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October 2017

Orthopedic implant market to hit $6.2 billion

Editor's Note The global orthopedic implant market is predicted to hit $6.2 billion by 2024, the August 26 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Factors that will impact the market: A growing number of geriatric patients and sports injuries will drive market growth. The cost and unfavorable reimbursements of implants will hinder…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2016
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FDA, device manufacturers make deal on user fees

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration and medical device manufacturers have made a deal on user fees companies pay to have the FDA review their products, the August 23 Mass Device reports. The Medical Device User Fee & Modernization Act IV will allow the FDA to collect nearly $1…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 25, 2016
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Data breach at pain clinic affects almost 900,000 people

Editor's Note Phoenix-based Valley Anesthesiology and Pain Consultants sent notices to nearly 900,000 individuals, including patients, current and former employees, and providers, of a data breach after an unauthorized third party may have gained access to its computer systems in March, the August 15 Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 17, 2016
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Cost-effectiveness of appendectomy for abscessed appendicitis

Editor's Note Appendectomy is cost-effective for abscessed appendicitis in patients less than 34 years old, this study finds. For an 18-year-old patient, appendectomy costs $9,417.22 with a gain of 16.59 quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), compared with no appendectomy, which costs $11,613.57 with a gain of 16.52 QALYs. For a 35-year-old…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 15, 2016
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Physician-owned surgical hospitals performed better in VBP program

Editor's Note Medicare’s value-based purchasing (VBP) program revealed superior performance associated with physician owned surgical hospitals in this study. Researchers analyzed 3,089 hospitals that included physician-owned surgical, University HealthSystem Consortium, US News & World Report Honor Roll, Kaiser Permanente, and Accountable Care Organization hospitals. Estimated mean total performance scores were…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 9, 2016
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Expand your hybrid OR horizons at conference town halls

The interactive hybrid OR, which debuted at the annual OR Manager Conference in 2014, grows larger and more comprehensive each year. For 2016, representatives from more than 10 different companies will be on hand to answer questions, and product demonstrations will create a dynamic learning environment. The 2015 town hall…

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By: OR Manager
August 8, 2016
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Help decode ICD-10 for prompt reimbursement

Despite warnings of calamities, implementation of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 on October 1, 2015, proceeded smoothly, with minimal impact on denied claims. In the fourth quarter of 2015, the percentage of Medicare claims denied was 10%, comparable to the preimplementation figure of 9.9%. But that doesn’t mean OR…

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By: OR Manager
August 8, 2016
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CMS finalizes cut to hospital reimbursement

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 2 released its inpatient prospective payment system (PPS) final rule for FY 2017. In the rule, CMS kept a controversial 1.5% cut to hospital reimbursement, which aims to collect $11 billion in overpayments, the August 2 Modern Healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2016
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Medical device companies scrambling to meet UDI deadline

Editor's Note A survey by Loftware, Inc (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), shows that only 15% of medical device companies are currently compliant with the next phase of the Food and Drug Administration's Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulation, the August 3 PRWEB reports. The deadline is September 24. Of 120 companies polled,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2016
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National healthcare spending projected through 2025

Editor's Note The growth in US healthcare spending from 2015 to 2025 is projected to average 5.8%--1.3% faster than growth in the gross domestic product, finds this study. Healthcare will represent 20.1% of the total economy by 2025. With the initial impact of the Affordable Care Act fading, growth in…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 2016
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