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February 2018

FDA updates Safety Alert for Cortrak 2 Enteral Access System

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on January 12 updated a Safety Alert about pneumothorax events associated with feeding tube placement procedures using the Cortrak 2 Enteral Access System (EAS) by Corpak Medsystems (Buffalo Grove, Illinois). Several of the events were associated with cardiopulmonary arrest, and there were…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 17, 2018
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CMS proposes coverage change for MRI with implanted cardiac devices

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on January 11 issued a proposal to modify its national coverage determination for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to include patients who have implanted cardiac devices. Proposed changes include the expansion of coverage for patients with cardiac devices that are approved or…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 16, 2018
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FDA delays UDI compliance dates for class I, unclassified devices

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 12 announced a delay in enforcement of unique device identification (UDI) requirements for class I and unclassified devices until September 24, 2020. The FDA also will not enforce direct mark requirements for these devices until September 24, 2022. The guidance…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 16, 2018
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Growth predicted for minimally invasive spine surgery market

Editor's Note A Healthcare Market Reports analysis predicts the minimally invasive spine surgery market will see a compound annual growth rate of 7.57% through 2020, the January 4 Becker’s Spine Review reports. The increasing incidence of spinal disorders is boosting the market, and a key market trend is the minimally…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 8, 2018
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Research report predicts growth for arthroscopic devices market

Editor's Note A Persistence Market Research report predicts the global arthroscopic devices market will exceed $1.7 billion by 2022, with a 5.1% compound annual growth rate, according to the January 3 Becker’s Spine Review. A rising demand for minimally invasive procedures and an increasing geriatric population are the main contributors…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 5, 2018
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Making the Business Case for New Technology to Improve the Bottom Line

What factors do you consider when making a purchasing decision in your department? There is an abundance of technology vendors in the market, and those that will be better for patient care and reducing readmissions seem like a no-brainer. However, do you know all of the real hard costs? Is…

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Robotics: Building a winning business case

Robotic-assisted surgery offers many potential advantages, including shorter operative time, less morbidity, and faster patient recovery. But rigorous comparisons with traditional surgical methods and cost-effectiveness analyses are still limited, and the price tag of the robot (in the neighborhood of $1 million) and annual maintenance contract (roughly $150,000) may give…

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By: Susan London
December 14, 2017
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ECRI Institute issues annual technology hazards list

Editor's Note ECRI Institute on December 12 issued its list of Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018. The list, which is available for free (registration required), identifies sources of technology dangers or difficulties and details steps to minimize the occurrence of adverse events. Topping the list is ransomware and…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 12, 2017
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FDA issues guidance on 3D printing of medical devices

Editor's Note Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, issued a statement December 4 on the FDA’s final guidance on medical device additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. The FDA has reviewed more than 100 devices currently on the market that were manufactured on 3D printers, including…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 7, 2017
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Joint Commission announces new tool to help with accreditation, CMS compliance

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 29 announced a new software tool, “Tracers with AMPTM plus CMS,” to help hospitals and critical access hospitals manage their Joint Commission accreditation and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) compliance efforts. The tool is a web-based platform that stores a hospital’s…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2017
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November 30 is deadline to avoid EHR payment adjustment

Editor's Note November 30 is the deadline for critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use for the 2016 reporting period to submit hardship forms to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment, the November 27 AHA News Now reports. Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2017
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Wearable Technology in the OR

Wearable technology such as Google Glass provides hands-free, voice-activated Internet access, allowing surgeons to “float” medical images in their field of vision without diverting attention from the operative field. Advantages include immediate access to data and images, diagnosis and treatment for patients en route to hospitals, pinpoint accuracy for tumor…

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