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  • Embattled Stem Cell Researchers Sue Harvard And Brigham And Women's Hospital

    Forbes - Pharma & Healthcare
    Larry Husten
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Two embattled and highly controversial stem cell researchers are suing the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School for an ongoing investigation into their research. The investigation has already resulted in the retraction of one paper in Circulation and an expression of concern about another paper in the Lancet.
  • Fewer hospital readmissions,the seen and the unseen and Goodhart's Law

    retired doc's thoughts
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    One of the multiple provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is something called the Medicare Hospital Readmission Program.This provision links provider payments to 30 day readmission rates for three conditions-heart attack,heart failure,and pneumonia.More medical conditions are scheduled to be added to the list including chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD).Writing in the December 4,2014 issue of the  NEJM Dr. Christine Cassel claims success for this program quoting that national readmission rates decreased from 19% to 17.5%. The French economist,Frederic Bastiat writing in…
  • New study highlights importance of generating awareness about HCV testing, support and care

    News-Medical.Net Healthcare News Feed
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    A new study shows that many patients infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) are lost during different stages of health care to manage the disease. This real-life' view of the HCV patient care continuum in a major U.S. urban area is published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and highlights the importance of generating awareness among clinicians and at-risk groups about appropriate HCV testing, referral, support and care.
  • Equipment-sharing platform could save hospitals millions

    FierceHealthcare News
    Zack Budryk
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Equipment-sharing could save hospitals millions, according to more
  • Rite Aid Shares Surge As Prescription Count Increases

    Forbes - Pharma & Healthcare
    Samantha Sharf
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Rite Aid shares popped 14.5% to $6.94 in pre-market trading Thursday after the drug store chain reported better than anticipated third quarter earnings and updated its fiscal 2015 guidance.
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  • Equipment-sharing platform could save hospitals millions

    Zack Budryk
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Equipment-sharing could save hospitals millions, according to more
  • 6 must-know strategies to build a safer hospital

    Leslie Small
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    There's no room for doubt that the healthcare industry needs to improve patient safety, Robert Wachter, M.D., told the audience at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's recent forum on the issue--and he has a few ideas about how to go about more
  • 11 healthcare CEO bloggers you should follow

    Zack Budryk
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    By Zack Budryk The blogosphere is full of healthcare bloggers who offer their thoughts on the rapid changes within the industry. But amid all the noise, how do you know which ones you should follow? more
  • Just how safe are ambulatory surgery centers?

    Leslie Small
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    The rise in popularity of ambulatory surgery centers as an alternative to hospitals have made safety concerns about the facilities difficult to ignore, according to a Kaiser Health News more
  • Chaplains: Unsung heroes of Ebola prevention efforts

    Zack Budryk
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    Hospital chaplains' efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola have gone largely ignored in the frenzy over the deadly virus, according to Religion and more
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  • Rite Aid Shares Surge As Prescription Count Increases

    Samantha Sharf
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Rite Aid shares popped 14.5% to $6.94 in pre-market trading Thursday after the drug store chain reported better than anticipated third quarter earnings and updated its fiscal 2015 guidance.
  • Pfizer Partners With Young Little Known Biotech For Products With Huge Potential Value

    Gene Marcial
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    New focus on shares of young biotech OPKO after Pfizer signs global collaboration agreement
  • Embattled Stem Cell Researchers Sue Harvard And Brigham And Women's Hospital

    Larry Husten
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Two embattled and highly controversial stem cell researchers are suing the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School for an ongoing investigation into their research. The investigation has already resulted in the retraction of one paper in Circulation and an expression of concern about another paper in the Lancet.
  • New Devices May Bring Improved Treatment To Stroke Patients

    Larry Husten
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A large new trial provides the first substantial evidence that new devices can improve the outcome of patients who have acute ischemic stroke. Earlier, less sophisticated versions of the devices had produced disappointing results in clinical trials. The previous trials may also have been hindered by long treatment delays and difficulties in recruiting suitable patients. The new devices are retrievable stents that extract blood clots from inside vessels.
  • What Will Pharma Do When There Are No More Mega Mergers? (Part 2)

    Rawn Shah
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    In Part 1 of this article, we examined the nature of five hyper-concurrent paradigm shifts affecting Pharmaceutical manufacturers. Now we have to consider what pharmaceutical companies can do in the face of such changes that force them to look beyond mergers as a way to consolidate IP, buy marketshare, or relaunch older or adjacent products.
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  • Survey of the general population in France identifies knowledge gaps in the perception of lung cancer

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    A prospective nationwide survey on perceptions of lung cancer in the general population of France highlights a need for increased public education on the benefits of lung cancer screening, the good survival rates of early-stage disease and the improved outcomes with new therapeutic strategies, including targeted-therapies.
  • 49 percent of patients withhold clinically sensitive information

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    In the first real-world trial of the impact of patient-controlled access to electronic medical records, almost half of the patients who participated withheld clinically sensitive information in their medical records from some or all of their health care providers.
  • Lens-free microscope can detect cancer at cellular level

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    A lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes, has been developed by researchers. The invention could lead to less expensive and more portable technology for performing common examinations of tissue, blood and other biomedical specimens. It may prove especially useful in remote areas and in cases where large numbers of samples need to be examined quickly.
  • Rx drugs, 'bath salts,' fake pot and laundry pods lead millions to call poison centers

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    National Poison Control Center data from 2012 show that poisonings from prescription drugs are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, and that poisonings from 'bath salts,' synthetic marijuana and laundry detergent pods are emerging threats to public health.
  • Novel insights into pathogen behavior

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    New insights into the behavior of an important bacterial pathogen have been provided by researchers. The researchers investigated, using combination of experiments and computational modeling, how bacteria swarm in groups containing millions of cells. "We show in this paper that appendages of this bacterium called 'pili' link together to alter group motion and give swarming groups a form of braking power," an author explained.
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  • Infographic: Healthcare Information Security

    Melanie Matthews
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Safeguarding healthcare information is everyone's a shared responsibility across a healthcare organization. With well-publicized and recent cyber attacks affecting all industries, healthcare organizations need to take proactive steps to safeguard information, according to a new infographic by HIMSS and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). The NCSA-HIMSS infographic can serve as a guide for healthcare organizations to help keep patient information safe and secure. HIPAA Training for Employees DVD provides training on the following HIPAA privacy and security compliance, including:…
  • 11 Statistics About Embedded Case Managers

    Cheryl Miller
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    CMS readmissions penalties and accountable care organization (ACO) cost savings were among circumstances driving some organizations to embed case managers, according to the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s (HIN) inaugural survey on Embedded Case Management. The majority of the survey’s 125 respondents (68 percent) have embedded programs in place to meet the expanding demand for case management services across the healthcare continuum, with the intent of improving care and quality outcomes. Sites for embedding or co-locating of case managers ranged from primary care practices (PCP) to the…
  • Infographic: The Value of Price Transparency in Healthcare

    Melanie Matthews
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Increased price transparency could save the nation as much as $36 billion per year, according to a new infographic by Truven Health. The infographic looks at variations in healthcare costs and consumer perceptions on healthcare price and quality comparisons. Greater cost transparency and consumer engagement are front-and-center in the health insurance revolution that is underway, and the use of data is driving these monumental changes. Data Sources for Rate-Setting in ACOs, Exchanges and Narrow Networks examines the various ways claims data can be used in the new health insurance marketplace.
  • Infographic: Weighing in on Obesity

    Melanie Matthews
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Three in five adults agree that obesity is a significant problem in the United States, according to a new infographic by TeleVox. The infographic looks at the growing obesity rates among males in the United States and how to address obesity. Since its passage, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has sent major ripples across the healthcare landscape. ACA has also underscored the value of disease management in population health as a strategy to improve health outcomes and slam the brakes on healthcare spend. To illustrate the contributions of disease management across the care…
  • Infographic: Variations in Maternity Care Quality Measures

    Melanie Matthews
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Hospital performance on four measures of maternity care — low-risk C-section rates, episiotomy rates, rates of exclusive breastfeeding before discharge, and VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) rates — varied widely by hospital in California, according to an analysis by the California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Taskforce. This infographic illustrates how two first-time expectant mothers, each with a low-risk pregnancy, can have very different delivery experiences depending on the hospital. In today's value-based healthcare sphere, providers must not only shoulder more…
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    The Health Care Blog

  • A Secret Playbook to Torment Doctors

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    By PETER ELIAS, MD A physician friend commented recently that he was being ‘meeting-ed to death’ and wondered if it was intentional. It turns out, he was on to something. One of my colleagues has a neighbor whose sister’s piano tuner has a friend whose cousin is married to a nationally respected medical institution’s CEO. […]
  • Advice to Vivek Murthy: Be Nonpartisan, Use Common Sense and Move Americans

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    By SAURABH JHA, MD In defiance of dire predictions, children haven’t been sent to workhouses and women haven’t been chained to utensils after the GOP gained strength in the House and the Senate. And Vivek Murthy, the unabashed Obamaphile, was finally confirmed Surgeon General. To be honest, I always thought the controversy surrounding Murthy’s nomination because […]
  • #Whitecoats4Blacklives

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    By ADERINOLA A. ADEJARE At 3PM EST on December 10, 2014, medical and dental students at over 70 schools participated in the “National White Coat Die-In.” The event was organized on Facebook and spearheaded by students at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine who described the event as “a demonstration in response to the […]
  • The App Is the Outcome

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    By JAAN SIDOROV, MD Your correspondent is avidly learning about health apps for patients. As described here, half of U.S adults now own a smartphone, half of them use them to obtain health information and approximately a fifth have at least one health app loaded on their device. Regular  readers are well aware of the potential for health […]
  • Three Ways Doctors Can Use Patient Data to Get Better Results

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    By JOHN HAUGHOM, MD Physicians have always been in the information business. We have kept records of patient data regarding the vital signs, allergies, illnesses, injuries, medications, and treatments for the patients we serve. We seek knowledge from other physicians, whether that knowledge comes from the conclusions of experts from research published in a medical journal […]
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    Health Business Blog

  • Health Wonk Review is up at Workers Comp Insider

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Check out the Holiday Edition of the Health Wonk Review at Workers Comp Insider. You’ll see a very dynamic Santa who looks like he’s performing kaporot.
  • In praise of FDA collaboration: the cardiac safety example

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    Making it happen The Food and Drug Administration gets a lot of grief. Some think the FDA is too restrictive, keeping useful drugs and devices off the market and thus harming patients. Others complain that the agency is too lax, letting dangerous products get through. What many people don’t realize, however, is that FDA has established an excellent track record of collaboration with stakeholders that’s leading to better, faster development pathways. I’m directly aware of FDA’s longstanding constructive, collaborative efforts in the areas of HIV and HCV through the…
  • Guest post: Playing with fireball

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    My long-time friend Gregory Stoller teaches entrepreneurship and international business in Boston College’s MBA program. He’s not really a healthcare guy, so you haven’t heard about him from me before. However, he is the chair of two committees at Hebrew SeniorLife, which provided inspiration for the guest post below. Gregory Stoller To climb the corporate ladder, you must consistently deliver against strategic plans for which you have primary responsibility. Most successful C-level executives share that resume item. But with fires constantly appearing, how do you focus on…
  • Rough Neighborhood? Partners HealthCare finances dragged down by health plan

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Partners HealthCare lost money last year for the first time in 15 years. The Boston Globe covered the story and quoted me. Here’s what I had to say: “Partners expected that owning Neighborhood Health Plan would give them a low-cost way to gain experience as a health plan,” said David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group, a Boston consulting firm. “Instead what they have found is that running a health plan for Medicaid patients is a difficult challenge and not an easy way to make money.” By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business…
  • Home care webinar: Recording available for viewing

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:26 pm
    We had a great turnout on Wednesday for our webinar Home health: Opportunities for ACOs, health plans and investors. We’ve made a recording of the webinar available for free. You can view it here.  
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    Healthcare Economist

  • Health Wonk Review Holiday Edition

    Jason Shafrin
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    The always insightful Julie Ferguson of Workers’ Comp Insider hosts a holiday  edition of the Health Wonk Review.  Check it out.
  • Insurance does not equal health care

    Jason Shafrin
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    One part of the Affordable Care Act extended Medicaid benefits to millions of Americans.  One problem, however, is that patients with Medicaid insurance often have trouble finding doctors who will treat them.  The New York Times reports: Large numbers of doctors who are listed as serving Medicaid patients are not available to treat them, federal investigators said in a new report. “Half of providers could not offer appointments to enrollees,” the investigators said in the report, which will be issued on Tuesday. Many of the doctors were not accepting new Medicaid patients or could not…
  • Friday Links

    Jason Shafrin
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    The end of debate. Deleting data from research files. Cell phones and cancer. Does residency teach waste? Learning to let go.
  • Cavalcade of Risk #223

    Jason Shafrin
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Bob Wilson of Workers’ Comp Insider presents this week’s rockin’ and rhymin’ risky roundup of risk-related posts. Clever *and* informative – that’s what I call win-win.
  • Germs and Quality Improvement

    Jason Shafrin
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Medicare has stopped paying for care related to surgical site infections. Further, it fines hospitals whenever too many patients need to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge. How is this affecting care at the physician and patient level? As Karen Sibert writes, some odd things are happening: An edict just came down in one big-city hospital that all scrub tops must be tucked into scrub pants. The “Association of periOperative Registered Nurses” (AORN) apparently thinks that this is more hygienic because stray skin cells may be less likely to escape, though there is no data proving…
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    Age with Quality not in Crisis

  • Life Expectancy Calculator – Charlotte Today

    Anthony Cirillo
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    For those of you who watched Charlotte Today, you heard mentioned a Life Expectancy Calculator. The Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator uses the most current and carefully researched medical and scientific data in order to estimate how old you will live to be. Most people score in their late eighties… how about you? The calculator asks you 40 quick questions related to your health and family history, and takes about 10 minutes to complete. At the end, you will be asked to create an account to store your answers. Here’s a link. I took it and it says I’ll be around until…
  • The Christmas Song

    Anthony Cirillo
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
      The Christmas Song The post The Christmas Song appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Silver Bells

    Anthony Cirillo
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
      Silver Bells The post Silver Bells appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Living to 100 – Our Latest Appearance on The Charlotte Today Show

    Anthony Cirillo
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Living to 100 – Our Latest Appearance on The Charlotte Today Show The post Living to 100 – Our Latest Appearance on The Charlotte Today Show appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • 72% of Pre-retirees Say Ideal Retirement Will Include Work

    Anthony Cirillo
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    72% of Pre-retirees Say Ideal Retirement Will Include Work According to a A Merrill Lynch Retirement Study, conducted in partnership with Age Wave, seventy-two percent of pre-retirees over the age of 50 say their ideal retirement will include working – often in new, more flexible and fulfilling ways. This comprehensive study explores and challenges commonly held beliefs about work during retirement – a phenomenon driven by longer life expectancy, the elimination of most employee pensions, financial need and the re-imagining of later life. “The New Retirement Workscape”…
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    Health Affairs Blog

  • The Dane Difference: Why Are Dane County’s Exchange Premiums Lower?

