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Boehner, Pelosi See Victories In Fixing Medicare Docs' Fees

March 19, 2015 11:56 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

An uncharacteristic joint effort by House Speaker John Boehner and his usual nemesis, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to resolve a gnawing problem about how Medicare pays doctors underscores the political victories each sees in finally sweeping the issue off the deck.

Cardinal Health Offers $1.94 Billion For J&J Business Unit

March 2, 2015 11:53 am | News | Comments

Cardinal Health is offering to buy a unit of Johnson & Johnson that makes heart devices for...

The OR Suite 2.0 … And Counting

February 6, 2015 8:03 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

Hospital and surgery center IT departments are being tasked with networking challenges related...

The Value of Single-Use Devices

February 3, 2015 12:55 pm | by Douglas H. McConnell, M.D., F.A.C.S. & Medical Director at OBP Medical | Articles | Comments

The ongoing rise of HAIs is costing hospitals more than $5 billion annually. For some hospitals...

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Exploring 4K Technology in the OR

February 2, 2015 10:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

The operating room continues to push the limits of procedural innovation and technological capability. Recently, Surgical Products sat down with some industry experts to gauge their input on how many of these new technologies will impact the surgical community, from both an implementation and procurement perspective.

Negative Patient-Doctor Communication Can Create "Nocebo" Response

January 27, 2015 11:11 am | by University of Exeter; American Journal of Medicine | News | Comments

Doctors who unintentionally communicate to patients that they do not believe or understand them could actually make symptoms worse, a new study suggests. Research indicates that a type of "nocebo" response - where patients perceive a lack of acceptance from their doctor - could create anger and distress.

Report: Discharge Summaries Reduce Hospitals Readmissions

January 16, 2015 11:57 am | News | Comments

For heart failure patients making the transition from hospital to home, a discharge summary that gets to their primary doctors quickly and contains detailed and useful information can mean the difference between recovering quickly or returning to the hospital, according to two studies from Yale School of Medicine researchers. ...    

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Good Cosmetic Results And Safety With Liposculpture of the Hips

January 16, 2015 11:41 am | News | Comments

Two decades of experience by senior plastic surgeons in different parts of the world show excellent cosmetic results and low complication rates with liposculpture of the hips, flanks, and thighs, reports a paper in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery--Global Open®, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ...

Healthmark Introduces Its Flexible Inspection Scope

January 16, 2015 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Flexible Inspection Scope includes a distal tip composed of a light source and camera lens at the end of a 50cm, flexible shaft.

With Childhood Obesity Growing, Hospital Ramps Up Weight-Loss Surgeries

January 15, 2015 10:06 am | by Tim Darragh, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | News | Comments

As the obesity crisis has deepened among children and adolescents across the United States, doctors have become increasingly concerned that the heavy youngsters they are seeing have very adult problems. ....         

Group Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Recover Through Tatoos

January 14, 2015 10:32 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

For women who have survived breast cancer, breast or nipple reconstruction can be a first step toward looking like their old selves. A Colorado organization is helping some of those women, and others who don't choose reconstruction, in their emotional healing — through tattoos to help conceal their scars. ...    

EHOB Becomes the Exclusive Provider of the TIDIShield Pillow Barrier

January 13, 2015 12:05 pm | News | Comments

EHOB, a leading provider of affordable products effective in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, announced recently an exclusive distribution agreement with TIDI Products. Effective immediately, EHOB will serve as the sole provider of the company’s TIDIShield™ Pillow Barrier. ...      

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Report: U.S. Investment in Medical Research Has Declined

January 13, 2015 11:34 am | News | Comments

From 2004 to 2012, the rate of investment in medical research in the U.S. declined, while there has been an increase in research investment globally, particularly in Asia, according to a study in the January 13 issue of JAMA. ...      

VOX Telehealth Introduces Program to Cut Knee and Hip Replacement Costs

January 13, 2015 11:00 am | by Stephanie Baum, MedCity News | News | Comments

VOX Telehealth, a health IT company that uses alerts and notifications as part of a program to reduce orthopedic surgery costs, rolled out OrthoCare at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, which helped develop the program, according to a company statement. The company had raised $1.1 million in an angel round last year to support the program’s launch. ...     

Man Sentenced to Federal Prison After Scheming Doctors

January 13, 2015 9:52 am | News | Comments

An Orange County, Calif., man whose investment schemes bilked doctors and others out of more than $2 million has been sentenced to federal prison. ...                    

Healthmark Introduces The Flexible Inspection Scope

January 12, 2015 2:12 pm | by Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark has announced the addition of the Flexible Inspection Scope to their Prosys Optical Inspection line of products. The Flexible Inspection Scope includes a distal tip composed of a light source and camera lens at the end of a 50cm, flexible shaft. Designed for instruments 3.2mm in diameter or larger. The camera and light are powered by the USB connection on a PC. Compatible with ...

