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  • Apple HealthKit - Epic Integration at Ochsner Health System - David Harlow Interviews Dr. Richard Milani

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    David Harlow
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
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  • Retail health a double-edged sword

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    Anthony Brino
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    More U.S. health systems could lose patients to retail companies if the seeds sown by the likes of CVS, Walgreens and Walmart take root. read more
  • Physicians online tools

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    Richard Meyer
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    POST SUMMARY: doctors online tools can be useful if they are easy to understand and use and provide a clear benefit to their patients or practice. Not too long ago I was hired to do an analysis of an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Survey: What Do You Think About Telemedicine?

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    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…
  • Figures Don't Lie But Liars Figure––Will There Be Some Obamacare Rate Shock in 2015?

    Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Hanging around actuaries as long as I have one of the old sayings I picked up was, "Figures don't lie, but liars figure." I have read one story after another this summer and fall about the modest Obamacare rates increases––or decreases––for 2015. On this blog you have also seen me write about the complex way the 2015 Obamacare rates will hit people particularly because of the impact the changes
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  • The Ebola Number You Haven't Heard: 80% Of U.S. Ebola Patients Have Survived

    Dan Diamond
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Ebola's a death sentence — or at least, that's the popular wisdom. And in the current West Africa outbreak, that's not far from the truth. The Ebola survival rate in Guinea might be somewhere around 30%. The Ebola survival rate in Liberia is likely similar. But in the United States, the Ebola survival
  • Are Americans Overreacting To The Ebola Virus?

    Yanzhong Huang
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Compared with the havoc wreaked by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the virus thus far has only led to three confirmed cases in the United States. The fear and anxiety however has spread much faster. Earlier this month, 75 airplane-cabin cleaners at LaGuardia Airport walked off their jobs partly due to concerns about the risk of exposure to the virus. Last week, a woman who vomitted in the Pentagon parking lot triggered a health scare that forced the temporary shutdown of the building entrance and the setup of a quarantine and decontamination tent in front of the…
  • D&D on R&D - Lessons for Pharma from the Dungeon Master

    David Grainger
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    The discovery and early development phases of pharmaceutical R&D are notoriously challenging.  Success (even marked by regulatory approval, let alone meaningful sales) is a distant vision.  The cost of prosecuting each project is high, and rises very rapidly as development progresses, yet the vast majority of projects – no matter how compelling initially – eventually fail.
  • Is Capitalism's Immune System Strong Enough To Fight Ebola?

    John Buckingham
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    A look at the wall of worry and a stock recommendation.
  • Adderall In The Workplace: Should Managers Turn A Blind Eye?

    Todd Essig
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Emerging research suggests stimulant medications are not "smart drugs." They are "drive drugs." And this has huge consequence for how we think about "Adderall in the workplace."
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  • Infographic: Using ICD-10 To Track Ebola Outbreak

    Melanie Matthews
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    With the exception of the United States, all industrialized nations use ICD-10 to code morbidity and report disease data to the World Health Organization. The following infographic below created by Coalition for ICD-10 illustrates the public health impact of ICD-10 in supporting the biosurveillance of the eBola outbreak. ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation Action Plan goes beyond its comprehensive coverage of ICD-10 CM/PCS to provide you with training tools, as well. This 135-page book also includes an 81-page customizeable document, as well as a customizeable spread sheet log. Get the latest…
  • Ochsner’s Standardized Risk Stratification, Care Coordination Protocols Boost Outcomes across Continuum

    Patricia Donovan
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Ochsner Health System's scaling of a successful transitional care model across one region not only reduced duplication of calls to recently discharged patients but also quadrupled its connect rate—from about 20 percent to nearly 98 percent of discharged patients—and decreased rehospitalizations by about 15 percent. All while remaining salary-neutral. To achieve these results and others like them, Ochsner uniformly applied scripts, templates and protocols to processes across its care continuum, even assuming clinical oversight for some providers in external facilities to ensure…
  • Infographic: The 2014 Ebola Outbreak

    Melanie Matthews
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    A new infographic by the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation provides a snapshot of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The infographic includes key facts about the Ebola virus, shows how the number of Ebola cases in the current outbreak outstrips the case total from all previous Ebola outbreaks, and offers a summary of the key U.S. agencies responding to the crisis and the roles they are playing. In addition, it provides a look at the growing 2014 Ebola case count in West Africa compared to U.S. government funding commitments. Nursing Policies and Procedures for Long Term Care outlines…
  • Adventist Population Health Management Incentives Engage Employees, Curb Costs

    Cheryl Miller
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    If employees are healthier, they're more effective, engaged in their work, and more present, says Elizabeth Miller, vice president of care management at White Memorial Medical Center (part of Adventist Health). Presenteeism is part of the company's "Engaged Health Plan," a patient engagement strategy that is targeted to save as much as $49 million overall. To engage patients, you can offer incentives. For example, at Adventist Health we outreach to our entire organization, our own employees, and we are on track to save millions of dollars with that. We call it ‘The Engaged Health Plan’…
  • 8 Ebola Emergency Preparedness Measures from CarePoint Health

    Patricia Donovan
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Ebola drills, preparation of 'grab-and-go bags" and targeted screening of callers requesting ambulances are some of the Ebola emergency preparedness measures announced by CarePoint Health this week In response to individual cases in the United States and elsewhere. CarePoint Health has implemented the measures system-wide at its three New Jersey hospitals and its McCabe Ambulance service. For example, patients arriving in a CarePoint ED will immediately be screened to determine their risk of exposure to Ebola. If a case is suspected, CarePoint Health has procedures, equipment and technology…
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  • The Antifragile CDC

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    By SAURABH JHA, MD Some years ago I was in Australia’s Northern Territory. The intrepid explorer that I was, I was croc-spotting from the comfortable heights of a bridge over the East Alligator River. The river derives its name because it is east of something. And because it’s croc-infested. I was reading a story about […]
  • Throwing the EHR Under the Bus …

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    By JOHN IRVINE Given what is now known about how the case of Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian was handled, the attempt to blame the hospital’s electronic health record for the missed diagnosis sounds pretty lame. But people are still doing it: Critics of electronic medical records have found a case they will […]
  • Data for Health: Coming to a Town Near You …

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    By MICHAEL PAINTER, MD We have some questions for you—questions, that is, about health information. What is it?  Can you get it when you need it? What if your community needed important information to make your town or city safe or keep it healthy? How about information about your health care? Can your doctors and nurses […]
  • Statement from the Dallas Nurses

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    By NATIONAL NURSES UNITED When Thomas Eric Duncan first came into the hospital, he arrived with an elevated temperature, but was sent home. On his return visit to the hospital, he was brought in by ambulance under the suspicion from him and family members that he may have Ebola. Mr. Duncan was left for several […]
  • Angry Nurses Tell of Ebola Patient’s arrival at Texas Hospital

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    By THCBist A group of nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian has come forward with a very different picture of what happened when Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Duncan arrived at the hospital with Ebola-like symptoms on September 28th.  If true, the allegations are certainly unsettling. In an unusual move, the nurses spoke anonymously to the media, […]
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  • Trashing Charlie Baker on outsourcing –uncalled for

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Charlie Baker (R), candidate for Governor of Massachusetts The mud-slinging continues in the campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. This time Democrat Martha Coakley is attacking Republican Charlie Baker for outsourcing jobs when he was CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care back in 1999. This is on top of the previous accusations of “raising premiums, cutting coverage for seniors, and tripling his own salary to $1.7 million.” It’s an unfair attack. Baker should be praised instead. Harvard Pilgrim’s IT systems were a mess in the 90s. They couldn’t pay claims in an…
  • iPad EHR Drchrono gears up for HealthKit

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Apple’s HealthKit and Drchrono’s OnPatient will work together Drchrono bills itself as the “original mobile EHR built for the iPad.” With that in mind, I decided to ask the company’s co-founder and COO, Daniel Kivatinos for his thoughts on Apple’s entry into the healthcare space with its new Health app and HealthKit development tool. Here are my questions and his replies: What is drchrono? How is it different and better than other EHRs? Drchrono was the first to develop a native EHR solution for the iPad and Google Glass. Our technology is disruptive in…
  • Health Wonk Review is up at Managed Care Matters

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    The latest edition of the Health Wonk Review blog carnival is posted at Managed Care Matters. As usual, host Joe Paduda does a great job synthesizing the best of the health wonkosphere.  
  • Ebola and the bigger patient safety issue

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Did somebody say #Ebola? A Texas hospital blames its electronic medical record for the release of an Ebola patient who was sent home from the ER with an antibiotic (useless for a viral infection) and later came back to the hospital and died. In Spain, the government is blaming a nurse for catching Ebola from a patient and defending how it handled the disinfection of the ambulance an Ebola patient rode in. Fact is, these sorts of screwups happen in hospitals every day. Individual cases are being reported now because they’re Ebola-related and therefore newsworthy. I’m hopeful that…
  • Falchuk, McCormick should be in the debate

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Gubernatorial candidates Evan Falchuk and Jeff McCormick have been uninvited from the televised October 27 debate in Worcester. This despite the fact that Falchuk, and to a lesser extent McCormick, have been outperforming the Republican and Democratic candidates in recent debates and forums. I’ve written to the organizers of the debates to share my views: James Normandin, Publisher of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette:  (508) 793-9111 or Mary Plansky, Managing Editor at NECN:  (617) 630-5000 (press “0” for operator) or…
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  • Figures Don't Lie But Liars Figure––Will There Be Some Obamacare Rate Shock in 2015?

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Hanging around actuaries as long as I have one of the old sayings I picked up was, "Figures don't lie, but liars figure." I have read one story after another this summer and fall about the modest Obamacare rates increases––or decreases––for 2015. On this blog you have also seen me write about the complex way the 2015 Obamacare rates will hit people particularly because of the impact the changes
  • Obamacare is in Hiding Until After the Election

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    How our government is obstructing facts about your health insurance until after the election. Read my op-ed in Monday's USA Today
  • The Most Transparent Administration Puts a Gag Order on Testing

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    With the second Obamacare open-enrollment beginning on November 15th, the enrollment system's testing begins with insurance companies this week. Of course, last year the enrollment system testing was a real mess resulting in a humiliating Obamacare launch for the administration. Up until now I wasn't expecting any major problems with's consumer enrollment system given all of the
  • One Year Later: The Affordable Care Act's Launch on October 1, 2013––So How Did it Go?

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Here unedited is what I posted on September 29, 2013: The Affordable Health Care Act's Launch On October 1st––So How Did it Go? Unavoidably, that will be the big question come Tuesday. But there will be much more to it than that. A 180-Day Open Enrollment––Not a One-Day Open Enrollment What happens on the first day, for good or bad, will constitute only a tiny percentage of the open
  • The "7.3 Million"

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    The administration finally released the Obamacare enrollment count this week. Like everything else about their scorekeeping we got a number. Just one number. A number that was conveniently better than we had expected. And, we got no real context for the number or any of the back-up information. I thought this quote in a Politico article was telling: The figure is complex to unravel. The number
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  • The cost of Informal Elder Care

    Jason Shafrin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Many adults spend significant time caring for sick, elderly parents.  What is the cost of providing this informal care?  Would it be better to have family members outsource the care to formal caregivers? A paper by Chari, Engberg, Ray and Mehrotra (2014) attempt to answer this question.  They use data from the  American Time Use Survey (ATUS), a time motion survey that tracks how individuals spend their day.  The opportunity cost of care is calculated s the product of the time spent providing care for an elderly parent and their wage.  For non-working adults, wages are imputed based…
  • Do travel bans work?

    Jason Shafrin
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    According to Vox, the answer is ‘no’.  The reason isn’t because travel bans don’t work in theory; it is because in practice travel bans  are never perfectly enforceable and thus may cause more harm than they help. But there’s a very clear problem with using a travel ban to stop Ebola: it renders useless the two best methods we have for stopping Ebola. Determined people will find ways to cross borders anyway, and if they don’t go through airports or they lie about where they came from, health officials can’t track their movements. The article uses…
  • Friday Links

    Jason Shafrin
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
    The new complex patient. Egg futures. Price transparency. NHS on strike. The HMO backlash. Ebola and airline stock prices. End of the war on drugs?
  • Cancer Care Myths

    Jason Shafrin
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Below are excerpts from a recent Health Affairs paper by Goldman and Philipson (2014): Myth #1: The War on Cancer has been a failure.  Survival rates for all cancers increased by almost four years during the period 19882000. Myth 2: Detection, Not Treatment, Accounts For Most Of The Survival Gains.  During 19882000 almost 80 percent of the aforementioned survival gains were attributable to improvements in treatment, with the remaining 20 percent attributable to better detection. Myth 3: Treatment Costs Are Unsustainable. …the focus should be on the price of health, not the price of…
  • CoR #219

    Jason Shafrin
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Russell Hutchinson hosts the latest edition of the Cavalcade of Risk.  You can find a terrific collection of risk-related posts including topics such as how to measure nurse value added, worker’s comp premiums, and the commercialization of drones. I would like to call out in particular Hank Stern’s article examining whether or not your health insurance plan will cover Ebola-related expenses.
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    Age with Quality not in Crisis

  • Preventing Depression from Age-related Vision Loss

    Anthony Cirillo
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Preventing Depression from Age-related Vision Loss Depression is a common risk for people who have lost their vision from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but a new study shows that a type of rehabilitation therapy can cut this risk in half. The study was funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health. Activities that used to be fun and fulfilling may begin to seem burdensome or even impossible. With loss of the ability to drive and navigate unfamiliar places, it becomes easier to stay at home than to see friends or meet new people. All of this…
  • Our Friday Song of the Week – Satisfaction

    Anthony Cirillo
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our Friday Song of the Week – Satisfaction The post Our Friday Song of the Week – Satisfaction appeared first on Age with Quality not in Crisis.
  • Being Extremely Obese Can Cut Up to 14 Years of Your Life

    Anthony Cirillo
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a young age from cancer and many other causes including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, according to results of an analysis of data pooled from 20 large studies of people from three countries. The study, led by researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, found that people with class III (or extreme) obesity had a dramatic reduction in life expectancy compared with people of normal weight. “While once a relatively uncommon condition, the prevalence…
  • Guns and the Elderly – Five Questions to Ask

    Anthony Cirillo
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Seniors and Guns a bad combo. Getty Images Guns and the Elderly – Five Questions to Ask Elderly Americans are the most likely to own a gun. Those aged 65 and older now have the highest rate of gun ownership in America and that presents both medical and legal problems for physicians and caregivers according to Dr. Ellen Pinholt writing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Federal law prohibits mentally incompetent persons from possessing a gun; however, this only applies to a formal finding by a court and not necessarily to a physician’s diagnosis of dementia. Dr Pinholt…
  • Live Well With Dementia – 10 Steps

    Anthony Cirillo
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Live Well With Dementia – 10 Steps – Bupa, the largest international provider of specialist dementia care, and Alzheimer’s Disease International, the only international federation of Alzheimer associations, collaborated to create a booklet entitled “I Can Live Well with Dementia.” Ten principles are described I should have access to a doctor to check if I have dementia. I should have access to information about dementia so I know how it will affect me. I should be helped to live independently for as long as I can. I should have a say in the care and support that I am given.
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  • Enrolling College Students In Health Insurance: Lessons From California (Part 1)

    Walter Zelman
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Editor’s note: As we approach the beginning of the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, Walter Zelman describes an effort he led during last year’s initial open enrollment period to enroll students in the California State University (CSU) system in coverage. Part 1 below provides background on the CSU system and the enrollment effort, the CSU Health Insurance Education Project, as well as a discussion of what worked well. Part 2, which will appear tomorrow, addresses what worked less well, as well as project results, lessons and policy implications, and…
  • Thomas Frieden And The U.S. Ebola Response

    J. Stephen Morrison
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On Friday, October 17, the White House named Ron Klain the new Ebola czar. This move followed a storm of criticism in the media, on Capitol Hill, and elsewhere. The criticism focused on the multiple mistakes made by the U.S. agencies and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas in the weeks since Thomas Eric Duncan, infected with Ebola, arrived in the United States on September 19. Duncan set off a disturbing train of events that included secondary infections of two nurses, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, along with the lingering threat of additional infections. That threat widened rapidly…
  • Will Employers Favor Private Exchanges Over Coverage Sponsorship?

