Monthly Archives: January 2017

FDA device guidance: Start with NIST cyber framework

by Gienna Shaw | FierceHealthcare Jan 13, 2017 12:03pm The FDA dug into some of the details of its final guidance on medical device security in a webinar yesterday, explaining the organization’s approach to cybersecurity and risk assessment. The agency published its final guidance on the postmarket management of cybersecurity threats in medical devices late… Read more »

C-suiters: Keep an eye on these technologies in 2017

by Susan D. Hall | FierceHealthcare Jan 10, 2017 1:44pm From Pepper, the emotional interactive robot, to the new da Vinci Xi Integrated Table Motion to pipeline vaccines, ECRI Institute highlights 10 healthcare technologies C-suiters should keep an eye on in 2017. The organization’s annual watch list outlines technologies that hospital leaders should bring into… Read more »

Most physicians charge patients more than Medicare rates

by Joanne Finnegan | FierceHealthcare Jan 19, 2017 12:00pm Most physicians charge more than the Medicare program pays for their services, but there’s a wide variation among specialties and regions, a new study has found. The study, published in JAMA, found that nearly all doctors bill patients far more than what the Medicare program pays.… Read more »

CMS revises savings from home-based primary care pilot

by Joanne Finnegan | FierceHealthcare Jan 20, 2017 10:09am Oops. A pilot project focused on providing home-based primary care services to patients with chronic conditions didn’t save as much money as originally thought, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The federal agency issued a fact sheet Thursday that admits errors in… Read more »

New startup combines direct primary care and technology

by Joanne Finnegan | FierceHealthcare Jan 20, 2017 12:00pm A couple of veteran techies have launched a primary care practice with a patient experience that’s reminiscent of visiting an Apple store—or the set of a sci-fi movie. The Forward clinic was started by two entrepreneurs who admittedly know more about technology than medicine but have… Read more »

Anti-vaccine movement fears grow as Trump takes office

by Ilene MacDonald | FierceHealthcare Jan 20, 2017 10:59am Scientists worry that reports President Donald Trump may establish a panel on vaccine safety headed by longtime vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. could cause some people to refuse protective immunizations, leading to epidemics of highly contagious diseases. Public health experts interviewed by Scientific American worry… Read more »

CDC’s Tom Frieden reflects on tenure’s successes

by Paige Minemyer | FierceHealthcare Jan 17, 2017 1:23pm As Tom Frieden, M.D., winds down his final days as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he said that future administrations should work to establish an emergency response fund in case of an outbreak, highlighting influenza as a primary concern. Frieden compared the… Read more »

Superbug death: A ‘harbinger of future badness to come’

by Ilene MacDonald | FierceHealthcare Jan 13, 2017 11:59am The death of a Nevada woman in September was due to a bacterial infection that was resistant to every single antibiotic in the United States. And infection-control experts are alarmed. “I think this is the harbinger of future badness to come,” James Johnson, M.D., a professor… Read more »

Donald Trump picks David Shulkin to lead VA

By Leslie Small | FierceHealthcare Jan 11, 2017 12:24pm President-elect Donald Trump has selected current Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Health David Shulkin to lead the VA, he announced Wednesday at his first postelection press conference. Shulkin, Trump said, “will do a truly great job” at the agency, which has struggled to bounce back… Read more »