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Why one California county went surgery shopping

Why one California county went surgery shopping

Fed up with wildly different price tags for routine operations, some private employers are steering patients they insure to top-performing providers who offer bargain prices.

September 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Double-Booked: When surgeons operate on two patients at once

Double-Booked: When surgeons operate on two patients at once

The controversial practice of ‘double booking’ has been standard in many teaching hospitals for decades, its safety and ethics largely unquestioned and its existence unknown to those most affected: people undergoing surgery.

July 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five bloodcurdling medical procedures that are no longer performed … thankfully

Five bloodcurdling medical procedures that are no longer performed … thankfully

Over time, a number of historic surgical “cures” fell out of favour because they were more akin to a method of torture. Here are five of the most extraordinary and unpleasant: Trepanation, lobotomy, rhinoplasty, lithotomy and bloodletting.

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Arthroscopy does not relieve knee pain or improve function, panel finds

Arthroscopy does not relieve knee pain or improve function, panel finds

Knee arthroscopy is performed more than 2 million times a year across the globe, and in the United States alone costs more than $3 billion annually. But the panel found the surgery did not provide lasting pain relief or improve function.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Treating colon cancer that has spread to the liver

Treating colon cancer that has spread to the liver

One of the organs that colon cancer commonly metastasizes to is the liver. In recent years, researchers have developed new ways to treat metastatic colon cancer in the liver, taking advantage of this organs unusual property — the ability to regenerate.

May 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Top neurosurgeon Johnny Delashaw resigns from Swedish | The Seattle Times

Top neurosurgeon Johnny Delashaw resigns from Swedish | The Seattle Times

The high-producing neurosurgeon who has led a dramatic shift in the business at Swedish Health has resigned, officials said Wednesday, less than three weeks after a Seattle Times investigation exposed widespread concerns about his practices. Source: Top neurosurgeon Johnny Delashaw resigns from Swedish | The Seattle Times

March 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
HHS nominee Tom Price targeted panel that urged fewer cancer screenings

HHS nominee Tom Price targeted panel that urged fewer cancer screenings

By Marshall Allen ProPublica If the last few years are any guide, one group that may find itself in the crosshairs of Rep. Tom Price, President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, is an influential panel of medical experts. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, a group of mostly physician […]

February 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable

Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable

By Richard Harris, NPR News Kaiser Health News The federal government will pay more than $100,000 to give someone a kidney transplant, but after three years, the government will often stop paying for the drugs needed to keep that transplanted kidney alive. Constance Creasey is one of the thousands of people who find themselves caught […]

December 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Hospitals and surgery centers play tug-of-war over America’s ailing knees

Hospitals and surgery centers play tug-of-war over America’s ailing knees

By Christina Jewett Kaiser Health News Five years ago, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, an orthopedic surgeon in the Bronx who replaces more than 200 knees each year, would have considered it crazy to send a patient home the same day as a knee replacement operation. And yet there he was this year, as the patient, home […]

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medical device company representatives may be helping out with your surgery

Medical device company representatives may be helping out with your surgery

Medical Device Employees Are Often In The O.R., Raising Concerns About Influence By Sandra G. Boodman Kaiser Health News They are a little-known presence in many operating rooms, offering technical expertise to surgeons installing new knees, implanting cardiac defibrillators or performing delicate spine surgery. Often called device reps — or by the more cumbersome and […]

November 16, 2016 | By | Reply More