    Brian Klepper
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Over the past couple years, health care exchanges probably have consumed more of corporate benefits managers’ time and psychic energy than any other topic. An outstanding question is whether the rank and file of American businesses will drop the hassle that employer-sponsored coverage represents, or default to private exchanges. Private exchange offerings typically move employees from their companies’ previous self-funded health plans to fully-insured individual arrangements, purporting to offer more flexibility and choice that can adapt to the wide-ranging needs of employees and…
  • Teaching Health Centers: An Attainable, Near-Term Pathway To Expand Graduate Medical Education

    Richard Rieselbach, Paul Rockey, Thomas Nasca, Kathleen Klink, Robert Phillips, Malcolm Cox, David Sundwall, John Frohna, and Katherine Neuhausen
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Stakeholders in Graduate Medical Education (GME) and members of Congress eagerly anticipated the long delayed but recently released Institute of Medicine (IOM) GME report. While perceptively characterizing the defects in our GME system, recommendations of the report generated substantial controversy among participants at a recent GME forum hosted by Health Affairs. The IOM proposed limited and gradual changes in Medicare GME financing, but the lack of support for GME expansion was not well received by some. At present there are multiple legislative GME proposals, but none has gained broad…
  • Health Policy Brief: The Ninety-Day Grace Period

    Tracy Gnadinger
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) examines the ninety-day grace period, a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Of the eight million people who enrolled in the insurance Marketplaces between October 2013 and March 2014, 85 percent received an advance premium tax credit. This provision allows a three-month grace period for nonpayment of insurance premiums for this group of consumers–and this group only–if they have previously paid at least one month’s full premium in that benefit year. This grace period allows…
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  • U.S. Finds Many Failures in Medicare Health Plans

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    12 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Federal audits found many coverage denials for medical services and prescription drugs are poorly explained or unjustified. Insurers usually do not deny it, but pay a penalty and carry on. Related NewsOne-fourth of drug plans failures, Medicare saysMedicare payment audits criticized in GAO reportFailures in Medicare’s Competitive Bidding System for Home Medical Equipment Revealed by Caltech Study and Published …
  • Extendicare Agrees to Pay $38 Million Over Inadequate Nursing Home Care

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    10 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The company settled after it was accused of inappropriate billing and providing care to residents that was effectively worthless. Related NewsMedicare won’t pay nursing home careTulare hospital agrees to pay $2.4 million for Medicare schemeNew Study Spotlights Growing Role of Medicare in Propping Up Nation’s Medicaid Program
  • Easier Time in Health Marketplace Is Promised

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    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Officials said that the revamped would not crash, and that most signing up for the first time would visit much fewer screens. Related NewsHealth Site Is Changing SupervisionClipboard: Patients enlisted to fight Medicare fraud using easier-to-read billsClipboard: Patients enlisted to fight Medicare fraud using easier-to-read bills
  • Care at the End of Life

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    3 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    All too often, such care for Americans is shoddy or contrary to a patient’s wishes. Related NewsMedicare patients to get end-of-life counselingMedicare covers end-of-life discussionsThe Real Issues of End-of-Life Care
  • Care at the End of Life

    medicare poster
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    All too often, such care for Americans is shoddy or contrary to a patient’s wishes. Related NewsMedicare patients to get end-of-life counselingMedicare covers end-of-life discussionsThe Real Issues of End-of-Life Care
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  • Over-reactors do not help health conversations

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    Yesterday morning, driving to work, I listened to Mike and Mike (a radio sports talk show). Mike Greenberg made a wonderful point about his job. He described what they do as “professional over-reactors”. They take every game and extrapolate, sometimes irrationally, about the implications of that game. Does this remind you of health reporting? A study appears in a serious medical journal, and the press “blows it up” as the next great advance. But scientific knowledge grows slowly, with fits and starts. Too often initial research reports are not confirmed with later…
  • Health insurance companies sometimes put money over care

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    U.S. Finds Many Failures in Medicare Health Plans In more than half of all audits, “beneficiaries and providers did not receive an adequate or accurate rationale for the denial” of coverage when insurers refused to provide or pay for care. ? When making decisions, insurers often failed to consider clinical information provided by doctors and failed to inform patients of their appeal rights. ? In 61 percent of audits, insurers “inappropriately rejected claims” for prescription drugs. Insurers enforced “unapproved quantity limits” and required patients to get permission before…
  • Quality starts with diagnosis

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The recent Ebola death in Dallas highlights the point that many have made recently. The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine seeks to place diagnostic error and accuracy at the forefront of medical quality. Bob Wachter’s wonderful editorial in USA Today – What Ebola error in Dallas shows: Column highlights the problem and some causes of diagnostic error. We have politicians and administrators championing incentives to improve quality, but they are missing a key point. We can measure performance that experts define, but we cannot measure quality, because we cannot have quality…
  • Learning medicine – some principles for teaching

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    This NY Times article stimulated thoughts about teaching internal medicine – Better Ways to Learn. In the new book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens” (Random House), Benedict Carey, a science reporter for The New York Times, challenges the notion that a high test score equals true learning. He argues that although a good grade may be achieved in the short term by cramming for an exam, chances are that most of the information will be quickly lost. Indeed, he argues, most students probably don’t need to study more — just smarter. For most…
  • The growing heroin epidemic

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    I had the opportunity yesterday to talk with a local narcotics officer. We discussed the heroin epidemic in the Birmingham metropolitan area. He shared some interesting observations. This epidemic mostly affects suburbanites and not the inner city poor. Heroin use has increased as access to prescription opioids has decreased. Most physicians find pain management frustrating. Friday Feedback: The Painful Prescription Patients were increasingly seeking opioids. So when prescription access decreases, the patients seek opioids elsewhere. Prior to the “crackdown” on opioid…
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  • Can long standing endurance exercise training mitigate the loss of age related compliance of left ventricle?

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    With more evidence available to generate legitimate concern about an increased risk of atrial fibrillation with  many years of endurance exercise and papers about long time endurance athletes and the  much less likely risk of developing arrhymogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD), some good news for the crazy, old long distance runners was very welcome.Here is a link to summary of the paper by Dr. Paul Bhella et al. entitled "Impact of Lifelong Exercise "dose" on Left Ventricular Compliance and Distensibility"Here is the authors'conclusion : Low doses of casual, lifelong…
  • Another chapter in "were you wrong then doctor, or are you wrong now?" this time regarding stenting of non culprit lesions.

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    The American College of Cardiology recently retracted one of its magic five "Choosing Wisely" recommendations.In 2012 ACC had advised that in the setting of an acute coronary event one should only revascularize the "culprit artery".This is the artery thought to be responsible for the event and if other obstructions are detected the ACC said that there was evidence that the fix everything approach might be harmful.This advice was based on non randomized trials. Here is ACC's official statement.Now apparently two randomized trials  suggest one should fix the other obstructions. Here is…
  • Are pediatric football concussions different from high school and college head trauma?

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    It would be nice to think so and a 2012 study by Maugans et al provides some data ( see here for full text) which suggests it may be the case. Eight young football players  (in a study of 12 athletes ) were studied early post concussion and at two subsequent times.The football players ages were : two 12 year olds,one thirteen year old,three 14 years olds and 2 aged 15.Multiple Imaging techniques were used . The diffusion tensor imaging (TDI) tests were normal  as were conventional MRIs,and proton Magnetic resonance spectroscopy. This is in contrast to two studies in college and…
  • Is the "triple aim of health care" analogous to the dual mandate of the Federal Reserve

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Well, it can be argued that they are both unachievable and the execution of their aims and goals will require wise men such as the "Men of system" discussed by Adam Smith.In 1977,  Congress, having accepted at least part of the theory of Keynesian economics, amended The Federal Reserve Act, with the passage of the Humphrey-Hawkins Act, stating the monetary policy objectives of the Federal Reserve as:"The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee shall maintain long run growth of the monetary and credit aggregates commensurate with the…
  • The effects of multiple sub-concussion head blows in football

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

  • Are Million Dollar Plus Business Trained Managers the Right People to Lead Health Care in the Time of Ebola?

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    You can guess my opinion on the answer.Introduction News and opinions about Ebola virus are swirling around the US, fueled by a tragic epidemic in West Africa, and fears that more infections could appear here.  On October 6, 2014, I posted my concerns that despite a tremendous amount of confidence expressed by government officials and health care leaders, our dysfunctional health care system might have trouble containing Ebola virus.  Less than two weeks later, my concerns do not seem so extreme.  The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola virus in the US has died.  Two…
  • If we had a widespread outbreak of virulent, drug-resistant Bubonic Plague in another country, would we ban travel from that country to ours?

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Bubonic plague is known to have killed massive numbers of people in the 6th century and after ( The first recorded epidemic ravaged the Byzantine Empire during the sixth century, and was named the Plague of Justinian after emperor Justinian I, who was infected but survived through extensive treatment.The epidemic is estimated to have killed approximately 50 million people in the Roman Empire alone. Of course, epidemiology was not understood then - or even the nature of infectious disease.  ... Bubonic plague is an infection of the lymphatic…
  • The Mystery of the Discharged Ebola Patient - Where is Sherlock Holmes When We Need Him?

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    As discussion, if not outright panic, about Ebola infections increases in the US, it is still hard to figure out what heath care professionals and the health care system need to do to protect patients and the public in a very changed world.One pressing question is how to identify people at risk of having the infection so as to best care for them, and to protect the public from further spread of the infection, without swamping the health care system, needlessly reducing civil liberties, or spreading further panic. To better answer question, better understanding why the first patient who was…
  • Speculation about EHR role in Texas Ebola debacle vs. real evidence - will it take a lawsuit to know what's real? Probably.

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    In the past several days the media has been abuzz with stories about the admission, then the following retraction, by a Texas hospital that and EMR "flaw" had caused a man who had been in West Africa and was infected with the Ebola virus to be sent home, instead of admitted and put into isolation.I wrote about these matters at my Oct. 2, 2014 post "Did Electronic Medical Record-mediated problems contribute to or cause the current Dallas Ebola scare?" ( and the followup October 4, 2014 post "Dallas Hospital…
  • Can Our Dysfunctional Health Care System Contain Ebola?

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Not to bury the lede, I think it can, but it will be a lot harder than the talking heads on television predict.I have been writing about health care dysfunction since 2003.  Lots of US politicians would have us believe we have the best health care system in the world (e.g., House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), here),   Much of the commentary on Ebola also seems based on this "best health care system in the world" notion.  For example, in an interview today (5 October, 2014) on Meet the Press, Dan Pfieffer, "senior White House adviser," saidThere is no…
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    Bioethics Discussion Blog

  • Is Pregnancy a Disease?

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Here is a topic hot off the September-October 2014 Hastings Center Report, a bioethics journal, that should raise a few eyebrows of agreement or rebuttal.The point of the article is if pregnancy is NOT a disease then healthcare providers who refuse to perform abortions need not claim "conscience" as the basis for their refusal but claim that pregnancy and abortion are not part of what medicine has always been defined. The premise: "the scope of the very concept of medicine and disease circumscribes the scope of proper medical practice.  Procedures and activities that fall…
  • Patients Killing Doctors

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Susceptible to Ebola, immune to criticism

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

  • Classic Children’s Books Banned By Schools and Libraries In America (via Buzzfeed)

    Maggie Mahar
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Winnie the Pooh was banned because “talking animals are an insult to God.” Diary of Anne Frank banned because it was considered “too depressing.” The Wizard of Oz” banned by all public libraries in Chicago because of its “ungodly influence” for “depicting women in strong leadership roles.” Think about that last one. See the entire list.
  • Obamacare Enrollment 2015: How Many People Will Sign Up Next Year? (Public Support for Obamacare Is About to Turn a Corner) Part 1

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

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

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

    Maggie Mahar
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    If you think fertilized eggs are people but refugee kids aren’t, you’re going to have to stop pretending your concerns are religious– Syd’s SoapBox News reports have been filled with conflicting theories explaining why tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, have been streaming into the U.S.  Some observers say that their parents are sending them here, so that they can take advantage of the social services and free education available in the U.S. Others argue that they are not coming here willingly, but that they have been forced to…
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    HealthLawProf Blog

  • Egg Freezing and Women's Decision Making

    David Orentlicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    The announcement by Apple and Facebook that they will cover the costs of egg freezing predictably provoked some controversy—predictably because it involves reproduction and also because too many people do not trust women to make reproductive decisions. Interestingly, the challenge...
  • Published This Week

    Katharine Van Tassel
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Barbara A. Noah, A Role for Law in Preparing for Death, Tr. & Est.55 (2014). Herman Omiti, Elizabeth Cheupe Fundi, Assessing the Legal Mechanisms for Redressing Medical Malpractice in Kenya: Just How Effective are They?, SSRN. Kara Loewentheil, Satanists, Scott...
  • Guest Blogger Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law Tara A. Ragone: Experimenting with Transparency and Decision Support to Inform Health Plan Selection

    Katharine Van Tassel
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    As we prepare for the second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplaces to begin in just over one month, transparency offers a potential means of empowering consumers to make better decisions regarding the health plans they choose. Some...
  • Introducing Guest Blogger Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law Tara A. Ragone

    Katharine Van Tassel
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    HealthLawProf Blog is very pleased to welcome the second of our bloggers for the month of October, Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law Tara A. Ragone. The following is her short bio: Tara Adams Ragone joined the Center for Health...
  • Introducing Guest Blogger Professor Jean Macchiaroli Eggen

    Katharine Van Tassel
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    HealthLawProf Blog is very pleased to welcome the first of our bloggers for the month of October, Professor Jean Macchiaroli Eggen. The following is her short bio: Jean Macchiaroli Eggen is Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener’s Delaware campus. Professor...
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  • The ROI of mobile stroke units

    Ashley Rekem
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    In stroke care, swift treatment is key to preventing death and disability, and health systems looking to get ahead on incentives for population health might consider new investing . The Cleveland Clinic and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are using the nation’s first mobile stroke units to treat stroke patients sooner, and both show promise in preserving patients’ quality of life and saving a great deal of money for the U.S. healthcare system. read more
  • CMS reveals 2015 Medicare premiums and deductibles

    Healthcare Finance News Staff
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    No The Medicare Part A deductible – for inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility and home healthcare services – will increase by $44 in calendar year 2015 to $1,260, while the monthly Part A premium will decline by $19. Medicare Part B monthly premiums and deductibles will remain unchanged. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the calendar year 2015 rates last week. read more
  • Cost reduction a tough job for CFOs

    Sherree Geyer
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Most hospitals fall well short of their cost reduction targets, in part because the ability of chief financial officers to meaningfully impact how operational and clinical leaders approach the issue is limited. read more
  • A growing profile for the hospital's chief compliance officer

    Chris Nerney
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Seismic changes altering the healthcare industry are placing financial pressures on hospitals and health systems, and creating an increasing number of compliance requirements for providers to meet. This means a larger role for a healthcare organization’s chief compliance officer (CCO), according to Gerald Stone, national leader for compliance services within PwC's Performance Governance Risk and Compliance practice. read more
  • Retail health a double-edged sword

    Anthony Brino
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    More U.S. health systems could lose patients to retail companies if the seeds sown by the likes of CVS, Walgreens and Walmart take root. read more
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  • Kaiser's California nurses raise Ebola issue in contract talks

    April Dembosky
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    The powerful California Nurses Association has put Ebola on the bargaining table in its negotiations for a new contract with Kaiser Permanente. Contract talks have been going on for months and the nurses’ most recent demands are all about Ebola — better training, more staffing, protective gear that goes beyond what’s recommended by federal officials and even a special life insurance policy. read more
  • Inpatient price variation may be justifiable, hospitals claim

    Chris Nerney
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    A “huge variation” in inpatient pricing between hospitals in the state of Washington is “putting some consumers at financial risk,” according to a recent study by the Washington Health Alliance. But the state’s hospitals are questioning the report’s conclusions, claiming that price variation should not be surprising. read more
  • CMS extends ACO fraud and abuse waivers

    Debra A. McCurdy
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Last week the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a joint notice continuing the effectiveness of fraud and abuse law waivers granted in 2011 in connection with the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is intended to encourage physicians, hospitals, and certain other types of providers and suppl read more
  • The medical practice evolves

    Madelyn Kearns
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Operating costs, ICD-10, keeping pace with new technologies, and surviving in a world of changing payment models — those are just some of the challenges of running a modern medical practice. So it’s fitting that they are also among the topics slated for discussion at the Medical Group Management Association annual conference Oct. 25-29 in Las Vegas. read more
  • Direct contracting for healthcare services: Risks and benefits

    Anthony Brino
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Variations on traditional group insurance via insurer-administered self-funding remain the norm for many large employers. But some health systems are considering alternatives in the face of high costs, new regulations and demand for more choice. Though fraught with pitfalls and risks, these trends may bode well for health systems trying to find sustainable revenue models — if they can deliver a better value proposition for employers. read more
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  • Medical Properties Trust pours $1 billion into new properties

    Richard Pizzi
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Medical Properties Trust has signed a deal to acquire and lease back substantially all of the real estate assets of privately-held MEDIAN Kliniken Group, the largest private provider of post-acute and acute rehabilitation services in Germany. The aggregate purchase price for the assets is expected to be approximately $900 million. read more
  • Kaiser's California nurses raise Ebola issue in contract talks

    April Dembosky
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    The powerful California Nurses Association has put Ebola on the bargaining table in its negotiations for a new contract with Kaiser Permanente. Contract talks have been going on for months and the nurses’ most recent demands are all about Ebola — better training, more staffing, protective gear that goes beyond what’s recommended by federal officials and even a special life insurance policy. read more
  • CMS extends ACO fraud and abuse waivers

    Debra A. McCurdy
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Last week the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a joint notice continuing the effectiveness of fraud and abuse law waivers granted in 2011 in connection with the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is intended to encourage physicians, hospitals, and certain other types of providers and suppl read more
  • New CMS ACO model to promote accountable care in rural areas

    Ken Perez
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    To date, of the more than 330 Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organizations, 93 percent have been located in high or mixed population density areas, and very few Rural Health Clinics or Critical Access Hospitals have become MSSP ACOs. Thus, rural America has been relatively untouched by this major accountable care program. read more
  • CMS drug spending data is incomplete

    Charles Roehrig
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    In early September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their 10-year projection of national health expenditures (NHE), including retail spending on prescription drugs. Their data show the retail prescription drug share of NHE starting at 9.4 percent in 2013, rising to 9.6 percent in 2015, and falling back to 9.4 percent in 2019–2023. read more
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    Emergency Medicine Blog

  • Key Feature Questions: An Introduction

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The postgraduate degree in emergency medicine in Malaysia, i.e., MMed (Emerg Med) has recently introduce the component of Key Feature Questions (KFQ).  This short presentation on the rationale and types of KFQ was given to some prospective candidates. This presentation is based on an original article by Page and Bordage (1995). Key Feature Questions - An Introduction from Chew Keng Sheng
  • Pathophysiology of sepsis

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Below are my notes prepared for the intensive course revision for the year 1 emergency medicine postgraduate trainees. Sepsis from Chew Keng Sheng
  • Funnel or tapered shaped pediatric airway - where does this concept come from?

