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12 Great Clinical Trial Finder Websites

August 31, 2015 by Joan Justice
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Consider Clinical Trials!

Searching for a clinical trial is getting easier! There are several other trial finders besides the behemoth ClinicalTrials.gov, some that are designed to be very user-friendly and some that offer toll-free numbers with specified navigators to help you with your search.[read more]

Having Insurance Doesn’t Always Pay: The case of the $1,700 mammogram

August 27, 2015 by Jeanne Pinder

This post appeared originally in MedPage Today, where I wrote it as part of our pricing transparency partnership with MedPage Today. Re-posted with permission. Summary: “I live in metro NY and received a bill for $2200 (approx) for a mammo/Ultrasound, of which approximately $767 was covered by insurance. I was balance billed $1...[read more]

The ABCs of CCJR

August 21, 2015 by James Dias

The recent announcement by CMS of its proposed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) program is raising more than a few eyebrows. This mandated orthopedic bundle program is scheduled to begin January 1, 2016 for hospitals in specified geographic areas.[read more]

Patient Outcomes Culture - A Healthcare Game Changer

August 20, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

The fifty-four year old Dennis Manners suffered from alcoholism and seizures. He was treated 337 times in the Emergency room in less than two years. He racked up $626,143 in charges at the University Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. With Dennis being homeless, he had no way to pay his bill.To address this, University...[read more]

Wal-Mart provides evidence Obamacare is working

August 20, 2015 by David E Williams

Healthcare Shopping Cart

What’s in your basket? Weakness in Wal-Mart's pharmacy business is a sign that the Affordable Care Act is having an impact for lower middle class families.[read more]

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World’s First Approved Malaria Vaccine Shows a Ray of Hope but Also Leaves Much Scope for an Improved Solution

August 20, 2015 by Varsha Jain

Malaria control tools currently available to the world have allowed the elimination of this deadly condition in many regions across the globe. While it is entirely preventable and treatable, it is also a major killer in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the WHO, almost 90% of all malaria deaths across the globe (an estimated 627,000) in...[read more]

Who Deserves Quality Medical Care?

August 17, 2015 by Michael Kirsch
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Quality Care Waffle

We all should know the difference between a slogan and real substance.   One of these has size and shape while the other is just a shadow.   Why then, is the slogan so powerful?A slogan is one of the weapons wielded by the Guardians of Political Correctness.  They will point toward the slogan du jour, and then,...[read more]

5 Signs That It Is Time to Reevaluate Your Independent Review Organization

August 14, 2015 by Danyell Jones
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Have you gotten comfortable with your independent review organization?The real question is, have you gotten a little too comfortable with your Independent Review Organization to the point where you have not seriously examined your contract or services in a while?It is great to keep moving along with a vendor that you have a well-...[read more]

Healthcare Executives – Keep Calm and Be A King for A Day

August 14, 2015 by Phil C. Solomon

If you were king for a day, what three strategies would you pursue to enable health systems to win in post-reform healthcare?[read more]

Expanding Medicaid benefits for improved behavioral health care, substance abuse treatment

August 4, 2015 by Cynthia Telles

Cynthia Telles is the director of the Spanish-speaking Psychosocial Clinic of the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital at UCLA, she is also an associate clinical professor at the university. She provides training and hosts comprehensive mental-health services to the community. Cynthia Telles has also been on the board of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plans for over 10+ years.[read more]

If Anti-Vaccine Parents Rode The Magic School Bus

July 30, 2015 by Christina Thielst

As a mom, I watched The Magic School Bus cartoons with my children because they were engaging and there was a bit of scientific learning.  This video has to be my all time favorite (even if it might not be an official MSB video) because it addresses the anti-vaccine movement in a humorous way. So, parents, hop aboard for a ride...[read more]

Saving Relationship Medicine with Direct Primary Care

July 8, 2015 by Stephen Schimpff

The fundamental problem in health care delivery today is a highly dysfunctional payment system that leads to higher costs, lesser quality and reduced satisfaction. It also means less time between doctor and patient with the loss of “relationship medicine.” The core problem? Price controls and regulations that reduce the trust and core interactions between doctor and patient.[read more]