Study: Antibiotic as effective as corticosteroid against bullous pemphigoid | Ultrasonic-assisted wound debridement reduces bacteria before skin grafts | Innovative negative-pressure wound dressing wins $100,000 prize
March 22, 2017
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Study: Antibiotic as effective as corticosteroid against bullous pemphigoid
Doxycycline was as effective as the oral steroid prednisolone in treating short-term blisters in bullous pemphigoid, according to a study in the Lancet. Patients suffering from the rare blistering disease had significantly fewer side effects with the antibiotic as well, researchers noted.
Rare Disease Report (3/21) 
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Ultrasonic-assisted wound debridement reduces bacteria before skin grafts
A study in Chronic Wound Care Management and Research found that ultrasonic-assisted wound debridement was effective in reducing bacteria and changing bacterial biofilm building capacity in chronic wounds before skin grafting. Researchers recommended two to three sessions of UAW before grafting. (3/2017) 
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Innovative negative-pressure wound dressing wins $100,000 prize
Innovation Fund Northeast Ohio awarded $100,000 to startup Aatru Medical for a new wound-dressing product. Aatru will use the funds to refine and test the self-contained negative-pressure dressing, which requires no pumps, batteries, hoses or canisters, and then submit for FDA approval.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (3/15) 
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Health Policy & Regulation
CMS issues information on upcoming eCQM changes for 2018
The CMS has updated its electronic clinical quality measure specifications for eligible professionals for the 2017 reporting period and released an advance notice about what providers can expect on the upcoming changes for the 2018 reporting period. Each of the eCQM standards were based on the six priorities of the National Quality Strategy, including patient safety, effective clinical care, and person and caregiver-centered experience and outcomes.
EHR Intelligence (3/17) 
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GOP lawmakers debate AHCA revisions ahead of planned House vote
GOP lawmakers debate AHCA revisions ahead of planned House vote
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The American Health Care Act will undergo some changes before a House floor vote on Thursday, said Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who said he remains confident it will ultimately pass. Republican Study Committee leaders gave their support Friday after the White House agreed to include an option for states to integrate a work requirement into Medicaid programs, add a Medicaid block grant option and offer larger tax credits for lower-income, older Americans.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/19),  Reuters (3/20) 
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MedPAC calls for eliminating 2018 payment update to hospices
A Medicare Payment Advisory Commission report called for 2018 mandated payment increases for hospices, long-term care hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to be eliminated. The report recommended Congress eliminate the payment update for skilled nursing facilities in 2018 and 2019, and reduce payments for home health agencies and inpatient rehabilitation facilities in 2018.
MedPage Today (free registration) (3/15) 
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