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08 Nov 2018

2018 ELECTIONS: MIDTERMS SHOW HEALTHCARE NOT AN OVER POWERING WAVE

  By Julie Rovner Healthcare proved important but apparently not pivotal in the 2018 ELECTIONS on Nov. 6  as voters gave Democrats control of the U.S. House, left Republicans in charge in the Senate and appeared to order an expansion of Medicaid in at least three states long-controlled by Republicans. In taking

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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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