The CMS has informed 806,879 clinicians they will not undergo evaluation under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System this year, up from October's estimate of as many as 780,000. Physicians who are new to Medicare this year and those who see fewer than 100 unique Medicare patients and have less than $30,000 in Medicare charges per year will not be required to comply with MIPS.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the fiscal 2018 budget resolution may contain changes to the Medicare program, noting he has long included Medicare changes in his budgets. As the Senate works on health care, Ryan said he also intends to focus on overhauling the tax code by the end of 2017.
Cardiovascular disease mortality rates in the US fell to about 253 per 100,000 people in 2014 from 507 per 100,000 in 1980, and regional disparities are shrinking, but there is still a substantial difference between the counties with the highest and lowest death rates due to hypertension, poor blood flow to the heart and poor blood flow to the brain. The disparities uncovered by the study, published in JAMA, suggest more can be done to prevent CVD, said Dr. David Goff of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests many adults under age 40 may not need routine cholesterol tests. Researchers looked at data on 9,600 adults ages 30 to 49 and found that for nonsmokers with normal blood pressure, there was little heightened risk of a heart attack over the next decade.
A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found women who experienced menopause earlier than the average age of 47 had an increased risk of heart failure, while the risk decreased 1% for every additional year before onset. The findings, based on data for 28,516 women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative, also showed women who never gave birth had a 2.75 times higher risk of diastolic heart failure, compared with those who had children.
Progress on expanding insurance coverage in the US faltered last year after five years of gains, the CDC reports. The agency estimates that 28.6 million people lacked coverage in 2016, translating to a 9% uninsured rate, statistically no different from 2015's uninsured rate of 9.1%.
Each issue of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology (JNC) will feature an image open for your interpretation. Submit your interpretation for a chance to win an ASNC Gift Pack and be entered into a drawing for the grand prize of registration to the ASNC's Annual Scientific Session. Deadline is today. Enter today.
ASNC has launched the 2nd Annual Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely® Challenge -- a competition designed by ASNC to help our members share your most creative practice innovations and technology solutions; support the growth of your specialty; and earn cash prizes and advance your career. The objective of ASNC's Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely® Challenge is to identify practice innovations and new technology solutions that support implementation of appropriate use; optimizing radiation dose; and enhanced communications with referring clinicians. Win up to $3,000! Deadline is June 30. ASNC thanks Bracco Diagnostics Inc. for its support of our Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely® Challenge.