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Plastic surgeons question impact of patient satisfaction ratings

A topic article in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) examines changing regulations on physicians and healthcare facilities. The move to a system of evaluation and ratings leaves the article's authors afraid that some might fear a one-star review as much as treating a patient incorrectly.

Aura Labs settles with FTC for inaccurate blood pressure app

Aura Labs has agreed to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) relating to its Instant Blood Pressure (IBP) mobile application, which came under fire for claims that is was as effective as a conventional blood pressure cuff.

FDA releases new hearing aid guidance, in effect immediately

The FDA has issued a release that details ways to improve access to hearing aids for the 30 million Americans currently suffering from hearing loss. The guidance document will take effect immediately.

AHA letter urges Congress to enact Meaningful Use Flexibility Law

In a recent letter to congress, top American Hospital Association (AHA) members urge for the enactment of the Meaningful Use Flexibility Law. Along with the praise of the Electronic Health Record Regulator Relief Act, the letter argues for an urgent need to change requirements for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.

Measles deaths falling despite some objections to vaccines

A new study shows the number of deaths caused by measles has fallen by 79 percent worldwide since 2000, The New York Times reports.

Should medical device reps be in the OR?

Medical device representatives are a part of the operating room team as quick references when surgeons are using specific products, but concerns have been raised about the influence of these individuals.

Opinion: Marijuana could curb reliance on opioids for pain relief

Esther K. Choo, MD, MPH, and colleagues urge for a universal standing on cannabis as the solution to the opioid epidemic.

New dry-powder asthma inhaler receives FDA clearance

Propeller Health, a producer of digital products for respiratory medication, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market the GSK's Ellipta inhaler and platform, a treatment for asthma featuring a patented dry-powder inhaler.

Opioid poisonings skyrocket in American youths

America is in the grips of an epidemic, this epidemic isn’t driven by a mysterious virus but rather a drug being prescribed every day. Opioid use has increased at an unprecedented rate, leading to addictions and overdoses among the masses, and those effected aren’t limited to adults.

HIMSS eyes 3 main topics to improve homeland security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its Draft National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP) in September. Now, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has written a letter focusing on three main topics to improve the plan.