The COVID-19 Health Crisis Escalates as Nation Faces Coronavirus Lockdown Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 March 2020 18:56

Legislators in D.C. Work on Economic Stimulus Package
South Florida Non-Essential Businesses Closed

Existing drugs could be successfully re-purposed for COVID-19 Treatment

President Announces '15 Days to Slow the Spread' Initiative

Vaccine could be 18 months away

Financial Markets Tumble as Another Recession Appears Inevitable
Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2020 19:08
Doctors go back to school to learn the business of medicine Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 March 2020 18:10

Joanne Finnegan contributes an excellent article, for Fierce Healthcare on March 5, featuring various physicians who have returned to school for an MBA. Most doctors would rather not have to worry about the business of running a healthcare organization and would prefer to focus on taking care of patients, says Aaron Hattaway, MD, a Florida radiologist, who is a current student in the physician MBA program and expects to graduate in May. But in today's world, "you better learn it," he advises. "It's what runs the world."

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The financial hole for patients begins on the first day of diagnosis Print E-mail
Written by Wendy A. Rhoades, MD | KevinMD   
Friday, 28 February 2020 17:42

I pushed open the door with a huge smile on my face while my eyes searched the room for the chubby toddler that was my patient. One sweep across the roomful of siblings, and my eyes stopped on the child crinkling the paper on the examination table. I could see the long, smooth scar poking out from beneath the hemline of her skirt.

She smiled and waved at me with a skinny, little arm. It had only been three months since I had seen her - not nearly enough time to lose all that toddler chubbiness. My mind rewound instantly; I had reviewed her scans the day before finding no signs of tumor recurrence. 

I began to chat with her mother and father about her health and did a complete review of symptoms. I was searching for a sign - any sign that would tell me that I had missed a relapse to explain the obvious weight loss. Childhood cancer relapses can sometimes unexpectedly sneak up like that, and I was inwardly panicking that this was the case. 

After a complete review of symptoms and full physical exam, I was reassured that I had not missed anything. I paused and opened up her growth chart. There it was: the little, black dot staring back at me. It had plummeted off of a previously solid trajectory of expected weight gain for a child her age that we had maintained through months of grueling chemotherapy and surgery.

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No Quick Fix: Missouri Finds Managing Pain Without Opioids Isn’t Fast Or Easy Print E-mail
Written by Lauren Weber | Kaiser Health News   
Monday, 17 February 2020 00:00

Missouri began offering chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy for Medicaid patients in April, the latest state to try an alternative to opioids for those battling chronic pain. Yet only about 500 of the state's roughly 330,000 adult Medicaid users accessed the program through December, at a cost of $190,000, according to Josh Moore, the Missouri Medicaid pharmacy director. While the numbers may reflect an undercount because of lags in submitting claims, the jointly funded federal-state program known in the state as MO HealthNet is hitting just a fraction of possible patients so far. Meanwhile, according to the state, opioids were still being doled out: 109,610 Missouri Medicaid patients of all age groups received opioid prescriptions last year. The going has been slow, health experts said, because of a slew of barriers. Such treatments are more time-consuming and involved than simply getting a prescription. A limited number of providers offer alternative treatment options, especially to Medicaid patients. And perhaps the biggest problem? These therapies don't seem to work for everyone.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2020 09:34
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