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First Edition: July 28, 2014

First Edition: July 28, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about the deal reached by House and Senate negotiators regarding veterans' health care. [More]
AACC unveils updated brand identity

AACC unveils updated brand identity

AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, unveiled an updated brand identity today that reflects the organization's commitment to help laboratory professionals adapt to the changing healthcare environment and continue to do what they do best: provide vital insight to physicians, so patients get the care they need. [More]

Syneron Medical to host investor meeting to highlight opportunities in body contouring/fat treatment market

Syneron Medical Ltd., a leading global aesthetic device company, announced today that it will host an investor meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at approximately 10:00 am to 1:00 pm ET in New York City. The meeting will highlight Syneron's opportunity in the fast growing body contouring and fat treatment market, with a focus on the UltraShape system, which received FDA clearance for fat cell destruction in April 2014. [More]

Research project examines pros and cons of launching multiple products in same therapeutic area

In today's marketplace, launching multiple products for a common therapeutic area is costly and challenging - as is managing a portfolio of products in the same therapeutic area. [More]
PLM launches mobile apps to deliver medical information on cancer, heart disease conditions

PLM launches mobile apps to deliver medical information on cancer, heart disease conditions

IBM today announced that PLM, a Latin American healthcare sciences publisher, launched a library of mobile apps to deliver medical information on conditions such as cancer and heart disease. [More]
Minister Ambrose calls for proposals to tackle prescription drug abuse

Minister Ambrose calls for proposals to tackle prescription drug abuse

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today issued a national Call for Proposals to improve the prescribing practices for prescription drugs that have a high risk of abuse or addiction. [More]
Nurses at Nashoba Valley Medical Center unionize with MNA/NNU

Nurses at Nashoba Valley Medical Center unionize with MNA/NNU

In an election held among the 123 registered nurses as Nashoba Valley Medical Center yesterday, RNs voted overwhelmingly to join together as part of the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United. [More]
Research report on global insulin market

Research report on global insulin market

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Global and China Insulin Market (Rapid-Acting, Short-Acting, Intermediate-Acting, Long-Acting, Premixed, Modern and Human Insulin) - Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast (Value and Volume), 2013 - 2019", the global insulin market was valued at USD 19.99 billion in 2012 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2013 to 2019 to reach USD 32.24 billion in 2019. [More]

ScriptPro to bring TCGRx adherence packaging technologies to pharmacies across US

ScriptPro, of Mission, Kansas, and TCGRx, of Powers Lake, Wisconsin, announce that they will be exclusive partners in a distribution and co-marketing agreement allowing ScriptPro to bring TCGRx adherence packaging technologies to retail pharmacies throughout the United States. [More]
SAVE Medicare Home Health Act replaces unprecedented rebasing cuts

SAVE Medicare Home Health Act replaces unprecedented rebasing cuts

Home health leaders today said that growing support for the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act – introduced last week by Representatives Greg Walden (OR-2) and Tom Price (GA-6) – underscores the importance of legislation to repeal the 14 percent, four-year rebasing cuts instituted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 1. [More]
GAHHA commends Congressman Price for introducing SAVE Medicare Home Health Act

GAHHA commends Congressman Price for introducing SAVE Medicare Home Health Act

Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies, Inc. (GAHHA) today thanked Congressman Tom Price (R-Roswell) for introducing new Medicare legislation that would replace across-the-board Medicare cuts with targeted reform that will improve the quality of home healthcare services. [More]
Viewpoints: Ryan's 'thoughtful blueprint' to end poverty; GOP challenges after health law ruling

Viewpoints: Ryan's 'thoughtful blueprint' to end poverty; GOP challenges after health law ruling

The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee today released a thoughtful blueprint for overhauling $800 billion worth of U.S. anti-poverty programs. [More]
Smile Train, Biodigital  to showcase Virtual Surgery Simulator at TEDMED 2014

Smile Train, Biodigital to showcase Virtual Surgery Simulator at TEDMED 2014

Smile Train and its technology partner BioDigital have been selected to showcase their Virtual Surgery Simulator among leading global health innovations in The Hive at TEDMED 2014, which will take place in Washington, D.C. at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. [More]
HealthInsight to lead health care quality improvement activities for Medicare program

HealthInsight to lead health care quality improvement activities for Medicare program

HealthInsight has been named to lead health care quality improvement activities for the Medicare Program for a four-state region serving Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah under a five-year contract awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). [More]
NYUCD to offer accelerated AAS degree in dental hygiene from January 2015

NYUCD to offer accelerated AAS degree in dental hygiene from January 2015

New York University College of Dentistry is pleased to announce that, effective January 2015, it will offer an accelerated, continuous, 17-month, Associate in Applied Science degree in dental hygiene. [More]
Montefiore-Einstein investigators to present new findings from eight abstracts at IFHNOS 2014

Montefiore-Einstein investigators to present new findings from eight abstracts at IFHNOS 2014

Clinicians and researchers from Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University will present new findings from eight abstracts at the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies World Congress being held July 26 - July 30 in New York. [More]

Semler Scientific revenues increase $371,000 to 78% in second quarter 2014

Semler Scientific, Inc., an emerging medical risk assessment company that develops patented products that assist healthcare providers in monitoring patients and evaluating chronic diseases, today reported financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2014. [More]

House panel backs lawsuit against Obama on health law

The Rules Committee approved a resolution challenging whether the president has constitutional authority to delay provisions of the law. The full House will likely consider it before its August recess begins. [More]
New book describes worldwide initiatives to prevent the crisis of obesity and diabetes

New book describes worldwide initiatives to prevent the crisis of obesity and diabetes

Prediabetes and Diabetes increasingly consume the healthcare community and remain priority areas that require immediate attention. [More]
State highlights: Public comments on Mass. hospital deal; Wash. insurance case brings allegations; Mo. clinic reaps dividends from new law

State highlights: Public comments on Mass. hospital deal; Wash. insurance case brings allegations; Mo. clinic reaps dividends from new law

Quite an "only in Massachusetts" moment. Patriots owner Robert Kraft and leaders of Raytheon, Suffolk Construction and Putnam Investments have all filed letters in support of an anti-trust agreement that would not normally see the light of day before a judge approves the deal. The opposition includes public health professors, a group of top economists and politicians battling Attorney General Martha Coakley in the governor's race. This show of force is weighing in on a deal Coakley negotiated with Partners HealthCare. It would let the state's largest hospital network expand its market power, but with constraints, some of which would last for 10 years (Bebinger, 7/24). [More]