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Medicare Advantage Crisis is Here

PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) has ramifications across the entire health insurance market. Besides the 10-15 million private insurance end of contract notices, now the Medicare beneficiaries are seeing the beginning of the 700 plus billion in cuts … Continue reading

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Internal Medicine News

This post is part of a segment called ‘What is Doctor Reading?’ where I aggregate interesting articles about medicine and provide a brief commentary.  The following are news pieces from the February 15th issue of Internal Medicine News. Print Edition Headline: … Continue reading

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Up to 98,000 patients die each year in the hospital as a result of preventable medical errors

A recent report published in JAMA revealed some harrowing facts about the failure of our strained hospital system.  Payment controls and other regulations are causing physician workloads to exceed safe levels which results in the death of patients. The hospitalist … Continue reading

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How Should Doctors Respond to Medicare Pay Cuts?

Are we ready to deal with the outcome of a 26+% Medicare payment cut to doctors?  This most recent article indicates we are heading for this cut again after the New Year. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Washington-Watch/Washington-Watch/36644  Internal Medicine of Southwest Florida is under water … Continue reading

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Health Care Upgrades

  A recent article published this past Saturday in The Wall Street Journal discusses some up and coming realities of future probabilities in health care http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323530404578205692226506324.html?mod=WSJ_LifeStyle_Lifestyle_6. Another recent published book titled : The New Health Age by David Houle and … Continue reading

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Balance Billing is Key to Medicare Debate

With the fiscal cliff ever looming, Americans are faced with the daunting realization that many entitlement programs cannot continue under their current payment structures.  Medicare is one such program that will be affected if legislation is not passed by January … Continue reading

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Antioxidants and Health

Recently in the news and the medical literature there has been positive data correlating antioxidant intake and improved health. Oxidation is an inevitable outcome of burning oxygen, even in our human cells. This process is potentially harmful to our cells … Continue reading

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