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Health And Human Services Grants Extra Time To Enroll For Healthcare Coverage

March 26, 2014 11:12 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration has announced. The White House is scrambling to meet a goal of 6 million signed up through new online markets that offer subsidized private health insurance to people without access to coverage on the job...

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The BASS FIN

March 26, 2014 11:00 am | by BASS Medical | Bass Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The BASS Medical comprehensive fluid management solution keeps the operating room floor dry during high fluid volume procedures such as shoulder and knee arthroscopy. The BASS FIN is a smaller version of the BASS without suction. The “FIN” can be taped to the BASS to form an L-Shape that keeps fluid off the floor during lateral and beach chair position shoulder arthroscopies.

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Authorities: NY Surgeon Cheated Medicare Out Of Millions

March 26, 2014 10:53 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A New York surgeon is being held without bail after being accused of bilking Medicare for millions related to surgical procedures he did not perform. Authorities claim Long Island-based weight loss surgery specialist Dr. Syed Imran Ahmed allegedly billed Medicare for approximately $85 million between 2011 and 2013 and was paid in excess of $7 million for claims during that time...

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This App Could Prevent 1,600 Deaths Every Day

March 26, 2014 10:18 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

A new app, called The Phone Oximeter and created by LionsGate Technologies, is designed to track blood oxygen levels via a light sensor that can be attached to the patient’s finger. Once the rapid diagnosis is complete, the app can guide diagnosis and management of the problem...

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Two Spine Surgeons Are Three Times Safer Than One

March 26, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

A new team approach has improved safety—reducing rates of major complications by two thirds—for complex spinal reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity in adult Group Health patients at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center...

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Strictly Limiting Hours Surgical Residents Can Work Has Not Improved Patient Safety

March 26, 2014 10:04 am | Articles | Comments

Strictly limiting the number of hours surgical residents can work has not improved patient outcomes but may have increased complications for some patients and led to higher failure rates on certification exams, a research paper concludes... 

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Less Invasive Technique Possible For Vulvar Cancer

March 26, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

"The object of this study was to examine the sentinel lymph node alone in women with squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva and evaluate their recurrence in the groin and any complication rates," Dr. Richard G. Moore explains. "We discovered that removing just the sentinel node had decreased complication while maintaining a low rate of further occurrence of malignancy."

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Hall Of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly Expects Surgery After Cancer Recurrence

March 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to have surgery again following the recurrence of cancer that his wife described as aggressive and "starting to spread." Doctors for the 54-year-old former Buffalo Bills star are leaning toward surgery...

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The Ongoing Experiment To Create 'The OR Of The Future'

March 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

This was not just another day at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It was a laboratory billed as the "OR of the future," an ongoing experiment aimed at breaking down barriers that bog down care through open communication, better use of technology, and teamwork...

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Study Ties Breast Gene To High-Risk Uterine Cancer

March 25, 2014 10:29 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

Women with a faulty breast cancer gene might face a greater chance of rare but deadly uterine tumors despite having their ovaries removed to lower their main cancer risks, doctors are reporting. A study of nearly 300 women with bad BRCA1 genes found four cases of aggressive uterine cancers years after they had preventive surgery to remove their ovaries...

If You Like Your Scam, You Can Keep It: The Attack On Out-of-Network Doctors

March 25, 2014 10:23 am | by G. Keith Smith, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Employer groups (self-funded plans) are carving out more and more medical services from carrier/PPO groups, and are directly contracting with facilities like ours. As prices fall and quality soars, all patients will benefit, even those who are not beneficiaries of these employer plans...

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Self-Locking Outlet Covers

March 25, 2014 10:09 am | by Tripp Lite | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite, a world-leading manufacturer of regulatory-compliant, medical-grade power protection and connectivity solutions, has introduced self-locking outlet covers to prevent unauthorized electrical device connections in healthcare environments.

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Small Wireless Pacemaker Is Safe, Effective In Early Testing

March 25, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

A new small, wireless self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. At six millimeters in diameter and about 42 millimeters long, the wireless device is smaller than a triple-A battery...

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Single-Use Active Self-Warming Blanket

March 25, 2014 10:03 am | by Mölnlycke Health Care | Mölnlycke Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

The BARRIER EasyWarm from Mölnlycke Health Care active self-warming blanket has 12 air-activated warming pads consisting of 100 percent natural material such as active coal, clay, salt, water, and iron powder. The blanket maintains an average temperature of 44 degrees Celsius for up to 10 hours, raising skin temperature to a maximum of 42 degrees Celsius.

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Microfluidic Device With Artificial Arteries Measures Drugs' Influence On Blood Clotting

March 25, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

A new microfluidic method for evaluating drugs commonly used for preventing heart attacks has found that while aspirin can prevent dangerous blood clots in some at-risk patients, it may not be effective in all patients with narrowed arteries. The study, which involved 14 human subjects, used a device that simulated blood flowing through narrowed coronary arteries to assess effects of anti-clotting drugs...

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