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MACRA: We Can’t Expect the Feds To Be The Key Lever of Change

By JOE FLOWER The final MACRA rules are out. There is plenty of room for debate about them, but one thing is clear: They are a fine example of why we cannot expect the federal government to be the key and most powerful driver of change in healthcare. This is not a political statement, not an

Did Obama break the law to save the Affordable Care Act?

Recently, a federal audit found that the Obama administration has illegally redirected funds related to collections from the Affordable Care Act that, by law, should have been deposited in the U.S. Treasury. President Obama, under the guise of executive order, used these tax dollars to bail out insurance companies that have experienced hundreds of millions […]

7 Things Physicians Should Know About Non-Compete Clauses

An estimated 30 million Americans have signed non-compete clauses, making them a major issue for workers across the country. The people covered by non-competes include: 40% of employees making over $100,000/year 14% of workers making less than $40,000/year Physicians, along […]

Tumor Associated Macrophages are Polarized to an Anti-Cancer Phenotype by Ferumoxytol

Ferumoxytol is an FDA-approved therapeutic for the treatment of anemia. It’s a solution of iron oxide nanoparticles roughly 17-31 nm in diameter and replenishes the body’s iron levels. Researchers from Stanford University have discovered...Show More Summary

Biocompatible Optical Fiber for Delivery of Optogenetic Light Signals, Other In Vivo Applications

A collaboration of scientists from MIT and Harvard Medical School has led to the creation of a very stretchable optical fiber that may end up being used to control optogenetic therapies and to detect signs of disease. Made of a biocompatible...Show More Summary

When physicians can’t hide the emotion

You have to create a disconnect from death. Not indifference, in fact, it’s your duty to combat it. But as an emergency medicine physician, you lose that battle often. I encounter death on a near daily basis as a resident in the emergency department, and despite all my years of training, there’s often nothing I […]

Midland Health to Implement Cerner’s EHR, Revenue Cycle, PHM Platform

Midland Health, a system of health care partners including Midland Memorial Hospital announced it will implement Cerner’s Millennium EHR, revenue cycle management and population health platform, HealtheIntent. As part of the implementation,...Show More Summary

Will 2016 Mark the Return of the Blue Dog Democrat?

Come November 8, Missouri will almost certainly vote for Donald Trump, going red for the fifth cycle in a row. But despite Trump’s dominance in the state—he has an ironclad lead of about eight points—Missouri is also on the verge of electing a second Democrat to the Senate: 35-year-old Jason Kander. Show More Summary

Growing up in a medical family: The good and the bad

Modern families are an ever-changing nucleus of the pursuit of happiness, well-being, success and security. Medical families are no exception to that; in fact, I believe they are deeply centered on such values and aspirations. While some might believe that growing up in a medical family is a blessing, others may tell you it’s a […]

TigerText Launch Clinical Communications Platform for Value-Based Care

Clinical communication provider TigerText, today unveiled TigerFlow, a workflow-centric clinical communication solution that brings together an enterprise-wide platform, integration with clinical systems of record, an engaging user experience, and intelligent workflow mapping for better care team collaboration. Show More Summary

The Top Specialty Drug Distributors in 2015

The Big Three wholesalers—AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson—will soon report their latest quarterly earnings. Expect specialty drugs to be a hot topic. About $134 billion in specialty drugs was sold via wholesale distribution in 2015. Show More Summary

The kind of person who makes this country great

It is hard, perhaps impossible, to take the measure of a man in thirty minutes. However, there is still much that can be learned. After enjoying an evening meal in Tampa with friends to celebrate my birthday, my wife and I summoned a Lyft to get home. The ride would be about a half an […]

IVF Specialists Visualize Embryos in 5K Ultra-HD Video Using RED Camera

This week at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, doctors got a chance to check out the first 5K ultra-HD video of eggs, sperm, and embryos. Yes folks, that’s 5K, or about 14 million pixels per frame. Show More Summary

Propeller Health Lands $21.5M to Modernize Respiratory Disease Management

Propeller Health, a digital solution for respiratory medicine has raised $21.5 million in Series C funding from 3M Ventures, S.R. One, Limited, Hikma Ventures and existing investors Safeguard Scientifics and Social Capital. The round also includes participation from existing investors Safeguard Scientifics and Social Capital. Show More Summary

Medidata Launches AppConnect Partner Program to Build Apps For Clinical Trials

Medidata, a provider of cloud-based solutions for clinical research in life sciences, today announced the launch of its AppConnect Partner Program in support of mobile health (mHealth) innovation. The program combines Medidata’s cloud...Show More Summary

The Macro View – Health And Political News Relevant To E-Health And Health In General.

October 20 Edition.Parliament has now come back and by the time you read this it will have gone until the 7th of November. I wonder what mess we will have emerged by the time we all get to be reading this.Both here and overseas one gets the feeling we might be heading into a soft patch. Show More Summary

I Wonder What All These People Who Downloaded All The MBS Data Are Up To With It?

This appeared a few days ago.Private companies accessed MBS data dump 1000 timesAntony Scholefield | 13 October, 2016 | Around 1000 private companies could potentially identify the MBS claiming histories of individual doctors following...Show More Summary

A cardiac electrophysiologist shares his inspiring journey

Kevin Thomas is a cardiac electrophysiologist at Duke University Hospital.  Watch his journey.  Courtesy of Black Men In White Coats and Diverse Medicine. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.

Opportunity, Change, Ever Forward

PTO is a glorious thing, to have time to breathe, to step back, to actually think and reflect. It was in that “PTO Opportunity Moment” that I made a decision to make a major career change. The lion’s share of … Read more ›

Ethicon All-in-One HARMONIC HD 1000i Shears Released in U.S.

Ethicon, a part of J&J, is launching in the U.S. its HARMONIC HD 1000i Shears, having received FDA clearance for the device earlier this summer.  The device is intended for surgical procedures requiring high precision craftsmanship, particularly in thoracic and colorectal applications. Show More Summary

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