How to find $150 billion for health care: get rid of paper

Paper, Benjamin, Paper. The lowest-hanging fruit opportunity in reforming health care today is paper. Getting rid of it, that is. In their Recommndations to the Obama Administration and 111th Congress, Ingenix says that, “Administrative cost savings are win-win propositions, benefiting all stakeholders.” Health Populi’s Hot Points: As Congress continues to wrestle with what $20 billion […]

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The cost of cancer: can you spell "u-n-d-e-r–i-n-s-u-r-a-n-c-e?"

Published a few months before her death, It’s Always Something is the autobiography from the great Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer 20 years ago at the age of 42.    In the case of cancer, that “something” is all-too-often the case of under-insurance to cover treatment. High out-of-pocket costs for treatment, coupled with […]

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Mourning the death of Elephant, the alternative pharmacy

Elephant Pharm, the six-year-old alternative pharmacy chain based in northern California, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy papers two days ago.The vision of Elephant was to provide customers with both traditional medicines along with homeopathic treatments. The store’s footprint of 12,000 feet held space for both product and services. Practitioners were available in the store with whom […]

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Women, jobs, coupons – what's growing online is a reflection of the economy

Observing the growth in Internet web site traffic is a perfect reflection of what’s going on in the economy. In 2008, the greatest growth in site-types was in job search, women’s-oriented content, coupons, and politics. Online gaming and gambling also gained a lot of eyes in 2008. And, visitors to online classified ads grew by […]

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The State of America's Health Care, Through the Eyes of Physicians

America’s internal medicine physicians have a prescription for reforming the U.S. health system. It’s a chicken-in-every-pot solution of: 1. A primary care doctor, and 2. Affordable and accessible health care for all. This solution comes out of the American College of Physicians‘ (ACPs’) view that primary care is in crisis mode in the U.S. The […]

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