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Report: Projected $5.7 Billion Drop In Uncompensated Care Costs Due to Affordable Care Act

September 25, 2014 11:09 am | Comments

A report released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services projects that hospitals will save $5.7 billion this year in uncompensated care costs because of the Affordable Care Act, with states that have expanded Medicaid seeing about 74 percent of the total savings nationally compared to states that have not expanded Medicaid ...

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Clues To How People Bounce Back From Surgery

September 25, 2014 10:31 am | by Lauren Neergaard, Associated Press Medical Writer | Comments

One of the big frustrations of surgery: There's little way to know if you'll be a fast or slow healer, someone who feels back to normal in a week or is out of work for a month with lingering pain and fatigue. Stanford University researchers have discovered that right after surgery, patients' blood harbors clues about how fast they'll bounce back — and it has to do with the activity of certain immune cells that play a key role in healing.

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Study: Pain Keeps Surgery Patients Awake, Extends Stay

September 25, 2014 10:05 am | Comments

Pain can make it difficult for some patients to get a good night's rest while recovering in the hospital following certain surgical procedures, often resulting in longer hospital stays, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

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Black Diamond Video Is First To Market With Pre-Op Serenity

September 24, 2014 12:14 pm | Comments

Black Diamond Video (BDV) on Wednesday announced  the release of Pre-Op Serenity™, an integrated solution that promotes surgical patient relaxation through calming audio and video. Black Diamond Video’s Pre-Op Serenity is a new feature of the company’s Integrated Digital Surgical Suite (IDSS), an all-digital video routing and display solution for operating rooms.

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Many Elite College Athletes Return To Play After ACL Surgery

September 24, 2014 11:41 am | Comments

The majority of athletes included in a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine were able to return to play after having surgery to repair an ACL. The study also found that athletes who had ACL surgery when they were in high school or younger were much more likely to suffer repeat ACL reinjuries than athletes who experienced their first ACL injury during collegiate play ...

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Study: Gallbladder Surgery Can Wait

September 24, 2014 10:19 am | Comments

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a minimally invasive procedure to remove the gallbladder, is one of the most common abdominal surgeries in the U.S. Yet medical centers around the country vary in their approaches to the procedure with some moving patients quickly into surgery while others wait ...

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New Research Suggests Sleep Apnea Screening Before Surgery

September 24, 2014 9:54 am | Comments

According to a first-of-its-kind study in the October issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), patients with OSA who are diagnosed and treated for the condition prior to surgery are less likely to develop serious cardiovascular complications such as cardiac arrest or shock ...

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Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit of Healthcare?

September 23, 2014 11:50 am | Comments

The Affordable Care Act — "Obamacare" — was signed into law in 2010 and promised the largest overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the 1960s. Designed to provide medical care to uninsured Americans, it has been widely decried as an unwarranted intrusion into the affairs of private businesses and individuals.

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Quintero Talks About Hybrid OR Integration

September 23, 2014 11:28 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving hybrid OR integration. This week, SP will run standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Raoul Quintero, Regional President and CEO, North America, Maquet Medical Systems USA .

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Chicago Hosts Unique Fetal Surgery Patient Reunion

September 23, 2014 10:39 am | Comments

The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) brought together a unique community of families from across the Midwest: all former CHOP patients who traveled to Pennsylvania and either underwent fetal surgery to treat conditions before birth, or needed specialized care or surgery immediately after birth. The group of 125 people gathered at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

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How Safe Are Outpatient Surgical Facilities?

September 23, 2014 10:14 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) is a nonprofit organization established in 1980 to promote patient safety in the outpatient setting. Patient safety is the sole mission of the organization. "AAAASF is sympathetic to the recent unfortunate and highly publicized case involving an outpatient surgical facility," said Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, AAAASF board president.

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New Measure Provides More Data On Oxygen Levels During Sedation

September 23, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

The "area under the curve of oxygen desaturation" (AUCDesat) may provide a more sophisticated approach to monitoring blood oxygen levels during procedures using sedation, according to a study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

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One-Year Outcomes Good For Patients Treated With Superficial Femoral Artery Stent

September 22, 2014 11:57 am | Comments

The use of stents has improved management and outcomes of coronary artery disease, and clinical trials are attempting to prove the same will be true for superficial femoral artery disease. Randomized trials have shown favorable results for self-expanding nitinol stents compared with balloon angioplasty. A new report seeks to test this treatment in a real-world population of patients enrolled in an observational registry.

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Surgical Products Focuses On Hybrid OR Integration

September 22, 2014 11:46 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving hybrid OR integration. In the article, we quoted several experts, including Christy Guadet, Director of OR1 Marketing, KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. This week, SP will run standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story.

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After Surgery, Patient Gets $117,000 Bill From Doctor He Never Saw

September 22, 2014 11:15 am | by Elisabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times | Comments

Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving. He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an "assistant surgeon," a neurosurgeon based in Queens, New York whom Drier had never met.

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