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

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    ‘By 2015 there will be 45,000 people living with dementia in Wales. However, behind this statistic, and the issues highlighted by the programme, there are real people, many of whom are struggling to cope. ‘Better care and support packages to help people with dementia remain in their own homes for as long as possible are […]
  • Alzheimer’s Society pays tribute to Lynda Bellingham OBE

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    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:
  • Sunrise backs Alzheimer’s Society’s pledge on dementia

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    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:
  • New publication for people with learning disabilities

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    The factsheets are in Easy Read format. They use simple sentences and photo illustrations in a clear, accessible layout, making the topic of dementia as easy to understand as possible. What is dementia? discusses what dementia is and how it affects people. It looks at who can get dementia, symptoms, treatments and prevention. Supporting a […]
  • Care of vulnerable people variable and costly, new figures reveal

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    The report comes as the Department of Health reveal that unsafe care could be costing the NHS up to £2.5billion a year. The CQC’s State of Care report finds significant variation in the quality of adult social care. In particular, people living in nursing homes tend to receive much poorer care than those living in […]
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  • November 2014 Tennessee Governor's Race

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Back in July, I posted a brief synopsis on the Republican and Democratic nominees for Tennessee governor. I also promised to briefly review those nominees and the 3rd party candidates who would be on the ballot prior to the November general election. Since early voting in Tennessee begins tomorrow, here is a brief overview of all seven candidates.Republican NomineeEnglish: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As expected, Tennessee's incumbent…
  • Why ESPN Needs You to Hate Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    *** Source ---> article titled "Why ESPN Needs You to HATE Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles"It has been a wild and crazy past week for the Florida State Seminoles. Their QB, a magnet for controversial news ever since his stint as quarterback for the reigning national champs began last year, once again was at the top of the headlines after being suspended by FSU for a half, then a whole game, for being spotted in the student union yelling a vulgar popular online meme. While we have seen the outrage on TV and on social media forums, and even the anger…
  • Clark Boyd and the 2nd Amendment

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Last week I received, as did many of you, a fundraising letter from the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). The letter seems to portray Clark Boyd as an anti- gun, pro-gun control candidate who is unsupportive of the Second Amendment. At the same time, it makes current, incumbent 24-year career politician State Senator Mae Beavers out to be some kind of 2ndAmendment savior. Unfortunately, for them, they are wrong on both accounts.Wanna guess what the TFA is basing their “portrayals” on? It’s based on their candidate survey that I destroyed in a previous blog post. Remember it? It’s…
  • Wilson Co. (TN) County Commission District 16 Race - Brockman vs. Weathers

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    A little over four years ago, I ran an article about Jason Brockman, a newcomer to Wilson Co. (TN) politics. At the time, he was running for County Commission in the 16th District hoping to upset the long-time incumbent, Gilbert Graves, who had held the seat for 40 years. Brockman shocked everyone upsetting Graves with 60% of the vote (see the results here). Now, four years later, Graves' daughter, Diane Weathers, is challenging Brockman in his re-election bid.  Even though he is a first-term commissioner, Brockman has accomplished much during the last four years including :Jason…
  • Tennessee's Voting Gunowners Deserve Better

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In early July, the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA) released the results of its "2014 Legislative Candidate Survey." I first saw it on the organization's Facebook page on July 1st and then received a copy of the results in my e-mail inbox a few days later on the 4th. The survey's purpose was to identify the pro- and anti-gun members of the Tennessee State House and Senate, as well as their challengers, in advance of the 2014 elections. TFA wanted its members and other voters to be informed in regards to which candidates support their gun rights when they vote this year. Source -…
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    RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists

  • The IFEBP Annual Conference is almost here!

    Chelsea Cummings
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    The countdown is on as the IFEBP 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference is quickly approaching!  Mark Manquen, President of RDS Services, and Jayne Brown, RDS Program Director, will be in attendence and are looking forward to attending conference events, along with seeing old and new friends.  If you are interested in learning more about our services before or after the conference, follow the links below to view informational documents on our company and services we offer.  We hope everyone enjoys the IFEBP Conference! RDS Services Administration Brochure RDS Services Reopening…
  • IFEBP 60th Annual Employee Benefits Conference!

    Chelsea Cummings
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Mark Manquen, President of RDS Services and Cornerstone Municipal Advisory Group, along with Jayne Brown, RDS Program Director will be attending the IFEBP 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference!  The conference will be held in Boston from Sunday, October 12 - Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  Mark and Jayne are looking forward to seeing everyone there! The post IFEBP 60th Annual Employee Benefits Conference! appeared first on RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists.
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    Chelsea Cummings
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:34 am
    RDS Services will be posting news and valuable information to you on our Facebook page at  Like our page to stay up to date on all things related to the Retiree Drug Subsidy world! The post Follow us on Facebook! appeared first on RDS Services - Subsidy Recovery Specialists.
  • 59th Annual Employee Benefits Conference Presentation

    Chelsea Cummings
    25 Nov 2013 | 11:00 am
    Our President, Mark Manquen, recently had the opportunity to hold a workshop at the 59th Annual Employee Benefits Conference provided by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). The workshop titled "Health Care Reform (ACA) In the Public Sector" describes the PPACA Employer Mandate rules on tracking, compliance, and how to avoid penalties. Specific topics covered in Mark's presentation include: The Delay Applicable Large Employers The Employer Mandate Affordable and Minimum Value Full Time vs. Variable Hour Employees IRS Safe Harbor - Look-back Measurement Rules Juse…
  • ERRP Sunset Date and Website Phase-Down on Horizon

    25 Jun 2013 | 11:22 am
    CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) has issued a notice with upcoming deadlines in regard to ERRP (Early Retiree Reinsurance Program).  As part of ending the program, CMS is planning for the ERRP Secure Web Site to eventually be taken offline and archived and to conclude the remaining operational processes.   The Notice issued sets the termination dates for several operational processes, including those that involve plan sponsors' reporting and submitting of information, in preparation for implementing the January 1, 2014 sunset date. Five operational processes will be impacted…
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  • 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…
  • TruClinc - A telemedicine platform that is gaining acceptance with providers.

    Jeff, Freelance MD
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Telemedicine is finally getting off of the ground with TruClinic. Very different from the doc-in-a-box model of other telemedicine players, TruClinic is the first truly embedded technology that closely fits how providers already work. TruClinic has been built into a full telemedicine platform with a knack for tackling hard integrations, bottom-up user growth, and jaw-dropping uses. TruClinic’s cloud-based portal gives providders and patients access to each other from anywhere. All they need is a computing device, Internet connection, and a webcam, smart phone or tablet. From…
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    Schwartz MSL

  • 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 […]
  • Taking a Holistic View of Electronic Health Records

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

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

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

  • What doctors need to know about healthcare consumers

    Richard Meyer
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    POST SUMMARY: Consumers of healthcare are changing the health landscape, including what they expect and want from physicians.  Physicians need to better understand these changes for a growing and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It’s a multiple device world for doctors

    Richard Meyer
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    POST SUMMARY: Three device ownership is the new norm for physicians and marketers should understand where physicians are using each device in order to both help doctors and improve marketing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The vast majority of patients expect patient services

    Richard Meyer
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    76% of patients think pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to provide information and services that help patients manage their own health.   Nearly as many respondents— 74%—indicate that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Physicians online tools

    Richard Meyer
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    POST SUMMARY: doctors online tools can be useful if they are easy to understand and use and provide a clear benefit to their patients or practice. Not too long ago I was hired to do an analysis of an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The birth of the healthcare consumer

    Richard Meyer
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    There’s a new boss in U.S. healthcare: the consumer according to a survey of 2,339 U.S. residents .The research paints a clear picture of a population displeased with its overall healthcare... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Social Media: A Must for Healthy Marketing

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    With so much great content available and so many great, healthy causes to support -- not to mention the many organizations forming “cause marketing” coalitions that lend money and visibility on one hand and social responsibility creds on the other -- it’s increasingly essential that your social media not be an afterthought, or delegated to an unpaid intern.
  • How to Get Results from Digital Health Promotion Campaigns

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    To paraphrase (or completely distort) a great Wayne’s World moment: “Your cause is worthy, your cause is worthy!” Plus, you have the best experts and the most up-to-date information. So why aren’t your website and other digital efforts paying off?
  • How to Optimize Fundraising & Volunteer Management with Marketing Automation

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    As you may know, Redbird recently began offering marketing automation as a service with our partner SharpSpring. Marketing automation is often set up and presented in a way that appeals to businesses whose bottom line is sales, sales and more sales. But marketing automation does so much more than help you optimize sales conversions through your pipeline.
  • The Pros, Cons and Costs of Video Marketing

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    Recently a client asked us to advise him on the advantages and disadvantages of using video to market his services. Here’s what we told him: The Pros
  • We’ve got a little SharpSpring in our step: Marketing Automation

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Identify and track quality leads from formerly anonymous web traffic? Now you can.
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    FierceHealthPayer News

  • Documents reveal health insurance funding gap in Mass.

    Dori Zweig
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    In Massachusetts, confidential drafty documents reveal a $415 million gap between the state and federal government's health insurance spending expectations, reports Boston Business more
  • Aetna helps members address emotional impacts of cancer

    Dina Overland
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Aetna has launched a new pilot program that aims to help its members address the emotional impacts of cancer in addition to all the physical issues. The program, called Aetna CarePal, connects members who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer to members who have already survived the disease, the insurer said yesterday in an article on its more
  • Will high deductibles cost insurers more money?

    Dina Overland
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:53 pm
    The rise in plans sold on health insurance exchanges with high deductibles brings a new concern--consumers who postpone needed care because of the cost. Those decisions could mean the high-deductible health plans backfire on insurers and could lead to even more medical use and greater expenses in the future, The New York Times more
  • Best practices for payer health management programs

    Gienna Shaw
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Health IT tools and more transparent relationships with providers are among the best practices that can help health insurance companies improve health management programs, according to a new report by IDC Health more
  • Stanford professor predicts doom for health insurers

    Jane Antonio
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Competition among health systems and pressure to cut costs will transform--if not doom--health insurance companies in their current form, Stanford University Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer argues in a Fortune article. read more
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    Practice Manager Solutions

  • Does Your EHR Allow for Easy Customization?

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    We want to thank Mark Shriro, Marketing Director of Jag Products, LLC  for providing us with this very valuable and interesting article. As your medical or behavioral healthcare practice evolves, your EHR software must adapt to changes in your workflow and documentation.  With most software solutions, that process can take many months because it relies on the vendor’s programmers to understand and implement your requests – often at considerable expense to you.   Some programs even restrict users to predefined templates and terminology. If it’s almost impossible for you to tailor…
  • GoGoHealth’s new technology that will change the way providers treat patients – Podcast episode 105

    Carey Green
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today we are talking about new technology presented by GoGoHealth that will change the way providers treat patients.  It is revolutionary concept that increases patient encounters without taxing the staff or physician. Cindy Rader is a senior healthcare executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the medical, legal and insurance industries. Ms. Rader has repeated successes starting up, growing and turning around medical group practices within and independent of hospital organizations and healthcare systems. Presently Cindy serves as a director for and…
  • A Technique to Dramatically Increase Patient Satisfaction

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    We want to thank Susan Keane Baker for providing us with this very valuable post. You can dramatically increase your patient satisfaction scores by finding out what’s important to your patient. People value experiences in which their unique preferences are identified and respected. That’s the key driver of patient loyalty. The value of learning patient preferences is that when you honor what’s most important to a patient, you create a bit of a halo for yourself. If Mrs. Dearing most values a clinician washing his or her hands upon entering the room, when that’s…
  • Managing Patient Expectations with Susan Keane Baker – Podcast 104

    Carey Green
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In this interview I am interviewing with Susan Keane Baker, healthcare industry speaker and author of Managing Patient Expectations.  We are discussing improving patient engagement using Susan’s 4-part plan.  We also talk about what works in a practice setting for patient satisfaction and also what doesn’t when talking with employees about behavior with patients.  Susan provides some great examples during this episode of how to implement these techniques with staff to help patient satisfaction improve. Susan Keane Baker is the author of several books, including Managing Patient…
  • 3 Options For Encrypting Laptops and Devices For Securing PHI

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    For those of us in healthcare, it is imperative that we protect the personal data of our patients. It is not just a necessity, but also a requirement to do so by both the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. This is achieved in many ways, however today we’re focusing on encryption. In particular, we’re directing our attention to encrypting our computers, especially laptops which are prone to being stolen or lost. Many breaches happen because of the loss of a device such as a laptop computer, jumpdrive or smartphone. What do we mean by encryption? Encryption provides data security by…
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    Georgia Health News

  • Public health chief to lead state’s Ebola team

    Andy Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The head of Georgia’s public health agency will chair Gov. Nathan Deal’s 13-member Ebola response team. Her appointment and those of the other members were announced Monday. Joining Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, a physician and commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, are two health leaders from Emory Healthcare. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta, was the first American facility to receive an Ebola patient and has treated four. Three have already recovered and been released. (The third was released Sunday after being determined to be free of the…
  • The loneliness of a grieving child: Where does help come from?

    Judi Kanne
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Genevieve Liu (center, at podium) sings at a memorial service for her father in Chicago. Photo credit: Jamie Manley/Chicago Maroon Two years ago, Sicily Kolbeck, 12, of Marietta designed a 128-square-foot house as part of a school project that she planned to work on with her dad. But before the two could complete the tiny house, her father was killed in an automobile accident. With him gone and with grief overcoming his daughter, the construction came to a halt. Coping with the loss of a close friend or family member is among the hardest challenges that a person can face. The challenge is…
  • Poll shows U.S. anxiety over Ebola

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    More than a third are worried Ebola will infect them or a family member over the next year. By NPR for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
  • Deal forming response team for potential Ebola risk

    Andy Miller
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Gov. Nathan Deal announced Sunday that he is creating a special team to assess Georgia’s preparedness for the Ebola crisis. The response team will make necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia. “Rest assured, Georgia is taking the threat of the Ebola virus seriously,” Deal said in a statement. “By combining the expertise of the health and research communities with our state agencies, Georgia will be uniquely positioned to combat the risks of Ebola should the need arise.” An electron micrograph of an Ebola virus “virion”  …
  • Ebola fear spreading faster than virus

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Experts say the worry about Ebola spreading in the U.S. has overtaken the facts. By WebMD for Georgia Health News, 2014. | Permalink | Comment |
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    Gesundheit über alles ....

