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HHS Offers New Tools To Help Lower Medicaid Costs

May 13, 2011 5:59 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a series of initiatives to work with states to save money and better coordinate care for the nine million Americans enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. The new initiatives include better access to Medicare data and better coordination of healthcare between Medicare and Medicaid.

Quality Of New Healthcare Plan Attacked By Industry

May 13, 2011 5:48 am | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP President Barack Obama's main idea for getting quality healthcare at less cost was in jeopardy after key medical providers called his administration's initial blueprint so complex it's unworkable. Just over a month ago, the administration released long-awaited draft regulations for "accountable care organizations," networks of doctors and hospitals that would collaborate to keep Medicare patients healthier and share in the savings with taxpayers.

“Because One Droplet Found My Eye, I Was At Risk”

May 12, 2011 5:35 am | Bd Medical Systems | Comments

Download video: MP4 format | Ogg format | WebM format Registered nurse Cheryll Collins shares how her life changed after being exposed to HIV infected blood during a peripheral IV catheter insertion. Watch the video above to hear Cheryll in her own words tell how it has affected her work, her health and her family.


The Fat Is Back

May 11, 2011 6:03 am | Comments

Liposuction has become one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the country. It has been around since 1974 and there are now more than 450,000 operations a year. But does the fat come back? A recent study by Teri L. Hernandez, PhD, RN and Robert H. Eckel, MD, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have found that the fat eventually returns within one year, and is redistributed to other areas of the body, especially the upper abdomen.

Dermatologist Using Robot To Ensure Constant Care

May 11, 2011 5:53 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Dermatology patients in Palm Beach County now have the comfort of knowing their doctor is available to see them for emergencies even when he is on vacation. Dr. Steven Hacker is the first dermatologist in the country to introduce the brand new robotic telemedicine technology as a service to his patients.

Titan Partners With Crouse Hospital

May 11, 2011 5:45 am | Comments

Titan Medical, Inc. announced today that it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Crouse Hospital, Inc., a 506-bed acute care hospital in Syracuse, NY. Under the terms of the agreement, Crouse Hospital will test and evaluate the company's Amadeus Next Generation Surgical Robotic Platform.

No Surprise - Most Uninsured Not Paying Hospital Bills

May 11, 2011 5:31 am | Comments

A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that few families without health insurance have the financial assets to pay potential hospital bills. On average, uninsured families can only afford to pay in full for approximately 12 percent of hospital stays, and even higher income uninsured families are unable to pay for most potential hospital stays.

Stem Cell Technology Used In Unique Surgery

May 10, 2011 7:23 am | Comments

Surgeon and Professor Michael Olausson was recently able to create a new connection between a young girl's intestines and liver with the aid of a blood vessel developed from her own bone marrow. The girl is now in good health and with an excellent prognosis. She developed, during her first year of life, a blood clot in the vessel that leads from the intestines to the liver, introducing the risk of internal bleeding or the possible need for a liver transplant.


More Nurses Not Using Intramuscular Injection Site, Despite Risks

May 10, 2011 7:04 am | Comments

Seven out of ten hospital nurses who took part in a Canadian study used the dorsogluteal (DG) buttock site to administer intramuscular injections - despite the potential risks of sciatic nerve injury. Only 14 percent used the ventrogluteal (VG) hip site recommended by nursing literature. The research, published in the May issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing , found that younger, newer nurses were significantly more likely to follow the latest VG site advice than their older, experienced colleagues.

NFL Players Wore Low-Rated Helmets

May 10, 2011 6:51 am | Comments

Howard Fendrich, AP Nearly 40 percent of NFL players last season wore a helmet model that got the second-lowest rating for reducing the risk of concussions in a study by Virginia Tech researchers. Riddell's VSR-4 helmet received just one star in a study of football helmets led by Virginia Tech professor of biomedical engineering Stefan Duma.

Vets Oppose Healthcare Fee Increases

May 10, 2011 6:42 am | Comments

Donna Cassata, AP Health care fees for working-age military retirees would increase slightly under a defense bill unveiled Monday that drew fierce opposition from the 2.1 million-strong Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Pentagon is reeling from health carecosts that have jumped from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in the latest budget request.

iPhones For Diagnosing Stroke

May 9, 2011 8:15 am | Comments

New research from the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine shows that doctors can make a stroke diagnosis using an iPhone application with the same accuracy as a diagnosis at a medical computer workstation. This technology can be particularly useful in rural medical settings, as it allows for real-time access to specialists such as neurologists, regardless of where the physicians and patients are located.

Henry Ford Hospital: Open-Access Colonoscopy Safe

May 9, 2011 8:02 am | Comments

Nurse-driven, open-access colonoscopy programs are as effective and safe as colonoscopy following a consultation with a gastroenterologist, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. "Our results showed no significant differences in safety outcomes related to perforation rate, emergency surgery, post-polypectomy bleed, overall lower gastrointestinal bleed, or death," says Gregory Olds, M.


Afghan Boy Given Surgery For External Bladder

May 9, 2011 7:55 am | Comments

Josh Lederman, AP A 6-year-old Afghan boy born with his bladder outside his body has been reunited with the U.S. soldier who arranged for his rare operation at a New Jersey hospital. Army Major Glenn Battschinger of Mays Landing, N.J., was on foot patrol in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in April 2010 when he came across Muslam Hagigshah, a small, frail child who was bowlegged and held his leaking bladder in his hand.


Healthcare A Heavy Load For Pentagon

May 9, 2011 7:39 am | Comments

Donna Cassata, AP Costs of the military's healthcare program, which provides coverage to some 10 million active duty personnel, retirees, reservists and their families, have jumped from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in the Pentagon's latest budget request. Desperate to cut spending in Washington's time of fiscal austerity, President Barack Obama has proposed increasing the fees for working-age retirees in the decades-old health program, known as TRICARE.


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