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State Highlights: Calif. prop 45 ad truth check; Medi-Cal autism coverage

State Highlights: Calif. prop 45 ad truth check; Medi-Cal autism coverage

Proposition 45 would give California's elected insurance commissioner the authority to reject excessive health insurance rate hikes, a power the commissioner already wields for auto and homeowners insurance rates. The campaign against it -- for which the insurance industry has so far put up $37.3 million -- is now airing a 60-second radio ad narrated by a nurse named Candy Campbell. [More]
Research roundup: Prevention services for seniors; drug shortages

Research roundup: Prevention services for seniors; drug shortages

This policy brief reports the findings of a systematic review conducted by the Community Health Innovations in Prevention for Seniors (CHIPS) project. ... Clinical preventive services such as colorectal cancer screening and pneumococcal immunization can help reduce rates of premature death and disability. Yet, many older adults are not receiving the full set of clinical preventive services that have been proven effective and are considered "high value" in terms of their costs per life saved. Rates are particularly low among racial and ethnic minority older adults compared to national goals. [More]
Virginia Mason introduces surgical warranty for hip and knee replacements

Virginia Mason introduces surgical warranty for hip and knee replacements

Virginia Mason, a national leader in improving quality and safety and controlling health care costs, today introduced a surgical warranty for hip and knee replacements. [More]
Janssen, Bayer announce expansion of EXPLORER global cardiovascular research program for XARELTO

Janssen, Bayer announce expansion of EXPLORER global cardiovascular research program for XARELTO

Janssen Research & Development, LLC and its development partner, Bayer HealthCare, announced today the expansion of the EXPLORER global cardiovascular research program for XARELTO (rivaroxaban) to include additional high-risk patient populations. [More]
Forecast report on U.S. orthopedic large joint reconstruction device market

Forecast report on U.S. orthopedic large joint reconstruction device market

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: U.S. Orthopedic Large Joint Reconstruction Device Market. [More]
Brazilian orthopedic large joint reconstruction device market expected to reach $502.4M by 2019

Brazilian orthopedic large joint reconstruction device market expected to reach $502.4M by 2019

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Brazilian Large Bone & Joint Orthopedic Devices Market. [More]
Cost-saving strategy for orthopedic procedures at hospitals fails to meet goals

Cost-saving strategy for orthopedic procedures at hospitals fails to meet goals

A pilot program intended to implement and test a cost-saving strategy for orthopedic procedures at hospitals in California failed to meet its goals, succumbing to recruitment challenges, regulatory uncertainty, administrative burden and concerns about financial risk, according to a new RAND Corporation study. [More]
Mortality rates decrease for hip and knee replacement surgeries in older patients

Mortality rates decrease for hip and knee replacement surgeries in older patients

Over the past decade, a greater number of patients, age 80 and older, are having elective orthopaedic surgery. [More]

Phase 2 dose-ranging study of AYX1 for prevention of post-surgical pain

Adynxx, developer of a first-in-class platform of therapeutics to address pain at its molecular roots, announced today that the first patient was dosed in ADYX-003, a Phase 2 dose-ranging study of AYX1, an investigational drug candidate for the prevention of post-surgical pain. [More]
New analysis provides information about which medications best after different types of surgery

New analysis provides information about which medications best after different types of surgery

Current guidelines do not distinguish between aspirin and more potent blood thinners for protecting against blood clots in patients who undergo major orthopedic operations, leaving the decision up to individual clinicians. [More]
Complications from partial knee replacement is very small than total knee replacement

Complications from partial knee replacement is very small than total knee replacement

Partial knee replacement surgery is safer than total knee replacement, according to a new study published in The Lancet today (July 8). [More]
Orthopedic surgeon offers critical insights on total knee replacement surgery

Orthopedic surgeon offers critical insights on total knee replacement surgery

In 2010, Bonnie Egbert, a veteran of more than 20 marathons, had to quit running due to excruciating pain caused by her right knee joint rubbing bone on bone. [More]
Modified classification system finds over one-third of knee replacements as inappropriate

Modified classification system finds over one-third of knee replacements as inappropriate

New research reports that more than one third of total knee replacements in the U.S. were classified as "inappropriate" using a patient classification system developed and validated in Spain. The study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), highlights the need for consensus on patient selection criteria among U.S. medical professionals treating those with the potential need of knee replacement surgery. [More]

Researchers find differences between hip and knee replacement surgeries in USA and Germany

Researchers used individual inpatient data from Germany and the USA to investigate changes over time and differences between 2005 and 2011. In 2011, 284 hip replacements were performed per 100 000 population in Germany, while 204 were performed per 100 000 population in the USA. [More]
State highlights: State retiree benefit shortfalls; health data claims and cost

State highlights: State retiree benefit shortfalls; health data claims and cost

A selection of health policy stories from California, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Virginia, Iowa, Florida, Missouri, Washington state, Connecticut, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee. [More]
iGetBetter selects Validic platform to access data from broad range of biometric devices

iGetBetter selects Validic platform to access data from broad range of biometric devices

iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of post-acute care transition solutions, and Validic, the healthcare industry's premier technology platform for accessing digital health data, announced today that iGetBetter has selected the Validic platform to access data from a broad range of available biometric devices as part of its care transition solution focused on reducing readmissions. [More]
European Commission approves Boehringer Ingelheim's Pradaxa for prevention of DVT and PE

European Commission approves Boehringer Ingelheim's Pradaxa for prevention of DVT and PE

Boehringer Ingelheim today announces that Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment and prevention of recurrence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). [More]
Concise analysis of robotics and surgical navigation systems in the U.S. market

Concise analysis of robotics and surgical navigation systems in the U.S. market

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: U.S. Market for Surgical Navigation Systems and Robotics [More]
Highlights: Calif. insurance commissioner battle; food stamps and Medicaid in Calif.; Mo. and experimental drug therapies

Highlights: Calif. insurance commissioner battle; food stamps and Medicaid in Calif.; Mo. and experimental drug therapies

Incumbent Democrat Dave Jones held a strong lead in Tuesday's primary election voting for state insurance commissioner, but he still faces a rematch in November against Republican challenger Ted Gaines (Lifsher, 6/3). [More]

ConforMIS announces positive study results of iTotal implant at BASK meeting

ConforMIS, Inc., a medical device company pioneering patient-specific orthopaedic implants, today announced results from several clinical research studies highlighting the benefits of the iTotalĀ® patient-specific total knee replacement. [More]