  • Zwillingskinderwagen

    Flavio Steffan
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Ein Zwillingskinderwagen (Geschwisterwagen) wurde dafür konzipiert, mit zwei Kindern gleichzeitig unterwegs sein zu können. Hierfür gibt es Zwillingskinderwagen, welche für zwei Säuglinge als Liegewagen entwickelt wurden und zudem sind Geschwisterwagen erhältlich, die als Sportwagen verwendet werden können. Eine weitere Möglichkeit sind Kinderwagen für Zwillinge, welche sich kombinieren lassen. Hierbei liegen die Babys erst komfortabel im Wagen und nach neun Monaten können sie dann sitzend unterwegs sein. In diesem Kombi-Zwillingskinderwagen sitzen sich die Zwillinge entweder…
  • Alles, was man über Pflanzensamen wissen sollte

    Flavio Steffan
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Pflanzensamen werden oft als kleine Wunderwerke angesehen, da sie das gesamte genetische Material einer Pflanze enthalten. Samen können außerdem über Jahrzehnte überlegen, ganz egal welche Witterungsbedingungen herrschen. Darüber hinaus können sie fliegen, schwimmen und durch einen Verdauungstrakt wandern. Nicht einmal starke Hitze oder Kälte kann ihnen was anhaben. Normalerweise befindet sich in jedem Samen ein kleiner Embryo, der ruht, bis er schließlich irgendwann zum Leben erweckt wird. Die Samenschale ist sehr widerstandsfähig und schützt den kleinen Embryo vor allen…
  • Private Backlinks

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

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

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

    Chad Fleming
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    These can be the hardest words to tell a staff member after you have made a mistake. We all hate making mistakes, and even worse is having to admit to those mistakes. As the leader of the optometry practice, you feel you are not supposed to make mistakes. However, we are human, and we all make mistakes–in clinic, in staff management, and in life in general. It is how we handle those mistakes that makes the difference between being a great optometry CEO leader and being someone people don’t care to follow. On a recent Wednesday afternoon I had just returned to the office after our…
  • 3 ways optometrists are getting patients to use the online patient portal

    Chad Fleming
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Frustrated at futile attempts to get your patients logged into your patient portal? As part of meeting Meaningful Use 2, our practice has been working to engage patients on the EHR (Electronic Health Record) patient portal. We have some patients who embrace it with enthusiasm, but I would say most are apprehensive–if not frustrated–that they have to comply with our requests. Professionals, like you, tend to embrace technology much sooner than the general public. If your patient population is not skewed toward technology-savvy individuals, transitioning your patients to interact…
  • Optometrist burnout? Watch for these 3 signs

    Chad Fleming
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Burnout can happen to the best of us, and it usually happens to those who least expect it. Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.Most people think burnout happens to individuals who only half-heartedly like optometry, or the ones who just went into the profession for the money. How could it possibly happen to optometrists who love their profession?  How could it happen to owners who can’t afford to take their practices through an emotional and physical roller coaster? The sobering reality is burnout does happen. Be…
  • Making the medical model a reality

    Chad Fleming
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Question:  What do you do when patients expect their visits to be covered under their vision benefit plans, but their complaints are medical and should be billed as such? This is the No. 1 question that I receive as the Business & Career Coach for AOAExcel. Transitioning to the medical model requires changing the mindset of both staff and patients. Below is a sample one-page handout to educate staff and patients on the differences.   What is the difference between routine vision benefits & medical eye insurance?   Vision benefit plan (example plans are VSP, Eyemed,…
  • 3 Baby Steps to Practicing the Medical Model

    Chad Fleming
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Optometry practices today are struggling to re-invent themselves as practitioners of optometric medicine. This evolution began over a decade ago when Medicare first recognized optometrists as equal to ophthalmologists. This classification makes sense, because optometry students are educated alongside medical students. Now new laws are allowing optometrists to practice as they have been trained. However, some optometrists are having difficulty reconditioning themselves, staff, and patients to think outside of the traditional “glasses and contacts” mindset. They know they need to be…
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    GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

  • It's on! SF Giants and GeriPal vs. KC Royals and Pallimed

    Alex Smith
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:16 pm
    KC BBQ meal we look forward to receiving from PallimedChristian Sinclair of Pallimed and Kansas City has challenged us to a friendly wager.  As many of you know, many of the bloggers at GeriPal (including me and Eric) are based in San Francisco. The world series is the San Francisco Giants vs. the Kansas City Royals.  What an opportunity! The basic rules are simple:For each loss in the series, the losing blog must write a post for the opposing blog.  So, for example, after the Giants win Game 1 Tuesday night, a Pallimed blogger will owe GeriPal a post, to be published on…
  • GeriPal Hits 2 Million Pageviews

    Eric Widera
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Places Where GeriPal is ReadLast week GeriPal hit 2 million pageviews.  We celebrated quietly when the counter showed a whole line of 0's, but I thought it would be worth creating a list of the top 25 most read posts to commemorate the occasion.  Enjoy!The Dangers of Fleet EnemasLength of Stay in Nursing Homes at the End of LifeEnd Stage Dementia: A Terminal Disease Needing Palliative Care What to give Uncle Ernie, Grandma Mabel and Great Aunt Rose? Dying without Dialysis Beers Criteria Contest: Submit the Craziest Medication Combinations When Surrogates…
  • A Call for Maternalism in Medicine

    Laura Petrillo
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    by: Laura Petrillo @lpetrillzAfter a recent family meeting, I received a piece of feedback from a social worker that took me by surprise:  "You were very maternalistic in there, but it worked," she said.I reflected on the conversation we just stepped away from.  Our palliative care inpatient consult team had been asked to talk with the family of a patient who had been in the intensive care unit for weeks.  Mr. B* had severe vascular disease and a systemic infection that had caused his organs to shut down, and he was now being kept alive by a ventilator, vasopressors, dialysis,…
  • Atul Gawande, just what the doctor ordered

    Stephanie Rogers
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    by: Stephanie Rogers @SERogersMDAtul Gawande is expanding the conversation about care at the end of life with his new book, Being Mortal. Will people take notice?The introduction to his book came a few days ago in his opinion piece “The Best Possible Day,” in the New York Times. It fueled a series of emotions for me and I reread his 2010 New Yorker article “Letting Go: What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?”As a doctor who recently finished training in internal medicine, I had many stories like his from my time in the hospital. I saw patients and families who…
  • Do you think hearing loss is important in hospice and palliative care?

    Alex Smith
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    by: Alex Smith, @AlexSmithMDDo you think age-related hearing loss is important in hospice and palliative care?  We'd like to know!  We're conducting a brief (less than 5 minute survey).  You have an opportunity to tell your stories about caring for patients and caregivers with hearing loss, if any.  Here is the link: consider helping out.  And pass this link on to anyone you know in hospice and palliative care!  All members of the care team that work primarily in hospice and palliative care are welcome to participate…
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    Healthcare Today - Health News

  • Sport to improve lives of people with mental health problems

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:16 am
    Mental health charity, Mind, to run a £2m programme using sport to improve lives of people with mental health problems.It is hoped the scheme will help 75,000 people across eight areas of England.Funding will come from the National Lottery and money raised by Mind.
  • UK-wide strike Monday, 20 October

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    Members of the Society of Radiographers are to take part in a UK-wide strike on Monday, 20 October.Emergency care will continue to be provided but pre-booked appointments and procedures may be affected. The strike will last for four hours.
  • World Mental Health Day 2014

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    World Mental Health Day is to shine a light on schizophrenia.Schizophrenia affects 26 million people around the world which impacts their families and carers too. However, with the right assistance, half of people can make a full recovery. Unfortunately, many people have the impression that people with schizophrenia are dangerous, although this attitude is changing and moving in the right direction.Incre...
  • EHI survey on Windows XP

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    EHI launch a short survey six months after Microsoft ended support for Windows XP.This survey is to assess how much of an issue this remains for trusts still using this operating system. Please access the survey here.
  • Mental health pilot launched

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    Four pilot schemes have been launched by the government in England to help people with mental health problems find work.The £2m pilots will run for six months in: Durham & Tees ValleyShropshire / TelfordSussexWolverhamptonThe voluntary scheme will see some people on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offered employment support and psychiatric help.Nearl...
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    Professional Patient Perspective

  • The CCFA’s “Escape the Stall” IBD Campaign is INSULTING

    Michael A. Weiss
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
    Typical Crohn’s Disease Flare-up w/ PAINFUL Sacroiliitis & Mouth and Eye Sores I couldn’t sleep last night because my body is still coming down from the massive amounts of steroids it took last week to quiet my recent bout with Crohn’s Disease, an incurable, chronic,  autoimmune Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which simultaneously triggered, what for me, is a typical non-bowel related effect of my 30 years of Crohn’s Disease flare-ups, namely, incredibly painful episodes of Sacroiliitis during which the uncontrollable inflammation infiltrates my Sacroiliac Joint in my lower back…
  • Treating Pediatric Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Patients

    Michael A. Weiss
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    This is Video 3 of 8 from my September 15, 2014 interview w/ Dr. Mark L. Chapman and focuses on the definition of Diverticulosis and how if differs from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and then Dr. Chapman explains the nuances involved with treating Pediatric Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis. Coming soon: Video 4 of 8 in which Dr. Chapman explains the different IBD treatment theories of “Bottom-up” v. “Top-down.”  By way of brief background, I recently had the opportunity to interview a legitimate world-class physician, Dr. Mark L. Chapman of Mt. Sinai…
  • CDC’s ignorance of VITAL Role of Nurses & Ebola Dallas Debacle

    Michael A. Weiss
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    No mention of “Nurses” turned Ebola “worries” to Ebola “concerns” to Ebola FEAR After each Ebola and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital (“Dallas Hospital”)-related Press Conference held last week, I began to worry about the subtle, but vitally important, omission of the term “nurse” or “nursing” whenever authoritative proclamations were made by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), various Texas and Dallas politicians or by President Barack Obama’s staff about the United States’ readiness and ability to effectively treat, isolate and contain the Ebola virus…
  • Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis & Indeterminate Colitis – Video 2 of 8

    Michael A. Weiss
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    October 2, 2014 Below is Video 2 of 8 from my 90-minute interview with Dr. Mark L. Chapman of Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York City.  In this 11-minute video, Dr. Chapman explains Inflammatory Bowel Disease and then  the differences between Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Indeterminate Colitis. Video 3 of 8 will be released in 2 weeks and in it Dr. Chapman explains Diverticulosis and then he details the issues which make pediatric IBD and IBS cases unique. This is Video 2 of 8 from my recent 90-minute interview of Dr. Mark L. Chapman of Mt. Sinai Hospital re: Inflammatory Bowel…
  • Crohn’s, Colitis & Irritable Bowel Syndrome w/ Dr. Mark L. Chapman

    Michael A. Weiss
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Sometimes, a picture says a thousand words.  Rarely, however, a video interview conveys useful insights into heretofore misunderstood theories about a devastating, chronic, incurable and autoimmune disease.  This is that such video and is the 1st of 8 such short video snippets from my recent 90-minute interview with world-class gastroenterologist Mark L. Chapman of Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, a “disease-destination” hospital if there ever was one.  I should know; been operated on and hospitalized there for Crohn’s Disease MANY times. Video snippets 2 through 8 of…
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    MedCity News

  • Which medtechs converting mobile phones into diagnostic labs got shortlisted for Nokia X Prize

    Stephanie Baum
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    An X Prize competition by Nokia to find companies developing medical sensing technology for diagnostic tools has shortlisted 11 life science businesses. The finals will seek to demonstrate which companies can validate their technologies. Six teams stand to win including a grand prize winner who would haul away $525,000. In a phone interview with Grant Campany, senior director of the Challenge, he said that the competition seeks to highlight interesting companies that might otherwise go unnoticed. The exposure these companies get from being in the spotlight and successfully demonstrating that…
  • In latest smart pill innovation, capsule armed with tiny needles could deploy drug

    Stephanie Baum
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    The push for smart pills that know where and when to deploy the drugs they carry has produced some interesting twists on this approach. But one pill under development by MIT scientists has produced a pill that would look at home in the prop department for The Knick — a pill spiked with needles designed to deploy medicine more effectively into the walls of the GI Tract. At first glance needles and pills don’t look they would go very well together. So, why? As the author of The Atlantic article that highlighted the technology pointed out, it would be for biologics which tend to be…
  • Report: Promise of wearable health devices hinges on turning data into insight

    Dan Verel
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The rate of adoption for wearable health devices will likely increase, but only if companies actively engage consumers, turn data into insight and focus on actually improving consumer health, according to a new study from PwC. Before any promise can be realized, health wearables “will need to provide more than just data,” the study said. “Analysis that provides insights or changes behavior will be key to winning over consumers and their physicians and other healthcare providers. Investments in the software side of this emerging industry will be as important as hardware,” the study…
  • Survey: Hand hygiene at hospitals trending toward electronic monitoring

    Dan Verel
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Hospitals still largely rely on manual methods to track hand hygiene despite the prevalence of available electronic technologies to monitor cleanliness, a new DebMed survey found, but a growing number of facilities have plans to implement monitoring technologies. There is a “positive trend in not only the adoption of better technologies, but also the more imminent plans for purchase” for hospitals not yet using electronic monitoring, according to the survey. Thirty-three percent of hospitals said they are in the process of implementing some sort of monitoring system, while another 43…
  • As pharma looks for leaner models, Novo Nordisk expected to spin out IT business this week

    Stephanie Baum
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    It’s no secret that big pharma has been getting leaner, with companies buying and selling businesses to play to their strengths. Novo Nordisk‘s plans to spin off its IT solutions business, NNIT, fits that pattern too. Although it announced intentions to review this option earlier this year, a few different press organizations, including Reuters, have reported it could happen this week. NNIT has two main sets of customers for which it provides IT solutions. On the international side, it advises, consults and helps pharmaceutical companies build different IT solutions according to…
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  • Changes to temporary foreign worker program have unintended impacts on doctors

    Vanessa Milne, Joshua Tepper & Christopher Doig
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Reports of low-skilled Canadian workers being replaced with those from other countries spurred changes earlier this year to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. But they’ve made it harder for areas in need of physicians as well. The system was overhauled this summer after reports that companies were misusing the program, with Canadian workers at RBC and at McDonald’s allegedly being pushed aside by international ones on the temporary program. A tip line to report such concerns got more than 1,000 calls, and the government subsequently announced a series of changes designed to make…
  • Controversy over closing rural hospitals

    Vanessa Milne, Jill Konkin & Terrence Sullivan
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hymns, protests, and arrests – that’s what happened when the Fort Erie, Ont. community rallied against a planned conversion of their local hospital’s emergency room to an urgent-care centre. It didn’t work, and in 2009, it seemed their fears were realized when a teenager died after she was in a car crash and had to be transported to Welland – twice as far as it would have been to Fort Erie’s Douglas Memorial. At the time, then-health minister Deb Matthews defended the decision, saying the hospital had not been able to handle serious emergencies and had to send…
  • Widening the circle of care: adding legal and financial expertise to the health care team

    Sidak Kaur, Jill Konkin, Joshua Tepper & Jeremy Petch
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Grace (name and some details changed to protect her identity) is a nine year old girl who lives in the northern suburbs of Toronto. Her doctor diagnosed her with asthma last year, and developed a care plan and prescribed her medication. Grace’s family understands and agrees with the care plan. But Grace’s acute attacks have continued, and she has been to the Sick Kids’ Emergency Department repeatedly over the past few months. At first her doctor assumed that Grace’s family was not following the care plan, but after her most recent trip to the Emergency Department, Grace’s doctor…
  • How should we measure quality in home care?

    Vanessa Milne, Jill Konkin & Joshua Tepper
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Trevor Cranney gets 60 hours of home care a month. Though he’s happy with the quality of care he’s getting, he doesn’t think it’s enough. “I suffer from ALS, and I’m unable to feed myself, brush my hair or do anything,” says the 42-year-old, who was recently given six to nine months to live. He would like two additional hours of housekeeping help a week to take some of the burden off his family -“my wife is currently working full time, being a mother and my caregiver every other minute,” he says. But he says he’s been told the CCAC doesn’t…
  • What Canada can learn from Sweden’s health registry system

    Vanessa Milne, Irfan Dhalla & Verna Yiu
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 2007, a group of Canadian cardiologists found themselves in a unique position. New – and expensive – implantable cardiac defibrillators were being used by fewer than a dozen doctors. And the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences was offering to help them create a registry that would track outcomes for five years. Soon, they had the largest registry of the devices in the world – and a crucial database of information that picked up where the clinical trials had left off. “It gave us a real-world look at how defibrillators were being used,” says Chris Simpson,…
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  • The human face of a health reform debate

    Charles Gaba
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    A few days ago I posted a widely read deconstruction of the baker’s dozen lies Mitch McConnell told about the Affordable Care Act in his debate with Alison Lundergan Grimes (plus another dozen or so confusing or downright bizarre points which came up during the five-minute exchange with the moderator). The major standouts were: The Kynect exchange is far more than “just a website” … with no better proof than the fact that Oregon managed to enroll a similar number of people (about a half a million) in healthcare coverage without a working exchange website. I’m not…
  • Don’t let $418 million of FUD fool you

    Wendell Potter
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Last November, I predicted that once millions of Americans were able to join the ranks of the insured, the public’s approval of Obamacare would start to go up. I, of all people, should have known not to go out on such an unstable limb. As someone whose responsibilities at work once included trying to get people to think, act and vote the way my employers wanted them to do, I should have realized that those who are opposed to the law out of economic self-interest or for political reasons would continue to spend millions to shape public opinion in ways that would benefit them. I would…
  • 87 percent of citizenship issues? Not issues after all.

    Charles Gaba
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Since last year’s open enrollment period, Charles Gaba has been intently monitoring Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers. In fact, his site,, is the only site that has consistently been posting enrollment updates … including not only enrollment in state in federal exchanges, but in off-exchange plans, Medicaid/CHIP, SHOP exchanges. Charles also holds the distinction of being the only analyst we’re aware of who has continued tracking and projecting enrollment outside of open enrollment. We’re thrilled to welcome him as a…
  • Health Wonk Review for October 9, 2014

    Steve Anderson
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    What could be better than a little health policy with a deep cup of coffee on Sunday morning? Perhaps the only thing would be a lot of health policy. Well, you’re in luck this week: Joe Paduda over at Managed Care Matters has put together an edition of Health Wonk Review that’s packed with great posts. He’s dubbed it “The Election is Coming” edition and though it isn’t clear why he labeled it as such, we’ll speculate that it’s because the dozen or so posts he reviewed should be required reading for voters as they prep for November 4. Voters…
  • Like your grandmothered health plan?

