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21st Century Cures for Pharmaceutical Marketing

In what Public Citizen described as an "Early Gift for the Pharmaceutical Industry" (see here), the Senate this week passed the 21st Century Cures Act (21st CC), which contains many provisions that will benefit the pharmaceutical industry...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of December 2016

Every night, Kathy and I sit by the fire and debrief on the events of the day. What rescue animals did we take on? What new projects need to be started? Is there new infrastructure required? Were their notable events at Unity Farm and...Show More Summary

21st Century Cures and the Road Ahead

I’ve been writing fewer posts recently because the trajectory forward for healthcare and healthcare IT seems to be evolving very rapidly. In just the past week, we’ve hadThe American Hospital Association letter suggesting that 21,000...Show More Summary

End-of-life decisions aren’t any easier for a doctor

As an internist and geriatrician, I deal with elderly patients all the time. We always end up talking about end-of-life issues: “Should I be resuscitated if my heart stops and I stop breathing?” “Do I want a feeding tube or gastrostomy tube if I stop eating and require nutrition?” “Should I be kept alive on […]

How this medical intern deals with stress

Tests and exams are the most challenging part of campus life, especially when it is in medical school where students will frequently encounter different types of examinations. One of the things which makes it special is that in medical school, exams are not only given as a written examination but also as oral and practical […]

It Doesn’t Look Like We Can Keep ePAS out Of The News. Surely Soon?

We had another breakout of ePAS news last week.First we had this:Builders claim Royal Adelaide Hospital delayed by records faultThe Australian12:00AM November 30, 2016Meredith BoothBuilders of the troubled $2.3 billion Royal Adelaide...Show More Summary

What Does The Cures Act Mean for Mental Health Care? 5 Things to Know

Remember that the two things you don’t want to watch being made are sausage and law. Then recall that while the process for both may be unappealing and seem incongruous, the product is not always so.   Take the 21st Century Cures Act, for example, which is a lengthy (996 pages) piece of legislation (summary... Read More

Could Price Be Right?

By GILBERT WELCH, MD and ELLIOTT FISHER, MD If confirmed as Secretary of HHS, Tom Price will oversee a $1 trillion budget – roughly one-third of all health expenditures.  His proposed legislation “Empowering Patients First” seeks to control costs by giving patients more choices and providing the information required to make them. He calls for publicly

The Case For a Medicare Buy In

By BOB HERTZ Here is why we need a Medicare buy-in: Take the case of a male age 62, in Omaha Nebraska, whose Income is $50,000 a year His only offers of ACA-qualified health insurance are from Medica and Aetna. With Medica, he can choose a bronze plan that has a monthly premium of

This liberal physician wants to give Tom Price a chance. Here’s why.

Recently, President-elect Trump selected Rep. Tom Price, MD to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.  Suffice it to say, this signals Mr. Trumps’ resolve and commitment to definitively repealing and replacing.  Dr. Price has already sunk his teeth into health care reform, having proposed alternative health care solutions in every Congressional session since […]

Endorsing Tom Price: Does the AMA owe us an explanation?

On Tuesday, November 29, President-elect Donald Trump named Dr. Tom Price, a former orthopedic surgeon, current Republican congressman, and chair of the House Budget Committee, as his pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services. The same day, the American Medical Association issued a press release enthusiastically endorsing Price for the position. The next day, […]

Stark Law – What You Need to Know

With all of the complex laws governing healthcare, doctors worry about running afoul of the law, even accidentally. Frankly, they should. One subject that causes confusion is physician self-referral. This term refers to the practice of a physician referring a […]

A patient’s hypertension and the war on science

Madame Laurent came to my office one day last year with bloodshot eyes and a two-day headache. She’s well known in our clinic – kind to all the staff and always smiling even when she’s in pain. Despite a stroke a few years ago, she is mentally sharp, often able to read what I want […]

Rush Health Taps InterSystems to Implement Private Health Information Exchange

Rush Health, a Chicago-based clinically integrated health network has selected InterSystems to implement a private health information exchange (HIE). The implementation of InterSystems HealthShare will provide their hospital, physician...Show More Summary

Drone-Based Emergency Medical Rescue System Presented

19 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Getting paramedics to a site of an injury can often be challenging if the stricken person is on top of a cliff, in a forest, or some other hard to reach place. Italo Subbarao, DO, senior associate dean at William Carey University College...Show More Summary

Vida Health Raises $18M for Digital Health Coaching Platform

Vida Health, a San Francisco, CA-based digital health platform that pairs individuals with expert health coaches has raised $18 million in Series B funding led by Canvas Ventures with participation from Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) and returning investor Aspect Ventures. The company plans to utilize the funding expand its digital health platform to serve more... Read More

What does a doctor’s white coat really mean?

For a century, the white coat has been the symbol of the medical doctor. Today, the vast majority of medical schools in the U.S. begin with a white coat ceremony. There, the fledgling, future doctors stand together and recite a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath before being called up one-by-one to receive the white […]

Augmedix Nabs $23M to Expand Google Glass-based Remote Scribe Services Nationwide

Augmedix, Inc., a Google Glass-focused digital health startup, has raised $23 million in funding from McKesson Ventures and OrbiMed with participation from the existing VCs Redmile Group,  Emergence Capital and DCM Ventures. The company plans to utilize the funding to expand its remote scribe services nationwide and build out its platform with tools and services... Read More

Please dear doctor, give me my results. My life is on hold.

You will probably never meet me in person. Your name will be on the bill my insurance receives from the hospital. Your signature will be on the line after the end of the report as you mumble report after report into the system. You will never know my story. I am my organs to you; […]

What’s at the root of physician burnout?

Physician burnout has received a lot of well-deserved attention lately. Characterized by emotional exhaustion and professional frustration, it’s tied to an array of adverse consequences, from physician suicide to poor patient outcomes. Organizations are waking up to the need to measure its prevalence and ameliorate its impact. There seems to be two broad schools of […]

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