21 Nov 2018

ACP CHANGES ITS NAME TO AMERICAN VEIN & LYMPHATIC SOCIETY; AVLS OFFICIAL STATEMENT

By Vanessa Salvia The American College of Phlebology (ACP) has changed its name to the American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS). The organization is still working on its new logo. The American College of Phlebology Foundation will be known as the Foundation for Venous and Lymphatic Disease, or FVLD. During

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21 Nov 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

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13 Nov 2018

VIETHsymposium: INTACT VASCULAR EVENTS

Intact Vascular Inc., a private medical device company committed to developing solutions for minimally invasive peripheral vascular procedures, has announced the schedule of key presentations to be featured during a lunch symposium co-sponsored with Philips at the 45th annual VEITHsymposium in New York City on Thursday, Nov.15. Following the symposium, an

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12 Nov 2018

26,000-PERSON STUDY: FISH OIL AND VITAMIN D PILLS NO GUARD AGAINST CANCER OR SERIOUS HEART TROUBLE

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News A widely anticipated study has concluded that neither vitamin D nor fish oil supplements prevent cancer or serious heart-related problems in healthy older people, according to research presented Nov. 10 at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Researchers defined serious heart problems as the

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12 Nov 2018

HHS RELEASES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS, 2ND EDITION

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans was released at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting Nov. 11. The second edition provides evidence-based recommendations for youth ages 3 through 17 and adults to safely get the physical activity they

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08 Nov 2018

VIVA 2018: BTG SENTRY BIOCONVERTIBLE IVC FILTER STUDY SHOWS FLAWLESS PERFORMANCE

  BTG plc highlighted the presentation of the two-year results for the SENTRY Trial at the Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) conference in Las Vegas. The prospective, multicenter trial of the BTG Sentry, the world’s first bioconvertible IVC filter, found that in addition to providing protection against pulmonary embolism (PE) during the

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08 Nov 2018

U.S. HEALTHCARE AGENDA: ALL TALK, NO ACTION

By Drew Altman With a Democratic House, a Republican Senate and President Trump in the White House, get ready for two years of maneuvering but little progress on healthcare — unless you look beyond Washington.             What to watch: No new health legislation of any significance will pass in this Congress.

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06 Nov 2018

SYMANTEC BLOG POST: HEALTHCARE MAKES UP ONE-QUARTER OF SAMSAM RANSOMWARE ATTACKS

Healthcare organizations have accounted for one-quarter of SamSam ransomware attack victims so far this year, said security firm Symantec in a recent blog post. In total, 67 different organizations across sectors have been attacked by the SamSam ransomware, with 56 of those attacks located in the United States, Symantec related. “Why healthcare

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06 Nov 2018

CMS RELEASES FINAL 2019 PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE NOV. 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule Nov. 1. According to CMS officials, the final rule modernizes Medicare payment policies to promote access to virtual care, saving Medicare beneficiaries time and money while improving

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02 Nov 2018

CMS DELAYS PROPOSED CHANGES TO E/M CODES IN FINAL RULE UNTIL 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proven that “final rules” are not always final. In response to complaints from physicians, CMS has delayed major changes to E/M codes until 2021. While CMS moved ahead with parts of its plan to consolidate codes for Medicare patient visits, it made

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