Tissue donor's mother: "She loved to give" | Organ, tissue donation group achieves 100-donor mark for 2015 | Study: Absence of fibrin aids in bone repair
August 19, 2015
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Tissue donor's mother: "She loved to give"
The mother of Carrie Hindman-Merchant, who died in 2011 at age 35, said her daughter would have been proud to know that her corneas, tendons and other tissue helped dozens of people. "I just think she would be overwhelmed. She loved to give," Bev Hindman said of her daughter. Jessica Petersen of Lifeline of Ohio said one patient's tissue donations can help improve the lives of up to 50 people. The Marion Star (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (8/15)
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Organ, tissue donation group achieves 100-donor mark for 2015
For the third time, LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma has reached the 100-donor mark for a year. "This is by far the earliest we've ever recovered this number of donors. ... We encourage Oklahomans to continue registering to be organ, eye and tissue donors so we can continue to save lives," President and CEO Jeffrey Orlowski said. The City Sentinel (Oklahoma City) (8/13)
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Study: Absence of fibrin aids in bone repair
Researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that fibrin is not needed for bone fracture healing. Bone healing was normal in mice that lacked fibrinogen, while bone repair was impaired in models that were not able to break down fibrin. Medical News Today (8/13)
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Researchers identify cells that trigger liver regeneration
A study in the journal Cell found that liver tissue is regenerated by hybrid hepatocytes in the organ's portal triad region. The cells are not stem cells, and they express lower levels of bile duct cell-specific genes than other liver cells. Medical News Today (8/14)
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Government & Regulatory
ICD-10 guidance documents released by CMS
The CMS has released a series of ICD-10 cheat sheets to help physician practices with different specialties choose the appropriate codes for their services. The documents cover the appropriate codes for the treatments of conditions such as acute respiratory infections, chest pain, diabetes/hypoglycemia/hyperglycemia, abdominal pain or tenderness, underdosing, asthma and hypertension. Health Data Management (8/13)
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CMS delays enforcement of 2-midnight rule
The CMS said it will delay until the beginning of next year enforcement of the two-midnight rule that determines when a patient's hospital stay is classified as outpatient or inpatient. Critics have said the benchmark in the rule is too strict. Healthcare Finance News (8/13)
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$2.4M grant goes to researchers working on stem cell-derived skin
Researchers from the University of Minnesota's Stem Cell Institute have been awarded a $2.4 million grant by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to support their work in growing healthy skin tissue from skin-derived stem cells. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (8/18)
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Researchers move closer to viable trans-species organ transplant
Researchers at United Therapeutics subsidiary Revivicor are working on between-species organ transplants and say they have kept a pig heart viable in a baboon for 945 days and kept a kidney alive for 136 days. The donor pigs were bioengineered with up to five human genes to reduce the risk of organ rejection. United Therapeutics CEO Martine Rothblatt, whose daughter has pulmonary arterial hypertension, says she aims to create "an unlimited supply of transplantable organs" for people. MIT Technology Review online (8/12)
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National Association of Medical Examiners position paper on Medical Examiner Release of Organs and Tissues for Transplantation
The National Association of Medical Examiners endorsed a position paper on the medical examiner/coroner release of organs and tissues in cases falling under ME/C jurisdiction in 2007; this paper has now sunsetted. The goal of this paper is to provide an update on ME/C denials and to reaffirm NAME's position on this topic. In summary, it is the position of NAME that ME/Cs should permit the procurement of organs and tissues in cases falling under their jurisdiction, providing that there are cooperative agreements in place to ensure that ME/Cs are able to fulfill their legal mandates regarding determination of cause and manner of death and of appropriate collection and preservation. Read the full paper (PDF).
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