    Mike Bare, Erik Bakken, John Mullahy, and David Riemer
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    During the next few years, states and the federal government will likely seek solutions to control costs and improve quality in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces. State and federal policymakers should look carefully at the decades-long success of the Wisconsin State Employee Health Plan (WSEHP) in controlling the rapid rise of health insurance costs in Dane County—where Madison, Wisconsin’s state capital, and the University of Wisconsin, are located—as they seek to improve the effectiveness of the ACA’s marketplaces and health insurance costs in general. The…
  • How To Succeed At Payment Reform (By Really Trying)

    Alan Weil
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s note: This is part 2 of a blog post adapted by the author from his recent keynote address at the New York State Health Foundation Conference, “Payment Reform: Expanding the Playing Field.” You can watch his half-hour speech, beginning around the eight-minute mark. In my previous post, I explained “Why I Oppose Payment Reform.” Despite the reservations I laid out in that post, I do not actually oppose payment reform. To summarize the case for payment reform, fee-for-service payment has supported a fragmented delivery system with little accountability for cost or quality. …
  • ACO Quality Results: Good But Not Great

    David Muhlestein and Chase Hall
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    On September 23, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Year 1 Quality Performance results for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that began participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in 2012 or 2013. Another report, released shortly before, outlined financial performance of the ACOs and showed that only 49 ACOs, or 22 percent of those ACOs, qualified for shared savings payments by successfully reducing total spending. Opportunity for continued quality improvement aside, a troublesome snag for the program could be a very low correlation between…
  • Health Affairs Web First: The Bottom Line On Different Management Models In State Health Exchanges

    Chris Fleming
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The Affordable Care Act gives states discretion as to how they design their health insurance Marketplaces. Some states run their own Marketplace; others are part of the federally facilitated exchange; and a few chose a state-federal partnership. All states have plan management responsibilities, and if a state runs its own Marketplace, it has management choices. A “clearinghouse” model of management is when all health plans meeting published criteria are accepted into the exchange. This model is used by some state-run exchanges and all the state-federal partnerships and federally…
  • Shared Decision Making And The Use Of Patient Decision Aids

    Matthew Wynia, Benjamin Moulton, and Glyn Elwyn
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    More than 30 years ago, a Reagan-era Presidential Commission urged the national adoption of “shared decision making” (SDM) as a way to improve communication and informed consent in health care. Since then, many patient decision aids (PDAs) have been developed — tools that present information about common medical choices in standardized, user-friendly formats. More than 100 published, randomized trials using PDAs have shown many benefits. Summarizing these benefits, a recent Cochrane review concluded that using PDAs can lead to patients gaining knowledge, having a more accurate…
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    Medicare News Blog

  • U.S. Health Care Lags Worldwide for Those Over 65

    medicare poster
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    The United States still has mortifying lapses and problems, despite spending more on health care than any country in the world, a new Commonwealth Fund report reveals. Related NewsTRICARE Data Added to Medicare’s South Carolina Test of Electronic Health RecordsNew Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Information Dashboard Powered by MicroStrategyCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services Extend Contract with MAXIMUS
  • Paid to Promote Eye Drug, and Prescribing It Widely

    medicare poster
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Half of the 20 doctors who received the most money from Genentech to promote its drug Lucentis in 2013 were among the highest users of the drug in 2012, a federal database shows. Related NewsCMS Proposes E-Prescribing Standards For Medicare; Lobbies Push For MandateHealth Column: What eye care does Medicare cover?PCMA: HHS Conference on E-Prescribing Will Accelerate Physician Adoption
  • Hospitals and Health Law

    medicare poster
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Kenneth E. Raske of the Greater New York Hospital Association writes that efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act are “bad news for America’s hospitals.” Related NewsMedicare gives state hospitals $275m liftMedicare gives state hospitals $275m liftMedicare gives state hospitals $275m lift
  • Pace of Health Care Cost Increases Falls to a 54-Year Low

    medicare poster
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The data for 2013 did not show, however, whether cost controls in the Affordable Care Act or the aftereffects of the recession were responsible for the slowdown. Related NewsIn Context, Health Premium Increases Don’t Actually Look Like IncreasesSome Medicare drug plans set for double-digit cost increasesNorth valley losing two low-cost Medicare plans
  • Part D for Drug Coverage — and Drudgery

    medicare poster
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Like doing our taxes, signing up for Medicare Part D, the insurance program for drug coverage, takes days out of our lives and leaves us sitting in a heap of papers with a splitting headache. Related NewsMedicare Part D changes include no coverage for `doughnut hole’ gapGAO Study Looks At How Medicare Part D Sponsors And CMS Handle Drug Coverage RequestsCovering the Bases: Understanding the costs and terms of Medicare Part D plans
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    db's Medical Rants

  • Thoughts on the MOC JAMA “debate”

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:53 am
    Not really a debate, rather we had a series of speeches/presentations, and then answers to some questions from the audience.  We certainly did not resolve anything.  I suspect that we did not change anyone’s opinions, but we did raise some important questions. Here are come key points from my comments: 1. The two studies in JAMA do not measure quality, rather they measure performance 2. As Donabedian wrote in 1966, quality is multidimensional.  We cannot measure every dimension.  As a short list, I would suggest that diagnostic accuracy, performance, patient-centered decisions…
  • Continued angst over re-certification

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    Danielle Ofri has an op-ed that likely most physicians will read – Board-Certification Has Gone Too Far. While not using the current jargon, she makes the case for a formative rather than a summative process.  In my understanding, a formative process strives to help the learner grow, while a summative process tests what the learner knows. This contrast defines (at least in my mind) the ongoing angst over re-certification in internal medicine. Formative evaluation requires a different structure than summative evaluation.  Certification is based on a summative process.  Should…
  • We should not add requirements without removing something

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    Perhaps the most important lesson that I have learned during my career is that every time I add a task, it must replace a different task. This advice is the top concept that I use with junior faculty when developing a mentor/protege relationship. We can always take time away from our personal time, but that is rarely a good long term strategy. Even more pervasive than the thought of adding new vital signs, is the desire of every interest group to add competencies and requirements for medical students, residents and even practicing physicians. Each group has a religious belief that their…
  • Did President Obama receive high value care for his sore throat?

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Two days ago we all noticed that President Obama had direct laryngoscopy and then a CT scan for a persistent sore throat. As a physician who has studied acute pharyngitis for 35 years, I had to carefully think about his complaint and the decisions that his physicians made. First, his “sore throat” was not acute pharyngitis. Guidelines and expert recommendations on acute pharyngitis diagnosis and management only apply to patients who have a brief (5 day or less) acute illness characterized primarily by a sore throat. Thus, we should not expect that the standard approach to…
  • How and when to call palliative care

    6 Dec 2014 | 3:26 am
    Did I tell you that I was a big fan of palliative care? Palliative care started around 15 years ago at the VA where I worked. We saw the service evolve. We saw how the palliative care approach improved the quality of both life and death. Many physicians have not yet accepted or at least understood palliative care. Many physicians use some palliative care principles and believe palliative care is superfluous. My experience is quite different. In the two hospitals where I have worked with palliative care, our patients receive a team approach to quality of life. The palliative care team designs…
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  • Fewer hospital readmissions,the seen and the unseen and Goodhart's Law

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    One of the multiple provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is something called the Medicare Hospital Readmission Program.This provision links provider payments to 30 day readmission rates for three conditions-heart attack,heart failure,and pneumonia.More medical conditions are scheduled to be added to the list including chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD).Writing in the December 4,2014 issue of the  NEJM Dr. Christine Cassel claims success for this program quoting that national readmission rates decreased from 19% to 17.5%. The French economist,Frederic Bastiat writing in…
  • Does a JAMA viewpoint essay by Dr. Harold Sox reveal what population health really means?

    5 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Dr. Harold C. Sox writing in the November 13,2013 issue of JAMA in an article entitled  "Resolving the tension between Population Health and individual health care" says:( my bolding )."Perhaps the de facto organizing principle for US health care,,approaching each patient strictly as an individual is obsolete.The population health approach is an alternative."This sentence seems structured to allow for escape mechanisms. He hedges by beginning with "perhaps" and then says that" approaching each patient strictly as an individual " , so he could later claim that, of course ,treat the…
  • The coruption of medical practice

    4 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Drs Hartzband and Groopman hit another major home run..See here .This husband and wife physician team  from Harvard Medical School have published cogent thoughts before  regarding serious issues in  current day medical practice.See here for their critique of the concept of quality adjusted life year (QALY) and here .They contend that  medical care is being corrupted by the actions of several groups-insurers,hospital networks and regulatory groups.I would add that philosophical (ethical ) cover is provided by health policy experts who are attempting to change medical ethics…
  • Does exercising efficiency decrease in cycists and walkers with aging but not runners?

    28 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    The following will likely  only be of interest to older runners,walkers, cyclists and folks wfo like to talk about mitochondria.see here for a interesting commentary about muscular efficiency,aging and its effect of various kinds of exercise.The mainstream current party line regarding the determinants of endurance exercise performance is that the major three factors are:1Maximum oxygen uptake ( V02Max)there are conflicting data regarding whether regular endurance training over the years lessens that decrease with the older data supporting that idea.More recently Tanaka and others have…
  • Eight high school football deaths from head or neck injury in 2014 equaling the number in 2013.

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    The Annual Survey of Football Injuries 1931-2013 (first author Kristen Kucera)l was published in March 2014.See here for the full report.The report distinguishes between direct death (basically brain or neck injury) and indirect death which includes a cardiac cause or heat stroke among others. In 2013, there was 8 directs deaths ,all in high school, and nine indirect deaths seven of which were related to high school football. Of the direct deaths 6 were from brain injury and 2 were from neck injuries.There are approximately 1.1 million participants in high school football. So there were 16…
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    Health Care Renewal

  • The Medical School as Hereditary Plutocracy - Retiring Board Chair Sanford Weill of Cornell Weill Medical School Names His Own Daughter as New Chair

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    As I have written before, sometimes you just could not have made this stuff up.The Retiring Board Chairman Appoints His Own Daughter to Succeed Him The most even handed reporting on this story was in Inside Higher Ed,Leadership of the board that oversees Cornell University’s medical college is passing from father to daughter, an unusual transition of power for a higher education board.Weill Cornell Medical College’s Board of Overseers has been chaired for the past two decades by its namesake and major donor, Sandy Weill, the former CEO of Citigroup.His daughter, Jessica Bibliowicz, is now…
  • EHRs and Ebola in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital ED: the ED physician finally speaks out

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:16 am
    At my Oct. 2, 2014 post "Did Electronic Medical Record-mediated problems contribute to or cause the current Dallas Ebola scare?" ( I had written:While I have no evidence as to any role of EHRs in this seemingly strange, cavalier and incomprehensible medical decision to send this man home, resulting in potential exposure of numerous other individuals to Ebola (and I am certainly not in a position to have such evidence), I believe this possibility [that is, an EHR-related information snafu - ed.] needs to be…
  • Yale Medicine: "Straddling medicine and journalism, a former resident keeps an eye on the science press"

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    As a Yale medical school alumnus (post doctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics 1992-4, faculty in Medical Informatics 1994-6), I receive their literary magazine "Yale Medicine."In the current issue I just received is a story about another Yale medical school graduate who through writing, both professionally and via blogs, is a gadfly against bad medicine - and bad media about bad medicine - like myself and the other bloggers at Healthcare Renewal, at name is Ivan Oransky, MD.... After his internship, Oransky chose journalism…
  • Again, the Hospital CEO as Scrooge - Erlanger CEO and Other Top Hired Managers Get Bonuses Months After They Froze Employees' Paid Time Off

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Less than two weeks ago, we discussed a series of cases in which there was a marked contrast between how well top hired managers of non-profit hospitals were doing, and how their institutions were doing.  Now another vivid example of this problem as appeared, affecting Erlanger Health System,  a non-profit hospital system in Tennessee that has recently seen hard times.Freezing Paid Time OffIn March, 2014, as reported by the (Chattanooga, TN) Time Free Press,Erlanger Health System's latest strategy to staunch financial losses has hit its most personal note yet, as hospital executives…
  • The Tenth Anniversary of Health Care Renewal

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Today is the tenth anniversary of Health Care Renewal.To commemorate, I have republished our introductory post...(with links added)Health care around the world is beset by rising costs, declining access, stagnant quality, and increasingly dissatisfied health care professionals. Discussions with physicians and other professionals revealed pervasive concerns that the core values of health care are under seige. Patients and physicians are caught in cross-fires between conflicting interests, and subject to perverse incentives. Free speech and academic freedom are threatened. Psuedo-science and…
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    Global bioethics blog

  • Ebola and the ethics of research design

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

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

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    I guess that as far as bioethics and Ebola goes, resistance is futile. As someone interested in bioethics, right now you apparently have three choices: ignore that the Ebola epidemic is happening, join the noisy crowd of disease control bioethicists clamouring for attention, or point out ethical issues that are neglected or lie on the margins of the mayhem. The first option seems irresponsible. The second option seems superfluous: how much of that do we need, really? The third option, on the other hand, might have something to it. So in that vein ...Those infected by an infectious disease…
  • A raging epidemic of bioethical commentary

    4 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    I don't think I have seen so much bioethics commentary about a single topic -- in such a short span of time -- since I got interested in the field. Talk about Ebola is spreading and multiplying far faster and wider than the virus. It is definitely flavour of the month, and as for how many infectious disease bioethicists there are out there, who knew?  Even the ones I thought were more into enhancement or face transplants or some other shiny object of bioethical curiosity are getting in on the action. Decent analyses are being written, it's not that. It is more about where they all were…
  • Living large, living long and just getting by

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Ezekiel Emanuel has written a controversial piece in The Atlantic entitled Why I Hope to Die at 75: An argument that society and families -- and you -- will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly. I never thought that I would write about it on this blog, given its developing world focus. And yet, as I read Emanuel's piece, it was hard not to wonder how his thoughts would be regarded from the Global South.Let's jump to the punch line. Emanuel's conclusion is that he does want to live beyond the age of 75 and, when he reaches that age, he will forgo all medical…
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    HealthLawProf Blog

  • Published This Week

    Katharine Van Tassel
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Marshall B. Kapp, Getting Physicians and Patients to Choose Wisely: Does the Law Help or Hurt?, 46 U. Tol. L. Rev. (Forthcoming 2015). Michael Ashley Stein, Christopher P. Guzelian, Kristina M Guzelian, Expert Testimony in Nineteenth Century Malapraxis Actions, 55...
  • Guest Blogger Professor Rebecca Dresser: The Value of Role Reversal

    Katharine Van Tassel
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Not so long ago, medical researchers had a habit of using themselves as guinea pigs. Many scientists saw self-experimentation as the most ethical way to try out their ideas. By going first, researchers could test their hypotheses and see how...
  • Published This Week

    Katharine Van Tassel
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    David Bardey, Philippe De Donder, Cesar Mantilla, Adverse Selection vs Discrimination Risk with Genetic Testing. An Experimental Approach, SSRN. Bernadette M. McSherry, Mental Health Laws: Where to from Here?, 40 Monash U. L. Rev.175 (2014).
  • Guest Blogger Professor Rebecca Dresser: Inclusive Research Oversight

    Katharine Van Tassel
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Professionals like researchers, doctors, ethicists, and lawyers are largely responsible for the regulations and ethical guidelines that govern human subject research. Nearly everyone appointed to the groups that develop and apply research ethics standards is a professional. Although ordinary citizens...
  • Thank You to November's Guest Bloggers

    Katharine Van Tassel
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    HealthLawProf Blog would like to thank our wonderful November guest bloggers, Professor Jean Macchiaroli Eggen, Assistant Professor Marc D. Ginsberg, Associate Dean and Professor of Law Joan H. Krause, Professor Maya Manian, and Assistant Professor Jessica L. Roberts. Here is...
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  • UK deaths from Alzheimer’s disease up by 52 per cent, finds study

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:18 pm
    The number of UK deaths from Alzheimer’s rose from 32,429 in 1990 to 49,349 in 2013. Commenting on this research Dr James Pickett, Head of Research and Development at Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘These figures lay out the scale of the challenge dementia poses to the UK. Both increasing life expectancy and a better recognition amongst […]
  • Fundraiser recreates classic Christmas village from sugar

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    The project, titled ‘Christmas in Frostington’, is an international collaboration of 150 sugar artists from all corners of the globe. The festive scene will include children playing in the snow, fairground rides, an ice rink, village market, and Father Christmas. Each element of the village has been created from sugar with each artist contributing a […]
  • Carey Mulligan and Ruth Jones call on public to make this Christmas dementia-friendly

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Celebrities including Hollywood actress, Carey Mulligan and comedian, Ruth Jones spoke out about their personal experiences of dementia at Alzheimer’s Society’s annual Christmas carol concert at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge this evening (Tuesday 16 December). The festive church service was hosted by Ruth Jones, with readings also given by actors, Kevin Whately and Hattie Morahan. […]
  • Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive named as one of Health Service Journal’s 100 most influential people in healthcare

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:09 pm
    All content © 2014 Alzheimer’s Society. Registered office at Devon House, 58 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LB Alzheimer’s Society is a registered Charity No. 296645. Registered as a company limited by guarantee and registered in England No. 2115499 Powered by Jadu Content Management. Made with XHTML and CSS. Article source:
  • Hospice use assessed in and out of nursing homes and by patients in transition

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:57 am
    As hospice for nursing home patients grows dramatically, a new study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research compares the characteristics of hospice patients in nursing homes with hospice patients living in the community. The study also provides details on how hospice patients move in and out of these two […]
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    Freelance MD

  • The 2015 Telemedicine Report - Freelance MD

    Freelance MD
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    2015 Telemedicine Report from Freelance MD The 2015 Telemedicie Report: This report provides an overview of the current sentiment and opinion of telemedicine from the point of view of tens of thousands of clinicians and health care administrators all around the world. This report provides insights into providers’ opinions and the current level of opportunity for telemedicine to have an impact on the delivery of health care. The Story: Telemedicine is in its infancy but poised to gain wider acceptance and usage as health care providers and markets realize its potential to both scale…
  • Survey: What Do You Think About Telemedicine?

