Computer-guided ultrasound improves fetal imaging | Provider sees clinical, cost benefits of ultrasound-guided vascular access | Researchers explore RFID technology for breast cancer tumor tagging
February 14, 2017
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Clinical Advancements in Sonography
Computer-guided ultrasound improves fetal imaging
Researchers in Europe combined ultrasound, MRI, robotics and computers to create the most detailed, real-time images of a fetus ever. They say their technology will improve fetal congenital defect diagnosis.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (2/9) 
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Provider sees clinical, cost benefits of ultrasound-guided vascular access
The American College of Emergency Physicians' "one-stick standard," introduced in 2016, calls for ultrasound guidance to direct bedside placement of central venous catheters and peripheral intravascular lines to improve patient safety, reduce procedure time and decrease procedural attempts. Paterson, N.J.-based St. Joseph's Healthcare System reports significant cost savings since launching an ultrasound-guided vascular access program in 2014. (2/10) 
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Technology Update
Expert examines potential EHR trends
Use of telehealth, better natural language processing and remote monitoring are among potential trends to watch out for in EHR systems, according to Chase Titensor of Top Tier Consulting. EHR users could also experience improvements in clinical decision support, better population health management capabilities, increased mobile use and embedded customer relationship management systems, Titensor said.
Healthcare Dive (2/9) 
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Practice News
Physicians find benefits to membership-based practice model
Medical practices that adopt a membership-based model can significantly reduce their patient panel size and create a sustainable revenue stream, while spending more time with patients and less on paperwork, physicians say. Physicians who have embraced this model also avoid dealing with new payment models and regulations associated with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.
Medical Economics (2/10) 
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Patient Care in Medicine
False-positive mammogram results may deter women from future screening
A study by the American Association for Cancer Research found that only 80% of women who have false-positive mammogram results returned for scheduled mammograms, but 85% of women with true negative mammograms came back for screening as scheduled. Women with false-positives may not return for scheduled screenings because of costs and stress related to additional procedures required for follow-up of a false-positive result, which may put them at a slightly higher risk for a late-stage cancer diagnosis.
NBC News (2/9) 
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
ACA enrollment totals 12.2M for 2017
Over 12.2 million Americans enrolled in health insurance for 2017 through the Affordable Care Act, down about 4% from last year, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. That includes 9.2 million Americans enrolled through and 3 million more signed up through state exchanges and in the District of Columbia.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)/The Associated Press (2/10) 
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Senate confirms Price as HHS secretary
Senate confirms Price as HHS secretary.
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The Senate voted 52-47 Friday morning to confirm Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as HHS secretary. Price, an orthopedic surgeon who has held a House seat since 2005, has backed repeal of the Affordable Care Act and conversion of Medicaid to a block-grant program.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (2/10) 
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