Current CPT Changes to Your Practice Each year the AMA and CMS publish changes to CPT® and HCPCS for the New Year. 2015 is no different with CPT® adding two codes, revising two, and deleting one. This will be an expansion of the chronic care management section.  The 2015 CMS propose ...
  • ICD-10-CM for Burns & Corrosions of the External Body Surface

    11 Nov 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 ...
  • Get the Inside Scoop to Audit-Proof Your E/M Coding

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Understand E/M Coding: From an Auditor’s Prospective Coding and billing for evaluation and management (E/M) services can be complex and is consistently a hot area for payer scrutiny. According to recent audit results published in the report “Improper Payments for Evaluation and Management Services Cost Medicare Billions in 2010,” ...
  • Analyzing and Negotiating PPO Contracts

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Know what is your Expected vs. Actual Rate of Reimbursement and How Critical is it to your Revenue Stream? You need to understand the expected vs. actual reimbursement rates as it is critical to your revenue stream. Prerna Marwah, MBA, a successful PPO contracting expert would be discussing the reimbursement rates in the session by analyzin ...
  • Modifiers Matter: A Modifier Overview for All Physician Practices

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Learn Some Common Pitfalls for Each Modifier and How to Overcome or Avoid Them Every coder needs to know modifiers inside out—or you’re risking denials, slashed reimbursement, and even fraud charges every time you code a service. Choosing the proper modifier for the documented procedure can get tricky. But don’t worry! This modif ...
 
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    Foods4BetterHealth

  • The Diabetes Complication You Didn’t See Coming

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The number of people living with type 2 diabetes is increasing at a rapid rate. And it isn’t just about the diabetes. There are complications that can arise from this disease which are more serious than you may realize. Get informed! One complication you may not have considered is kidney disease. People who suffer from type 2 diabetes may also develop a dangerous form of kidney disease that can leave them without a well-functioning renal system. When this happens, blood isn’t filtered properly and you won’t manufacture urine well enough to excrete body waste. The … Read MoreThis…
  • How Do Popular Diets Stack Up?

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    There are literally hundreds of different diets out there and they all claim to improve your health. It could be weight loss, decreased risk factors for chronic disease or an anti-aging diet to make you live longer and better, wrinkle-free. Below you will find a few of the more popular diets, and my grade for each one. Atkins Diet Coined from the same name as the noted cardiologist, Robert Atkins, this diet is a low-carbohydrate diet that can certainly be helpful to some people. This is considered a “ketogenic” diet because it forces the body … Read MoreThis article How Do Popular…
  • Why the Humble Sweet Potato is My Favorite Health Food

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I love a variety of healthy foods, but if I was to plug a certain food, this would be it—the sweet potato. I eat this amazing food almost every day and continue to enjoy it with my meals, it never gets old. Yes, sweet potato is still a potato, but it’s very different from the white variety most people eat. The sweet potato still has some similarities to your run-of-the-mill potato. It’s high in fiber, nutrients and starchy carbohydrates. But the carbohydrates in sweet potatoes take more time to digest. The net effects are lower … Read MoreThis article Why the Humble Sweet Potato…
  • The Next Great Superfood: Broccoli

    Foods4BetterHealth
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Broccoli is a humble vegetable. Its green and tree-like appearance has given it such a strong association with good health ever since you were a child. Maybe you didn’t grow to love it until you were an adult, or maybe you always did. It always seemed to be a staple at mealtime. And you likely know broccoli is good for you, but it’s not just good for you. It is a versatile superstar veggie that is a real cornerstone to your health. We’ve rounded up some great news on how broccoli can impact your health … Read MoreThis article The Next Great Superfood: Broccoli originally published…
  • No More Greasy Burgers: Fast-food Image New and Improved?

    Foods4BetterHealth
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The iconic golden arches have brought smiles to millions from children to seniors. With a friendly clown as the mascot and play areas to keep the younger ones entertained, we all have fond memories of McDonald’s. And although we know that fast food isn’t the best meal option for us, we all have those moments that lead us back to the glowing “M” for a Big Mac and fries. Over the years, McDonald’s has been trying to change its fast-food image with the start of McCafe, a more welcoming restaurant with couches and fireplaces. Then … Read MoreThis article No More Greasy Burgers:…
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  • Healthcare and Hospital CEOs Dominate 100 Most Influential People of Healthcare 2014

    Infinit Healthcare
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Bernard Tyson, Kaiser Permanente’s President and CEO, is the second most influential leader in healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and the highest-ranking figure from the private sector. US President Barack Obama ranked first.
  • Only 69% of Healthcare Organizations Have a Breach Plan – Are You Secured?