    Jeff, Freelance MD
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Take our 2 minute survey and share your thoughts and opinions about the future (or lack thereof) of telemedicine! Telemedicine is gaining at least a toe-hold in health care at both ends of the health care spectrum. For some large hospital groups and insurers it offers an ability to scale with significant cost savings, and on the other end individual physicians like those in concierge practices are using telemedicine to stay in touch with patients and offer services on-demand. We're asking you for a few minutes of your time to take this survey an answer a couple of simple questions to see what…
  • Become A Key Opinion Leader & Sought After Speaker

    Julie Silver, MD
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Putting yourself in a postion of opportunity. Yesterday I was leading a conference call with two physicians, two publicists, a literary agent and an editor. The goal of the call was to launch a new book and raise the profiles of the two physicians. They are already well known in their fields, but with a new book coming out they can reach broader audiences. Their message is honed from months of work, and they are ready to share it. This call was about helping them to do just that. If you were on the call, you would have heard quite a few "insider secrets" about how physicians can become key…
  • The Non-Traditional Pre-Med Student Effect

    Jeff, Freelance MD
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Guest post by Christopher A. Perez Pre-medicine as we currently know it has to change. I’m not talking about the required courses that have to be completed or the ultra-important MCAT. I’m referring to the notion that pre-med students must carry a full load of classes every semester in order to demonstrate to medical school admissions committees that they can “endure a rigorous schedule of classes”. Commonly, pre-med counselors advise students that they must take 16-18 credits a semester and for many students it’s just not possible. The traditional student who…
  • The Statistics Of Medicine

    Jeff, Freelance MD
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guest post by Aaron Schenone MS IV As medical students, future residents and physicians we’re used to the statistics. Whether it’s to assess for appropriate screening tools, treatments, or patient outcomes, we have experienced the positive impact evidence based practice has and will continue to have in medicine. But are statistics an absolute in patient care, and if so what are we in jeopardy of leaving behind? As we move forward in a world with greater chronic disease prevalence, diminishing medical resources, and a financial reimbursement system incentivized by statistical…
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    Schwartz MSL

  • Year’s End, New Beginnings: Health IT’s 2015 Outlook

    Don Fluckinger
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    First off, I’m pleased to be joining MSLGROUP, coming from TechTarget’s news site. I started there in 2010, after nine years of writing HCPro publications focused on respiratory care department management as well as hospital safety, Joint Commission compliance, nutrition, and clinical trials regulations. It was gratifying to contribute to’s rapid growth into […]
  • mHealth Summit: Where the Healthcare World Comes to Engage and Collaborate

    Davida Dinerman
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    More than 4,000 providers, leaders, influencers and visionaries in mobile and connected health will converge at the 6th Annual mHealth Summit from December 7 through December 11 at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, DC. The Summit connects passionate visionaries by blending peer sessions, research and case studies with cross-audience dialogue to inspire ideas and […]
  • MSLGROUP San Francisco Opens New Office with Party and Media Panel Discussion

    Nathan Beers
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    We broke in our brand new MSLGROUP San Francisco headquarters in the heart of the city’s Financial District on November 20, and we’re proud to say that the party and office opening event was a huge success. First off, we’d like to thank our innovative clients, especially those who came to 100 California Street to […]
  • IT Security Trade Shows: How to Maximize Conference PR in 2015

    Bill Keeler
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    With the Black Hat Conference now a memory, the 2014 trade show season ends for many IT security companies. Surely, some will attend SecureWorld events or Black Hat Europe, but most go into “bunker mode” in Q4 and stow trade show booths for a few months.  MSLGROUP clients were busy at Black Hat 2014 with more […]
  • 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 […]
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    World of DTC

  • The conversations of online communities

    Richard Meyer
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    If pharma companies do not join the digital dialogue and influence the conversation, they will lose an opportunity to shape it, and they may be put on the defensive trying to refute the statements... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pfizer misses the mark with humor

    Richard Meyer
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Pfizer is adding humor to the battle over the post-menopause prescription market. Launched last week the “Let’s talk about change” campaign is a departure from the company’s recent “Tune... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Time to ditch ROI discussions for DTC Marketing

    Richard Meyer
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    POST SUMMARY: It’s hard to have a meeting to discuss new DTC marketing initiatives without the dreaded ROI discussion. I understand that the current business environment in biopharma is about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pharma knows you better than you think

    Richard Meyer
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    POST SUMMARY: Drugmakers and Internet companies are quietly joining forces to link U.S. pharmacy records with online accounts to target ads to people based on their health conditions and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rapid growth in biopharma: Challenges and opportunities

    Richard Meyer
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    Large-scale biotech-manufacturing facilities require $200 million to $500 million or more to build, compared with similar-scale small-molecule facilities that may cost just $30 million to $100... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    FierceHealthPayer News

  • Arkansas private option at risk despite success

    Dina Overland
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The pioneering private Medicaid expansion option that originated in Arkansas is on the chopping block despite having already lowered more
  • Growing economy good for employer mandate

    Dori Zweig
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    With the economy on the rise, and more jobs being created, the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate is less unpopular than it once more
  • What caused the Medicare spending slowdown?

    Dori Zweig
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Back in 2009, the Congressional Budget Office predicted that Medicare spending would be $706 billion in 2014. But spending will end up amounting to $580 billion. A number of factors contributed to this $126 billion gap, according to a new analysis from the Kaiser Family more
  • Reference-based pricing helps control lab costs

    Dina Overland
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Reference-based pricing can help control lab costs when consumers are supported with education and an online shopping tool, according to a new study from Cigna and Safeway that was published in the American Journal of Managed more
  • ACA has reduced uninsurance rates for minorities

    Brian Eastwood
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    The Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies and Medicaid expansion efforts have helped close racial and ethnic disparities among America's uninsured, according to a report from the Urban more
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • Manage Stress – Especially This Time of Year

    Rebecca Morehead
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a busy time of year, especially for those of us in the medical profession. I’m sure your practice is humming with patient illnesses, as well as their desire to use up benefits before a new plan year starts. Add to that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and December is a recipe for stress. I urge you to take time during the season for self-care. I have a special gift just for you that will help you with your own self-care. It’s an audio file that you can easily fit into your life – listen on your way to work or while on errands or just during a quiet moment…
  • Real-time de-stressing techniques with Susan Delano Swim – episode 010

    Carey Green
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:32 am
    Interview with Susan Delano Swim, The Balanced Lifestyle Expert, speaker, best-selling author, columnist and founder of Zelatious Lifestyle Strategies.  On today’s show she is providing real-time de-stressing techniques that can be utilized to calm us down and help us focus on what is important. Susan has a special gift for our listeners at
  • Why is HIPAA Privacy and Security Training Important to My Practice?

    Rebecca Morehead
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    Most medical practices provide their staff with training in HIPAA Privacy and Security but there are still many who do not.   With a new year quickly approaching, it’s an appropriate time to evaluate your compliance efforts, and we think this is the perfect time to address some of the reasons HIPAA Workforce Training is so important. HIPAA Privacy and Security training is required by both the Privacy and Security Rules. This is consistently a piece of the compliance program auditors are looking for and it will be considered a deficiency if documentation of this training is not available.
  • Miscommunications, Myths and Misunderstandings about HIPAA Compliance – Episode 009

    Carey Green
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Rebecca and Donna discussing Miscommunications, Myths and Misunderstandings about HIPAA Compliance – the challenges we have faced with different practices and provider opinions about compliance and HIPAA Privacy and Security this year.  The topics highlighted on this podcast:   The Omnibus Rule changes and how they affected practices this year. Meaningful Use and HIPAA Security requirements for providers EHR vendors and HIPAA Compliance Medical and Dental Practice requirements for HIPAA Privacy and Security Workforce Training misconceptions Penalties and Fines as it relates to…
  • Patient Portal Adoption – A Case Study

    Rebecca Morehead
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    You might get some great ideas from one of my clients, an Endocrinology Specialist, from the experience they had with converting their patients to a patient portal. They were already using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, but were still mailing lab results to their patients. They were anxious to reduce expenses by implementing Secure Messaging through a patient portal. This case study has all the details including: Description of their process before the conversion Process they went through to convert their patients Results of the conversion Benefits of adopting a patient portal You…
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    Georgia Health News

  • FDA warning on caffeine powder

    Wall Street Journal
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    The FDA urged consumers to avoid pure caffeine powder, a substance linked to two deaths. By Wall Street Journal for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • How court rules on ACA will affect many Georgians

    Andy Miller
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    Georgia would have the fourth-highest number of people affected if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the current implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a study has found. The case, King v. Burwell, involves a legal challenge to the tax credits in states with federally run exchanges. Under the ACA, every state has an insurance exchange, with some being operated by the individual states but most by the federal government. Currently, eligible consumers with coverage purchased on an exchange can get federal tax credits, or subsidies, regardless of how their particular exchange is run. The…
  • Hospitals cutting payrolls to cope with hard times

    Andy Miller
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    A recent series of job cuts shows that tough financial times remain for the state’s hospitals – and may get worse next year, experts say. The biggest cuts have come in two hospital systems in Columbus. Columbus Regional Health eliminated 219 positions in a cost-reduction move in November. The cuts came after a $17 million operating loss in fiscal 2013 and a similar loss in fiscal 2014, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. The job cuts included 99 terminations. Later in the month, St. Francis Hospital, also in Columbus, eliminated 65 filled positions and 15 vacant positions while…
  • Teens’ use of e-cigarettes growing

    Associated Press
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens. By Associated Press for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Even in SW Georgia, momentum for ACA signups

    Andy Miller
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Alice Jaye has not had health insurance for years. Though the Colquitt resident has a restaurant job, it does not pay that much and does not offer coverage. Colquitt is in Miller County Jaye has high blood pressure, and recently went to a hospital emergency room to get care. Now she’s stuck with a big ER bill that she’s paying off at the rate of $10 a month. What about the insurance offered on the Affordable Care Act exchange? “I didn’t know anything about it,” said Jaye, explaining why she didn’t sign up to get coverage this year. But with the help of a navigator, or insurance…
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  • Top 10 reasons to sell your optometry practice and retire

    Chad Fleming
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sports fans rarely get to see their icons retire in their prime. Unfortunately, many athletes near the end of their careers as their dedicated fans are praying they will give it up. Holding on for too long can be as detrimental to legacies as never winning a championship. In optometry, holding on too long might mean you will have to bury your practice. The best that you can hope for is getting a reasonable price for your patient charts. When you are the owner of the practice, no one tells you it is time to take the severance package and retire. Relying on yourself alone to determine when…
  • 5 Offline Marketing Tips that Still Work

    Chad Fleming
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    An effective marketing plan for your optometry practice will include both online and offline messages. When creating your marketing strategy for 2015, you need to coordinate your online and offline efforts to ensure consistency and maximize both marketing methods. While online marketing has tremendous results, there are several often overlooked offline marketing methods that still work when executed properly. 1. Timely Print Mailings Well-timed mailings to your contact list can be an effective way to put your business in front of your existing patients or potential patients. Consider sending…
  • How to reward staff based on team performance

    Chad Fleming
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Employers and employees most always disagree on compensation. Optometrist owners feel they are paying fairly–or even generously–to keep staff members happy and motivated. The optometry staff members believe they are working harder than ever, and deserve to be paid for extra effort. A bonus system that rewards increased team production can alleviate this tension. A team approach replaces the “us vs. them” mindset as everyone works together for the additional compensation. Below is the formula for an incentive where staff members are rewarded for increased production for the…
  • Does your optometry practice really need YouTube?

    Chad Fleming
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Industry experts say businesses need to be active in social media, but with so many different channels and platforms, it’s increasingly difficult to decide which forms of social media give a good return for your investment. Is it even necessary for Optometry CEOs to spend the time and money to create an online social media presence? It depends on the level of competition around your optometry practice. If you are in a small to medium-sized town of 5,000 to 40,000 people, social media is probably less important for your success. In contrast, if you are practicing in a city of 150,000 or…
  • Keep your best: tips for staff retention

    Chad Fleming
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The sun is still rising on a Monday morning as you walk through the back door of your practice. As an experienced optometrist, you have a full schedule and you immediately prepare yourself for your first patient. Then your assistant takes this opportunity to let you know she is turning in her two weeks notice. She found a position in the ophthalmic field with greater benefits and higher pay. You take a deep breath. You try to say something congratulatory, but inside your mind is reeling: “How am I going to replace her?” you wonder. “I’m tired of going through the…
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • Bumper Sticker Gaming for Geri-Pal Thinkers

    Care ManageForAll
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Since there seems to be some serious competitions and analysis happening on this blog, I thought I'd put in my two cents so as to gain some broader and serious Geri-Pal thinking about how bumper stickers apply to client care.Really? Yeah, really.So, I will not lie to you. I read and analyze bumper stickers as a clinical hobby, of sorts. I live in a place that values and cherishes their viewpoints through a bumper sticker phenomenon. Some vehicles are plastered with them. I kind of like that people are into it! I travel a lot so this bumper sticker viewing amuses and inspires me on what…
  • Gifts for Seniors: Holidays 2014

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As stores and the internet light up with gift ideas in time for Christmas, you may have a senior or two on your list. Last year we put together a long list of potential gifts for older adults, which can he found here. Please enjoy this updated list that I hope can help you give thoughtfully and generously. For the senior who enjoys walking: Fitbits, Jawbone and other devices to help seniors live a quantified life, share it, and remain motivated. Says a GeriPal: “Family members can set things up on the computer so friends and family can stay connected and challenge each other to walk do many…
  • Make Advance Care Planning Routine

    Paul Tatum
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The following is part of a three-post progressive blog about the Center for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) choosing not to pay for the new advance care planning codes in this year's Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  However, now is the time tell CMS why you support reimbursement for advance care planning services in their call for comments.  Please see also Phil Rodgers post on CMS considering reimbursement for Advance Care planning at Pallimed, and Gregg VandeKieft’s update on the state of ACP advocacy at the AAHPM blog.What will it take for advance care planning to…
  • Wanting to survive more than just 30 days

    Gretchen Schwarze
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:42 pm
    by: Gretchen Schwarze, @GretchenSchwa10My husband, also a surgeon, was recently discussing donor-nephrectomy with a healthy 65 year-old woman in his transplant clinic.  He told her the 30-day survival for this operation was excellent.  She was shocked he would quote such metrics, “I don’t want to live for just 30 days!”  Yet for years, we in surgery have judged our successes by the number of patients who don’t die within 30 days of surgery.I know it is easy to find examples of surgeons behaving badly over a postoperative patient whose death seems to threaten his…
  • Finding dental care for people confined to home

    Christian Sinclair
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Have you ever had a patient at home who was in need of dental care? Perhaps they were receiving hospice services or maybe they were just discharged from the hospital not on hospice, but still too frail to get to the dentist. Of course the focus is often on the medical issues, yet the most significant issue was broken rotted teeth, which made oral intake nearly impossible without pain. Clearly, the answer here is not opioids for pain control, but rather to take care of the root problem: access to dental care. Clearly dentists and their staff are not part of a hospice or palliative care IDT,…
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    Healthcare Today - Health News

  • Call for pharmacy teams to support drug drive campaign

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    Transport Minister Robert Goodwill has today (11 December 2014) called on pharmacies to help customers understand the changes to drug driving legislation coming into force next year.The new offence has been introduced by the government to tackle the irresponsible few who continue to abuse drugs and drive by giving the police new powers to tackle the issue.The government has consulted widely with medical and pharmacy e...
  • Hospitals facing mounting pressure

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:04 am
    To see the NHS winter 2014-15, weekly A&E tracker click here
  • Plans in Somerset could see reduction in beds

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    Somerset CCG is planning a major overhaul of its community services which will see a reduction in hospital beds.The CCG's governing body has approved plans that could mean up to 100 community hospital beds will be permanently closed. These changes are expected to take place over the next five years.
  • Mental health patients die waiting for beds

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:08 am
    The BBC has learned that seven people with mental health problems have committed suicide since 2012 whilst waiting for beds.It was also found another patient who had been denied a bed later killed his mother. Figures show more than 2,100 mental health beds have been cut in England since 2011. NHS England said spending on mental health was increasing in real terms.
  • Trial for Ebola vaccine promising

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    Scientists say experimental Ebola vaccine has showed promising results in the first human trial.The research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.Dr Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health told the BBC: "On safety and on the ability to produce an appropriate immune response we can call this trial an unqualified success, even though it was an early Phase One trial.&quo...
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    Professional Patient Perspective

  • “Escape The Stall” for good!

