The big ObamaCare bubble

by Larry Emmott on August 27, 2016

in Health Care Politics

From The Hill:

Joe Cortelli, a health insurance expert from the nationwide consulting group HIG, explains:”We have done nothing to improve the outcomes of the 10% of the population that drives 80% of our claims costs. We have merely pumped billions of dollars into these [ObamaCare] exchanges masking the real problems. Unless the government can continue to pump money into these exchanges, the end result is not that hard to imagine. It is not a question of how, but when, this will all come home to roost.”

Source: The big ObamaCare bubble | TheHill

This will not end well.

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From The Washington Post:

…start-ups that focus on “bio-hacking” — the notion that you can engineer the body the way you would a software program. They’ve funded companies that aim to sequence the bacteria in the gut, reprogram the DNA you were born with, or conduct cancer biopsies from samples of blood. They’ve backed what are known as cognitive-enhancement businesses like Thync, which builds a headset that sends mood-altering electrical pulses to the brain, …

Source: Putting a computer in your brain is no longer science fiction – The Washington Post

The future is coming and it will be amazing!

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Just because you’re right…

by Larry Emmott on August 25, 2016

in General

Wisdom from Seth Godin:

You may be right, but that doesn’t mean that people will care. Or pay attention. Or take action.

Just because you’re right, doesn’t mean they’re going to listen.

It takes more than being right to earn attention and action.

Source: Seth’s Blog: Just because you’re right…

Yeah but… in my case it is different because I  really am right. :-)

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on August 24, 2016

in Dental Art

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“White Paint” How tooth whitening really works :-)

Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.

All the Dental Art images can be found here on Pinterest.

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Some interesting social observations:

‘Don’t get fooled by those mangled teeth she sports on camera!’ says the ABC News host introducing the woman who plays Pennsatucky. ‘Taryn Manning is one beautiful and talented actress.’ This suggestion that bad teeth and talent, in particular, are mutually exclusive betrays our broad, unexamined bigotry toward those long known, tellingly, as ‘white trash.’ It’s become less acceptable in recent decades to make racist or sexist statements, but blatant classism generally goes unchecked.

Source: There is no shame worse than poor teeth in a rich world | Aeon Essays

This long essay includes some astute observations as well as a long tale of dental woes. The author’s poor dental condition leads to both pain and shame. She makes the accurate observation that people with ugly, unhealthy mouths are shunned in America. They are seen to be low class and are mocked.

Her dental problems and the problems of her family members she describes are horrific. She indicates that the major issue that lead to the problems is money and that more dental insurance would make the difference. However the dental problems she talks about are major and expensive issues that dental insurance would not cover to any significant extent. Hers is a common misunderstanding regarding dental coverage.

Never the less her observations regarding the stigma of bad teeth in America are right on.

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Go with a Pro

by Larry Emmott on August 22, 2016

in Hardware,Just for Fun

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Who does your IT? Don’t go “Cheapo” this is an essential part of your office, hire a pro.

Here is a good resource: DIA

Or for Henry Schein customers Tech Central.

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Guide to “Going Paperless”

August 19, 2016

2016 is the year to “Go Paperless” Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Make it your goal – paperless in 2016. My comprehensive technology guide, “How to go paperless in the dental office” will answer the basic question…Why bother?  It then provides step by step help in setting […]

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Watson correctly diagnoses woman after doctors were stumped

August 18, 2016

From  SiliconANGLE: After treatment for a woman suffering from leukemia proved ineffective, a team of Japanese doctors turned to IBM’s Watson for help, which was able to successfully determine that she actually suffered from a different, rare form of leukemia than the doctors had originally believed.Watson managed to make its diagnosis after doctors from the University of Tokyo’s Institute of […]

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Another Multi Million Dollar HIPAA Settlement

August 18, 2016

From ADA News: Mississippi hospital agrees to $2.75 million settlement its investigation followed UMMC’s report of a stolen laptop. The investigation revealed that information stored on a UMMC network drive was “vulnerable to unauthorized access” via the hospital’s wireless network because users could access a directory that included 328 files containing the electronic protected health […]

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Dental Art

August 17, 2016

“Mouth Guards” OK I admit this is a big stretch as far as “art” is concerned. I wanted something athletic since we are in the middle of the Olympics. This is it Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental […]

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Top Internet populations by country

August 16, 2016

From Next Big Future: Internet live stats has the online Internet population by country projected to the end of 2016 China 721 million 52% penetration 2.2% annual growth India 462 million 35% penetration 30% growth USA 287 million 89% penetration 1.1% growth Brazil 139 million 66% penetration 5% growth Source: Next Big Future: Top Internet populations […]

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Scientist, Engineer and Operations Manager (dentist)

August 15, 2016

From Seth’s Blog: The scientist invents the train. The engineer builds it out. The operations manager makes it run on time. Operations managers shouldn’t do experiments. Source: Seth’s Blog: Scientist, Engineer and Operations Manager Substitute dentist for operations manager and you have a good model for dentistry. Read the rest of the short article for […]

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Seven Data Breach Lessons

August 12, 2016

Seven Data Breach Lessons Over the many years of studying the data breach experiences of more than 2,000 organizations, the research has revealed the following seven megatrends: Source: Cost of a Data Breach 2016 All seven megatrends are worth knowing however # 5 is most significant for dentists: 5. Highly regulated industries such as health care […]

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What Makes a “Good” Dental Website?

August 11, 2016

We are still learning what a “good” dental web site should look like and how it should function. I believe we spend far too much time and money on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) hoping to snag a random surfer and not nearly enough time on creating a site that spurs a visitor to action or just as […]

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Microsoft won’t fix Windows flaw that lets hackers steal your username and password

August 11, 2016

From  ZDNet: The flaw is widely-known, and it’s said to be almost 20 years old. It was allegedly found in 1997 by Aaron Spangler and was most recently resurfaced by researchers in 2015 at Black Hat, an annual security and hacking conference in Las Vegas.The flaw wasn’t considered a major issue until Windows 8 began allowing […]

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Ways to eliminate scanning

August 10, 2016

Does your front office have a basket over flowing with papers with a sign on it that reads “TO BE SCANNED?” Source:  The Dentrix Office Manager: Give your scanner a break . . . two ways to eliminate scanning Good advice in the attached article by Dayna Johnson. What she is basically saying is that […]

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Dental Art

August 10, 2016

Pendant. These types of dental jewelry are common. But they usually do not include the sections of the actual jaw bones. Bonus points…what animal is this from? Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them […]

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Glaxo and Verily Join Forces to Treat Disease By Hacking Your Nervous System

August 9, 2016

Small implantable devices would treat people by blocking or altering signals sent from the brain. Source: Glaxo and Verily Join Forces to Treat Disease By Hacking Your Nervous System Not dental yet, but. The example they give in the article is treating diabetes with electrodes. No drugs. Wow.

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Southwest Dental Conference

August 9, 2016

I will be presenting three sessions in Dallas; Google Juice, Hipaa Hackers and Hype and a new take on Paperless Workflow. See you there.

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Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

August 8, 2016

From The Washington Post: The AP looked at the most rigorous research conducted over the past decade, focusing on 25 studies that generally compared the use of a toothbrush with the combination of toothbrushes and floss. The findings? The evidence for flossing is “weak, very unreliable,” of “very low” quality, and carries “a moderate to large […]

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