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94 Charged In Medicare Fraud Totaling $251M

July 19, 2010 7:54 am | Comments

Kelli Kennedy and Tom Hays, Associated Press Writers MIAMI (AP) — Elderly Russian immigrants lined up to take kickbacks from the backroom of a Brooklyn clinic. Claims flooded in from Miami for HIV treatments that never occurred. One professional patient was named in nearly 4,000 false Medicare claims.

Vegas Man Charged In Stem Cell Surgery Case

July 19, 2010 7:53 am | Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Nevada allege an 84-year-old Las Vegas man reaped about $1 million from patients and investors with claims that he was a retired physician with a stem cell medical procedure. An indictment alleges Alfred Sapse had unidentified doctors in Las Vegas and Mexico perform experimental surgical implants of placential tissue in about 134 patients over the last four years.

Robot Gives Surgeons Another Weapon Against Throat Cancer

July 19, 2010 7:53 am | by Jan Jarvis, Star-Telegram | Comments

It started with hoarseness that refused to go away. Then swallowing became difficult. Within a month, Madonna Griffin could no longer eat. By the time she finally learned what was causing the hoarseness, she could barely breathe. It took Dr. Yadro Ducic just one look down her throat to identify the cause.

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2010-11 Best Hospitals Announced

July 16, 2010 7:23 am | Comments

As it has for the last 20 years, U.S. News & World Report recently unveiled the 2010-11 Best Hospitals rankings. The rankings recognize 152 hospitals out of nearly 5,000 that were considered that show exemplary care. Fourteen of the hospitals make the “Honor Roll,” recognizing a hospital’s extraordinary care in more than one specialty.

Surgeon Jailed For Killing 3 Appeals In Australia

July 16, 2010 7:22 am | Comments

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — An American surgeon sentenced earlier this month to seven years in prison for killing three patients and permanently harming another is appealing his conviction, a report said Thursday. Indian-born U.S. citizen Jayant Patel, 60, was convicted of three counts of manslaughter and one of causing grievous bodily harm while he was a surgeon at a hospital in Queensland state from 2003 and 2005.

National Trauma Institute Seeks To ‘Stop The Bleeding’

July 16, 2010 7:22 am | Comments

The National Trauma Institute (NTI), a non-profit organization dedicated to funding trauma research in the United States, launched a powerful awareness and giving campaign in the heart of New York City today. While the images in the 15-second message may disturb some, trauma surgeon and NTI chairperson Dr.

Study: Obese Men Face Higher Death Risk

July 16, 2010 7:21 am | Comments

The research, presented at the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm, also indicated that obesity usually develops before the age of 20 and that most people are unlikely to develop obesity later in life. More than 5,000 military conscripts took part in the study, starting from age 20 through to age 80.

Medical Gift Law Faces Possible Repeal

July 16, 2010 7:20 am | Comments

Lyle Moran, Associated Press Writer Two years after passing a law that required medical companies to disclose some of their gifts to doctors and banned others, there is a push in the Legislature to strike down the law. The 2008 law banned giving away sporting event tickets, tickets to the theater and vacation trips.

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Patient Handoff Video Every Medical Intern Should See

July 15, 2010 5:45 am | Comments

July 15, 2010 Patient handoffs increase the risk of medical errors. As residency hours are restricted, more of these handoffs will take place. It’s imperative that this source of error be minimized. Vineet Arora, associate director at the University of Chicago’s Internal Medicine residency, is one of the nation’s authorities on patient handoffs.

Final Rules Announced In Support Of EHRs

July 14, 2010 5:52 am | Comments

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the final rules regarding the expanded use of electronic health records (EHR). “For years, health policy leaders on both sides of the aisle have urged adoption of electronic health records throughout our health care system to improve quality of care and ultimately lower costs,” Secretary Sebelius said.

YouTube Contest Recognizes Infection Prevention Practices

July 14, 2010 4:45 am | Comments

To highlight innovative infection prevention practices nationwide and to showcase original ways of improving patient care, 3M Infection Prevention Division today introduced the 3M™ Innovation Award  YouTube™ Video Contest.  This multi-phase contest will recognize the efforts of individuals and teams in healthcare facilities across the country who work to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

Arrogance The Biggest Cause Of HAIs?

July 14, 2010 4:13 am | Comments

In health care reform discussions, talk inevitably turns to making hospitals and physicians accountable for patient outcomes. But in a commentary being published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , Johns Hopkins patient safety expert Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., argues that the health care industry doesn't yet have measurable, achievable and routine ways to prevent patient harm, and that there are too many barriers in the way to attain them.

Some Hesitant To Blow The Whistle On Colleague

July 14, 2010 3:38 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP A new survey finds that many American physicians fail to report troubled colleagues to authorities, believing that someone else will take care of it, that nothing will happen if they act or that they could be targeted for retribution. A surprising 17 percent of the doctors surveyed had direct, personal knowledge of an impaired or incompetent physician in their workplaces, said the study's lead author, Catherine DesRoches of Harvard Medical School.

Women Face Fewer Complications After Gastric Bypass Surgery

July 13, 2010 7:16 am | Comments

A study of nearly 38,000 patients found Caucasian, Hispanic and female patients have the fewest complications and the shortest hospital stays after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, according to University of Nebraska Medical Center researchers who presented their findings today at the 27th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Vestagen Completes First Clinical Trial

July 13, 2010 7:14 am | Comments

Vestagen Technical Textiles today announced the completion of the first clinical trial involving its Vestex™ nanotechnology-based products. The clinical trial was conducted by the Department of Epidemiology and Infection Control at Virginia Commonwealth University. Medical research has consistently documented that garments and fabrics used in the healthcare environment are contaminated with high levels of dangerous microbes such as MRSA, which may pose a threat to health care workers, their patients and the community.

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