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News & Notes

Published: November 27, 2017

  • FDA approves adjustable IOL The FDA has approved the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device, an adjustable intraocular lens that lets physicians make small adjustments to the lens's power during several in-office procedures after the initial surgery to improve visual acuity without glasses.
  • Predict post-op problems in the elderly A simple, 3-item memory recall test can identify geriatric patients who have undiagnosed dementia that increases risk of post-op complications, according to research published in the journal Anesthesiology. Older patients who scored low on the test were 37% more likely to have longer post-op hospital stays, 4 times as likely to be discharged to a place other than their home and 4.5 times as likely to develop post-op delirium and confusion.
  • Medicare spends $3.1B more on hospital-employed physicians Hospitals owning outpatient practices places a greater financial burden on Medicare beneficiaries and on taxpayers, according to a Physicians Advocacy Institute study, which found that Medicare spending on 4 cardiology, orthopedic, and gastroenterology services increased by $3.1 billion between 2012 and 2015. The reason? The growing number of hospital-employed physicians.
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