    Louise Norris
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Policy cancellations have been in the news again recently, with reports of another round of cancellations for grandmothered health plans that were allowed to extend last fall. As was the case last year, it appears that the policy cancellation situation is being stirred up into more of a frenzy than it deserves. The majority of the states have opted to allow grandmothered plans to renew again rather than be cancelled, although carriers in those states must make a business decision as to whether or not they want to continue their grandmothered policies. Grandmothered – or transitional –…
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  • U.S. News: Lack of Medicare Coverage Leaves Alzheimer’s Patients With Few Options

    Emily Study
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    About 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are finding that their needs for care far exceed the scope of Medicare coverage — leaving them with few options, according to U.S. News & World Report. The disconnect between coverage and needs are “part of the long-term care catastrophe looming for many in the U.S.,” where the current population of elderly is expected to double to an estimated 88 million by 2050, the article states. And for those afflicted with a disease such as Alzheimer’s, the need for long-term care is even more critical.  This year, costs…
  • University of Illinois Launches Caregiver Research Center

    Elizabeth Ecker
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The University of Illinois at Chicago is tuning in to caregiving through the launch of a new center to study family caregivers and long-term care services. The center, funded by $4.3 million in grant money from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Administration for Community Living, will cross institutions to study the needs of families caring for seniors and those with disabilities. “By gaining a better understanding of the experiences of family caregivers—the services they use, and the needs and challenges they face—we can help set policy and…
  • AAHomecare Unveils New App, ‘Nerve-Center’ for News

    Cassandra Dowell
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) recently unveiled the AAHomecare app, the latest in a stream of initiatives designed to modernize its communications platforms. The AAHomecare App will act as a “nerve-center” for all home medical equipment (HME) news, the company says. The app will provide AAHomecare breaking news and member alerts, combined with the latest from HME Business News, HME News, Homecare Magazine and Mobility Management in one feed, 24 hours a day, on users’ smartphones. “Over the last four months, I’ve gotten a lot of smart feedback about…
  • Home Health EHR Tech Goes Mainstream on Apple App Store

    Jason Oliva
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Aimed at removing barriers for home health and hospice organizations to deliver faster, yet compliant, visit documentation for their patients, Brightree this week launched the next generation of its electronic health record (EHR) platform via the Apple iTunes AppStore. The new Brigthree EHR point-of-care app is the first “native iOS app” for home health and hospice agencies. Because the app is specifically architected to reside on Apple iPad tablets, its navigation can be joined with CareTouch Logic, Brightree’s underlying intelligence that informs care plan choices and…
  • Senior Community Links Hospitals With Care Visits to Reduce Readmissions

    Cassandra Dowell
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    A partnership between an affordable senior housing community and nearby health system has significantly reduced the senior housing residents’ visits and admissions to the emergency room. Harrisburg, Pa.-based Presbyterian Apartments’ residents were frequenting nearby health system The PinnacleHealth System’s ER for primary care purposes, prompting both organizations to discuss targeted ways to provide primary care for residents. Since Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) partnered with The PinnacleHealth System, data show that between January 2012 and December 2013 there was an over 50%…
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  • The Past, Present and Future of Healthcare Policy

    Jessica Socheski
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    The current healthcare system is in a state of transformation. We are moving from a very profit heavy system to a more widespread coverage system. Many people know that things are changing and many people are scared of change. Knowing the facts of where our current healthcare system is heading, can help foster a levelheaded opinion if not bring ease to your mind. Where Healthcare Has Been Like with any system, new or old, our past healthcare system had its flaws. Everyone knows that insurance is expensive. If you were not a part of a large company that offered healthcare, then your insurance…
  • Where Social Media and Health Informatics Intersect

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

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

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

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

    Nancy McNaughton, M.Ed., Ph.D.
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    How we think about emotion affects not only the meanings we ascribe to situations, events or people but also our possible future actions. In medicine, emotion is central to the work carried out by health professionals daily. Understanding, reflecting on, engaging with and expressing emotion are important aspects of practice. That healthcare professionals need to [...]
  • Medical Librarians: Improving Research Quality, Reducing Bias

    Nancy R. Glassman
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    A recent Viewpoint column by Melissa L. Rethlefsen et al. in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Engaging Medical Librarians to Improve the Quality of Review Articles,” examined the value medical librarians bring to the research process. Librarians’ expertise includes selecting databases, employing advanced search skills, refining topics, developing search strategies and managing results. [...]
  • From Einstein Medical Student to Einstein’s Associate Dean of Diversity

    Yvette Calderon, M.D.
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    It was the fall of 1984 when I interviewed at Einstein to become a medical student. I can still remember the jitters I felt. I was the first person in my Puerto Rican family who was born in the U.S., the first to pursue a graduate degree, the first to attempt to become a physician. [...]
  • Practice to Policy: Doctors Protect Kids from Dangerous Magnetic Toys

    Bryan J. Rudolph, M.D.
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    As practicing pediatric gastroenterologists at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, my colleagues and I remove a fair number of esophageal and intestinal foreign bodies (i.e., things kids accidentally swallow). A couple of years ago, several physicians across the country began noticing serious injuries in children who swallowed high-powered magnets. The issue was raised in an [...]
  • Getting More “Grit”: Strengthening Resilience

    The Doctor's Tablet Editors
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Einstein’s Nir Barzilai, M.D., an internationally recognized researcher on aging and one of this blog’s contributors, captivated a crowd of nearly 1,000 people at a September 27 TEDx event in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park neighborhood. His topic: “Grit”—what it is and how to get more of it. Dr. Barzilai knows a great deal about resilience from [...]
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    DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety Blog

  • Nursing Home Standards to Get an Upgrade

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    The federal government will improve and strengthen the standards on the Medicare website that consumers use to research their options when a loved one needs long-term care. A story published earlier this month by the New York Times, detailed how Nursing Home Compare, the government’s rating program for more than 15,000 U.S. nursing homes, will get an upgrade. The Times said the rating system has become the gold standard for evaluating nursing homes since it was established five years ago, despite the fact that two of its major rating criteria — staffing levels and quality statistics —…
  • Immunizing Doctors from Lawsuits Doesn't Reduce Medical Costs

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    An article of faith among doctors is that they order huge numbers of unnecessary and expensive tests like MRIs and CT scans solely to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits. If this "defensive medicine" really happens, immunizing doctors from lawsuits should cut down on wasteful testing and save us all a lot of money. A new study from the RAND Institute finds no evidence of any such savings when emergency medicine doctors obtained virtual lawsuit immunity from the legislatures of three states: Georgia, Texas and South Carolina. The study was published in the prestigious New England…
  • Suggested Reading: He Just Wanted to Die at Home

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Last month’s report “Dying in America” by the Institute of Medicine was an analysis of the shortcomings of U.S. health care at the end of life, as Nina Bernstein knows only too well. Writing in the New York Times, her account of one man’s last months was a poignant tale of how things can go so wrong. In “Fighting to Honor a Father’s Last Wish: To Die at Home,” Bernstein tells the story of Joseph Andrey, 91, and his daughter, Maureen Stefanides, who desperately tried to liberate him from the nursing homes where he had been an on-again/off-again patient against his will. All he…
  • Nurses Decry Texas Hospital’s Ebola Response

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    The full story continues to unfold about what happened with the first U.S. Ebola-diagnosed patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, but this week, nurses at that facility went public with their own concerns. As described in a story by the Los Angeles Times, a group of nurses who either treated the Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, or had first-hand information from those who did, said the hospital’s response was confused and chaotic when Duncan arrived at the emergency room, and that he languished for hours in a room with as many as seven other patients. They claimed that hospital…
  • Ultrasound Is Better than CT for Kidney Stones

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Despite the increased use of CT scans to diagnose kidney stones for emergency department patients, the imaging technology is no better than an ultrasound exam, and ultrasound is safer. Ultrasound, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, (NEJM) is the preferred first-line diagnostic tool when someone presents at the ER with the extreme pain characteristic of kidney stones. It was clear that although ER physicians routinely turn to CT scans for kidney stone diagnosis, "Ultrasound is the right place to start," concluded the study’s senior author, Dr.
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    CareNovate Magazine

  • Financial Aid for Delayed-Onset Adulthood

    Guest Contributor
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Financial Aid for Delayed-Onset Adulthood “You’ve heard of ‘boomerang kids”? You try to throw them out, but they come right back.” If you’re a parent of a 20-something, that one-liner might strike you as funny, and possibly true. By many accounts, children are taking longer to become adults; they can drive, vote and drink, but […] The post Financial Aid for Delayed-Onset Adulthood appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Caregiver Interview with Regina

    Dr G
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
     Caregiver Interview with Regina I connected with this wonderfully ambitious young lady via social media. I learned she has been the caregiver of her parents all while managing her home, being a single mom of a 12 year old son and running a successful business. Here is her transparent story as a caregiver. Regina first […] The post Caregiver Interview with Regina appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Baby Boomers Embrace 5 Technologies For Health Information

    Dr G
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Baby Boomers Embrace 5 Technologies For Health Information A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, showed that boomers are more likely than those age 64 and up to embrace five technologies: 1. websites (84.5 percent), 2. email (81 percent), 3. call centers (52 percent), 4. video conferencing (49.6 percent) and 5. […] The post Baby Boomers Embrace 5 Technologies For Health Information appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Shedding New Lights on Sunscreen

    Dr G
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shedding New Lights on Sunscreen With the FDA decision to change the rules for sunscreen labels, I thought it was a good time to go over some facts on the sun, skin cancer, and protection. The American Cancer Society has estimated that One American dies every hour from skin cancer More than 3.5 million new […] The post Shedding New Lights on Sunscreen appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Elderly loneliness – why are older adults so lonely?

    Guest Contributor
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Elderly loneliness – why are older adults so lonely? In spite of all our communication technology, with cell phones, e-mail and video chats, researchers have found that people today are more lonely than they have ever been. One group which is particularly at risk for loneliness is the elderly. Seniors who live alone may feel […] The post Elderly loneliness – why are older adults so lonely? appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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  • Financial Aid for Delayed-Onset Adulthood

    Guest Contributor
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Financial Aid for Delayed-Onset Adulthood “You’ve heard of ‘boomerang kids”? You try to throw them out, but they come right back.” If you’re a parent of a 20-something, that one-liner might strike you as funny, and possibly true. By many accounts, children are taking longer to become adults; they can drive, vote and drink, but […] The post Financial Aid for Delayed-Onset Adulthood appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Caregiver Interview with Regina

    Dr G
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
     Caregiver Interview with Regina I connected with this wonderfully ambitious young lady via social media. I learned she has been the caregiver of her parents all while managing her home, being a single mom of a 12 year old son and running a successful business. Here is her transparent story as a caregiver. Regina first […] The post Caregiver Interview with Regina appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Baby Boomers Embrace 5 Technologies For Health Information

    Dr G
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Baby Boomers Embrace 5 Technologies For Health Information A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, showed that boomers are more likely than those age 64 and up to embrace five technologies: 1. websites (84.5 percent), 2. email (81 percent), 3. call centers (52 percent), 4. video conferencing (49.6 percent) and 5. […] The post Baby Boomers Embrace 5 Technologies For Health Information appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Shedding New Lights on Sunscreen

    Dr G
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shedding New Lights on Sunscreen With the FDA decision to change the rules for sunscreen labels, I thought it was a good time to go over some facts on the sun, skin cancer, and protection. The American Cancer Society has estimated that One American dies every hour from skin cancer More than 3.5 million new […] The post Shedding New Lights on Sunscreen appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
  • Elderly loneliness – why are older adults so lonely?

    Guest Contributor
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Elderly loneliness – why are older adults so lonely? In spite of all our communication technology, with cell phones, e-mail and video chats, researchers have found that people today are more lonely than they have ever been. One group which is particularly at risk for loneliness is the elderly. Seniors who live alone may feel […] The post Elderly loneliness – why are older adults so lonely? appeared first on CareNovate Magazine.
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    Musings on Medicine and the Health Care System

  • Why You Need a Second Opinion

    Debra Gordon
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Early in the summer I wrote about a good friend who was diagnosed with ovarian cysts and endometriosis. She saw a gyn oncologist because there was a small chance it was cancer (thankfully, it wasn’t). The doctor drained the cyst and started my friend on  oral contraceptives to control the hormonal shifts that contribute to endometriosis (which contributes to the cysts). A couple of weeks ago, however, my friend texted me to say that her leg/foot was really hurting. She thought she might have a deep vein problem. I immediately told her to go to urgent care because it might be a blood…
  • Should You Listen to Your Doctor?

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

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

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

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

  • Warning: Sunbathing May Be Addictive

    Dr. Weil
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    While you were basking on the beach, researchers have been trying to figure out why it is so hard to convince people to break the skin cancer-causing sunbathing habit. One theory: ultraviolet (UV) light can be addictive. Some studies have found that giving an opiod blocker to frequent tanners produced withdrawal-like symptoms, results that imply, but don't necessarily prove, that opiod pathways and reward centers in the brain are involved in their tanning activities. The latest evidence in support of the UV addiction theory comes from a study with mice at Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Surprising Health Risks of a TV Habit

    Dr. Weil
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Most of us recognize that spending too much time watching television isn’t healthy, but two new investigations have shown that excessive hours in front of the tube can double the risk of premature death or dramatically increase the risk of colon or endometrial cancer. The link to the two types of cancers comes from a German review of 43 studies concluding that being sedentary was associated with a 24 percent increased risk of colon cancer and a 32 percent higher risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer. To make matters worse, the researchers calculated that for each two-hour increase in…
  • Have You Had a Tonsillectomy? (Poll)

    Dr. Weil
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    A recent Q&A discussed tonsil health and if it is necessary to remove the tonsils through a tonsillectomy: Time to Take Out the Tonsils? Check out the article and let us know if you have ever had your tonsils removed. Have you had a tonsillectomy?
  • Broccoli Tea to Fight Air Pollution

    Dr. Weil
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Undoubtedly, the best way to avoid the damage air pollution can cause to your health is to move to where the air is clean. The World Health Organization estimates that the chemicals in air pollution take seven million lives per year, worldwide. Fortunately, there may be a way to cancel out some of the unhealthy effects of pollution without leaving home. Researchers from Johns Hopkins and China’s Qidong Liver Cancer Institute tested the effects of a tea made with broccoli sprouts among 291 residents of Jiangsu Province, an area of China that which has some of the worst air pollution in…
  • Peppercorn - Spices in the Kitchen (Video)

    Dr. Weil
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Dr. Weil discusses peppercorn and the various forms pepper comes in - black, green, and white pepper. Peppercorn is the whole, partially ripened fruit (or unripe fruit in the case of green pepper) of the pepper plant, native to Asia. Black pepper has been used to calm digestive issues - heartburn, indigestion, gas - and aid in the absorption of turmeric. Want new videos from Dr. Weil? Subscribe to his YouTube channel for weekly videos!
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  • 8 Foods that You Must Consider If You Are a Diabetes Patient

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

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Are you afraid of standing before the mirror for your scars given by burning? It is indeed a nightmare that whenever you stand before the mirror not only the scars you can see, but also the whole accident that happened to you appears lively. Many avoid their scars at the primary stage thinking about the medical cost and as a result scars becomes permanent on the skin. Actually, most of them are healed by the natural processing of our body. But for rapid removal you just have to ignite the…
  • 14 Health Benefits Of Dandelion Tea

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Dandelion is a great source of healthy ingredients like carotene, fiber, minerals, beta carotene, vitamin C and many more. It is a legendary component of famous Chinese herbal medicine. Dandelion has many benefits for health. From roots to leaves and flowers- the whole body of the dandelion plant is used in herbal medicines. Dandelion can also be consumed with tea and it enhances the beneficiary sides of the dandelion plant to a whole new level. Some benefits of the dandelion tea are as…
  • 10 Home Remedies For Clear Skin

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. A picture perfect, flawless , clear and beautiful skin is a thing that all women want. These characteristics of skin depict mostly a person’s beauty. A healthy skin also makes you feel beautiful. Doesn’t it? But it is quite difficult to maintain the fairness of our skin. The busy daily life around us makes our skin prone to pollution, dirts, sun exposure besides giving ourselves various stresses and anxiety. All these things make the health of our skin vulnerable and in no time, we start…
  • 14 Essential Oils To Relieve A Migraine

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You are reading this post from Find more home remedies and natural health tips here. Migraines can make you endure so much pain and distract you from your regular activities. Too much working sitting in front of a computer, sleeplessness, problems with digestion can be the cause of a severe migraine attack. It can make the easiest task difficult for you. Essential oils can be a good weapon to fight and get relief from the excruciating pain of migraine. Here isthe list of 14 essential oils that can help you to get rid of migraines: 1) Lavender essential oil: Lavender essential…
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    Rasmussen School of Health Sciences Blog

  • Choosing the Right Professional Healthcare Organizations for Your Career

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Professional healthcare organizations can be great resources for many things, including jobs, networking, continuing education and professional conferences. The healthcare industry encompasses many professions and you'll find a professional organization for most of them. Learn about each one and decide which is best for your career.
  • Work-From-Home Healthcare Jobs: Do They Exist?

