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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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Sovaldi costs less than other treatments
May 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
I acknowledge and appreciate the professionalism and objectivity in this article. I do take umbrage with the misrepresented financials surrounding Gilead's Sovaldi, a first-of-its-kind drug considered a cure for hepatitis C, rather than an approach at managing symptoms.
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Misdiagnosis a worldwide problem
April 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Misdiagnosis could affect 12M U.S. adults annually, study finds”: This is an issue that haunts medical care all over the world.
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Providers deserve ICD-10 coding clarity
April 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “ICD-10 delay puts pressure on CMS for answers”: I think that no matter when they mandate implementation of ICD-10, all payers should be required to provide end-to-end testing at least three to six months prior to the implementation date.
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CMS hospice demo a step forward
March 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding "CMS hospice plans draw mixed reactions": The upcoming CMS hospice demonstration is a critical step in the evolution of end-of-life care.
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Doctors should welcome advanced-practice nurses
March 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding: “Physician assistant, nurse practitioner workloads expected to increase”: Wake up, doctors, and look at the reality of the gift you are being handed.
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Online ratings prove unhelpful
March 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Dealing with online ratings often proves challenging for doctors”: Sadly, when I tried to Google my orthopedic surgeon, the reviews were emotionally charged, subjective and overall unhelpful.
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Doctors are only part of the cure
February 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “More patients controlling high blood pressure, but still below U.S. goals”: You can have the best doctors in the world, but if you don't follow their advice, they won't be able to do much to help you.
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Reform law doesn't go far enough to protect patients
January 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Providers push for further delay of two-midnight policy”: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does not go far enough to protect the patient. Healthcare providers should be required to post the patient's rights that include where to file a complaint, make suggestions or comments and provide the forms to do so.
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U.S. Chamber had its chance to fix healthcare
January 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeking to "fix" the Affordable Care Act now that they've accepted they can't kill it: If only they and their sponsors were so determined to "fix" healthcare and health insurance in the decades before the ACA was enacted.
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A flu-shot alternative
January 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding: “Pregnant nurse fired after refusing flu shot”: At our health facility, we have the option of the flu shot or a mask that we wear until the official end of the flu season.
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