Premier conference focuses on healthcare innovation

By Shannon Muchmore  |  June 18, 2016

Advances in lung and breast cancer screening, neonatal and scoliosis imaging, tissue management, perinatal heart rate monitoring, blood supply management and fascial closures will be showcased this week at a conference highlighting innovation.

Tread carefully on measures for patient satisfaction

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 18, 2016

Regarding the recent online commentary “Yelp CEO says online reviews could beat 'gold standard' healthcare measures," patients' perceptions of their care do have value, and their complaints can be drivers for systemic change. A key word is “perception.” And reality for many people...

Study: Up to 1 in 5 trauma victims may die unnecessarily

By Associated Press  |  June 17, 2016

Up to 1 in 5 deaths from car crashes, gunshots or other injuries might be prevented with better, quicker trauma care that doesn't depend so much on where you live, according to government advisers—advice that takes on new urgency amid mass casualties like the massacre in Orlando.

Even after recall, MitraClips are in popular demand

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 15, 2016

Months after a series of malfunctions led to the national recall of a heart valve device, providers are looking to expand its use by pushing the CMS to finalize a proposed increase in payment for the device.

Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses, study says

By Associated Press  |  June 15, 2016

Accidental overdoses aren't the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers—the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.

Lawmakers, experts outline steps to battle drug-resistant superbugs

By Shannon Muchmore  |  June 14, 2016

Congress can fight antibiotic resistance by funding programs to curb unnecessary prescriptions, speeding up the drug development process and improving testing to determine whether a patient has a virus or a bacterial infection, federal health experts said Tuesday.

Teva stops selling migraine patch after reports of burns

By Associated Press  |  June 13, 2016

Teva Pharmaceutical says it will stop selling its migraine patch treatment Zecuity after users reported burns and scars where it was applied. The company says anyone who has a patch should not use it.

Commentary: Evidence-based care best hope to eliminate medical errors

By Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk  |  June 11, 2016

Ironically, in a field that is constantly evolving with new research and scientific knowledge, healthcare providers have a natural instinct to do things the same way they learned years ago and have always done them—and patients are paying the price.

CMS finalizes changes to ACO cost targets

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 06, 2016

The CMS has finalized changes to the way it evaluates whether Medicare accountable care organizations are saving money, responding to persistent complaints that the program was harder for efficient providers because they had to compete against their own success.

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