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$800,000 HIPAA Settlement In Medical Records Dumping Case

June 25, 2014 8:56 am | by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | Comments

Parkview Health System, Inc. has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...

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Former F1 Champ Michael Schumacher's Medical Files May Have Been Stolen

June 24, 2014 9:50 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | Comments

Michael Schumacher's management has warned that someone is trying to sell documents that may be the medical files of the seven-time Formula One world champion. Nearly six months after sustaining serious head injuries in a skiing accident, the 45-year-old Schumacher left a French hospital last week and was transferred to neighboring Switzerland to continue his recovery...

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ER Doctors And Nurse Managers Urged To Contact The Corporate Whistleblower Center With Intentional Overbilling Of Medicare

June 24, 2014 9:45 am | by Corporate Whistleblower Center | Comments

The Corporate Whistleblower Center is urging ER doctors, or nurse managers at a hospital in any state to call them immediately if they possess well documented proof a hospital is intentionally overbilling Medicare with unnecessary medical procedures, because the reward potential for this type of information can be in the hundreds of thousands, to millions of dollars...

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Doctors Reconstructing Face Of Misdiagnosed Woman

June 24, 2014 9:43 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | Comments

The procedure includes removing a leg bone to be conformed into a new jawbone, with the skin becoming the new inside covering of her mouth. Dr. Jarrod Little, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with UofL Physicians, was donating his time and leading the team on the $1 million-plus surgery, said Meredith, a spokeswoman for UofL Physicians...

LSU Hospital Closure Ruled Unconstitutional

June 24, 2014 9:34 am | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | Comments

Lawmakers didn't follow the Louisiana Constitution in authorizing Gov. Bobby Jindal to close the LSU-run public hospital in Pineville, a judge ruled Monday, but the judge is not requiring the Jindal administration to stop plans to shutter the facility next week...

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Study Finds For Gastric Bypass Patients, Percent Of Weight Loss Differs By Race/Ethnicity

June 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Kaiser Permanente | Comments

Non-Hispanic white patients who underwent a gastric bypass procedure lost slightly more weight over a three-year period than Hispanic or black patients, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases...

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Bone Loss Persists Two Years After Weight Loss Surgery

June 24, 2014 9:13 am | by The Endocrine Society | Comments

A new study shows that for at least two years after bariatric surgery, patients continue to lose bone, even after their weight stabilizes. The results—in patients undergoing gastric bypass, the most common type of weight loss surgery—were presented Monday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society...

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Synoptics Health Appoints Ultra Clean As U.S. Distributor For Proreveal

June 24, 2014 9:05 am | by Synoptics Health | Comments

Scientific Digital Imaging’s Synoptics Health Division, a manufacturer of innovative digital imaging systems for healthcare applications, is pleased to announce the appointment of industry leading surgical instrument cleaning firm, Ultra Clean Systems, Inc as its North American distributor of the ultrasensitive ProReveal Protein Detection Test...

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No Evidence Of Long-Term PTSD Risk In Patients With Awareness During Surgery

June 23, 2014 11:11 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

Patients with confirmed episodes of awareness during anesthesia and surgery don't seem to be at increased risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other problems with psychosocial well-being at long-term follow-up, reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia...

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Bullet-Shattered Window Hurts NYC Hospital Patient Following Shooting

June 23, 2014 10:59 am | by Bullet-Shattered Window Hurts NYC Hospital Patient | Comments

Authorities say a patient has been treated for minor facial cuts after a bullet partially shattered a New York City hospital window. Police went to the Hospital for Special Surgery on Manhattan's Upper East Side around 5:45 a.m. Friday following reports of a shooting...

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The First Demonstration Of A Self-Powered Cardiac Pacemaker

June 23, 2014 10:51 am | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. Currently, pacemaker batteries last seven years on average, requiring frequent replacements, which may pose patients to a potential risk involved in medical procedures...

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BPA Stimulates Growth Of Breast Cancer Cells, Diminishes Effect Of Treatment

June 23, 2014 10:15 am | by Duke University Medical Center | Comments

Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly used in plastics, appears to increase the proliferation of breast cancer cells, according to Duke Medicine researchers presenting at an annual meeting of endocrine scientists...          

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Audit Seeks Investigation Of Inmate Sterilizations

June 23, 2014 10:03 am | by Don Thompson, Associated Press | Comments

California's medical board and Department of Public Health have been asked to investigate 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in the illegal sterilizations of female prison inmates, based on a critical state audit released Thursday...    

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Long-Term Care Must Be Improved To Aid Rising Numbers With Dementia

June 23, 2014 9:55 am | by RAND Corporation | Comments

As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring numbers of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers, a new RAND Corporation study says -- and it offers possible ways to do so...

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World Laparoscopy Hospital Announces Forthcoming Laparoscopic Surgery Training Programs

June 23, 2014 9:35 am | by World Laparoscopy Hospital | Comments

World Laparoscopy Hospital (WLH) is a premier institution, offering university recognized courses in the fields of laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. This unique interactive course will provide surgeons and gynecologist the essential practical experience of laparoscopic surgery...

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