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Anesthesia Business Consultants Reminds Anesthesiologists to Request eRx Exemption

September 21, 2011 7:37 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CMS has just announced a new provider web portal through which anesthesiologists, pain physicians and others can to enter requests for hardship exemptions from the electronic prescribing (eRx) requirement. ABC reminds physicians who provide at least 100 outpatient visits and ten percent of whose Medicare income is based on such visits that they must be granted an exemption to avoid the eRx penalty if they have not used eRx technology in 10 or more visits during the first six months of 2011.

1/3 of Healthcare Providers Believe Medical Practices are Not in Accordance With Basic Monitoring Standards

September 21, 2011 7:28 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- In a survey conducted among healthcare providers, more than a third believe medical practices are not completely in accord with the Standards for Basic Anesthetic Monitoring set by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Most of the respondents (about 60) indicated anesthesiology as their medical practice.


Bruce I. Jacobs And Kenneth N. Levy To Fund New Genomic Medicine Program

September 21, 2011 7:13 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- Bruce I. Jacobs and Kenneth N. Levy, co-founders of Florham Park-based Jacobs Levy Equity Management, have donated $1 million to fund the Jacobs Levy Equity Management Personalized Genomic Medicine Program at Morristown Medical Center in honor of the firm's 25th anniversary, which will be celebrated on Thursday.


Informed Consent Important To Surgical Patients In Teaching Hospitals

September 20, 2011 5:23 am | Comments

A survey of patients receiving treatment in a teaching facility found that patients prefer to be informed of trainee participation in their care, and consent rates appear to vary based on scenarios describing increased levels of resident participation, according to a report published online by Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.


MRIS, MDA Advancing Image Guided Surgical Robotics Program

September 20, 2011 5:11 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ - IMRIS Inc. and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. today announced an agreement for the final phases of development on IMRIS's MR guided surgical robot. IMRIS and MDA began work on a robotic surgery system in 2010, targeting microsurgery and biopsy-stereotaxy applications on the brain with sub-millimeter precision.


Obesity Epidemic A Myth, States Author

September 20, 2011 5:03 am | Comments

"The Obesity Epidemic" is a myth perpetrated by the weight-loss industry, says Mike Schatzki, author of the newly published book, The Great Fat Fraud: Why the "Obesity Epidemic" Isn't, How to Be Totally Healthy without Losing Weight and If You Should Lose Some Pounds, How to Keep Them from Finding You Again (Lamington Press, 2011).


ACS Commission Releases Rapid Quality Reporting System

September 20, 2011 4:34 am | Comments

A new tool to promote and facilitate evidence-based cancer care at the local level makes its debut today as the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons introduces its Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) to the more than 1,500 hospital cancer programs that it accredits.

Imaging Technique Helps Visualize Cancer During Surgery

September 19, 2011 6:58 am | Comments

Ovarian cancer is one of the most frequent forms of cancer affecting women. As tumors can initially grow unchecked in the abdomen without causing any major symptoms, patients are usually diagnosed at an advanced stage and have to undergo surgery plus chemotherapy. During the operation, surgeons attempt to remove all tumor deposits but to do this, however, they primarily have to rely on visual inspection and palpation - an enormous challenge especially in the case of small tumor nests or remaining tumor borders after the primary tumor excision.


ACS Opposes MedPAC's Proposed Physican Payment System

September 19, 2011 6:47 am | Comments

After the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) reviewed draft recommendations related to the Medicare Physician Payment system, the American College of Surgeons was pleased that the MedPAC recognized the need to eliminate the Sustainable Growth Rate and move towards a reimbursement system that is based on quality of care.

Plastic Surgeons Join To Explain Board Certification

September 19, 2011 6:38 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- Six local members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) have formed an advertising cooperative to educate the public of the risks they are taking by choosing unqualified professionals to perform their cosmetic plastic surgery. Many patients unknowingly have cosmetic surgery performed by unqualified physicians in non-accredited office facilities.

UK Surgeons Separate Twins Joined At The Head

September 19, 2011 5:55 am | Comments

Raphael G. Sattier, AP Sudanese twins born with the tops of their heads joined together have been separated in a rare and risky series of operations at a London children's hospital, officials said Sunday. Facing the World, a charity which helps disfigured children, said it had helped fund the four-stage operation on 11-month-olds Rital and Ritag Gaboura.

Family Thanks Surgeons For In Utero Procedure

September 16, 2011 6:31 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physicians from North Shore University Hospital  and Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York today introduced a boy who underwent a life-saving in utero heart procedure 4-1/2 months into his mother's pregnancy. It was one of only 10 such procedures ever recorded in worldwide medical literature and the first performed in the New York area.


Metal Hip Replacements More Troublesome

September 16, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British officials say some people who receive metal hip replacements may need a replacement hip seven years later. According to a National Joint Registry of England and Wales report released this week, almost 14 percent of patients who got an all-metal replacement needed the joint removed or replaced after seven years.

Reducing Misplaced Pedicle Screws In Spine Surgery

September 16, 2011 6:17 am | Comments

SpineGuard announced today that the third published clinical study of its FDA-cleared and CE-marked PediGuard platform for enhanced pedicle screw placement has concluded that “the use of PediGuard significantly reduced the incidence of clinically relevant misplaced screws, thereby increasing the safety of pedicle screw implantation.


Serb Claims Son, Nephew Are Human Magnets

September 16, 2011 6:02 am | Comments

Jovana Gec, AP Two small boys from a central Serbian town are able to attract metal objects, acting much like human magnets, says the mother of one of them. Sanja Petrovic, the mother of four-year-old David, said it first came to her attention about a month ago. "I asked him to fetch me a spoon so I cold feed his little brother, and he yelled back: 'Mom, it sticks!,'" Petrovic recalled.


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