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November 13, 2012
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  • Surgical team successfully separates conjoined twins
    A team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, including plastic and reconstructive surgeons, separated 8-month-old girls connected at the lower chest and abdomen. Allison June and Amelia Lee Tucker of New York were in the NICU after surgery and both were expected "to live full, healthy and independent lives," according to the leader of their surgical team. The Baltimore Sun/Los Angeles Times (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Practice Management 
  • EHR incentives reach $8.36B for Medicare, Medicaid providers
    CMS has paid $8.36 billion in EHR incentives to 165,800 doctors and hospitals through October. Medicare payments to eligible providers and hospitals during October amounted to $435 million, while Medicaid incentives paid to professionals and hospitals for adopting, using and upgrading EHRs totaled $210 million. The most recently available data show 22% of providers that are Medicare-eligible are also EHR meaningful users. Healthcare IT News (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Health Quality & Advocacy 
 
  • Mass. requires insurers to cover cleft palate surgery
    Health insurers in Massachusetts will be required to cover cleft palate repair and treatment beginning Jan. 1, including surgery, medical and dental care, therapy and prosthetics. The new law is the result of an advocacy effort by parents that began in 2004. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Research & Technology 
  • Leg catheterization might prevent diabetes-related amputations
    Leg catheterization to boost blood flow in affected limbs helped prevent diabetes-related amputations in 521 Israeli patients over the past two years, physicians at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, said. Catheterization might help renew blood supply and heal or prevent infections, and it can be repeated if necessary, the doctors said. The Jerusalem Post (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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