A hospital CEO explains why:

We researched it and found that the remote is the one that is connected into our nurse call system, and the company did not have alternatives that would be more convenient. We checked with other hospitals in town and they all had the same limitations. Having these systems integrated reduces the number of separate handheld items hooked to the bed and allows the speaker ...

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Vote early, vote often

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center wants to bolster its US News hospital ranking. The CEO at Boston's BI-Deaconess hopes some of that voting magic would rub off at his institution. US News rankings are a big deal:

The U.S. News ranking has become a serious business for hospitals, which often incorporate accolades from the magazine in their own marketing campaigns. As such, it's not surprising that hospitals including ...

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Anonymous comments

After a "cooling off" period, anonymous commenting has been turned back on.

I request that comments stay respectful, or else I'll have to go back to requiring registration. Animated, passionate debate is fine. Personal attacks and excessive foul language isn't. I really am against moderating comments, but will delete obvious offensive or abusive comments. Thanks for abiding by this request.

Has hell frozen over?

Trial lawyers are asking regulators to consider seeking a rollback of malpractice rates at Connecticut Medical Insurance Co., saying the premiums for doctors appear excessive in light of the company's profits and surplus.

Carl D. Anderson, president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, sent a letter Tuesday to Insurance Commissioner Susan F. Cogswell urging a "thorough examination" of Connecticut Medical's malpractice rates.
More likely, they ...

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One important reason why health care is so much more expensive here:

Americans seem to be less willing to take no for an answer and more willing to try almost anything, no matter how expensive or how slim the odds, to prolong life. (The United States is also a fatter, more diverse country with wider income disparity, which gives our medical system a harder task.) . . .


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Can it be hope for Merck? The selling point is no weight gain. Trials show a decrease of 0.77 in A1c over 12 weeks.

I wonder why? Hmmm . . . actually, the article does a decent job explaining the obvious reason why there is such little interest in geriatrics. Every single incentive is geared against primary care and geriatrics:

Reimbursement drives doctors' compensation. Gastroenterology, for instance, became more lucrative - and popular - once Medicare, which sets the standard for most other health insurance, began paying for screening colonoscopies. Geriatricians ...

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He did the right thing - there's no need for an apology.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out:

Sick. Just sick. That $250,000,000 could fund 25,000 patients' annual health care benefit costs (if one assumes $10,000 per year of fees per patient). Such options transactions hurt our healthcare system and need to be made a felony.

Ridiculous article from the BMJ, showing what we already knew: don't trust industry-sponsored drug reviews.

How Ambien is being used by people who want not to be blamed for their own bad behavior. (via Overlawyered)

keagirl, the blogging female urologist, writes about a few.

Limb attached to crotch

Is this for real?


If you had met Israel Sarrio in March 2004, you may not have wanted to shake hands with him mostly because his hand was sticking out of his crotch. The then-25-year-old truck driver had his arm reattached after it was torn off in a tragic accident, but when it became infected, doctors had to re-amputate it to treat the ailing limb and stump. ...

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Medpundit takes issue with an ignorant insurance company.

Kim with great advice. I've hosted three times - the best tip is not waiting until the last minute. You will receive 50+ posts, and putting it all together can easily take upwards of 4-6 hours. Putting the GR post together as the entries come in worked for me.

Behold, the Pee&Poo Shop

Pee and poo never looked so cuddly.



(via UroStream)

It's a buyer's market for physician jobs. Hospitals not having a hospitalist program are at a disadvantage:

Doctors are satisfied with Coweta's patient base and current hospital facilities, but some are reluctant to make a commitment to Coweta because of Newnan Hospital's lack of a "hospitalist" program, according to Bass . . .

. . . A lack of financial resources has so far prevented Newnan from establishing ...

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New terminology in Oregon.

Doctor vs doctor

A cardiologist sues a hospital for damaging his rep. The hospital loses. Big time:

A Dallas hospital and one of its top officials were ordered to pay $22.5 million to a cardiologist who claimed they damaged his reputation.

A jury had awarded the doctor $360 million after a 2004 trial, but the judge cut that amount last month.

Dr. Lawrence Poliner said many of his patients ...

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There are TVs all over the hospital despite the recommendation that children under 2 should not be watching TV. The hospital says it distracts from sometimes painful treatment:

Before installing the televisions in the new cardiac unit last year, she said, the hospital sought input from patients' families and found overwhelming interest in having television. The parents wanted them not just as a distraction for the children but ...

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