09 Oct 2018

CMS ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS IN NEW VALUE-BASED BUNDLED PAYMENT MODEL

  On Oct. 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 1,299 entities have signed agreements with the agency to participate in the Administration’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement – Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model.  The participating entities will receive bundled payments for certain episodes of care as

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05 Oct 2018

CYNTHIA SHAPIRO, FNP-C JOINS AMERICAN VEIN AT HIGHLANDS RANCH CLINIC

  Cynthia Shapiro, FNP-C, has joined American Vein & Vascular Institute’s Highlands Ranch clinic as a a board-certified nurse practitioner. Shapiro has 25 years of career experience in the healthcare and medical industries. American Vein & Vascular Institute is an award-winning network of vein and arterial diagnosis and treatment centers

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05 Oct 2018

FUJIFILM SONOSOFT SOLIDIFIES WORKFLOW WITH SYNCHRONICITY

  FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc., developers of point-of-care ultrasound solutions, has entered the medical informatics space with the launch of SonoSite Synchronicity, designed to optimize workflows by integrating with existing data management systems and enabling the use of current user login credentials. The software can be implemented across multiple departments in an organization to standardize operations. In

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28 Sep 2018

STUDY DEMOS EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS IMPROVES PATIENT CONSENT PROCESS, SAVES TIME, DECREASES PHYSICIAN BURNOUT  

The School of Medicine at Emory University has published a study suggesting that educational videos significantly improve the patient consent process versus traditional face-to-face methods.   The physicians who participated in the study also believed that they spent less time during the face-to-face portion of the consent process following video

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28 Sep 2018

SEEMA VERMA SPEECH: CMS TO BEGIN AUDITS ON MEDICAID INSURERS

Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator, issued a warning to Medicaid plan sponsors on Thursday, warning the agency would begin unscheduled targeted financial audits. The warning came at the 2018 Medicaid Managed Care Summit during a speech Verma delivered in which she vowed to bring more transparency to

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27 Sep 2018

SPEECH: CMS ADMINISTRATOR SEEMA VERMA’S REMARKS AT THE 2018 MEDICAID MANAGED CARE SUMMIT SEPT. 27

It is great to be back in front of a room full of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of Medicaid beneficiaries. For me, it’s a little like coming home. I see the faces of the people out working on the front lines, of transforming the American health care system,

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06 Sep 2018

PENUMBRA ACQUIRES 90% OF MVI HEALTH JV, LAUNCHES THROMBECTOMY DEVICES

  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,

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29 Aug 2018

MEDICAL GROUPS, PATIENT ADVOCATES OPPOSE MEDICARE PLANS TO CONSOLIDATE E/M CODES

More than 150 medical groups sent a letter opposing a government plan to consolidate evaluation and management (E/M) codes, saying it could underpay doctors who treat the sickest patients. In a letter sent to Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the groups — including the American Medical Association

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21 Aug 2018

ACUSON SEQUOIA ULTRASOUND COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU

Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. is taking its ACUSON Sequoia Ultrasound System on the road with nine stops between Aug. 23 and Oct. 4.   Stops include: August 23: Philadelphia, The Union League August 23: Atlanta, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta August 28: Cincinnati, Hyatt Regency Cincinnati August 30: Detroit, The

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13 Aug 2018

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: MEDICAL GROUPS DEMAND HHS STOP STALLING ON INFORMATION BLOCKING

                Enough is enough. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) joined 13 other medical associations and healthcare organizations Aug. 9 in telling the federal government it has dragged out the regulation-writing process on an important topic far too long. At issue are the information blocking provisions of the 21st Century

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