$375B Wasted on Billing and Health Insurance-Related Paperwork Annually

January 12, 2015 12:05 pm | News | Comments

Medical billing paperwork and insurance-related red tape cost the U.S. economy approximately $471 billion in 2012, 80 percent of which is waste due to the inefficiency of the nation's complex, multi-payer way of financing care, a group of researchers say. ...   

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Joan Rivers' Surgery Center Part of Network With Regulatory Problems

January 12, 2015 10:33 am | News | Comments

The company that provides management services to Yorkville Endoscopy Center, the facility health regulators cited for botching Joan Rivers' treatment after the comedic icon died, also manages other New York-area surgery centers that have failed to meet key medical standards,  reported NBC 4 New York's I-Team. ...    

More Middle-Aged Men Having Plastic Surgery

January 12, 2015 9:56 am | News | Comments

Whatever the reason, the number of middle-aged and older men signing up for cosmetic surgery has increased nearly three-fold in the past 15 years as guys seek a more youthful appearance, or at least a delay before the telltale sags of aging settle in permanently. ...    

High-Dose Testosterone Does Help Some With Advanced Prostate Cancer

January 8, 2015 11:26 am | News | Comments

In a surprising paradox, the male hormone testosterone, generally thought to be a feeder of prostate cancer, has been found to suppress some advanced prostate cancers and also may reverse resistance to testosterone-blocking drugs used to treat prostate cancer. ...    

Analysis: Federal Government Underfunds Chronic Disease Prevention Research

January 7, 2015 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Investigators have, for the first time, completed a comprehensive analysis of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding of research to prevent non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) and determined that prevention research in the United States is severely underfunded....   

Many Women Who Get Hysterectomy May Not Need Procedure

January 7, 2015 11:16 am | News | Comments

It is estimated that one in three women in the United States will have had a hysterectomy by the age of 60. Although the numbers of hysterectomies are decreasing, a new study of more than three thousand women in Michigan who underwent hysterectomy for benign indications reveals that alternatives to hysterectomy are being underused and that treatment guidelines are often not followed. ...   

Can ObamaCare Survive in 2015?

January 6, 2015 12:24 pm | by Dr. Jane M. Orient | Blogs | Comments

Now that Republicans have control of Congress, they could possibly keep their promise to repeal ObamaCare—except for two immediate obstacles. One of course is the threat of the Presidential veto. Another is the already apparent willingness of craven politicians to surrender pre-emptively. 

Smokers, Obese Carry Much Higher Health-Care Costs Than Peers

January 6, 2015 12:06 pm | News | Comments

A new study finds that smokers and the obese ring up substantially higher annual health care costs than their nonsmoking, non-obese peers. The added costs are highest among women, non-Hispanic whites and older adults, the study reports. ...      

Outpatient Surgery Center Draws Opposition From Hospital

January 6, 2015 10:22 am | by Elizabeth Kim, Stamford Advocate | News | Comments

As the health care industry evolves, outpatient surgical centers have become increasingly familiar. Rather than going to a hospital, patients who need routine surgical procedures can have them performed at a private facility, usually in a nondescript office complex, and walk out the same day. ...    

Megadyne Honored for Receiving ESP Award

January 5, 2015 11:03 am | News | Comments

Megadyne Medical Products, The Electrosurgical Authorityand full-solution electrosurgical equipment and accessory developer and manufacturer, has won third place honors in the safety category in the 2014 Excellence in Surgical Products (ESP) Awards. ...     

Surgery Center Safety Continues to Be Scrutinized

January 5, 2015 10:25 am | by Sandra G.Boodman, Washington Post | News | Comments

Wendy Salo was alarmed when she learned where her doctor had scheduled her gynecologic operation -- at an outpatient surgery center. "My first thought was 'Am I not important enough to go to a real hospital?'" recalled Salo, 48, a supermarket department manager who said she felt "very trepidatious" about having her ovaries removed outside a hospital. ...   

For Facial Transplant Patients, Blink Assessment Essential

December 30, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Face transplantation can dramatically enhance a patient's quality of life after severe facial trauma, but lack of attention to eyelid function and vision can leave patients with impaired vision, corneal exposure, eyelid retraction that occurs when the upper or lower eyelid pulls away from the eyeball, and other eyelid-related complications. ...   

HHS Report: 87 Percent Getting Financial Assistance Through HealthCare.gov Plans

December 30, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services today provides the first detailed analysis of enrollment in the Marketplaces for the first month of the 2015 open enrollment period. ...                 

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