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August 2017

Feds: Sightpath Lured Eye Surgeons With Luxury Trips for Nearly a Decade

Mobile cataract surgery outsourcing firm allegedly took ophthalmologists on luxury skiing vacations and high-end fishing, golfing and hunting trips to persuade them to use its services.
Published: August 30, 2017

Anatomy of a Scam: Materials Manager and His Accomplice Allegedly Bilked Facility Into Buying Supplies It Never Received

Two men, including the ASC's former materials manager, have been indicted on multiple counts of fraud for allegedly scheming $1.3 million out of Mountain Empire Surgery Center.
Published: August 25, 2017

Jury Clears GI Doc of Negligence in Colon Cancer Suit

A jury found David Vastola, DO, not negligent in performing a 2011 colonoscopy on a patient who 18 months later presented with terminal colon cancer.
Published: August 23, 2017

Study: Long-Term Opioid Use Rarely Starts With Surgery

Some have blamed surgeons for the opioid crisis, but a study found chronic opioid users rarely got their first prescriptions after surgery.
Published: August 23, 2017

Do Drug-Free Interventions Reduce Pain or Opioid Consumption After Total Knee Arthroplasty?

Researchers find that electrotherapy and acupuncture might reduce and delay opioid consumption, but do little to control pain.
Published: August 17, 2017

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July 2017

Hospital Hit With $5M Verdict After Lap Chole Patient's Post-Discharge Death

Woman, 49, died after she was discharged the same day she underwent an emergency gallbladder removal at a Philadelphia hospital.
Published: July 31, 2017

Coffee Enhances Accuracy of Image-Guided ENT Surgery

Vacuum-sealed grounds in a tight-fitting headpiece keep optical sensors solidly in place.
Published: July 26, 2017

Unflattering Press for Bronx-Lebanon Hospital's Head of Orthopedic Surgery

The report detailed surgeon Ira Kirschenbaum's record of alleged poor outcomes for his patients, including multiple patient deaths and a string of malpractice suits pending against him.
Published: July 25, 2017

Novel Stress Test Determines When Surgeons Are Ready to Cut Loose

At the Missouri University School of Medicine, they're measuring how much residents sweat during surgery.
Published: July 7, 2017

Orthopod Accused of Supplying Painkillers to His Mistress

Kenneth Cherry, MD, allegedly wrote 63 prescriptions for opioids over 18 months.
Published: July 6, 2017

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June 2017

Ophthalmologist Sues Over "Unconstitutional" Certificate-of-Need Process

Lawsuit: Iowa's "burdensome" 40-year-old CON process — and intervention from nearby hospitals — has prevented eye surgeon from using his fully equipped surgery center.
Published: June 23, 2017

Jury Awards $870K to Man After Surgeon Amputates Wrong Testicle

Urologist removes healthy left testicle while leaving the damaged right one in place.
Published: June 16, 2017

All 16 Reprocessed Ureteroscopes Tested in Study Were Still Contaminated

Researchers stress the importance of consistently monitoring reprocessing outcomes.
Published: June 15, 2017

For Surgical Sales Reps, It's All About Bonuses and Commissions

Virtually all make six figures, but bonuses account for nearly 40% of their incomes.
Published: June 14, 2017

What Caused Mold to Grow in Sterilization Sink?

Mold discovery puts surgeries on hold at California hospital.
Published: June 13, 2017

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