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Pfizer-Allergan $150 Billion Merger: How will it affect Health Care?
December 2, 2015
Pfizer-Allergan $150 Billion Merger: How will it affect Health Care?

The pharmaceuticals industry continues to shrink as companies buy each other out.  The latest blockbuster merger involves Pfizer and Allergan, both worth more than $100 billion.

The Decline of the Independent Practitioner
November 17, 2015
The Decline of the Independent Practitioner

In a recent study of 20,000 physicians by the Physicians Foundation, only 35 percent considered themselves independent, compared to 49 percent in 2012 and 62 percent in 2008.

The Growing Popularity of Medical Tourism
November 9, 2015
The Growing Popularity of Medical Tourism

Almost a million Americans engaged in medical tourism last year, and as more people learn about traveling abroad for medical care, those numbers could skyrocket. 

How a Fraction of the U.S. Public is Driving Health Care Costs
October 22, 2015
How a Fraction of the U.S. Public is Driving Health Care Costs

According to the National Institute for Health Care Management, almost 20% of all health care expenditures, or $275 billion, makes up only one percent of the population...

Why Retail Medicine is Here to Stay
October 14, 2015
Why Retail Medicine is Here to Stay

In modern America, health care is undergoing radical changes due to shifting internal and external dynamics.  One of the least noticed—but possibly quite important—is the introduction of retail medicine which includes clinics hosted by corner store pharmacies, big box stores and groceries.

Google's Transition to Alphabet Has Big Implications for Healthcare
October 9, 2015
Google's Transition to Alphabet Has Big Implications for Healthcare

In one of the biggest business announcements of the year, Google announced that it would reorganize its diverse tech ventures under a holding company entitled Alphabet. Among the many companies that Google would oversee are its healthcare entities

2015 Healthcare Jobs Market
September 30, 2015
2015 Healthcare Jobs Market

The latest data may suggest only a minor correction in an otherwise year of positive job growth, but the healthcare sector is a powerful indicator of economic health.

New Bill Enables Physical Therapists to Serve in Locum Tenens Assignments
September 15, 2015
New Bill Enables Physical Therapists to Serve in Locum Tenens Assignments

A new bill entitled the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. If passed, this law would enable physical therapists to temporarily replace a colleague and treat Medicare patients...

Is Blue Cross/Blue Shield Cheating Policy holders and Practitioners?
September 8, 2015
Is Blue Cross/Blue Shield Cheating Policy holders and Practitioners?

Two antitrust lawsuits against Blue Cross Blue Shield allege that the organization instituted agreements with licensees which eliminated competition between them due to geographical distribution, resulting in limited compensation for care providers.

Malpractice Insurance Trends
August 24, 2015
Malpractice Insurance Trends

In the almost five decades since medical malpractice has become a necessity for physicians and other clinicians, but the importance of this coverage has varied due to major changes in the healthcare and insurance industries as well as governmental regulatory regime.

The Aftermath of the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling
August 20, 2015
The Aftermath of the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling

In a six to three decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in King v. BurwellThis is the second PPACA case to reach the nation's highest court, with the first National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebellius, also decided in favor of the Obama administration.

Undermining the Medical Profession
August 18, 2015
Undermining the Medical Profession

How Governmental Intrusion is Eroding Healthcare...Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are both an effort to “improve” patient care but, at the same time, are driving physicians out of the medical profession.

The Impact of Electronic Health Records Mandate
August 10, 2015
The Impact of Electronic Health Records Mandate

Few governmental policies have been as intrusive and disruptive as the 2014 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) which mandated the adoption of interoperable electronic health records (EHRs). 

The Case for Healthcare Tort Reform
July 29, 2015
The Case for Healthcare Tort Reform

The New England Journal of Medicine reports that one in 14 physicians are sued for malpractice each year.  This figure virtually ensures that almost all physicians will face a malpractice suit at some point in an extended career. 

4 Companies that Could Revolutionize Healthcare
July 20, 2015
4 Companies that Could Revolutionize Healthcare

There are thousands of companies competing to be the “next big thing” in healthcare, but some of the following organizations are producing revolutionary concepts and products that could dramatically alter the way that Americans receive healthcare in the coming years.

The Impact of Mass Consolidation in the Health Insurance Industry
July 17, 2015
The Impact of Mass Consolidation in the Health Insurance Industry

Aetna had been in talks with Humana and announced that it had struck a tentative deal to purchase Humana for $37 billion. The other major takeover involves the purchase of Health Net Inc. by Centene Corp. for almost $6.3 billion.

How to Curtail Hospital Readmissions
July 6, 2015
How to Curtail Hospital Readmissions

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, there is an increased focus upon hospital readmissions and the financial penalties for hospitals with the highest readmission rates.

The American Healthcare System: An Objective Evaluation
June 26, 2015
The American Healthcare System: An Objective Evaluation

Most Americans believe that the U.S. healthcare system is the best in the world. Despite countless reports that ranks the U.S. near the bottom of modern countries

Should Doctors Have a Mandatory Retirement Age?
June 23, 2015
Should Doctors Have a Mandatory Retirement Age?

With the wellbeing of patients at stake, many within the healthcare community have argued that there should be a mandatory retirement age for physicians.

How Relevant are Online Reviews for Doctors?
June 16, 2015
How Relevant are Online Reviews for Doctors?

If you are looking merely at the number of stars a physician has on sites like Ratemds.com or Healthgrades.com, you may be missing out on a medical expert who has provided decades of exceptional care.