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VA creates National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation

September 13, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new center located in Silicon Valley to foster collaboration with technology companies to develop innovative healthcare solutions. The National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation (NCCHI), a pilot established within the VA Palo […]


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Hospital giant Sutter Health faces legal reckoning over medical pricing

September 10, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Economists and researchers long have blamed the high cost of health care in Northern California on the giant medical systems that have gobbled up hospitals and physician practices — most notably Sutter Health, a nonprofit chain with 24 hospitals, 34 […]


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It’s time for a ‘federal reckoning’ in the wake of vaping-linked deaths, says former FDA chief

September 9, 2019

Via: CNBC

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Monday the government needs to regulate cannabis products, after reports of 450 possible cases and five deaths from a mysterious lung disease linked to vaping. Most of the patients reported vaping both […]


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FDA approves effective new treatment for extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis

August 15, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Tuberculosis is the leading infectious killer in the world, far above AIDS. It kills about 1.6 million of the 10 million it affects every year. About 30,000 patients worldwide now have XDR tuberculosis (that fails to respond to any of […]


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Trump administration hits brakes on law to curb unneeded Medicare CT scans, MRIs

August 14, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Five years after Congress passed a law to reduce unnecessary MRIs, CT scans and other expensive diagnostic imaging tests that could harm patients and waste money, federal officials have yet to implement it. The law requires that doctors consult clinical […]


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DoD, VA adopt single healthcare logistics information system

August 13, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

Under a new strategic partnership, the Department of Veterans Affairs will have access to the Defense Logistics Agency’s worldwide procurement system to acquire medical and surgical products, among other items. According to Monday’s announcement, the agreement will have a direct […]


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Allergen’s textured implant ban threatens market

August 5, 2019

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

One of the largest breast implant manufacturers, Allergan, has issued a global recall of its Biocell product line of textured breast implants at the request of the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). Major repercussions in the overall breast implant […]


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Democrats favor building on ACA over ‘Medicare for All’

July 30, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Most Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents would prefer to expand the Affordable Care Act rather than replace it with a “Medicare for All” plan, according to a new tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The poll, released Tuesday, also examines […]


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Drug Pricing Policy Means Deciding When To Say “No”

July 25, 2019

Via: Forbes

Today, the Senate Finance Committee holds hearings to markup its ambitious drug pricing overhaul package. This represents perhaps the clearest and more comprehensive drug pricing legislative package to date. Rather than detailing each provision of the package, which is likely […]


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Bright Health To Expand Medicare Advantage To Six More States in 2020

July 24, 2019

Via: Forbes

Bright Health is the latest health insurer to announce plans to sell private Medicare Advantage plans in several new markets, hoping seniors flock to such coverage following federal rule changes that allow plans to offer more benefits. The startup insurer […]


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Tackling high sugar content in baby food

July 16, 2019

Via: The Medical News

A nutritional survey of baby food on sale in Europe has shown that a significant number of products contain high sugar levels that contradict World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations for child nutrition. In collaboration with WHO Regional Office for Europe, […]


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Biotronik gets FDA approval for injectable cardiac monitor

July 9, 2019

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

The next-generation cardiac monitor, which is 60% smaller than its predecessor, is intended to provide information on suspected arrhythmia or unexplained syncope with increased clarity. It is expected to allow quick diagnosis and appropriate treatment and is available pre-loaded in […]


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State broadens investigation of doctors for issuing questionable vaccination exemptions

July 2, 2019

Via: The Medical News

The California agency that regulates doctors is investigating at least four physicians for issuing questionable medical exemptions to children whose parents did not want them immunized. The Medical Board of California’s investigations are unfolding amid the nation’s worst measles outbreak […]


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Angered by High Health Care Spending? Here’s What Maryland is Doing

July 1, 2019

Via: Forbes

US healthcare spending is maddeningly high. As in: fifty percent higher than what other wealthy countries spend, with no evidence we’re getting any bang for all those additional healthcare bucks. In 2014, the state of Maryland took direct aim at […]


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Walgreens Isn’t Done Closing Drugstores In U.S. Or Abroad

July 1, 2019

Via: Forbes

Walgreens Boots Alliance is closing 200 Boots drugstores in the United Kingdom as part of a global “transformation cost management program” launched earlier this year that has figured in store closures in the U.S. The plan disclosed late last week […]