Robot-assisted surgery better for prostate patients; CMS final rule aims to save $1.6B in fraud;

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule yesterday that requires stronger protections against fraudsters ordering and certifying medical services, supplies and services. The goal of the final rule is that only qualified, identifiable providers and suppliers can order or certify certain medical services, equipment and supplies for Medicare beneficiaries, and CMS will verify provider credentials. FierceHealthcare

> Russ Branzell, CEO of Fort Collins, Colo.-based Poudre Valley Medical Group, joined the board of directors for healthcare software developer GetWellNetwork this week. Branzell previously served as Poudre valley's CIO. Announcement

> Robot-assisted surgery for prostate cancer patients is both more common and more successful than open radical surgery for the same patients, according to the results of a new study conducted primarily by researchers at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital. Patients who underwent robot-assisted surgery were less likely than their open radical surgery counterparts to need a post-op blood transfusion, and also were less likely to experience a prolonged hospital stay. Announcement

And Finally... Sounds "accurate and factual" to me. Article


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