Pa. critical access hospital adds hyperbaric oxygen therapy | Wound care center helps cancer patient heal | Researchers find mast cells unimportant for wound healing
April 3, 2013
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Pa. critical access hospital adds hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Patients in and near McConnellsburg, Pa., soon will no longer have to cross a mountain for specialized wound care. Fulton County Medical Center's new wound care center offers specialized treatment including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The center's staff includes two podiatrists, a general surgeon and a cardiologist. Public Opinion (Chambersburg, Pa.) (4/1)
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Wound care center helps cancer patient heal
A 59-year-old man was successfully treated at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center in California after radiation for tonsil cancer left him with a damaged jawbone and deteriorating teeth. The man underwent 25 hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions to reduce his risk for infection before having the teeth extracted and replaced, and will continue to receive therapy after his dental work is complete. The Union (Grass Valley, Calif.) (subscription required) (4/2)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Researchers find mast cells unimportant for wound healing
Mast cells arrive at a wound site after neutrophils, macrophages and fibroblasts, but mast cells are not important for wound healing, Stanford University researchers reported in the journal PLOS ONE. Stanford University School of Medicine/Scope blog (3/28)
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Health Policy & Regulation
HHS issues final regulations on Medicaid funding, expansion
HHS issued a final rule for Medicaid expansion on Friday, under which new Medicaid beneficiaries will be guaranteed 100% funding beginning next year. The federal government will be covering all the costs of certain new Medicaid beneficiaries until 2016 before gradually going down to a permanent 90% rate by 2020. The rule will be open for comments from the public for the next 60 days. (3/29)
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Ill. launches dual eligibles pilot program
Illinois residents who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and who did not otherwise opt out will be assigned a managed care health plan. The program is a demonstration project coordinated by CMS and the state to reduce avoidable hospital and skilled nursing facility admissions. McKnight's Long-Term Care News (4/1)
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