Category Archives: Health care

Department of Justice Indicts Two Drug Company Executives Over Opioid Sales; More to Come?

On Tuesday, the Southern District of New York and the Drug Enforcement Administration announced a series of indictments against one of the ten largest drug distributors in the US, Rochester Drug Co-Operative, and two former executives, the CEO and the chief compliance officer, and the latter has pled guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. […]

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Costly Confusion: Patients Caught by Medicare Not Covering Annual Physical Exams

Yves here. This post presents a classic example of why medical care in America sucks. It’s too much about billing and not enough about patient care. I know patients who can have a yearly visit to an MD covered under their plan as either a physical or a medium complexity visit for conditions for which […]

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Electronic Health Records: Death By A Thousand Clicks

Rather than an electronic ecosystem of information, the nation’s thousands of EHRs largely remain a sprawling, disconnected patchwork. Moreover, the effort has handcuffed health providers to technology they mostly can’t stand and has enriched and empowered the $13-billion-a-year industry that sells it.

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Cancer’s Complications: Confusing Bills, Maddening Errors And Endless Phone Calls

Yves here. I am sure readers have many stories of their own from personal or family experience about how the health insurance industry shamefully goes into denial and delay mode with cancer patients. I know of all of one person who didn’t have a horrible time, but even then, as a widowed middle aged woman […]

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