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Medicare, Medicaid, Health Reform

Preventable medication mistakes in hospitals is a leading causing of death. Top patient safety experts and The Leapfrog Group have called upon hospitals to replace risky, paper-based prescriptions with computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems. If installed in every major hospital, CPOE systems would save tens of thousands of lives...
The new Medicare prescription drug benefit, enacted in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and set to begin in January 2006, is the most significant and complex expansion of benefits since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. For an insightful portrait of the forty years of ideological conflict...
A South Carolina surgeon has asked the American Medical Association to approve a national policy permitting physicians to deny medical treatment to malpractice attorneys, according to NPR's Morning Edition. This is the latest in a series of controversial steps by some physicians to blacklist patients and trial lawyers. It's unclear what...
If the doctors cure then the sun sees it. If the doctors kill then the earth hides it. The doctors should fear arrogance more than cardiac arrest.
The June 2004 issue of the Harvard Business Review contains an outstanding article on Redefining Competition in Health Care by Michael E. Porter, Ph.D. of the Harvard Business School and Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg, Ph.D. of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Their carefully researched, well-argued, actionable recommendations include: -...
Canada's Socialized health care system may result in cheaper drugs but far more dead patients. The first major study of patient safety in Canadian hospitals has found an extremely high number of preventable medical errors. The study, appearing in the next issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, estimates that preventable...
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that re-importing prescription drugs from Canada will save virtually nothing. Many will find this counter intuitive, especially in light of all the misinformation and political rhetoric - and the uneven reporting on the issue. As with so many of the "Taste Great vs. Less...
Consumer-driven health care - new models and technologies to empower consumers to make informed choices - is growing in popularity. At it's core, consumer-driven health care is all about transparency of costs and quality of care, and giving consumers the tools and information they need. To learn more, check out...
Preventable medical mistakes and inappropriate, outdated medical care is the third leading cause of death in America, according to the Institute of Medicine and other experts. In addition, studies by the respected RAND Corporation think tank show that a staggering 45% of health care is clinically inappropriate. As if that's not...
The new Medicare drug discount cards will save seniors a whopping $6.4 billion, according to a study commissioned by The Business Roundtable. For the full drug benefit that begins in January 2006, BRT estimates seniors will save another $17.7 billion in the first year alone. And these estimates are conservative. The...

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