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CMS announces decision on Medicare protection of artificial hearts.

Artificial hearts: CMS last week announced that Medicare covers artificial hearts, as well as the implantation of the products, for beneficiaries who participate in research accepted by FDA, the Wall structure Street Journal reports . The decision reverses a policy established in 1986 that denied Medicare insurance coverage for artificial hearts, which are used in ill heart failure patients terminally. The decision would apply to the AbioCor Total Alternative Heart, manufactured by Abiomed, and the CardioWest short-term Total Artificial Heart, manufactured by SynCardia Systems . According to a CMS spokesperson, the decision would affect less than 200 Medicare beneficiaries yearly, with life time costs per beneficiary expected to reach as high as $1 million.According to Denver’s Fox 31, Honan stated the snacks will proceed ‘from our budtender directly, right into the device. There’s no room for theft by individuals, by employees – – there is no way to lose track of the inventory.’ Shearin adds, ‘I don’t believe we’ve dreamed what it can do yet, and that is the complete point. You start with this and you start making your way into the future. I believe this is an excellent starting place, and we’re excited about it.’ He also believes that the ZaZZZ will probably boost business too, solely for its ‘wow factor.’ Granted, there are other marijuana vending machines available, like Endexx in Arizona and California’s Medbox, but ZaZZZ may be the first completely self-service option not held behind a counter..