24 Apr 2019

CMS OUTLINES NEW PRIMARY CARE PAYMENT MODELS AIMED AT GREATER SHARED RISK APRIL 22

      The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changes with several new primary care payment models, including one that would shift providers to global payments. The Trump Administration says it is building on the progress made over the last two years and further the CMS priority

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22 Apr 2019

HHS TO DELIVER VALUE-BASED TRANSFORMATION IN PRIMARY CARE

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced the CMS Primary Cares Initiative April 22, a new set of payment models that will transform primary care to deliver better value for patients throughout the

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13 Apr 2019

FDA issues ‘concerning signal’ on paclitaxel-coated devices

The FDA said in late March that its preliminary review of long-term follow-up data found a “potentially concerning signal” of increased long-term mortality in people with peripheral artery disease who were treated with paclitaxel-coated devices compared to those treated with bare devices. In a letter to healthcare providers, the FDA

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10 Apr 2019

CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT A PBM REALLY DOES?

By Rachel Bluth   It was back-to-school day at the Senate Finance Committee hearing April 9. In the third of a series of hearings on rising drug prices, the senators seemed focused on getting an answer to one central question: What the heck is a pharmacy benefit manager? Pharmacy benefit managers,

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10 Apr 2019

AVINGER GETS FDA OK FOR PANTHERIS SV SMALL VESSEL ATHERECTOMY DEVICE

  The U.S. Federal Drug Administration granted Aninger’s Pantheris SV small vessel image-guided atherectomy system pre-market approval in eight months. The Pantheris SV is an extension of the Redwood City, California-based company’s lumivascular image-guided atherectomy platform, which it hopes will expand the available market for its Pantheris devices by up

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10 Apr 2019

SVS JOURNAL: EVT IS THE NEW CASH COW FOR NON-VASCULAR DOCTORS; ETHICAL ISSUES RAISED

A new report suggests that providers who are not traditionally associated with the treatment of venous disease are driving the rapid increase in endovenous therapies. A compound annual growth rate of 15 percent has been observed for minimally-invasive procedures to treat superficial venous reflux over the past decade. In the

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10 Apr 2019

LETHAL PLANS: When seniors turn to suicide in long-term care

      By Melissa Bailey and JoNel Aleccia When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn’t supposed to be there long. At 77, the stoic Wisconsin machinist had just endured the death of his wife of 51 years and a grim new diagnosis: throat

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08 Apr 2019

HIMSS conference speaker Will Present Lessons Learned from a HIPAA Audit

Carol Amick, manager of Healthcare Services, will speaking at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Conference to be held April 24-25 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Amick will discuss HIPAA regulations and how healthcare organizations are still missing the mark when it comes to covering the basics of HIPAA

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28 Mar 2019

Covidien kickback scheme draws $17.4 million fine

Covidien LP, the developer and promoter of radiofrequency vein ablation, has agreed to pay $17,477,947 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by providing free or discounted practice development and market development support to physicians located in California and Florida to induce purchases of Covidien’s vein ablation

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28 Mar 2019

FDA evaluating stents, balloons with paclitaxel coating following JAHA evaluation

A December study in The Journal of the American Heart Association by Konstantinos Katsanos, MD, of Rion, Greece, et al, reported a higher risk of death after balloons and stents used to open vessels in the legs were coated with an anti-inflammatory chemo agent called paclitaxel. “Further investigations are urgently

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