12 Dec 2018

COMMENT: REDUCING THE REGULATORY BURDENS OF THE HIPAA RULES

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued a Request for Information (RFI) Dec. 12 seeking input from the public on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules, especially the HIPAA Privacy Rule, could be modified to further

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11 Dec 2018

STRADIS HEALTHCARE FACILITY EARNS ISO; 2 EXECS HIRED; WEBSITE REDESIGNED

Stradis Healthcare, a provider of custom procedure trays and minor kits, has had several significant events this summer, including earning ISO 13485:2016 certification for its Waukegan, Ill., facility; hiring two new executives; and overhauling its website, www.stradishealthcare.com. . .               Stradis serves more than 1,500 surgical centers, private practices and purchasing

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11 Dec 2018

RA MED SYSTEMS NEAR COMPLETION OF IPO OFFERING

  Ra Medical Systems has filed an amended S-1 form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its initial public offering. No pricing details were given in the filing, but the offering is valued up to $86.25 million. The company intends to list its shares on the New

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11 Dec 2018

THE VTN REPORT FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2018

  SACRAMENTO AREA VASCULAR/VEIN PRACTICE FOR SALE Sebastian Conti, MD, FACS is offering a vascular/vein practice for sale in the Sacramento, California, area near a hospital. Attractive lease, experienced employees, three exam rooms, in office operating room, surgical instruments, VNUS, vascular lab (with tech) EMR >2,000-patient database. Dr. Conti is

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01 Dec 2018

PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON STRATEGY TO REDUCE BURDENS ON HEALTH IT AND EHRS

Andrew Gettinger, MD   Kate Goodrich, Md By Andrew Gettinger, MD and Kate Goodrich, MD The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a draft Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs for public comment Nov. 28. The public comment period ends Jan.

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21 Nov 2018

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC ACQUIRING BTG

    Boston Scientific has reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended offer to acquire BTG plc., a United Kingdom-based company that develops and commercializes products used in minimally-invasive procedures, targeting vascular diseases and cancer, as well as acute care pharmaceuticals. Under the terms of the transaction, holders

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12 Nov 2018

26,000-PERSON STUDY: FISH OIL AND VITAMIN D PILLS NO GUARD AGAINST CANCER OR SERIOUS HEART TROUBLE

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News A widely anticipated study has concluded that neither vitamin D nor fish oil supplements prevent cancer or serious heart-related problems in healthy older people, according to research presented Nov. 10 at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Researchers defined serious heart problems as the

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12 Nov 2018

HHS RELEASES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS, 2ND EDITION

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans was released at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting Nov. 11. The second edition provides evidence-based recommendations for youth ages 3 through 17 and adults to safely get the physical activity they

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08 Nov 2018

2018 ELECTIONS: MIDTERMS SHOW HEALTHCARE NOT AN OVER POWERING WAVE

  By Julie Rovner Healthcare proved important but apparently not pivotal in the 2018 ELECTIONS on Nov. 6  as voters gave Democrats control of the U.S. House, left Republicans in charge in the Senate and appeared to order an expansion of Medicaid in at least three states long-controlled by Republicans. In taking

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08 Nov 2018

U.S. HEALTHCARE AGENDA: ALL TALK, NO ACTION

By Drew Altman With a Democratic House, a Republican Senate and President Trump in the White House, get ready for two years of maneuvering but little progress on healthcare — unless you look beyond Washington.             What to watch: No new health legislation of any significance will pass in this Congress.

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