- money, healthcare costs

A change in federal reimbursement for peripheral vascular interventions shifted the proportion of treatments away from inpatient to generally less expensive outpatient settings. But it may not have saved Medicare money, according to a study.

 - Money in a Pill

Hospitals participating in phase two of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) bundled payment model apparently focus only on those conditions that they treat most frequently. According to research published in the March issue of Health Affairs, this means that institutions are enrolled, at most, in two or three conditions out of the possible 48.

 - blood cells

Adopting 2014 guidelines for reducing the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation would revise the number recommended for oral anticoagulation treatment in the U.S. upwards by 988,500, according to an analysis published online March 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

 - blood_samples

A study revealed that in one hospital, cardiac surgery-related phlebotomy was really draining its patients. Analyzing a possible link between blood draws and hospital-acquired anemia, researchers found that 74 percent of patients with normal values for hemoglobin on admission were anemic by discharge.

 - Medical Money

Cardinal Health is offering to buy the stent pioneering company Cordis for almost $2 billion, Johnson & Johnson announced.