Affordable Care Act Delivers Cheaper Prescription Drugs To Nearly 500,000 People

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 28 Jun 2011 – 10:00 PDT

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Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, nearly 500,000 people with Medicare Part D who reached the gap in coverage know as the “donut hole” have received an automatic 50 percent discount on their covered brand name prescription drugs. The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) posted data today that shows 478,272 Medicare beneficiaries have benefitted from the 50 percent discount in the first five months of 2011. These beneficiaries saved a total of $260,534,102, or an average savings of $545 per beneficiary.

Adventurer Pro 2100g x 0.1g Offered for Sale at Block Scientific

Block Scientific offers OHAUS’ high-precision Adventurer Pro 2100g x 0.1g balance that delivers traceable results.

You can now purchase the versatile Adventurer Pro 2100g x 0.1g balance from Block Scientific, a leading laboratory equipment supplier based in New York, offering a wide range of new and recertified equipment. One of the popular models of precision balances in the Adventurer Pro line from OHAUS, the Adventurer Pro 2100g x 0.1g has established itself as the industry’s most versatile balance. It counts, it sums, it holds and it delivers traceable results.

Adventurer Pro 2100g x 0.1g offers the following features in a compact design.

Earnings In Nursing

In case you were to ballot nursing students enrolled in affiliate degree packages in the nation’s group schools, you’ll discover that a good proportion of them are persuing second or third careers. Former business majors, accountants, lecturers, social employees, bankers and engineers could be found finding out to take a seat for the state boards in Professional Nursing. One of the reasons nursing is chosen for a career are the wages.

American Lung Association Applauds Move By CMS To Cover Tobacco Cessation Services By Phone Under Medicaid Program

Main Category: Smoking / Quit Smoking
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 27 Jun 2011 – 4:00 PDT

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Paul G. Billings, American Lung Association Vice President of National Policy and Advocacy, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ announcement to partially reimburse state quitlines for tobacco cessation services provided by phone to Medicaid recipients:

Electrosurgical Generator Options

Origins of electrosurgery
Did you know that development of the first commercial electrosurgical device is credited to Dr. William T. Bovie, who worked on it from 1914 to 1927 at Harvard University?  The first use of an electrosurgical generator in operating room occurred on October 1, 1926 in a surgery performed by Dr. Harvey Cushing.

The low-powered hyfrecator, manufactured by the Birtcher Corporation of Los Angeles, for electrosurgery performed on conscious patients in an office setting was in 1940.  The word Hyfrecator® is a brand name derived from “high-frequency eradicator.”  However, a number of manufacturers now produce Hyfrecators and the term, with a lower-case “h,” has since come to be used generically to refer to any dedicated non-ground-return electrosurgical apparatus.

State Smoking Cessation Quitlines May Be Reimbursed For Medicaid Patients Working To Quit

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Smoking / Quit Smoking
Article Date: 25 Jun 2011 – 0:00 PDT

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Today the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced historic new expanded coverage options that States may offer for tobacco cessation services. This means Americans could now have more tools from their state and local tobacco control programs for help to tackle and overcome smoking and addiction to nicotine. This announcement is a major step towards reducing the tobacco epidemic in the U.S., which kills more than 400,000 people each year. These premature deaths are entirely preventable, and now states will have more resources through Medicaid to do just that.

Health Economics Model Shows That Dermagraft® Combined With Conventional Care Is A Cost-Effective Treatment For Diabetic Foot Ulcers In Medicare

Main Category: Diabetes
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 25 Jun 2011 – 0:00 PDT

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Advanced BioHealing, Inc. (ABH), a leader in commercializing living cell-therapies, a cornerstone technology in the field of regenerative medicine, today announced results from a health economics model developed by The Lewin Group (Falls Church, VA) that showed the addition of Dermagraft® to conventional care for the treatment of chronic diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) resulted in a significant therapeutic and cost benefit compared to conventional care alone in both Medicare and commercially insured populations.

Medical Equipment Technology Advancing Rapidly

From ultrasound imaging on smartphones to robot surgeries, we found these incredible advancements in medical technology uncovered by articlesbase.com fascinating.

The ultrasound machine that fits in the palm of your hand

Ultrasound Imaging on Your Phone
Ultrasound machines are still relatively clunky and heavy. But with the help of a $100,000 grant from Microsoft, researchers at Washington University have created the first ever portable ultrasound machine that fits in the palm of your hand by combining the Microsoft smartphone with USB-based ultrasound probe technology. With the device patient data from remote locations can be sent to specialists via phone instantly, and they can in turn study the data and send back a diagnosis.

NRAS Very Disappointed With Negative NICE Announcement For Abatacept In Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 24 Jun 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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NICE have issued a negative Final Appraisal Document (FAD) for abatacept, not recommending its use in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) following treatment failure with DMARDs. The biologic treatments which have been licensed for use post DMARD failure are TNF antagonists, tocilizumab, already rejected for use by NICE, and abatacept, also now rejected by NICE. This means that patients who have failed on standard treatment (2 DMARDs including methotrexate) who are contra-indicated for anti-TNF, have had the only two remaining licensed biologic treatments for this point in the treatment pathway denied to them.

AARP To Senators: Best Way To Hold Down Costs In Medicare Is To Hold Down Costs Throughout Health Care System

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Article Date: 24 Jun 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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AARP this morning submitted a statement to the Senate Finance Committee as it discusses the future of health care entitlements. As Congress works to confront the nation’s finances, the Association urges lawmakers to consider proposals that would save money without making harmful cuts to vital Medicare and Medicaid benefits that provide a lifeline for millions of older Americans.