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Why Are Obstetricians Among the Top Billers for Group Psychotherapy in Illinois?

Illinois leads the country in group psychotherapy sessions in Medicare, and some top billers aren’t mental health specialists. The state’s Medicaid program has cracked down, but federal officials have not.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Following Abuses, Medicare Tightens Reins on Its Drug Program

Medicare gives itself the power to ban physicians if they prescribe medications in abusive ways. The action follows a series of articles by ProPublica documenting inappropriate prescribing, waste and fraud in its popular drug program.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Even After Doctors Are Sanctioned or Arrested, Medicare Keeps Paying

A ProPublica analysis of recently released data shows that dozens of physicians who received payments from Medicare in 2012 had been kicked out of Medicaid, charged with fraud, or settled claims of overbilling Medicare itself.

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The Perils of Problematic Prescribing: A Double Dose of Warnings

Two new reports from the CDC show the dangers of overprescribing narcotics and antibiotics. Is there a way for doctors and consumers to make better decisions?

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE


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As Full Disclosure Nears, Doctors’ Pay for Drug Talks Plummets

As transparency increases and blockbuster drugs lose patent protection, drug companies have dramatically scaled back payments to doctors for promotional talks. This fall, all drug and medical device companies will be required to report payments to doctors.

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Medicare Wants to Ban Doctors Guilty of ‘Abusive’ Prescribing, but What Exactly Does That Mean?

When the agency that runs Medicare announced last week that it would take action against doctors who prescribe abusively in its massive drug program—perhaps banning them—it raised an interesting question.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE


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The U.S. Has the Best Health Care System in the World—for Drug Companies

Two new articles dive into the ways in which the pharmaceutical industry has gamed the market forces behind U.S. drug prices, and how sweetheart deals between doctors and financing firms are gouging the economically vulnerable.

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Doctors Are Not ‘Steering Clear’ of Medicare

Despite what Republicans say, a study shows that physicians are not turning away elderly patients on the insurance plan; after revelations about the NSA, the American public has becoming increasingly discontent with government protection of privacy; meanwhile, television host Jimmy Kimmel duped the world with a disastrous twerking YouTube video that proves how easy it is to divert attention from serious matters. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE


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Will Wonders Never Cease?

What once was sorcery maybe now is science, but the wonders technological of which I find myself in full possession, among them indoor plumbing and electric light, I incline to regard as demonstrations magical.

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Groups Push to Make Doctors’ Performance Records Public Again

Journalism and patient advocacy organizations are fighting against a recent decision by the Obama administration to shut down public access to an online database of doctor malpractice and disciplinary records.

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The View From a Libyan Hospital

The morgues in Tripoli hospitals are overflowing with dead bodies, and doctors in just one hospital said they have been treating more than 500 patients a day for gunshot wounds.

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A Doctor in Your Pocket

In an effort to curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, British doctors and computer engineers are developing small electronic devices that act as tiny STD testing kits, pluggable into a smart phone or computer that then allows users to learn in minutes which, if any, STDs they have.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Scientists Fear Chinese ‘Superbugs’

Leading scientists are criticizing Chinese doctors and farmers for what they believe is a reckless overuse of antibiotics in both the medical and agricultural industries, which, they argue, has led to an explosion of resistant “superbugs” endangering global health.

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From ‘Do No Harm’ to Torture

A new report by Physicians for Human Rights reaches a sickening but inescapable conclusion: “Health professionals played central roles in developing, implementing and providing justification for torture.”

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


A Reason for All the Health Care Rage

The nut jobs and carpetbaggers are outnumbered by confused and concerned Americans who seem genuinely convinced they’re not being told the whole truth about health care reform.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Swine Flu Still on the Map

Like a really bad joke that won’t go away, the swine flu has reared its exaggerated head, now in India, after that country reported its first death attributed to the multi-appellated disease. Hundreds of Indians rushed to get tested in the western city of Pune, even causing fights among those in line at a hospital.

Posted on Aug 5, 2009 READ MORE


The AMA’s Unhealthy Obsession

The real question is not what the AMA will support or whether the attitudes of the AMA have changed, but why anyone would still heed its policy prescriptions. Very few national organizations have been so wrong for so long about the matters most salient to their own members.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 READ MORE


Putting the ‘Care’ in Health Care

Sadly, we have developed a system that rewards procedures over primary care. The incentives tip toward the kind of medicine that is performed with hands, tools and technology over the medicine that is practiced with eyes, ears and mind.

Posted on Apr 2, 2009 READ MORE


White Phosphorus
guardian.co.uk

Israel’s Chemical Warfare?

Following previous accusations by aid agencies, a video has surfaced amid Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip that shows images “consistent with the use of white phosphorus shells”—i.e. chemical weaponry. The Israeli military has denied use of the chemical agent, which can burn skin to the bone.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009 READ MORE


Black Doctors
mirror.co.uk

AMA Apologizes for Once Excluding Blacks

The American Medical Association has finally apologized for once excluding black doctors from membership. The discriminatory policies ended in the 1960s, but it has taken almost 50 years for the group to formally apologize for its institutional racism.

Posted on Jul 11, 2008 READ MORE


Doctors and Patients Agree

Add doctors to that growing list of Americans who would like to see some form of national health insurance.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Army (Finally) Hires More Shrinks

The Army plans to hire roughly 200 additional mental health workers to help care for ailing soldiers. Thirty-five percent of troops seek mental health care a year after coming home and between 15 and 20 percent of soldiers in Iraq show signs of post-traumatic stress. The latest Pentagon study found military mental health care to be inadequate.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


Doctors
fox.com

The Health Risks of Modesty

A new study in The Lancet says doctors need to be more aggressive in questioning their patients about sex. According to the authors of the study, sexual problems are often related to serious health risks: “If a man comes in with erectile dysfunction, it can be the tip of the iceberg.”

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


Primary Care ‘on the Verge of Collapse’: Doctors

The American College of Physicians says that the business of administering routine physicals and treating minor problems could fall apart without immediate reforms. | story

Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


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