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Pioneering Pay-For-Performance Program Falls Short

June 10, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

Massachusetts' use of "pay-for-performance" bonuses to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the case of Medicaid patients has turned up no evidence of the problem at any of the state's 66 acute-care hospitals, according to a new study that raises questions about the effectiveness of the state's approach.

New Initiative Champions Healthcare IT Innovation

June 10, 2011 6:32 am | Comments

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has unveiled the Investing in Innovations (i2) Initiative – a new program designed to spur innovations in health IT. The program centers on prizes and competitions to accelerate the development of solutions and communities around key challenges in health IT.

Berci Receives ACS Innovation Award

June 10, 2011 6:20 am | Comments

George Berci, MD, FACS, FRCS, Ed. (Hon), a general surgeon from Los Angeles, CA, is the recipient of the 2011 Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  Dr. Berci was honored with the award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the art and science of endoscopy and laparoscopy for more than 50 years.

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Experts Critical Of German E. Coli Inquiry

June 10, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

Juergen Baetz & Maria Cheng, AP Outside health experts and German lawmakers roundly criticized Germany on for a bungled investigation into the world's deadliest E. coli outbreak, saying the infections should have been spotted much sooner. Many experts have been surprised, even shocked, at lapses in the German inquiry, and some say the culprit food may never be known.

Smith & Nephew Launches New Educational Program

June 8, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

Smith & Nephew’s Advanced Wound Management division has launched Classroom to Bedside, a new professional education program focused on skin and wound care. The program looks to help nurses and other healthcare professionals by providing resources and tools to support optimal assessment and management of wounds, reduce clinical practice variation and improve the patient experience.

E. Coli Outbreak Pushing Experimental Treatments

June 8, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

David Rising & Kirsten Grieshaber, AP Faced with an unprecedented E. coli outbreak, a team of German doctors is trying something equally new: an antibiotic therapy that some fear could do more harm than good. The treatment has shown initial success but there are worries about possibly fatal side effects.

Blue Shield Pledges Profit Cap

June 8, 2011 6:01 am | Comments

Tom Murphy, AP One of California's biggest health insurers will cap its earnings and credit some policyholders if it exceeds the limit as part of an emphasis on policy affordability over company profits. Blue Shield of California Chairman and CEO Bruce Bodaken called on others in the healthcare system, including doctors, drug companies and insurers, to focus more on affordability as he detailed his company's goal to generate no more than two cents in profit for every dollar in revenue.

Surgery Deaths Could Lead To Prison Time For Device Execs

June 8, 2011 5:43 am | Comments

Maryclaire Dale, AP By 2003, surgeons trained by a Pennsylvania medical-device company had seen serious complications from an unauthorized test of a bone-cement product. The cement had been approved to treat broken bones, but not weight-bearing hips and spines. Yet Synthes, Inc. officials forged ahead with their own tests, teaching doctors how to use it for fractures in places not approved by federal regulators.

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Study Examines Impact Of Massachusetts Laws On The ER

June 7, 2011 5:56 am | Comments

While overall emergency department use in Massachusetts continues to rise, the number of low-severity visits dropped slightly since the implementation of the state's healthcare reform law, according to an Annals of Emergency Medicine study published online. "Our study suggests other factors play a role in determining access to care and use of the ED in addition to one's insurance status," writes Peter Smulowitz, MD, MPH, the study's lead author and an emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Joint Replacement Surgery Riskier At Low-Volume Hospitals

June 7, 2011 5:44 am | Comments

Patients who undergo elective total hip or total knee arthroplasty at hospitals with lower surgical volume had a higher risk of venous thromboembolism and mortality following the procedure. The complications following joint replacement surgery at low-volume sites may be reduced by modifying systems and procedures used before and after surgery according to the findings published in Arthritis & Rheumatism , a peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Doctors Can't Ask About Guns In Florida

June 7, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

(AP) — The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is suing to overturn Florida's new law that bans doctors from asking patients about gun ownership. The center filed the suit in a Miami federal court on behalf of three doctors and three physicians groups. They claim the law violates doctors' First Amendment rights to provide patients with information and advice on how to reduce risks from firearms.

Nearly 100 New Cases In German E. Coli Outbreak

June 7, 2011 5:26 am | Comments

(AP) — Germany's national disease control center says a further 94 people have been sickened by the deadliest E.coli outbreak in modern history. The Robert Koch Institute said the number of registered infections in Germany rose to 2,325 Tuesday, with those in other European countries still standing at about 100.

Bariatric Patients At Increased Risk For Bone Fractures

June 6, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

People who have had gastric bypass surgery or other bariatric weight-loss surgery have an even higher increased risk of breaking bones. These study findings will be presented Tuesday at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston. "A negative effect on bone health that may increase the risk of fractures is an important consideration for people considering bariatric surgery and those who have undergone bariatric surgery," said lead author Kelly Nakamura, a medical student at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN.

Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass Reduces Expression Of Alzheimer's

June 6, 2011 6:14 am | Comments

Obesity is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, and weight loss due to bariatric surgery may reduce the risk of this common dementia, a new study suggests. The results were presented at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston. "Our study shows for the first time that weight loss resulting from bariatric surgery leads to a reduction in the expression of genes related to Alzheimer's disease," said the study's main author, Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, professor at State University of New York at Buffalo.

Man Cited After Paying Medical Bill With 2,500 Pennies

June 6, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

(AP) — A Utah man has been cited on a charge of disorderly conduct after paying for a disputed medical bill with 2,500 pennies. The Deseret News of Salt Lake City reports Jason West went to Basin Clinic in Vernal on May 27 prepared to dispute an outstanding $25 bill. Assistant Vernal Police Chief Keith Campbell says that after asking staff members whether they accepted cash, West dumped 2,500 pennies on the counter and demanded that staff count them.

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