Category Archives: Heathcare Reform

You’re only as healthy as your options

Having grown up in a small rural town in South Carolina, I can attest to the fact that sometimes your choices for service are usually few and far between. Typically, there’s only one of anything, and if you want to…

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No excuses, get an EHR!

An acquaintance of mine who, like me, has inflammatory bowel disease, received a call recently from her local hospital informing her they had lost her MRI images. They found them, but she is concerned they will have to retake them…

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Supreme Court ruling could lead to more questions than answers

The highest court in the land is poised to make a ruling that will undoubtedly change the face of healthcare forever. As the Supreme Court is set to bury or uphold President Obama’s presidential campaign healthcare plan, there should be…

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Is med-tech really ready for total transparency?

Years ago at another publication, one of my former colleagues made one of the greatest rookie mistakes a person could make during their career. He triumphantly displayed how much money he was being paid to several reporters in the newsroom….

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Is the U.S. no longer the dominant player in med-tech?

In the March 15 issue of Medical Device Daily, there were two stories that discussed the medical technology industry in the U.S., and neither of them cast a particularly flattering light on the current state of affairs. In fact, it…

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J.P. Morgan healthcare meeting augurs trends for 2012 and beyond

Hopefully not lost in all the comings and goings of more than 8,500 people at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco last week were some important take-home messages about the future of med-tech, a future that promises many challenges…

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Berwick out, but to anyone’s surprise?

Donald Berwick’s tenure at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services was brief, but should come as no shock to anyone who knows how the former physician came to the job. What’s stunning is how many believe the Obama administration…

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Canada knows innovation

Hockey isn’t the only thing our northern neighbors do well. Canada – Ontario in particular – knows innovation. While the U.S. has struggled in recent years to find ways to maintain its leadership position in medical innovation – Ontario has…

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A whole new world

Five years ago this month my byline began appearing on the pages of Medical Device Daily. When I first joined the MDD staff in October 2006 I knew very little about this industry. It was like moving to a new…

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Why isn’t more preventative healthcare covered by insurance?

I went to see my doctor a few weeks ago for a physical. Since I just turned 40, he recommended that I have a CT scan to check for calcification in my heart valves. Maybe I would have said  “no,”…

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