    Michael A. Weiss
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    WHY THIS IMAGE SHOULD NOT BE USED TO RAISE AWARENESS of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis   While I commend efforts to raise awareness of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, I think by choosing this particular bathroom stall image to reflect these incurable, incredibly challenging and potentially severe, relentlessly painful, pervasive and disabling autoimmune diseases, it defeats any such well-intended purposes b/c all it does is help perpetuate the gross misunderstanding in the global mainstream that Inflammatory Bowel Diseases…
  • How Anti-TNF Biologic agents treat Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis

    Michael A. Weiss
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I recently posted this on Facebook as a “layperson’s” answer to someone with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) who asked if Anti-TNF drugs are basically analogous to chemotherapy and people seemed to respond extremely favorably to it as they indicated it provided them with a better understanding of this common but fairly complex issue.  Therefore, I thought I’d post it on my Blog to document my explanation for anyone in the future who seeks similar information. While I am your ordinary 30-year Severe Crohn’s Disease patient who has been on all currently available medicinal therapies…
  • Entire 9/15/2014 Video Interview w/ Dr. Mark L. Chapman re: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Michael A. Weiss
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    Inflammatory Bowel Disease Expert The people responsible for making this project a reality It has been my pleasure to share the wisdom and experience of this brilliant Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) expert who is one of the few gastroenterologists still practicing who was trained by Dr. Burrill  Bernard Crohn at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  The wonderful and encouraging comments I’ve received from diverse Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Indeterminate Colitis patients from around the world has completely validated all the hard work necessary to bring this…
  • A Pain Management Doctor who should be a Radiologist!!

    Michael A. Weiss
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Recently I took my Mom to see her Pain Management Doctor.  As was the case the last few times she had an ordinary follow-up office visit, he was not there so my Mom was treated by a very thorough and kind Nurse Practitioner.  However, this time something was different about the office visit as it seemed the plan all along for the Nurse Practitioner to treat my Mom.  That probably would have been temporarily okay with my Mom had she been told this when she made the appointment with this doctor, who she is quite fond of.  But if my Mom knew she would only see this doctor during expensive…
  • Bullying of Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis patients

    Michael A. Weiss
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    November 6, 2014 While I think health care social media is such a powerful, resourceful and life-changing patient medium, I can’t help but get depressed each time I check in at Facebook and review the desperate but VERY REAL posts from brave members of the various Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis “Groups” to which I subscribe and read about patient after patient who must “fight” simply to be treated with dignity by their own physician.  This “fight” is either an internal one whereby they are forced to stand their ground and trust their bodies despite skepticism and contempt so…
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    Latest Update on Medical Billing -

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    28 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
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  • Establishing best in Industry Medical Billing and Coding Procedures for your Chiropractic Clinic

    12 Feb 2014 | 2:59 am
    Chiropractic billing and coding has undergone significant overhauling in the previous years given changes in insurance practices, automation of data recording and compliance regulations. However, chiropractors across the nation continue to lose money in claim denials, bad debts and audit issues due to inefficient coding and billing procedures. To improve financial feasibility of your chiropractic clinic and eliminate risk of expensive medical audits or claim denials, as a medical practitioner, you must strive to adopt best in industry billing and coding practices. In the next 5 years, General…
  • Eliminating audit Risk in Your Gastroenterology Billing Practices

    11 Feb 2014 | 1:38 am
    Medical audit is without doubt the most difficult time that any medical practice may have to survive. It involves scrutiny of medical records, critical analysis of billing and collection processes and worst of all, unearthing old claim settlements and payment records which inevitably prove you in debt of Medicare or Medicaid! In fact, surviving audit is not the only test; the real challenge is to come out of a medical audit without any significant financial or technical loss. Medical audit not only hampers the efficiency and productivity of your GE practice but also wastes quite a few man…
  • Capturing and Fixing Errors in Your Chiropractic Billing Procedures to Avoid Medical Audits

    10 Feb 2014 | 1:49 am
    One of the biggest financial burdens on any medical practice is that of medical audit. Even though it is a necessary evil in the healthcare industry, medical audits setback the financial growth of any practice and initiates change in an otherwise streamlined medical practice. The best way to prepare your chiropractic clinic for a medical audit is by eliminating any chances of audit altogether. Most medical audits originate due to billing failures, repeated claim denials and customer complains. All these issues can be effectively captured in the billing processes and can be easily fixed.
  • Should you Choose Medical Billing Software or rely on the one your Medical Billing Service Chooses for you?

    7 Feb 2014 | 4:20 am
    Medical practices need to have a quality billing software that will not only automate error-prone billing tasks and code claims properly but also help in verifying patient insurance coverage and increase payment collection. Since a medical billing software has a vital role in ensuring whether or not a practice gets paid on time, choosing the right one is the most important decision practices will ever make. Whether you choose the billing software or you rely on the software chosen by your medical billing company, it should add efficiency in the core components of your practice such as:…
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    Healthy Debate

  • Free e-book: A patient’s guide to navigating Ontario’s health care system

    Jeremy Petch
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ontario’s health care system can feel like a maze. The system has become so complex that even people who work in it every day often struggle to navigate it. So for members of the public – who often encounter the system at a time of crisis – it can be hopelessly confusing and frustrating. In response, some hospitals have introduced patient navigators, who act as guides through the labyrinth of health care services. They help connect patients with the right doctors, access available resources and therapies, improve continuity of care and get answers to patients’ questions about their…
  • Improving medication safety for the elderly

    Amina Jabbar, Sachin Pendharkar & Jeremy Petch
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mimi Roots is worried about her ninety year old mother, Maria. Maria lives alone and has multiple health issues: congestive heart failure, asthma, arthritis, gastrointestinal issues, and a thyroid that was surgically removed. She receives care from five specialists and her family doctor – and each prescribes their own set of medications. Maria takes a grand total of thirteen different medications, many of which need to be taken more than once a day. A typical dosette Most of her medications are blister packed for an additional cost by the pharmacist and arranged by the days of the week and…
  • Complacency about road safety hiding a public health crisis

    Vanessa Milne, Jill Konkin & Michael Nolan
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    “96 vehicles involved in collision after ‘wall of snow’ hits Highway 400” “Highway 17 Crash Leaves Five Men Dead” “Huge multi-vehicle pile-up injures 100 people near Edmonton.” Every winter, we’re snowed under by headlines like these, on stories of car crashes that seem as inevitable as the season. But it’s not just Old Man Winter that’s to blame. Even the word accident is misleading, say some researchers, who think car crashes should be seen as preventable causes of death and disability. Changes to legislation, enforcement and driver education – like…
  • Slowing growth in health care spending: temporary blip or permanent gain?

    Sidak Kaur, Maureen Taylor, Terrence Sullivan & Jeremy Petch
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    For years, health care spending in Canada (both public and private) grew much faster than the economy. Until very recently, this trend was expected to continue, casting doubt on the sustainability of Canada’s health care system. However, recent data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows that growth in health care spending in 2013 and 2014 has been much lower than expected. And Canada is not alone: the United States and the European Union have both seen significant slowing in the growth of health care spending over the last few years. But, while this slowdown in growth is…
  • Please help us evaluate The Rounds Table

    The Rounds Table
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    It has been just over six months since we launched The Rounds Table on Healthy Debate. This week we are posting a user survey to get your feedback. Hareem, our Associate Producer is conducting this evaluation as part of an Independent Study project she is doing as part of a university course. We would be very grateful if you could take five minutes of your time to fill out our survey. We started this project to create an entertaining podcast about adult medicine that helps clinicians keep up with medical literature and is accessible for non-clinicians to get a sense of major developments in…
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    Home Health Care News

  • Layoffs, Closures and Threats: Home Health Care News’ Most Popular Stories of 2014

    Jason Oliva
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Policy changes, blockbuster mergers and acquisitions, as well as layoffs, closings and caregiver labor debates characterized the home health and hospice sector in 2014. Mounting reimbursement pressures forced some of the nation’s largest provider to shutter operations and lay off hundreds at some locations, while other big players turned to the acquisition market to fuel their growth this year.  Meanwhile, the industry continues to operate in the face of an aging population unlike anything the country has ever seen, and it’s trying to do so as more regulations make their way…
  • Home Health Leaders Back Congress’ New Budget Deal

    Emily Study
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, a coalition of home health providers, has commended Congress for passing a budget package that calls for further analysis of face-to-face regulations and broad funding cuts to the Medicare home health benefit.  Included in the legislation is language that requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to produce a public analysis regarding rebasing within 90 days of the enactment of the budget bill, and within a year, to quantify and report on the efficacy of the face-to-face requirement and how it can be simplified.
  • Retirement Challenge at Forefront as 52% of Americans Lack Enough Savings

    Emily Study
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Retirement shortfalls are a major problem in the U.S., as new data shows that more than half of today’s households lack enough retirement income to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living, according to a December report by the Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College.  Recently, other reports have detailed the lack of sufficient retirement savings in 49 out of 50 states, and the toll family caregiving takes on Americans’  finances and retirement plans.  But the latest data suggests 52% of U.S. households are in trouble.  As measured by the National…
  • Medicare, Medicaid Net $2.3 Billion in Health Care Fraud Recoveries in 2014

    Jason Oliva
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in the fiscal year ending September 30, the federal agency announced in a report Thursday. Of that total, $2.3 billion was recovered from health care-related frauds.  FY 2014 marked the fifth straight year the DOJ has recovered more than $2 billion in cases involving false claims against federal health programs like Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE, the health program from the military. “This steady, significant and…
  • Home Care, Home Health Sectors Poised For Growth — But Not In Wages

    Emily Study
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The home care and home health sectors are poised for growth in the years ahead, and not just because an aging population is increasingly looking to age in place at home.  New research shows the sectors rank among the fastest-growing occupations and also top the list of occupations expected to generate the most new jobs.  Personal care aides (PCAs), specifically, are projected to register the largest numeric growth across the entire economy, creating roughly 580,800 new jobs between 2012 and 2022, according to analysis by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI).  Home health aides…
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    Better Patient Engagement with Ian Worden

  • How One Health Insurance Trend is Obstructing Patient Engagement

    Ian Worden
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    In a recent telephone conversation with my father I learned that he had an eye infection. When I asked him if he was going into the doctor he said he was trying home remedies in the hopes of avoiding the out of pocket costs associated with a doctor’s visit. After a few days of unsuccessful home remedies the infection had spread to both of his eyes. A visit to the doctor confirmed his eye infection, which required a combination of antibiotics, a subsequent visit and his suspicions of expensive out of pocket costs. My father is one of millions of Americans insured with a high deductible…
  • 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?”…
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    The Doctor's Tablet

  • View from an M.D./Ph.D.: The Winding Road to Research Success

    Ashley Pandolfi, Ph.D.
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Graduate school is, for many, the first big dose of “failure is the mother of success.” After my first grant application came back with a substantially worse score on the revision submission than on the initial submission (how is that possible?), and the paper I was working on was rejected for the third time, my [...]
  • Discussion as Support: A First-Year Einstein Medical Student Reflects

    Livy Low
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    When the media hysteria around the Ebola outbreak first hit its peak, I found it impossible to ignore. This story was unfolding in a way that rejected the values of empathy and social justice that had motivated me to begin medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine just a few months earlier. In an [...]
  • Informed Consent in Comparative Effectiveness Research

    Ruth Macklin, Ph.D.
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    “Standard of care” research (also known as “comparative effectiveness” research) is a design that compares two therapies in routine use to determine which has greater benefits or fewer risks. All institutions that perform this research, including Albert Einstein College of Medicine and its University Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, face questions about how to handle patient [...]
  • Einstein’s Research Efforts to Fight Malaria

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    Editors’ Note: Malaria causes over 200 million new infections annually. Each year, more than 600,000 people die from the disease. The WHO estimates that an African child dies every minute from malaria. There has been progress, however. In April, the U.N. reported that malaria rates for children in Africa are down by half. Still, there is much to be [...]
  • For Patients, What Makes a Great Doctor?

    Patience Gallagher
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Anna is an elderly, vibrant patient who doesn’t remember what brought her to the hospital this time, but she enjoys company, and an audience for her life’s stories. She tells me about growing up in the only Hispanic family in an Italian neighborhood, raising her children, becoming a widow, adopting a few too many stray [...]
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Rousing ICU Patients Shows Benefits

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The most seriously ill hospital patients reside in the intensive care unit (ICU), a necessary treatment that nevertheless presents serious risks of its own. (See our blog, “Brain Problems Can Endure Long After Leaving the ICU.”) Recent research shows that waking up ICU patients and encouraging them to breathe on their own decreases both their sedation levels and how long they remain in a coma. The study, published in the journal Critical Care Medicine, also indicated that these practices reduced the delirium that critically injured people often experience. The study subjects were 702 ICU…
  • More Evidence that Vitamin D Tests May Not Be Needed

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Although some people don’t get enough vitamin D, and a deficiency of it can cause problems, a federal panel has determined that the jury is out on whether routine testing for vitamin D level in the blood makes sense. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, (USPSTF) an independent body of experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, makes recommendations to improve the health of all Americans. It has determined, according to a story on NPR, that there are problems with vitamin D testing as a standard practice of preventive medicine. The USPSTF issued an "insufficient evidence"…
  • New Guide for Imaging Tests Aims to Cut Harmful Unnecessary Scans

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Regular readers of this blog know that imaging tests — X-rays and MRIs, for example — are frequently used when there’s no need, or when the need is questionable. The Joint Commission’s new campaign, Speak Up, includes guidelines for the use of these tests that should help patients understand when and why they are appropriate, or not. The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies thousands of U.S. health-care organizations and programs. Its mission is to improve health care by evaluating health-care organizations and offering resources to…
  • New Labeling Rules for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Products

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The FDA has issued new regulations for prescription drug and medical product manufacturers to better communicate potential risks to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and people who are concerned about fertility. The new rule, according to an FDA news release, “sets standards for how information about using medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding is presented in the labeling of prescription drugs and biological products. The new content and formatting requirements will provide a more consistent way to include relevant information about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs…
  • Patient Safety Journal Cleans Up After a Conflict-of-Interest Scandal

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Early this year, the world of patient safety was rocked when conflicts of interest by one of its champions were exposed. The effects of the scandal continue to be felt, but also addressed. In February, we told the story of Dr. Chuck Denham in our blog, “Apparent Conflict of Interest Sullies Panel of Patient Safety Experts,” and how, as a leader of the National Quality Forum (NQF), he faced charges of kickbacks after promoting hospital practices in which he had a financial interest. Last month, the investigative news site ProPublica, in conjunction with NPR, called that incident "patient…
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    Dr. Pierre's Blog

  • Because I failed

    Dr. Pierre
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I get asked often just what keeps me going, keeps me happy & keeps me sane after all these years of trying to become the physician I am today.  I have been described by many in my circle as one of the most relaxed people they have ever met. In a field where type A personalities are the norm & where every decision is life or death I tend to stand out like a sore thumb. Sometimes I think that all that I have done has been like one long dream & that one day I'm just going to wake up because it's almost too good to be true.I realize that every day I wake up going to work in a…
  • Why Mentorship Works..

