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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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'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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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Move toward transparency long overdue
March 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding "Castlight IPO blasts off with price transparency tech": I am delighted to have read your article on upcoming company products that provide the needed transparency within the medical field. For far too long,...
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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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Insurance companies drive costs
February 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “'We can't afford' healthcare's continuing increases, Aetna chief says”: Insurance companies, with all their phony rules, are a major part of the problem.
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It’s OK for docs to Google patients
February 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Some doctors are Googling patients”: I see no problem with anyone, physician or not, Googling other people to learn about them.
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Portals useful if patients, providers both take part
November 22, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “No evidence that messaging portals reduce costs, improve outcomes, review of studies shows”: Without digging into each study, I can't comment on the factors the reviewers used to determine value.
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Priced out of insurance market
November 15, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding "Low enrollment expected to amp up pressure to tinker with ACA": The problem is that healthcare is now affordable for those who are going to get it free. However, it is now too expensive for those who used to have...
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By now, privacy is a myth
July 16, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “WellPoint to pay $1.7 million HIPAA penalty”: WellPoint is just the tip of the iceberg. Since all of our personal phone messages, e-mails and Internet correspondence have been tapped into by the...
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EHR push raises ethical questions
July 08, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “HHS signs off on IT patient-safety plan”: Perhaps the government should have figured out how to standardize reporting of IT and EHR safety issues before requiring and incentivizing us to use them.
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