    Infinit Healthcare
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:22 pm
    The recent data breach on CHS brings to spotlight how healthcare organizations, despite increasing advances in technology and its dependence to it for their operations, are still too lax on IT security. There are ways to protect healthcare's IT systems against security breach. We have outlined four ways to keep the hackers out.
  • Why Kaiser Permanente’s Health Care Model Works

    Infinit Healthcare
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    We give you reasons why Kaiser Permanente’s integrated health care system, known as the Health Care Model, is a structure that even European countries are closely looking into as a model for their own healthcare systems.
  • 10 Ways Technology Boosts Healthcare Services

    Jeff De Jesus
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    Technology has made it possible for breakthroughs in research and medicine to happen at a very fast rate. We have had more innovations in information gathering, research, treatments and communication between patients and the healthcare providers in the past decades than ever before. We came up with 10 ways technology boosts healthcare services. Take a look.
  • How the Affordable Care Act Affects Small Businesses

    Infinit Healthcare
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    With the Affordable Care Act stating mandated healthcare for everyone, most small business owners are confused and don’t know how to start providing healthcare coverage for their employees. Does the Affordable Care Act hurt or help small business?
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    Casual Clinic

  • I have a viral ear infection i feel dizzy, lightheaded and my head hurts

    Westin Childs
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Q: Subject: 22 Female Message Body: Hello im 22 yrs old and I been to the doctors who told me i have a viral ear infection i feel dizzy, lightheaded and my head hurts. I also been feeling some fatigue in my left and right arms but its short and usually passes but im not sure as to why im feeling like this. I also have a history of migraines that would only occur on my left side, my blood pressure was 109/68 and my pulse was 78. I have sometimes tension all over my head but i suspect thats due to stress . A: Thanks for the question.  It sounds like you may have a couple of issues going on. …
  • I am on my second cycle of 50mg of Clomid

    Westin Childs
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Q: Subject: 33 Female Message Body: Hello, I am on my second cycle of 50mg of Clomid.  I believe I ovulated late in this cycle.  My last menstrual period was on July 28th and now I am currently two days late.  There were acts of intercourse throughout the month of August.  More specifically on the 9th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 25th and 28th.  However, last night on Aug. 28th after intercourse I had very light pink streaks show up on the toilet paper and I never saw it again.  I took a pregnancy test this morning and it was negative.  I do not know if this is the beginning of my…
  • I am having pain just above my waistline on the front left side of my body

    Westin Childs
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Q: Subject: 21, Male Message Body: I am having pain just above my waistline on the front left side of my body. The pain started after a week of drinking too much alcohol. The pain will come and go but has become more constant and painful. Sometimes the pain accompanies diarrhea. The pain dissipates over time, but returns (the next day) when I drink minute amounts of alcohol. I feel like the area may be swelling and have made an appointment to see a doctor, but I am afraid of an emergency situation.   A: Thanks for the question. With your history I would be concerned for pancreatitis. If…
  • I noticed some blood come out of my penis hole

    Westin Childs
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Q: Yesterday night I came home and urinated and after getting up I noticed blood on the inside of the front part of the toilet. I was worried something really went wrong. This morning I go to urinate again and no blood comes out but I squeezed my penis head to make sure there was none and I noticed some blood come out of my penis hole. Not a lot just a little drop. Could this be a busted blood vessel or something serious? A: Thanks for the question.  So long as you are not having any pain/burning sensation with urination, feeling like you need to urinate all day long, and as long as you…
  • My right ear feels deaf’er than my left

    Westin Childs
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Q: Subject: 14 male Message Body: My right ear feels deaf’er than my left. It started about 5 days ago… and i can hear the difference when i speak or watch TV.I was in the car and i started to hear the difference even when i talk there is a significant amount of difference… But when i cove up one ear to try to test they sound the same. Its like not muffled and my ears pop easily. I’m really scared I’m going deaf in one ear… any suggestions? my mother thinks its just water because e went to the beach/pool 2 weeks ago but i can’t feel water. A: Thanks…
 
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  • Music and Care

    Sarah Riley
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Michelle Hanson, in a Guardian article of 2012 wrote about the transformative power of music for people with dementia, and contrasts this with a time when it was seen as having a marginal role in care services. There is an ongoing expansion of this thinking, applied to all groups who may lack communication skills, including people with learning disabilities. People being transformed The University of the West of Scotland, together with local hospitals, in recent years set up community musical groups for people with dementia and their carers. Carers spoke of people being transformed through…
  • Do you Know How Much Employee Absence Costs your Business?

