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California Supreme Court Rebuts Court Ruling On UR Physician Liability

April 29, 2016 by Josh Nelson

Medical reviewers and workers’ compensation providers can breathe a sigh of relief – at least for now. Last week the California Supreme Court ruled to officially depublicize a lower court’s previous ruling on the utilization review (UR) and workers’ compensation industries that would have set a precedent by holding UR physicians responsible for the care of patients whose cases the physicians review.[read more]

Good riddance: United finally gives up on ACA marketplaces

April 28, 2016 by David E Williams

United Healthcare announced that it’s exiting most of the Obamacare insurance marketplaces (aka exchanges) next year. Sound like a familiar story? In fact all the recent news coverage is just a rehash of last November’s announcement that United was probably going to exit.[read more]

Five “Must Read” Articles on Radiology and Health IT

April 28, 2016 by Erica Carnevale

Radiology consults, healthIT data breaches and telemedicine make the news. This week’s articles include a study that shows how delivering personalized care to patients could increase revenues;[read more]

Tackling the Side Effects of Parkinson’s Treatment

April 17, 2016 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff

Parkinson’s disease is a slowly developing progressive disorder which is estimated to be the second most common neurodegenerative disease. At present, the disease affects 5 million people and the numbers are projected to reach 9 million by the year 2030.[read more]

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How That New Drug Goes From Idea to Market

April 16, 2016 by Ryan Kh

The development and approval of new drugs is mandated by FDA's CDER (Center for Drug Evaluation and Research) center, the apex government body governing this segment. So how is a drug conceptualized and then developed, marketed, and then transported to various parts of the country for storage, management, and transportation of drugs?[read more]

15 Hospitals with Great Blogs

April 6, 2016 by Jonathan Catley
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For hospitals, blogging is one of the most effective means for engaging patients on the web. Here are 15 hospital blogs worth remembering — and emulating.[read more]

Two Hospital PR Case Examples: One Bizarre, One Just Crazy

April 1, 2016 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Two “PR-painful” news stories caught our attention recently. They are the kind of thing that makes the job of hospital public relations and community relations a challenge and headache…but, they illustrate why there are times that hospitals need professional help.[read more]

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Healthcare Costs Involved in Treating Drug Addiction

March 31, 2016 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff
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In a sense, the true costs of drug addiction are incalculable. How do we calculate the cost of incompetence in the public and private sector? How many people are late to work due to one drug-related accident? How many of those people will be fired as a result of being late one too many times?[read more]

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How Physician Offices Can Improve Patient Health Care

March 31, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Doctors and their staff want what is best for patients. Yet in physician offices across the country, it’s becoming an increasingly challenging feat to provide the best level of care for patients despite best intentions. Many are swamped with appointments, understaffed, and stretched thin on resources.[read more]

Population Health – The Work Has Just Begun

March 31, 2016 by Phil C. Solomon

Despite remarkable medical advances, Americans are sicker today than ever. With slow inevitability, individuals and society are accepting responsibility for improving our national health. Addressing obesity and the chronic disease it spawns (see graphic) is America’s principal health challenge.[read more]

National Doctors’ Day – Honoring Our Physicians

March 29, 2016 by Michael Jones
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The first Doctors’ Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. The date was the anniversary of the first use of general anesthetic in surgery. On March 30, 1842, in Jefferson, Ga., Dr. Crawford Long used ether to remove a tumor from a patient’s neck.[read more]

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Medical Advances Aid Fight Against Pollution-Caused Skin Conditions

March 21, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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A study conducted by Environmental Health Perspectives found evidence that a group of chemicals in the polluted air called phthalates are likely absorbed directly through the skin as well as inhaled. New research and advances in treatment are being developed to counteract the premature aging effect air pollution has on skin.[read more]