Patricia Salber, MD, Host of The Doctor Weighs In

Healthcare: “Thank You for the Opportunity to Serve”

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April 17, 2014

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Patient experience, Salber:

Healthcare could learn something about customer satisfaction from other industries. An autobody shop sends “thank you for the opportunity to serve emails” that really make you smile.

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Kenny Lin, MD, The Common Sense Family Doctor

Health insurance is not health care

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April 16, 2014

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WELLNESS:

“Health insurance is a financial mechanism for paying for health care. It is not the care itself, or even a guarantee of that care.”

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David Harlow, host of HealthBlawg

HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance: Should You Care?

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April 15, 2014

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IT, POLICY:

The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule became effective just over one year ago. The compliance date was just over six months ago. Within about another six months (plus or minus), Federal regulators – at the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services – will begin a new round of HIPAA compliance audits.

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Why Patients Cannot Afford to Have Asthma or Gout

Why Patients Cannot Afford to Have Asthma or Gout

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April 15, 2014

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Pharmacy and pharmaceuticals:

Big Pharma lobbied for it and made it happen. According to the Mother Jones article below, for around $520,000 cost of lobbying, they succeeded in recreating and repackaging the old generic asthma inhaler for 4-6 times the price.

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Big Data Comes to Life As CMS Releases Medicare Claims Bonanza

Big Data Comes to Life As CMS Releases Medicare Claims Bonanza

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April 14, 2014

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IT, POLICY:

Transparency of healthcare pricing is a hot topic and it just got hotter. On April 9th, 2014 CMS released Medicare provider-specific payment data for the first time and the Internet is en fuego.

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Five Important Health Stories You May Not Have Read About

Five Important Health Stories You May Not Have Read About

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April 14, 2014

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Health care & health policy, Salber:

Some of big health stories were widely reported the second week in April 2014, such as the resignation of Secty Sebelius. Others received less attention, but have huge implications for healthcare going forward. Here are 5 of them.

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Ayn Rand. 1957. The prophetess of "ethical egoism"

The Randian Country

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April 13, 2014

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Aging, anti-aging & longevity, Health care & health policy, Michaeli, Patient Safety, Psychology & behavior, Violence and violence prevention:

This is a tale of two Rands (Ayn Rand & Rand Paul) and how the theory of Economic Man impacts healthcare.

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Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine: Has its time come?

Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine: Has its time come?

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April 13, 2014

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IT:

The idea of allowing patients to upload images of body moles or facial acne for evaluation by providers they have not ever met gives many of my colleagues great consternation.

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Readmission Reduction: Progress (Infographic)

Readmission Reduction: Progress (Infographic)

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April 13, 2014

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Costs, Health care & health policy, Salber:

There has been progress in readmission reduction for some common conditions, such as heart failure, but we still need to understand the net cost savings.

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The lonely universe of autoimmune diseases

The lonely universe of autoimmune diseases

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April 12, 2014

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Medicine: wellness & disease:

How would you feel if, after years of searching for a diagnosis you finally found out you have an autoimmune disease, and then you realize… Read More ›

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