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State launches Aetna probe after stunning admission

February 19, 2018

From CNN: Stunning? California’s insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care. Source: State launches Aetna probe after stunning admission – CNN This is not stunning to anyone on […]

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What Hospitals Can Learn from Airlines About Buying Equipment

January 25, 2018

From Medtronic: One big reason why is that hospitals purchase technologies without requiring that they communicate with each other. The optimal air flow is based on a straightforward calculation using the height of the patient. Height data, however, resides in the electronic medical record, which typically does not communicate with the ventilator… …Because similar gaps […]

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‘Breaking new ground’ in standards development

January 22, 2018

From ADA News: For most dentists, the development of the guide means that when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services eventually publishes Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Claim Attachments regulation, there will be a tested and proven way to report dentist-defined periodontal examination data in a standardized, structured, electronic document, Source: ‘Breaking […]

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9 states with telehealth legislation taking effect in 2018

January 11, 2018

From MedCity News: But 11 pieces of legislation in nine states will officially take effect in 2018. Here they are: Source: 9 states with telehealth legislation taking effect in 2018 – MedCity News Related: Most of the new laws are intended to promote telemedicine. For example they remove rules requiring the practitioner to be in the […]

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Revisions sought for standard related to clinical terminology

January 8, 2018

From ADA: Dental professionals are invited to review and suggest revisions to a diagnostic code set developed in part by the ADA. Revised ANSI/ADA Standard No. 2000.1 SNODENT (Systemized Nomenclature of Dentistry) was approved by the American National Standards institute as an American National Standard in November 2017. The ADA has established a maintenance process […]

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Amazon may be quietly positioning itself to take part in healthcare

November 13, 2017

From USA Today: “It’s entirely likely Amazon will play a role in health care. They’re a company that’s been very disruptive to multiple industries,” said Wendell Potter, Source: Amazon may be quietly positioning itself to take part in healthcare Follow the link, read the whole thing. Dr. Alexa is on the way. Medicine (and by […]

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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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