Scoring system improves specificity of bone ultrasound for rheumatoid arthritis | Study predicts breast cancer incidence will grow by 50% | Denser breasts may put black women at greater risk of breast cancer
 
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April 23, 2015
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Clinical Advancements in Sonography
Scoring system improves specificity of bone ultrasound for rheumatoid arthritis
Although ultrasound evaluation of bone erosion is generally not definitive for rheumatoid arthritis, patients with RA tend to have more extensive lesions, according to a study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Applying a threshold for semiquantitative scores from one of four target joints raises specificity to 97.9%, up from 32.9% for overall ultrasound joint evaluation. MedPage Today (free registration) (4/19)
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Study predicts breast cancer incidence will grow by 50%
A study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting predicted breast cancer incidence in the U.S. will rise by 50% from 2011 to 2030. Longer life spans and increased detection of cancers, including in-situ lesions that may not need treatment, will contribute to the trend, experts say, noting it isn't always clear which tumors can go without treatment. The data suggest the percentage of treatment-responsive estrogen-receptor-positive cases will grow, highlighting opportunities to identify "smarter screening and kinder, gentler and more effective treatment," said researcher Philip Rosenberg. Time.com (4/20)
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Denser breasts may put black women at greater risk of breast cancer
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research found that denser breast tissue was more common among black women compared with white women. Lead author Anne Marie McCarthy of Massachusetts General Hospital said breast density is linked with breast cancer risk. The findings were based on data gathered from about 2,850 women who received mammograms in 2010 and 2011. HealthDay News (4/20)
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What You Can Learn From Some of 2014's Top Innovators
Ready to get inspired for 2015? The experiences of these 6 innovative leaders can help you chart a smarter, more successful way forward with your business. Read the featured article.
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Technology Update
ONC reveals increase in acute care hospitals with basic EHR platform
An Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT brief based on American Hospital Association data showed that 76% of U.S. nonfederal acute care hospitals used at least a basic EHR with notes system last year, up by 27% from a year earlier. The data also revealed that the percentage of hospitals with comprehensive EHR platforms rose to 34.4% in 2014 from 25.7% in 2013. Health Data Management (4/21)
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Practice News
Sonography among medical careers that pay off
Two-year degrees may pay off in some cases, leading to a lucrative career for a reasonable cost, writes finance columnist Liz Weston. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, diagnostic medical sonography is among careers accessible with an associate degree. Median annual earnings are $65,860. Other well-paying professional roles include dental hygienists, who may earn $70,210; occupational therapy assistants, with median annual pay of $53,240; and physical therapist assistants, with median yearly salaries of $52,160. Reuters (4/20)
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Patient Care in Medicine
Cardiologist sees "Quiet Revolution" in patient care
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Dr. Jennifer Mieres said she's had to "hang up her stethoscope," but the cardiac imaging specialist continues her efforts to educate and engage patients, most recently as executive producer of PBS' "Rx: The Quiet Revolution." "My goal was to change the health care conversation," she said. "No one is really talking about the true meaning of that patient partnership. A large percent of health care outcomes occur outside of the doctor/patient or medical team encounters. So how do you empower people? How do you get them to be partners?" Mieres is a senior vice president with North Shore-LIJ Health System and a Hofstra University professor of cardiology and population health. New York Press (4/16)
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CMS launches patient-experience star ratings on Hospital Compare
The CMS has updated its Hospital Compare website to include a patient experience star rating system, designed to help patients make comparisons among Medicare-accredited facilities. Hospital Compare ranks almost 3,500 acute care hospitals according to patient experience, which includes factors such as communication between clinicians and patients, cleanliness of the hospital, and responsiveness of the hospital staff. The results are based on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey. Medscape (free registration) (4/17)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
Surgeon general wants U.S. to focus on disease prevention
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said he wants the U.S. to focus more on prevention of health problems, and his goal is to reduce chronic conditions, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes, by promoting higher levels of physical activity. He said he will issue a call to action on walking and suggested communities find ways to become more walkable. USA Today (4/22)
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ARDMS News
Benefits of certification
ARDMS certification clearly shows 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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ARDMS is seeking your input on eligibility requirements
The ARDMS is offering a unique opportunity to comment on the recommended changes to the eligibility requirements/prerequisites standards. Read more. The public comment period will be open through June 9. Take the survey!
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