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Medicaid Rates So Low, Hospitals Consider It Charity Care (Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:34:10 +0000)

Most hospitals have slim margins, and budgets are set based on anticipated average patient reimbursement at Medicare rates. Some private insurers pay higher rates than Medicare, and the differential is often used to offset the cost of treating Medicaid patients. Medicaid reimburses at about half what Medicare pays, which is usually not enough to break

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The Importance of Daily Flossing (Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Your dental health is an important component of your physical health. It’s a frequently underappreciated aspect that can have a profound systemic influence. In fact, thousands of studies have linked oral disease to systemic disease. Your mouth is like a window to your health; the soft tissues and your teeth reflect what’s

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Low-Carb Vegetables to Live By (Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Most vegetables are very low in calories and net carbs, while being high in healthy fiber and the valuable vitamins and minerals your body needs for optimal health. As a general rule, vegetables are a nutritional cornerstone. However, some are more beneficial than others, which is the focus of this article.1,2,3,4,5 Eating

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Are You Swimming in Poop? (Sat, 04 Jun 2016 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola If you’re planning to visit a public pool this summer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) annual report may make you think twice.1 More than 48,600 public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds were tested, and close to 80 percent had at least one safety or hygiene violation. One

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Living La Vida Locum: 10 Tips For Being A Terrific Traveling Physician (Tue, 31 May 2016 17:08:45 +0000)

*This post was initially published on the Barton Blog. I have been working locum tenens assignments for over five years, and I’m enjoying it even more now than I did in the beginning. This is probably because experience has taught me how to handle the variety of challenges and unknowns that are a part of

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Awesome Aloe Vera Oil (Thu, 26 May 2016 05:00:00 +0000)

What Is Aloe Oil? By itself, aloe oil is not a true, pure oil. It is prepared by mixing the aloe vera plant with a fatty oil.1 This plant oil basically contains the properties of aloe, from which it is extracted. However, since it is combined with a carrier oil, its nutritional properties may be

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When Bison Attack: Wild Injuries In Rehab Hospitals & Buffalo Carpaccio (Tue, 24 May 2016 16:59:18 +0000)

*This post was initially published on the Barton Blog. As a locum tenens physician in rehabilitation hospitals, I see patients with some of the most unique injuries. From rare brain infections contracted in exotic lands, to the consequences of ill-advised horseplay with guns or ATVs – I’d begun to wonder if maybe I’d seen it all.

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Fluoride, the Only Drug Intentionally Added to Your Tap Water (Tue, 17 May 2016 05:00:00 +0000)

By Michael Connett Fluoride Action Network (FAN) Following the recent water crisis in Flint, it’s no wonder that the U.S. public has begun to question exactly how safe our drinking water actually is. What was once taken for granted — the idea of safe, pure, drinkable water for everyone — is now in serious question.

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Why Young Physicians Should Consider Locum Tenens: Try Before You Buy! (Mon, 16 May 2016 16:55:43 +0000)

*This blog post was initially published on the Barton Blog. When doctors complete their residency training, they are under a lot of pressure to land their first “real job” quickly. Student loan deferments end shortly after training, and whopping debt faces many of them. But choosing a job that is a good long-term fit can

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DUTCH — The Most Informative Hormone Test Out There (Sun, 08 May 2016 05:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Understanding what your hormones are doing is highly useful information. The challenge lies in accurately measuring your hormone levels and interpreting the test results. Mark Newman, founder of Precision Analytical Laboratory in Oregon, is also the developer of the DUTCH Test, which stands for Dried Urine test for Comprehensive Hormones. “I’ve had

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