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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

DRUG INDUSTRY PATENTS GO UNDER SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE’S MICROSCOPE

By Rachel Bluth   Congress isn’t making much headway in finding a solution to the problem of soaring prescription drug prices, but lawmakers from both parties are tinkering on the edges with legislation that aims to increase competition among drugmakers. A comprehensive piece of drug-pricing legislation is a high priority for

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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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