Tag Archives: medical devices

Drug Costs and Congress: Investments, Contributions and You

A scathing new article on Congress and its financial conflicts of interests with drug and device companies appears in STAT, a news firm specializing in health and science. It examines Senators and Representatives who have oversight of the FDA and … Continue reading

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New Consumer Reports Ranks Hospitals on Safety; 2,225 Hospitals Fined for Readmissions; Behind the Scenes look at Quality, Outcomes and Physician Pay; and Now Drug and Medical Device Companies Must Report Financial Ties to Physicians and Hospitals

While the press focuses on exchanges and ACA enrollment and rates, much behind the scenes activities promise to transform health care.  Pricing and payment changes promise greater transparency, and now add to that transparency, the new move to shed light on … Continue reading

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Washington State Leads on Cost, Safety and Outcomes

This is an excellent article about what we approve, how we approve medical devices and medical procedures.   This is a far longer article than the one we wrote on the approval process for drugs and devices.  It focuses on … Continue reading

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Special Report: Worth the Cost and Benefit? Drugs and Devices–Who Decides?

This is a second of a two part series on health care technology costs, benefits, effectiveness and safety.  At $152 million dollars, a new cancer proton therapy facility sits on the campus of Northwest Hospital in Seattle, Washington, a joint … Continue reading

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Trial against Da Vinci Robot, Medicare Costs and Benefits, Tough Week for Hospitals, HHS Fundraising, But there’s Plenty of Money out There

Health Care Technologies–Cost and safety In anticipation of the second installment on health care technology, coverage, safety and costs  coming up later this week, here is coverage of one of the first trials re: Da Vinci robotic surgery error. http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020918732_robottrialxml.html … Continue reading

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Calculate your new insurance costs, WA State Hospital CEO Compensation report due, Patient safety concerns, and more

Also in this issue:  Medicaid Expansion Problems, New Lawsuit against the ACA and Questions if medical device products coming to market too fast.   Calculate your new insurance costs Find out what your insurance will cost using the calculator from … Continue reading

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