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Enrollment Doubles in Private Health Insurance

April 7, 2015 12:41 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, Surgical Products editor | Comments

The numbers are projected to continue going up, with 12 million people enrolling in private health insurance in 2016, and 22 million people in 2017.

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Program Could Help Elderly if Bill Passes

April 7, 2015 11:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Details of how the bipartisan bill rewriting Medicare reimbursement of doctors, awaiting congressional approval this month, would squeeze savings from the health care program for the elderly.

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Virus Could Be Purged From Organ Transplants

April 7, 2015 11:55 am | by ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE | Comments

Published in eLife, the study shows how HCMV could be fought in high-risk patients and purged from organs before transplantation.

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Medicare Bill Helps Doctors, Kids, but Deficit Foes Cool

April 7, 2015 11:53 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | Comments

Republicans say bipartisan legislation reworking how Medicare pays doctors is a milestone toward curbing the huge, growing benefit program.

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Breast Cancer Over-treatment Costs $4B Per Year

April 7, 2015 11:50 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | Comments

The study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs breaks the cost down as follows: $2.8 billion resulting from false-positive mammograms and another $1.2 billion attributed to breast cancer over-diagnosis.

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WebTIPS Helps Make Surgery Less Scary for Children, Parents

April 6, 2015 9:39 am | by UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - IRVINE | Comments

A preliminary evaluation suggests that WebTIPS is effective in reducing anxiety levels on the day of surgery. 

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3-D Designs Advance Neural Tissue Engineering

April 6, 2015 9:33 am | by INSTITUTE OF NEURAL REGENERATION & TISSUE ENGINEERING | Comments

In an article published in the journal Neural Regeneration Research, several new designs for 3D tissue constructs are described for using stem cells grown on nanofiber scaffolding within a supportive hydrogel.

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$1 Test Outperforms PSA Screen for Prostate Cancer

April 6, 2015 9:28 am | by UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA | Comments

It would also reduce the number of unnecessary and invasive biopsies stemming from the less precise PSA test that's now used.

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New Clues Found on Origin of Hirschsprung's Disease

April 6, 2015 9:23 am | by JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICINE | Comments

The findings add to an increasingly clear picture of how flaws in early nerve development lead to poor colon function, which must often be surgically corrected. 

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Physician Preference Affects Patient Outcomes, Costs

April 2, 2015 9:22 am | by PR Newswire Association LLC | Comments

The study, begun in 2013, integrated the pilot test of the UHC Supply Cost and Quality Tool, a business intelligence tool designed to help health care organizations identify variations in the use of medical devices and their links to costs and patient outcomes.

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Senate has New Deadline to Avoid Doctors' Medicare Cuts

April 2, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Technically, the cut was to take effect Wednesday, but the Department of Health and Human Services said it will hold off processing claims at the lower rate until April 15.

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Exercise Could Reduce Hospital Stays, Surgical Complications for Lung Cancer Patients

April 2, 2015 9:12 am | by INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF LUNG CANCER | Comments

Physical activity reduces risk of cancer development in multiple cancer types including lung. 

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Coverage Disparities Persist With Universal Care

April 1, 2015 11:49 am | by UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER | Comments

Because minorities and low-income populations are more likely to be uninsured, health coverage is widely assumed to be the most essential strategy to eliminating disparities in health outcomes.

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A Shared Vision

April 1, 2015 11:39 am | by by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Comments

Telemedicine is a highly discussed, forward-thinking term that has been positioned as everything from a possible solution to rising healthcare costs to an impractical concept that negates the human interaction between physician and patient. 

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States Not Accountable To Companies For Medicaid Funding

April 1, 2015 9:59 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | Comments

The ruling is a blow to many doctors, hospitals and health care companies that complain Medicaid reimbursement rates are so low, they often lose money seeing patients participating in the program.

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