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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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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