14 Feb 2019

ENCOURAGE AGING PATIENTS TO DEVELOP A LATE LIFE PLAN

  By Judith Graham About 25 million Americans who are aging in place rely on help from other people and devices such as canes, raised toilets or shower seats to perform essential daily activities, according to a new study documenting how older adults adapt to their changing physical abilities. But a substantial

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10 Feb 2019

MICHIGAN CONGRESSMAN JOHN DINGELL, A FORCE IN HEALTHCARE POLICY, DIES AT 92

Former Rep. John Dingell, the Michigan Democrat who holds the record as the longest-serving member of the U.S. House, died Feb. 7 in Michigan. He was 92. And while his name was not familiar to many, his impact on the nation, and on healthcare in particular, was immense. For more

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14 Jan 2019

MEDTRONIC SETTLES DOJ CLAIMS LODGED AGAINST ACQUIRED FIRMS FOR $50.9M

  Medtronic has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice $50.9 million to resolve three claims against Covidien and ev3, two companies Medtronic acquired in 2015. One payment is for $13 million and settles the DOJ’s investigation of the STRATIS Registry, which was designed to assess clinical outcomes of Covidien’s

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09 Jan 2019

ENDOLOGIX RECALLS NELLIX SYSTEM FOR PATIENT SAFETY

Endologix Inc., a developer and marketer of treatments for aortic disorders, has stopped unrestricted sales and use of the Nellix System in order to ensure optimal outcomes for patients. The existing inventory will be voluntarily recalled as described in a Field Safety Notification (FSN) issued in January. The Nellix System

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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

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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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

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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25 Dec 2018

WALL STREET JOURNAL: STRYKER MAKES OFFER TO TAKE OVER BOSTON SCIENTIFIC

Stryker has made a quiet offer to acquire its rival Boston Scientific, which would create a behemoth with $21.5 billion in annual sales through one of the largest medical device deals on record, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The combined company could tout up to 62,000 employees and

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