    Dr. Pierre
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Growing up with no mentors in the health field until I was a freshman in college really made me appreciate the importance of having a mentor/mentee relationship. Its been one of the reasons why I make it a point to mentor everyone in arms reach of me regardless of their future endeavors. I have had plenty of success stories but this one probably shoots up to the top. As a senior resident(PGY2) my goal for my interns was to get them acclimated with the transition from medical student to medical resident & make it as seamless as possible. One of my…
  • The Introduction

    Dr. Pierre
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    So I am finally moved into the new practice & now the time comes where I have to start introducing myself to the neighborhood. I am in this weird dynamic now where I have to introduce myself to potential patients in the area and the other specialists as well. One of the comforts of residency I took for granted was that I grew to know all of the physicians in the area. I knew doctors in just about every speciality so my network was not an issue. But now even though I am only like 30 mins away from where I trained it is as if I moved to an entirely different state. In the hospital the…
  • Thank You Blessed & Honored

    Dr. Pierre
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    So yesterday I updated my Facebook TL with the latest news regarding my practice(see pic). It's been about 3 months with my company & for the most part I have been bouncing around at different partners' offices covering for their vacations & or learning the ropes of an outpatient physician. I figured I'd let my Facebook family know first that I was going to be opening up soon given that a few had been asking about it since I graduated residency. After almost 150 Facebook notifications, many phone calls & text messages I was floored with the amount of praise I received.  I had…
  • 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…
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  • Let’s Talk About Chronic Illness In Digital Age – #MedX Video

    Dr G
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    CareNovate Magazine will be featuring inspiring vidoes, interviews on emerging and evolving trend which will impact 2015 health, medicine, wellness, caregiving landscape. The digital age is beginning to changing how we tell our health care stories and who it reaches.… Read more → The post Let’s Talk About Chronic Illness In Digital Age – #MedX Video appeared first on .
  • Risk and benefits of medications for pregnant and breastfeeding women less complex for health care professionals

    Dr G
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    Exciting news for moms, expecting moms, health care professionals and patients from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – there are new set of rule that will provide a consistent way for drug manufacturers to provide information about the risks… Read more → The post Risk and benefits of medications for pregnant and breastfeeding women less complex for health care professionals appeared first on .
  • Texas Medical Center + Village Capital = Digital Health Startups Program

    Dr G
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Texas Medical Center (TMC) is the largest medical complex in the world, joins forces with Village Capital for the VilCap USA: Health IT 2014 program, which will support early-stage businesses that are seeking digital health and business solutions to make healthcare more affordable and… Read more → The post Texas Medical Center + Village Capital = Digital Health Startups Program appeared first on .
  • eCareDiary Joins Forces With ArchCare To Provide More Caregiving Support

    Dr G
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    If you have taken care of sick loved one or friend at any point in your live, you will agree that caregiving is overwhelming, time-consuming, costly, and stressful for caregivers and employers. The average caregiver spends 4 years, 19 hours… Read more → The post eCareDiary Joins Forces With ArchCare To Provide More Caregiving Support appeared first on .
  • Digital Health Technology to Improve Chronic Disease Outcomes in Underserved Communities

    Dr G
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    With chronic disease rates at an all-time high among underserved communities, the Aetna Foundation is looking for new ways to accelerate innovation and reach people directly where they live, work and play. At the same time, we know that technology… Read more → The post Digital Health Technology to Improve Chronic Disease Outcomes in Underserved Communities appeared first on .
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  • Let’s Talk About Chronic Illness In Digital Age – #MedX Video

    Dr G
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    CareNovate Magazine will be featuring inspiring vidoes, interviews on emerging and evolving trend which will impact 2015 health, medicine, wellness, caregiving landscape. The digital age is beginning to changing how we tell our health care stories and who it reaches.… Read more → The post Let’s Talk About Chronic Illness In Digital Age – #MedX Video appeared first on .
  • Risk and benefits of medications for pregnant and breastfeeding women less complex for health care professionals

    Dr G
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    Exciting news for moms, expecting moms, health care professionals and patients from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – there are new set of rule that will provide a consistent way for drug manufacturers to provide information about the risks… Read more → The post Risk and benefits of medications for pregnant and breastfeeding women less complex for health care professionals appeared first on .
  • Texas Medical Center + Village Capital = Digital Health Startups Program

    Dr G
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Texas Medical Center (TMC) is the largest medical complex in the world, joins forces with Village Capital for the VilCap USA: Health IT 2014 program, which will support early-stage businesses that are seeking digital health and business solutions to make healthcare more affordable and… Read more → The post Texas Medical Center + Village Capital = Digital Health Startups Program appeared first on .
  • eCareDiary Joins Forces With ArchCare To Provide More Caregiving Support

    Dr G
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    If you have taken care of sick loved one or friend at any point in your live, you will agree that caregiving is overwhelming, time-consuming, costly, and stressful for caregivers and employers. The average caregiver spends 4 years, 19 hours… Read more → The post eCareDiary Joins Forces With ArchCare To Provide More Caregiving Support appeared first on .
  • Digital Health Technology to Improve Chronic Disease Outcomes in Underserved Communities

    Dr G
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    With chronic disease rates at an all-time high among underserved communities, the Aetna Foundation is looking for new ways to accelerate innovation and reach people directly where they live, work and play. At the same time, we know that technology… Read more → The post Digital Health Technology to Improve Chronic Disease Outcomes in Underserved Communities appeared first on .
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    Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips

  • Sidestepping Allergic Reactions to Tree Nuts

    Dr. Weil
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    If you’re allergic to tree nuts (cashews, walnuts, almonds and others), the best way to prevent a reaction is to avoid eating them. But now researchers are exploring a way to head off the reactions to nuts by changing the shape of their proteins. This could make the nuts allergy-proof – the modified protein wouldn’t be recognized by immunoglobulin E (IgE), antibodies that initiate reactions by latching on to nut (and peanut) proteins. The research was presented on August 11, 2014 at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society by investigators from the Agricultural…
  • Is Your Microbiome In Charge?

    Dr. Weil
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    Is it possible that the hundred trillion microbes that make up the microbiome in the human gut "know" what nutrients they need, and in seeking them influence our dietary choices? This interesting theory holds that, in some cases, our intestinal flora nudges us toward fat or sugar and possibly obesity. A new review of recent scientific literature concludes that our microbes actually can trigger cravings, as their attempts to receive more of the foods they need for growth affect our eating behavior. The authors of the review write that it is “unclear” how the microbes might do this,…
  • Does BPA Cause Food Intolerance?

    Dr. Weil
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    A new study performed in France suggests that exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a known endocrine disruptor, around the time of birth may lead to food intolerances later in life, at least in rats. The researchers tested the effects of BPA exposure on a group of rats from birth until the animals were weaned at 21 days old. A control group of rats didn’t receive any BPA. When the animals reached adulthood, (which in rats is when they're 45 days old), the researchers fed them ovalbumin, an egg white protein which hadn’t been introduced into their diet previously. The investigators…
  • Plastics Are Messing with Testosterone

    Dr. Weil
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    It’s not the plastics themselves that are affecting testosterone levels in men, women and children - it’s the endocrine-disrupting phthalates they contain. These chemicals make plastics more flexible and are used in hundreds of non-plastic products, including some soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes as well as packaging, inflatable toys and other children's playthings. A new study from the University of Michigan School of Public Health found that the more exposure to phthalates in your life, the higher the risk of declining testosterone levels, the main sex hormone in…
  • Yoga for Your Mind

    Dr. Weil
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Doing hatha yoga appears to have sharpened the thinking skills of seniors taking part in an eight-week study. A total of 108 adults between the ages of 55 and 79 enrolled in the study. Half of them attended three yoga classes per week for the eight weeks, while the other half did stretching and toning exercises three days a week for the same eight week period. Afterward, the researchers reported that the seniors in the yoga group had improved in tests of information recall, mental flexibility and task switching, all “mental functions (that) are relevant to our everyday…
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    Rasmussen School of Health Sciences Blog

  • A Phlebotomy Certificate: Your Stepping Stone to Healthcare Opportunities

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    One option for getting your feet wet in the world of healthcare is to earn a certificate first. Specifically, a phlebotomy certificate can be the stepping stone you need to other healthcare jobs.
  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Medical Assisting Students

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you have a medical assisting student on your shopping list and are stumped on what to buy, look no further! We narrowed down the best and most practical gifts for him or her. Spread the cheer with these medical assisting gifts perfect for the aspiring healthcare professionals in your life!
  • What Can You Do With a Health Sciences Degree?

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With so many healthcare career options it can be easy to get confused or overwhelmed. That's why we're here to help you get acquainted with all of the career paths available in the health sciences industry.
  • Top Healthcare Companies Hiring Now [Interactive Map]

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We used real-time market intelligence from to dig into 3.3 million healthcare-related job postings over the last 12 months and identify the top three companies in each state with the most vacancies.
  • Recognizing the Importance of Customer Service Skills in Healthcare

    5 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Medical Assisting is no longer just about the ability to effectively perform physical tasks associated with the job. It is now more than ever about customer service. It's the reason my family decided to leave our pediatrician of 14 years; one of the most difficult and distressing choices we've ever made.
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • Healthy Eating Tips for the Holiday Season

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    Guest post by Jenny Babino, RD, LD. Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The holidays are upon us, bringing much-anticipated celebrations and bountiful amounts of tempting food. Staying healthy during the holiday season helps keep you happy as the New Year rolls in. We’ve got a few tips for you to keep […]
  • Thyroid Problems: Catching Health on the Morning Report

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:08 pm
    If you have a lump on your thyroid, what are the chances it’s cancer? Sharon and I talk about the odds on the Morning Report. Don’t miss Catching Health on the Morning Report — WCSH 6 every other Tuesday between 6:45 and 7:00 am. I’ll be back Tuesday, December 23. I hope you’ll be watching. Google
  • Don’t Know One Wheelchair From Another and You Need to Buy One For Your Elderly Parent?

    14 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Now and again, I write about my mother, who is 88 and lives in a memory care facility. The picture is of my sister Becky, my mother and me at a Thanksgiving luncheon. My seven siblings and I have helped care for her for the past four years and before his death in 2009, helped our father as his […]
  • Wreaths for Hope

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Finally got a wreath on our front door. It’s from Wreaths for Hope and it’s in the shape of a cancer awareness ribbon. The wreath was a gift from a friend who knew about my recent diagnosis of DCIS — stage 0 breast cancer. Hence, the pink ribbon. There are 23 ribbon colors available. Lavender for all cancers, […]
  • Reducing the Risk of Flu is Worth a Shot

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Guest post by Dr. Jane Ho, pediatrician in Westbrook and clinical adviser to the MaineHealth Childhood Immunizations Program. As a parent of three teen boys and a local pediatrician, it concerns me that many people fail to get an annual flu vaccine. Over the course of my 20 years in practice, I’ve seen plenty of previously […]
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  • Urevive Testosterone Booster

    Joshua Jerry
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Urevive Testosterone Booster Overview Urevive Testosterone Booster is a product that is made to help men improve their levels of sex hormones which in turn can have a positive effect on many aspects of their lives. The product is sold online from the official Urevive website which is well designed but quite limited in detail. There is a separate page of information for the product which features customer testimonials and a short description of how the sex hormone can diminish as men age and the effect this can have. Urevive Testosterone Booster is sold directly from the manufacturer at a cost…
  • Trinoxid

    Joshua Jerry
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    Trinoxid Overview The product Trinoxid is made for men who wish to improve the quality of their erection. It is made by the company Promax Pheromone Labs and sold both on their official website and from online retailers. However, there is very little information provided about this product on the official site and in fact, more can be gleaned from the retailer’s sites. Promax Pheromone Labs only gives a brief description of the product, claiming that it makes the male erection harder and bigger, and provides one customer testimonial. There is a section of FAQs but these pertain largely to…
  • Testo XL

    Joshua Jerry
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:48 am
    Testo XL Overview Testo XL is a product that is designed for men, mainly athletes and body builders, who want to improve various aspects of their physical and sexual health. According to the manufacturer, Testo XL can help the user get a ‘ripped’ body, become more muscular, increase levels of the male sex hormone and even make them feel younger and more virile. The product is sold via the internet and there is an official Testo XL website. The site is somewhat informative but the overall appearance is not very professional. There is no information about the manufacturer nor is there an…
  • Testogenix

    Joshua Jerry
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    Testogenix Overview Testogenix is a product that is made for men who have noticed a decrease in certain areas of their sexual performance. According to the official website for the brand, Testogenix has the ability to increase the levels of the male sex hormone which can have many benefits for the consumer. Not only will their sexual performance become better, they may also increase their muscle mass, lose weight more easily and gain stamina. The site that markets Testogenix is reasonably professional in appearance but is basically just one page of information. There are a few testimonials…
  • Libinex

    Joshua Jerry
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:39 am
    Libinex Overview Libinex is a product that sold online by the manufacturer Vitamin Boat. It is an all-natural supplement that helps men to improve their sexual performance in several ways, but particularly by increasing the intensity of their erection. The Libinex website is reasonably informative, providing information about the manufacturer and their quality standards plus all contact details. However, there are no customer testimonials or FAQ section. Libinex is available at a cost of $39.95 but consumers can receive discount prices I they purchase the product in bulk. All purchases have a…
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    Viewpoints of Innovative Healthcare Leaders

  • Patricia Cunningham - How to overcome stigmas around mental health Part 1

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dr. Cunningham is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Cunningham practices in an Internal Medicine Teaching Practice, integrating care for patients with co-morbid medical and mental health illnesses. During Dr. Cunningham's tenure in higher education, she has taught through distance technology, clinical and traditional class settings. Dr. Cunningham contributed to the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum, with…
  • Patricia Cunningham - Dual certification for advanced practice students

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dr. Cunningham is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Cunningham practices in an Internal Medicine Teaching Practice, integrating care for patients with co-morbid medical and mental health illnesses. During Dr. Cunningham's tenure in higher education, she has taught through distance technology, clinical and traditional class settings. Dr. Cunningham contributed to the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum, with…
  • Patricia Cunningham - State of mental health care across the United States Part 2

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dr. Cunningham is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Cunningham practices in an Internal Medicine Teaching Practice, integrating care for patients with co-morbid medical and mental health illnesses. During Dr. Cunningham's tenure in higher education, she has taught through distance technology, clinical and traditional class settings. Dr. Cunningham contributed to the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum, with…
  • Patricia Cunningham - State of mental health care across the United States Part 1

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dr. Cunningham is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Cunningham practices in an Internal Medicine Teaching Practice, integrating care for patients with co-morbid medical and mental health illnesses. During Dr. Cunningham's tenure in higher education, she has taught through distance technology, clinical and traditional class settings. Dr. Cunningham contributed to the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum, with…
  • Patricia Cunningham - How to overcome stigmas around mental health Part 2

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Dr. Cunningham is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Cunningham practices in an Internal Medicine Teaching Practice, integrating care for patients with co-morbid medical and mental health illnesses. During Dr. Cunningham's tenure in higher education, she has taught through distance technology, clinical and traditional class settings. Dr. Cunningham contributed to the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum, with…
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  • The Top 10 Most Popular Winter-Safety Posts of the Year

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:09 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Here in Colorado, we’ve already had some really cold days and then some sneaky mild ones. Sneaky because I get all comfortable going out with a light jacket one day; the next, the sky is clear, and it looks the same—from the inside. I walk out, and bam, it’s biting cold. Or the day is pretty mild and the night is freezing. Winter is upon us, and I have this sneaky feeling it’s going to get colder before it gets warmer.  So I went back and reviewed my previous posts for winter safety tips (hey, sometimes even I don’t remember every detail…
  • When Low Blood Pressure, Low Temperature, or Abnormal Lab May be Good

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:29 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A few weeks ago a patient I was seeing in the office asked me to look at a copy of his lab work he’d received from an alternate medicine provider. It was the usual chemistry screen and all looked great, to me at least. But two figures were circled, a slightly low creatinine level and a slightly high BUN/creatinine ratio, and yes, the lab printout had those in the out-of-normal range. His provider had asked that he come back in several weeks and have them rechecked. The retest would cost around $150. This jogged my memory of some wise advice one of my medical…
  • How to Reduce Asthma Attacks and Panic Attacks by Retraining Your Breathing

    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH  What do asthma attacks and panic attacks have in common, besides the fact that they’re both more likely during a disaster? They both cause you to hyperventilate (breathe faster), which in turn makes them worse. There’s a breathing technique that can help stop the cycle. But it’s the opposite of what you probably think. It’s not deep breathing; it’s slow, shallow breathing. And practicing it can even help prevent attacks from coming on. But you have to learn to do it properly—preferably straight from a professional. How Everyday Breathing Affects…
  • Holiday Survival Sale, On Now!

