Adam Weintraub, AP A bill that would allow state officials to reject rate increases proposed by health insurers is under intense lobbying pressure as it faces a key committee vote this week in California. Groups representing insurers, doctors and hospitals are trying to have the bill weakened or killed, although for different reasons.
(AP) — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska is providing money for two Omaha hospitals to improve patient outcomes after surgery. The insurance company has paid $35,000 each to Creighton University Medical Center and Methodist Hospital. The money will cover the facilities' licensing fee to participate in an improvement program through the American College of Surgeons.
Increased investment in specialist thoracic surgical expertise can lead to a significant rise in the lung cancer resection rate, based on data from England between 2008 and 2009 that was presented at the 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Amsterdam, hosted by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC).
According to surgeons in India, patients with gastric tumors in their stomach do not have to suffer an eight-hour long surgery, but instead can opt for a procedure that lasts a matter of minutes and doesn't require hospitalisation. This new procedure – the world's first flexible endoscopy robotic surgery in the stomach – was successfully performed on a total of three patients, one patient per day from July 1 to 3.
Generally healthy patients who undergo total hip replacement (THR) can be fast tracked for discharge in two days, compared with the standard three to six days, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. The study could help cut down on hospital-acquired infections, reduce hospital costs and improve patient satisfaction.
Matthew Perrone, AP Johnson & Johnson annouced that U.S. regulators have approved its new blood thinner, which is shown to reduce deadly blood clots in patients who have undergone knee and hip replacements. The Food and Drug Administration decision makes rivaroxaban the first U.S.-approved drug that works by blocking a clotting protein called factor Xa.
Mike Stobbe, AP Graphic new cigarette warning labels may already be having the desired effect, as calls to a national smoker's quit line more than doubled the day they hit the media. The warning labels won't appear on cigarettes until next year, but were unveiled to the media last week. Calls to the national 1-800-QUIT-NOW smoking cessation line surpassed 4,800 that Tuesday and 3,200 the next day.
Members of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) recently returned from Vietnam after providing corrective surgery on 75 Vietnamese children and adults with lower extremity deformities and disabilities. This was the 10th Annual Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam for the group.
Texas Children's Hospital in Houston became the first pediatric hospital in the United States to implant an artificial heart. The patient was a 17-year-old male and seen as the only option to save his life. The history-making patient underwent a rare 15-hour operation on May 22 and is currently recovering.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Nearly one-third of Americans experience long-lasting pain — the kind that lingers for weeks to months — and too often feel stigma rather than relief from a healthcare system poorly prepared to treat them, the Institute of Medicine said Wednesday. Chronic pain is reportedly costing the nation at least $558 billion a year in medical bills, sick days and lost productivity, the report found.
(AP) — A former Australian gynecologist has been sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison for mutilating a patient's genitals, indecently assaulting two other patients and ignoring a ban on practicing obstetrics. Graeme Reeves, 60, was sentenced in the New South Wales District Court on Friday after Judge Greg Woods found him guilty in April of assaulting two patients during internal pelvic examinations at his clinic in the farming town of Bega in 2002 and 2003.
(AP) — At least 17 infants have died in the last 48 hours at a government-run hospital in eastern India and the state is investigating, media reported Thursday. Television news channels showed images of weeping and wailing parents outside the B.C. Roy Hospital for Children in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.
(AP) A hospital quality group is targeting the problem of wrong-site surgeries by bringing together eight U.S. hospitals and surgery centers to find specific causes and solutions. The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare says some estimates put the national number of big mix-ups during surgery at 40 per week.
"We can't save Medicare as we know it," said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., who authored the plan with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. "We can only save Medicare if we change it," he added in an apparent jab at President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. Democrats reacted with criticism of the proposal, which Coburn said was designed to rescue the financially imperiled program and help the nation confront a "wall of debt.
A new approach for implanting an aortic heart valve without open-heart surgery is being offered at Rush University Medical Center to patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at high-risk or not suitable candidates for open heart valve replacement surgery. Aortic valve stenosis (AS) affects nearly 1.