Wound-care dressing gains FDA approval | Mont. medical center gets 2 hyperbaric oxygen chambers | UK hospitals use mirrors to monitor pressure ulcers on heels
February 15, 2017
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Wound-care dressing gains FDA approval
British wound-care product developer Crawford Healthcare received FDA approval for KerraCel AG, a medical dressing that soaks up fluid and bacteria in chronic wounds such as diabetic ulcers and pressure sores. The dressing contains silver to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (2/14) 
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Mont. medical center gets 2 hyperbaric oxygen chambers
The Community Medical Center in Missoula, Mont., is using two new hyperbaric oxygen chambers to speed wound healing. The environment optimizes the chance for the body to heal itself, said Greg Salisbury, the medical center's program director.
KPAX-TV (Missoula, Mont.) (2/14) 
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Smart sutures can monitor wound healing
Biocompatible sutures with embedded sensors and electronics can be woven deep into tissue to monitor wound healing in ways not possible through other diagnostic means, according to a study by two Massachusetts-based scientists.
SPIE (2/13) 
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Pilot project tests cost effectiveness of palliative care
A community-based multidisciplinary palliative care model used by Four Seasons Compassion for Life in the Carolinas and funded by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation will examine the project's cost effectiveness and could offer a new payment model for palliative care, according to experts in health care policy and patient care. The authors said that increases in palliative care spending in Medicare Part B may lead to overall lower spending only by reducing hospitalization and emergency department costs paid for by Part A Medicare.
Health Affairs Blog (2/13) 
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Health Policy & Regulation
Lawmakers support Medicare home-care pilot project
Two US senators support legislation to allow CMS to conduct a pilot project that would provide home-based and community-based care to some Medicare beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage plans. The goal would be to save money by providing some nonmedical care to these patients to reduce hospitalizations and skilled nursing facility admissions, and to keep them from needing Medicaid coverage.
The Hill (2/13) 
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