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Today, I’m launching my first ever big holiday survival sale. There are personalized gifts for under $20 plus deep discounts on training. Has taking a great first aid or wilderness survival course been on your to-do list? Why not make 2015 the year of getting it done? With these specials, you could even take my course with a friend. If some of The Survival Doctor products are on your own Christmas list, now’s the time to tell friends and family about them. They can get them for you at a discount, so, you know, you’d be doing them a favor by letting them…
  • Why Winter Heart Attacks Are More Common No Matter the Weather (and What You Can Do)

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Part 2 in a two-part series on cold weather and your heart. See part 1 here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In my last post, I talked about the effects of cold weather on your heart. But there are other possible reasons winter is prime time for heart attacks even when it’s warm out. So there are even more steps than the ones I mentioned that may help lower your risk. Beyond the Cold: More Ways the Winter Affects Your Heart We’re not really certain how much any of the following factors increase your risk for a heart attack. But for now, it’s a best guess that they do at least to some…
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    Health Blushon

  • Method To Get Rid Of Blackheads & Whiteheads

    Xee Malik
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    BlackHeads and WhiteHeads are very common in people. They Have many reasons but also have many solutions to get rid of them. You can get rid of Black head and white heads with help of our method which is specially made by a Dermatologist for every person who is suffering form this problem. Methods To Get Rid Of Blackheads & Whiteheads Use these following methods to get rid of blackheads & whiteheads from your skin and get a fresh skin. Cleanser: Take a bowl of warm water and mix one spoon turmeric powder, little bit Zaafran, some leaves of Hina and large quantity of Peppermint Oil.
  • Five Qualities To Look For In Your Orthodontist

    Xee Malik
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Investing in orthodontic services is a major decision. That’s why it’s crucial to know how to find the right orthodontist. Discover the top five qualities you should look for in an orthodontist below: A Certified Specialist When you’re searching for an orthodontist, always make sure he or she is certified according to Abougoush Professional Corp., a orthodontist in Calgary. Certification shows that the orthodontist has passed requirements to perform orthodontic services on patients. Also, you don’t have to go to an orthodontist to get orthodontic services. Dentists can…
  • Things You Need to Know about Semi-permanent Makeup

    Xee Malik
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    The introduction of permanent makeup to the world of cosmetics was quickly followed by the rise of semi-permanent makeup. The idea of permanent makeup came up soon after the art of body tattooing, and was made popular among women who wanted to look gorgeous all day long. Very soon, people started seeing the adverse effects of permanent tattooing and that brought about a change in the ideology.   People started to get bored with the experience that they initially felt was best for them. As trends evolved, they couldn’t bring a difference to their facial skin due to the permanent…
  • 4 Major Resources to Help You Lose Weight

    Xee Malik
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    While there are many things individuals can do to improve their appearance and gain greater confidence, losing weight is typically near the top of the list. Unfortunately, however, many people lack the knowledge necessary to implement strategies that will help them start shedding unwanted pounds in a safe, healthy way. If you are attempting to learn how to lose weight and facilitate general wellness or increased self-confidence, you should know that there are a plethora of great resources that can help you accomplish this objective. Here are four of them. Read This Before Going Ahead: Fast…
  • Five Problems That Could Be Causing You Heel Pain

    Xee Malik
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Pain in any part of your body isn’t pleasant, but it can be particularly annoying and debilitating in a body part that gets daily use. Recurring or chronic heel pain can make day-to-day activities uncomfortable and challenging. If you’re having heel pain, you may be wondering about its underlying cause. The following are some common reasons underlying heel pain. Achilles Tendonitis or Achilles Tendon Rupture The Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. You may experience aching in the heel and/or back of your leg, especially after exercising. The tendon can become…
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  • Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014. “Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine “Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated…
  • Field Notes: BlogHer PRO 2014

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great products to using design to tackle social challenges. Recently, Story Wrangler Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Happiness Engineers Carolyn Sonnek, Deborah Beckett, and Jen Hooks attended the third annual BlogHer PRO ’14 conference, an event for professionally minded bloggers looking to take their blogs, brands, and businesses to the next level.
  • One Central Hub for All Your Content

    Andy Peatling
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Last week, we announced a few updates to the interface, including faster stats and enhanced site management on both desktop and mobile devices. Our push to make all sites faster and easier to access and manage continues. This week, we’re thrilled to unveil a few brand-new features that allow bloggers, publishers, and business owners to run their sites and manage their content from one central hub, no matter what device they’re using. From new blog post and page management tools to Jetpack site integrations, we hope you enjoy the latest additions as much as we…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 9

    Mark Armstrong
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Here’s more great reading for you: five stories we love from across all of WordPress. 1. Spaces of Freedom in Iran Jake Threadgould An account of one traveler’s stay in Iran: On my second night in Iran I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner (yours truly) in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous when we stepped out of the car and onto the street. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic. 2. Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of Boogie…
  • New Theme: Twenty Fifteen

    Ian Stewart
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    It’s that time of year again. The snow has started falling in northern countries, friends are gathering together to exchange presents, and it’s time to launch a beautiful new annual theme for WordPress. Hello World, Twenty Fifteen is here. Twenty Fifteen is all about the details. Everything you publish is elegantly set in Noto Sans and Noto Serif, keeping the design harmonious and balanced in multiple languages around the globe. That polylingual pixel perfection is matched by its responsive design. From device to device, Twenty Fifteen will look smart and polished. The attention…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG


    16 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    When you hit your mid-forties and early fifties did you begin to sense a change in your physical well-being? Was there an underlying sense of confusion, maybe a re-evaluation of where you were going in life? Did your stress level rise? Did you find yourself looking for a “no strings attached” relationship? Had you suddenly lost your direction on what you thought was important in life? Did you begin purchasing new material goods like a sporty car, motorcycle, jet ski or jewelry because you felt they “represented” your true personality? Well men, women may not be the…
  • Madonna Made Me

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Madonna Exposed Baby Boomers,It's been a couple of months since my last relationship ended.  So, let's say it's been at least a couple of months since the last time I experienced the pleasures of a female partner. Things get pent up. I understand that. But, I had thrown myself into my work and rebalancing my life, so I hadn't given women or sex much room for thought.That is until this morning when I found myself mmmm.....And what triggered this precipitous action to happen.......Madonna's breasts.I know what you are thinking.Really, Madonna's breasts?Let me step…
  • Laughter Is The Best Medicine

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Baby Boomers,Who doesn't need a good laugh now and then.Below is a video I found which was posted by a cosmetics company called Rituals Cosmetics.It will make you laugh.Kudos to them for such an ingenious marketing idea.I hope it goes viral.I guarantee you will laugh.Some people might comment that a single person, without purpose, creating uncontrollable random laughing in a crowd is an indication of a deeper psychological issues in the human race.To me, it proves there is a "thread of life" we all share.At first, the people look annoyed at best.Then they begin to…
  • What's Next?

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
  • What Am I Good At?

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
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  • Strategies to Address and Reduce Holiday-Related Stress and Grief

    Dr. Mercola
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola For many, November and December are a favorite time of year, with major holidays bringing family and friends together. But it can also be an incredibly stressful time, as party planning, extra cooking and shopping, not to mention navigating potentially difficult family dynamics, might stretch you to your limits. Also, since Thanksgiving and Christmas often stands for family togetherness more so than other holidays, it is the time of year when you may become acutely aware of any such voids in your life, magnifying feelings of grief, isolation, loneliness or loss. Those who have…
  • Diabetes Ages Your Brain Five Years Faster Than Normal

    Dr. Mercola
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola In the United States, nearly 80 million people, or one in four, have diabetes or pre-diabetes. What’s worse, diabetes among children and teens has also skyrocketed. The most recent data1,2 reveals that incidence of type 2 diabetes among children aged 10-19 rose by 30 percent between 2001 and 2009. The same situation exists in other developed nations. In the UK, more than one-third of adults are now pre-diabetic,3 and British researchers warn that this will lead to a massive avalanche of type 2 diabetics in upcoming years, which will have serious consequences for health care…
  • What’s the Real Cause of Heart Attacks?

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Thomas S. Cowan, MD In a previous article in this journal ("What Causes Heart Attacks," Fall 2007), I presented the case that the spectrum of heart disease, which includes angina, unstable angina, and myocardial infarction (heart attack), is better understood from the perspective of events happening in the myocardium (heart) as opposed to events happening in the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply the heart). As we all know, the conventional view holds that the central event of heart disease occurs in the arteries, with the buildup of blockage called plaque. In this follow-up…
  • Dangerous Loophole in Law Permits Food Companies to Market Novel Chemicals Without Safety Disclosures

    Dr. Mercola
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola The fact that processed foods contain added ingredients that aren't necessarily food isn't secret knowledge. A simple read-through of just about any processed food label will tip you off to this fact with its listing of impossible-to-pronounce chemicals. Many of these additives have questionable safety profiles, or none at all, since only a small percentage has ever been properly tested. This situation has become the norm courtesy of a regulatory system that favors industry profitability over public health and safety. This too is a well-known fact by many. What may come as a…
  • GMO’s and CAFO’s Drive Disease Statistics and Destroy Communities

    Dr. Mercola
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Genetically engineered (GE) crops and confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) go hand-in-hand, and they are not only driving disease statistics into the stratosphere; they’re also destroying communities. The promises to contain the waste, disease, and infections that these factory farms create are nothing but wishful thinking. In reality, the toxic waste cannot be contained. In a very real sense, we’re committing suicide by way of our unsustainable, polluting, degenerative food and agriculture system—a system that is subsidized and paid for by US tax payers,1 through…
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    Medifast Arizona

  • The 5 Keys to Safely Losing 20% of Your Body Weight

    Arizona Medifast
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    We all know that losing weight is not an easy task. However, with the right approach, you can easily lose 20% of your body weight in just 20 weeks and you can do it safely and effectively. So how does one go about losing 20% of their body weight? The best part about losing 20% in 20 weeks means that you are only aiming for 1% per week. Take a look at the 5 key aspects mentioned in this article and you will find out that losing weight is easier and more effective than ever. 1.        You want to start by working out your weekly weight loss goal. As mentioned before, you are after 1% per…
  • Shocking Facts on Diabetes and Dying Early

    Arizona Medifast
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Diabetes is known as the silent killer because about one third of the patients do not know that they are suffering from this disease. This is because often diabetes does not show any major symptoms. Most people become aware of the disease only after they develop life-threatening risks such as neuropathy, heart problems, and blindness. About 1 out of 10 adults in the world is suffering from this disease and 50% of them are not diagnosed. It has been reported that around 400 million people in the world are suffering from diabetes and the number is increasing rapidly. Type 1, Type 2 and…
  • Top reasons to lose weight the Medifast way

    Arizona Medifast
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    There are many options on hand in the market for weight loss programs which promise to help people lose excess weight. While a number of them can be scams, a vast variety of them have also proven to live up to their claims. The question that then arises is what makes the Medifast weight control program stand out from amongst the crowd and what makes it a lifestyle change to keep the weight off? There are several reasons why one would prefer to lose weight the Medifast way. Let us take a closer look at some of them: The Medifast weight control program is a carefully developed scientific…
  • Five important questions about the Medifast weight loss program

    Arizona Medifast
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Q1. Is the Medifast weight control program safe to use? The Medifast weight control program has been developed by physicians and clinically proven at major teaching hospitals.  Several studies concerning the safety of Medifast have also been conducted and thousands of patients have used Medifast safely and continue to do so to date. The Medifast weight control program does not use any substances that may be dangerous to human consumption in any way. Q2. How does the Medifast weight control program work? The basic concept behind the Medifast weight control program is a reduction in caloric…
  • The Link between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

    Arizona Medifast
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    If you’re obese or overweight, then you should know that you’re at a great risk of having type 2 diabetes. According to International Diabetes Foundation, obesity and diabetes are the major health problems of the 21st century. According to a supporting statistics, a person is diagnosed with diabetes every three seconds. The modern lifestyle has a major role in developing type 2 diabetes. Sedentary lifestyle of people leads to high fat accumulation in the body. People having a BMI (body mass index) of above 25 are considered as overweight or obese. Obese people have 80% more chances of…
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    Phoenix Shoulder and Knee

  • An Overview Of Runner’s Knee

    Phoenix Shoulder And Knee
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Unlike most medical terms, “Runner’s Knee” refers to a blanket term that actually includes a number of disorders that differ in cause. Although each of these conditions may result in seeking treatment from an orthopedic doctor, they also vary in severity. It may result from any of the following: •    Overuse, more specifically from repeatedly bending the knee, resulting in irritated nerves beneath the kneecap. •    Direct trauma, including a fall or blow to the area •    Misalignment resulting from any of the bones becoming even slightly outside their correct position.
  • An Overview Of Tennis Elbow

    Phoenix Shoulder And Knee
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Tennis elbow is a painful condition that is frequently trivialized by those who do not have it. The condition is basically a soreness or pain in the elbow that results from damage to tendons in this area that results from repeated actions such as those made when playing racquet sports. The pain may be localized or it may extend down the arm toward the wrist. The formal name of tennis elbow is “lateral epicondylitis”. Orthopedic surgeons use anti-inflammatories and other treatments to reduce the characteristic swelling and pain associated with the condition. Who Gets Tennis Elbow In spite…
  • Autograft Hamstring ACL Reconstruction

    Phoenix Shoulder And Knee
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is often torn during blunt trauma to the knee. Surgery is often required to replace the ACL. One of the ways the surgery is done is to take a piece of the hamstring tendon from behind the knee and replace the damaged ACL with it. This is known as an autograft hamstring ACL reconstruction. The ACL is positioned in the center of the knee joint and runs from the posterior region of the thigh bone (femur) to the front of the shin bone (tibia). Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect the ends of the bones together, and the ACL runs through a notch in…
  • The Basics of Articular Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI)

    Phoenix Shoulder And Knee
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Articular cartilage injuries do not self-repair easily. Luckily, there is new advanced technology that can be used for a wide variety of injuries and orthopedic problems to repair damaged cartilage and reduce permanent disability in the patient. The most advanced cartilage repair techniques is the articular chondrocyte implantation (ACI), which leads to a normally functioning articular cartilage and provides the stability to the joint. Articular Cartilage Injury Articular cartilage is made of hyaline cartilage, and this covers the bone ends and joint surfaces. The main function of this…
  • Treating Osteochondritis Dissecans In The Elbow

    Phoenix Shoulder And Knee
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    One of the important risks facing teenage athletes, osteochondritis dissecans is most likely in children between 10 and 16. It can affect either the knee or the elbow.This is a particular type of damage to the cartilage that pads and lubricates the bones meeting at these joints, which also affects the underlying bone. Although severe cases may require surgery, younger patients tend to have a promising outlook due to continuing growth and capacity for bone repair.   What happens? Osteochondritis dissecans is thought to involve loss of blood supply to the underlying joint bone. As the bone…
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    Afshi Speaks

  • World Best & Famous Forex Trading Websites

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    In the last few years, online forex trading has turned out to be one of the best modern ways of trading. But what exactly is forex trading? I’m sure many of you people would be thinking. What are its benefits? How is it good for me? First of all. Forex market which is also commonly known as ‘Forex’ or ‘FX’, is the exchange of one currency for another at an agreed exchange price on the over-the-counter (OTC) market. Forex is the world’s most traded market, with an average turnover in excess of US$4 trillion per day. The trading takes place between the financial institutes of a…
  • To Make Easier & Organize Your Life With These Free Apps

    9 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    By downloading these free apps, which can help your life easier & comfortable and staying healthy. 1. Dropbox: Dropbox is a free app that serves as a personal cloud storage service. This means you can store your documents, photos, and videos with the app, and then access them from any computer or app-supporting device. Not only is it very convenient, but this app also makes file sharing and collaborating with a team a cinch. (Google Drive is a similar – and also free! – app which allows you to do essentially the same thing, but all files must be Google Documents.) Free, available for…
  • Forex Tradaing Online With Small Capital

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Internet is rich with thousands articles about Forex Trading, but this article to help Pakistani peoples from where to take start and light and easy intro of Forex. Forex Trading means business of currencies buying and selling, and you can do it from your home as online trading. Pakistan is a loaded country with extraordinary peoples but problems is peoples don’t know their right direction. In daily life we seeing everybody taking costly smart phones and they buying phones from $250 to $500. If you can spend an amount on smart phone you can do forex trading with a capital equal to your…
  • HEC Pakistan Documents Attestation Through Courier Service

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    Daily a lot of peoples travels from Pakistan to abroad for different destinations and some peoples in line to move abroad, they all need to verify their documents from HEC for different requirement like immigration, employment etc. If your at distance from Islamabad then its much hard to travel so early and stand in line and wait whole day in front of HEC office. So hassle free you need o submit your documents/transcript through OCS courier service. Steps for attestation through courier service: 1. Sign Up/ Sign In on HEC website 2. Fill Application Form i.e. Personal information, Educational…
  • Freemake Video Converter – Free Software

    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…
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    Ayurvedic Home Remedies

  • Home Remedies For Lice

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    How To Get Rid Of Lice Mainly female and some mails with long hairs or children is victim of lice. Lice create many problems in hairs or head skin and people with lice has...
  • Fitkari Alum uses

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

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

    6 Jan 2014 | 9:12 am
    Anal Fistula Treatment Fistula-in-ano or anal fistula suffering many people around the world. This condition arises when a boil or abscess erupt in anal canal. It is very painful disease in all anal diseases...
  • Home Remedies For Swollen Gums

    4 Jan 2014 | 10:17 am
    Swollen Gums Home Remedies Swollen gums (Gingivitis) are a more common problem in many people. This problem of mouth is due to lake of regular cleaning of mouth. Some most effective ayurvedic or natural...
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    Star Life Sciences Medical Monitor™

  • 2015: The Year to Come in Healthcare

    Star Life Sciences Correspondent
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    It’s that time of year – the time for giving, for over-indulging, the time for making lists of things! Lucky for me, it’s time for us to use words like “scry” and “prognosticate,” because those are really fun words and I love using them.
  • 15 years of data exclusivity for selected new drugs?

    Mike Scott
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    A new bill introduced last week in the US Senate by Senator Orin Hatch (R, UT) is known as the Dormant Therapies Act of 2014. The primary objective of this bill would be to offer a drug developer 15 years of data exclusivity (more…)
  • Drug pricing and the law: a class action test case

    Mike Scott
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    Our local, not-for-profit, public transportation system here in the Philadelphia region (the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority or SEPTA) has filed what appears to be a groundbreaking lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company regarding the pricing of a branded pharmaceutical product. The (more…)
  • Doximity … Is It Really the Facebook for Physicians?

