21 Dec 2018

FDA SEEKS COMMENTS ON UPDATE RADIATION CONTROL RULES BY FEB. 19

By AuntMinnie.com The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance for an update to its radiation control regulations covering the manufacturing of diagnostic x-ray equipment. The guidance will supersede previous rules issued in 1989. Titled “Clarification of radiation control regulations for manufacturers of diagnostic x-ray equipment,”

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20 Dec 2018

MCAFEE: CRYPTOMINING AND IoT MALWARE BOTH ROSE OVER 70% IN Q3 2018

    By DeanTakahashi VentureBeat   Cybersecurity firm McAfee said that the cybercriminal underworld is generating 480 new threats per minute. That’s one of the details in the new McAfee Labs Threats Report: December 2018.   McAfee reported that internet of things malware was up 73 percent in the third quarter, while cryptocurrency

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14 Dec 2018

VOLUNTARY MACRA CODES MAY DETERMINE WHAT DOCTORS ARE PAID

New patient relationship categories and codes are one of the most important provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), according to a piece in the New England Journal of Medicine. In January 2018, the billing-code modifiers, which allow clinicians to report their relationship to a patient at a

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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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