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Who says you have to choose between stability and flexibility? There are a handful of work-from-home healthcare jobs that allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds! Learn about some of your options and the pros and cons of telecommuting.
  • 9 Reasons to Become a Medical Assistant Now

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The idea of working in a medical field may be a dream that's always lingered in the back of your mind. Or maybe it's a new interest that you've recently discovered. Either way, becoming a medical assistant can be a great place to start.
  • 4 Reasons Why Becoming a Surgical Tech is Worth it

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Are you interested in becoming a surgical tech? Learn about four reasons pursuing a career in this field is definitely worth your time!
  • 6 Qualities of a Successful Pediatric Medical Assistant

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As a parent, you're a pro at making youngsters feel happy and at ease. Becoming a pediatric medical assistant is the perfect opportunity for you to extend that passion from your personal life into your professional life. But what does it take to be a successful PMA?
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    Catching Health with Diane Atwood

  • Did You Know? Adults Need Their Shots, Too!

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Are you up to date on your shots?  Oh, you thought those were only for kids. They’re not, and a lot of adults haven’t had the shots they need to keep them from getting and spreading certain diseases. Vaccine preventable diseases Chicken pox Diphtheria Flu Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Human Papillomavirus Mumps Pneumococcus Rubella Shingles […]
  • Connect with Your Inner Child — on the Catching Health Calendar

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Check out upcoming health events in Maine. SATURDAY OCTOBER 18 Standish-Buxton CROP Hunger Walk The Buxton-Standish Clergy Association is holding our second annual Crop Hunger Walk in Standish. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service. Last year, our small group raised almost $5,000! Please join us! Memory Lane Music Hall Blake […]
  • Ebola: Maine Medical Center Separates Fact From Fiction

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    In an effort to help staff separate fact from fiction, this afternoon Maine Medical Center’s Communications and Marketing department sent out its first MMC Daily Briefing on Ebola and Infection Prevention. “[We wanted staff to] know what we’re doing as an organization to prepare for the possibility of Ebola in Maine,” explained Matthew Paul, Director […]
  • How Medical Marijuana is Helping Mark Bushey Cope with ALS

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
      In November 2013, Mark Bushey was diagnosed with ALS, the horrible disease that prompted so many of us to do the ice bucket challenge to help raise money for ALS research. To help him cope with various ALS symptoms, Mark recently started using medical marijuana. When Mark agreed to share his story on the Catching […]
  • World Thrombosis Day

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Guest post by Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen You may not be familiar with the word “thrombosis,” but you’ve probably heard the term “blood clot.” Thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in the artery or vein and can cause the world’s top three cardiovascular killers: heart attack, stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE). This October 13th marks […]
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    Beckers Hospital Review

  • 9 things every leader should keep an eye on

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Culture is difficult to quantify, measure and manage, but making note of nine distinct components can help leaders assess their organization's strengths and weaknesses.
  • 6 recent hospital transactions and partnerships

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    The following hospital mergers, acquisitions and general transactions took place within the past week.
  • 100 hospitals with great neurosurgery and spine programs | 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Becker's Hospital Review has named the following hospitals and health systems to its list, "100 hospitals with great neurosurgery and spine programs."
  • How a well-connected CEO can hurt an organization

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    A CEO with an extensive social network may leave an organization — and its shareholders — worse for the experience. That's because CEOs with the thickest Rolodexes, 500-plus LinkedIn connections and the closest ties to board members and other executives might be pull off an acquisition that will ultimately benefit them, but work against shareholder value. A new study, co-authored by Rwan El-Khatib, PhD, from Zayed University in Dubai, Kathy Fogel, PhD, from Suffolk University in Boston, and Tomas Jandik, PhD, from University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, examines the "network centrality"…
  • Prime Healthcare wins Monroe Hospital's bankruptcy auction

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Ontario, Calif.-based for-profit hospital operator Prime Healthcare Services is preparing to buy bankrupt Bloomington, Ind.-based Monroe Hospital, as bidders at the hospital's bankruptcy auction were unsuccessful at beating Prime's offer to purchase the financially struggling facility, according to a Dow Jones report.
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    Healthcare In India

  • Philips Healthcare to set up 700 Automated External Defibrillators in 2015

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    A few days I was watching a video on You Tube which showed the callous attitude among commuters towards ambulances on the roads. Many drivers don’t give way to an ambulance that might be speeding away to save someone’s life. As a matter of fact in India Sudden Cardiac arrest is almost 99% fatal as health workers never reach in time. The first 5 minutes is very critical for a sudden cardiac arrest patient. In India we have 660,000 deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest and if help reaches in time we can save almost 95 % of these patients. But then who can save such a patient and what…
  • Why India needs the Rice Bucket Challenge ?

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    A lot has been written about the Indian “Rice Bucket Challenge” Started by Journalist Manju Kalanidhi, the challenge involves you donating a Kilo of Rice to a needy person. Then just like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, you have to nominate someone else for it. Now so far in Hyderabad itself, many people have taken on this challenge. A college in Kaminnagar actually  had the highest donations as more than 2000 students donated almost 2000 kgs of rice. Many local Hyderabad celebrities have joined the challenge and there were plans to rope in Satya Nadella and Jwala Gutta. The…
  • Why India needs something like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to drive health awareness ?

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

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In the medical field, other than death, nothing is absolute. One radio interviewer told me recently he would never be comfortable about the Ebola risks until we knew absolutely everything about it and there was zero risk for everyone. Guess what. He’s never going to be comfortable. Part of the Ebola fear fuel in America right now is the fact that we don’t know everything about this disease. And when questions arise, people come out of the woodwork with answers, whether they know what they’re talking about or not. Often, their answers boil down to: Well, we…
  • Update on My Hands-Only CPR Post: The AHA’s Response

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH If you read my post about Hands-Only CPR Monday, you know that I believe the American Heart Association’s guidelines leave room for interpretation. So my team emailed them to see if they could officially clarify some points. Here’s part of the response from Kailey Shatzer, communications manager. It addresses some issues related to Hands-Only CPR, a trademarked term for doing chest compressions only (no mouth-to-mouth), but doesn’t clarify completely. First, Shatzer explained the rationale for not doing respirations (mouth-to-mouth) in most teens and adults:…
  • Hands-Only CPR and When to Add the Breathing

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A child collapses; there’s no sign of life. You call for help and start CPR. But wait. Didn’t you hear somewhere that they say now not to do the respirations part? Just do Hands-Only CPR? Or are kids one of the exceptions? Well, whatever you do, do something, and do it quick. When to Add the Breathing These days, Hands-Only CPR is the way to go in most situations for people who aren’t medical professionals. It’s easier; it works as well as adding respirations, at least most of the time. And the feeling is, it’ll help more people act and act quicker. But…
  • For You: Special 48-Hour Bonuses With My New Online Training Course

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I’m really excited. Today, my new online training course is finally available to you! It’s taken me over a year to put together this professionally produced project, and I think it has turned out fantastic. In The Survival Doctor’s Emergencies Training Course, you’ll learn some of the lifesaving knowledge that I’ve amassed over 30 years of practicing medicine. I cover some of my readers’ most-often-worried-about questions, and I teach you how I’d handle common life-threatening medical problems, in easy-to-understand language and with minimal medical…
  • Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of The Survival Doctor’s Emergency Training Course

    27 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek at The Survival Doctor’s Emergency Training Course. It’s my new video course that’s over a year in the making, and I’ve crafted it especially for my readers who want to gain confidence in their medical skills. To celebrate it releasing, I’ve also create a new free minicourse on how to save a life confidently. Sign up below to get started with the free minicourse. Update: The minicourse is now closed. But you can still get into my video-based, online training course. Click here to learn more. Want to find out…
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    Health Blushon

  • 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…
  • Top 10 Best Precautions to Avoid Blood Pressure

    Xee Malik
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    According to research conducted t in 4 Americans has high blood pressure. Many are not aware that they have. It is necessary that one gets tested if necessary as blood pressure can lead to serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack and kidney problems. No matter your physical condition or age you should be aware of different precautions. If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure EHIC is the best way to get state medical care for free or at a reduced price. Lose weight See a doctor to guild you on a healthy weight and maintain it to prevent high blood pressure. Blood pressure usually…
  • 4 Ways to Manage Dental Hygiene during Pregnancy

    Xee Malik
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Being pregnant changes your body—from increasing pressure on the veins in your legs to causing red and swollen gums in your mouth. Here are four things you can do to combat the latter issue: pregnancy gingivitis. Practice Good Habits You brush your teeth twice a day, and you at least know you should be flossing regularly, but good dental hygiene doesn’t stop there. Here are some more habits to either develop or avoid while you are pregnant: Brush your teeth 30 minutes after each meal, and don’t eat in between. Avoid sugary drinks like soda. Don’t sip juice all day—it will expose…
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    Galumbeck Plastic Surgery Blog

  • Liposuction Before After Pictures and Video | Virginia Beach

    Matthew Galumbeck
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Over 350,000 liposuction procedures were performed last year. This video shows liposuction before and after pictures of patients operated on by plastic surgeon Matthew Galumbeck at his accredited facility, Galumbeck Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach. Dr. Galumbeck discusses many options for liposuction, including laser liposculpting. Liposuction is the cosmetic surgery procedure to permanently remove areas of fat. In addition to having fat removed, these areas of the body can be sculpted to give a more definition and improved proportion. While it is not a weight loss procedure, liposuction…
  • Galumbeck Beauty – Relax and Give Back Blog Contest

    Matthew Galumbeck
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Spa Phoenix and Galumbeck Plastic Surgery are having specials and events all month to support Samaritan House in their efforts. In October 1981 the National Coalition Against Violence created The Day of Unity. The intent was to bring together advocates who were working to end violence against women and their children. Annually these advocates sponsored programs mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence. In October 1987, the first Domestic…
  • Breast Augmentation With Before And After Pictures | Video

    Matthew Galumbeck
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Over 300,000 breast implants were performed last year. This breast augmentation video shows breast implant before and after pictures of patients operated on by board certified plastic surgeon, Dr.  Matthew Galumbeck. Dr. Galumbeck discusses the many options for women to achieve the size and shape they want. Options for breast augmentation include the choice of saline or silicone breast implants as well as the size of the implant. Other options for patients considering breast augmentation include incision site, implant shape, implant projection, and implant placement. This video also…
  • FDA Approves New Breast Implant

    Matthew Galumbeck
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    The FDA has approved a new implant for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction manufactured by Mentor. The implant has a sloping profile, with more projection at the base than at the top. The breast implant is filled with a cohesive silicone gel, so that it will maintain it’s shape. The Mentor MemoryShape breast implants allow women yet another option to obtain the look and proportion that they want when undergoing breast augmentation. The Implant is covered with a textured shell. This allows the body’s tissues to adhere to the implant so that the breast will maintain its shape.
  • Mommy Makeover | Get Your Shape Back After Kids

    Matthew Galumbeck
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am Having a child changes a woman’s body. The effects on body shape, muscle tone, skin elasticity and fat distribution become more distinct with each child carried. The abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate the increased size of the abdomen. Often, during this stretching process the muscles separate. This causes a permanent weakness in the abdominal wall and makes it almost impossible to regain a flat stomach. Many moms feel that they will never recover their pre-pregnancy shape. They find it hard to juggle diet and work out time in…
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  • A New My Sites Section

    Andy Peatling
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own. The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make faster,…
  • New Theme: Penscratch

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
  • Starting Next Week: Blogging 201

    Ben Huberman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blogging 201: Branding and Growth starts Monday, October 20. If you’re a recent alum of Blogging 101 looking to build on the skills you’ve developed so far, or a blogger looking for new ways to grow your site and its audience, this is the course for you. What will Blogging 201 cover? We’ll introduce tools to increase your traffic within as well as through other platforms, discuss ways to develop a coherent, effective brand for your blog, and show how to use your archives and your site’s stats to build your readership. During this two-week course…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you love stories from around the world? Check out the work of the following nine photographers on and allow your imagination to take you away… Nathanael‘s monochrome photo of the Star Lite Motel in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, conjures images of wayward romances and clandestine meetings. We loved the marquee’s message, “Forgive and forget its human to err.” (sic) which offers an almost haunting absolution. For more of Nathanael’s work, check out his blog, G’Nat’s Eye View. Photo by P. Nathanael Gough The image below, by UK…
  • Add Gmail, Calendar, and Drive to Your Site

    Min Wei
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The content you publish on your site is the result of a lot of behind-the-scenes activity — and we’re not talking only about drafting posts and pages. Emails, meetings and events, documents and spreadsheets: as business owners and publishers you have a lot to juggle. We’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Google to offer our users the incredible power of Google Apps for Work right in their dashboards. A powerful suite of tools With the Google Apps for Work integration you’ll be able to set up your own custom email address based on your…
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  • The Benefits of Staying Positive

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Baby Boomers,Do you consider yourself a "positive" person?Do you have a "glass half full" attitude about life?Countless studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between staying positive and your overall health.Researchers have concluded that this relationship happens because staying positive helps mitigate and eliminate the effects of stress. Stress, as you know can lead to a variety of ailments such as weight gain, inflammation, insomnia, headaches and fatigue. Today, I am bringing you a guest blog from Jacob Edward, who is the Manager of Prime Medical Alert and…

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Baby Boomers, Here's something you probably don't think much about now that you are in your 50's but you really, really should…….the care of your teeth, If you’re over 50, and like me, you probably have new aches and pains every day. That’s just life. I think you already know, if you have been following my blog, that quality of life is the key to staying on top of your game once you’re over the hill… and a few miles down the path. Oral health plays a big role in overall health, and overall health contributes to good quality of life. So, taking care…
  • Apache Open Office - Free Office Software

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Apache Open Office Baby Boomers,Have you purchased a PC or laptop in the past couple of years?To me, one of the biggest "pains in the butt" is dealing with the temporary office programs installed on them.Depending on what model you buy, it normally comes pre-loaded with the "Microsoft Office" software on a trial basis.This means you get 30 or 60 or even 90 days of use and then it either goes into a hibernation mode or you pay for the program.Right when you get comfortable using the program, you go to open a Word document you need and it won't.The icons have all changed and the program has…

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Kim Kardashian Nude Baby Boomers,Have you ever done it?Have you ever taken nude photos with your partner during a "playful" tryst.Back when I was younger, you had to break out the trusty old Polaroid or Kodak to get the job done..The photos were physical......"Hard Copies" if you will.I mean everybody does it right?Back in the days you hid your sexy, nude photos in a shoe box on the top shelf of your bedroom closet?Everyone had them, right?I know I'm not the only one because as a young, hormonal youth, I used to run across my Dad's "stash" as I hunted through his…

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Baby Boomers,Can anyone explain why time can appear to move faster or slower depending on the situation?Time has always existed.It is man that created parameters to categorize when certain lifestyle changes are to take place.It is man that built complex structures to organize our lives to live in harmony with nature:  The seasons to coordinate with planting and harvesting foodMonths to coordinate with the phases of the moonWeeks to define the "market day" when we needed to go to town for supplies and the "Sabbath" a day of rest and worshipDays to honor the 7 major GodsHours to…
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    FXRX Orthopedic Surgery Blog

  • Five Things To Know About Foot And Ankle Fractures

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    The feet and ankles have large amounts of smaller bones packed tightly together, rather than single larger bones as is the case in other parts of the limbs. Fractures in these bones are often treated using the same principles as fractures in other parts of the body, but size and placement sometimes make the process a little bit different. These facts will help you understand the specifics of this type of fractures. Orthopedics In Phoenix Az Most ankle fractures are treated with screws: Depending on which bone has been broken, screws or plates are often surgically implanted to connect the…
  • How Does Cartilage Regeneration Work?

