Final Stage 3 EHR rule is out, but HHS signals more changes ahead

Final Stage 3 EHR rule is out, but HHS signals more changes ahead

By Joseph Conn  |  October 06, 2015

The Obama administration, under pressure to ease its mandates for the use of electronic health records, issued regulations for the current and final stages of its incentive program for the technology. But officials also acknowledged the new rules are almost guaranteed to be revised.

Philips acquires Florida-based ED consulting firm

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 06, 2015

The Dutch technology giant and medical equipment manufacturer Royal Philips will buy Orlando, Fla.-based Blue Jay Consulting. Philips won't disclose the financial details of the transaction, which is due to close in the fourth quarter, pending customary closing conditions.

Three share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs

By Associated Press  |  October 05, 2015

A Chinese scientist who turned to ancient texts to discover a powerful malaria drug shared the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday with American and Japanese researchers whose discoveries have raised hopes of eliminating other tropical diseases.

CAD for breast cancer not worth millions CMS spends on it

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  September 28, 2015

Computer-aided detection for breast cancer screening is no better at identifying the disease ​​than mammograms without the high-tech tool​​, a JAMA study finds. A related editorial urges the CMS to reconsider covering the procedure, which costs Medicare $300 million annually.

Not enough research means Essure use should be limited

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 24, 2015

A panel of independent experts Thursday told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that not enough research was done to prove the safety of a permanent female sterilization device it approved 13 years ago, and that it should limit its use. Activists wanted Essure pulled from the market.

Editorial: CMS' PET peeve

Editorial: CMS' PET peeve

By Merrill Goozner  |  September 19, 2015

With President Barack Obama pushing his Precision Medicine Initiative, and a slew of new genetic diagnostic tests entering the market, it's worth revisiting the recent payment history for PET scans, the go-go imaging technology whose use exploded in the early 2000s.

Colonoscope helps Thai police recover stolen 6-carat diamond

By Associated Press  |  September 13, 2015

The good news for the Chinese visitor to Bangkok was that a doctor had successfully removed a foreign object from her large intestine that could have damaged her digestive system. The bad news: It was a $278,000 diamond the woman was accused of stealing from a jewelry fair.

A movement toward fighting infections

A movement toward fighting infections

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 12, 2015

Don't flush away a chance to make a scientific contribution (and earn some cash, too). Having just the right type of poop could earn you $40 a sample and help the nation fight drug-resistant infections.

Addressing the long-term needs, costs of medical miracles

Addressing the long-term needs, costs of medical miracles

By Thomas W. Chapman  |  September 11, 2015

Last year, Time magazine published an article titled “Saving Preemies." It discussed the medical miracles of neonatal intensive-care units and offered valuable insights into the professional staffing requirements, survival rates and risks in striving for higher survival rates. It also touched...

FDA asked to consider adherence sensor on Abilify

By Adam Rubenfire  |  September 10, 2015

Proteus Health, a Redwood City, Calif.-based “smart-pill” startup, is asking the FDA to allow a sensor that detects whether a pill has been taken to be embedded in Abilify, a major drug used to treat schizophrenia.

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