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What Do Obamacare and Best Buy Have in Common?
June 1, 2013 1:49 PM by Glen McDaniel
The debate about the serpentine, complicated Affordable Care Act (so called Obamacare) continues. Aspects of the bill phase in over time, we know. It is also commonly accepted that many more individuals will be insurable and insured; creating a greater Read More...
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No Emmy for My Hard Work?
December 23, 2012 5:31 PM by Glen McDaniel
I love attending parties. For one, I get to unwind and spend time with friends. But I also love the opportunity of meeting new people and hearing about their lives. I have long realized that I learn much more from listening than I do from talking and Read More...
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Lay Off the PSA, USA Medical Panel Advises
May 21, 2012 10:58 PM by Glen McDaniel
The US Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that healthy men should not be routinely screened with the PSA test. There has been a buzz that this decision was in the offing for several years now, so the final ruling is not a surprise to many. Read More...
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Healthcare, Separate and Unequal?
March 25, 2012 5:04 PM by Glen McDaniel
Two items of news caught my attention this weekend. Tomorrow the Supreme Court will start hearing arguments about the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law ; the so called Obamacare. Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) Read More...
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Second Opinion from the Laboratory
November 19, 2011 3:47 PM by Glen McDaniel
My friends and relatives ask me for medical advice all the time. I am sure other laboratorians have the same experience. I have had a diverse experience in healthcare including being an American Red Cross trained first responder. I have also spent a great Read More...
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CSI Effect Sends Wrong Signal to Patients
October 1, 2011 12:19 AM by Glen McDaniel
In recent years the legal community has described a phenomenon called the CSI Effect .Based on the popularity of television programs like CSI, jurors as well as the public at large have come to expect that every criminal case can be solved definitively Read More...
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Contagion: A Nice Nod to the Lab Community
September 14, 2011 1:58 PM by Glen McDaniel
I just saw the blockbuster movie Contagion and must say I was pretty impressed. When I watch a medical-themed movie, I always look at it with a critical eye. How factual is it? Is it authentic in terms of scenarios, equipment, procedures and vocabulary? Read More...
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House Passes Comprehensive Health Care Reform Bill
March 22, 2010 12:45 PM by Glen McDaniel
Late last night the House of Representatives passed a sweeping health care bill, dubbed the "most comprehensive healthcare reform in over a century." The bill which passed 219-212, without a singe Republican vote now goes to the President for his signature Read More...
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Stop the Flu Madness
September 24, 2009 11:43 AM by Glen McDaniel
As we approach the flu season there are lots of questions about influenza testing and horror stories about a looming epidemic or pandemic. Patients are flooding doctors' offices and emergency departments, and clinicians are demanding widescale testing; Read More...
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APHL Asks For Help With HIV Algorithms
September 16, 2009 5:24 PM by Glen McDaniel
Back in 1989, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) issued a firm algorithm for diagnosing HIV; an algorithm that is still in use today as the gold standard. The patient is tested Read More...
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Competition for Joint Commission-Finally!
June 7, 2009 5:27 PM by Glen McDaniel
For years the Joint Commission has been the accreditor of hospitals including all its departments (including laboratories). Although many are not aware of it, even hospital laboratories accredited by CAP (College of American Pathologists) are also reviewed Read More...
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Keeping up With the Swine Flu Pandemic
April 27, 2009 5:17 PM by Glen McDaniel
You cannot turn on the TV or log onto any popular website like AOL without being greeted by the latest update on the swine flu pandemic. Over the weekend, I spoke with friends who were planning a vacation to Mexico next week and are now concerned about Read More...
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CEO Issues Infection Challenge
February 13, 2009 8:39 AM by Glen McDaniel
Paul Levy, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, in his recent blog "Running a Hospital," proudly published his hospital's nosocomial infection rate and boldly challenged other hospitals to do the same. He also threw down Read More...
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New Year's Resolutions
January 7, 2009 3:17 PM by Glen McDaniel
It is a brand new year and everyone is talking about their resolutions to be better, slimmer, healthier, more assertive, free of excessive baggage, better paid and all round closer to their vision of an ideal self. Looking back over some articles I had Read More...
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My Customer Service Nightmare
December 26, 2008 8:49 AM by Glen McDaniel
Why is it many people in healthcare still think it is the one service industry in which "customers" can be treated like trash? Recently I went to the doctor for some persistent and generalized itching. I don't have allergies and mentally eliminated everything Read More...
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