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that severely affects joint cartilage. As time goes by, it will cause that cartilage to wear down, causing severe pain and potentially lack of function. The cartilage in your knees acts as a cushion that absorbs force from walking, running, and other movement. It also softens the connection between leg bones at the knee, keeping them from impacting or grinding each other. Loss of those functions in the knee can be severely harmful. There are a number of treatment options for knee osteoarthritis, depending on how severe the damage is. Eventually, you…
  • An Overview of Wrist Fracture Fixation

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Wrist fractures are the most common type of fracture seen by doctors. This type of injury occurs when someone falls onto an outstretched hand. The lower aspect of the radius bone suffers the break, and when the fracture is not displaced, it can be treated with a cast for six weeks. However if the bone is not in proper alignment, the orthopedic specialist will reposition it in a procedure called a closed reduction before applying a cast. For severe fractures, the physician must perform surgical fixation to obtain optimal fracture position for healing and a better functional outcome. There are…
  • An Overview of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Platelet rich plasma therapy has found extensive use as a sports medicine and been found highly effective in healing injuries. PRP therapy as it is normally called has been used to treat sports specific injuries such as sprained knees, tendon and ligament injuries and tennis elbow, etc. This therapy has already been tried by great athletes like Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal and many others. Apart from athletes, PRP therapy is also used by patients who have undergone operations to heal faster, or for individuals who have an injury or arthritis and want to avoid surgery. PRP produces higher…
  • Finding Braces For Joint Pain

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Using a stabilizing brace is often an important part of follow-up treatment after joint surgery. It helps to provide stability during the healing process until muscles, tendons, and ligaments are strong enough to provide normal movement with less pain. In some cases, they can also be used as protective devices. The additional support and protection that all of these provide can be helpful in recovery and in preventing re-injury.Your orthopedic surgeons will give you advice on what might work best for you. Orthopedics In Phoenix Az ACL braces: These are used by some types of athletes, and by…
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  • Fight for Raw Milk Heats Up in Wisconsin and Illinois

    Dr. Mercola
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Raw milk dairy products from organically raised pasture-fed cows rank among some of the healthiest foods you can consume. It’s far superior in terms of health benefits compared to pasteurized milk, and if statistics are any indication, it’s safer, too. While many believe that milk must be pasteurized before it can be safely consumed, it’s worth remembering that raw milk was consumed for eons before the invention of pasteurization. It’s also important to realize that pasteurization is only really required for certain kinds of milk; specifically that from cows raised in…
  • HPV Vaccine Linked to Nervous System Disorder and Autoimmunity

    Dr. Mercola
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola At the end of 2013, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil had generated nearly 30,000 adverse reaction reports to the US government, including 140 deaths.1 This is probably a gross underestimate, because, although a federal law was passed in 1986 (the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act) mandating that doctors and other vaccine providers report serious health problems or deaths that occur after vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), there are no legal penalties for not reporting. This means that the US uses a passive reporting system,…
  • My Top Five Superfoods

    Dr. Mercola
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Seasonal changes come with abundant health benefits, including a bounty of wonderfully tasty superfoods. Eating more fresh vegetables is one of the simplest steps you can take to improve your overall health. A vegetable-rich diet can help protect you from arthritis, heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, and even slow down your body's aging process. I almost hesitated to write a top five list as there are so many wonderful vegetables. Vegetables benefit all of your body's cells and tissues by infusing them with highly bioavailable nutrients that work synergistically for…
  • New Report Will Reveal Which Yogurts Are Healthy, and Which Are Best Avoided

    Dr. Mercola
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mark Kastel, co-founder of the Cornucopia Institute, about their long-awaited and much-needed Yogurt Report. The interview took place at the recent Heirloom Seed Festival in Santa Rosa, CA, where we both had the honor of speaking. The idea for the Yogurt Report was seeded about two years ago. I was out of town and a friend requested yogurt, so I went out looking for some in a local grocery store.  To my dismay, I couldn't find a single healthy yogurt... They were all junk food disguised as "health food." Previous to this…
  • 5 Things You Didn't Know About Honey

    Dr. Mercola
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Mercola Honey has been valued as a natural sweetener long before sugar became widely available in the 16th century. Honey production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, for instance, while animals other than humans – bears, badgers, and more – have long raided honeybee hives, risking stings for the sweet reward.1 Honey is truly a remarkable substance, made even more extraordinary by the process with which it is made. This blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids is quite unlike any other sweetener on the planet. And while honey is high in fructose, it…
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    Nevada Pain

  • Chiropractic Treatment After Car Accidents

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Pain management is typically an important component of healing from any injury. Of course, in the case of sports injuries, the concern isn’t necessarily just about returning to health. Athletes are more likely to be worried about being able to regain a high performance level. While controlling pain is by itselfhelpful in regaining joint function, it’s also important to look at treatments that promote genuine healing.One newer form of treatment, platelet-rich plasma, has gotten some attention in sports medicine for its potential to help restore tissue. Las Vegas Pain Management Doctors How…
  • 5 Causes Of Cervical Spine Pain

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Pain management doctors see a large number of patients suffering from neck pain, particularly cervical spine pain. This type of pain is often caused by certain cervical spine conditions. Pain Management Doctor Las Vegas These include the following: 1.Foraminal Stenosis Cervical foraminal stenosis occurs when the cervical space is narrowed. This is usually caused by a joint becoming enlarged and pressing on the nerve root. Since the pain takes years to develop and tends to appear only during certain activities, it is easy for patients to ignore the issue. It can get worse over time, however.
  • 3 Ways To Treat Compression Fractures Of The Spine

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Spinal fractures may occur for several reasons, including osteoporosis, cancer or trauma. No matter the original cause, back or neck pain is a main symptom. The pain is usually very sharp or stabbing and located in the lower to mid back, though it can also be felt at the front of the spine in some cases. Pain Clinics In Las Vegas Pain clinics can treat compression fractures with one of a few methods. While less invasive methods are attempted as a first resort, surgery is necessary in some cases. Most patients will have success with the methods mentioned here. 1. Pain medication and rest. This…
  • The Use Of Stem Cell Therapy To Treat Degenerative Arthritis

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

  • How Does Type 2 Diabetes Occur?

    Arizona Medifast
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Diabetes is a lifelong disease in which the blood glucose level of a person becomes higher than the normal level. It is a progressive disease; hence, it is important to diagnose diabetes at an early stage as it become worse if not treated. The patient should go under treatment as soon as he or she is diagnosed with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder as the pancreas is not producing enough insulin or the body becomes insulin resistant. Insulin production is important for the body to maintain the glucose level in the bloodstream. Type 2 diabetes is seen mainly in people suffering…
  • Medifast Weight Loss Program for Diabetics

    Arizona Medifast
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Losing weight can do wonders for one’s health, but this can be a difficult and complicated process, especially more so for those with specific health concerns such as diabetes. Having diabetes means having to meticulously monitor daily food intake, and eating balanced meals at regular intervals throughout the day. With such a strict regimen, it can get very tough to focus on losing weight. The Medifast weight loss program can help individuals with diabetes reach their desired goals safely and efficiently. It allows participants to lose weight by cutting down on their daily calorie intake by…
  • Two Diet Tips That Are Actually Bad For Your Body

    Arizona Medifast
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    With so much information being presented to the public about dieting, it is hard for any single individual to know what is and isn’t the right choice for their health. This information can come to a person from a variety of sources, and can range from information provided by a personal trainer to a lose-weight-quick fad seen in a magazine. Tip #1: Cutting Calories is Cutting Weight! Who hasn’t heard, “If you want to lose weight, simply eat less!”? Well there is some merit to eating smaller portions for each meal; the going theory behind this is a reduced daily caloric intake makes for…
  • Best Exercises To Do While Using Medifast

    Arizona Medifast
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The Medifast weight loss program promises to help people lose weight and get healthier while they are at it. It does so by altering the food choices of the individual in such a way that more calories are burnt than consumed. But this entire process can take some time and the program requires a lot of commitment and determination from the user. The Medifast program consists of a change in lifestyle with meals that are delicious and healthy, along with guidance and support along the way. People using the Medifast Weight Loss Program are always encouraged to take out valuable time on a daily…
  • How to Deal with Food Cravings While on a Weight Loss Program

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

  • An Overview of Cartilage Regeneration

    Adam Farber
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Cartilage regeneration is an attempt to restore damaged joint cartilage. This can be done using several techniques. This new technique has been successfully performed in Europe for years, and is beginning to be used more in the United States. Every year, more than 12 million people go to the doctor with knee pain, and of these, half have damage to the articular cartilage. When the cartilage is damaged or deteriorates, the knee cannot go through regular range of motion, and without a knee replacement, this will worsen over time. However, there are new procedures available for cartilage…
  • Treating Achilles TendonInjuries

    Adam Farber
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    The Achilles tendon attaches three different calf muscles to the heel. It provides important stability for higher-speed walking and running as well as jumping. However, being close to the skin and confined in a narrow space behind the ankle, it can be vulnerable to injuries. Athletes in particular sometimes develop two main types of problems with the Achilles tendon: inflammation (tendonitis) or tearing (rupture). Achilles tendonitis tends to develop from overuse. While overuse can also increase vulnerability to rupture, this more severe type of injury is more likely to come from a sudden…
  • Allograft Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone ACL Reconstruction

    Adam Farber
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Approximately 50 percent of all knee injuries involve either a partial or complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Surgical reconstruction is done to repair this ligament when this occurs. One technique that is popular is the allograft bone-patellar tendon-bone procedure. This is the alternative to the autograft procedure, which can lead to increased morbidity. The ACL is the main stabilizer of the knee joint, but it is one of the most frequently injured ligaments, particularly for athletes. The ACL is also injured in motor vehicle accidents and injuries in the home and/or…
  • Top 5 Things to Know About Tennis Elbow

    Adam Farber
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is inflammation of the outer tendon of the elbow. Usually, this condition causes pain and occurs from a strain injury to the tendon during backhand tennis hitting. The inflammation occurs at the outer aspect of the humerus bone at the elbow joint, called the epicondyle. When the inflammation occurs to the inner portion of the tendon, it is called golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis. Golfers often injure this body region when striking the grown to take a deep divot. 1. What Causes Tennis Elbow? The most common cause of lateral…
  • Top 8 Treatments to Try Before Knee Replacement

    Adam Farber
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    When someone has significant osteoarthritis of the knee, the Phoenix orthopedic surgeon will try several conservative measures before considering a knee replacement surgery. Find out about the top 8 treatments you should consider before having surgery on your knee. 1. Exercise and Weight Loss One of the most important aspects of nonsurgical management of knee arthritis is weight loss and strengthening. For every pound of weight, there is six pounds of pressure on the knee joint with activity. Overweight people also tend to develop arthritis at an earlier age than slimmer individuals. Muscle…
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    Afshi Speaks

  • 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…
  • EagleGet Easy Your Downloads

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

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

  • Are you at risk for Internet addiction disorder?

    Mike Scott
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    “Internet addiction disorder” is not an “official” clinical diagnosis listed in the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). However, it is also not exactly a newly recognized problem, and characteristics of the spectrum of this disorder appear to (more…)
  • The Hippocratic Oath in 2014 … What Do You Think?

    Mike Scott
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    Although Hippocrates is unlikely to have been the sole or even the original author, the Hippocratic Oath, designed to guide the professional thinking, moral behavior, and ethical precepts of a good physician, has been around — in one form or another — for all of (more…)
  • Don’t Fear The Cloud

    Don Feiler
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    As internet bandwidth increases and connectivity becomes more affordable and ubiquitous, businesses large and small across many industries are leveraging cloud computing to control IT costs. Cloud computing—software as a service (SaaS) applications and data repositories accessed remotely via an internet connection—offers flexibility in software (more…)
  • What Did You Do When You Were 19?

    Mike Scott
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of college (at Stanford to be precise) to start a company that is now beginning to revolutionize blood testing. Anyone who has to have regular blood draws (phlebotomy) for things like cholesterol testing or PSA testing or just a standard complete blood (more…)
  • Way beyond DBS and Google Glass

    Mike Scott
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    DBS is an abbreviation for “deep brain stimulation”, and one of this year’s Lasker prizes was awarded to Alim-Louis Benabid (a neurosurgeon), and Mahlon DeLong (a neurologist) for their research into and clinical application of DBS for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other neurologic and (more…)
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    Hot Topics

  • 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 revenue's by at least 20%, while being compliant and followi ...
  • Demystifying Medicare's Four New Modifiers Related to Modifier -59

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    CMS Has Deduced That Modifier – 59 is as commonly Used as It is Abused. Learn the Intent of CMS to Set Things Right with 4 New Modifiers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is establishing four new HCPCS modifiers to define subsets of the modifier -59, a modifier used to define a “Distinct Procedural Service.” ...
  • Orthopedic Coding Updates 2015

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Be Compliant with the New CPT Code Changes for 2015 During this audio session by expert speaker Margie S Vaught, you will find out the new, revised and deleted CPT codes relating to the Orthopedic specialty and those working in the Musculoskeletal section of the CPT manual as well as Nervous and Radiology sections. There are new intra-articular jo ...
  • HIPAA Breach Notification - How to Know What to Do and Avoid Penalties

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Understand How to Avoid Penalties in HIPAA Breach Notification and What to do in Such Cases? The HIPAA Omnibus Update rules contain numerous changes to HIPAA regulations of which all HIPAA-related entities must be aware, and the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule has new standards for determining what qualifies as a reportable breach.  Failure t ...
  • E/M Coding Updates for 2015

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Boost Your E/M Services in 2015 by Applying the Current CPT Changes to Your Practice Each year the AMA and CMS publish changes to CPT® and HCPCS for the New Year. 2015 is no different with CPT® adding two codes, revising two, and deleting one. This will be an expansion of the chronic care management section.  The 2015 CMS propose ...
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  • Natural Arthritis-Fighting Foods You Should Include In Your Daily Diet

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When we get right down to the foundation of your overall health and wellness, diet plays a big role. A lot of the time, what you eat has a direct impact on how you feel and how your body functions. The days are gone when arthritis was one of the hardly curable diseases. Today, we know more about the condition and how to deal with it. Now, while there might not be any specific “arthritis diet”, there are still some foods that are worth including in your daily diet to relieve your arthritis pain. If … Read MoreThis article Natural Arthritis-Fighting Foods You Should Include In Your…
  • Reduce Risk of Stroke with Dark Chocolate and Other Daily Foods

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    Stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot, bursts, or ruptures. When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it and the brain cells die. Over 800,000 people die each year in the U.S. from cardiovascular disease and strokes. The two main causes of strokes are ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes comprise about 80% to 85% of all strokes. With an ischemic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain becomes clogged with a clot. … Read MoreThis article Reduce Risk of Stroke with Dark…
  • 5 Foods That Can Significantly Help You Reduce The Risk Of Diabetes

    Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A healthy diet can be helpful in controlling diabetes. Once the symptoms of diabetes appear, it is possible to reduce your risk of complications caused by diabetes. A healthy diet with healthy recipes, good medical advice, and healthy weight loss regime can greatly help you reduce your diabetes in a long run. In addition to these, here are the top 5 foods that you should include in your diet to control your blood sugar and avoid major health complications caused by diabetes. 1. Coffee Coffee contains many complex chemicals which can act as antioxidants inside … Read MoreThis article 5…
  • The Diabetes Complication You Didn’t See Coming

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

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

  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month: How to Safeguard Against Healthcare Data Breaches

    Infinit Healthcare
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and with the recent shift towards electronic records and the use of big data, healthcare providers need to fortify data security to safeguard against data breaches. The recent web site hacking is an example of why healthcare organizations should not only have a data security plan but also a breach plan
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (October 5 – 11, 2014)

    Infinit Healthcare
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    This week, let’s focus on a very important advancement in healthcare that may literally prevent us from catching the most horrifying diseases, Big Data. How you ask? Can it prevent us from getting the notorious Ebola virus? Here’s the newest on Healthcare Data.
  • 12 Must-Read Healthcare IT Blogs

    Infinit Healthcare
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    Whether you’re a healthcare provider, a medical professional, or just simply a healthcare enthusiast, it’s important to be updated on the latest news and issues related to healthcare information technology. Here is a list of some of our favorite healthcare IT blogs for everyone looking for news, analysis, and valuable guidance in the intersection of medicine and technology.
  • Top 5 Reasons the Healthcare Industry should Outsource

    Jeff De Jesus
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    The global healthcare industry’s interest in outsourcing has grown massively in the recent years due to the industry’s drive to reduce costs while still being able to provide quality healthcare service. We list down five reasons the healthcare industry should think more about outsourcing their non-medical operations.
  • What’s Up in Healthcare (September 21-28)

    Infinit Healthcare
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
    From hackers to nurses, we round up some of the juiciest articles this past week about healthcare. You may be interested to know who might be looking at your personal records! Here’s the newest on healthcare.
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  • Drive-by Treatment

    Pat Palmer
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    If you have ever been a patient in a hospital, you know that sometimes you are visited by different medical staff throughout any given day to check your status and generally make sure that you’re recovering within a reasonable time frame. Nursing assistants will check your vital signs, lab techs will draw blood, and nurses will bring you medications, change and check your IV bags and administer anything on your chart ordered by your attending physician. Sometimes you will be seen by more than one doctor, especially if your illness is more difficult to diagnose. You might be seen by a number…
  • Can America Afford the Affordable Care Act?

