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

GET OUT OF THE WAY OPIOIDS, METH IS MAKING A BIG, DEADLY COMEBACK

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez In 2016, news reports warned the public of an opioid epidemic gripping the nation. But Madeline Vaughn, then a lead clinical intake coordinator at the Houston-based addiction treatment organization Council on Recovery, sensed something different was going on with the patients she checked in from the

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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

PENUMBRA ACQUIRES 90% OF MVI HEALTH, LAUNCHES 2 ENHANCED THROMBECTOMY TOOLS

Penumbra has acquired 40 percent of the outstanding shares of virtual reality joint venture MVI Health from collaborator Sixense, boosting its interest to 90 percent, and said it launched the Penumbra Jet 7 and Jet D reperfusion catheters. The joint venture intends to commercialize healthcare applications of virtual reality technology, Alameda,

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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

MDLINX SURVEY: MAJORITY HAVE LOST FAITH IN VALUE OF THE MOC

A survey of 515 U.S. physicians by MDLinx revealed that 65 percent want to see the 10-year maintenance of certification (MOC) process ended because it adds no clinical value to the practice of medicine. The recent survey, reported in FierceHealthcare, found that almost 55 percent of respondents want to see those controversial MOC requirements

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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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