    Sarah Riley
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    A recent survey of 2,000 employees, showed that as many as a quarter of workers throw a ‘sickie’ on their first day back from holiday. A survey completed by Bupa showed that ‘nearly two-thirds of workers (61 per cent) dreaded returning to work after their summer vacation’. See this report. So welcome back to work after the summer holiday season! The ever present topic of employee absence hits the headlines regularly and is clearly a constant problem. In today’s fast paced environment, businesses have to respond to absenteeism swiftly to remove extra pressure…
  • Cracking the Code

    Sarah Riley
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    There is a consultation process going on at the moment about the Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983. The Mental Health Act 1983 is the major piece of mental health law in England and Wales. It was amended in 2007 with a number of significant changes, but it is worth knowing it is still called the Mental Health Act 1983. Consultation process Accompanying the Act is a Code of Practice. It is not the law, it is guidance, but it carries clout – it is statutory guidance agreed by Parliament. The Code of Practice in use at the moment was issued shortly after the last changes to…
  • Catch me if you can

    Sarah Riley
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    Fraudulent activity I attended a meeting this week and one of the speakers was our local NHS Counter Fraud Officer. Whilst we assume we know where fraud could possibly be committed in Practice, mainly around prescriptions and medicines management, I was quite shocked to learn about other NHS fraud cases that could quite easily occur without us knowing until it was too late. One of the most shocking recent cases was a group who diverted £642,000 of NHS cancer care money into their own personal bank accounts. Following a fraud investigation led by NHS Protect and supported by the…
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook: Have you got it Covered?

    Sarah Riley
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    It seems that you only have to go onto to various social networking websites to see some of the comments the public are writing about the allegations involving Cliff Richard. It would appear that some individuals are quite happy to broadcast their opinions on the World Wide Web. But have these people considered how this may affect them if representing their place of work? Today watching the local news, I see that new figures revealed that police workers in the region have been investigated for breaching social media guidelines. In Lancashire one constable resigned over excessive and…
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  • Sep. 2, 2014 Easy night call and a false alarm

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

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

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

    sliceoflifesurg
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    It's definitely a rush though when you're the one holding the instruments! Continue reading →
  • Five Essential Skills for Surgical Clerks

    sliceoflifesurg
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Here are some essential skills needed if you want to look like a stud during your surgical clinical elective.  You may not get a lot of opportunities to practice or demonstrate these skills. But, when the time comes, if you are … Continue reading →
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  • Bed Bug Bites are Worse Than You Might Think

    Jacob
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    Are bed bug bites dangerous? Most people do not think so. The fact is: bed bugs can cause a great deal of harm than we thought initially. Not only do they give rise to itchy rashes, they also ruin a good night’s sleep. This in itself leads to many harmful health effects like irritability, increased anxiety, depression, fatigue etc. In some people, bed bug bites give rise to severe allergic reactions that could lead to intense scratching. Bed bug bites are worse for children and people with pre-existing health conditions or weaker immune systems. Babies and toddlers often cannot prevent…
  • Top 10 Products for Bed Bug Treatment

    Jacob
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    What are the best bed bug products that really work? This is the most common question asked by users looking for DIY pest management options for treating bed bugs. Naturally, hiring professional exterminators is not only expensive; it is also a big hassle. Additionally, when there are great products for bed bugs available readily in the market, why not make use of them? In this guide, I will show you the top 10 bed bug remedies and products available today. 1. Bed Bug Sprays Bed bug sprays are one of the top DIY bed bug remedies. They may be alcohol based, insecticide or Pyrethroid based or…
  • Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling By Following These Easy Steps

    Jacob
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    In this guide, we will study some important ways to avoid bed bugs while travelling so that you not only enjoy a pest-free vacation but also avoid bringing them back into your home. First: let us consider how bed bug infestations occurred over the years. Bed bugs: A brief history Bed bugs are back, and they are bigger and more annoying than ever. And if you are one of those who believe that bed bugs are found only in dirty, crowded or low-income residential areas; think again. Bed bugs have very little to do with cleanliness. They are found even in five star hotels and motels. The last two…
  • 6 Bed Bug Signs and Symptoms to Watch Out For

