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Boston Scientific accused of using counterfeit materials to make vaginal mesh

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 15, 2016

A new lawsuit this week alleges that Boston Scientific ran a conspiracy to use counterfeit materials from China to make its transvaginal surgical mesh devices, which have been the target of criticism and thousands of lawsuits from injured patients in recent years.

Number of deadly medical-scope infections much higher than estimated

Number of deadly medical-scope infections much higher than estimated

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  January 13, 2016

Lawmakers say health insurance claims should carry codes to improve tracking and monitoring of device safety and efficacy after a damning report found the number of deadly infections associated with the use of contaminated medical scopes far exceeds previous estimates.

Royal Philips partners with California hospital on technology

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 12, 2016

Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, Calif., has entered into a 15-year, $90 million agreement with medical equipment manufacturer Royal Philips that will provide the hospital with medical technologies and consulting services. It's part of Royal Philips' strategic effort to partner with health...

Innovations: Making wearables more wearable

Innovations: Making wearables more wearable

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 09, 2016

The current generation of wearable medical devices tend to be bulky, boxy and more like wearing a small machine than something that works with your body. And the data typically aren't transmitted directly to the healthcare provider. But technology company MC10 aims to change that.

Diabetes treatment innovation raises questions of reimbursement

Diabetes treatment innovation raises questions of reimbursement

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 06, 2016

One of the nation's leading endocrinologists warns that a so-called "artificial pancreas" touted as a game-changer for the treatment of diabetes could also bring headaches to the industry as it learns how to get reimbursed for advice given in between visits.

Vetting the quality of imaging services

Vetting the quality of imaging services

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 02, 2016

Healthcare price transparency is slowly gaining ground as employers become more cost conscious, and consumers have to pay more out of pocket under high-deductible health plans.

Industry-funded studies rise as federally funded studies dip

By Sabriya Rice  |  December 15, 2015

Between 2006 and 2014 the number of trials paid for by industry rose 43%, while those funded by the NIH dropped 24%, according to a new study in JAMA. Researchers say industry-funded studies concentrate on commercial purposes and don't measure comparative effectiveness.

Quest subsidiary is Safeway's rebound after Theranos breakup

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 23, 2015

Safeway is partnering up with Sonora Quest Laboratories after dumping Theranos. Sonora, a joint venture of Banner Health and Quest Diagnostics, will open patient-service centers in Arizona Safeway stores, starting with a north Scottsdale location already open.

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