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February 3, 2016
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Researchers identify protein combination to boost bone regeneration
Researchers found that a combination of the novel protein NELL-1 with bone morphogenetic protein-2 resulted in greater bone regeneration than either protein alone. The findings were reported in the American Journal of Pathology. Examiner.com (1/28)
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Fiber-optics technology developed to aid tissue regeneration
Researchers reported in the journal Nature Communications that they have developed bioabsorbable fiber-optic technology that allows the use of photochemical tissue bonding to promote healing under the surface of wounds. The study team said the findings have potential applications in imaging as well as photodynamic therapies for cancer. United Press International (1/29)
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Comment period for EHR certification, quality reporting programs expanded by CMS, ONC
The deadline for sending feedback regarding quality reporting and EHR certification measures has been moved to Feb. 16 by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the CMS. Comments from stakeholders will help the agencies determine the frequency for recertifying EHRs, methods to enhance health IT products testing and the number of clinical quality standards needed for health IT certification. Healthcare IT News (2/1)
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CMS proposes regional benchmarks for ACO program
CMS officials have released a proposed rule updating the methodology for evaluating the performance of Medicare Shared Savings Program participants. The rules are intended to increase the number of accountable care organizations and will base benchmarks on regional rather than national trends in the growth of health care spending. Healthcare Informatics online (1/29)
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Neuroma management device from Polyganics gets FDA clearance
The NEUROCAP, a device developed by Polyganics to reduce the formation of neuromas, has obtained 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The firm said the product, which also facilitates tissue repair, is the only synthetic nerve-capping technology that has been cleared by the FDA for symptomatic neuroma management. MassDevice.com (Boston) (1/26)
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Tissue Regenix partners with German tissue bank
Tissue Regenix and Germany-based tissue bank GTM-V have formed GBM-V, a joint venture that will focus on supplying skin graft and replacement heart valves using the former's cell-washing technology, dCELL. Tissue Regenix will provide support for the production and distribution of products. Regulatory applications will be overseen by the joint venture. ProactiveInvestors.co.uk (U.K.) (1/26)
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Second trial begins for meniscus replacement
A second trial has been initiated by Active Implants to assess its NUsurface meniscus implant for use as a possible substitute for total knee replacement surgery. The Memphis, Tenn.-based firm intends to recruit 120 patients. MassDevice.com (Boston) (2/2)
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ACA open enrollment is over for most
Doctor talking with a patient.
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Open enrollment for public exchanges closed Sunday night, marking the end of the first Affordable Care Act enrollment period that was not extended for the federal exchange, although some states pushed the deadline. California is allowing users who began the enrollment process by the deadline until Feb. 6 to finish, and Maryland said the recent snowstorm made enrollment more difficult for some, so residents now have until Feb. 5. There were no official numbers, but a CMS official said traffic on the federal exchange was increasing ahead of the deadline. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/31), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (1/29), California Healthline (2/1)
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Register today for UDRAI Workshop -- Room block discount ends Feb. 8!
The 2016 UDRAI Workshop, "A New Era," will be held Feb. 23-24 in Charlotte, N.C., and will be the last UDRAI Workshop. See the final agenda and register.
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2016 Webinar Series -- Register now for AATB's February Webinar!
  • Topic: Learning How to Learn.
  • Speaker: Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., PE -- visiting scholar, University of California, San Diego.
  • Date/time: Thursday, Feb. 18 (2-3:15 p.m. Eastern Time).
Read more and register.
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