President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday his government will nationalize
Venezuela's privately owned hospitals and clinics if they fail to
reduce health care costs.
"If the owners of the private clinics don't want to obey the laws,
Venezuela has a two-tiered health system in which wealthier, insured
"This is the evil of capitalism," Chavez said of the
Nice to see this alternative coming to the US. BD
Interesting article on one person's opinion on what has changed since Universal care was proposed in the 90's. BD
If a health facility does not perform enough heart transplants by Medicare standards, then the funding may not be available, such as this example who is declining transplants for Medicare patients only, although their normal transplant procedures will continue for other patients. BD
University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center has stopped performing Medicare-funded heart transplants after failing to meet requirements for reimbursement for the procedure.
I truly hope this is not becoming a reality. BD
University of Chicago Medical Center and police are investigating whether three patients, including two who died, were somehow given insulin overdoses, officials said.
Suspicions were raised after insulin levels hundreds of times too high were found in a comatose hospital patient less than three weeks after a similar case.
"We haven't necessarily tied it to anyone. We don't know if it's medical error or product integrity or defective test results," hospital spokesman John Easton said Tuesday. "We just don't know yet
As pay for performance expands, this is not necessarily good news either as this seems to be one of the top reasons for patient non-compliance with treatment plans. BD
One man who spoke with us didn’t want to be identified for fear of being reprimanded for speaking to the media.
Up until now, city employees had the option of choosing either a PPO or an HMO plan and the city paid the entire bill for the average employee with no dependents.
As the city plans to slash costs, the city will only pay for the HMO plan. Those workers who want to keep the PPO, will have to pay the difference, which could be as much as $70 a month. Those who want to stay with the HMO won’t have to pay anything.
"We would pay for the employees HMO as the primary coverage," said Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunick.
The health care change will save the city almost $300,000 a year.
This is an article about file sharing, but makes a point about the popularity of the movie and the number of people viewing, and after it was removed once, it appeared again on Google Video. BD
Very good points in this thread on physicians and email, little or no reimbursement. BD
Portland Business Journal reports.
Hat Tip: Kevin, MD
Among the seven suspects arrested for terrorist attempts in London and Glasgow last week, two are doctors who work in the UK: 1. Dr. Bilal Abdulla, from Iraq, was arrested in Glasgow at the scene of the attempt on Saturday. 2. Dr. Mohammad Asha, from Jordan, was arrested while driving with his wife on the M6 motorway. Dr. Asha's father has told the UK media he is sure his son is innocent - he has called on the King of Jordan to intervene. He described his son as pious, but not extremist.
In short, it appears no E-prescribing, no pay is proposed on the agenda if the exemption is eliminated. There is a link on this page to sign up for free e-prescribing at no cost to the physicians. BD
Medicare Program; Proposed Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Other Part B Payment Policies for CY 2008; Proposed Revisions to the Payment Policies of Ambulance Services Under the Ambulance Fee Schedule for CY 2008; and the Proposed Elimination of the E-Prescribing Exemption for Computer-Generated Facsimile Transmissions.
Bring in the attorneys from the Legal Aid Society....sad it has evolved to this point of legal aid just to get medical care when needed. The education process portion sounds like a good idea as part of the program, but there are so many areas for one to research these days, it gets a little confusing. BD
One big question - how do the recognized in-network providers handle referrals, claims, etc. How does this work with the in-house VA system? It appears the VA physicians might now get some exposure to some additional administrative functions with claims and encounter information, which has all been handled in house by the VA for years. BD
Nice short presentation on the EO Tuf Tab. The Tuf Tab is a heavy duty version of the EO UMPC. The small size and semi rugged design makes the unit a perfect solution for those wanting a UMPC for portability, but need the extra support in the case design. The unit also has a couple new features that are not on the standard unit as well, worth checking out. Great companion for electronic medical records. BD
This is the second story this week about patients being forced to change physicians based on HMO contracts. Hope this is not a trend, especially when the government has to get involved such as the story below. BD
I guess like it or not, we may all have a chip someday, just like Fido our dog has, but wit a lot more information. This is truly a busy year for the AMA compared to years past. BD
Hospitals are not purchasing larger MRI machines for obese patients, but rather choosing for machines with better diagnostic features. Want an MRI, be sure you are less than 350# is the obvious answer here. BD
When the opportunity to buy a new machine comes up, hospitals opt for machines that give better images rather than systems that handle larger patients. And that rankles some people.
The average CT is of no use for people who weigh more than 450 pounds, and most MRIs can't handle people who weigh more than 350 pounds. With both machines, the table that carries the patient into a small tunnel, or bore, where the images are taken can't support the weight. In some cases, the bore is too small.
The first line of this story tells all, something we face here too in the US. BD
The proposed form would ask nonprofit hospitals to detail how much money they spent on a number of specific areas, such as charity care, unreimbursed Medicaid costs and health professions education.
Schedule H also asks nonprofit hospitals to describe their collection and billing practices and seeks details as to their joint ventures, such as specifying the ownership interests of doctors in any for-profit activities.
The form comes as more attention has focused on whether nonprofit hospitals are carrying out effectively their charitable missions, as well as how they bill uninsured patients.
Good article about physicians using mobility not only with patient consultations and office visits, but also to keep on top of medical journal events and reading material. Just like newspapers, printed journals also are facing a short life in the future as online information is current. BD
One way the Internet is influencing medicine is at the point of care. About 25% of physicians are accessing the Internet during patient consultations, while use of the Internet between patient consultations is up 11% since last year, Abreu said.
Also, the use of offline medical journals has dropped 14%, while the use of online journals has jumped 27%. Replacing print journals, online journals "almost becoming the new norm for physicians," Abreu said.