Lasik provider cutting platforms offered
LCA-Vision (Cincinnati) said it has finalized plans to reduce the number of platforms at each of its LasikPlus vision centers from three to two. The company said it expects to begin implementing the program later this month.
LCA-Vision said it expects this program to result in a "significant reduction" in operating expenses and improvement of its balance sheet.
Concentra introduces money-saving programs
Concentra (Addison, Texas) said it is introducing two new national programs that will help save patients and employers money, while improving access to its quality and experienced health care services.
The company's new Posted-Pricing program is an approach to healthcare that makes prices transparent to patients and sets their expectation for payment. Under the program, a patient not covered under insurance can receive a basic physician visit for only $85, with any additional tests and procedures at a 20% discounted rate, as determined by a physician.
Accuray: CyberKnife use grew in '08
Accuray (Sunnyvale, California) reported significant growth in CyberKnife lung cancer treatments in calendar year 2008. The number of lung cancer patients treated with CyberKnife radiosurgery in the U.S. grew 52% from calendar year 2007 to 2008 and 43% worldwide. Additionally the overall number of patients treated with CyberKnife radiosurgery grew to more than 60,000 patients a 14% increase from calendar year 2007 to 2008.
Accuray says the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System is the world's only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body non-invasively. Using continual image guidance technology and computer controlled robotic mobility, the CyberKnife System automatically tracks, detects and corrects for tumor and patient movement in real-time throughout the treatment. This enables the CyberKnife System to deliver high-dose radiation with pinpoint precision, which minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue and eliminates the need for invasive head or body stabilization frames.
Curexo to relocate to Fremont
Curexo Technology (Sacramento, California), a maker of medical robotics and image-directed robotic products for orthopedic applications, said it would be relocating its headquarters from Sacramento to Fremont, California and has already begun the transition with corporate executives. The remainder of the company will be in place by April.
The new headquarters will be approximately 34,000 square feet, which is more than three times the size of its current facility in Sacramento. The company said its new location in the Silicon Valley provides access to multiple international airports, increasing headquarter accessibility to visitors. Fremont is located in the San Francisco East Bay area, about 5 miles from San Jose and 30 miles from Oakland.