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Administration Said To Ponder Insurance Extension

February 7, 2014 10:11 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | Comments

The Obama administration is considering an extension of the president's decision to let people keep their individual insurance policies even if they are not compliant with the healthcare overhaul, industry and government officials said Thursday...

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Doctor Diagnoses Man With Help From TV's 'House'

February 7, 2014 10:01 am | Comments

If you're unlucky enough to be stricken with a rare medical condition, you'd better hope your doctor watches the right television show. That was the lesson for one German man with severe heart failure and a puzzling mix of symptoms including fever, blindness, deafness, and enlarged lymph nodes, which baffled doctors for months...

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Surgical Quality Alliance Releases Resource Document For Publicly Reporting Surgeons’ Performance On Surgical Quality Measures

February 6, 2014 11:16 am | Comments

The Surgical Quality Alliance (SQA), in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has released Surgery & Public Reporting: Recommendations for Issuing Public Reports on Surgical Care. This resource document is intended to provide organizations that publicly report on surgical quality measures with a better understanding of the considerations that must be made when reporting on these important aspects of surgical care...

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New Tool Shows Promise In Helping Surgical Teams Predict Home Discharge For Their Patients

February 6, 2014 10:47 am | Comments

Research published in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows that a new type of surgical risk calculator can accurately predict postoperative home discharge...         

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Study: Federally Sponsored Plan To Lower HAIs A Success

February 6, 2014 10:43 am | Comments

Researchers found that a federally sponsored plan to lower healthcare-acquired infections was successful in addressing the challenges of prioritizing and coordinating strategies. In addition, the plan has been associated with reductions in the rates of healthcare-associated infection rates, with progress made toward most targets where data are available...

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Gastric Sleeve Little Help For GERD

February 6, 2014 10:09 am | by Crystal Phend | Comments

Gastric bypass surgery usually resolved comorbid gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), whereas laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy did not and actually led to some new onset heartburn, a national database showed...      

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Columbia Study: Hospitals Don't Follow Infection Prevention Rules

February 6, 2014 10:03 am | Comments

While most hospitals have polices in place to prevent healthcare-associated infections, clinicians often fail to follow evidence-based guidelines established to prevent these infections, according to new research. The study found lax compliance even in intensive care units where patients are more likely to be treated with devices linked to preventable infections – such as central lines, urinary catheters, and ventilators...

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Innovative Technique Creates Large Skin Flaps For Full-Face Resurfacing

February 5, 2014 10:35 am | Comments

Patients with massive burns causing complete loss of the facial skin pose a difficult challenge for reconstructive surgeons. Now a group of surgeons in China have developed an innovative technique for creating a one-piece skin flap large enough to perform full-face resurfacing...

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3D Mapping Biopsy Finds Three Times The Prostate Cancer Of Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

February 5, 2014 10:20 am | Comments

Ultrasound-guided biopsies miss prostate cancers that are detected by the slightly more expensive and slightly more invasive 3D mapping biopsies. Now, a University of Colorado Cancer Center study reports the locations of these most-missed pockets of prostate cancer...

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Analysts Say Affordable Care Act Means Fewer On Job

February 5, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Taylor and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

Several million American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation's workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, congressional analysts said Tuesday, adding fresh fuel to the political fight over "Obamacare..."

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New Method To Restore Skull After Brain Surgery Appears To Reduce Complication Rates

February 4, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

Johns Hopkins surgeons report they have devised a better, safer method to replace bone removed from the skull after lifesaving brain surgery. The new technique, they say, appears to result in fewer complications than standard restoration, which has changed little since its development in the 1890s...

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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..."

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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...

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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...

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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...

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