Spray device applies stem-cell suspension to promote healing | Skin grafts to be tested against epidermolysys bullosa | Cytori to test intravenous burn therapy
April 12, 2017
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Spray device applies stem-cell suspension to promote healing
Medical technology startup RenovaCare's SkinGun sprays a liquid suspension of patient stem cells on skin wounds and burns to speed healing and reduce complications. The company is planning clinical studies later this year in hopes of gaining FDA approval.
Newsweek (4/11) 
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Skin grafts to be tested against epidermolysys bullosa
In a clinical trial, 14-year-old John Dilgen will receive skin grafts containing collagen VII, a protein lacking in his skin as the result of the rare genetic disorder epidermolysys bullosa. The condition leaves his skin "so fragile that the slightest thing can cause a blister, tear or wound," he said.
Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) (4/7) 
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Cytori to test intravenous burn therapy
The FDA cleared the way for a pilot clinical trial to test intravenous delivery of Cytori Cell Therapy as adjunctive therapy for patients suffering from thermal burns affecting 20% to 50% of their body surface.
24/7 Wall St. (4/10) 
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Health Policy & Regulation
Primary care doctors ready to offer palliative care
There is a shortage of palliative care specialists, meaning palliative services may only be available to patients in a hospital or hospice setting, writes Dr. Glen Stream, president and board chair of Family Medicine for America's Health. Primary care physicians, who have long-term relationships with patients, are in a good position to provide basic palliative care, Stream writes.
Medical Economics (4/8) 
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Patients should control end-of-life care, Sebelius says
Patients should be directing end-of-life care, not the government or physicians, said former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who as part of the Aspen Institute's Health Strategy Group spent 2016 studying end-of-life care. Sebelius said that Medicare and Medicaid payments for end-of-life care should not favor any particular setting and that while the government can help increase awareness of palliative care options, it should not be involved in decision-making.
The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (4/5) 
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CMS sets deadline for MIPS registration for group reporting this year
Groups of eligible clinicians who plan to use the CMS' Group Web Interface or administer the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems to report performance data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System this year are required to register by June 30. "Eligible clinicians who participate as a group will be assessed at a group level across all four MIPS performance categories," and one payment adjustment will be received for the group's performance, according to the CMS.
EHR Intelligence (4/4) 
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