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It's time to stand by Dallas hospital
October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Texas Health Resources CEO admits staff not fully trained before Ebola outbreak”: THR has taken enough lumps. It's time for the medical community to stand by this facility.
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Horrified by Ebola nurse's airplane trip
October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Ohio nurses flew with Texas nurse who has Ebola”: Why weren't these nurses quarantined in their homes, at least, for the three weeks?
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Healthcare, the Wal-Mart way
October 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Wal-Mart to let shoppers enroll in health plans in stores”: It has finally come to this. Consumers, so confused about healthcare costs, opportunities and obligations, now go to the discount bargain basement for their medical care needs. Hey, if it is cheaper, it will fly. Why not just open primary-care clinics in the big-box stores and let's pay out of our medical savings accounts?
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Comments on RAC stats refreshing
October 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “RACs' effectiveness exaggerated”: It is refreshing to see this rebuttal, calling CMS statistics out when they are so far from accurate.
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RACs' effectiveness exaggerated
October 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “RACs recouped $3B for Medicare in 2013”: I am a healthcare statistician who works very closely with pre- and post-audit compliance risk and mitigation issues. I would strongly disagree with the validity of the 18.1% reversal rate claimed by the recovery audit contractor trade group.
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'Research corporations' using patient data without consent
Dr. Deborah C. Peel | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Reform Update: UnitedHealth's Optum Labs adds universities, insurer and Merck”: The public has never agreed or given their consent to the use of their personal health data by “research corporations” such as Optum. The Optum business model, i.e., buying, selling and trading the nation's health data, is frankly an unfair and deceptive trade practice.
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Registries can be source of critical data
September 05, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Groups press FDA to encourage medical-device registries”: Hip and knee implant registries incorporating refined data for comparative effectiveness, quality monitoring and public reporting are clearly necessary.
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California bill would spur higher insurance rates
September 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding: “Narrow-network controversy spurs tougher rules for California plans”: As with most things related to healthcare reform and how to best serve Californians, it's complicated. In this case, the problem is very real: How to improve access to care without increasing costs.
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Device industry feeling the pinch
August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Audit: Obamacare medical-device tax not meeting revenue target”: As a person who has worked for more than one medical-device manufacturer over the past 25 years, this article is spot on.
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Medical home programs hampered by complexity
August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Reform Update: Medical-home adoption growing; evidence of effectiveness still elusive”: I love these self-serving studies, hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted to come up with nothing. There is nothing wrong with the patient-centered medical-home concept. The problem is with the implementation of it.
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Statistics show progress on patient safety
July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Hospital patients no safer today than 15 years ago, Senate panel hears”: Show me the data.
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Patients' burden growing under reform
July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Note to doctors worried about getting paid: ACA includes cost-sharing subsidies, too”: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act shifts more risk onto the patient's back. That's no preconceived notion.
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For most, health is not a priority
July 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Report looks at what drives healthcare analytics”: The authors of the article need to get their heads out of the clouds and get into clinical practice.
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Big bucks are driving big data
July 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “When it comes to clinical-decision software, what does autonomy mean?”: The current rage for building, selling and using “bedside analytics” and big-data technologies is all about financial gain for investors and corporations, it is not about the best interests of the public.
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'Assistant physician' idea is a mistake
June 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Missouri bill would create assistant doctors to boost rural care”: Just what we don't need: another assistant to physicians.
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High exec pay driving healthcare costs
May 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Stock options and bonuses awarded to those at the top for simply having the title is disgraceful and a reason the costs of healthcare are so high.
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EHRs are a drag on providers
May 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “CMS proposes stretching Stage 1 in EHR incentive program”: I think EHRs are being forced on us so insurance companies and Medicare can use lightly trained clerks to gather utilization data.
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Is a Trojan horse lurking behind transparency push?
May 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Health insurance giants to make payment data accessible to public”: One wonders why health plans might want to send claims data to a plan-supported, not-for-profit enterprise that is collecting payment information.
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Smokers should pick up the tab for their habit
May 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “CMS should not pay for regular CT screenings for heavy smokers, panel says”: At first blush it seems shocking that the CMS would not cover effective preventive care. However, being a smoker is a voluntary activity.
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Decision points up ACA's dark side
May 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “CMS should not pay for regular CT screenings for heavy smokers, panel says”: This will be the first of many decisions from the panels to outright deny or greatly mitigate benefits or care.
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