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Archive for March, 2012

Why are there no doctor reviews on the web?

The N.Y. Times has an interesting article citing a number of reasons why there are no good websites with doctors reviews on the web.  There are some ratings websites (HealthGrades, RateMDs, Angie’s List, Yelp), but the listings are often sparse, with few contributors and little of substance.) For one, physicians don’t like them. “Several years ago, […]

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Friday Links

Color-codes surgery. China’s most important infrastructure project. EMRs increase doc orders for imaging and lab tests. Rich get richer. The future of education.  Part 2. The end of Cato?

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HWR is up

The latest edition of the Health Wonk Review is up at Tinker Ready.

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Early Medical Cooperatives

In the days before health reform’s pasage, many reform proponents argued for the advent of co-operative healthcare systems or “co-ops”.  Co-ops, however, have been around for a long time before that. “In the late forties, over a hundred small rural health cooperatives were founded.  Nearly all of these were in the Southwest, fifty in Texas […]

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Where is the Quality Incentive Program for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities heading in 2013 and 2014?

Medicare payments for End Stage Renal Disease rely on a value-based purchasing (VBP) system known as the Quality Incentive Program (QIP). Today I review proposed changes to the QIP that will effect the payments for dialysis centers in 2013 and 2014. Payment Year 2013 Two measures have been adopted for the payment year (PY) 2013 […]

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Open Source Surgery

Currently, robot-assisted surgery today is dominated by the da Vinci Surgical System.  The device is highly regarded, but is heavy (weighs half a ton) and expensive ($1.8m).  Plus it uses proprietary software, which means that physicians and engineers not associated with da Vinci cannot alter its operating system. Change is on the horizon, however. “None […]

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Good News in the Fight Against HIV

Almost one in five South Africans have HIV.  South Africa is the country with the most individuals living with HIV (5.6 million); it also has the most HIV deaths annually (310,000). Despite these grim facts, there is some good news.  The Economist reports: “Although the number of South Africans living with the disease continues to […]

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Friday Links

Is there a health penalty of China’s rapid urbanization? How do physicians determine the length of a visit? Cell phones vs. Health Care. Financial incentives matter. Cal State to offer online courses.

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What are the odds that your malpractice claim makes it to court?

Americans are a litigious culture.  The high number of medical malpractice cases causes both political parties to call for reform.  The malpractice claims that make it to court, however, are not many as you may think.   According to the Wilson Quarterly: A surprising number of cases “simply disappear, as plaintiffs abandon them,” writes Dwight Golann studied […]

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Cav Risk is up

The latest edition of the Cavalcade of Risk is up.  We’re up to version #152.

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