Antibiotics – Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

Antibiotics – Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

Forget zombies and serial killers in clown outfits. Many health practitioners think the most frightening movie they have ever seen is Contagion, a 2011 film that follows the simple act of a bulldozer in an Asian rainforest disturbing a bat resulting in the death of 26 million people worldwide. Although (mercifully) fiction, the nightmares many people suffered after viewing the …

Opioid Epidemic

Could Pot be the Answer to Today’s Opioid Epidemic?

2 Recent Studies Shed New Light on the Use of Medicinal Marijuana The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that each day more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.[1] The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency related to the abuse of opiates. Science Daily reports, using HHS statistics, …

Music’s Influence: Increasing Substance Abuse in Youth or Not?

Music’s Influence: Increasing Substance Abuse in Youth or Not?

Almost everywhere you go, there’s music playing or televisions blasting. In clothing stores, supermarkets, at sporting events, on the radio, at the gym, and more. Are you listening to what you’re hearing? It’s no secret that the music industry sometimes produces explicit content for its listeners. Arguably, it’s a parent’s job to teach his or her child right from wrong, …

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana – Where Does It Stand?

Something that is still discussed widely today is the legalization and usage of marijuana for medicinal purposes. There are currently twenty-nine states where medical marijuana is legalized, nine of which also have marijuana legalized for recreational purposes. Despite this, however, there still seems to be a degree of discrepancy as to where marijuana stands in regards to how helpful, or …

What the West Virginia Opioid Crisis Means for Providers

What the West Virginia Opioid Crisis Means for Providers

What Happened in West Virginia Over 20 million pain killers were discovered to have been shipped to Williamson, West Virginia, a small town with a population of 3,000. The hydrocodone and oxycodone pills were provided to patients by two pharmacies just four blocks apart. Court documents are indicating that the prescription providers sent an exorbitant 39,000 hydrocodone pills in a …

Opioid Crisis

The 25% Solution: Is It Worth It To Get the Flu Shot?

On February 16, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report on the effectiveness of this year’s flu vaccine.  The news was not good. At mid-season, the effectiveness of the vaccine against the most common type of flu virus circulating in the community was a disappointing 25%. The overall effectiveness, including against the less-common types of …

Healthcare’s Uncertain Future

The recent election has had a reeling effect on most Americans. There is a prevailing sense of uncertainty about many important matters that are vital to this country’s future. However, healthcare, which currently represents approximately 17% of GDP looms large in the uncertainty column. Irrespective of anyone’s particular view as to the advantages or disadvantages of Obama Care, or whether the …

Opioid Abuse – Financial Realignment May Be The Answer

Opioid abuse is a complex problem with tragic and staggering consequences. It has recently gained prominence because of federal and state initiatives, as well as increased coverage by the media. I write this post because I tried to make sense of the various reports I read, and realized that it may be necessary to take a more holistic view of …

There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch Do you think we can run this as is

There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch – Especially from your Pharma Rep. While the first part of this title was popularized by the 1975 book authored by economist and Nobel prize winner Milton Friedman, the totality of the title should leave a chilling and lasting impression in light of the following recent release. Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s …

Seven Noteworthy HIPAA Breaches & the Recent Enforcement Actions

The following unlucky seven were subject to substantial fines. The costs associated with defending the audit, negotiating the settlement and the cost of implementing the invariable forward-going consent agreements/corporate action plans (CAP), however, are separate and above (and often higher) than the reported fine. These cases range from relatively small to admittedly large breaches, from the unlikely event to situations …