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U.S. Opens Door to a Change in Blood Donation Policy for Gay Men

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened the door to a change in its blood donor deferral recommendations, which currently prohibit donations from gay men for a

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Study underscores ongoing need for HIV safety net program

A new study of insurance coverage of people with HIV concludes that a decades-old program that offers free medical care remains a critical necessity despite the availability

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Doctor Curmudgeon®: Coming soon! Your government presents… | Medical Blog

The United States Government Healthcare Appointment line! SCENE; JUST A SHORT TIME INTO THE FUTURE OPERATOR:   RECORDED VOICE: United States Health Care appointment line. You must first find

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Doctor Curmudgeon® : “I Flunked the ICD-10 Test” | Medical Blog

By Doctor Curmudgeon®   How could this be? I took this stupid test that I had to take for ICD-10…and I flunked! Doctor Curmudgeon® does not flunk

Mortality, Hospitalization, & Expenditures in Medicare Patients | News Brief

Research from Yale and Harvard indicates that all-cause mortality and hospitalization rates, as well as expenditures per beneficiary, appear to have decreased between 1999 and 2013 among

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EMR Alerts: Crying Wolf | Medical Blog

"Each of these alerts may seem like a good idea, but they are given equal weight in the EMR, so that the fatal interaction alert looks the same as the warning that ibuprofen should be given with food."

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Keeping Claims from Becoming Denials in ICD-10 | Feature

One of the most important medical billing practices to adopt is to catch potential denials before those claims ever get submitted.

ED Use Among Young Adults | News Brief

The ability of young adults to remain as dependents on their parents’ private health plans until age 26 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act appears

Where Big Data Does Not Exist | Medical Blog

"I much rather deal with the regulatory hassles than see people go without medical care because it is not available to them. I much rather fight the unreasonable meaningful use mandates than to have no records at all. Big Data and all, the US system beats all."

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Malpractice Reform’s Effect on ED Care | Feature

Malpractice reform laws providing specific protections to emergency physicians do not appear to have any effect on their clinical practice, according to a study. The analysis found little support for the idea that such laws can yield savings by reducing defensive medicine.

The War on Doctors & Destruction of Healthcare | Medical Blog

Walking the hospital corridors, many of the comments I overhear patients and others speaking about doctors often amazes me. On this day, I took notice to the

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Is Medical Care Becoming Unaffordable? | Medical Blog

It's estimated that 1.7 million people will file for bankruptcy this year because of medical expenses, and another 15 million will deplete their entire savings.

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Actor Seth Rogen’s Senate Hearing on Alzheimer’s Research | Medical Blog

Actor/Director Seth Rogen appeared on Capitol Hill recently to speak before the Senate Committee on Appropriations about the rising costs of Alzheimer’s disease on Americans, and to address the

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EHR Meaningful Use by Specialty | Medical Blog

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Making the Case for More Specialist Training | Feature

Market indicators suggest that the supply of many specialists in the United States is inadequate to meet future demand. Training a sufficient number of specialists can have implications on access to care and quality of life for patients.

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Execs’ Views on Future Healthcare | Feature

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Out-of-Network Emergency Services & the Affordable Care Act | Opinion Article

Reimbursement rates for out-of-network hospitals are likely to become a major issue when health insurance exchanges from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) go live. Many health insurers

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Health Policy Impacts End-of-Life Care – Video Highlight | Medical Blog

End of Life Care in a Changing Health Care Environment: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act and Accountable Care Organizations Thought leaders participate in a timely

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Ability to Afford Health Insurance Increasing | Medical Blog

Affordable Care Act: Glitches Beyond the Websites | Medical Blog

The addition of 30 million newly insured patients, many of whom will be subjected to unneeded testing, drugs, and referrals, may add significant costs to the already inflated healthcare budget, especially if they are unaware of the implications of a deductible.

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