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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — European regulators have become increasingly coy with their CE Markings, especially for new medical devices, according to a report by the European Assn. for Medical Devices of Notified Bodies, or TEAM-NB.

A survey comparing data from 2010 to 2012 showed a decrease in CE Mark certificates overall and a "significant" decrease in new CE Marks, TEAM-NB reported. The trends are consistent among Europe-based as well as non-European companies, they added.

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A recent study reported that advanced treatments for prostate cancer are on the rise, even in patients that are not likely to benefit from a more aggressive procedure.

The authors pegged this trend to direct-to-consumer advertisements and fee-for-service medical payments. The uptick in advanced radiation and surgical treatments has many concerned about over-treatment of a manageable, low-risk disease.
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 Mass. Senate wants exemption from certain parts of Obamacare
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Four large nursing and home healthcare associations put their weight behind a proposal to give physician assistants and nurses more clinical decision-making power.

A bipartisan proposal in the House would allow PAs and nurses to order home healthcare for elderly Medicare patients, a measure that would be especially important in rural areas where patients have little access to primary care.
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 Senate proposes "rewards" program for seniors with good health
U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) want to reward Medicare recipients who stay healthy, using savings expected to be generated by healthier seniors to fund the program.

The duo proposed a measure that would offer healthy seniors hundreds of dollars for meeting goals in general wellness criteria such as blood pressure, cholesterol and tobacco use, with rewards growing to $400 by the program’s 3rd year.
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