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The Women's Libido Pill Is Back, and So Is the Controversy Print E-mail
Written by Cynthia Koons | Bloomberg via Yahoo! Finance   
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 17:09
This past January, when Cindy Eckert got back the keys to her old office in Raleigh, N.C., she walked into a time capsule. An empty water glass still sat on the receptionist's desk. Piles of marketing materials were gathering dust. Boxes with three-year-old FedEx labels had never been shipped. It was the first time Eckert had entered the office since she sold-and was then pushed out of-her company, Sprout Pharmaceuticals Inc. She and her then-husband started the company to bring to market the first drug to enhance female sexual desire. Since that moment, the story of Addyi, the pink pill, has been frozen in time.
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Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2018 13:49
WHO releases new International Classification of Diseases Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 18 June 2018 16:54
The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released its new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).
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Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2018 16:57
'End of an Era' for Chemo in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 04 June 2018 16:48
Liam Davenport reports for Medscape on June 03, 2018 that most patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) can now avoid having chemotherapy as a first-line treatment, after a large, randomized trial showed that immunotherapy with the programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) blocker pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) is effective even in patients with minimal PD-L1 expression.
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Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2018 16:31 Connecting Providers with Patients Print E-mail
Written by FHI News   
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 16:57
An increase in high-deductible health plans, along with the growth in the number of self-pay patients, has many healthcare providers looking for new and innovative ways to serve patients without the hassle of dealing with insurance companies or worrying if they will be paid at all.

Enter, a new healthcare marketplace that connects self-pay patients looking for affordable healthcare with a network of providers who recognize the value of price competition and transparency.

Since its controlled launch earlier this year, more than 300 providers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have joined MediXall’s network. Another 5,500 have registered and are in the pipeline completing their agreements. Providers who want to become part of this innovative and robust new platform must undergo a thorough credentialing process by a panel of experienced and respected physicians from a variety of specialties.

Once credentialed, they are assigned a client success manager who works with them to determine what kinds of services patients are looking for and to help package them in a consumer-friendly way so that patients know exactly what the cost is for the services they will receive when making an appointment.

“We are helping to bring healthcare providers cash paying patients, patients who pay before or at the time of the service, which helps providers with their problems with reimbursement,” says MediXall Group Inc. President Michael Swartz, who is responsible for bringing the platform to launch.

Before joining MediXall, Swartz was co-founder of Viridian Capital Advisors where he led all modeling and valuation work for the firm’s M&A and fundraising assignments.

There is no cost to join the network. Healthcare providers are only charged a technology fee when a patient books an appointment. Patients only pay for healthcare services they receive.

“We didn’t want a doctor to have to pay to be on the platform, so we have developed a model that de-risks the process. We charge a technology fee, so when a patient books an appointment, information is sent to the patient and provider – that facilitation of communication is how it is billed,” says Swartz. “The amount it costs a provider is directly related to the value they receive.”

With the click of a button, consumers can search for doctors and book appointments based on cost, distance, ratings, and availability. The network not only includes physicians, but also chiropractors, dentists, orthodontists, holistic medical practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists and a variety of diagnostic imaging services.

Swartz believes that with the proliferation of high-deductible health insurance, the time is ripe for MediXall.

“Five years ago, a customer of healthcare was insurance companies, payers and employers. But in the last couple of years we have been seeing more and more the trend of the patient being the customer of health care, that’s why we built this platform,” he says.

MediXall is poised for growth with plans to move into Central and North Florida shortly and eventually nationwide.

For more information visit or call (954) 908-3481.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2018 16:57
Telehealth delivers a win-win when the physician is onboard Print E-mail
Written by Accountable Care Options   
Thursday, 17 May 2018 08:23

The biggest challenge when implementing a telehealth program isn’t patient compliance, it’s participation by the primary care physician. Doctors’ daily schedules are so filled with  patient office visits that unless they set aside time for appointments with patients who have telehealth equipment in their homes, they don’t experience the full benefits that remote health care can provide.

Some physicians are doing a phenomenal job using telehealth to supplant office visits and monitor their patients. We call them our pioneers, and they speak to other doctors about utilizing telehealth, its advantages, and how to integrate it into the workflow. For example, a pioneer might have one day of the week where the office closes at noon. The physician allocates part or all of that afternoon for telehealth assessments.

Physicians quickly learn to give themselves a bit more flexibility because these appointments can take from 15 minutes to an hour. The appointment length depends on the questions they ask and the patient’s circumstances: Was the individual just discharged? Is he or she a surgical patient with multiple chronic conditions? In those instances, a physician should allow more time.

Second, training is essential. Doctors should dedicate time to becoming more familiar with the equipment. It's not difficult to use, but as with all technology, the more one uses it, the more efficient one becomes. We encourage physicians to schedule sessions with us to set up the equipment the way they like it and to learn the best practices for conducting an interview.

Once they embrace the technology, they enjoy having live information, because even when a patient routinely comes into the office, he or she will not have vital sign and glucose readings for every day at home.

Using telehealth data, a doctor can see that a patient has had high blood pressure over the last three days or that today’s reading may be the first sign of a problem. With daily monitoring, the physician can ask more intricate questions and thus get to know the patient much better versus seeing the individual once a month in the office.

Doctors who actively use telehealth say the service benefits the patients, too, because they have the flexibility in their schedules and no longer need a medical assistant to take their blood pressure, pulse and other vitals. This is a win-win situation, because the patient gains independence and the primary care physician realizes better use of time and receives better information on the patient.
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