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March 19, 2013News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

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  • Study finds varying rates of filter treatment for blood clots
    The use of vena cava filters to prevent blood clots from reaching patients' lungs is inconsistent among hospitals, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Rates went from 0% to almost 39% for patients with deep vein thrombosis. Researchers analyzed data from 263 hospitals in California from 2006 to 2010. "The absence of reliable data indicating a clear benefit [or clear harm] associated with [vena cava filter] use likely contributes to the wide variation in use that we observed," according to the study. HealthDay News (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hemophilia B Leyden regulators are found
    A transcription factor and related protein have been identified as regulators behind genetic changes that can cause hemophilia B Leyden. The finding comes two decades after the first clusters of Leyden mutations were discovered, and the advance could open new avenues of genetic research involving clotting disorders. MedWire News (U.K.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Finding common ground in clinical hierarchies
    Failing to establish a flexible protocol for communication between doctors and nurses can be fatal for patients, oncology nurse Theresa Brown writes. Some institutions are offering interprofessional education programs, hoping to improve the working relationship between doctors and nurses. "Because successful health care needs to be interdependent, the silencing of nurses inevitably creates more opportunities for error," she writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Opinionator blog (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Sequestration threatens faster FDA reviews, Hamburg says
    Across-the-board sequestration cuts could hurt the FDA's efforts to accelerate new drug reviews, said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg during MassBio's annual meeting. Hamburg said she hopes Congress will allow the agency to put user fees paid by drugmakers toward its operating expenses. Boston Herald (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • CMS notifies some providers about MU incentive pre-payment audits
    CMS is notifying some providers who were chosen at random that the agency will audit their Medicare and Medicaid billing activities to be sure EHR incentives have been given to the right people. "EPs, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals should retain all relevant supporting documentation in either paper or electronic format, [including] documentation to support attestation data for meaningful use objectives and quality measures for six years post-attestation," according to CMS. EHR Intelligence (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tomorrow's AABB audioconference to focus on cellular therapy product in-process stability
    Tomorrow's AABB audioconference will examine cellular therapy product in-process stability from collection to infusion. This session will discuss how time and temperature affect product quality. Approaches to evaluating and determining optimal parameters for short-term storage of novel products also will be covered. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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