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.

African-Americans currently comprise about one-third of both transplant recipients and the transplant waiting list.
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7.27.2017
8:45am
Akron-based Summa plans to discontinue or consolidate selected services and cut 300 positions after forecasts showed $60 million in operating losses for the...
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6.29.2017
9:04am
Cleveland Clinic has partnered with Oscar Health to offer health insurance plans in Ohio — including on its exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
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6.21.2017
9:18am
Pennsylvania native Carl Selig, along with three couples from the southern U.S., sued the Japanese company's Americas affiliate and its Gyrus subsidiary...
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6.12.2017
9:26am
The board of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems reportedly said that the physicians' $2.4 billion bid for Lutheran Health Network undervalued the...
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5.24.2017
8:49am
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The accountant appointed to oversee a bankrupt Texas clinic is suing more than 100 doctors over their alleged participation in a kickback scheme.
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5.10.2017
9:56am
Peggy Engleman underwent surgery in 2007 to relieve urinary incontinence, but her attorneys said that the mesh failed within weeks and caused pain, discomfort...
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5.4.2017
9:16am
Overall, researchers said that about 22,000 people were admitted to hospitals in the U.S. due to complications from malaria between 2000 and 2014.
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4.27.2017
11:11am
The proposal would cap damages for pain and suffering and other "non-economic" factors at $250,000.
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4.19.2017
8:58am
The jury found that the hospital was negligent in causing injury but rejected the claim that the allegedly altered consent form amounted to "medical...
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4.12.2017
9:12am
DMC received approval for a corrective action plan shortly after filing it on March 8, and the facility faces a May 23 deadline to return to "substantial...
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3.31.2017
8:32am
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
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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
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
9:34am
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
10:06am
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
10:08am
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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
9:49am
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
10:04am
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
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
9:05am
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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