09 May 2019

Government policy shift prompts Medtronic to bail on bundled knees; Responsive Orthopedics for sale

After three years in the bundled joint replacement business, a federal policy shift is prompting Medtronic to put its Responsive Orthopedics business on the auction block. The May 2016 acquisition of Minneapolis-based Responsive for an undisclosed amount put Medtronic in line for a bundled joint replacement program piloted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The 5-year “Comprehensive

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09 May 2019

3D printing innovation allows scientists to create vascular network

  By Jade Boyd Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs with a breakthrough technique for bioprinting tissues. The new innovation allows scientists to create exquisitely entangled vascular networks that mimic the body’s natural passageways for blood, air, lymph and other vital fluids.

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08 May 2019

Feds Want To Show Healthcare Costs On Your Phone, But That Could Take Years

  By Fred Schulte   Federal officials are proposing new regulations that for the first time could allow patients to compare prices charged by various hospitals and other healthcare providers using data sent to their smartphones. Donald Rucker, who coordinates health information technology policy for the, said he expects that the

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01 May 2019

DIABETIC AMPUTATIONS: A ‘SHAMEFUL METRIC’ OF INADEQUATE CARE

By Anna Gorman On his regular rounds at the University of Southern California’s Keck Hospital, David Armstrong, MD, lives a brutal injustice of American healthcare. Each week, dozens of patients with diabetes come to him with deep wounds, severe infections and poor circulation — debilitating complications of a disease that

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27 Apr 2019

In 10 Years, Half Of Middle-Income Elders Won’t Be Able To Afford Medical Care

By Victoria Knight In 10 years, more than half of middle-income Americans age 75 or older will not be able to afford to pay for yearly assisted living rent or medical expenses, according to a study published in Health Affairs in April.   The researchers used demographic and income data to project estimates

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27 Apr 2019

Medical Researchers Seek Sage Advice Of Elders On Aging Issue

Rachel O’Conor booted up her slides and began posing questions to six older adults sitting around a table: How should primary care physicians support patients and caregivers after a diagnosis of dementia? And what stands in the way of getting adequate support? “Please speak louder and go slower,” suggested Susanne

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27 Apr 2019

SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS: AMERICANS OVERWHELMINGLY WANT FEDERAL PROTECTIONS AGAINST SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS

By Jordan Rau Three-quarters of the public — including a majority of Republicans — want the federal government to protect patients from being stuck with surprise medical invoices after they are unwittingly treated by doctors or medical facilities that are out of their insurance network, a an April poll found. These

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24 Apr 2019

CMS OUTLINES NEW PRIMARY CARE PAYMENT MODELS AIMED AT GREATER SHARED RISK APRIL 22

      The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changes with several new primary care payment models, including one that would shift providers to global payments. The Trump Administration says it is building on the progress made over the last two years and further the CMS priority

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23 Apr 2019

PELVIC VEIN OBSTRUCTION: VeinCare Centers of Tennessee now implant new BD Venovo stents to open pelvis vein

  VeinCare Centers of Tennessee is one of the first clinics in the United States to implant the new BD Venovo stent in obstructed pelvic veins. The Venovo stent is the first stent designed specifically for use in treating obstruction of veins to be approved by the Food and Drug

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22 Apr 2019

AVLS Phlebology Primer will be June 1 in Atlanta

Phlebology Primer  The AVLS Phlebology Primer will be June 1 in Atlanta. Review the essentials of venous and lymphatic disease and care from experienced practitioners from several different primary disciplines. If you are new to vein and lymphatic care, this is a great overview. Topics covered include venous and lymphatic

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