Category Archives: Congress

Senator Angus King discusses his bill to make medical device pricing transparent to the public

July 9, 2014- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD Senator Angus King from Maine has proposed a a bill that would make the pricing of medical devices

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How pain pills almost killed my mother after elective knee surgery

May 21, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD My mother is in her 70’s and in good health except for debilitating knee arthritis. After considerable

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How many stent cases does it take to bill Medicare for $18 Million?

April 9, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD The release of data by Medicare showing what each doctor earns from billing CMS is making news for

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Violent video games and aggressive behavior

March 30, 2014- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD A recent JAMA paper connects the dots between violent video games and aggressive behavior.

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Oh my god, I have a disease!

March 21, 2014- This DTC TV drug ad medicalizing a non-disease really struck us as egregious

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Google’s Larry Page wants your medical records to be public for “research”

March 20, 2014-By Steven E. Greer, MD Charlie Rose interviewed Google founder Larry Page at the 2014 TED conference. During the talk, Mr.

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FDA investigated by congress for spying on whistleblowers

Update February 26, 2014- Senator Grassley convened an oversight hearing in the senate, and also

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Industry conflicts arise at PCORI threatening any real comparative effectiveness research

February 7, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD The Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) was created by the PPACA “ObamaCare” law in 2010.

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Why the lack of outrage over smoking depicted in film and television?

January 20, 2014 To Senators Dick Durbin, Richard Blumenthal, Sherrod Brown, and Edward Markey

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Alex Rodriguez’s PED schedule

January 12, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD CBS’s “60 Minutes” interviewed the man, Anthony Bosch, claiming to have been the pseudo-doctor

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Twitter interview with banned-for-life Wall Street tech analyst Henry Blodget

January 11, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD Disgraced Wall Street sell-side technology sector analyst, Henry Blodget, who was banned for life by

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Laws governing genetic tests

December 19, 2013– Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD In Part 2 of our interview with Robert Klitzman, MD, from Columbia University, he discusses

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Did the GOP shut down the government just to please a special interest industry lobby?

October 19, 2013- By Steven E. Greer MD The United States government was partially shut down for more than two weeks in October.

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Little guy challenges Dr. Oz over copyright infringement and wins

September 12, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD Under certain circumstances, copyrighted text or video content can be used by others without

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Senate Finance Committee hearing on CMMI

August 15, 2013

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What happens next with the ACA law?

May 20, 2013- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD

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The slowdown in elective procedures and reduced demand for costly drugs

Updated May 7, 2013- The demand for prescription drugs and medical devices is continuing to slow down, as new forms of employer-provided health insurance require greater

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How Boston medical centers prepare for unconventional weapon attacks

May 3, 2013- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD Paul Biddinger, MD, Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness, Massachusetts General

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Smartphone apps to be regulated and taxed as medical devices

March 26, 2013 Which smartphone apps will the FDA label as a medical device making them taxable tax under

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Don Berwick, MD: Waste in the American Healthcare System

Dr. Berwick, former Director of CMS and former President and CEO of IHI, discusses the percentage

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