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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.