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New Assessment Tool Designed To Improve Care Provided At Hospitals

February 4, 2014 9:52 am | Comments

Published as "The Key Principles and Characteristics of an Effective HMG," the self-assessment tool is comprised of 47 different characteristics of effective hospital medicine groups (HMGs) sorted into ten different principles. It outlines characteristics like the development of an annual budget, care coordination across care settings, and "care that respects and responds to patient and family preferences, needs, and values..."


Medline Acquires Professional Hospital Supply

February 3, 2014 11:45 am | Comments

Medline Industries, Inc., the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, announced today that it has acquired Professional Hospital Supply (PHS) and all related facilities to complement its highly successful and fast-growing business. PHS is a privately held leading distributor of medical and surgical supplies, including sterile procedure trays...


Mazor Robotics Sells Second Renaissance System To Westside Surgical Hospital

February 3, 2014 11:30 am | Comments

Mazor Robotics Ltd., a developer of innovative guidance systems and complementary products, announced today that it has sold a second Renaissance system to Westside Surgical Hospital located in Houston, Texas. This represents the third Renaissance system in the Houston area and eighth Renaissance system in the state of Texas...


S.F. Hospital Nurses Discontinued Orders To Constantly Watch Patient Who Died

February 3, 2014 11:02 am | Comments

Nurses at a San Francisco hospital "inadvertently discontinued" a doctor's orders to have a staff member maintain a constant watch on a patient who ended up leaving her room and was found dead in a locked emergency stairwell 17 days later, California public health inspectors found...


Top Masters In Healthcare Highlights 20 Innovators In Pediatric Surgery

February 3, 2014 10:50 am | Comments

Twenty of the world's most renowned pediatric surgeons are featured in a new web article published by Top Master's in Healthcare Administration. "20 Most Innovative Pediatric Surgeons Alive Today" profiles the career achievements of 20 medical doctors who are saving and improving the lives of children around the world...


Physician Pay Stagnant, New Revenue Models Expanding

February 3, 2014 10:37 am | Comments

With the current state of fee-for-service reimbursement continuing its decline, physicians across the country are being forced to explore new ways for their medical practices to survive and thrive. Reimbursement levels for new and existing patient visits declined or remained flat again in 2013, according to the annual Fee Schedule Survey by Physicians Practice, the leading online community for practice management professionals...


Cancer Cases Worldwide To Jump To 22 Million

February 3, 2014 10:29 am | Comments

The World Health Organization's cancer agency warns there will be 22 million new cases of cancer every year within the next two decades. Monday's report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer estimated in 2012 there were 14 million new cases but predicted that figure would jump significantly due to global aging and the spread of cancers to developing countries...


Kansas Boy Gets Surgery In St. Louis After Hand Is Nearly Torn Off By Rope

February 3, 2014 10:08 am | by Michelle Munz | Comments

When 12-year-old Devin Graham came into the emergency room at a Wichita, Kan., hospital with his hand nearly torn off by a rope, surgeons there could only amputate. Calls went out to the big medical centers nearby in Kansas City and more than seven hours away in St. Louis, to see if they could save the hand...


Two Convicted In $154M Medical Insurance Fraud

February 3, 2014 9:54 am | Comments

A Southern California doctor and an attorney face prison terms for participating in a $154 million medical fraud scheme in which hundreds of healthy patients underwent unnecessary surgeries to fraudulently bill insurance companies...    


Kimberly-Clark Awarded First Novation NOVAPLUS Contract For Hand Hygiene Products

January 31, 2014 12:50 pm | Comments

Kimberly-Clark and Novation today announced that for the first time in the history of the Kleenex brand, Kimberly-Clark is offering its complete line of hand-hygiene products via an exclusive contract through NOVAPLUS, the leading private-label brand for hospitals...


Big Impact On Income Gap Is Health Law's New Angle

January 31, 2014 11:14 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

New research shows that the Affordable Care Act will significantly boost the economic fortunes of those in the bottom one-fifth of the income ladder while slightly reducing average incomes on the rungs above. Economists at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution, a Washington public policy center, found an average increase of about 6 percent in the incomes of the poorest 20 percent of the United States...


Early Studies Show Microspheres Could Be Key In Preventing Bone Infections After Joint Replacement

January 31, 2014 10:24 am | Comments

Currently more than 1 million knee replacements and hip replacements are performed each year in the United States, and with the aging population, the number of total joint replacements is expected to grow. While total joint surgeries have a low risk of infection – between 1 and 3 percent – in those rare instances when bone infection sets in, it can be a devastating setback for patients...


Gastric Bypass Improves Insulin Secretion In Pigs

January 31, 2014 10:15 am | Comments

The majority of gastric bypass patients mysteriously recover from their type 2 diabetes within days, before any weight loss has taken place. A study at Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden has now shown that the insulin-producing beta cells increase in number and performance after the surgery...


New Technique Offers Hope for Patients With Heart Valve Disease

January 31, 2014 10:00 am | Comments

For the first time in the U.S., doctors at Henry Ford Hospital have used an artificial heart valve designed for aortic valve replacement to repair a mitral valve that was narrowed with calcium buildup. And they did it all through a catheter...  


More Heart Attack Patients Being Treated More Quickly Using PCI, National Audit Finds

January 30, 2014 10:13 am | Comments

Expansion in the use of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) – the minimally invasive surgery performed on heart patients instead of using drugs – is seeing more patients with acute coronary syndromes treated more quickly, according to the latest National Audit of PCI (covering 2012)...



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