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How a massive kickback scheme eroded Olympus' corporate culture

In 2012, Olympus warned European hospitals that one of its medical scopes was harboring dangerous bacteria. More than two years later, U.S. hospitals reported infectious outbreaks linked to the same scope that ultimate infected more than 250 people between 2012 and 2015. The patient safety debacle left many wondering how this could happen. A massive kickback scheme that predated the outbreak offers some belated clues, revealing an eroded corporate culture that valued profits over compliance, regardless of the repercussions.

Pew Charitable Trusts: Include UDI in Meaningful Use Stage 3

The Pew Charitable Trusts and other stakeholders are urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to include provisions in the next stage of the Meaningful Use program that encourage providers to document in their electronic health records the unique device identifiers (UDIs) that implantable medical devices soon will be sporting.

OIG: Medicare took a haircut on cardiac device replacements

Hospitals that received manufacturer credits for replacing cardiac medical devices didn't to pass the savings along to Medicare through required claims adjustments, an Office of Inspector General audit found. 

Study: Payment models that curb costs may thwart coverage of new medical technologies

A new study by the Analysis Group examined the relationship between insurers' adoption of provider payment models to curb costs and approval of coverage for new items and services made possible by advances in medical technology.

Docs: Wearable devices a possible game changer in medical care

As wearable devices invade the healthcare market, doctors are mulling how data from the technology can change the face of medical care.

Payers value patient needs in device coverage decisions

Limited data does not prevent payers from covering high-risk devices, concluded a new study commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Industry group voices 'extreme' concern with PROTECT Act

Opposition to the PROTECT Act continues to mount--this time, in the form of a letter signed by 12 health organizations. In a Feb. 14 letter to Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the Senate...

OIG's 2014 work plan steps up scrutiny of EHRs

The Office of Inspector General has ramped up its attention on the security and integrity of electronic health records in its 2014 work plan, adding two new focus areas specific to EHRs and continuing its examination of their use in other areas.

mHealth devices must auto-collect data from cloud, sensors

Commercially successful mHealth devices are ones that leverage data from the cloud and external sensors automatically, a prominent technologist writes in MD+DI online. Liam Pender, CEO of product...

Wireless interference: An inconvenient truth for MBANs

What do you get when you install wireless networking of body transmitters used for capturing a wide range of physiological data in healthcare facilities? Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs) with the...