Medical Devices

Rush Foundation Hospital: Christopher Rush, Administrator

February 27, 2013

Rush Foundation Hospital, a rural acute-care facility in Mississippi, is in a period of growth, a factor that is uncommon for many community-based hospitals. The 215-bed hospital is part of Rush Health Systems, which serves communities in East Central Mississippi and West Central Alabama. The patients seen at Rush are from rural communities with limited […]

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Hospitals Upgrade Equipment to Better Treat Obese Patients

January 21, 2013

We often discuss the impact that high-obesity rates are having on hospitals and their budgets and quality scores. However, an article by Shari Rudavsky in The Indianapolis Star focuses on another area in which these rates are affecting hospitals—equipment. “Hospitals are getting super-sized,” Rudavsky reports. Everything from waiting-room chairs to wheelchairs, beds, doorways, and toilets […]

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Codes may help healthcare track devices worldwide

August 30, 2012
Group developing standards for tracking medical devices

Outside of the murky world of supply chain logistics, few readers may have heard of a trade group known as GS1. But the even if you’re not a logistics kind of gal/guy, don’t fall asleep yet. There’s some very interesting ideas floating around the GS1 world, and if you have your hands on a medical device — or want to manage one — check this out.

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Increased number of CT scans cause for concern

June 21, 2012

According to a June 13, 2012, story by Alice Park at Time.com’s Healthland, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that the use of imaging tests, such as CT scans and MRIs, grew tremendously between 1996 and 2010, with the use of CT scans tripling and MRIs quadrupling per […]

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Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut: William Sullivan, President & CEO

April 4, 2011

In 1909, the first visiting nurse began making rounds in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on a bicycle. Hired by a group of 80 women from 21 churches and charitable organizations, her job was to take care of homebound tuberculosis patients and to educate their families on preventing the spread of the disease. In 1910, the organization hired […]

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Beware: CMS is doing more pre-payment audits

October 3, 2010
Medicare auditors

Ah, we all love the Recovery Audit Contractors, don’t we?  The RACs, as we love to call them to evoke their torturuous ways, are a terror if you’re found to have overbilled, mistakenly billed or otherwise annoyed Medicare. As most of us know, the RACs are empowered to demand money back on behalf of CMS. […]

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New artificial skin touches and “feels” objects, researchers say

September 14, 2010
The e-skin is formed into a glove shape

Here’s some research which,  if it comes to fruition, could change medicine, biotech and perhaps manufacturing too. If nothing else, it should give us another chance to redefine what having “senses” really means. A group of California researchers say they’re getting close to creating an artificial form of skin which, though it  has no living parts, can touch and feel with  enough […]

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