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Researchers identify factors that influence joint surgery success
A new study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, may help determine which arthritis patients benefit most from joint replacement surgery, also called total joint arthroplasty. It could also help doctors and patients best determine at what point in disease progression is the ideal time to have the surgery in order to get the best outcome.
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Physician earnings: Income is up, morale is split
Physician income overall is on the rise again in almost every specialty, reversing a decline in compensation during the past several years. Eight specialties earned a mean of at least $300,000 last year, and primary care physicians also posted gains. Doctors aren't ready to break out the champagne just yet, though. Frustration with medical practice is also on the rise, and physicians are making changes in their practice by adding ancillary services, moving toward employment, and scrutinizing their payers, as doctors keep an eye toward the bottom line.
Robotic surgery failure rates up, FDA wants to know why
Robotic surgeries failure rates have tripled in the last 5 years, and the FDA has begun to investigate reasons for the increase, reports Business Week. According to a report by investment advisors Citron Research, there have been more than 4,600 adverse events associated with robotic surgery reported to the FDA's MAUDE database — about 3,900 of which were reported between 2007 and 2012.
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Bombing survivor, surgeon discuss recovery efforts
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott faced reporters alongside her surgeon at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston to talk about her recovery efforts. Abbott's left foot had to be amputated after being damaged in the blasts.
1 in 20 meaningful use attesters to face audits
Modern Healthcare via iHealthBeat
About 1 in 20 participants in the meaningful use program can expect to face an audit for compliance with the program's requirements, according to a CMS official, Modern Healthcare reports.
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Green cleaning and healthcare facilities
By Stephen P. Ashkin
In its simplest terms, green cleaning means cleaning to protect health without harming the environment. It refers to the use of cleaning chemicals, tools, equipment and other products that have a reduced impact on health and the environment when compared to conventional cleaning products used for the same purposes. While the adoption of green cleaning strategies has moved quickly in some industries, such as education, commercial offices and hotel/hospitality, it has moved at a slower pace in many healthcare locations.
Communication key to patient safety in surgery
Millions of people have surgery every year, and while any surgery carries some risk, many complications can be prevented through simple communication. This is especially true when patients are uncertain about the procedure or have concerns about postoperative care.
The decline of emergency care
Trauma centers and emergency departments across the U.S. have been closing at alarming rates. The people who stand to lose the most are those already put at a disadvantage by the health care system.
Heart failure costs will double by 2030, warns heart association
Heart failure could cost every American taxpayer $244 per year by 2030 as costs to treat the condition double, the American Heart Association warned in a policy statement published online in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure.
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