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'Dying in America' IOM Report Calls for Major Reform
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 02:47 PM

The US health system needs major reform to ensure high-quality, affordable, and sustainable end-of-life care for Americans, according to a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report called Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.  The 507-page document reports recommendations developed during the past two years by a 21-member national committee.

"This is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date studies that has been performed on end-of-life care for people of all ages who are approaching death."  The time is now for our nation to develop a modernized end-of-life care system as envisioned by this report.”

Physician Pleads Guilty to Unneeded Chemo in Fraud Case
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 02:35 PM

Hematologist-oncologist Farid Fata, MD, of suburban Detroit, Michigan, used to live in a world of fashion shows, gala balls, and masquerade parties sponsored by Swan for Life, a nonprofit cancer education and support group he founded.

Dr. Fata, 49, now faces up to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty on September 16 to administering chemotherapy to patients who didn't need it so he could defraud Medicare and private insurers, federal prosecutors said in a news release. These and other scams he admitted to resulted in $225 million alone in fraudulent Medicare claims between August 2007 and July 2013 and actual payments of $91 million.  Dr. Fata made so much money that in 2010 he considered buying a $3 million furnished castle in his native Lebanon, according to an FBI affidavit filed with the federal district court in Detroit.

ChiroHealthUSA ranks No. 988 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 02:16 PM

Inc. magazine ranked ChiroHealthUSAno. 988 on its 33rdannual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy — America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000 list.

“We are honored to be included in this prestigious list,” Ray Foxworth, DC, President of ChiroHealthUSA said. “Our inclusion is a reflection of doctors and staff searching for ways to keep care affordable for their patients without violating the layers of rules and regulations governing our financial and discounting polices. My thanks go to our amazing team at ChiroHealthUSA, the many consultants, partnering state associations, and companies who have helped us educate the profession about the importance of having a compliant financial policy.”

Pushing back against the Texas Medical Association
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Friday, September 19, 2014 12:34 PM

Others are taking note of the Texas Medical Association's often heavy handed approaches.  Jeff Hays Films, producers of the movies Doctored and Bought notes:

Antibiotics Prescribed for Kids at Twice Expected Rate
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 07:24 PM

Antibiotics are prescribed almost twice as often as expected to outpatients aged 18 years and younger nationally, according to results of a new study published online September 15 inPediatrics.

That translates to about 11.4 million potentially unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions every year, a number that has not decreased substantially over the course of 10 years.

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