Andy Szal
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Andy Szal writes about technology and regulatory issues for Surgical Products, in addition to other publications at Advantage Business Media. He previously spent nearly 10 years covering politics and business issues in Madison, Wis.

A Boston Globe investigation found that more than 1,500 surgeries purportedly performed by Dr. David Samadi overlapped with other cases between mid-2013 and...
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3.15.2017
9:54am
The Houston Chronicle reports that Humble Surgical Hospital sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection three weeks after a judge finalized a $51.4 million award...
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3.3.2017
10:04am
The Association of American Medical Colleges warned that foreign doctors would be needed in increasing numbers, particularly due to a growing shortage of...
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2.3.2017
10:18am
The agreement stems from a lawsuit filed against HCA seven years ago by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
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2.2.2017
8:49am
Federal officials cleared the hospital group in November, and the surprise inspection by state regulators represented the final major hurdle in the controversy...
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1.18.2017
10:30am
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Federal regulators warned this week that select cardiac devices made by St. Jude Medical could be accessed and modified by hackers -- including improperly...
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1.11.2017
10:17am
The Los Angeles Times reports that the bill would require doctors to record on death certificates whether so-called "superbugs" played a role.
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12.8.2016
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Prosecutors alleged that those individuals conspired to refer certain patients to Forest Park Medical Center and, in return, paid or received some $40 million...
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12.6.2016
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The changes would increase the hourly shift limit for first-year doctors from the current 16 hours in an effort to align with the shifts of second- and third-...
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11.9.2016
9:55am
The case against Cleveland Clinic involved surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland.
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11.3.2016
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The facilities include high-profile providers Massachusetts General, New York-Presbyterian and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical...
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10.31.2016
9:49am
The scheme resulted in roughly $900 million in false billings; prosecutors said it was the largest "coordinated takedown" in history by both number...
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10.25.2016
10:15am
Hospital officials maintain that they did nothing wrong and that nearly a decade later they cannot say for certain what killed the patient.
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10.18.2016
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The Massachusetts appeals court found that the jury was presented with an "incomplete picture" prior to its verdict in favor of Boston Scientific...
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9.20.2016
9:43am
Facilities will be required to assess their risks and develop emergency response plans, along with communication and training protocol.
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9.14.2016
9:44am
Although surgical equipment contamination is a growing problem nationwide as those instruments become more numerous and complex, surgeons and administrators...
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8.30.2016
10:20am
The EnVeo R is used in minimally invasive procedures to implant Medtronic's Evolut R valve through blood vessels.
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8.19.2016
9:59am
Of the ten fastest-growing Medicare payment programs between 2012 and 2014, four involved new medical testing devices.
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8.11.2016
9:23am
The case stemmed from three reports detailing security breaches of electronic protected health information -- or eHHI -- by Advocate Medical Group, a...
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8.8.2016
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The policy will officially be phased in over a five-year period, but HHS officials said that about one-quarter of the nation's metro areas will see it...
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7.26.2016
4:22pm
In order to improve the odds of a successful surgery, doctors practiced the complicated procedures on a rubbery, 3D-printed replica of thee baby's heart.
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7.22.2016
9:31am
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U.S. authorities instituted travel screening as the best way to keep the virus out of the blood supply, but health experts said that the number of people...
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7.12.2016
9:21am
A family in southern China hopes to raise money to fund reconstructive surgery for their son, who was born with 15 fingers and 16 toes.
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5.6.2016
10:04am
The American Pain Society recently released its first clinical guidelines for the management of post-operative pain.
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4.28.2016
12:38pm
Surgeons should inform their patients if they plan to conduct multiple operations at the same time, the American College of Surgeons declared last week.
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4.20.2016
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Olympus is under fire after they reportedly hiked prices for scopes that were intended to replace tainted devices linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant...
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4.8.2016
9:37am
"The FDA needs to do its job and ban this outright. We've clearly documented the health risks," said attorney Amber Mostyn in a release. "...
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4.5.2016
10:02am
The results, which involved a total of 1,116 patients, found that slightly more surgery patients experienced serious complications -- 8 percent -- than the 5...
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3.22.2016
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The rate for those that remained on dialysis and awaited a transplant, meanwhile, was less than 44 percent, and the rate climbed to just less than 63 percent...
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3.11.2016
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