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Talk About A Tooth Fairy

Most can remember hoping to get a visit from the tooth fairy during their childhood.  You remember, don't you?  When children lose one of their baby teeth, the tooth is placed underneath their pillow.  While the children are asleep, the tooth fairy would visit, replacing the lost tooth with a small payment.  One Atlanta area [...]

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Imaginary Study Illuminates Compounding Pharmacy Fraud

Nine defendants were arrested this week in connection with their roles in a $100 million health care fraud conspiracy perpetrated against TRICARE, the health insurance program for members of the military and their families.  A tenth defendant surrendered to the FBI.  The defendants, including doctors, pharmacy owners, and marketers were charged in a 35-count indictment [...]

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Do the Test or the Time

When seeking reimbursement for medical services, it is important that the service be provided and that it be medically appropriate.  That statement seems to make a lot of sense in theory.  For some reason, healthcare providers have a hard time with applying the statement. A Houston doctor was recently made very familiar with the application [...]

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Two Zika-free Units Please

On August 26, 2016, FDA announced new recommendations for universal testing of donated whole blood and blood components to determine whether the Zika virus is present.  In an effort to protect the nation's blood supply, FDA is amending its prior guidance.  FDA has expanded its recommendations for testing from simply those areas with active Zika transmission cases to [...]

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Not All Pills Are Equal

While consumers are frequently unexcited about taking prescription medications, they feel more empowered when they can take dietary supplements.  A growing number of consumers believe that taking dietary supplements can help prevent their need to take prescription medication and reduce the severity of any medical ailments.  In part, this trend has a lot to do [...]

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Clicking to Dissatisfaction

Many physicians enjoy spending time with their patients, sharing their experiences and offering advice for healthy actions. With the imposition of electronic medical records though, many physicians are finding that they are clicking their way to a dissatisfaction with their practices. Physicians are spending more time filling boxes and staring at monitors than interacting with [...]

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Exchanging Telemedicine Blows – Texas Medical Board’s Turn

On December 14, 2015, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas refused to dismiss antitrust claims filed by a telemedicine provider against the state's medical board, alleging that certain board regulations were anticompetitive and imposed to protect state-licensed physicians against competition from telemedicine providers. Filed in the wake of the United [...]

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There’s A Subscription For That

Patient satisfaction is more than a buzz word, it is a requirement.  Not just in any business, but in the business of medicine too.  Physician compensation models are being revamped across the country to add quality measurements that include factoring in the patient's experience. Some physicians have moved to a concierge approach to practicing medicine. [...]

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Protecting Your Medical License

You took classes that were challenging and restrictive.  You volunteered in healthcare settings, applied for medical school and survived your residency or fellowship program.  Now that you have secured your medical license, do everything you can to pay attention to inquiries from your medical board.  The Dallas County Medical Society annually features legal issues in [...]

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Were You Looking for Pastoral Intervention?

Seeking out solutions to health issues seems to get more complicated each day.  In the morning, reporters summarize a study saying to consume X but by evening, reporters say there is a study saying to do the exact opposite of X.  Consumers wonder what food, supplements and activities can reduce health concerns.  Consumers crave alternative [...]

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