The retail clinic world is flat (and a yearning for eRx)

Just as the mainstream press got used to the idea that retail clinics were The Next Big Thing, the American Association of Family Practice solidified its statement on the concept, and health plans began to pay for visits to them, their growth has begun to slow. According to Merchant Medicine, an advisory company to the […]

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Medicine meets the wiki: welcome Medpedia

There’s a new wiki in the health social media town, Medpedia. Among the most popular online sources for health information is Wikipedia. Millions of people search Wikipedia daily for insights into medical conditions, drugs, and procedures. Now comes the announcement of a sharply-focused wiki from the most credible of academic health institutions: Harvard, Michigan (my […]

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What's wrong with this picture? Primary care docs earn 55% of specialty comp

The latest survey data from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)calculates that primary care physicians earned an average of $182,322 in 2007. Specialty physicians overall earned $332,450…nearly twice as much as primary care docs. Year-on-year, specialty physicians’ compensation rose .31% adjusted for inflation (3.16% without inflation).Primary care doctors’ compensation increased 3.35% over inflation, or 6.3% […]

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Conversing about Rx, on- and offline; learning from Jimmy Fallon

Very few people talk about prescription drugs online. Most of these conversations are happening in the offline world of phone calls, cafes, and water coolers. This finding by the Keller Fay Group, a marketing organization that specializes in word-of-mouth (WOM) marketing, first surprised me. So I contacted Ed Keller, CEO of the Group, to talk […]

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Oil prices and health — weighing the impacts

The price of gas is a headache for every consumer. But the health impacts of high fuel prices go beyond that metaphorical symptom. Consider: medical supplies and home health. But it’s not all bad news: on the positive side, higher fuel prices could positive impact the obesity epidemic and the rate of motor vehicle fatalities. […]

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