Breast cancer can be virtually ruled out with follow-up MR, study shows | Ultrasound study cracks the knuckle-cracking conundrum | Siemens donates ultrasound machine to hospital in Ghana
August 23, 2016
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Breast cancer can be virtually ruled out with follow-up MR, study shows
Medical University of Vienna researchers found that an MR breast scan after ambiguous mammography or ultrasound results can rule out cancer with virtually 100% certainty. If a patient has undergone mammography, ultrasound or tomosynthesis followed by MR and the MR does not find a tumor, that patient can be assured no tumor is present, researchers said.
DOTMed.com (8/19) 
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Ultrasound study cracks the knuckle-cracking conundrum
University of California at Davis Health System researchers used ultrasound, physical exams and grip strength tests to determine what happens physiologically within a joint when it's cracked, and they observed a flash of light within the cracked joint that they attributed to dynamic pressure changes. The researchers found no evidence of pain, swelling or other joint problems among chronic knuckle crackers.
The Inquisitr (8/20) 
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Siemens donates ultrasound machine to hospital in Ghana
Siemens donated an Acuson X150 ultrasound scanner to La General Hospital in Ghana to help monitor the thousands of pregnancies it handles every year. The donation is part of Siemens' partnership with Ghanaian first lady Lordina Mahama's foundation.
GhanaWeb (8/19) 
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Technology Update
Robust legal framework needed for telehealth, report says
Telehealth could improve health care quality and reduce costs, particularly in underserved areas, but it lacks a uniform legal approach that addresses risks, according to a policy brief published in Health Affairs. Areas of concern include the effects of telehealth on provider-patient relationships, quality of health information, physician licensure, reimbursements and patient privacy.
PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (8/18) 
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Practice News
Grace period for ICD-10-coded medical claims to end Oct. 1
The CMS announced that the one-year grace period for medical claims using the ICD-10 code set will end on Oct. 1, and health care organizations will be required to use the correct degree of specificity when coding claims. Unspecified codes may still be used when needed, the agency said.
Healthcare IT News (8/19) 
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Patient Care in Medicine
CDC confirms 2nd Zika transmission zone in Fla., updates warnings
Pregnant women have been advised by the CDC to avoid traveling to a second area of Miami-Dade County, Fla., after a new local Zika virus transmission zone was confirmed in Miami Beach. The CDC has also said transmissions via mosquitoes could extend into other Gulf states.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/19),  The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/19),  Reuters (8/21) 
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
CMS may block providers from paying patients' ACA premiums
CMS may block providers from paying patients' ACA premiums.
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The CMS may establish rules blocking health care providers from steering people who are qualified for Medicare or Medicaid into Affordable Care Act coverage and helping cover those premiums as a way of obtaining higher reimbursement for medical care. The agency also sent a notice to dialysis centers that participate in Medicare warning against the practice.
Reuters (8/18),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/18) 
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ARDMS News
Sonographers, apply now for the Musculoskeletal Sonographer (MSKS) examination!
The MSKS examination assesses basic ultrasound-related musculoskeletal knowledge and skills. Applications are open through Sept. 27, 2016. The MSKS examination administration is from Oct. 25 to Nov. 24. Learn more.
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Physicians, last day to apply for the Physicians' Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination
Applications for the PVI examination are open through Aug. 23, 2016 and will be administered from Sept. 20 to Oct. 20. The examination is now awarded by the new Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement™ (APCA™), spun out of ARDMS and part of the Inteleos™ family of Councils.
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