Woman with transplanted uterus gives birth | Finding the right point-of-care ultrasound machine for interventional radiology | Medtech leaders warn new payment models could stymie innovation
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October 9, 2014
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Clinical Advancements in Sonography
Ultrasound's reach continually expanding
As technology improves and indications broaden, ultrasound has become a cornerstone of diagnostic imaging, physicians say. The modality has proven useful in a variety of settings, particularly the emergency department, where patients often can't communicate but may be in dire need of quick intervention. "We use it for everything from head to toe and skin and organs. It's become an essential tool at the bedside we apply to immediately rule out -- or rule in -- medical conditions," said Dr. Laleh Gharahbaghian, who oversees Stanford Hospital's emergency department ultrasound program. Stanford University (10/6)
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Woman with transplanted uterus gives birth
A woman in Sweden who was born without a womb has given birth to a healthy baby by cesarean section about two years after receiving a uterus from a live, unrelated donor. She was one of seven women who received successful transplants, according to doctors and researchers at the University of Gothenburg. The transplant is temporary, and the uteruses will be removed after each woman's pregnancy. Reuters (10/4), National Public Radio/The Two-Way blog (10/4), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Speaking of Science blog (10/3)
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Technology Update
Finding the right point-of-care ultrasound machine for interventional radiology
The need for advanced ultrasound systems to guide interventional radiology procedures has grown substantially, and although the devices found in many radiology suites are high-quality, they often lack all the necessary features for a suitable point-of-care platform, according to Dr. Alex Horton. He discusses SonoSite's X-Porte Ultrasound Kiosk as one option that fits many of the needs of interventional radiology, including portability, user-friendly software and a large touch screen. European-Hospital.com (10/1)
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Medtech leaders warn new payment models could stymie innovation
Important medical technology innovations could be blocked by the pay-for-performance and risk-based models for reimbursement that are proliferating since the Affordable Care Act became law, AdvaMed officials warned in a news conference on Monday. An industry-funded white paper found that some insurance companies said they are being more selective in approving new technologies, and all of the companies interviewed said they were looking into new reimbursement models because of rising costs. "We have to ensure these new payment models include safeguards to protect patients from unintended consequences," AdvaMed President and CEO Stephen Ubl said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/7), Forbes (10/6)
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Practice News
Readmission rates drop but more hospitals see fines, data show
Readmission rates are dropping, but Medicare is fining more hospitals and average penalties are higher, according to federal data. The CMS has issued its third round of readmission rate penalties even as critics complain they are too severe and unfairly administered. Kaiser Health News (10/2)
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AHRQ grant to examine communication technology use by health care workers
A $1.6 million federal grant was awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to the University of Michigan to study how health care providers use communication tools, such as e-mail and EHRs, and look at where common failures happen. The research team of seven doctors and nurses will suggest design changes that could enhance health IT functionality based on how systems are being used. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (10/6)
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Patient Care in MedicineAdvertisement
Most people uninformed about breast density risk, study finds
Data from GE Healthcare's "Value of Knowing" survey, conducted in 10 countries, showed that about 75% of respondents were unaware that high breast tissue density is associated with increased risk of breast cancer. The study also found more than half of respondents could not list six common signs of the disease. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (10/8)
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Facebook reportedly plans patient support communities
Facebook is planning to launch online patient communities and intends to develop new health-related applications, insiders say. Executives have reportedly met with health industry experts and the company is said to be creating a research and development unit. Privacy would be a concern, but a policy that required users' real names to be used was recently eased by the social media giant. Reuters (10/3)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
FDA seeks injunction over potentially contaminated imaging gels
The FDA is working to block Pharmaceutical Innovations from making and distributing products including ultrasound gels because regulators say manufacturing practices do not comply with federal standards and the products are being distributed without the required authorization. The FDA found substantial levels of infectious bacteria in an ultrasound gel made by the company, and it says in the years since, the company has failed to correct violations. Occupational Health & Safety (10/6)
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HealthCare.gov chief aims for rave reviews
Kevin Counihan, the former head of Connecticut's health insurance exchange who is now CEO of HealthCare.gov, says he wants the federal exchange to be so user-friendly that it will garner rave reviews. The site is already vastly improved, giving consumers the ability to look at plans before open enrollment and streamlining the registration process, Counihan says. Bloomberg (10/2)
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The 2015 online registry renewal is open through Dec. 31. Renewing your registry annually helps ARDMS continue to fulfill our mission of promoting quality care and patient safety. Log in to MY ARDMS to renew online today!
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