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Providers plan to pursue Medicare's chronic care management program
By Scott E. Rupp
Kryptiq conducted a benchmark survey to gauge providers' pursuit of the newly available payments in light of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services starting to reimburse providers last Jan. 1. Caregivers who actively manage care delivery for Medicare patients with two or more chronic conditions are able to receive payment for the services if they use a certified electronic health record, obtain and manage patient consent, deliver five core care management services and provide at least 20 minutes of follow-up outside of the office in conjunction with the chronic care management program.
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Research: Common bacteria poised to become antibiotic-resistant superbugs
Washington University School of Medicine via News-Medical.Net
Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
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  Enluxtra makes wound healing simple

Numerous reports of faster healing in chronic wounds prove the effectiveness of Enluxtra "smart" dressing. Over 100,000 patients received this easy, affordable, and painless treatment, with impressive results. Enluxtra's "no-guesswork" feedback-driven material changes its function from absorption to hydration as needed, which makes it a perfect dressing for any wound.

Gene regulates healing process after myocardial infarction
Max Planck Society via Medical Xpress
In the wake of a myocardial infarction, parts of the myocardium die and are replaced by scar tissue. The formation and stability of scar tissue is key to the survival of patients following an acute myocardial infarction. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim have now discovered a gene, known as Reg3beta, which plays an important role in healing damaged tissue in the heart.
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Wounds heal faster with help from nanoparticles
Medical News Today
Researchers who are working on a way to use nanoparticles to hasten wound healing see their therapy being useful for all sorts of wounds from surgical incisions to diabetic ulcers.
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Egg whites could be base for wound dressings
Bioplastics made from protein sources, such as albumin and whey, have shown antibacterial properties and led to the possibility that they could be used in plastics for medical applications, such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, as well as materials for food packaging.
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Telehealth's true success starts behind the scenes
By Karen R. Thomas
For the last few years, telehealth has been one of the biggest buzzwords in the healthcare industry, and businesses are scrambling to create devices that can keep up with the high demand. In this digital age, though, it's no wonder that the devices are what garner much of the attention. It's easy to focus first on a new technology and forget all the behind-the-scenes effort that makes a telehealth program really work. However, it's precisely the operational backend that is essential to making telehealth technologies work — and work well.
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