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2012-10-30 19:07:45

Researchers find the US could have saved more than $2.15 trillion on Medicare since 1980 had it employed cost-saving measures similar to Canada's A study published in today's [Monday, Oct. 29] Archives of Internal Medicine finds that per capita Medicare spending on the elderly has grown nearly three times faster in the United States than in Canada since 1980. (Canada's program, which covers all Canadians, not just the elderly, is also called Medicare.) Cost grew more slowly in Canada...

2012-09-27 13:30:31

Total knee replacement is a very common and safe surgery that´s used to relieve severe pain and disability caused by knee osteoarthritis, and to improve patients´ quality of life. However, it´s also very expensive at approximately $15,000 per procedure. With an estimated 600,000 total knee replacements performed annually in the United States, the aggregate annual cost for total knee replacement (also known as total knee arthroplasty or TKA) is $9 billion. Researchers at the...

2011-06-10 00:00:30

Unification of home health care technologies results in comprehensive range of solutions for U.S. Medicare, Medicaid, and Private Duty markets Victoria, BC (PRWEB) June 09, 2011 Procura, a leading provider of home care software in the United States, Canada and Australia, is pleased to announce the acquisition of U.S. based, ContinuLink Health Technologies (ContinuLink). The acquisition combines one of the fastest growing web-based, SaaS software solutions for home health care with...

2009-04-13 21:18:59

An elite group of U.S. hospitals save lives, save money and prevent medical errors at a higher rate than other hospitals, officials of a non-profit group say. For the sixth consecutive year, HealthGrades has analyzed patient safety among U.S. Medicare patients in all of the nearly 5,000 U.S. non-federal hospitals, based on 15 indicators of patient safety developed by the federal government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The report said 242 hospitals, which represent the top 5...

2009-04-02 12:23:18

Twenty percent of U.S. Medicare patients must return to the hospital within one month of being discharged, researchers said. Study co-author Dr. Mark Williams of Northwestern's Feinberg School and Northwestern Memorial Hospital said the study also found that more than half the patients rehospitalized within 30 days appear not to have seen a physician as an outpatient since they were released from the hospital. We were surprised that more than half of these patients weren't being seen by...

2008-08-11 15:01:17

People using intermittent catheters no longer need to re-use their catheters due to a new Medicare policy effective April 1, 2008. The change affects nearly 1 million individuals living with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and spina bifida, as well as those who have other permanent conditions requiring bladder management or experience urinary incontinence or retention. Backed by Coloplast Corp., members of Congress and the incontinence care community, the new policy eliminates...

2008-07-15 21:00:29

U.S. Medicare patients who bring someone with them for doctors' visits are more satisfied with care, researchers say. Researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore find more than one-third of the beneficiaries of Medicare -- a program providing healthcare for those over 65 years of age -- bring medical visit companions. Fifty-three percent of the companions were spouses; 32 percent were adult children; 6.8 percent were other relatives; 5 percent were...

2006-08-08 18:44:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Medicare officials said on Tuesday they would start requiring specialty hospitals to report information about physician investment and compensation to make sure they are not violating anti-kickback laws. Critics say specialty hospitals, typically owned by groups of doctors, focus on highly profitable surgeries such as heart procedures and send sicker, harder-to-treat patients to general hospitals. A voluntary government survey of specialty hospitals did...

2006-02-21 18:55:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Obese elderly or disabled patients are now eligible for a variety of surgical weight-loss procedures under the U.S. Medicare health insurance plan, U.S. government officials said on Tuesday. Patients must have tried but failed with other weight loss options, have at least one weight-related medical problem and have a high body mass index, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said. Previously, Medicare patients could only receive gastric bypass surgery, in...

2006-02-06 13:50:00

CHICAGO (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's proposed 2007 budget seeks to squeeze $36 billion in savings from the U.S. Medicare plan -- coming mainly on the backs of hospitals, nursing homes and other health care service providers. Bush's proposed savings over five years mostly come from trimming payment increases to hospitals while freezing payments to nursing homes and some home health services. Companies that run long-term acute care hospitals like Kindred Healthcare Inc. will fare...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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