07 Jun 2019

SOCIAL SECURITY ERROR JEOPARDIZES MEDICARE COVERAGE FOR 250,000 SENIORS

By Susan Jaffe   At least a quarter of a million Medicare beneficiaries may receive bills for as many as five months of premiums they thought they already paid. But they shouldn’t toss the letter in the garbage. It’s not a scam or a mistake.   Because of what the

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07 Jun 2019

A LARGE EMPLOYER ‘FRAMES’ THE ‘MEDICARE FOR ALL’ DEBATE

  By Phil Galewitz   Walk into a big-box retailer such as Walmart or Michaels and you’re likely to see MCS Industries’ picture frames, decorative mirrors or kitschy wall décor. Adjacent to a dairy farm a few miles west of downtown Easton, MCS is the nation’s largest maker of such household

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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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27 Apr 2019

In 10 Years, Half Of Middle-Income Elders Won’t Be Able To Afford Medical Care

By Victoria Knight In 10 years, more than half of middle-income Americans age 75 or older will not be able to afford to pay for yearly assisted living rent or medical expenses, according to a study published in Health Affairs in April.   The researchers used demographic and income data to project estimates

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27 Apr 2019

Medical Researchers Seek Sage Advice Of Elders On Aging Issue

Rachel O’Conor booted up her slides and began posing questions to six older adults sitting around a table: How should primary care physicians support patients and caregivers after a diagnosis of dementia? And what stands in the way of getting adequate support? “Please speak louder and go slower,” suggested Susanne

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24 Apr 2019

CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS PUNISHED FOR OPIOID ABUSE BY DOCTORS, PHARMACIES, PAIN CLINICS; GOVERNMENT OVER REACTS

By Blake Farmer Nashville Public Radio A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes in April  in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged with 21 counts of filling medically unnecessary narcotic prescriptions. He was also Gail Gray’s pharmacist and the person she relied

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23 Apr 2019

PELVIC VEIN OBSTRUCTION: VeinCare Centers of Tennessee now implant new BD Venovo stents to open pelvis vein

  VeinCare Centers of Tennessee is one of the first clinics in the United States to implant the new BD Venovo stent in obstructed pelvic veins. The Venovo stent is the first stent designed specifically for use in treating obstruction of veins to be approved by the Food and Drug

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22 Apr 2019

HHS TO DELIVER VALUE-BASED TRANSFORMATION IN PRIMARY CARE

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced the CMS Primary Cares Initiative April 22, a new set of payment models that will transform primary care to deliver better value for patients throughout the

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13 Apr 2019

BiosupportMD dietary supplements as adjuncts in venous, lymphatic care*

  BiosupportMD is a nutraceutical company created by John Chuback, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT, RPhS, and his business partners Christopher Tichio and Alexander von Summer in 2015. The company was the brainchild of Dr. Chuback, a board certified general and cardiovascular surgeon who has been specializing in the treatment of

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10 Apr 2019

AVINGER GETS FDA OK FOR PANTHERIS SV SMALL VESSEL ATHERECTOMY DEVICE

  The U.S. Federal Drug Administration granted Aninger’s Pantheris SV small vessel image-guided atherectomy system pre-market approval in eight months. The Pantheris SV is an extension of the Redwood City, California-based company’s lumivascular image-guided atherectomy platform, which it hopes will expand the available market for its Pantheris devices by up

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