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Florida Blue and Other Health Insurers Prepare for New Regulations

Florida Blue and Other Health Insurers Prepare for New Regulations | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
After years of marketing plans to employers, not individual consumers, health insurers are making radical changes because of the Affordable Care Act.
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Will plan have more comprehensive coverage to allow people to choose modalities such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedia and homeopathy and other complementary and truly preventative therapies along side the choices of pharmaceuticals, PET scans and surgery?

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Law Schools’ Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut

Law Schools’ Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Applications are headed for a 30-year low, reflecting increased concern over soaring tuition, crushing student debt and diminishing prospects of lucrative employment upon graduation.
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This is a positive situation. About a generation from now perhaps we will have a less litigious society and more monies will be spent on services that everyone would like as opposed to in a legal system which feeds the lawyers and leaves both plaintiff and defendant as victims of the system.

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Obama enlists doctors for gun violence prevention - amednews.com

Obama enlists doctors for gun violence prevention - amednews.com | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
The president reassures physicians that they can ask patients about guns in the home and inform authorities if they believe someone might harm others.
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Is this now part of the Review of Systems? With a large part of the population owning guns in some form, how reasonable is it to report it to authorities and in addition what services ar available to assess if the gun is of imminet danger?

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FDA Clears iPhone App for Retinal Images

FDA Clears iPhone App for Retinal  Images | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
An iPhone adapter with a companion app designed to make it easy to share high resolution images of the retinal nerve and fundus has received 510(k) clearance from the Federal Drug Administration.
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Med School Debt May Keep Some Docs from More Study

Med School Debt May Keep Some Docs from More Study | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Too much debt accrued during medical school appears to tip pediatric residents toward primary care or hospital employment rather than a subspecialty career, a national survey found.
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If one considers the projections of shortages in primary care, too much debt is a good thing in that it forces the decision to not subspecialize.

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What Has Your Education Done For You Lately?

What Has Your Education Done For You Lately? | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Are you $80,000.00 in debt for your college education and can’t make a decent living? A recent story on the CNN’s Money website really caught my eye and made me wonder, what has your education done...
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Entrepreneurs are now hiring the MBAs who are "a dime a dozen"

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5 Ways Marketers Can Use Instagram

5 Ways Marketers Can Use Instagram | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Have you noticed how more marketers are using images in their social media marketing? Would you like to know how your business can use the popular sharing si
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Reach a wider audience

Create engagement with contests

Reward followers with promo codes

Feature your customers

Get more interests in your events

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Cancer Deaths Stay on Downward Path

Cancer Deaths Stay on Downward Path | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
U.S. cancer death rates in 2009 were down 20% from their peak in 1991, primarily because of large decreases in death rates from lung and prostate cancer in men and in breast cancer in women.
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Oncologists and researchers have made such great inroads. Now the goal is migration to normal life expectancy post cancer therapy/

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Physician employment: Build a contract that suits you - amednews.com

Physician employment: Build a contract that suits you - amednews.com | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
When a doctor's contract expires, it's time to negotiate a more desirable employment package. Here are 5 steps to help.
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Big ones are:

Ask about pay for nonclinical duties

Bring up retirement and other personal matters.

 

Always consider your exit strategy before you go to the negotiations. What is your best alternative to not reaching agreement? Perhaps is time for you to jump out on your own or join another independent group that offers a lifestyle that suits your desires.

 

In other words, pay is only one aspect. Will you really be happy when your pay is higher and your schedule heavier?

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The Conscious Consultant Hour « Talking Alternative Broadcasting

The Conscious Consultant Hour « Talking Alternative Broadcasting | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
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Check out this interview with Sam Leibowitz interviewing me. Very pleased that I will be hositng my show here beginning January 22 at 8PM ET -LIVE

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New Proof that Flu Shots are Unnecessary and Ineffective

New Proof that Flu Shots are Unnecessary and Ineffective | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
There’s new proof that flu shots are unnecessary and ineffective as the continued use of the swine flu vaccine provokes more reports of serious side effects.
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Think carefully before getting the flu vaccine. Perhaps you are one of those healthy people who is better off without it and all its serious and (some) permanent side effects.

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Ensuring Physicians' Competence — Is Maintenance of Certification the Answer? — NEJM

Ensuring Physicians' Competence — Is Maintenance of Certification the Answer? — NEJM | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Health Policy Report from The New England Journal of Medicine — Ensuring Physicians' Competence — Is Maintenance of Certification the Answer?
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From my perspective MOC was costly and did nothing to increase or maintain competency. It was just paperwork.

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Low Health Literacy Leads to Increased Healthcare Costs

Low Health Literacy Leads to Increased Healthcare Costs | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Low Health Literacy Leads to Increased Healthcare Costs
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Inofrmation overload is the problem of the day. Withh CNN, Fox and Dr. Oz reporting among the many as to what is the the 'best' approach, most people are so overwhelmed that they do nothing. In addition, too little attention is given to the complementary and alternative approaches which can in many cases yield better results with less or no side effects.

 

So health literacy is complicated today even for ahighly educated healthcare providers.

 

As defined in Health People 2010, Health literacy is: 
“The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”

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3 ways doctors can protect against social media fraud - amednews.com

3 ways doctors can protect against social media fraud - amednews.com | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
By taking a few precautions, physicians can ensure that they don't feel damaging effects from online imposters and false comments.
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Disparities in care for blacks linked to segregation, unconscious bias - amednews.com

Disparities in care for blacks linked to segregation, unconscious bias - amednews.com | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Black patients are less satisfied with care from doctors who show unintentional bias. Highly segregated areas have disparities in lung cancer death rates, research shows.
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I've seen this play out in practice. Even African-American patients who are highly educated and well insured receive biased treatment. The result is poorer outcomes in health even for the most diligent patient being cared for by a biased doctor.

