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Tim Callahan

As Transonic’s new Surgical Marketing Manager, Tim Callahan brings a wealth of experience from a long career in medical device sales and marketing that included the position as VP and General Manager for Global Physical Assessment Business for Welch Allyn of Skaneateles, NY. Tim adds his expertise in value messaging, strategic planning, pricing, contract negotiations and business development to the Transonic marketing mix as the company expands its blood flow measurement surgical device offerings to its global market.

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What to Know About The Rural Physician Shortage

Posted by Tim Callahan on Nov 18, 2019

With an ever-growing demand for physicians, a quickly aging population and a dwindling number of practicing physicians, there’s no denying the physician shortage is looming. In fact, projections from the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) predict a shortfall of 46,900 to 121,900 primary and specialty care physicians by 2032.

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Survey Says Most U.S. Hospitals Don't Meet Minimum Surgical Safety Standards

Posted by Tim Callahan on Oct 28, 2019

 

Hospitals in the United States are failing to meet the minimum surgical safety standards for certain high-risk procedures. 
In fact, the majority of hospitals in the U.S. fail to meet hospital or surgeon volume standards, deeming them unsafe. This is according to a study from nonprofit organization Leapfrog, a watchdog group for healthcare purchasers.

The report analyzed data from a 2018 survey of more than 1,300 hospitals. Under the guidance of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, experts at Leapfrog made these discoveries:

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Video: Cerebrovascular Neurosurgeon on the Importance of Flow Measurement During Cerebrovascular Surgery

Posted by Tim Callahan on Sep 9, 2019

Many cerebrovascular neurosurgeons use a Doppler flow probe to measure flow velocity during a procedure. However, a Transit-time ultrasound micro-flowprobe provides more objective volume flow measurements during cerebrovascular surgical procedures.

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Physician Specialists are in Demand: The Latest Information

Posted by Tim Callahan on Sep 4, 2019

Medical specialists are in increasing demand, as evidenced by the latest data tracking physician recruitment and salary trends from Merritt Hawkins. The data show that hospitals, health systems and other medical groups are seeking more physician specialists and fewer primary care physicians.

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Healthcare Cybersecurity in 2019: What You Need to Know

Posted by Tim Callahan on Jul 29, 2019

Evolving healthcare technology offers plenty of advantages for healthcare professionals and enhances the quality of care they provide. But there’s a dark side to implementing advanced tech in hospitals and private practices.

Cybercrime is on the rise, and all the information we collect and store makes the healthcare industry a prime target for data-hungry hackers. In fact, 34 percent of the ransomware attacks in 2017 impacted healthcare organizations, according to a report by Cylance.

Luckily, there are a few ways you can help strengthen your defense. Here’s what you need to know about healthcare cybersecurity.

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What to Know About International Locum Tenens

Posted by Tim Callahan on Jul 22, 2019

As a physician, jetting off on lengthy trips abroad to immerse yourself in new cultures can seem a far-fetched dream — something only available to those with careers that allow them to work remotely. After all, in this occupation, taking extended vacations can be tricky.

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Does the Sunshine Act Affect Patient Trust?

Posted by Tim Callahan on Jun 12, 2019

Although it was developed to increase transparency and facilitate communications, some healthcare professionals worry the Sunshine Act is negatively impacting their reputation with patients.The Sunshine Act requires drug, medical device and biologics manufacturers participating in federally funded healthcare programs to report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) any compensation given to physicians, teaching hospitals or group purchasing organizations.

Data recordings of these transactions began in August 2013 and since then, physicians and teaching hospitals have worried this information could undermine patient trust and threaten the doctor-patient relationship.

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What Physicians Should Know About MACRA in 2019

Posted by Tim Callahan on May 8, 2019

If you’re feeling burned out by the arduous, time-consuming requirements set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) governing physician payments, you’ll be happy to know the agency has made several changes to simplify and improve the Quality Payment Program (QPP) process.After considering extensive feedback from the medical community, CMS released its final rule for its Medicare Quality Payment Program in 2019, under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

You can read the full CY 2019 Quality Payment Program final rule text here, but we’ve broken down five key MACRA 2019 changes physicians need to know:

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Hospital Cleanliness: How Clean is Your Environment?

Posted by Tim Callahan on Apr 17, 2019

Medscape and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America surveyed 183 acute care hospitals. Here’s what they found:

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U.S. Spending on Healthcare: What’s Changed Over the Past Year

Posted by Tim Callahan on Apr 15, 2019

The growth in healthcare spending slowed over the past two years, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released at the end of 2018.

Total U.S. spending on healthcare grew 3.9 percent in 2017 and 4.8 percent in 2016. This decline comes on the heels of two years of relatively fast growth of 5.3 percent in 2014 and 5.8 percent in 2015.

Although the declining growth rate has some analysts ringing the alarm bells and others celebrating, it’s important to consider some key factors impacting this change.

Here are three reasons the growth in U.S. spending on healthcare has slowed:

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