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June 23, 2015
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Clinical Advancements in Sonography
U.S. birth rate rises for first time since 2007
Maternity delivery
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The birth rate among women ages 15 to 44 increased by 1%, from 62.5 births per 1,000 women in 2013 to 63 births per 1,000 women in 2014, according to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. The birth rate for women ages 15-19 fell 9% while rising 3% for women in their 30s and 2% for women in their 40s. The rate of preterm births decreased to slightly under 10%. USA Today (6/17), The Verge (6/17), The Associated Press (6/17)
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Ultrasound part of most chronic pain management training, survey finds
Twenty-six of 31 chronic pain management programs surveyed in the U.S. and Canada include ultrasound training for their fellows, according to research published in Pain Medicine. Training was primarily patient-based and used to guide placement of peripheral nerve blocks, non-axial musculoskeletal injections and axial nerve blocks. PhysiciansBriefing.com (6/18)
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Technology Update
Ultra-mobile ultrasound devices demystified
Radiologist Dr. Jason Birnholz writes that ultrasound has improved, thanks to the digital technology revolution and new tools that allow clinicians to take ultrasound into new settings. He discusses his exploration of devices, including the portable, tablet-based Sonoscanner, which he has tried clinically. "The conclusion that I have been coming to is that taking a fully functional ultrasound device directly to patients or to public health venues promotes the early detection of a variety of conditions for which minimal interventions can greatly affect life span and quality of life," Birnholz writes. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (6/15)
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Mobile stethoscope shows promise in detecting lung diseases
A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a mobile stethoscope powered by a USB that could be connected to a smartphone. The device comes with a companion application that could convert it into a low-cost diagnostic tool to help detect lung diseases in patients. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (6/17)
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Practice News
Many providers have not tested ICD-10 codes, survey finds
A survey by the American Health Information Management Association and eHealth Initiative found that many health care providers have begun preparing for the ICD-10 transition, but 50% of respondents have not tested the new codes. The survey also found that 78% of respondents have offered educational materials to staff to prepare them for the ICD-10 transition, and 73% have established groups to determine readiness and prepare to use the coding system. iHealthBeat (6/18), Health Data Management (6/18)
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Duke University radiologist sues over hiring practices
A Duke University Health System radiologist is suing the university, alleging that it and the nearby University of North Carolina have a hiring agreement designed "to reduce employee compensation and mobility through eliminating competition for skilled labor," according to the suit. Lateral hiring agreements prevent employees from getting better compensation, lawyers say. Similar suits have been brought against Apple, Google, Adobe Systems and Intel. The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.) (free registration) (6/12)
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Ultrasound becomes cross-specialty tool, with radiologists as guides
The advent of point-of-care ultrasound initially raised concern among radiologists, but today, imaging professionals have recognized the benefits of disseminating their expertise, experts say. Radiologists who train and monitor other clinicians in ultrasound may find their own practice is more efficient, and their expertise can ensure high-quality care wherever ultrasound is used. "The time for the argument that ultrasound is ours and only we should do it is over," said imaging specialist Dr. Emily Webb. "Students will be using this, regardless, and they might as well have some idea of what they're doing." Diagnostic Imaging (6/18)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
Report: Fallout from an ACA-subsidy repeal could be widespread
Repealing the Affordable Care Act would add either $137 billion or $353 billion to the federal budget deficit, depending on which accounting method is used, the Congressional Budget Office says. Politicians, health care providers and payers are scrambling to prepare for a potential Supreme Court ruling invalidating tax credits for exchange-sold health plans in states that defaulted to the federal marketplace. ABC News/The Associated Press (6/20), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/21), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/19)
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ARDMS News
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ARDMS certification demonstrates to your patients, fellow health care professionals, employers and the medical facilities you work with that you are a dedicated professional in the field of Sonography. Learn more about the benefits and how to get certified.
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Whether you want to show off your ARDMS credentials with a certificate in your office or a patch on the sleeve of your lab coat, ARDMS offers several products that celebrate your achievement. Browse ARDMS products.
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