FBI said to probe devices known to spread cancer in women

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 27, 2015

Federal investigators are reportedly probing medical devices linked to spreading cancer in women and examining what Johnson & Johnson, at one time the largest manufacturer of laparoscopic power morcellators, knew about the dangers before pulling them from the market in 2014.

Telemed docs no more or less likely to prescribe antibiotics

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 27, 2015

Antibiotic prescriptions were as frequent among doctors providing care through a telemedicine appointment as physicians who saw patients face-to-face, a new study found. But the types of antibiotics prescribed via telemedicine could increase antimicrobial resistance.

Commentary: Defined-contribution model would improve care

By Douglas Holtz-Eakin  |  May 23, 2015

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and a former Congressional Budget Office director, writes that Medicare and Medicaid have an obligation to provide high-quality care to America's seniors and low-income beneficiaries, and they must be made financially sustainable.

Data Points for May 25, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 23, 2015

Data Points for the week of May 25, 2015, covered the following topics: Paying physicians based on quality, infections from contaminated duodenoscopes, nursing home quality ratings, TV ads for children for poor quality food

Cancer docs back bundled pay

By Sabriya Rice  |  May 21, 2015

A payment reform strategy offering consolidated billing codes and bundled cancer-care payments aims to “fundamentally restructure” the way cancer care is paid for in the U.S.

New rating looks at hospital performance on high-volume procedures

By Sabriya Rice  |  May 20, 2015

Data on how well 4,600 U.S. hospitals perform on three common elective surgeries and two chronic health conditions were made available Wednesday through a new consumer tool from U.S. News and World Report. Thirty-four hospitals earned high performing ratings in all five procedures and conditions.

Illinois prison contractor paid $3.1 million to resolve complaints over five years

By Michael Sandler  |  May 20, 2015

Wexford Health Sources, one of the named defendants in a lawsuit accusing the state of Illinois of shoddy medical care at its prisons, has previously settled 38 out of 463 complaints for a grand total of $3.1 million over five years. A new lawsuit claims "deliberate indifference" about medical care...

Virginia Mason joins widow in suing devicemaker over contaminated scopes

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 18, 2015

Virginia Mason Medical Center has taken the unusual step of teaming up with a patient's widow to sue medical-device manufacturer Olympus over contaminated duodenoscopes, which sickened 32 patients between November 2012 and January 2014. Eleven patients died.

Stem cell 'Wild West' takes root amid lack of regulation

By Associated Press  |  May 18, 2015

The number of stem-cell clinics across the U.S. has surged from a handful in 2010 to more than 170 today. Many of the clinics are linked in large, for-profit chains. It's quackery, critics say. But it's also a mushrooming business—and almost wholly unregulated.

FDA panel highlights problems with medical scopes

By Associated Press  |  May 15, 2015

Federal health experts say there are a host of problems with the design and cleaning instructions for specialized medical scopes recently linked to a series of bacterial outbreaks in hospitals nationwide.

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