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Heart Failure Devices: Raising Roadblocks To Readmission

A new Medicare cost-control program aimed at reducing costly hospital readmissions has heart failure squarely in the cross-hairs, and the consequences could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost Medicare revenue for hospitals that fail to meet the new readmission standards. As a result, providers are scrambling to implement programs to assess and reduce heart failure readmissions, and a growing number of device companies are touting a variety of technologies they believe could help them achieve that goal.

Medical Device Reimbursement

Heart Failure Devices: Raising Roadblocks To Readmission

A new Medicare cost-control program aimed at reducing costly hospital readmissions has heart failure squarely in the cross-hairs, and the consequences could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost Medicare revenue for hospitals that fail to meet the new readmission standards. As a result, providers are scrambling to implement programs to assess and reduce heart failure readmissions, and a growing number of device companies are touting a variety of technologies they believe could help them achieve that goal.

Medical Device Clinical Trials

VCF Market: Interest Remains High As Market Share Shifts

Although the spine market appears to be stabilizing to some extent, the vertebral compression fracture market continues to be challenged by reimbursement issues and lingering controversy stemming from the New England Journal of Medicine articles questioning the efficacy of vertebroplasty and vertebral augmentation as a treatment for VCFs.

Health Care Trends: Physicians Shift Loyalty to Hospitals in Purchase Negotiations

The product selection process at many hospitals has become a much more complicated process, something that actually pleases hospital executives, but may cause some problems for device manufacturers. The changes are targeted at high-priced medical devices such as orthopedic implants, which traditionally have been bought and sold based almost completely on physician preference. However, in the current tough economy, a combination of data and physicians willing to work with hospitals to keep costs down is making the supply chain a different market than it has been in the past.
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