Lengthening the Achilles tendon might reduce foot ulcer risk | IBM co-develops antibacterial hydrogel | CMS issues plans to expand Medicare competitive bidding
February 6, 2013
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Lengthening the Achilles tendon might reduce foot ulcer risk
Adding a procedure to lengthen the Achilles tendon helped reduce the recurrence of diabetes-related ulcers of the forefoot and midfoot in a study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. However, excessive lengthening or rupture of the Achilles tendon increases the risk for difficult-to-treat heel ulcers, the researchers noted. News-Medical.Net/Medwire News (1/30)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
IBM co-develops antibacterial hydrogel
IBM Research and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore are working on a biodegradable hydrogel that attracts and kills bacteria by rupturing their membranes. The physical attack prevents bacteria from developing a resistance to the gel. Gizmag (1/30)
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Health Policy & Regulation
CMS issues plans to expand Medicare competitive bidding
CMS has issued plans for expanding its competitive bidding programs involving certain durable medical equipment, orthotics, prosthetics and supplies. Suppliers feel the program, along with a 2.3% device tax, is squeezing the industry. The new prices are effective July 1. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/31), Clinica (subscription required) (2/1)
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Survey finds interest in LTCI, but knowledge is lacking
About half of Americans say they're interested in purchasing long-term-care insurance, and 5% say they already have such coverage, a survey by InsuranceQuotes.com found. More than half, however, said they have little to no knowledge of long-term-care insurance, and about 56% had misconceptions about the cost of coverage, the survey found. National Underwriter Life & Health (1/30)
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Fla. Medicaid to move some LTC patients to managed care
Some low-income Medicaid patients in Florida who need long-term care will be covered under a private managed care program after HHS approved the state's waiver request. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (2/4)
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To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day."
-- Laozi,
Chinese philosopher
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