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HTMLDEA Moves Hydrocodone Combination Drugs to Schedule II
Seth A. Katz; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 10, 2014, previously published on August 27, 2014
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has reclassified hydrocodone combination medications from Schedule III to Schedule II, increasing the restrictions on the drugs. Hydrocodone alone is already a Schedule II drug, but now medications that use a mixture of hydrocodone and another medication,...

 

HTMLCMS Says: Let's Make a Deal
Torrey K. Young; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014
In the hours before everyone began enjoying Labor Day Weekend, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an important inpatient hospital review update.

 

HTMLHealth Plan Identifier Application Deadlines Are Established
W. James Hamilton, Christine B. Zoccola; Bose McKinney & Evans LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2014, previously published on August 21, 2014
Historically, health plans have been identified in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) standard transactions by a variety of identifiers and these identifiers have different formats, both alphanumeric and numeric. Covered health care providers have expressed...

 

HTMLNew Study Finds Antibiotic Treatment for Lower Respiratory Tract Infections in Children May Not Be Necessary
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2014, previously published on August 29, 2014
An analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester in New York found antibiotic treatment for Mycoplasma pneumoniae is often given to children with community-acquired lower respiratory tract infection (CA-LRTI), but it may not be beneficial.

 

HTMLDenver ranked No. 4 on American Fitness Index
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2014, previously published on September 5, 2014
Denver ranks No. 4 in the American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index. Each year the ACSM publishes a report regarding the health of major metropolitan areas in the U.S. They measure 31 data points including personal health information, preventative health behavior, amounts...

 

HTMLNew Research Suggests 10 Percent of Heart Attack Patients May Also Have Diabetes
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2014, previously published on August 29, 2014
A new study performed by researchers at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute found more than 10 percent of people who suffer a heart attack may have undiagnosed diabetes, according to a statement from the American Heart Association.

 

HTMLMortality Rate Higher For Some Following Urology Surgery Complications
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2014, previously published on September 8, 2014
There could be increased mortality rates with the shift from in-hospital to outpatient procedures for urology surgeries, according to a new study from researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan. However, that's not all the study revealed.

 

HTMLWomen May Not Need a Yearly Pelvic Exam
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2014, previously published on August 22, 2014
New guidelines from the American College of Physicians state there's no need for women to undergo yearly pelvic exams, and recommends physicians not perform the procedure.

 

HTMLHigher Risk of Death When Surgeries Performed In Afternoon or On the Weekend
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2014, previously published on August 27, 2014
Researchers at the Charite-University Medicine in Berlin, Germany, have found patients have a higher risk of surgery-related deaths when their procedures are performed in the afternoon or on the weekend, according to a statement by the European Society of Anaesthesiology.

 

HTMLOne Third of Patients Receive Unnecessary Knee Replacement Surgery, Study States
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014
A new study states a third of patients who receive total knee replacement surgery do not actually need the operation. Researchers reviewed medical data on 175 patients, and after assessing their information such as knee arthritis, pain and stiffness in the joint, found 60 of the patients, or 34...

 


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