    Mike Scott
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    According to a report in yesterday’s Washington Post, Doximity has enrolled > 400,000 US physicians in the past 3 years. This is about half of all the active physicians in the USA, and you can only become a member after (more…)
  • The Gates and Gatekeepers: Misogyny in Science, Technology, and the Web

    Anju Kanumalla
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    The calendar year is a somewhat arbitrary delineation of time, but it seems every December, I find myself taking stock of the year and thinking about how to make the next one better. I have a good idea of what some of my personal goals (more…)
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    Hot Topics

  • HIPAA Security Rule Compliance: Using Risk Analysis to Understand and Manage Risks

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Manage Risks and Be Compliant with HIPAA Security Rules – Use Risk Analysis. Being in compliance with HIPAA involves not only ensuring you provide the appropriate patient rights and controls on your uses and disclosures, but also that you ensure you have the right policies, procedures, and documentation, and have performed the appropriate an ...
  • Patient Rights and the HIPAA Privacy Officer: Making Compliance Decisions and Avoiding Violations

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Be Compliant with Patient Rights under HIPAA as A Privacy Officer, Learn to Avoid Penalties and Violations of Non-Compliance. With the recent changes to HIPAA and increasing focus on patient information, patient rights, and HIPAA enforcement – now is the time for the HIPAA Privacy Officer to review and update their organization's policies a ...
  • HIPAA and Social Media: Using New Communications Tools within the Rules

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Social media is the New and Most Trending Communication Tool, and Healthcare Industry is using it too. However, you should be Compliant to HIPAA Standards in Your Usage. Learn How. It seems everyone is signing up for social media and wants to use it in all the incredible ways it can be used, including for health care purposes.  Social networ ...
  • Peripheral Cardiology 2015 Updates

    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Peripheral Cardiology Updates for 2015 Are Here. Know what they are. This conference by expert speaker Terry A. Fletcher BS, CPC, CCC, CEMC, SCP-CA, ACS-CA, CCS-P, CCS, CMSCS, CMC, Healthcare Coding and Reimbursement Consultant will explain how to maximize your Peripheral Cardiology revenues by at least 20%, while being compliant and followin ...
  • Medicare Updates 2015

    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    CMS/Medicare is Finalizing its Policies and Directions for 2015. Understand the Changes to Budget and Plan Accordingly. As CMS /(Medicare) finalizes its policies and directions for 2015, you need to stay on top of how the changes affect your practice. Whether it is the 21%+ SGR payment reduction or newly bundled codes that will affect your bottom ...
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  • 10 Superfoods To Prevent Cancer

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:46 am
    Cancer remains one of the most risky and life threatening disease to date. A lot of studies, surveys and researches are going on there to find out some best preventative treatments for cancer. Although, several ‘so-called’ cancer prevention pills are out there in the market today, there exist some really simple and natural methods to potentially deal with cancer disease. Yes, there are some medically proven ‘superfoods’ that can greatly help us reduce the risk of getting cancer to the great extent. So, what these superfoods are? Read on the following post to know … Read MoreThis…
  • 5 Healthy Foods To Reduce Your Risk of Heart Diseases

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Heart disease, more specifically coronary artery disease, is one of the most common causes of premature deaths these days. It is a vascular disease which tends to grow at the unique location in coronary arteries. The coronary arteries are the essential parts of human body and the blood supply to the heart flows through these arteries. If the inner walls of these arteries get damaged due to high blood pressure, cholesterol deposition, inflammation, free radicals, infection, the blood would start clotting inside the artery. This can hamper the normal blood flow to the heart, … Read…
  • Top 5 Foods To Live Longer And Stay Away From Severe Diseases

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:24 am
    In today’s hectic lifestyle, the nutritional value of our food is getting worse day by day. Everyone wants to live longer and better, and the only way for this is to change the way you eat the foods. After all, the foods you’re eating right now are going to affect your longevity. If you compare the diets of various regions of the globe with the rates of commonly occurring diseases, a few things become quite obvious. In this post, we’ll be discussing about 5 foods that you should include in your daily die to improve … Read MoreThis article Top 5 Foods To Live Longer And Stay Away…
  • 5 Superfoods To Ward Off Depression and Enhance Your Mood

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:47 am
    Depression is one of the major contributors to the development of disability, decreased productivity, lost time from work, and reduced quality of life. Stress, depression, and anxiety are the leading causes why people see their doctor and receive prescription medications. On a daily basis, many people are faced with stressful situations. Add everyday stress to the already hectic pace of our own lives, and you can end up frazzled and anxious. When you’re stressed out, you tend to eat poorly, like making a quick and fast snack which is just nutritionless. But it’s exactly when … Read…
  • 4 Amazing Foods That Lower High Blood Pressure Naturally

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Blood pressure, sometimes referred to as arterial blood pressure or hypertension, is the pressure exerted by circulating blood upon the walls of blood vessels. The blood pressure in your circulation is principally due to the pumping action of the heart as well as cell salt content. You can greatly reduce your risk for high blood pressure through some lifestyle changes and your food intake. A healthy diet high in fruits such as berries and fresh apples, green vegetables and good fats such as olive oil – that can reduce the risk of developing high blood … Read MoreThis article 4 Amazing…
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    Infinit Healthcare

  • Top 4 Challenges Healthcare Faced in 2014 and What To Learn from Them

    Infinit Healthcare
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    We've compiled a roundup of this year's biggest healthcare news. As the popular adage goes, "those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it", so take the time to be re-acquainted with what has come to pass, and equip yourselves for the new year ahead.
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (Nov 30 – Dec 6, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:48 pm
    It shouldn’t be any surprise that this healthcare round up focuses on healthcare in the future, and how to safeguard it for data security. Are you excited for how next year turns out? Here are the newest articles you need to read regarding Healthcare.
  • Healthcare Providers Progressively Favor Outsourcing

    Infinit Healthcare
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:45 pm
    It's becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the many benefits that outsourcing provides to the healthcare industry, most notably the reduction in overhead spending.
  • How Big Data is Reshaping Healthcare

    Infinit Healthcare
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    Big data is transforming healthcare in terms of providing better customer experiences at lower costs. It likewise provides valuable insights on patients’ health, diseases and treatments, which changes the way the industry works.
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (Nov 16 – 22, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:49 pm
    What does the future hold for healthcare? We saw a glimpse of the incoming years with the articles we have today, and we are extremely excited for the future. Here are the newest articles you need to read regarding healthcare.
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    CQC Compliance » Blog

  • Legionnaire’s disease

    Amanda Calberry
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    Employers have a duty of care to their healthcare workers and service users and this duty includes the control of Legionnaires’ disease. What is Legionnaires’ disease? Legionnaires’ disease is normally contracted by inhaling small droplets of water (aerosols), suspended in the air, containing the bacteria. Certain conditions increase the risk from legionella when: the water temperature in all or some parts of the system may be between 20–45 °C, which is suitable for growth; it is possible for water droplets to be produced and if so, they can be dispersed; water is stored and/or…
  • How confident are you that you are complying with the Data Protection Act?

    Sarah Riley
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    All businesses regardless of size will hold some data about their clients and employees. Regardless if this data is stored in paper format or electronically on PC’s, disks or memory sticks, the same rules apply to all the data and it’s imperative that the data that is held complies with the Data Protection Act. How confident are you that you are complying with the Data Protection Act (DPA)? In November this year a marketing company had breached the Data Protection Act resulting in the company being fined £70,000 by the Information Commissioner Office (ICO). The ICO also charged the…
  • People with Long Term Conditions

    Sarah Riley
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    The CQC rate Practices against particular population groups The CQC now inspects and rates practices against six population groups – older people, long term conditions, mothers babies and children, working age, people living in vulnerable circumstances including people with a learning disability and people experiencing poor mental health, including dementia. This article, the second in a series of six articles, will address the ‘long term conditions’ population group and how we could enhance their quality of life by providing a safe, effective and responsive service. Use of a…
  • And just when you thought you’d heard it all…

    Sarah Riley
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Just the very mention of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) can turn a social care professional into a gibbering wreck. This edifying news will have you running for the straitjacket. If you are currently supporting vulnerable adults in a care environment, you will not have been able to avoid the legislation around DoLs. In circumstances where an individual’s liberty is deprived, even where this is done with their safety and wellbeing in mind (it usually is!) you need to apply for authorization to do so. This law has resulted in backlogs of cases lodged with local authorities across…
  • The Elders

    Sarah Riley
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    I recently attended a memorial event for a good friend and colleague. This was a moving occasion, but was more concerned with celebrating his life and achievements than mourning his death. Wow, I’ve never started off a blog this seriously before, but there is a point so I’ll continue. One good thing these events facilitate is the meeting of old friends of a similar age and thinking. As we are all in the later part of our careers, this sometimes becomes a Council of Elders’. Last Friday was no exception and talking eventually gets round to work and what we have done over the years. We…
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  • Bed Bugs and Alcohol: How To Use Alcohol To Kill Bed Bugs?

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:18 pm
    In their quest to get rid of bed bugs quickly, homeowners are always on the lookout for safe do-it-yourself remedies and pest control solutions. Important among these is the use of rubbing alcohol, ethanol or Isopropyl alcohol for bed bug treatment. Many sprays containing alcohol are available commercially to help get rid of bed bugs for good. Naturally, the question foremost on most homeowners’ minds is whether alcohol indeed kills bed bugs? In this guide, we will consider the safety and efficacy of use of Isopropyl rubbing alcohol for eradicating bed bugs permanently. Bed Bugs and…
  • Bed Bug Bites Vs Contact dermatitis: How to tell the difference?

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Throughout human history, mankind has encountered bug bites, irritations and skin allergies. The skin being the largest external organ, it is also on the receiving end of all kinds of pollution, toxins and parasitic agents. Naturally, if you suddenly experience itchiness or an outbreak of bite like lesions on the skin, it is important to find out what is bothering you. In this guide, we will determine whether you are suffering from contact dermatitis (allergic dermatitis) or bed bug bites. Bed Bug bites: Signs and symptoms Bites from insects are usually easier to identify and diagnose as…
  • Got Bed Bugs in your Car? Here’s What You Need to Do

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:41 pm
    If you are dealing with a bad bed bug infestation, then you probably know by now how difficult they can be to eliminate. And if you thought your home is the only place they infest, you couldn’t be more mistaken. Bed bugs in the car are a common problem in majority of the bed bug infested cities in US. But worry not; you have come to the right place. In this guide, we will discuss everything you need to know in order to take care of your ‘bed bugs in the car’ situation. Products to use when you have bed bugs in car If you go to any of the big stores selling pest control products, you…
  • Bed Bug Bites Are Becoming an Increasingly Big Problem

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:21 am
    The last two decades have seen a resurgence of bed bugs and they are a big problem; a problem that should not be ignored. Lack of education among people regarding these critters is leading to their widespread. Additionally most home owners facing a bed bug problem tend to ignore it. They believe that simply using over the counter bed bug sprays, powders etc and/or discarding infested items, mattresses and furniture is enough to get rid of these pests once and for all. However; that is not true. Bed bug eggs and larvae can survive for many days, even months and years without a blood meal. They…
  • The Most Bed Bug Infested Cities in the USA – See How Bad It Is

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    The bed bug infestation which we thought was over post the Second World War era has actually made resurgence in the 1990s. Today, bed bug cities are a national problem in the United States. The bugs are everywhere: in five star hotels, movie halls, clothing centers and even our daycares and schools. Nearly 95% of pest control management agencies in the country claim to have encountered a bed bug issue. Bed Bugs: You can run but you cannot hide When it comes to bed bugs (known as Cimex Lectularius), the problem is twofold- not only are they extremely difficult to get rid of; the failure to…
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  • Balancing Medicine and Motherhood

    Susan Kerrigan, MD
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    We all did well in high school, went for the best college we could get into, made great grades, and worked even harder in medical school to get that coveted residency. What is the difference between women and men physicians? The natural ability to have babies. Why should we worry about balancing medicine and motherhood? Because it is one of the hardest jobs you will ever face. Women were traditionally the parent who raised the children, while their partner made the money. That paradigm is no longer true. Working in medicine and being a good parent is possible, but you will have to work at it.
  • New Pharmacist Jobs Available

    Michael Jones
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am is pleased to announce another new employer, RPh Professional Search, at our pharmacist job board. RPh Professional Search is recruitment firm that specializes in nationwide pharmacist job searches.  They bring real expertise to the pharmacist recruitment industry because they have been in business since 1997, and they are pharmacist owned and operated.   Their service is free of charge to job seeking pharmacists, and is an affordable option for employers who use their service.  You can feel free to browse RPh Professional Search jobs at this link, and use our site…
  • ICD-10 and EHR Changes Impact Medical Billing & Coding Professionals

    Audrey Clark
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    What Medical Billing & Coding Professionals Need to Know About ICD-10 and EHR Changes Electronic health records (EHRs) have become the standard way of doing business in medical facilities across the United States. While traditional “on-paper” billing and coding has an important role to fill in the medical industry, electronic health records are changing the way the businesses that provide these services are run. EHRs and Billing Codes The changes being brought about by electronic health records aren’t all that significant right now. However, they will start to become…
  • New Employer and Jobs at

    Michael Jones
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am is pleased to announce that Cigna insurance company is now advertising its jobs on our website. Cigna is offering many new clinical and non-clinical jobs here at HospitalRecruiting, and these jobs are being updated on a daily basis. We’re especially pleased to make this announcement, as we believe that our site is an excellent option for connecting job seekers and employers for the entire healthcare industry (not just hospitals!), and the addition of a client which is a leading insurance company helps to validate that belief.  Cigna offers a wide variety of job…
  • Residency Match Tips for International Medical Graduates

    Ayesha Khan, MD
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    International learning and job experience usually increase your competitive advantage over domestic applicants in most business fields like marketing, finance, and human resource. Unfortunately, this rule of thumb is not applicable in the healthcare industry. If you are an International Medical Graduate (IMG), your chances of reserving a spot in US residency programs is lower than a typical US graduate. This is mainly because: Medical laws and practicing patterns vary significantly in different parts of the world. Exposure and handling of clinical cases and application of theoretical…
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  • 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra

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

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

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

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

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice. Since I was working continuously sitting in front of the computer my mother was forcing me to go for a walk in the park. I also needed a break so I decided to go for an evening walk and get refreshed. But this evening walk turn out to be very fruitful for me in more [...] The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice.
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    Ken Research

  • India Cargo Handling and Transport Industry Outlook to 2019 – Aided by Infrastructure Development

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:23 am
    India Cargo Handling and Transport Industry Outlook to 2019 – Aided by Infrastructure Development presents a comprehensive analysis of market size by volume and value of major segments of cargo including Road, Rail, Water and Air in India. The report entails the market share analysis and company profiles of major players in the cargo transport industry. The future analysis has also been discussed in each sub-industry. The economy of India has more than doubled since the last decade, which is supported by growing contribution of foreign trade. Foreign trade represented 20% of the…
  • India Mattresses Market Outlook to 2018 – Driven by Surging Demand for Spring Mattresses with Advancing Lifestyles

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:44 am
    India Mattresses Market Outlook to 2018 – Driven by Surging Demand for Spring Mattresses with Advancing Lifestyles presents a comprehensive analysis of the industry covering aspects including market size by market size by revenue, volume sales of mattresses and market segmentation by revenue and volume sales by types of mattresses (coir mattresses, spring mattresses and foam mattresses), by market structure (organized and unorganized) for different types of mattresses, for rural and urban areas and others, by foreign and domestic brands, by price range and others. The report also…
  • Asia Pacific Mattresses Market Outlook to 2018 – Developing Economy and Brand Awareness to Intensify the Demand

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Asia Pacific Mattresses Market Outlook to 2018 – Developing Economy and Brand Awareness to Intensify the Demand presents a comprehensive analysis of the industry covering aspects including market size by revenue through mattresses sales and market segmentation by revenue by types of mattresses (spring and coir mattresses, foam mattresses and hybrid mattresses) and by geography (India, China, Japan, Australia). The report also entails a detailed description on the recent trends and developments, growth drivers, brand analysis and restraints in the market and the competitive scenario of…
  • Global Animal Health Market Outlook to 2018 – Increasing Meat Consumption to Spur Demand for Animal Health Products

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Global Animal Health Market Research Report provides a detailed overview of animal health market in the world and covers various aspects such as market size of global animal health industry. Additionally the report includes segmentation on the basis of products (Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Animal Feed Additives), species (Farm and Companion Animals) and geography (Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America and Rest of the World) for animal health market. The report also entails the market share of the major players in global animal health market. An analysis of the future scenario…
  • Japan Engineering Plastics Market Outlook to 2018 – Led by buoyant demand from Automotive and Electronics Sector

    7 Dec 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Japan Engineering Plastics Market Outlook to 2018 – Led by buoyant demand from Automotive and Electronics Sector provides a comprehensive analysis of the various aspects such as market size, segmentation and future projections of the PET resin, Polyamide resin, ABS resin, Polyacetal resin, Polycarbonate, SAN, PBT and other types of engineering plastics that have been taken as key segments of the market. This report also offers prevalent trends and developments in Japan Engineering Plastics Industry, Government regulations, SWOT analysis of the Industry. The report also covers the…
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    Recent Blog Posts

  • Reducing Falling Hazards at Home

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Home safety for the elderly is an important topic to consider as your loved one grows older. Consider working with long-term care providers to evaluate your loved one's safety at home and reduce the risk of an ER visit. For example, a home health care specialist may recommend removing throw rugs, and moving furniture against the wall and away from walkways. Installing adequate lighting inside and outside the home is critical, as is installing grab bars by the toilet and inside the shower. You can watch this video to hear more helpful tips about improving home safety for seniors near…
  • Tips for Fall-Proofing Your Home

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    Your home is your sanctuary. Unfortunately, it may also pose safety hazards as you grow older. With the help of a team that specializes in in-home care, you can learn how to maintain your independence and reduce your risk of winding up in the ER by making some simple modifications to your home. Improving home safety for seniors often begins with eliminating tripping and slipping hazards, and installing some modifications such as handrails. A home health care agency serving Milwaukee can thoroughly inspect your home and make personalized recommendations. Eliminate Tripping Hazards There are…
  • Managing Medications for Seniors

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Many senior citizens rely on medications to stay healthy, but they may have difficulty remembering to take medications as needed. When doses are missed or multiple doses are taken in a day, elderly adults may face serious complications that could require a hospital stay. This video offers a look at the modern technologies available to help seniors take their medication properly so that caregivers and family members can rest assured knowing older adults are safe at home. MedMinder is a system that has doses of pills pre-sorted with a lit reminder to take the medication at the right time. If a…
  • Preventing Falls in the Elderly

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    If your elderly parents are living independently at home, falls may be a primary concern for their health and safety. Falls are the number one injury among elderly adults, so this should be an area of focus when you work on improving your parents' home safety. With the tips in this article, you can help your elderly loved ones avoid hospital visits and injuries caused by falls at home. Encourage physical activity Many older adults make the mistake of assuming that falls are caused by physical activity, but exercise actually helps to prevent falls. When elderly individuals maintain more…
  • All About ANS Home Health Services

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    ANS Home Health Services is a home healthcare organization that is family owned and operated in Southeastern Wisconsin. ANS was founded in 1989 working with clients in nursing homes and hospitals, received its licensing as a home healthcare agency in 1995, and today they provide in-home case management and long-term care for more than 1,000 clients. With a professional, multilingual staff, ANS Home Health Services can provide the right care for a wide range of cases while exceeding patient expectations. ANS proudly maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau in addition to…
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  • UTI vs. Yeast Infections: Can UTI Cause A Yeast Infection?