    Jacob
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    The only clear indication that you have bed bugs is to watch out for bed bug signs and symptoms which we will be discussing in this guide. Often, people assume that a bite on the human skin is due to the presence of bed bugs. However there are many explanations for such bites and several species of insects can cause similar ones. Hence, it is important to educate yourself about the exact signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation. This can help you alert the right authorities, especially if you are suffering from bed bug infestations when living in a motel or rented condo or apartment. Top 6…
  • 10 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

    Jacob
    8 Jun 2014 | 11:42 am
    Often, homeowners having a bed bug problem feel embarrassed about their situation and naturally wish to know the easiest and most hassle-free ways to address it. Hence, we are presenting 10 easy ways to get rid of bed bugs. Do note that, if you are living in a rented apartment, it is important to notify the property manager/landlord. The sooner everyone is made aware of the situation, the better it will be in making the bed bug treatment more successful. A bed bug infestation is not easy to deal with as often, when we feel we are completely rid of them, they come right back. Many DIY bed bug…
 
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  • The Importance of Medical Procedure Reviews

    YEMPL
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    #Yempl In the modern digital marketplace, online consumer reviews can have a major impact on a business’s reputation, and either drive new clients to it or away from it. A business can have overwhelmingly positive reviews, but consumers can be a fickle bunch, and just a handful of negative online reviews can drastically affect business. Often, […] The post The Importance of Medical Procedure Reviews appeared first on Yempl.com.
  • How Can Medical Providers Increase Cash Flow?

    YEMPL
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    #Yempl In the current health care environment, one of the most important concerns health care providers are dealing with is determining how to increase the cash flow into their practice. Insurance providers can take months to pay claims, and in the interim health care providers have to make sure they are bringing in enough cash payments […] The post How Can Medical Providers Increase Cash Flow? appeared first on Yempl.com.
  • Medical Cost: Procedure Price Comparison | Yempl.com

    YEMPL
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    #Yempl Although the Affordable Care Act – popularly called Obama Care – promised to bring inexpensive insurance to millions of Americans, many consumers have found that the high cost of deductibles coupled with unaffordable monthly premiums are too costly for their budgets. Many Americans are currently living paycheck-to-paycheck, and even with federal subsidies designed to bring […] The post Medical Cost: Procedure Price Comparison | Yempl.com appeared first on Yempl.com.
  • How to Get More Patients into Your Medical Office

    YEMPL
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    #Yempl According to the U.S. Census Bureau, American adults visited their doctors an average of 3.9 times in 2010, which was less than the 4.8 recorded in the previous year. This was because they believed themselves to be quite healthy; in the Health Status, Health Insurance, and Medical Services Utilization: 2010 report, 63% said that they […] The post How to Get More Patients into Your Medical Office appeared first on Yempl.com.
  • Advertising on Major Medical Directories? Is it Worth the Effort?

    YEMPL
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    #Yempl In order to stay abreast of developments in the current health care marketplace, many private practices and health care providers consider advertising on large online medical directories. It’s not an uncommon belief that simply by listing your practice on one of these directories, you will see an increase in new patient business. The post Advertising on Major Medical Directories? Is it Worth the Effort? appeared first on Yempl.com.
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  • Hay Fever and Homeopathic Approach

    Life Force
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    What is hay fever? Hay fever is the inflammation of nasal cavity caused by exposure of an individual to the allergens such as dust, pollens, animal dander etc. What are the symptoms of hay fever? Hay fever produces almost similar symptoms as that of allergic rhinitis. Patient complains of runny nose, watery discharge from eyes and nose, frequent sneezing, redness of eyes, itching and irritation of eyes and generalized feeling of weakness and debility. Severe cases of hay fever present with sinus congestion, headaches and loss of sensations of taste and smell. How can I differentiate hay fever…
  • Primary treatment for epistaxis (nosebleed)

    Life Force
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Epistaxis or nosebleed: It means bleeding from the nose. The bleeding from the nose occurs most commonly from one nostril. Most of the cases of epistaxis can be managed at home. But, there are a few instances where the patient suffering from epistaxis has to be admitted in the hospital for its management. In this blog we will see how one should manage the patient of epistaxis at primary level. Do not panic: Sight of blood gushing through the nose is enough to make any person panicky. But, instead of becoming panicky one should know the ways of controlling the blood gushing thorough the nose.
  • About homeopathic shampoos and hair tonics

    Life Force
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    Hair is a very essential part of one’s personality. Hairs offer a great cosmetic value for both men as well as women. Since decades both men and women have tried to look better and better by caring and trying to improve the length, quality, texture and volume of the hair by using different tactics. Today, people are suffering from a lot of problems related with hairs such as hair fall, premature graying of hair, dandruff, split ends, psoriasis of scalp, Lichen Planus of the scalp, alopecia areata and so on. Since a few years, markets are overflowing with different shampoos and hair tonics.
  • Can homeopathy cure Hernia?

