06 Jan 2018

STUDY SHOWS STEM CELL TRANSPLANT IS BETTER THAN DRUG THERAPY FOR SCLERODERMA

Photo courtesy of American College of Rheumatology   Adding irradiation before transplant improves long-term results and should change practice    Scleroderma with internal organ involvement is a debilitating and lethal autoimmune disorder with few effective treatments. But a study led by Duke Health researchers has found new cause for optimism using an

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15 Dec 2017

AMERICAN VEIN & VASCULAR INSTITUTE ADDS NEW PHYSICIAN

John Joseph Randono, MD, has joined the phlebology staff of American Vein & Vascular Institute, a network of eight vein and arterial diagnosis and treatment centers in Colorado and Texas. Dr. Randono has more than 30 years medical experience, specifically as a cardiac and thoracic vascular surgeon, and as a

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11 Dec 2017

4 DOCTORS AMONG 20 CHARGED WITH BILKING MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND OTHER MANAGED CARE ORGANIZATIONS OUT OF $146 MILLION

Twenty people — four of whom are doctors — are facing charges related to a massive fraud scheme that bilked Medicare, Medicaid and other managed care organizations out of $146 million. Prosecutors from the Brooklyn District Attorneys Office said the defendants ran an enterprise in which recruiters offered cash to low-income and

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04 Dec 2017

KRATOM: POWDER GROUND FROM LEAVES OFFERS PAIN RELIEF, MOOD ENHANCEMENT

By Christine Vestal, The Pew Charitable Trusts CARRBORO, N.C. — On a sunny November afternoon in this quiet college community, a steady stream of customers walks through the doors of a local cafe called Oasis for a cup of an increasingly popular herbal beverage. The menu offers coffee, black tea,

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27 Nov 2017

CHINESE ROBOT PASSES CHINA’S MEDICAL LICENSING EXAM

  A Chinese medical robot named Xiaoyi achieved a passing score of 456 on China’s medical licensing exam in early November. A passing score is 360 out of 600. But 456 is an impressive result considering the robot scored 100 in its first practice run. Xiaoyi (which means “little doctor”)

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27 Nov 2017

FIFTH WELLCARE EXEC SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FRAUD SCHEME

Thaddeus M.S. Bereday, the former general counsel for WellCare Health Plans ,has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for his role in a scheme to defraud Florida’s Medicaid program. The Department of Justice announced that  Bereday will serve a prison sentence followed by a year of house arrest after he

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27 Nov 2017

WHAT’S UP IN THE NEW YEAR? PHYSICIANS RESPOND TO ISSUES FACING THEM IN 2018

By Larry Storer When I recently polled a dozen physician leaders by email about what issues were at the top of their list of the most critical issues facing them in 2018, concerns fell into two categories: political and medical. Then, face-to-face conversations with some of the physicians attending the

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27 Nov 2017

BTG GETS CPT CODES FOR VARITHENA AS OF JAN. 1; MEDTRONIC VENASEAL GETS MORE FAVORABLE CODES

By Larry Storer The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have published the final fee schedule for new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Category 1 codes for BTG International’s  Varithena procedures, and changed CPT codes for Medtronic’s VenaSeal, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The new codes for Varithena, which close veins

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27 Nov 2017

AMERICAS WILL BENEFIT MOST WITH IVC FILTER MARKET GROWTH

Market research analysts at Technavio predict that the global inferior vena cava (IVC) filter market will grow steadily during the next four years and post a CAGR of more than 11 percent by 2021. This market research analysis identifies the preference for minimally invasive procedures with improved medical imaging as

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