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The Fallen Souffle Economy and the Health Care Bubble

Jeff Goldsmith First posted 8/10/11 on The Health Care Blog It is increasingly clear that the United States’ economic troubles are far from over. The stock market plunge that began in earnest last week reflects the market’s belief that we’re … Continue reading

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Why Medical Specialists Should Want to End the Reign of the RUC

Paul M. Fischer, MD The old doctors know.  The practice of medicine has changed in a very basic way over the last 20 years.  Physician relationships have lost their civility and have been replaced by a level of tension that … Continue reading

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What Really Happens on a Hospital Night Shift

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Alternatives To Scrapping 510(k)

Merrell Goozner First posted 8/11/11 on Gooz News The Institute of Medicine report on medical device regulation released two weeks ago called for scrapping the 510(k) process that allows for market entry of new devices if they’re shown to be “substantially equivalent” … Continue reading

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MHA Does CLABSI Right!

Paul Levy First posted 8/13/11 on Not Running A Hospital Here’s a great step forward by the Massachusetts Hospital Association, a public presentation  of current data on the rate of central line associated bloodstream infections among its participating members. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Low Back Pain: Is Relief In Sight?

By Dov Michaeli First posted 8/8/11 on The Doctor Weighs In For people of a certain age low back pain is a fact of daily life. Why, of all people, should our venerable seniors suffer from this affliction? The short … Continue reading

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Bad Language: Words One Patient Won’t Use (And Hopes You Won’t Either)

Jesse Gruman First posted 8/03/11 on Prepared Patient Forum “There is a better way – structural reforms that empower patients with greater choices and increase the role of competition in the health-care marketplace.” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)August 3, 2011 The highly … Continue reading

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Community Health Centers: Local Economic Engines and Cost-Effective Primary Care Providers

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn First posted 8/09/11 on Health Populi As the recession drags on and millions of people in the U.S. lack health insurance, there’s a community resource that extends primary care to them that’s not in a doctor’s office: it’s in Community … Continue reading

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Twenty-Four Seven

Bradley Flansbaum First posted 8/07/11 on The Hospitalist Leader Two recent articles, one from The New York Times, the other from The Hospitalist,initiated some 24/7 staffing issue rumination on my behalf.  It stems originally from a recent op-ed by Lucian Leape: “Given the … Continue reading

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With Big Pharma on Campus, Who Will Look After the Public Interest?

Alison Bass First posted 8/3/11 on Alison Bass Medicare and social services for vulnerable Americans are not the only programs on the chopping block with Washington’s deal to raise the debt ceiling and cut trillions of dollars in government spending. … Continue reading

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Politics in Service of Public Health

Kenneth Lin First published 8/1/11 on Common Sense Family Doctor Below is the text of a proposed resolution that will be submitted by the District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians to next month’s Congress of Delegates of the American Academy of … Continue reading

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For Rotator Cuff Injuries –Try Yoga

Dov Michaeli First posted 8/3/11 on The Doctor Weighs In To Elizabeth, a trainer’s trainer. My favorite thing to do in the morning is not having a cup of coffee or reading the newspaper (this usually depresses me or sends me … Continue reading

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Get Ready for Big Changes in Provider Reimbursement

Joe Paduda First posted 8/2/11 on Managed Care Matters Get ready for big changes in provider reimbursement Now that the debt limit deal is done, the hard stuff starts. While there’s been a lot of focus on the Pentagon budget … Continue reading

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IOM Calls For Overhaul of Device Regulation

Merrill Goozner First posted 7/29/11 on Gooz News The Institute of Medicine committee that’s been reviewing medical device regulation for the past two years called this morning for a sweeping overhaul of Food and Drug Administration rules that allow some implanted devices to … Continue reading

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The Debt Deal: There Will Be Blood on the Floor on November 23rd

Robert Laszewski First posted 8/1/11 on Health Policy and Marketplace Review The debt deal is finally done. But it really isn’t an agreement on what cuts will be made, just the process that will be used to make them. The … Continue reading

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