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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02 Jan 2019

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC ACQUIRES REST OF MILLIPEDE IN $4.8 BILLION YEAR-LONG SHOPPING SPREE

After a year of holding the option to acquire Millipede, Boston Scientific decided to do it a year before the option ran out. When the pair signed the agreement last January, Boston Scientific paid $90 million for a portion of the mitral regurgitation startup’s shares. Now, Boston Scientific is spending $325 million

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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

CMS SUPPLY NUMBER RATE REDUCTIONS FOR 2019 LOWEST FOR CLARIVEIN

  By Larry Storer The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule Nov. 1, 2018, that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after Jan. 1, 2019. The effect of CMS changes to

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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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25 Dec 2018

WALL STREET JOURNAL: STRYKER MAKES OFFER TO TAKE OVER BOSTON SCIENTIFIC

Stryker has made a quiet offer to acquire its rival Boston Scientific, which would create a behemoth with $21.5 billion in annual sales through one of the largest medical device deals on record, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The combined company could tout up to 62,000 employees and

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22 Dec 2018

ANGIODYNAMICS TO PRESENT AT JAN. 9 AT J.P. MORGAN HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE

AngioDynamics, Inc. , a provider of innovative, minimally invasive medical devices for vascular access, peripheral vascular disease, and oncology, has announced that Jim Clemmer, president and CEO, and Michael C. Greiner, executive vice president and CFO, will present at the 37th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference at 3 p.m. (PT) on

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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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