    9 Dec 2014 | 10:29 pm
    “What are the similarities and differences between UTI vs. yeast infection?” “Am I suffering from a urine infection or a yeast infection?” “Can bladder infections result in yeast infections as well?” “Can yeast and urine infections occur simultaneously?” These are some frequently asked questions that plague the minds of women suffering from recurrent bladder (or urine infections) and yeast infections. Urine and yeast infections often produce very similar symptoms. Both are characterized by painful, itchy and burning sensation and these symptoms often get worse with time.
  • UTI in the Elderly: Complications, Symptoms and Quick Treatment Guide

    30 Nov 2014 | 10:51 pm
    UTI or urine infections are quite common in elderly populations. They tend to affect women more than men; though elderly male patients placed on catheters could also get urine infections frequently. The problem with treating UTI in the elderly is that they are often asymptomatic. As a result, they tend to go unnoticed for a long time leading to various complications.  In normally alert and active elderly people, UTIs typically present themselves in the form of sudden and unexplained delirium or confusion. In this guide, we will consider everything there is one needs to know when dealing with…
  • Cranberry Juice Prevents Urine Infections and Improves Your Health

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:23 am
    Urinary tract infections or UTIs account for nearly 8 million doctor visits each year. The incidences of women suffering from UTIs are more than that in men mainly due to their shorter urethras (the tube between the genitals and the urinary bladder). Women suffering from frequent urine infections tend to experience various debilitating symptoms including cystitis which is characterized by pain in the lower back and stomach region, urgency to urinate (but not producing any urine) as well as burning and painful sensation during urination. Naturally, most sufferers want to know if there are any…
  • Treat Urine Infections Fast or Risk Life Threatening Kidney Infections

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Urine infections account for nearly 8 million doctor visits worldwide on an annual basis. It is now proven that nearly 40% of all women will experience a UTI at least once in their entire lifetime. It is essential to not just prevent but also treat urine infections as soon as they are diagnosed, using the right means. Failure to do so can cause various life threatening kidney infections. In this guide we will study common kidney infections and ways of treating and preventing UTIs. But first, let us understand why urine infections occur. How are UTIs caused? What kidney infections can they…
  • Your Urine Color Reveals Health Problems – See What Each Color Means

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:27 am
    Not many people might know this but the urine color varies greatly from person to person. It generally ranges from deep amber to honey color with several golden variations in between. The different colors of the urine actually tell us a lot about our health. With normal kidney functioning, one’s levels of hydration are indicated by the urine color. The pigment that gives urine its characteristic yellow color is known as Urochrome. However, some vitamins, medicines supplements or procedures like chemotherapy, certain diseases can all impact the urine color. Sometimes, small amounts of pus or…
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  • Affordable Care Act Dental Coverage Or AmeriPlan Dental?

    Ed Harrison
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    Have you applied for major medical insurance through the health reform website? In some states, you might have to visit the federal site at, but some states have established their own marketplace. Either way, applying for an account is the first step you need to take to find available health plans. In any case, […] The post Affordable Care Act Dental Coverage Or AmeriPlan Dental? appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • What You Need To Know About Adult Braces – FAQ

    Ed Harrison
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    There are a few considerations to make before your final decision to spend money and time to have your teeth straightened with adult braces. You will also need to figure out how to pay for your braces. Keep in mind that traditional dental insurance rarely, if ever pays for braces.  If you have not already […] The post What You Need To Know About Adult Braces – FAQ appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Affordable Care Act Dental Coverage Or AmeriPlan Dental Plus?

    Ed Harrison
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Have you applied for major medical insurance through the health reform website? In some states, you might have to visit the federal site at, but some states have established their own marketplace. Either way, applying for an account is the first step you need to take to find available health plans now. In any […] The post Affordable Care Act Dental Coverage Or AmeriPlan Dental Plus? appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • 9 Tips for Getting Affordable Dental Care

    Ed Harrison
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Are you trying to save money on dental care? Here are nine great tips proven to save money without compromising the quality of your dental care – how to get affordable dental care. 1. Volunteer for Medical Studies Do you live near a university town? Or, are you close to a research facility? If so, […] The post 9 Tips for Getting Affordable Dental Care appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
  • Prices of Dental Crowns Without Insurance

    Ed Harrison
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Dental crowns are artificial teeth caps applied on teeth that have been weakened by cavities or by a root canal. If you don’t have insurance for this kind of treatment, you can expect to pay about $1,000 or even more. Since they aren’t cheap at all, it’s much better to get a discount dental service […] The post Prices of Dental Crowns Without Insurance appeared first on Health & Discount Dental Plans.
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  • Why counselling is important in treating psychological problems

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    Psychological problems can happen due to several reasons, and often these reasons are far more critical and beyond the understanding of average individuals. This is one of the primary reasons why we find many people adjusting themselves for the sake to live with their psychological problems. At the turn of the centuryand even earlier, psychology has been studied in detail for the benefit of mankind.  Every individual is distinct, and the way he or she reacts or thinks, lends him or her the uniqueness. Psychiatrists and psychologists have been able to analyse human brain; but only a miniscule…
  • Discover A Healthy You With Ayurvedic Yoga

    7 Dec 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The Human body constitutes of many elements. If any of these are disturbed then you will end up having health problems. The concept of ayurvedic lifestyle has become quite popular with people who are fitness freaks. This ancient Hindu practice if followed with dedication you can keep away diseases and other physical problems like body ache, lack of concentration, irritation and the like. Ayurvedic yoga focuses mainly on three elements of your body, strength of mind, strength of body and body temperature. Like they say it is all in the mind. Human mind is very powerful. You need to have a…
  • Expectations and Beliefs for the Better Health

    30 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Is it true that people can be healed by simply having positive beliefs, attitudes, and expectations? The answer is yes, some patients got better because they had positive, optimistic faith in their inner healing power and belief in their medical provider or the method used to cure them. Thoughts, beliefs, expectations, feelings, intentions, faith, self-talk, and attitudes, play a huge role in individuals’ health. These characteristics can cure illnesses or cause sickness. That is how the mind works. The mind subconsciously activates an organism’s defence system, in ways we never…
  • Free Your Mind… the Right Way!

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:50 pm
    What is your MINDSET? Everyone has one. It is the set of values and beliefs that make up our way of thinking. This mindset of ours seems to really reveal itself in difficult times, however. It reveals itself in the form of our will and emotions. It’s so easy to just say “free your mind,” but to free one’s mind is much more difficult a process than just saying it. It even takes more than believing it (meaning that we cannot believe our mind free.)  With a truly free mind, our potential for success is unlimited. Let’s take a look at the three…
  • Asia Medical Tourism Analysis & Forecast, 2014

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Asia Medical Tourism Analysis & Forecast, 2014 Medical tourism is now a popular term globally and it has whole new different meaning to different countries. For Americans it means saving on medical expenses. Here the lower income group or middle income group not covered with medical insurance goes for medical tourism. For Canadians and Europeans it means a saving as well as getting rid of long waiting line in government hospitals. In these countries middle income group also goes for medical tourism; who do not want to wait endlessly for their turn in government hospital. For Africans it…
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  • Health Insurance Agents Still Exist and 5 Reasons You Should Call One

    Tyler Krause
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
      It’s hard to quantify just with how loud the site “” can yell, but we all know it’s pretty loud. You could start with however loud you can get with $700,000,000 tax dollars! (that’s a cool seven hundred million) That is just one of the marketing campaigns that has accompanied the roll-out of, not to mention the endless political coverage surrounding it. It probably feels like there aren’t any options left. It’s all just Obamacare now. There is another option, but unfortunately, there isn’t an Independent…
  • A quick way to check if your doctor accepts your 2015 Health Insurance Plan (with screenshots)

    Tyler Krause
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    We’ve all been there, you’ve been shopping around and maybe even found a plan that fits your price range, but how do you find out what doctors accept your new plan? That is actually a very complex question, a question that really should be run by an agent prior to enrolling in any health insurance plan, but we understand wanting to get your ducks in a row prior to picking up the phone to call so we’ve put together a guide for you to get you started! This is for educational purposes only, it’s always advised to call your doctor’s office directly to…
  • The 2015 Obamacare Enrollment Guide For Republicans

    Tyler Krause
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    2015 Obamacare Enrollment Guide for Republicans First of all, HealthTN has worked hard to stay out of the politics of the fight over America’s Health Insurance reform. We aren’t affiliated with any particular political party and enjoy an office of diverse political backgrounds. We’ve always approached our role in health insurance this way, “How can we help people navigate the health insurance market.” That market now includes, individual mandates, and a measly 38% approval rating for the Federal Health Insurance System. We know that help navigating this system…
  • 5 Things to Know About Marketplace Open Enrollment

    Ashley Goddard
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Marketplace Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) has begun! This is the time period when you can sign up for or renew a health plan through the Marketplace ( Infographic from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, depicting how 2015 Marketplace Enrollment Works Here are 5 important things to know: 2015 Open Enrollment is from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015 You must enroll by December 15, 2014, if you want your coverage to begin January 1, 2015 If you don’t enroll in a health plan by February 15, 2015, the only way you can get health…
  • Understanding Cost-Sharing: Deductibles, Coinsurance and Copays

    Ashley Goddard
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    “Cost-Sharing” has become a popular term in health insurance, but what does it mean exactly? Cost-Sharing is when you and your health insurance carrier both pay part of your medical expenses. When you’re comparing plans in your area on the Marketplace, you’ll see plans presented in the format below. All plans will show Estimated Monthly Premium, Estimated Deductible, Estimated Out-of-Pocket Maximum and a breakdown of Copayments/Coinsurance for the plan. Let’s break these items down using the example plan below to better understand our options. Our character in…
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  • How to Decorate your Table on Christmas Day | Christmas Table Decorations

    Naveen Verma
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:29 pm
    How to Decorate your Table on Christmas Day | Christmas Table Decorations: The Christmas Decorations are the most important part of the Merry Christmas 2014. We are sharing here the best ideas for the Merry Christmas Decorations ideas for Christmas. Here are are sharing the best ideas to decoration for Decorating your table on Merry […] The post How to Decorate your Table on Christmas Day | Christmas Table Decorations appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Vintage Christmas Decorations | Luxury Christmas Decoration on Christmas

    Naveen Verma
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Vintage Christmas Decorations | Luxury Christmas Decoration on Christmas: Are you looking to decorate your home with something special this Christmas? You Probably need Vintage Christmas Decorations. The Christmas Decorations are the most important thing to set you up in party mood. When is comes to decoration, Vintage Christmas decorations is what you are looking […] The post Vintage Christmas Decorations | Luxury Christmas Decoration on Christmas appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Christmas Tree Decorations | How to Decoration a Christmas Tree

    Naveen Verma
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Christmas Tree Decorations | How to Decoration a Christmas Tree: We are working hard to provide the best best ideas for the decoration of the Merry Christmas tree decorations, Best Decoration ideas for merry Christmas 2014. The Ideas for making a perfect Christmas always includes the Christmas tree decorations. We have collected the best collection […] The post Christmas Tree Decorations | How to Decoration a Christmas Tree appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Best Christmas Home Decor for Merry Christmas 2014

    Naveen Verma
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    Best Christmas Home Decor for Merry Christmas 2014: Merry Christmas 2014 is just around the corner and people are searching a lot of ideas required for decor of their home. We have covered everything under one roof here. We are sharing the Merry Christmas 2014 decors for your home and office. Our enhanced ideas will […] The post Best Christmas Home Decor for Merry Christmas 2014 appeared first on FestVent.Com.
  • Wooden Christmas Decorations | Best Decoration for Christmas Day 2014

    Naveen Verma
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Wooden Christmas Decorations | Best Decoration for Christmas Day 2014: The Christmas Decoration 2014 is one of the most searched things on the internet. The Most popular decoration time of Christmas was in early 70’s. That time is regarded as the golden period of Christmas. Christmas has been celebrated from centuries, now it has spread […] The post Wooden Christmas Decorations | Best Decoration for Christmas Day 2014 appeared first on FestVent.Com.
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  • How To Whiten Your Teeth Naturally, Dental Health Care Tips

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    We have been told to avoid foods that will stain our teeth with their strong pigmentation. Some of the main culprits being dark berries, red wine. black coffee and tea. But did you know there are some common foods that will naturally whiten your teeth over time? By using these home remedies instead of conventional teeth whitening methods, you will be able to decrease some of your dental expense.   Strawberries. Even though they are bright red in color, it is the malic acid in strawberries that acts as an astringent to remove tooth discoloration, said, Dr. Irwin Smigel, president of the…
  • Eating Healthy, Breathing deeply: Ode to Basic Health

    Eric Clothier
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    “Eating Healthy is it ʼs own reward Eating Healthy feels good Eating Healthy helps focus on what is essential and most important Movement itself is it ʼs own reward Exercise should feel good and non-threatening Moving freely is the first building block to Health Breathing deeply is it ʼs own reward Breathing deeply feels good Breathing deeply helps focus on what is essential and most important Taking time to rest is it ʼs own reward Resting is the same as recharging Resting calmly is a prime benefit of a Healthy Lifestyle“ The post Eating Healthy, Breathing deeply: Ode to…
  • Healthy eating and physical activity lead to a healthy mind

    Dr. Nichols
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    The holiday season is entering its full swing and this is when it is hard to keep up with normal day to day routines. Healthy eating and physical activity lead to a healthy mind. Mental illness and weight gain and/or the loss of sex drive often lead to medication non-compliance. How does one keep these in perspective in order to remain compliant? Eating at home and basic exercise will help mitigate some of the bad side effects of the medication. The desire to eat may or may not come from the meds but you have to control your intake. The medication is to help stabilize your mental well being.
  • tackle the challenges that lead to your abuse excesses and your new commitment to sobriety and/or abstinence

    Dr. Nichols
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    The holiday season continues and you are trying to maintain your sobriety or abstinence and are finding it difficult. So here we go again you’re drinking and what’s wrong with that? It’s just one drink it won’t hurt anyone. Have you heard that or have you said that to yourself ? it’s time to wake up and realize some underlying issues are preventing you from using other coping skills. You’re right one drink is not a big deal but when you can’t stop there’s a problem. Who are you really affecting? It is not just yourself but everyone around you so…
  • Hope Cards, Simple, life-saving holiday cards !

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    Better than fruitcake Send physical holiday cards to your friends and loved ones around the world this holiday season, each with a customized greeting. Best of all, by participating in this campaign, your tax-deductible donation will change the life of a mother or child in need of critical medical care.* Get one or more, click here => The post Hope Cards, Simple, life-saving holiday cards ! appeared first on GoodScout Insurance Aggregator.
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