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CMS Shares Proposed ASC, HOPD Payment Rule

On August 4, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed policies that are consistent with the directives in President Donald Trump’s Executive Order “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors,” that aims to increase choice,...

Baylor College of Medicine Enrolling Patients in Study to train AI in assisting breast cancer surgery

The vast majority of breast cancer patients will undergo surgery as part of their treatment, and most of those patients will choose a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and conserve the breast. A surgical oncologist at Baylor College of Medicine is enrolling patients in a...

Ethicon Powered Staplers Associated with Lower Rate of Bleeding Complications During Sleeve Gastrectomy

Ethicon’s ECHELON Powered Stapler with Gripping Surface Technology (GST) reloads was associated with a lower rate of bleeding-related complications than Medtronic’s Signia Stapling System with Tri-Staple among patients undergoing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for...

ECRI Helps Reduce Costs Amid Pandemic

ECRI recently released an enhanced value analysis workflow solution that drives team transparency, clinical engagement and improves efficiency of the medical product decision-making process. ECRI’s Value Analysis Workflow empowers supply chain leaders, value analysis...

Olympus UNIFIA

UNIFIA, Olympus’ reprocessing documentation and asset management system, utilizes the proprietary, built-in RFID technology of Olympus endoscopes and OER-Pro reprocessors to track an endoscope’s movement throughout the GI lab. Wireless scanners, used to track an endoscope’s journey, collect information on the asset’s real time location, patient interactions and user performance. This tracking creates a permanent electronic reprocessing and location record that associates patient, user and endoscope data together in a single system. Data can be used in Unifia’s Infection Prevention and Materials and Asset Management modules to identify areas for improvement, including accuracy of reprocessing documentation, staff performance, asset utilization and repair history.

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