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Health Care Politics

UnitedHealth Pulls Out of Obamacare

April 22, 2016

From Yahoo Finance: The Affordable Care Act suffered another jolt late last week with the news that UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, was making good on its threat to pull out of Obamacare, beginning with its operations in Georgia and Arkansas. Source: UnitedHealth Makes Good on Threat to Pull Out of Obamacare – […]

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What I Learned Studying HIPAA

April 8, 2016

I started a study of HIPAA several years ago. I have been urging dentists to understand and use digital technology for over twenty years and I believed it was important for me to know about digital data safety and how the HIPAA rules would impact dentists. I learned a lot about the nature of cyber […]

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The most dangerous place on Earth: My dental office

April 2, 2016

From ADA News: With all of the rules and laws impacting it, you’d think that a dental office is the most dangerous place on earth. Our office environments are nothing like manufacturing plants or large hospitals, so how did we become ensnared in the same regulatory dragnet? Source: MyView: The most dangerous place on Earth: […]

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FBI Hacked Syed Farook’s iPhone & Apple Looks Bad

March 30, 2016

From NRO: Apple then began a public campaign claiming that the government was trying to force it to create software to break into its phones. Apple CEO Tim Cook said this would put the security of all Apple users at risk. His company, he warned, would be required to write a program for the FBI […]

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Obamacare Was Going to Lower Health Care Costs. What Actually Happened.

March 24, 2016

Team Obama projected that their version of health care reform—replete with the bells and whistles of “investments” in health information technology, health care delivery and payment reforms—would translate into big cost reductions for individuals, families and businesses. In his iconic health care “talking points”, the president said that the “typical” family would see a yearly […]

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Unique Device Identification – UDI

March 8, 2016

This is going to be a BIG deal. FDA is establishing a unique device identification system to adequately identify medical devices through their distribution and use. When fully implemented, the label of most devices will include a unique device identifier (UDI) in human- and machine-readable form. Device labelers must also submit certain information about each […]

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How perverse incentives are ruining healthcare

February 27, 2016

From Medical Economics: For seven years, I practiced at a New Hampshire-based internal medicine practice affiliated with a local hospital. Before that, I was in solo practice in Maine. Today, I am no longer a practicing physician. Source: How perverse incentives are ruining healthcare | Medical Economics Most observers agree that medicine has gone down or […]

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The Downsides Of Single Payer Medicine

February 20, 2016

You have to ask the horrible question, “who does the doctor work for?” The answer to that question affects your life, liberty and health in so many ways.  If the Doctor works for you, his patient, then there’s a high degree of trust in the relationship… Source: The Downsides Of Single Payer Medicine. | The […]

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The New and Improved Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Website

January 25, 2016

Source: Office for Civil Rights (OCR) | HHS.gov In case you were unaware the Office of Civil Rights investigates HIPAA violations. The new web site is supposed to be easier to use.

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The Issues Facing Our Healthcare System

January 14, 2016

Planning Your Future From Wealthy Doctor: Many of us who take care of patients know that health care continues to struggle with endemic variations in quality stemming from poor coordination, misdiagnoses and inappropriate care. While state-of-the-art care is there, delivering it can be messy… …The things that matter for patients — a doctor’s skill and sound […]

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Are Mandatory Electronic Medical Records Causing Doctor Burnout?

December 27, 2015

From Forbes: The concept of electronic medical records is good in theory. But these were never adopted in an organic fashion by physicians and hospitals choosing in a free market which systems to purchase, based on feature sets that helped them and their patients. Rather, they were rammed down doctors’ throats through government carrots-and-sticks. Vendors […]

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House passes guidelines on teledentistry

December 21, 2015

From ADA News: “Teledentistry in and of itself is not a service. It’s really a method by which services are delivered,” Dr. O’Toole said. “This latest policy addresses what patients can expect when receiving services via teledentistry, as well as patients’ rights, workforce, licensure and payment issues.”… …“The policy states that if any allied dental […]

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Single Payer Health Care Model Should Work for Lawyers

December 20, 2015

Snark: Our grossly unfair legal system must give way to an equitable, humane, single-payer system, 100 percent financed by federal revenues. Copying Canadian health care, we’ll prohibit wealthier clients from jumping the queue via out-of-pocket payments. We’ll need experts to determine fair, sensible, and rational prices for legal services. Source: Single Payer Health Care Model […]

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The quiet unraveling of ObamaCare

December 4, 2015

UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest insurer, announced that it might quit ObamaCare’s exchanges next year. Should UnitedHealthcare act on this threat, there may not be enough (red) tape in the desk drawer … to put the ObamaCare Humpty Dumpty back together again. Source: The quiet unraveling of ObamaCare Lots of detail and lots of numbers including enrollment […]

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It doesn’t work because it couldn’t work

November 7, 2015

Obamacare’s partisans were confronted with the economic facts long before the law was even passed, and their answer was: “Never mind the economics, we’re the good guys, and you want poor people to die.” Source: Obamacare Failures | National Review Online The linked article is undoubtedly partisan. Never the less it has a good outline […]

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Terminology Challenges Grow as EHRs Rapidly Implemented

October 24, 2015

JASON BUCKNER: Standardization is fairly confusing, and federal regulations aren’t helping. ONC put out an interoperability standards document for 2015, and in that document, there is a terminology standards section. There are 15 different standard bodies, just in that, and that’s just for general clinical usage. Source: Terminology Challenges Grow as EHRs Rapidly Implemented | […]

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EMR is Horrible…But it doesn’t have to be

September 22, 2015

I have had conversations with numerous physicians all of whom can’t stand their EMR (Electronic Medical Record) systems. They have had an EMR thrust upon them by a hospital or some other administrative body and they find it to be impossible to use effectively. There are so many issues here but one of the most important […]

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ICD10 Basics and SNODENT

September 21, 2015

There is a low grade buzz in dental circles regarding the new diagnostics codes called ICD10 that are set to go into effect at the end of the month. Thankfully dentistry is still for the most part exempt from these new rules unless you are treating patients and seeking reimbursement from Medicare or ACA (Obamacare). […]

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September 21, 2015

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Obamacare ‘Cadillac Tax’ is Coming

September 19, 2015

From NRO: Labor unions, whose members make up about 5 percent of the American population, have a big problem with Obamacare: Source: Obamacare ‘Cadillac Tax’: Abolish It | National Review Online What a boondoggle. The more the public learns about the details of ACA the less they like it. Read the whole article it has […]

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