 

Previous studies have found that lower patient satisfaction scores are correlated with poorer outcomes on a wide range of metrics, such as medication adherence and hospital readmissions. There is still no proven way to combat the unconscious biases that can undermine some doctors’ relationships with black patients, said Irene V. Blair, PhD, lead author of the Denver study.

 
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5 Ways to Stand Out as a Guest - Media Guest Connect - Bringing guest experts and the media together.

5 Ways to Stand Out as a Guest - Media Guest Connect - Bringing guest experts and the media together. | Doctor Data | Scoop.it

Taking the Worry Out of Appearing Live

 

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My tips would be to speak in short sound bites and pretend you are at a dinner party having a conversation. Let here be a natural back and forth between the host and you.

The call to action should be soft such as giving your web address. Nothing sounds worst than not giving information on the topic and than telling the audience if they buy your book or go to your program they will get the info. That is the most counter productive way to do an interview. Realize that you want the host to promote you rather than doing self promotion and when you answer the questions the host will more likely wish their audience to find you because you have established yourself as the authority on the topic.

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Tumor Boards May Not Really Impact Cancer Care

Tumor Boards May Not Really Impact Cancer Care | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Multidisciplinary teams to plan out cancer treatment may not actually improve care or outcomes, an analysis of Veterans Affairs' data suggested.
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Multidisciplinary team is hospitals are not truly multidisiplinary in that genrally only Western medical approaches are considered. Cancer care would be impacted greatly when complementary medical approaches are added along with lifestyle coaching for the cancer patient.

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Study finds a team approach could eliminate the physician shortage | Healthcare Finance News

Study finds a team approach could eliminate the physician shortage | Healthcare Finance News | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
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Of course its good business to use a team approach to delivery of care. Given the financial and time pressures in the current insurance-based healthcare system, the only way to provide care at a low cost is for non-physicians to deliver care to the cases that do not require the super training of the physician team leader.

 

Now that physicians embrace it, how will the public swallow this new approach?

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Making Clinicians Get Flu Shots: More Important Than Simply Preventing the Flu | Wachter's World

Making Clinicians Get Flu Shots: More Important Than Simply Preventing the Flu | Wachter's World | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
Dr Veronica Anderson's insight:

Clinicians should retain the right to decide whether a particular recommendation is right for them. There are many studies that show 1-the dangers of the flu shot 2-the inefficiency of the flu shot.

 

So clinicians who choose to make a broadly informed decision of NOT taking the flu shot should not be deemed as a health hazard as generally tose who take the time to broadly investigate options for maintaining health are generally the healthy people in the populations who do not carry and spread disease.

 

 

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Cancer Doctor Burzynski's Case Dismissed!

Cancer Doctor Burzynski's Case Dismissed! | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
After 15 years of battle, the Texas Medical Board ends its fight to revoke Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski's medical license.
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Market Yelps as new Facebook tool unveiled

Market Yelps as new Facebook tool unveiled | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
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Yelp is a great tool and I use it over Facebook to search out local businesses as the base of Yelp users is a discriminating bunch who appear to be dedicated to giving fair reviews.

 

On the other hand, Facebook tend to be poorly reliable in figuring out which businesses to use in that the average user is more random and much less discriminating in posting about businesses. 

 

This is a point in which Yelp would do itself some good to reassess its strategies for gaining loyal followers and fans.

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Still Not Branded? Now That Is Stupid!!

Still Not Branded? Now That Is Stupid!! | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
James Lafferty, former CEO of Coke, with the Pam and Dexter, Raymond Aaron, Dr. Mark Mckerkow, Connie Ragen Green at The UAB This the second in a series of articles on the importance of branding yo...
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Everyone has a brand. Even if you have no brand, no image.....that is your brand.

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New York City Hospitals to Tie Doctors’ Performance Pay to Quality Measures

New York City Hospitals to Tie Doctors’ Performance Pay to Quality Measures | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
A proposal affecting physicians in public hospitals represents a push away from the traditional model of rewarding doctors for the volume of the services they order.
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The pay changes should happen after physicians have training on how to improve on the measures.  At this juncture, physicians will be rewarded or punished with no clear way to improve.

 

In addition, each patient's case and life are different and people do whatever they choose. How much control do doctors really have over the outcome once someone lands in the hospital?

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Four reasons why will.i.am's next consulting client should be in healthcare

Four reasons why will.i.am's next consulting client should be in healthcare | Doctor Data | Scoop.it
A rapper turned inventor and entrepreneur has a lot to share with healthcare companies to help them think lean, be nimble, and understand the consumer perspective.
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Innovation is what the entire healthcare system requires at this juncture. Here is why Will.i.am is unique qualified and since what we have going on isn't working it is time to throw out the baby with the bathwater and start fresh

1-He has hardware expereince

2-He gets the space

3-He has a petient/consumer perspective

4-He understands disruption and innovation

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Slideshare Infographic: The Quiet Giant of Content Marketing

Slideshare Infographic: The Quiet Giant of Content Marketing | Doctor Data | Scoop.it

More on SlideShare!

 


Via marketingIO, Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Seems we all must consider starting to use Slideshare

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 11, 2013 3:22 PM

This is eye opening, thanks Amy!

David Hain's curator insight, January 12, 2013 3:39 AM

I think Slideshare is just a great knowledge and collaboration tool, getting better as time goes on.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 9, 2013 8:39 PM

From the article:  "Data collected by ComScore and presented in this infographic reveals SlideShare has 5 times more traffic from business owners than Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn(which now owns SlideShare)." ~ Deb