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How Secure is Your Medical Information?
June 16, 2013 3:08 PM by Glen McDaniel
Two of the most bandied-around concepts in healthcare are those of privacy and confidentiality. Even before HIPAA mandated measures to ensure that health information be safeguarded, medical professionals felt ethically bound not to disclose medical information Read More...
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How Will the Sequester Affect You?
March 7, 2013 11:35 AM by Glen McDaniel
With all this talk about sequestration everyone is bound to be concerned with how these spending cuts will affect them. Sequestration is such an odd word to be used Congress and picked up by the media as if it were a part of the regular lexicon. It is 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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President Signs Executive Order for Regulatory Overhaul
March 19, 2011 10:52 PM by Glen McDaniel
In January, President Obama signed an executive order aimed at eliminating administrative obstacles to business and industry, saying he wanted to balance the need for regulation (to protect the public, for example) against the interests of economic growth. Read More...
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repealed
December 20, 2010 2:32 PM by Glen McDaniel
In a lame duck session, by a vote of 65 to 31, the US Senate voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell ( DADT )" a 17-year -old law that prevented gays from serving openly in the military. The bill now awaits the President's signature. For some, DADT is Read More...
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Lab Organizations Onboard for Legislative Day
December 9, 2010 7:10 PM by Glen McDaniel
The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) announced that it is being joined by sister organizations CLMA, ASCP, and AMT to observe the 2011 Legislative Symposium. Observed by ASCLS since 1989, Legislative Symposium (or Legislative Days, Read More...
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I Want To Be a Pharmacist
October 24, 2010 7:09 PM by Glen McDaniel
I want to grow up to be a pharmacist. Well, not really: let me explain. I recently ran across a woman who told me how her income had expanded exponentially in the last 3 years since she decided to become an immunization pharmacist. I am pretty up on healthcare 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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Clinical Laboratory Licensure Threatened in Georgia
February 21, 2010 4:14 PM by Glen McDaniel
There is a bill winding its way through the Georgia General Assembly that threatens clinical laboratory licensure in the state. Sponsored by a nurse legislator, the bill HB 994 has had 2 reads. Ostensibly the intention is to save money. After all, those Read More...
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A New Year, New Decade, New Challenges
December 28, 2009 2:36 PM by Glen McDaniel
2010 is on the horizon; the dawn of a new year and a new decade. It's natural to reminisce about what has transpired these past few years and what to expect-or hope for- in 2010 and beyond. I have some suggestions. Reminisce. Think back on how far we Read More...
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I Love Nurses!
July 15, 2009 2:24 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few minutes ago, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed a bill to revamp the health care system Celebrating the passage of the bill, President Barack Obama, surrounded by nursing leaders at the White House , proclaimed "I Read More...
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Never Events
July 14, 2008 10:19 AM by Glen McDaniel
New York Medicaid program has announced it will not pay for what it terms 14 " never events ." I recently wrote a blog discussing the fact that Medicare, a major healthcare payer, will no longer pay hospitals for the cost of care deriving from medical Read More...
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National Health Record
June 10, 2008 11:38 AM by Glen McDaniel
The Bush administration has said the U.S. should have a national electronic health record system (EHR) by the year 2014. This discussion regarding the need for electronic medical records goes back several years, but was really focused in this administration Read More...
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Paying for Lab Services Based on Effectiveness
May 7, 2008 11:08 AM by Glen McDaniel
In recent years we have heard a lot about evidence-based medicine (EBM). Many physicians practice medicine out of habit; doing what is familiar or what they have been taught. Evidence-based medicine, however, is based on doing what the research shows Read More...
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Medicare New Reimbursement Rules and Laboratory Errors
March 20, 2008 10:06 AM by Glen McDaniel
Under new Medicare regulations effective October 2007, hospitals will no longer receive higher payments for the additional costs associated with treating patients for certain hospital- acquired infections and medical errors. Previously, complications Read More...
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