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Wednesday, 28 March 2012 16:22

Livin' Briefs - 03/28/12

Husson University hosts lecture featuring renowned leaders in healthcare industry

BAR HARBOR Husson University's College of Business will host Dr. Dennis Spencer, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine; and Dr. Elson So, professor of neurology and director of electroencephalography at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, for a lecture on leadership in the healthcare sector. The lecture will be held on April 4, 5 to 7 p.m. at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. Medical professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend the free lecture.

The lecture is being held as part of a graduate course in leadership that is offered by Husson University at the Jackson Laboratory campus.

'This is an excellent opportunity for our MBA students at The Jackson Laboratory, as well as members of the medical profession, to hear from true leaders in the healthcare industry and apply their experiences in leadership to their own professional endeavors,' said Dennis A. Sokol, the professor of the course and host of the event.

Published in Livin'
Thursday, 08 March 2012 13:37

How to save money on prescriptions

I have worked in the medical field for some time and the most frequent complaint I've heard over the years is the cost of medications. And depending on whether you pay an insurance co-pay for generic medications, fill your prescriptions at Walmart or Rite Aid, or even buy a one-month supply, you could be overpaying.

Physicians try their best to help patients end unnecessary medications, and medical staff often tries to educate patients about alternative methods to get their prescriptions when costs are beyond the patients' means. On the supply side, some pharmaceutical companies will help patients who are financially unable to keep up with prescription costs, especially for unique medications that treat unique conditions.

Here are some tips on saving money on your prescriptions:

Published in The Frugal Edge

CHICAGO - More Americans are turning to the emergency room for routine dental problems - a choice that often costs 10 times more than preventive care and offers far fewer treatment options than a dentist's office, according to an analysis of government data and dental research.

Most of those emergency visits involve trouble such as toothaches that could have been avoided with regular checkups but went untreated, in many cases because of a shortage of dentists, particularly those willing to treat Medicaid patients, the analysis said.

The number of ER visits nationwide for dental problems increased 16 percent from 2006 to 2009, and the report released Tuesday by the Pew Center on the States suggests the trend is continuing.

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