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Why is Health Insurance so Complicated?

September 12, 2017

Dental insurance does not even pretend to be real insurance covering us from a catastrophic loss. It is purely a pre-pay of some very basic procedures. Why all of this is even an issue is that medical care is simply way too expensive. The best hope for reducing cost and improving care is technology.

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Business violated Americans with Disabilities Act with inaccessible website

July 11, 2017

From ADA News: For what is believed to be the first time, a court has ruled that failure to make a website accessible to people with disabilities violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Source: Court: Business violated Americans with Disabilities Act with inaccessible website The business cited in the linked article was not a dental […]

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How Did Health Care Get to Be Such a Mess?

June 30, 2017

The most significant issue facing medicine and dentistry is cost. It drives all the other issues that have led to Obamacare and whatever will come now that it is failing. The linked NYT article has some interesting history and outlook on what happened and why. From NYT: The problem with American health care is not […]

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Dentistry Uncensored Larry with Howard Farran

June 22, 2017
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The Tyranny of the Administrative State

June 12, 2017

From WSJ: Unelected bureaucrats not only write their own laws, they also interpret these laws and enforce them in their own courts with their own judges. All this is in blatant violation of the Constitution, says Mr. Hamburger, 60, a constitutional scholar and winner of the Manhattan Institute’s Hayek Prize last year for his scholarly […]

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Health Care Is a Business, Not a Right

May 12, 2017

From Bloomberg View: Subjecting health care to the sordid whims of the marketplace strikes many people as simply immoral. Source: Health Care Is a Business, Not a Right – Bloomberg View A very interesting article by one of my favorite thinkers Megan McArdle. She points out our built in bias toward helping others in need and […]

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RealClearHealth – Opinion, News, Analysis

May 1, 2017

A nice comprehensive online resource with a wide range of opinions and news regarding health care in the US. Source: RealClearHealth – Opinion, News, Analysis, Video and Polls

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What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash

April 24, 2017

From: Time.com: There are no negotiated rates, no third-party reimbursements and almost no paperwork. “We say, ‘Here’s the price. Here’s what you’re getting. Here’s your bill,’” says Keith Smith, who co-founded the Surgery Center in 1997 Source: What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash | Time.com The linked article is medical not dental and there is […]

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Siri, Am I About to Have a Heart Attack?

January 16, 2017

From WSJ: …Technology now exists to provide cheaper and higher-quality health care, but giant roadblocks stand in the way. That technology is artificial intelligence and machine learning. The algorithms behind AI are painfully complex, but the final product is simple—think Google Translate or Amazon’s Alexa. Saying a phrase and immediately having it translated is cool. […]

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Price Transparency Is Nice. Just Don’t Expect It to Cut Health Costs

January 3, 2017

From NYT: In Los Angeles and San Francisco, one analysis found, mammography prices vary by over a factor of five — from a low of $128 to almost $700. Prices for IUDs and lower-back M.R.I.s vary by a factor of three. An examination of Massachusetts health care prices found nearly a fourfold variation in M.R.I. […]

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Inaugural List of Dentistry’s 32 Most Influential

December 14, 2016

From Incisal Edge: Very interesting. Measuring “influence” is a little like measuring love, or the water view from an apartment terrace. It’s a formula that includes a few numbers, some guesswork and a whole lot of you-know-it-when-you-see it… …Only 14 of these 32 are actually dentists, a reflection of just how diverse, broad-based and, yes, […]

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Why Luxury TVs Are Affordable when Basic Health Care Is Not

December 9, 2016

It’s not that complicated, folks. If you want good services, good products, innovative ideas, and low prices, you need competitive markets. The more you control, the higher the prices and the worse the results. Source: Why Luxury TVs Are Affordable when Basic Health Care Is Not | Foundation for Economic Education Check out the graph […]

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Flossing and the Art of Scientific Investigation

November 28, 2016

From The New York Times: Responding to This: And dentists know from a range of evidence, including clinical experience, that interdental cleaning is critical to oral health and that flossing, properly done, works. Yet the notion has taken hold that such expertise is fatally subjective and that only randomized controlled trials provide real knowledge. Source: Flossing […]

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Why insurance companies control your health care

October 14, 2016

Interesting historical look at health insurance from my hometown paper: How did the United States develop this complex insurance-based medical care system, anyhow? While critics emphasize the ACA’s shortcomings, cost and quality issues have long plagued the U.S. health care system. As my research demonstrates, we have these problems because insurance companies are at the […]

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We need to stop calling physicians “providers”

October 10, 2016

This has been a peeve of mine for years. The forces appear to be aligning to gradually push the word “doctor” out of the center and towards the periphery of health care. Whether we are talking about administrative communication or health care information technology order entry — it seems that we are no physicians or […]

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High Tech House Calls

September 30, 2016

From NYT: REMEMBER when doctors made house calls? While only a relative handful of doctors still offer them, there is growing evidence that comprehensive home medical care could be a viable alternative to the attendant woes and soaring expenses of institutional health services,… …At the heart of the home care renaissance is a combination of […]

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A Scary Obamacare Mystery

September 24, 2016

From Bloomberg: But when too few sign up, the insurer has to ask, “Who’s declining to buy insurance?” and the most likely answer is, “Healthy people who don’t expect to use it much.” The remaining pool, then, will be sicker. The lower the participation rate, the more likely it is that you’ve got a small […]

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The big ObamaCare bubble

August 27, 2016

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 […]

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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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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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