ASNC2014: Lantheus reports lower-dose imaging success with F-18 flurpiridaz | Imaging access limited in some areas, study finds | Hybrids on the horizon for CAD detection
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September 22, 2014
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ASNC2014: Lantheus reports lower-dose imaging success with F-18 flurpiridaz
Lantheus Medical Imaging reported at this weekend's ASNC conference in Boston that F-18 flurpiridaz PET myocardial perfusion imaging allowed for reduced radiation exposure and better images than SPECT MPI. The findings were collected as part of the company's Phase III clinical trial. (free registration) (9/18)
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Imaging access limited in some areas, study finds
Certain imaging modalities are not readily available at critical access hospitals across the country, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Almost 20% of the nation's population lives in rural areas whose only access to advanced imaging is at critical access hospitals. The study found 33% of states had ultrasound available at all critical access hospitals while no states had SPECT or PET/CT available at all facilities. Diagnostic Imaging (9/17)
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Medical Focus
Hybrids on the horizon for CAD detection
Cardiac imaging experts hope hybrid imaging can replace invasive procedures for the assessment of coronary artery disease. One study that looked at O-15 water PET combined with CT-based coronary angiography found the approach has the ability to rule out false positives and spare patients from invasive procedures. Further studies are exploring SPECT/CT vs. PET/CT, and another team is looking at a lower-dose approach using N-13 ammonia PET/MR stress perfusion imaging, which carries some added benefit such as collecting echocardiography data. (9/16)
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Study finds no cost impact with defensive medical services
Hospital medicine physicians classified 28% of their own orders for medical services as defensive, according to data published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Per-patient costs and number of medical services ordered were comparable between doctors who identified more than 10% of their orders as defensive and those who had fewer defensive orders. News (9/16)
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Regulatory & Policy
Agency to conduct provider call on ICD-10 conversion
A national call will be conducted by the CMS on Nov. 5 to help providers move to the ICD-10 medical coding system. Topics for the call include testing opportunities and resources to ease the conversion process. AHA News Now (9/18)
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Effort to address medical licensing across state lines gains traction
Fifteen state medical boards are looking at endorsing the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, designed to streamline licensing across state lines, according to Federation of State Medical Boards President and CEO Dr. Humayun Chaudhry. Goals of the effort include supporting telemedicine and providing a solution to provider shortages and increased patient demand for care. HealthLeaders Media (9/17)
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64 ACOs earn Medicare bonuses
Quality improved broadly, and 64 of the 243 Medicare accountable care organizations saved the program enough money to earn bonuses last year, according to the CMS. Fifty-three ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and 11 participating in the Pioneer program saved enough money to earn bonuses. Overall, the ACOs saved Medicare $372 million. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (9/16), Modern Healthcare (free registration) (9/16)
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Thank you attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers for a great ASNC2014!
We had fabulous weather and a great time in Boston for ASNC2014! Special thanks to our sponsors: Astellas Pharma U.S. Inc., GE Healthcare, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Siemens, INVIA Medical Imaging Solutions, Jubilant DraxImage, Nuclear Imaging Services, UltraSPECT and Universal Medical Resources Inc. Hope to see you all next year in Washington, D.C. -- Sept. 17-20! Check out a few photos from last week in our Facebook album.
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This Thursday: Multimodality AUC Guidelines webinar at noon
ASNC is pleased to offer a webinar on the Multimodality AUC Guidelines. Our speakers are Leslee Shaw, PhD; Manesh Patel, MD; Samuel Wann, MD; Robert Hendel, MD; James Min, MD; and Pamela Douglas, MD. Attendees will gain knowledge and skills necessary to use the updated ACCF/AHA/ASE/ASNC/HFSA/HRS/SCAI/SCCT/SCMR/STS Multimodality Appropriate Use Criteria for detection and risk assessment of stable ischemic heart disease. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday from noon to 1:15 p.m. (EST) and will offer CME and CE credit. Register today.
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