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Information-Based Careers for Lab Scientists

November 25, 2015 by Daphne Stanford

As a healthcare professional, have you considered more information or office-based positions that still require a good deal of specialization?[read more]

Family Doctor Visit Costs

November 25, 2015 by Matthew Taber

American healthcare is in crisis. Family doctor visit costs are rising. Primary care practices are incurring heavy levels of non-collectable debt, and the percentage is climbing every year.[read more]

Is Pharma “Educating” U.S. Patients in the Wrong Way?

November 25, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

What gets patients angry—besides being upset about their diagnosis—is high drug prices. And direct-to-consumer ads rub salt in the wounds.[read more]

United pulls out of ACA exchanges: Should we care?

November 24, 2015 by David E Williams

Recently, we’ve heard what could be interpreted as bad news about the viability of exchanges: UnitedHealth is considering withdrawing. In the highly politicized world of health reform, that information has Obamacare foes sounding the death knell. But I see things differently.[read more]


Addiction: The Road to Recovery After the Hospital

November 24, 2015 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff

The prevalence of addictions has risen sharply in recent years. According to the CDC, 2.5% of people over the age of 12 have illegally used drugs in the past month. Since addictions are more common than ever before, medical professionals are looking for new ways to help treat their patients. Many doctors are trying to treat addictions with the use suboxane. However, others prefer alternative treatments.[read more]

Head of the DOJ's Antitrust Division Raises Concerns About Two Proposed Mega-Mergers Between Leading Health Insurers

November 20, 2015 by Katie Brant

The anticipated mergers between four leading health insurers, namely, Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., and Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., are causing quite a stir among the American Medical Association (AMA) and antitrust enforcers. They view these mergers as being detrimental to competition and a possible violation of antitrust laws and principles.[read more]

4 Healthcare Trends Set into Motion by the ACA

November 18, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

2015 marks the Affordable Care Act's 5th anniversary. Five years later, the ACA has sparked change in the healthcare ecosystem and is continuing to churn the wheel of change. But what changes should healthcare organizations expect for the future?[read more]


Theranos for President?

November 17, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

In an election year, it is normal for hype to overwhelm scrutiny--but not when the subject is health technology. Theranos has risen high on a good story, but we need more than a narrative from the disruptive forces in American medicine.[read more]


Five Factors Improving the State of Mental Health Care

November 17, 2015 by Cynthia Telles

Mental illness is a pervasive issue that harshly stigmatizes the millions of Americans who struggle with it every day. However, there are five key drivers of change that are improving or promise to improve the state of mental health care delivery, across the country:[read more]

Gadzooks! There's Gluten in my Cheerios!

November 17, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Recently, General Mills recalled nearly 2 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios because the boxes were contaminated with wheat. But the FDA's response was a little over the top.[read more]

HIPAA Basics For Licensed Health Care Professionals: Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules

November 16, 2015 by Katie Brant

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a HIPAA fact sheet for health care professionals and organizations. We could all use a little refresher from time-to-time.[read more]


The Healthcare Costs Associated with Alcohol Addiction

November 16, 2015 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff

For most people, alcohol is a social drug – used in moderation. There are even studies that show that light alcohol consumption can have health benefits for certain populations. However, there are those for whom alcohol is an addiction. And it's costly.[read more]