08 Jan 2019

INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY SOCIETIES CALL FOR EXPANDED STROKE TRAINING

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe and the Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia have formed a Joint Commission committed to providing necessary stroke training to interventional radiologists in order to alleviate the shortage of physicians trained in endovascular stroke therapies. The ability for patients

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07 Jan 2019

TELEMEDICINE STILL MOVING SLOWLY IN MEDICAL COMMUNITY

A Medical Group Management Association poll shows that a slightly higher percentage of physician practices are offering telemedicine services to patients in 2019, but the majority are still wary of virtual services. Physician practices currently offering telehealth services increased three percentage points compared to 2017. Of the nearly 1,300 respondents, 26

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07 Jan 2019

MDLINX SURVEY: MAJORITY HAVE LOST FAITH IN VALUE OF THE MOC

A survey of 515 U.S. physicians by MDLinx revealed that 65 percent want to see the 10-year maintenance of certification (MOC) process ended because it adds no clinical value to the practice of medicine. The recent survey, reported in FierceHealthcare, found that almost 55 percent of respondents want to see those controversial MOC requirements

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07 Jan 2019

MEDTRONIC GETS OK TO STUDY PATIENTS WITH BICUSPID AORTIC VALUES USING COREVALVE EVOLUT TAVR SYSTEM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an investigational device exemption (IDE) for Medtronic to initiate a single-arm study to evaluate the CoreValve Evolut TAVR system in patients with bicuspid aortic valves who are at low risk of surgical mortality. Medtronic separately received FDA approval for revised commercial

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07 Jan 2019

GERMAN UNIVERSITY ADDS NEW STUDY IN MEDICAL COMPUTING

  The Fraunhofer MEVIS Institute for Medical Image Computing is one of the world’s leading research centers in digital medicine. In order to prepare computer science students for challenges in this area, the Fraunhofer MEVIS Institute for Medical Image Computing and the University of Bremen in Germany are offering a

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05 Jan 2019

HOW THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AFFECTS HEALTH PROGRAMS

By Shefali Luthra There seems to be no end in sight for the current partial government shutdown, the third since the beginning of the Trump administration. For the vast majority of the federal government’s public health efforts, though, it’s business as usual. That’s because Congress has already passed five of its

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05 Jan 2019

WHEN MEDICINE MAKES PATIENTS SICKER

  By Sydney Lupkin Photos by Heidi de Marco Despite the jackhammer-like rhythm of a mechanical ventilator, Alicia Moreno had dozed off in a chair by her 1-year-old’s hospital bed, when a doctor woke her with some bad news: The common stool softener her son, Anderson, was given months earlier had been

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05 Jan 2019

AS HOSPITALS POST STICKER PRICES ONLINE, MOST PATIENTS WILL REMAIN BEFUDDLED

    By Julie Appleby and Barbara Feder Ostrov As of Jan. 1, in the name of transparency, the Trump administration required that all hospitals post their list prices online. But what is popping up on medical center websites is a dog’s breakfast of medical codes, abbreviations and dollar signs — in little

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05 Jan 2019

IT’S A LITTLE-KNOWN SECRET THAT PATIENTS CAN GET THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS DIRECTLY FROM A DRUGMAKER

      By Sarah Jane Tribble   Kip Burgess was relieved last year when pharmaceutical giant Amgen overnighted him a $2,976 check to help pay for his go-to arthritis drug, Enbrel. The 36-year-old psychologist had run into an increasingly common problem: The copay coupon sent by Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Amgen

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03 Jan 2019

IN.PACT ADMIRAL:  MEDTRONIC SHARES FIVE-YEAR DRUG-COATED BALLOON DATA

  Medtronic plc data presented Nov. 12 reinforce the durability, safety, and effectiveness of the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon (DCB) in patients with peripheral artery disease in the superficial femoral and popliteal arteries. The five-year and final results from the pivotal IN.PACT SFA Trial and one-year all-subjects results from the

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