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November 17, 2014
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Shine pushes through funding challenges to address Mo-99 supply worries
Shine Medical Technologies has plans for a medical isotope production plant that will use low-enriched uranium technology to meet one-third of global demand for molybdenum-99 while also producing iodine-131 and xenon-133. A shortage of funding has delayed progress, according to Shine CEO Gregory Piefer, but Shine officials hope to benefit from implementation of the American Medical Isotopes Production Act, which will allocate $163 million to support domestic production of isotopes. (free registration) (11/14)
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Health care market shifts pose challenges for imaging, report finds
A report from Decision Resources Group argues the U.S. market for diagnostic imaging is weighed down by changes in the health care system, particularly the rise of value-based reimbursement models. Radiology departments are likely to become cost centers rather than profit centers, and scrutiny of certain imaging procedures is expected to stem growth. (free registration) (11/11)
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Study rejects link between lipid-lowering drugs, cancer risk
A study involving 1,359 patients found use of lipid-lowering drugs ezetimibe plus simvastatin was not linked with increased odds of developing cancer or dying from the disease compared with a placebo. The findings appear in the American Journal of Cardiology. News (11/12)
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CDC: Smoking, tobacco use prevalent among U.S. teens
CDC researchers found that nearly 23% of U.S. teens use tobacco products. Of that group, more than 90% smoke cigarettes, cigars, hookahs or pipes. Data also showed more than 12% currently use two or more tobacco products. The findings highlight the importance of establishing stronger tobacco regulations, experts said. The report was published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. HealthDay News (11/13)
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Regulatory & Policy
Republican move to repeal device tax expected
The GOP's Senate majority win during last week's elections means Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will lead the Senate Finance Committee, and analysts and congressional aides said a move to repeal the 2.3% medical device tax is imminent. "The senator will continue to examine and support every viable opportunity to permanently repeal [the] onerous tax on medical devices," a spokeswoman for Hatch said. Reuters (11/12)
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ICD-10 conversion costs are less than expected
The estimated cost of ICD-10 conversion for small physician practices ranged from $1,900 to $5,900, significantly lower than a previous estimate of $22,560 to $105,506, researchers reported in the Journal of AHIMA. The findings demonstrate that ICD-10 conversion is highly attainable among small practices and less burdensome than previously thought, AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon said. Healthcare Informatics online (11/14)
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Complimentary webinar series starts Dec. 10: Best Practices in Nuclear Cardiology
ASNC and the International Atomic Energy Agency have collaborated to bring you a series of complimentary webinars designed to provide the best practices in Nuclear Cardiology to cardiologists, radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. This live online educational program will kick off next month with Practical Approach to Patient-Centered Imaging, Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET. View the whole series and register.
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Pass the CNBC exam with the help of our Nuclear Cardiology Board Prep On Demand
Nuclear Cardiology Board Prep On Demand is a digital library with 14 hours of presentations from the Nuclear Cardiology Board Exam Preparation Course. With Nuclear Cardiology Board Prep On Demand, you can watch presenters' slides while listening to fully synchronized audio as if you were attending each session. Whether you are preparing for your certification or recertification exam or simply seeking a thorough review of the fundamentals on appropriate cardiac nuclear imaging procedures, Nuclear Cardiology Board Prep On Demand is a valuable educational resource. And for a limited time, receive an iPad® Mini! To purchase.
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