Monthly Archives: November 2014

Is Obamacare’s medical device tax working?

On October 1, numerous Americans gained access to the new marketplaces mandated by Obamacare. While the health-care program is multifaceted, the medical device tax that came tied to the program has been another hot-button issue. The tax increased by 2.3 percent on gross revenues.

The tax that was put on medical device manufacturers forced such companies to lay off (or avoid hiring) about 33,000 workers, according to a survey completed by Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). The AdvaMed report stated that about 14,000 of those workers were those who companies had to cut. The medical device tax is just one aspect of the Affordable Care Act that allows citizens to attain medical care.

Those on the other side of the issue counter that the medical-device industry can easily afford the extra tax without having to tax the industry. In order to repeal the tax over the next 10 years, Congress would need to come up with roughly $30 billion dollars. Those opposed to the tax are concerned that it will hurt productivity and innovation of smaller device companies that do not have the means to continue running with this required tax.

New medical device for migraine prevention

Thanks to increased research and improved medical devices, those who suffer from migraines may be able to find relief finally. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first medical device to help prevent migraines from occurring. The crown-like device is placed just above a patient’s eyes and works by stimulating nerves beneath the forehead with an electric current. It simply feels like a gentle tingling sensation and is completely comfortable for the person wearing the device.

The new and exciting device is called the Cefaly, manufactured by STX-Med. It has no known side effect as of yet and can be used in conjunction with other medication. The device is already being sold in Canada for about $250, where migraine sufferers can purchase the device for home use.

While it is still a new device, the FDA approval and warm reception show great promise. A 67-person trial published in the journal Neurology last month found that Cefaly reduced chronic migraine attacks on average by two per month, and 38 percent of users had at least a 50 percent reduction in their number of migraines.

This new medical device could be a great addition to the world of medicine. Migraines have long been an issue for many people and any relief would be more than welcome.

Must-have items for your family practice

No matter what type of practice you have, there are a number of items that you simply cannot get by without. First there are the basic staples of every exam room, and then there are more specialized items that are necessary for each type of practice. Because family medicine focuses on comprehensive health care for people of all ages, it requires a level of wide-reaching generalization that many specialists do not offer. General practice doctors will always need the basic supplies that are necessary for a routine physical examination, but they will also need to have equipment for common diagnostic tests as well.

While family practitioners don’t need the specific high-tech equipment that specialists do, there are plenty of essentials that they cannot overlook. Make sure your office is outfitted with all of the most popular family practice products. You won’t be able to get by without these 7 items:

Both you and your patients will feel more confident when you have all the necessary equipment ready to go in your office. Whether you have been in practice for years or you are just getting your footing in the community, investing in high-quality equipment is essential to your job. Take inventory of your office and see if you are missing any of these items or if your old items are overdue for an upgrade.

Outfitting a family practice office

Patients want to feel good about bringing their families to the doctor’s office. From the moment they make the appointment to the second they shut the door behind them on their way out, you want to ensure that your patients have a positive feeling about their visit. Staying healthy should be a priority of each family member and it should be your priority to help them attain that goal.

In order to get everyone on the path tpward total health, you need to outfit your office with all of the right family practice products so you can efficiently and thoroughly examine each patient.

  • An adjustable exam table is vital, as you will certainly have patients of all different heights and ages.
  • Opt for cloth gowns. A recent survey done by Harris Interactive concluded that four out of every five patients prefer cloth gowns over disposable paper gowns because they are more comfortable.
  • Create rooms for adults and children. You won’t want to decorate an adult exam room with the same colorful cartoon characters that you would use for a child’s. There will be different tools and devices in each room, too, saving on the amount of storage space necessary.
  • Design the area to be spacious enough to comfortably fit parents in the exam room with children.

Ensure that your office has all of the necessary tools and devices to take your family practice to the next level. If you need a few items to better serve your patients, check out Medical Device Depot’s inventory of family practice products.

Furnishing your office with the necessary medical office items

Creating the ideal office space requires more than just high-tech medical devices, monitors and equipment. In order to build a successful office, you need to focus on the basic medical office items as well. Stripping down your office to the most simple aspects will help you create a solid space that patients can appreciate.

It is important to really invest in quality items that will be used frequently. The items that get the most use during every visit are the furniture. No matter what the patient is visiting the office for, they will surely use either a chair, exam table or some sort of seat. Common cold, heart monitor check-up or a broken bone, each visit requires some sort of questioning and examination of the patient. If you don’t have furniture that makes patients feel relaxed and welcome, you will be off to a rocky start. In short, the backbone of any medical visit is the medical furniture.

Look for essential pieces that stand up to years of use, as these are the items that will be used day-in and day-out. From blood-drawing chairs in the lab to wall-mounted file holders, you will want to ensure that each item is made of sturdy, easy-to-clean materials. Attention to the small furnishings will help your patients feel more at ease and it will make work much more manageable for them, too. These details will truly set your office apart from the neighboring practice.

To find the perfect furnishing for your office, check out the selection of medical furniture available at Medical Device Depot