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Informed Consent; Will it Protect You?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Feb 15, 2011 11:02:44 AM

Below is the introduction to an article from Medscape Business of Medicine. In many malpractice lawsuits the patient claims they were not informed of potential negative outcomes. This goes beyond major procedures. Not obtaining informed consent from patients can oftentimes be a necessary even when it seems like ‘routine’ procedure. Here is the article.

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300 Pounds Just Ain’t What It Used To Be!

Posted by Marty Hudson on Feb 1, 2011 5:29:31 PM

Superbowl week.  My team’s not in it, but I still follow it pretty close because I just like football.  Something interesting I ran across is the number of men on both the Packers and the Steelers that weigh over 300 pounds.  There are 26 players on the two teams that weigh north of 300.  That’s amazing!  There are only 53 players on each team.  That’s nearly 25%! There are another 6 players over 300 on their reserve squads.

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Healthcare Reform; Will They Ever Get it Right?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Jan 25, 2011 3:34:39 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as the legislative body's new Republican majority promised.  Every single Republican voted in favor of the bill, which followed hours of debate.  The final vote tally was 245-189, and the only non-voting member was Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who remains in serious condition after being shot in Tucson, Ariz. earlier this month.  The three House Democrats who supported the repeal legislation were Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Mike Ross of Arkansas.  The repeal legislation will still need to pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Even then its unlikely Obama will sign.

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When Is Hiding Medical Errors OK?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Jan 18, 2011 9:32:14 AM

Interesting article I read this past week on Medscape from WebMD titled “'Some Worms Are Best Left in the Can' -- Should You Hide Medical Errors?”  They posed four questions in Medscape’s ethics survey related to this topic. 

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CMS Conversion Factor a Neutral Change (at least for the most part)

Posted by Marty Hudson on Jan 11, 2011 7:36:50 AM

Recent reports have come out that state “even though Congress approved a zero percent update for Medicare physician fees in 2011, the CMS calculation for the 2011 conversion factor represents a 7.8554 percent cut.”  Those reports are somewhat misleading if you don’t do your homework and make sure you understand the reason for the adjustment.  The reduction in the conversion factor is necessary due to a rescaling of the RVUs to line up with the Medicare Economic Index. 

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Experience, Not Satisfaction, Is the Key to Patient Feedback

Posted by Marty Hudson on Jan 4, 2011 12:31:33 PM

Asking patients about specific aspects of their care experience rather than their overall level of satisfaction is a more accurate way to compare the quality of medical practices and individual physicians, according to a study published recently in the BMJ.

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What’s the Weirdest Interview Question You Ever Had?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Dec 30, 2010 4:35:38 PM

What’s the Weirdest Interview Question You Every Had?

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With Republicans In, What’s Next With Healthcare?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Nov 30, 2010 11:19:43 AM

OK, so Republicans are taking charge of the House of Representatives. The future of Obama’s healthcare reform is at stake.  So what’s going to happen next?  Will the whole law be repealed?  What about the courts, what position are they going to take and how will it affect enactment?  What about individual States and their enactment of the law?

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Twitter is Going to Make Money Off of You; Are You Going to Make Money Off of Twitter?

Posted by Marty Hudson on May 24, 2010 5:50:48 PM

As we have discussed in earlier blogs, people have been looking at ways to make money with Twitter; mostly using it as a “real-time” advertising medium.  For example; Kogi Korean taco truck, L.A.'s culinary obsession.  They send Tweets to let everyone know where they are going to be and their customers flock to their location.  Well now it's time for Twitter to make its money.

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PCWorld: “Has Twitter Lost its Tweetness?”

Posted by Marty Hudson on Apr 20, 2010 9:20:00 AM

PCWorld’s article from April 17th discusses the slow down of Twitter’s growth.  I am not certain the “slow down” of growth equates to Twitter going away.  After all, its popularity sky-rocketed over the last year or two; theoretically, something can only add users for so long and we just run out of people.  So, the fact that Twitter’s growth went from 20 percent at a peak in 2009 down to .15 percent at the end of the year doesn’t mean its going away; it merely means its not adding users at the same pace. 

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