20 Mar 2020

U.S. MILITARY AND THE DOMESTIC CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE: KEY QUESTIONS

    By Josh Michaud and Kellie Moss The domestic response to coronavirus in the U.S. is rapidly expanding. At this point, every U.S. state and territory has declared an emergency, and President Trump has declared the pandemic to represent a national emergency. Yet there are concerns that response capabilities

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20 Mar 2020

IVC JOINS VS IN DELAY OF CONFERENCE UNTIL JULY

    By Larry Storer The International Vein Conference scheduled for April 30-May 2 in Miami Beach, Florida, has been delayed until July, Chairman Jose I. Almeida said March 20. At the time it was either to be July 9-11 or 10-12. He hopes to have the final date nailed

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18 Mar 2020

FDA REMOVES THE RED TAPE ON TEST DEVELOPERS MARCH 18

  Despite a decade of tightly regulating testing, the FDA is now allowing companies to proceed with their diagnostic tests for COVID-19 without first submitting them for federal review or obtaining an official emergency clearance. In the past, the FDA has warned of the personal health risks that could follow

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14 Mar 2020

CORONAVIRUS IS UNLIKE ANYTHING IN OUR LIFETIME, AND WE HAVE TO STOP COMPARING IT TO THE FLU

   EDITOR’s NOTE: Longtime health reporter Charles Ornstein says that comparing the novel coronavirus to the flu is dangerously inaccurate. Not one public health expert he trusts has called that comparison valid. Here’s why. by Charles Ornstein   Is the United States Prepared for COVID-19? As a longtime health care

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14 Mar 2020

ABOUT 4 IN 10 ADULTS IN THE U.S. ARE AT GREATER RISK OF DEVELOPING SERIOUS ILLNESS IF INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS

  Based on current understanding of risk, forty-one percent of adults ages 18 and older in the U.S. have a higher risk of developing more serious illness if they become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, because they are older or have serious underlying health conditions, or both, according

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14 Mar 2020

TRUMP, CMS TAKE ACTION TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS NATIONAL EMERGENCY

  The Trump Administration announced on March 12 aggressive actions and regulatory flexibilities to help healthcare providers and states respond to and contain the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking these actions following President Trump’s declaration of a national

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18 Feb 2020

GEOFF MARTHA TO REPLACE OMAR ISHRAK AT MEDTRONIC APRIL 27

       Geoff Martha, who leads Medtronic’s restorative therapies group and previously oversaw the company’s spine business, will succeed Omar Ishrak as president and CEO on April 27. Ishrak ‘s nearly 10-year tenure as chairman and CEO of Medtronic will come to an end when he retires April 26.

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12 Feb 2020

VENOUS SYMPOSIUM 2020: 29 sessions and new aesthetic vein course offered March 18-21

  The Venous Symposium 2020 will convene its 11th annual conference March 19-21 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, including a Latin language program. VS 2020 has scheduled 29 educational sessions, as well as an aesthetic vein course before the conference begins. In addition, VS also welcomes physicians

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16 Jan 2020

ONE-ON-ONE WITH TRUMP’S MEDICARE AND MEDICAID CHIEF SEEMA VERMA

By Sarah Varney Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, sat down for a rare one-on-one interview with Kaiser Health News senior correspondent Sarah Varney. They discussed her views on President Donald Trump’s plan for sustaining public health insurance programs, how the administration would respond if Obamacare

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09 Jan 2020

REDUCE HEALTH COSTS BY NURTURING THE SICKEST? A MUCH-TOUTED IDEA DISAPPOINTS

  By Dan Gorenstein and Leslie Walker   Improving health and lowering costs for the sickest and most expensive patients in America is a dream harder to realize than many health care leaders had hoped, according to a study published Jan.8 by the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers tested whether pairing frequently hospitalized

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