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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

California, Community, Healthcare No Comments

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

Community, Healthcare No Comments

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

13 Aug 2012

1 in 3 Physicians Plans to Quit Within 10 Years

Community, Healthcare No Comments

The following excerpt is taken from HealthLeaders Media’s John Commins based on a recent survey of more than 2000 physicians. The online survey by Jackson Healthcare was conducted between April 19-27, before the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read more

07 Aug 2012

Health Advisory – Influenza A H3N2v Identified in Indiana

Community, Healthcare No Comments

The following is an official Indiana Health Alert Network Advisory Message. This information has been provided by the Indiana State Department of Health as of 8/1/12.
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28 Jul 2012

Policy Changes at the FSMB

FSMB, Healthcare No Comments

New FSMB Policy Addresses Physicians Reentering Practice After Extended
Absence from Medicine

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The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) House of Delegates adopted a new policy addressing patient safety and other issues related to physicians reentering clinical practice after a significant leave of absence from medicine. The policy was adopted during the FSMB’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 28.

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