FDA Will Require Electronic Reports on Adverse Events Involving Devices

Hospitals, physicians and their patients soon may know if a medical device is faulty more quickly than in the past thanks to a Food and Drug Administration final rule issued Thursday. The rule requires manufacturers to submit reports of injuries or deaths associated with their products electronically to the FDA instead of via a paper report as is currently done.

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5 Things the SGR Bill Does Besides Fix Doc Pay

The Congressional bills to permanently remove the problematic Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for calculating Medicare physician payments also contains provisions that impact more than just physician pay. To avoid an estimated 24 percent mandatory SGR cut to Medicare physician payments, Congress must pass H.R. 4015 /S. 2000 before March 1, when the temporary SGR fix passed in December of last year expires. Legislators leave Thursday for a 12-day-long recess, leaving only four working days to get the bill passed before March 1 and so far, there is no provision for how to pay for the bill — a cost estimated by the independent Congressional Budget Office as at least $115 billion over the next decade, more if payment increases for physicians who participate in MIPS and other alternative payment methodologies are figured in.

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New Data From Canadian Study Revive Breast Screening Battle

The battle over breast screening was revived yet again this week with data from a controversial Canadian study in BMJ that cast doubt on mammography’s effectiveness for women ages 40 to 59. Mammography proponents quickly rose to point out flaws in the trial, which contradicts other population-based breast screening studies.

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ACOs and Cardiology: Trend Hints At Some Alignment

Cardiology may be a step ahead of some other specialties in participation in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). An analysis of self-referrals to specialists found that the percentage of new patient self-referrals in cardiology was lower than the national norm for both Medicare and private insurance beneficiaries.

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