    Life Force
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Some people approach homeopathic physicians for the treatment of hernia. Let us discuss in brief what is hernia before talking about its homeopathic treatment. Hernia is a condition where there is a protrusion of an organ down the cavity which holds it. Often, it is seen as a bulge beneath the skin on the body, on naked eye examination. Types of hernia: Depending on the location and body part involved, hernias can be divided into five different types. Inguinal hernia (seen in inner part of groin): It is most commonly found in men. The bladder or part of intestine protrudes through the…
  • Skin care tips for Psoriasis

    Life Force
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Psoriasis is a chronic and relapsing disorder of the skin characterized by severe itching with formation of scaly papules and plaques on the skin. Psoriasis is an immunological disease. The exact cause of developing psoriasis is not known. In this blog we will know about the skin care tips for psoriasis. Following tips will prove useful for the patients suffering from psoriasis. Use a good moisturizer: Psoriasis is known to make the skin dry. The dry skin induces more and more itching. Increased itching in turn aggravates the psoriatic symptoms. To break this vicious cycle patients of…
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  • Balancing Your Lifestyle in Healthcare: Surviving The Hospital Lifestyle

    Victor Peña-Araujo
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    In the hospital setting finding work/life balance requires a proactive approach Most clinical hospital workers will probably agree that their jobs aren’t just jobs, but lifestyles.  Just like being a member of the military or a flight crew, health care is an overwhelming endeavor that rules most aspects of your life and will routinely demand a lot more out of you (and of those around you) than most other ‘normal’ people will appreciate. The clinical job’s sphere of influence sends out insidious ripples right through the lives of your significant others and mercilessly stomps through…
  • The Job Doctor Mailbag – Major Metro Hospitalist Jobs for New Grads & More

    The Job Doctor
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    The Job Doctor Mailbag is a collection of job- search related questions, emailed to us (JobDoctor@hospitalrecruiting.com), tweeted to us, or sent via our Facebook & Google + pages. The Job Doctor answers any type of question related to healthcare job searches and healthcare recruiting.  The Job Doctor draws from his years of successful recruiting experience and his professional contacts to provide expert and unbiased advice to your job search queries. Send your questions, and he will answer as many as he can. We will edit the questions to remove identifying information and…
  • Now you are graduated as a new nurse, what next…

    Sharon A. Takiguchi, RN, MS, APRN, DrPH
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    After enjoying 40 years of working full time as a nurse, I just want to pass on my thoughts to you as you walk out of the clutches of academia and into a job in a medical center. Your face beams with excitement, and you can’t wait to sign your chart notes with the title of “RN.” Now, your goal should be to hang onto this enthusiasm. When difficult days arise later on, take a moment to reflect back on this first day and recapture the passion and zeal displayed upon your entry to graduated nurse status. A new graduate nurse at bedside The first line of advice I pass on to new grad nurses:…
  • Introducing: The Job Doctor – Send In Your Job Search and Recruiting Questions

    The Job Doctor
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Within the next week HospitalRecruiting.com will be unveiling a regular question and answer column we’re calling “The Job Doctor Mailbag.” We’ll be using this feature to answer questions about job searches, recruiting, job markets, interviewing, submitting applications, or anything else related to healthcare job searches or recruiting. Our experts will answer any job search questions, whether they are broad, highly specific, or personal in nature. The questions and answers will be published to this blog in an anonymous format; we will be editing out names and other…
  • Physician Interviews from the Employer’s Perspective

    Faith A. Coleman M.D.
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    You’ve researched a potential new position, figured out your needs and wants, rehearsed questions, and know what to look for at a site visit. Have you tried seeing this process through the eyes of the physicians and administrators doing the hiring? Before you are invited to visit the practice, there has already been considerable scrutiny of your CV. Of course prospective employers look at your medical school and where you did your residency. The future employer is also looking for misspelled words, inaccuracies, and typos in your CV. If you are careless about a document as important as…
 
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  • How to Deal with Panic Attacks?

