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Law and Order? - Bristol-Myers-Squibb Settles Case Alleging Fraud and Kickbacks, No Admissions of Guilt, No Individuals Charged
Introduction Donald Trump, Republican candidate for the US presidency last week announced he is the "law and order" candidate, accompanied by then vice presidential contender and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.I wonder if all this interest in law...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, July 21, 2016

UnitedHealth's Optum Division Settles Case Alleging it Enrolled Non-Terminally Ill Patients in Hospice, Thus Risking Their Deaths Due to Treatable Illnesses
Fraudulant hospice enrollment is a uniquely dangerous practice, yet the latest cases of it have, as usual, attracted little attention.Background As we have discussed before, hospice care was initially designed to provide more humane treatment of the ...
Health Care Renewal
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Abort, Retry, Fail - Billionaire Bill Gates Opines, Sans Evidence, on ... the Efficacy of Hepatitis C Treatment?
If you needed advice about the technical characteristics of computer operating systems you probably would not go to your doctor for it.  So why would you seek the opinion of a software company mogul about the efficacy of pharmaceuticals?Software Mogu...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Two recent stories of EHR un-exceptionalism, and a connection to prior HC Renewal posts including my own experiences
The following stories recently appeared in the press about the "un-exceptionalism" (or, I might more accurately state, the negative exceptionalism) of today's EHR technology.Regarding each organization mentioned, I have had personal experience that, ...
Health Care Renewal
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Physicians go flatline on EHR enthusiasm
In a new study, physicians' enthusiasm levels for EHR's seem to resemble this EKG:Do physicians really experience a satisfaction 'J-curve' with EHRs? Max Green July 6, 2016
Health Care Renewal
Friday, July 8, 2016

Bad Apple or Bad Orchard? - A Narrative of Alleged Individual Research Misconduct that Sidestepped the Pharmaceutical Corporate Context
Tales of medical research misconduct seem increasingly prevalent in the media, and are getting increasing attention.    They often may present a simple narrative, like this recent story in the New York Times, "An NYU Study Gone Wrong, and a Top Resea...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Still No Questions Asked - Journalists Fail to Challenge Talking Points Used to Justify Million Dollar Plus Executive Compensation at New York Non-Profit Hospitals
It's deja vu all over again. I even get to reuse the introduction of a post from one month ago.  As I wrote in May, 2016,... The problem of ever rising, amazingly generous pay for top health care managers is a frequent topic for Health Care Renewal. ...
Health Care Renewal
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New AMA President Andy Gurman, MD on EHRs: " I don't have one, and no one can make me use one."
The love-fest with EHRs continues, to the great chagrin of the believers in fairies, unicorns and cybernetic utopia.Andy Gurman, MD, Takes Reins as AMA PresidentJun 17, 2016Gale Scott, HCPLive
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Reckless indifference to nurse's concerns about bad health IT results in showing her the door?
At numerous past posts I referred to hospital executives' reckless indifference to the concern of seasoned clinicians about bad health IT, such as at and  http://hcrene...
Health Care Renewal
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

CORRUPTION OF CLINICAL TRIALS REPORTS:A PROPOSALThere is a disconnection between the FDA's drug approval process and the reports we see in medical journals. Pharmaceutical corporations exploit this gap through adulterated, self-serving analyses, and ...
Health Care Renewal
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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