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Physician Preference Affects Patient Outcomes, Costs

April 2, 2015 9:22 am | by PR Newswire Association LLC | News | Comments

The study, begun in 2013, integrated the pilot test of the UHC Supply Cost and Quality Tool, a business intelligence tool designed to help health care organizations identify variations in the use of medical devices and their links to costs and patient outcomes.

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Senate has New Deadline to Avoid Doctors' Medicare Cuts

April 2, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Technically, the cut was to take effect Wednesday, but the Department of Health and Human Services said it will hold off processing claims at the lower rate until April 15.

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Exercise Could Reduce Hospital Stays, Surgical Complications for Lung Cancer Patients

April 2, 2015 9:12 am | by INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF LUNG CANCER | News | Comments

Physical activity reduces risk of cancer development in multiple cancer types including lung. 

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Coverage Disparities Persist With Universal Care

April 1, 2015 11:49 am | by UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER | News | Comments

Because minorities and low-income populations are more likely to be uninsured, health coverage is widely assumed to be the most essential strategy to eliminating disparities in health outcomes.

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A Shared Vision

April 1, 2015 11:39 am | by by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | News | Comments

Telemedicine is a highly discussed, forward-thinking term that has been positioned as everything from a possible solution to rising healthcare costs to an impractical concept that negates the human interaction between physician and patient. 

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Technology Evolves In The Operating Room

April 1, 2015 10:10 am | by Robert Scroggins, BSN, RN, CMLSO, Clinical Programs Manager for Buffalo Filter | Blogs | Comments

Surgery has changed so much since I first set foot in an operating room as an 18 year old private in the National Guard. I remember a small room that seemed crammed with people and “stuff”. 

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States Not Accountable To Companies For Medicaid Funding

April 1, 2015 9:59 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ruling is a blow to many doctors, hospitals and health care companies that complain Medicaid reimbursement rates are so low, they often lose money seeing patients participating in the program.

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Acute Injured Kidneys Possibly Good For Transplant

April 1, 2015 9:43 am | by MAYO CLINIC | News | Comments

The shortage of kidneys needed for organ transplantation in the U.S. can be alleviated in part by using select kidneys with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), resulting in safe and positive outcomes, according to research conducted at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

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10 minute Gram Negative Test

March 31, 2015 1:49 pm | by Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The HangTimeKitTM utilizes a unique enzyme detection method to test flexible endoscopes to ensure they are cleaned and disinfected/sterilized before use.

Shoulder Surgery May Require More Than Single-shot Nerve Block

March 31, 2015 12:06 pm | by ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL | News | Comments

The current "gold standard" for pain management is a single shot of freezing such as lidocaine or ropivacaine to reduce pain during and after surgery, which is still performed under general anesthetic. 

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Flexible, Low-Temp Instrument Sterilization

March 31, 2015 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

With its 75-lb. load capacity and a short cycle time, the STERIZONE® VP4 Sterilizer looks to enhance throughput and lower sterilization costs.

Mexican Double-Transplant Patient Gets Humanitarian Pass

March 31, 2015 11:47 am | by ALBERTO ARCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave a 90-day humanitarian pass to a 20-year-old Mexican man seeking a double heart and liver transplant, his mother said Monday. 

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Robotics Help Chronic Spinal Patients Recover

March 31, 2015 11:44 am | by Kawasaki INnovation Gateway | News | Comments

At the beginning of the study only three patients were able to walk for six minutes, whereas by the end all could. In addition speed, the distance covered, and the stride length during treadmill training increased and TUG times decreased.

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Surgeon Says New System Possibly Even Less Invasive

March 31, 2015 11:41 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

As a laparoscopic surgeon, he said the device could offer him more flexibility, and, with the smaller incision, he said he might be less hesitant to add additional ports.

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Incentives Looked At For Organ Donors

March 31, 2015 11:38 am | by WILEY | News | Comments

Transplant professionals are trying to find ways to eliminate any financial disincentives without crossing the line to paying for organs.

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