    Minh Anh Lyly
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Panic attacks and anxiety, although similar, but are different in some aspects. It’s because of these similarities that people tend to put the both in a single basket; however for a successful treatment it is good to differentiate the two and proceed from that knowledge. Differences between Panic and Anxiety attacks People who suffer from panic attacks know that this intense feeling of fear comes out of nowhere; instead, people who suffer from a kind of anxiety have specific triggers for the tension. For example, people with social anxiety disorders are affected when they are in a social…
  • 7 Important Reasons Why You Should Practice Good Oral Hygiene

    Hugo Massey
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    A number of studies have revealed a possible connection between oral health and an individual’s overall health in general. Just like some areas of the body, your mouth can be a potential breeding ground for bacteria. Fortunately, the body’s natural defence and proper oral care can help dramatically keep the presence of bacteria under control. Aside from contributing to a healthier mouth and a heightened self-confidence, a few more surprising advantages of good oral hygiene you ought to know. 1. Keeps Bad Breath at Bay Medically termed as halitosis, bad breath can be either a symptom of an…
  • How to Find a Right Physiotherapist to Soothe Your Pain?

    Harry Caesar
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    In the daily life there are a lot of things that we don’t want to compromise in, like Health, life, food, and many such things. We always want the perfect care and so we look for the best food items and the best doctor to take care of our health. Similarly, it is also true with the physiotherapist, you need to get the right one to take care of your aches and pains and keep you healthy. Physiotherapist is the effective way to get rid of any major or minor injury and also to keep you healthy in order to avoid any such pains. Just like any other professions there is a huge lot of…
  • 5 Tips to Overcome Awkward Social Situations

    Kelly Caprio
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Feeling socially awkward is something that everyone goes through once in a while. For some, this is just a matter of getting into a new situation where they don’t feel like they can be themselves. For others, social awkwardness is a lifelong struggle that severely hinders relationships, friendships and just about every other aspect of human interaction. There are a number of social situations which lend themselves to more potential social awkwardness so learning how to become less socially awkward altogether can make these frequent occurrences seem less difficult. These social…
  • Eating Smart and Living Well After Foot or Ankle Surgery

    Chris Miller
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    I am sure you heard of the expression that you are what you eat. Well it’s no myth. Think of your body as a machine and everything that you eat helps to keep it running. When we digest our food, the body breaks it up into many small molecules that are vital to our survival. The biggest of these are proteins, carbohydrates (sugars), and lipids (fats). Many vitamins, minerals, and other molecules are also available through the foods we digest. The body can generate some of these required nutrients on it’s own, but a lot of them are only accessible through our diet. Proteins for example are…
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  • How to prevent relationship from going sour

    Santoshh Singh
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    The post How to prevent relationship from going sour appeared first on Palchoice. We all want to prevent relationship from going sour with our loved ones? When two people are living together then there is every possibility that sometimes they will lock horns with each other. Everyone is different and hence their thinking is also different.  Your thinking and your parents thinking may be entirely different. There is [...] The post How to prevent relationship from going sour appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to stop worrying

    Santoshh Singh
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    The post How to stop worrying appeared first on Palchoice. Every now and then you must have thought in your mind how we can stop worrying? We all worry about so many things in our life. Some people are worried about money; some for job, marriage, children, promotion and the list goes on. To worry a bit is natural. But if you worry excessively about [...] The post How to stop worrying appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Best comment plugin for unlimited traffic

    Santoshh Singh
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The post Best comment plugin for unlimited traffic appeared first on Palchoice. Do you know which is the best comment plugin that can attract tons of traffic to your blog? My friend there is none… But wait there is a way… We should understand that crowd of every blog is different and so do their behavior. Nobody can give you a secret. A secret once told never [...] The post Best comment plugin for unlimited traffic appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Avoid following others:It rocks to be yourself

    Santoshh Singh
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    The post Avoid following others:It rocks to be yourself appeared first on Palchoice. Why it rocks to be yourself? It is a basic human nature to follow others. There are more number of followers and imitators than the leaders. Our ancestors from prehistoric times consider safety in numbers and hence this nature has inbuilt in us from generations. If somebody does things differently they are labeled as rule [...] The post Avoid following others:It rocks to be yourself appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 motivating life lessons from roger federer

    Santoshh Singh
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    The post top 9 motivating life lessons from roger federer appeared first on Palchoice. Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of our time who has set standard for consistence excellence. The winner of 17 grand slams is inspiration for not only young tennis players but other athletes as well. He is not only a great ambassador to sports but is a good human being to. We can learn [...] The post top 9 motivating life lessons from roger federer appeared first on Palchoice.
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