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Florida Facilities Make Becker's List of 36 GI & Endoscopy-Driven Surgery Centers to Know Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Thursday, 14 February 2013 00:00

Three Florida ASC's made the list that you "...cannot pay to be selected for...":
  • Barkley Surgicenter (Fort Myers, FL)
  • Fleming Island Surgery Center (Orange Park, FL)
  • Jacksonville Center for Endoscopy (Jacksonville, FL)
The state of Texas contributed four to the list while California boasted three. New York (all in NYC) and Pennsylvania also had three on the list while Georgia, Michigan and New Jersey each contributed two to the roll.

Click HERE to see the full report.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:26
Swallowable Imaging System Enables Endoscopy Without Sedation Print E-mail
Written by Mike Bassett Fierce Medical Imaging   
Thursday, 07 February 2013 00:00

Scientists have developed a miniature imaging system that can be swallowed by patients in order to image the gastrointestinal tract. The device is described in a study published online in the journal Nature Medicine.

The miniature endoscope fits in a small capsule that can be easily swallowed by a patient and is attached to 1 mm-wide cable, which allows physicians to reel the camera back up the GI tract while it's taking images. Since the device is less invasive than traditional endoscopy, it can be used without sedating the patient.

According to an announcement from Cambridge, Mass.-based medical device developer NinePoint Medical, which has licensed the technology for commercial development, the miniature endoscope creates detailed, microscopic, 3-D images of the esophageal wall.


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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 10:58
Most neurologists would use amyloid imaging for Alzheimer's diagnosis Print E-mail
Written by Mike Bassett Fierce Medical Imaging   
Friday, 01 February 2013 11:24

A large majority of neurologists say they would use amyloid imaging in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, if the scan were paid for by health insurance, according to a survey published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. The authors--Eran Klein of the department of neurology at the Oregon Health & Science University and Jeffrey Kaye, a neurologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland, Ore.--surveyed dementia specialists from U.S. medical centers to determine attitudes about amyloid testing.


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Last Updated on Friday, 01 February 2013 11:33
Study: Efficacy of Surgical Crisis Check Lists is Demonstrated Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Friday, 25 January 2013 11:15

According to an article published recently on the New England Journal of Medicine website "...checklist use was associated with significant improvement in the management of operating-room crises. These findings suggest that checklists for use during operating-room crises have the potential to improve surgical care."

The study was simulation based and a total of 17 operating-room teams participated in 106 simulated surgical-crisis scenarios.  Operating-room teams from three institutions (one academic medical center and two community hospitals) participated. 

The authors included three General Surgeons, two Anesthesiologists, a Neurosurgeon, a Hematologist/Oncologist, a Diagnostic Radiologist and an Emergency Medicine Specialist.  The study was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Anticipated Medicare and Medicaid Payment Reforms Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 January 2013 08:29

On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Congress approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, concluding a protracted debate on how to prevent the United States from falling over the proverbial "fiscal cliff."   The legislation includes more than 40 Medicare and Medicaid changes, many of which will significantly affect payment for and regulation of health care items and services.  The legislation also omits numerous Medicare and Medicaid changes that would have more dramatically altered the payment and regulatory landscape.   This White Paper summarizes the Medicare, Medicaid and health reform provisions included within the Act, and looks ahead to the next wave of legislation that may be swelling offshore.

Read the full article here.
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