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2010 Potpourri VII

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The latest in our regular amalgamation of health care news items, including telehealth, how many people really die from not having health insurance, silent PPOs, progress in automating claims processing and more on individual insurance policy price hikes.

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Individual Premium Increase Brouhaha

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Health plans are receiving a lot of negative publicity regarding individual policy price increases. This development, however, should have been entirely expected in light of the recession and typical consumer behavior when not required to buy a product. That won’t stop politicians from trying to demagogue the issue.

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2010 Potpourri VI

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Select from this menu of topics on health improvement incentives, genetic testing for cancer treatment, health plan collaboration on use of IT for administration, value-based insurance design and comparative effectiveness research.

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2010 Potpourri V

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One more Saturday….morning. And another potpourri of health care news. This one includes health information technology, consumer directed health plans, guidelines, support group functioning, end-of-life care and telemedicine.

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Nursing and Telemedicine

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Two articles describe some of the challenges for nurses in the telemedicine environment. One describes the role nurses play when they are onsite with a patient and the physician is remote and the other discusses how nurses can convey a caring attitude when they are interacting remotely with the patient.

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Medco Acquires DNA Direct

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Medco’s acquisition of DNA Direct, a genetic testing management company, may be a reaction to an earlier CVS Caremark transaction, but is also a recognition of the looming flood of genomic information and products that will usher in the era of personalized medicine.

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