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07 Nov 2012

More Contamination Identified in NECC Medical Products

Community, Healthcare No Comments

Official CDC Advisory from the Health Alert Network
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The following information is provided by the Health Alert Network as one of two advisories CDC has recently issued regarding the fungal meningitis outbreak. In addition to the FDA MedWatch, clinicians are also requested to report any adverse events associated with these products to the ISDH Surveillance and Investigation Division at 317-233-7125. Read more

24 Oct 2012

The Impact of the Medicare Sequester

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In a recent America Medical Association article “Massive Job Losses Expected Under Medicare Sequester,” amednews staff writer Charles Fiegl delivers potent insight into the Medicare Sequester and how it will impact our healthcare and economy. Read more

10 Oct 2012

Mayo Clinic Delivers Solutions for Stroke Patients

Community, Healthcare, Technology, Telemedicine No Comments

When a stroke occurs, every minute counts. It is estimated that almost half of Americans live more than an hour away from a primary stroke center. As the first medical center in Arizona to study telemedicine as a means of serving stroke patients in non-urban settings, Mayo Clinic’s telestroke service aims to bridge that gap – saving time, money, & ultimately lives. Read more

04 Oct 2012

What Can You Do About Cancer?

Cancer, Community, Events, Healthcare No Comments

The colors of October conjure images and meaning for all of us. For some, it may be the earth tones of Fall & its uncanny nostalgia, the iconic colors of Halloween, or even the colorful theme of our favorite football team as full season resumes full swing. Colors like pink & blue now seem to dominate October’s arena as Cancer Awareness month has us all “turning over a new leaf,” focusing our energies and topics on Cancer and what we can all do to confront it, provide support, & honor those who have fought the battle. Read more

27 Sep 2012

Important Information for Physicians Licensed in Kentucky

Community, Kentucky, Physician Licensing, Technology 1 Comment

Recent legislation in Kentucky requires all physicians licensed in Kentucky authorized to prescribe or dispense controlled substances to register with the eKASPER system. This includes physicians who are licensed in Kentucky and practicing out of state. Failure to register may result in action against a physician’s license. Registration is free & available at http://chfs.ky.gov/os/oig/KASPER.htm. Read more

21 Sep 2012

Physicians Burning Out

Community, Healthcare, Physician Licensing No Comments

New research shows that U.S. physicians suffer from more burnout than other workers in the country. The study’s authors note several factors for the burnout, including the impact of indirect clinical tasks such as paperwork getting in the way of the physician-patient relationship. With the rising trends & growing demands on our overtaxed physicians & healthcare system, it’s important that some of the more menial tasks riddled with endless paperwork, like licensing & credentialing, be delegated to others that can alleviate some of the components of this increasing burnout among physicians. Outsourcing to mitigate the burnout may not only be time saving & cost effective, but may very well reduce the health risks involved with the burnout & prove longevity for a physician’s career. Read more

10 Sep 2012

5 Health Conditions to Treat through Telemedicine

Healthcare, Technology No Comments

With the shortage of physicians and patient wait times becoming ailing concerns in the scope of our country’s healthcare dilemma, telemedicine and technological innovation offers solutions to tackle some of these challenges.
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Telehealth applications derived from cellular & satellite networking services are growing rapidly in the market, providing significant value to healthcare. The following is taken from New Media Producer, Steff Deschenes: Read more

03 Sep 2012

The Cost of Corruption

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Hospital Pleads Guilty to Charges on Medicare & Medi-Cal Fraud
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A Los Angeles hospital chain recently pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud Medicare and Medi-Cal by paying recruiters to find homeless people to act as patients. The homeless people were given unnecessary treatment, for which hospitals submitted false claims. Read more

27 Aug 2012

Nearly A Third Of Doctors Won’t See New Medicaid Patients

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According to a recent study published in the journal Health Affairs, about 69% of doctors nationwide accept new Medicaid patients. By comparison, more than 80 percent of doctors nationwide accept new patients on Medicare. Read more

21 Aug 2012

5 Ways Telemedicine is Driving Down Healthcare Costs

Community, Healthcare No Comments

Healthcare cost continues to skyrocket and so does the need for solutions. Telemedicine and mHealth are working to not only reduce the cost of healthcare per capita, but also meet the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s triple aim to simultaneously increase the quality of care as well as improve the health of populations. Read more