05 Jan 2019

WHEN MEDICINE MAKES PATIENTS SICKER

  By Sydney Lupkin Photos by Heidi de Marco Despite the jackhammer-like rhythm of a mechanical ventilator, Alicia Moreno had dozed off in a chair by her 1-year-old’s hospital bed, when a doctor woke her with some bad news: The common stool softener her son, Anderson, was given months earlier had been

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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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02 Jan 2019

ABSTRACTS DUE MARCH 1 FOR 10TH VENOUS SYMPOSIUM APRIL 11-13

By Larry Storer Venous Symposium International has issued a Call for Abstracts from researchers from around the globe to share their work with peers and industry at the 10th Venous Symposium April 11-13 in New York. Deadline for the online abstract submissions is March 1. After a peer review, accepted

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02 Jan 2019

SCHAENING ACP KEYNOTE: 2019 LCD DRAFTING,  NOTIFICATION, REVISION TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT

  By Vanessa Salvia Juan Schaening, MD, the executive contractor medical director for Medicare Jurisdiction N, discussed changes to 2019 Local Coverage Determinations during a keynote address at the American College of Phlebology’s 32nd Annual Congress Nov. 9 in Nashville. He said changes are designed to provide transparency in the

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02 Jan 2019

IMPROVING WISELY: COLLABORATION HELPS IDENTIFY, CUT HEALTHCARE WASTE

By Vanessa Salvia In the elegant Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Martin “Marty” Makary, MD, addressed American College of Phlebology’s 32nd Annual Congress attendees eager to hear his message about how the program Improving Wisely is helping to reduce waste in healthcare. More than 1,200 registrants,

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31 Dec 2018

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LINES UP FINANCING FOR ITS $4B BTG ACQUISITION

Now that everyone has said yes, Boston Scientific has gone to the banks to sign a number of new lending agreements, including a large credit facility it could use to finance its $4.2 billion acquisition offer for British medical device maker BTG plc. The information, which came from recently posted

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30 Dec 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 of BTG’s

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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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