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Florida Hospital To Pay $85M To Settle Fraud Whistle-Blower Lawsuit

March 12, 2014 9:41 am | News | Comments

A Florida hospital has agreed to pay $85 million to settle a Medicare fraud whistle-blower lawsuit. Halifax Hospital Medical Center of the Daytona Beach area reached the agreement with federal authorities Monday. The hospital's director of physician services filed a whistle-blower lawsuit in 2009...

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Third-Generation Insulation Tester With Foot Control

March 12, 2014 9:31 am | by Jac-Cell | Jac-Cell Medic | Product Releases | Comments

Jac-Cell offers the third-generation insulation tester with foot control. According to the company, it is designed to verify insulated laparoscopic handles and tubes, insulated monopolar and biopolar bayonet forceps, leep vaginal instruments, and more.

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First Human Totally Endoscopic Aortic Valve Replacements Reported

March 12, 2014 9:24 am | News | Comments

Surgeons in France have successfully replaced the aortic valve in two patients without opening the chest during surgery. The procedure, using totally endoscopic aortic valve replacement (TEAVR), shows potential for improving quality of life of heart patients by offering significantly reduced chest trauma...

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Statins May Lower Blood Clot Risk Following Joint Replacement Surgery

March 12, 2014 9:22 am | News | Comments

New, first-of-its-kind research found that statins, when used in conjunction with conventional blood clot prevention therapies, significantly reduced the risk for venous thromboembolic (VTE) events following total joint replacement (TJR) surgery...

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New MRI Can 'See Through' Metal Screws To Follow Patients After Hip Fracture Surgery

March 12, 2014 9:17 am | News | Comments

People who sustain the most common type of hip fracture, known as a femoral neck fracture, are at increased risk of complications. A special type of MRI developed at Hospital for Special Surgery in collaboration with GE Healthcare can show a detailed image following fracture repair, without the distortion caused by metal surgical screws that are problematic in standard MRIs...

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Postoperative 'Doctor Shopping' Linked To Higher Narcotic Use Among Orthopedic Patients

March 11, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

"Doctor shopping," the growing practice of obtaining narcotic prescriptions from multiple providers, has led to measurable increases in drug use among postoperative orthopedic trauma patients, according to a new study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)...

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Radiance G2 High-Bright Display

March 11, 2014 10:17 am | by NDS Surgical Imaging | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring a long-life LED backlight and NDSsi’s proprietary Color Correction Technology (CCT), the 26” Radiance G2 High-Bright display is calibrated in accordance with the BT.709 color standard. This factory calibration provides consistent color reproduction and accurate grayscale response.

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Clinical Trial Identifies Women Most Likely To Benefit From Vaginal Mesh Surgery

March 11, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

Certain women with vaginal prolapse are most likely to benefit from undergoing vaginal mesh surgery, a technique that has become controversial and is the focus of numerous lawsuits. The findings provide valuable information regarding who should and should not be considered candidates for the surgery...

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Anesthetic Technique Improves Quality Of Recovery For Women Having Breast Cancer Surgery

March 11, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

"Real time, image-guided ultrasound nerve blocks have revolutionized the practice of regional anesthesia," said Dr. Faraj Abdallah, an anesthesiologist at St. Michael's Hospital and lead author of the study. "This is the first study to show how effective these ultrasound-guided blocks can now be for breast cancer surgery."

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Non-Profit Hospitals Face Negative Credit Potential From ICD-10 Conversion

March 11, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

"It is a challenging time as healthcare reform moves forward and other pressures, such as sequestration, inpatient volume declines, and reduced reimbursement, are being felt. ICD-10 conversion will bring additional costs at a time when hospital operations are already under pressure," said Gary Sokolow, Director in the U.S. Public Finance Group.

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Study: Two Percent Of Americans Have New Hips, Knees

March 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

"They are remarkable numbers," said Dr. Daniel J. Berry, chairman of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Roughly 7 million people in the United States are living with a total hip or knee replacement.                   

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Televised Live Surgery: Would You Want To Be The Patient?

March 11, 2014 9:31 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

If most surgeons would not allow live broadcast surgery on themselves, then why should any patient be subjected to it? A major complication will inevitably occur during a live broadcast. No matter the reason, it will be blamed on the live video surgery...

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Five Questions To Ask About The Consolidation Of Healthcare

March 11, 2014 9:18 am | by Rhea Boyd, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

The Affordable Care Act changes how we pay for healthcare and hospitals are realigning their relationships with each other and their referring clinics, to vie for your healthcare dollars. This new payment structure incentivizes collaboration between hospitals and clinics. But despite some obvious advantages, there are some important things to consider as we enter this new oligarchical era in medicine...

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Autoclavable Anti-Fatigue Mat

March 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark Industries has announced that they are adding an Autoclavable Anti-Fatigue Mat to its line of personal protective equipment (PPE) line. Measuring 2 ’x 3’, the mat is a perfect addition to a reprocessing station floor and is sure to relieve much of the stress the body endures from standing hours on end.

The Future Of 3D Technology In The OR: (Part 3)

March 10, 2014 9:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this third and final installment of “3D Technology And The Modern OR” we’ll try to predict how the healthcare industry’s view on 3D will evolve with time and how the products themselves will change in the coming years. We all know the need for greater visualization is there. What’s exciting, however, is that the potential for innovation is great. How will it all play out?

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