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Archive for April, 2010

Mount an Aggressive Attack on Fraud with Supply-Chain Visibility

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

I left a message at the White House for Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer about his blog today on Health Reform. He wrote that the health reform law will strengthen Medicare "by taking aggressive new steps to fight waste, fraud, and abuse within the system." Fraud itself could amount to $60 billion ...

Proposed Labeling Rules to Come?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

It's a good thing I decided to search regulations.gov today for updates on some pending FDA regulation. The Department of Health and Human Services just posted its Unified Agenda. Among other tasks, FDA is working on two potential actions that could change the way you label drugs and medical devices. Electronic ...

Blunt News on Chronic Illness and Healthcare Quality

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published its 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report today, and results are mixed. Most media reports today--including the AHRQ's own press release--focused on the lack of progress ...

Another Heparin Error?

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Heparin is in the news again, although it is not exactly clear what role it played in the death of a 23-month-old girl at the Nebraska Medical Center. According to a story from CNN, "Nebraska Medical Center believes that the child received an overdose of heparin, and that it contributed ...