    Pat Palmer
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The Affordable Care Act was constructed and implemented, among other quality and access objectives, to make healthcare more affordable for more Americans. But it seems as if many are complaining that it is actually costing more and is anything but affordable. Others say they haven’t seen much change in their rates; however, many of them are in plans that were set up pre-Obamacare and happened to already be compliant when the law was implemented. Of course, getting things up to the standard of the law is going to show an initial push, but now that we’re going into the second year of the…
  • Inflated Overhead and the Administrative Burden in Healthcare

    Pat Palmer
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The United States has some of the most prestigious hospitals and physicians in the world. Life-saving medicine and procedures are carried out on a daily basis and research is making ailments that were once a death sentence treatable to the point that patients can go on and live healthy, vibrant lives. Yes, the U.S. system of healthcare is far advanced in its endeavors – and its costs. The Institute of Medicine reported that $200 billion of our wasted healthcare money is due to administrative waste. This is about 15 cents on the healthcare dollar. Inefficient, fragmented and burdensome…
  • Falsified Applications Approved for Obamacare and Subsidies

    Pat Palmer
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Another punch was thrown to an already wobbly-legged Obamacare last week just days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against the administration in the Halbig v. Sebelius case, cutting off subsidies to low-income healthcare consumers in 36 states. Now, according to a study done by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), there are serious inefficiencies in the process of enrollment and application acceptance for healthcare plans. The GAO reported that investigators who crafted false identities were somehow allowed to enroll in healthcare plans as well as receive…
  • Coverage Inaccuracies Frustrate Consumers

    Pat Palmer
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Coverage Accuracy: Consumer Woes No one wants to leave the comfortable neighborhood feel of what they know to be familiar. With the new healthcare law, however, many people have been forced to leave their long-time doctors and insurance plans because either it became too costly to stay or because the plan was no longer available. Once change has occurred, the least consumers expect is to get accurate information when looking for a new provider so they can choose a new one based on factors such as location and ratings. Unfortunately, the lists of in-network providers offered by the insurers…
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    Innovation Institute

  • Seeing the World Through Google Glass

    Matthew Prather
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Google Glass has been on the market for a little while now. When I first heard of it, I was intrigued and it made me think back to a TEDTalk I saw on the “sixth sense” device.  Glass lacks the projection element to do all that the sixth sense device promised to do, but it was interesting nonetheless. I was very surprised when the release fell flat amidst stories like the one I heard of a person being harassed for wearing them into a bar since they are a recording device, which seemed odd to me considering we carry cameras in our pockets all the time.  Was it really just the potential…
  • Superhydrophobic Materials

    Matthew Prather
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Superhydrophobic materials are surfaces that repel water to such an extent that it can actually cause water to bounce off of it.  Formerly hydrophobic surfaces were attained by substances like car wax, which does a reasonably good job of causing water to bead up and roll off of a surface.  However, mechanical engineers at MIT and BYU created a technology that uses microscopic posts or ridges to allow what you see in the below video. If you watched the video, you’ve just seen more than a dozen potential applications for this incredible technology.  One of the more amazing to me was…
  • Combination therapy for bipolar disorder

    Rebecca Millar
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Combination therapy for bipolar disorder is a common method of treatment.  So what is combination therapy, and how can it help you manage your illness? What is combination therapy? Combination therapy is tried when a single drug does not work to control mood swings and another drug of the same type is added.  For example, if the individual is on one mood stabiliser and it is not working to control all symptoms, another mood stabiliser can be added in order to control the other symptoms of the disorder and provide relief for the individual. What are adjunctive medications? Adjunctive…
  • Ebola situation update July 18

    Rebecca Millar
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    The West African Ebola Outbreak death toll now stands at 603 persons since the virus was first confirmed in the region on March 24, 2014. The outbreak began in Guinea and has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone and is the largest Ebola virus (EBOV) outbreak on record since EBOV first came to the attention of health officials in 1976.  Previously the largest outbreak was in Uganda in 2000 which affected 425 persons and had a death toll of 224 persons. Cases of EBOV were also suspected in Gambia, Ghana, and Mali in April and May of this year; though the samples sent for laboratory testing…
  • Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson

    Matthew Prather
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Cognitive Cooking is an application that utilizes IBM’s Watson, the supercomputer that won Jeopardy in 2011, to generate novel recipes.  Watson was programmed with about 35,000 recipes and 1,000 chemical flavor compounds in order to create food combinations that are unusual, and that humans are unlikely to consider themselves. The user can input ingredients, a type of cuisine, and dietary restrictions, and Watson will create recipes that conform to the inputs. One such example was a BBQ sauce that was made out of butternut squash.  Watson’s understanding of chemistry allows it…
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    CQC Compliance » Blog

  • Tough love!

    Amanda Calberry
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Many of you will have children of varying ages, and some of you will have experienced the trials and traumas of bringing up young people who think – They know better than you They can do what they like anyway All adults make rules just for the sake of it In these situations, there is a process used by many adults called ‘tough love’. This consists of really, really punitive punishment to try to stamp on bad behaviour at an early stage. However, not all parents sign up to this and another train of thought leads to support and understanding as an alternative process.
  • CQC’s new approach

    Amanda Calberry
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    The CQC began using a new approach to inspect and regulate GP and GP out-of-hours services on 1 October 2014. The inspections are much more in-depth, using ‘Intelligent Monitoring’ to help them to decide when, where and what to inspect, including listening better to people’s experiences of care and using the best information across the system. 5 key questions Under the new approach the CQC inspectors make their judgement to assess services against five key questions: Are they safe? – are people protected from abuse and avoidable harm? Are they effective? – do…
  • It’s good to talk

    Amanda Calberry
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    I managed to escape the office for a couple of hours this week to chair a service users’ forum. The last time I visited the scheme felt like a couple of months back but, on checking my notes, it was actually March. I could not believe that seven months of the year had flown over so quickly; it scared me to think how time flies by. Anyway, as I sat down with the gang and drank tea (I forgot the biscuits) I was reminded once again about how important face-to-face feedback is, and how easily a good old natter can solve even the trickiest of problems. I really enjoyed the session and my…
  • Grading care service quality in Scotland

    Amanda Calberry
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    It is interesting that the CQC is moving to a rating system for care services which are inspected. In Scotland, there has been grading of inspected care services since April 2008. At that time, a quality assessment and improvement approach was adopted after considerable consultation and preparation. The thinking was that providing a concrete yardstick of quality, a grade, from each inspection, would allow both the public and services themselves to pursue quality in the provision of care services. The policy has been successful, and research has shown that quality of services, as measured by…
  • Prepare to be filmed

    Amanda Calberry
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    The latest decision to endorse secret filming in the care sector is inevitably controversial. It is difficult to predict the outcome and there must be a risk of serious unintended and unanticipated consequences. Might it, for example, precipitate a recruitment crisis? Time will tell, but for now the intrusion looks inevitable and it may be wise to make some preparations. Here are some thoughts: 1. Be the first to know. Whistleblowing policies may sound threatening but in reality they help ensure you, the employer, are the first to know of any abuse. Make sure you have one in place – QCS…
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  • 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…
  • Bed Bug Bites are Worse Than You Might Think

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

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

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

    The Job Doctor
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    The Job Doctor Mailbag is a collection of job- search related questions, emailed to us (, tweeted to us, or sent via our Facebook & Google + pages. The Job Doctor answers any type of question related to healthcare job searches and healthcare recruiting.  The Job Doctor draws from his years of successful recruiting experience and his professional contacts to provide expert and unbiased advice to your job search queries. Send your questions, and he will answer as many as he can. We will edit the questions to remove identifying information and…
  • How to Fight Back Against Negative Reviews on Healthgrades

    Michael Jones
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Love them or hate them, online physician review sites like, and all the reviews they contain, are not likely to go away anytime soon. These sites are promoted as a way for patients to select a quality physician, based on the reviews of prior patients. If these reviews are negative, they can be extremely problematic for a practicing physician, especially since Healthgrades will normally turn up at or near the top of Google search results for searches based on a physician’s name. There are many issues stemming from these sites that can negatively impact a physician’s…
  • What Direction should the Experienced Nurse in Mid-Career take?

    Sharon A. Takiguchi, RN, MS, APRN, DrPH
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    What direction to take? With a bachelor in nursing degree, you have worked as a staff nurse on a general medical-surgical unit for two to five years, and you find yourself wondering if you should make a change. There are many options available to you: continue in a structured, multifaceted, direct patient-care setting like a hospital unit, move to a fast-paced unit like emergency room or critical care, consider a more independent, community-oriented role as a home health nurse, or contemplate a managerial role as a pain management nurse.   Over 100 different nursing specialties exist for…
  • Balancing Your Lifestyle in Healthcare: Sleeping on the Job

    Victor Peña-Araujo
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    You have studied hard, pulled countless all-nighters, trained for years, and you’ve finally landed your dream job.  You are ready to work hard, to be dedicated, and to give it your all.  You are a caring professional and proudly put your patients’ interests first.  After all, that is the defining characteristic of an excellent clinician. So the last thing you would want is for someone to sabotage all the time, effort, and money you’ve invested in getting this position.  What if that someone actually meant well, had the best of intentions, but still managed to trip you up anyway?
  • Top 8 Ways to Find the Best Physician Jobs

    Michael Jones
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    Finding a good job as a physician isn’t usually a difficult task. However, accepting a physician job is normally a major commitment, with positive or negative repercussions that will last throughout the physician’s career.  That means that every physician job seeker will feel pressure to find the best possible position in order to achieve a long-term positive outcome.  Here are eight tips for how to go about finding your personal best physician job. Networking Finding the best physician jobs isn’t always easy… Networking remains, as it always has been, the number one way…
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    Heal City

  • How Pranic Healing helps to Get a Better and Longer Life

    Madhavi Dandu
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Image Courtesy :flickr Stress of work and responsibilities leave a person with a very disturbed lifestyle. Pollution and unsavoury work conditions along with junk food and bad habits lead you to feel constantly tired and fatigued. You tend to become more and more susceptible to minor ailments like cold and cough, and major diseases as well. Pranic healing is an alternative healing technique which does not directly attack any disease or ailment that you may have, but rather focuses on the root of the problem; your mental well being. It is not a psychological healing technique, but believes…
  • Top Natural and Effective Home Remedies for Toothaches

    Hugo Massey
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    While its triggers can vary, the misery toothaches cause is pretty much the same for everyone affected. Oftentimes, the pain ranges from throbbing to excruciating. Fortunately, with a competent dentist as your ally, the misery (and pain) is expected to be short-lived. However, if an immediate dental appointment is not feasible, below are some of the best home remedies you have at your disposal. Vodka  Having a toothache will give you a reason to put that vodka you’ve been storing to good use. However, keep in mind that it should not be an excuse for you to overindulge. While unknown…
  • Stay Fit : Interesting Exercise Ideas For the Uninspired

    Chris Miller
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Whether you’re jumping on the workout train for the first time, or you’ve been at it for years, one thing is certain—you’re going to have those days when you don’t feel super-pumped up to workout. Don’t freak out. It’s normal. I know that if I do the same old routine three to five times a week, I will eventually get burned out. You know what they say—“Variety is the spice of life.” It’s also the very thing that can help you stay active and focused on your goals. If you want to stay amped up about burning those calories and shredding those pounds, try…
  • How Pets can Help Ease Depression and Anxiety

    Ariel Bellamy
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Depression and Anxiety Neither state is a good one to have nor can be cured easily; however with the help of pets, you can easily help yourself get back to your normal self. Moreover, pets are always fun to have, and they have other benefits as well rather than just helping with depression and anxiety. Most pets are great to have because they offer unconditional love and care, and with that many people feel loved, even though they might be going through a rough patch in life. Furthermore, they will help with not only feeling better, but with improving your overall health as well. Choosing the…
  • Skin Care Linking the History of Cosmetic Medicine

    Hugo Massey
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Skin care has evolved since centuries past. From Ancient Egypt in 300 BC to China in 1200 BC; then to the Imperial Dynasty in China in 361 BC and to the Ancient Greeks in 750 BC during the Archaic Period. Then it made its way to Hollywood and the silver screen, and in our homes. Every woman nowadays can’t be without any skin care products in their homes. Did you know that cosmetic medicine and skin care has one thing in common? Cosmetic medicine helps in enhancing one’s appearance and so does skin care – though it mostly concentrate on your skin, so does cosmetic medicine, especially…
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  • albert einstein quotes:life lessons learned[infographic]

    Santoshh Singh
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The post albert einstein quotes:life lessons learned[infographic] appeared first on Palchoice. One of the most inspiring persons in the history of mankind is albert einstein. He is my personal favorite and I look up to him for motivation whenever I feel low in life. And what’s a better way than reading albert einstein quotes? So what are best motivational albert einstein quotes? And what are the life [...] The post albert einstein quotes:life lessons learned[infographic] appeared first on Palchoice.
  • project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    The post project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools appeared first on Palchoice. How Cloud Based Project Management Enhances Your Company’s Performance ? If you look back even just as little as 10 years ago, few people had ever heard of the cloud.  It was a form of technology that was for the most part exclusive to a very specific group of businesses.  The average small business owner [...] The post project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 motivational hard working quotes

    Santoshh Singh
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The post top 9 motivational hard working quotes appeared first on Palchoice. we all need motivation in order to keep performing at our best. In my quest to keep myself motivated, i came up with these top 9 motivational hard working quotes. These are not simple quotes to be read and forgotten. These are the pearls that i have chosen over a period of time. I have [...] The post top 9 motivational hard working quotes appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Top 7 evening habits of highly effective people

    Santoshh Singh
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    The post Top 7 evening habits of highly effective people appeared first on Palchoice. Curiosity is at the bottom of all the progress in human society. We always want to know what causes someone to achieve incredible success in life. We constantly search for some kind of secret formula that can make us a success as well. Do you want to know the top 7 evening habits of highly [...] The post Top 7 evening habits of highly effective people appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 609 % increase in website traffic: top 10 learnings

    Santoshh Singh
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The post 609 % increase in website traffic: top 10 learnings appeared first on Palchoice. Yesterday one of my posts has resulted in 609 % increase in website traffic in a single day. After posting it I tried to list down all the things that I did differently that resulted in such a phenomenal increase in my blog traffic. Of course I am trying a number of things to increase [...] The post 609 % increase in website traffic: top 10 learnings appeared first on Palchoice.
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    Restore My Vision Today Info

  • Restore My Vision Today

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Hey, Tre’von here. Thanks for waiting and it’s finally done. So, without further ado… “Here’s The Most In Depth Review Of Restore My Vision Today on the ‘Web” No fluff, no filler – Just everything you want and NEED to know before buying. Note: This is a review, Click Here to Visit The Restore My Vision Today Website. First things first,- What Exactly is Restore My Vision Today?     Restore My Vision Today The Restore My Vision Today Info is a program made by Dr. Sen and Samantha Pearson committed to helping people who are experiencing vision issues, including…
  • Restore My Vision Today Is Here…

    5 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Hey I’m Tre’von, First of all, thanks for stopping by my latest website dedicated to Restore My Vision Today.What you’ll find here is the most in depth review of Restore My Vision Today on any site on the web, as well as my personal experience with it during my relatively short ‘trial’ period. It’s already here and this is one of many posts. Keep checking back for more news on the Restore My Vision Today’s  teams latest release, The ebook about Correcting Vision.
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    Ken Research

  • India LED Television Market Outlook to 2018 – Rising Price Competition With New Players Entry

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    India LED Television Market Outlook to 2018 – Rising Price Competition with New Players Entry presents a comprehensive analysis of the industry covering aspects including market size by sales value, sales volume and market segmentation by mode of distribution, by LED television screen size, by geography, by structure and by application. The report also provides a comprehensive view on the online LED and OLED television market in India with a focus on the shares of players in the online LED television market in the country. The report also entails a detailed description on the recent…
  • Indonesia Digital Education and E-Learning Market Outlook to 2018 – Rising Trend of Blended Learning to Drive the Future Growth

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Indonesia Digital Education and E-Learning Market Outlook to 2018 – Rising Trend of Blended Learning to Drive the Future Growth provides a comprehensive analysis of the market size of the Indonesia Digital Education, technology and content market along with several product categories such as K-12, post K-12, corporate training, Pre K-12, vocational training, open courseware (massive open online courses), multimedia content, online test, video books, online text and audios, LMS, content authoring tools, smart classes and others. The report also covers the market shares and competitive…
  • Europe Medical Device Market Research Report: Ken research

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Europe Medical Device Market Outlook to 2018 – Driven by the Presence of Advanced Healthcare Industry and Ageing Population The economic recession in Europe affected the medical devices market, particularly in Greece and Portugal, which was showcased in the modest overall market growth of 2.7% from 2010 to 2011 Future Growth of Europe Medical Device Market is expected to be led by Consumables, dental devices and Orthopedic Segments The market leaders, such as Johnson&Johnson, GE Healthcare and Siemens Healthcare are expected to maintain focus on the production of innovative medical…
  • Indonesia Real Estate Market Outlook to 2018 – Expected Burst in Demand Influenced by Bubble Fears

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Indonesia Real Estate Market Outlook to 2018 – Expected Burst in Demand Influenced by Bubble Fears provides a comprehensive analysis of the of the various aspects such as market size, segmentation, trends and developments and future projections of the Jabodebek, Banten, Bandung, Surabaya and Bali Real Estate market as the five major provinces that has been taken as key segments of the market. the market size for these provinces have been independently calculated for the Residential, commercial, retail, hotel and Industrial segment The report also entails a detailed analysis on Indonesia…
  • Europe Medical Device Market Outlook to 2018 – Driven by the Presence of Advanced Healthcare Industry and Ageing Population

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Europe Medical Device Market Outlook to 2018 – Driven by the Presence of Advanced Healthcare Industry and Ageing Population presents a comprehensive analysis of the industry aspects including market size by production value of medical devices market in Europe. The report also entails market share analysis and company profiles of major players operating in the medical devices market in Europe. The medical device market of Europe is mainly comprised of medical equipments such as consumables, orthopaedic devices, dental devices, respiratory devices, and ophthalmic devices which are…
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