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Published: March 13, 2017

  • Anesthesiologist says prescriptions are fake The chief medical officer at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary testified last week that he never signed or approved several prescriptions that the head of the New England Compounding Center (NECC) submitted to state regulators in response to a 2012 complaint. Testifying in the second-degree murder trial of Barry J. Cadden, anesthesiologist Sunil Eappen, MD, also said that several other prescriptions NECC submitted couldn't have been written by the doctors named on the forms because they wouldn't be using the drug being dispensed. Dr. Eappen was the final prosecution witness in a trial that began nearly 2 months ago. The case could go to the jury this week.
  • Florida ASCs get one step closer to hosting overnight patients Patients may soon be allowed to stay overnight in Florida ambulatory surgical centers, as House Bill 145 last week received the support of the Florida House of Representatives' Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee. If approved, patients would be permitted to stay at a licensed ASC for up to 24 hours, as of July 1. The bill is now with the House's Health & Human Services Committee for review.
  • Fee-for-service vs. salaried doctors Individuals treated in a fee-for-service system were significantly more likely to undergo procedural management for carotid stenosis compared with those in the salary-based setting, according to a, according to a new study in JAMA Surgery, suggesting that doctors sometimes opt for surgery because they get reimbursed for it.
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