Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health care remake, a lifeline available right now to vulnerable people whose medical problems have made them uninsurable. But the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan started this summer isn't living up to expectations.
Not long ago, a fellow doctor told me that his local health care insurers, in an effort to improve care and rein in costs, had been evaluating physicians and paying them according to their “quality ranking.” With “pay for performance” reimbursement, doctors who had, for example, managed more timely follow-up and achieved better test results with their diabetic or hypertensive patients would rank more highly and earn more in financial bonuses than physicians whose patients failed to meet the insurers’ guidelines.
What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing fluid waste control products to ensure infection control and staff safety in the OR? October 1, 2010 The two biggest concerns in every OR are the prevention of infection and the safety of the workers.
Viscot Medical introduces the Mini XL, a new surgical skin marker that, according to the company, lasts 10 times longer than traditional skin markers after pre-operative scrubbing with alcohol-based antiseptics such as Chloraprep or Duraprep. Additionally, the Mini XL offers: Clinicians the ability to use the appropriate antiseptic agents to prevent surgical site infections and still comply with the Joint Commission Protocol for correct site marking and pre-operative verification to prevent wrong site surgery.
Hunter Products, Inc. provides a solution to improve and renew micro-electronic tools, surgical instruments and micro-laboratory instruments with the Hunter Carbitron 300, the technique for “DIAMOND DUSTING” medical instruments by manufacturers and on-site at hospitals.
Automated Medical Products Corp. introduces a new Iron Intern® product, the Pier Giulianatti Scarless Thyroidectomy System. The product is designed by Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, MD, FAC. A world-renowned robotic surgeon, president of the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA), Distinguished Lloyd M.
Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — For some 19th-century British navy surgeons, reviving men who nearly drowned after falling overboard required what is now a rather unorthodox treatment: tobacco smoke. The treatment is documented in an 1801 journal, one of more than 1,000 navy medical officers' reports released Thursday by Britain's National Archives.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer Taking hormone-blocking pills for a few months before breast cancer surgery can shrink tumors and allow many women to have just the lump removed instead of the whole breast, a new study suggests. This approach is sometimes tried now in Europe, and the study was the first large test of it in the United States.
Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Where would you start if you were charged with keeping the nation healthy? Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has chosen six priorities — winnable battles, he calls them. They are smoking, AIDS, obesity/nutrition, teen pregnancy, auto injuries and health care infections.
The 96th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), one of the largest meetings of surgeons in the world, will convene October 3-7 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This year marks the first time that the ACS Clinical Congress has ever been held in the nation's capitol.
Transplantation of the uterus (womb) looks likely to become a future treatment for women who are infertile either because their uterus is congenitally absent or they have a uterus that is nonfunctional due to disease, according to the results of ground-breaking new research published online in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica .
The Standard Via-Guard® atraumatic Tip and AdjustaFlow® Poole suction features 2-in-1 performance covering most suction requirements.
0 Dr. Robert Masson, President of NeuroSpine Institute in Orlando, FL is a World Leader in minimally invasive cervical and lumbar spinal reconstruction. He discusses the premise, via a case presentation for the pre-operative decision making, planning, and ultimately a surgical plan in his candid discussion and demonstration of iMAS.
Surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital are performing an innovative type of brain surgery. Come inside the operating room to see the minimally-invasive technique they're using to remove tumors through the eyelid.
Forward surgical teams are spread throughout forward operating bases in Afghanistan. They are the first line of hospital care service members and locals receive during an emergency. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram takes us to Forward Operating Base Sharana as their FST brings in a pair of casualties.