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Underpaid ASCs File Lawsuit

May 10, 2010 7:22 am | Comments

A recently filed class action complaint against United Health and other health care plan administrators has been filed on behalf of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) across the country, citing that these ASCs have been underpaid by millions of dollars. The suit centers on improper calculations that have produced low reimbursement amounts for ASCs, effectively leaving patients on the hook for larger amounts than they should owe, argue attorneys from Hooper, Lundy & Bookman.

Travel Health Insurance Vital, Yet Easy To Overlook

May 10, 2010 6:57 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Plane tickets, check. Passport, check. Medical evacuation insurance? It's probably not something most people think about when packing for a vacation. But Louise Robbins says she'd probably be bankrupt without it. The University of Wisconsin library educator and her husband, Robby, were in southwest China last summer when Robby slipped and fell backward on a hotel walkway made of the region's famed red marble.

Kidney Removal May Not Extend Cancer Patients' Lives

May 10, 2010 6:35 am | Comments

A new study indicates that patients 75 years or older who have confined kidney tumors do not live longer if they have their entire kidney removed. The research reveals that these patients typically have other medical problems of greater significance and that many should receive more conservative cancer-related care, such as observation or treatments that spare the non-cancerous parts of their kidneys.

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Action Products Dedicates New Site To Pressure Ulcer Prevention

May 7, 2010 6:23 am | Comments

Action Products has unveiled a new website dedicated to pressure ulcer prevention. The site has been combined with the Action International site to give a global solution to decubitus ulcers. The new site will feature improved navigation, specialty related products and much more product information than on the current site.

Oil Spill May Endanger Human Health

May 7, 2010 6:10 am | Comments

John Flesher, AP With a huge and unpredictable oil slick drifting in the Gulf of Mexico, state and federal authorities are preparing to deal with a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the toxic mess washes ashore. The list of potential threats runs from temporary, minor nuisances such as runny noses and headaches to long-term risks such as cancer if contaminated seafood ends up in the marketplace.

Deaths Cause VA To Limit Surgeries

May 7, 2010 5:49 am | Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs is implementing a new rating system for its hospitals that will limit the types of surgeries doctors can perform at some facilities. The changes come after several patients died because of surgical mistakes at one Illinois VA hospital.  Officials acknowledged that at least nine patients died directly because of surgical mistakes by doctors at the Marion VA Medical Center in southern Illinois in 2006 and 2007.

Boston Scientific Begins Spinal Cord Stimulation vs. Re-Operation Trial

May 7, 2010 5:37 am | Comments

Boston Scientific today announced the start of patient enrollment in the EVIDENCE Clinical Trial, which compares the therapeutic and cost effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy to spine re-operation in patients with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). EVIDENCE is a randomized, controlled trial enrolling 132 patients at 20 sites worldwide.

Incidents Raise Questions About Robotic Surgery

May 7, 2010 5:21 am | Comments

Complications with some recent operations performed at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Vermont have raised concerns about the amount of training surgeons should undergo before using a da Vinci system on live patients. These incidents, which have included lacerated bladders and severed ureters, have many wondering if the marketing advantages for a hospital are being given greater priority over patient safety.

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Mayo Clinic Details Future Use Of Scopes For Cancer Detection

May 5, 2010 8:12 am | Comments

Just as cameras and televisions have been reinvented in the last decade with improved optics, sharpness and brightness, so have the tiny imaging scopes that physicians use to peer into the body's nooks and crannies --its organs and digestive system. And few places in the United States are testing the power of these new endoscopic optics as thoroughly as are researchers at Mayo Clinic.

Tired Doctors Botch Operations

May 5, 2010 8:12 am | Comments

(Reuters) - Overworked South African doctors are prone to botched surgical operations and in some instances have left gloves and scissors in patients' bodies after operations, the Sunday Independent newspaper reported. The paper's investigations showed such acts of negligence have cost the state over 1 billion rand ($136.

Those With Severe Asthma Offered Radical Treatment

May 5, 2010 8:11 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — People with severe asthma are getting a radically different treatment option: A way to snake a wire inside their lungs and melt off some of the tissue that squeezes their airways shut. Bronchial thermoplasty isn't for everyone, just a subset who wheeze despite today's best medications.

Spanish Face Transplant Patient Goes Public

May 5, 2010 8:11 am | Comments

Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer MADRID (AP) — A Spanish man who underwent a partial face transplant hugged his surgeon Tuesday and expressed gratitude to the donor's family as he appeared in public for the first time since the January operation. The patient, identified only as Rafael, spoke with difficulty at a news conference at Seville's Virgen del Rocio Hospital, where he had undergone the 30-hour surgery.

Robotic Catheter System Efficient, Safe For Vascular Procedures

May 5, 2010 8:10 am | Comments

Hansen Medical, Inc. announces results from a pre-clinical study showing that use of its Sensei@ Robotic Catheter System in procedures for treatment of vascular disease has the potential to reduce procedure time by 80 percent, which may result in a significant reduction in both radiation exposure and catheter manipulations.

Ansell Launches Antimicrobial Surgical Glove

May 4, 2010 8:02 am | Comments

It is the first surgical glove which incorporates a proprietary antimicrobial coating to provide an additional level of protection to surgical staff against viruses and bacteria, in the event of a breach during surgery. May 4, 2010   Ansell announces the launch of their new GAMMEX® Powder-Free glove with AMT Antimicrobial Technology, at the Annual Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Perth, Australia.

Same Brain Tumor Tissue That Takes Lives Can Be Used To Save Them

May 4, 2010 8:02 am | Comments

Each day in the United States, 482 people are diagnosed with a brain tumor. For these 482 people, not many treatments exist. With the current treatments available, only 5% of those diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiform will survive more than 5 years. Only two new treatments have been approved by the FDA in the past two decades.

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