16 May 2019

APPLES AND ORANGES: How Obamacare, Medicare and ‘Medicare For All’ muddy the debate

By Shefali Luthra The healthcare debate has Democrats on Capitol Hill and the presidential campaign trail facing renewed pressure to make clear where they stand: Are they for “Medicare for All”? Or will they take up the push to protect the Affordable Care Act? Obamacare advocates have found a powerful

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16 May 2019

MAY 19: Deductible Relief Day

Deductible Relief Day is May 19. That’s the date by which average spending for people with employer-sponsored health insurance is sufficient to satisfy the average deductible, the amount they must pay out-of-pocket for most health care services before their insurance plan kicks in to help pay the bills, Kaiser Family

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09 May 2019

Velano Draws $10M Growth Funding for Needle-Free Blood Collection Technology

    By Amanda Pedersen A company trying to transform blood collection with its needle-free technology has attracted the attention of several notable medtech entrepreneurs and investors. Velano Vascular has secured $10 million as the initial tranche of a growth financing to fuel commercialization and the launch of new vascular

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09 May 2019

Government policy shift prompts Medtronic to bail on bundled knees; Responsive Orthopedics for sale

After three years in the bundled joint replacement business, a federal policy shift is prompting Medtronic to put its Responsive Orthopedics business on the auction block. The May 2016 acquisition of Minneapolis-based Responsive for an undisclosed amount put Medtronic in line for a bundled joint replacement program piloted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The 5-year “Comprehensive

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09 May 2019

3D printing innovation allows scientists to create vascular network

  By Jade Boyd Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs with a breakthrough technique for bioprinting tissues. The new innovation allows scientists to create exquisitely entangled vascular networks that mimic the body’s natural passageways for blood, air, lymph and other vital fluids.

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08 May 2019

DRUG INDUSTRY PATENTS GO UNDER SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE’S MICROSCOPE

By Rachel Bluth   Congress isn’t making much headway in finding a solution to the problem of soaring prescription drug prices, but lawmakers from both parties are tinkering on the edges with legislation that aims to increase competition among drugmakers. A comprehensive piece of drug-pricing legislation is a high priority for

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08 May 2019

Feds Want To Show Healthcare Costs On Your Phone, But That Could Take Years

  By Fred Schulte   Federal officials are proposing new regulations that for the first time could allow patients to compare prices charged by various hospitals and other healthcare providers using data sent to their smartphones. Donald Rucker, who coordinates health information technology policy for the, said he expects that the

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01 May 2019

DIABETIC AMPUTATIONS: A ‘SHAMEFUL METRIC’ OF INADEQUATE CARE

By Anna Gorman On his regular rounds at the University of Southern California’s Keck Hospital, David Armstrong, MD, lives a brutal injustice of American healthcare. Each week, dozens of patients with diabetes come to him with deep wounds, severe infections and poor circulation — debilitating complications of a disease that

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27 Apr 2019

In 10 Years, Half Of Middle-Income Elders Won’t Be Able To Afford Medical Care

By Victoria Knight In 10 years, more than half of middle-income Americans age 75 or older will not be able to afford to pay for yearly assisted living rent or medical expenses, according to a study published in Health Affairs in April.   The researchers used demographic and income data to project estimates

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27 Apr 2019

Medical Researchers Seek Sage Advice Of Elders On Aging Issue

Rachel O’Conor booted up her slides and began posing questions to six older adults sitting around a table: How should primary care physicians support patients and caregivers after a diagnosis of dementia? And what stands in the way of getting adequate support? “Please speak louder and go slower,” suggested Susanne

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