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Physician Group Demands Greater Insurer Accuracy

June 15, 2010 6:09 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP One in five medical claims is processed inaccurately by commercial health insurers, often leaving physicians shortchanged, according to the nation's largest doctor's group. The American Medical Association recently released its third annual report card on insurers, showing that private insurance companies matched their payments to what they agreed to pay doctors about 80 percent of the time.

The Role Of Blood Flow In Preventing Chronic Kidney Disease

June 15, 2010 5:59 am | Comments

Interrupting the blood flow for more than 20 to 25 minutes during kidney cancer surgery leads to a greater risk of patients developing chronic kidney disease, a Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic collaborative research team has found. The study was published in the journal European Urology . For the retrospective study, researchers analyzed outcomes of 362 patients with only one kidney who underwent surgery for renal cortical tumors at Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic between 1990 and 2008.

Free Operations, Courtesy Of Colorado Staff

June 14, 2010 7:43 am | Comments

(AP)  Seven physicians and about 18 staff volunteered their time to give free surgeries to 13 people in the mountain town of Frisco this past weekend. Dr. Peter Janes organized the event for patients without health insurance. Operations included a hysterectomy and a knee repair. The patients were selected through the nearby Summit Community Care Clinic, which cares for people who don't have enough insurance or have none at all.

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Jackson’s Doctor Fighting To Keep License

June 14, 2010 7:37 am | Comments

Linda Deutsch, AP Nearly a year after he went from anonymity to notoriety, Michael Jackson's doctor returns to court for a pre-trial hearing that will determine when he goes to trial and what he will be able to do in the meantime. First on the agenda will be Dr. Conrad Murray's fight to retain his California medical license.

Employers See Medical Costs Jump

June 14, 2010 7:30 am | Comments

Tom Murphy, AP Companies that offer employee health insurance expect another steep jump in medical costs next year, and more will ask workers to share a bigger chunk of the expense, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report. For the first time, most of the American workforce is expected to have health insurance deductibles of $400 or more.

FDA Issues Alert For IV Bags

June 14, 2010 6:58 am | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care professionals not to use certain IV bags of ondansetron, metronidazole, and ciprofloxacin because of potential contamination. The FDA has received reports of floating matter in IV bags manufactured by Claris Lifesciences in Ahmedabad, India.

Not Smoking After Bone Surgery Speeds Healing

June 14, 2010 6:45 am | Comments

Smokers recover better from surgery to repair a broken bone if they quit smoking, state Swedish researchers. The new study included daily smokers who underwent emergency surgery for an acute fracture and were offered a smoking cessation program that began within a few days after surgery and continued for six weeks.

Going Green In The Hospital

June 11, 2010 6:51 am | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers say recycling medical equipment saves money, reduces waste and is safe June 11, 2010 Wider adoption of the practice of recycling medical equipment — including laparoscopic ports and durable cutting tools typically tossed out after a single use — could save hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars annually and curb trash at medical centers, the second-largest waste producers in the United States after the food industry.

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Self-Amputee Back In Surgery

June 11, 2010 6:12 am | Comments

(AP)  A Connecticut man who tried to amputate his own arm, after being trapped for days while working on his basement furnace, is back in surgery. Jonathan Metz got his arm caught Sunday in his furnace boiler. He was rescued Wednesday, a day after he used his own tools and cut through most of his left arm.

Not A Cure, But Wins Show Progress Against Cancer

June 11, 2010 6:07 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Doctors reported gains against nearly every form of cancer at a conference that ended this week. Yet when Will Thomas heard about an advance against prostate cancer, he wanted to know just one thing: “Is it a cure?” “I see billions and billions done on research, and it's all for treatment,” said the Alabama man who has several friends with the disease.

Recession Impacting Hospital Quality

June 11, 2010 5:47 am | Comments

During past recessions, the financial stability of hospitals seemed to be nearly indestructible. But researchers at the University of Michigan Health System and St. Joseph Mercy Health System say the current national economic crisis may be an exception. Hospitals are reporting declining profits, likely as a result of Americans losing health insurance as they lose jobs.

Eyelid Shortcut Offers Less Invasive Surgical Approach

June 11, 2010 5:32 am | Comments

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins have safely and effectively operated inside the brains of a dozen patients by making a small entry incision through the natural creases of an eyelid to reach the skull and deep brain. They say access to the skull and brain through either lid, formally known as a transpalpebral orbitofrontal craniotomy, sharply contrasts with the more laborious, physically damaging and invasive, traditional means of entry used in brain surgery that requires opening the top half of the skull.

Essential Practice Documents Introduced For Wound, Ostomy & Continence Care

June 9, 2010 8:16 am | Comments

  Wound, ostomy and continence care professionals are anticipating the presentation of three essential practice documents at the 2010 Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society Joint Conference. The conference, held in conjunction with the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET), convenes June 12-16, 2010 in Phoenix, AZ.

Leading Heart Surgeon Urges Doctors To Embrace Robotic Surgery

June 9, 2010 8:16 am | Comments

PHILADELPHIA, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Francis Sutter, one of five leaders in the United States in minimally-invasive robotic assisted beating heart coronary bypass surgery has accepted an invitation to speak at the 2010 World Congress of Cardiology and World Heart Federation in Beijing on the topic of robotic heart surgery.

Girl, 3, Undergoes Surgery After Hit At Dodger Stadium

June 9, 2010 8:15 am | Comments

In a statement, officials from Childrens Hospital Los Angeles said they expect Janelle Briseno will be well enough for release by the end of the week. "The surgery went well, and we anticipate a full recovery," said Dr. J. Gordon McComb, the hospital's head of neurosurgery. The accident occurred Monday when Dodgers catcher Russell Martin hit a line drive into the stands near third base, hitting Janelle and knocking her unconscious, said Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck.

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