New Joint Commission standards add to heavy burdens in imaging | Hospitals make big strides in improving heart attack care | Many heart attack survivors don't get implantable defibrillators, study finds
June 24, 2015
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New Joint Commission standards add to heavy burdens in imaging
The new Joint Commission standards for outpatient, noninterventional CT, PET/CT, SPECT/CT and MRI take effect July 1. The accreditation standards are one of numerous new sets of standards in imaging, subjecting practices to qualification requirements for technologists, optimal management of radiation dose, image quality requirements and more, plus documentation of everything. Experts at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT said most imaging sites may have trouble meeting the requirements. (free registration) (6/22)
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Hospitals make big strides in improving heart attack care
Hospitals have made common sense changes that have significantly improved care for heart attack patients, a move spurred by an analysis of delays in care and a nationwide campaign led by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. Quality of care improvements have taken place in all types of hospitals serving different population demographics, and now almost all hospitals treat at least 50% of patients in 61 minutes or less, according to ACC data. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/19)
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Complimentary CME Webcast: PET MPI in Coronary Artery Disease
Advances in positron emission tomography (PET) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) have made this technology a powerful tool with potentially broad application in clinical practice. This program reviews recent advances in PET MPI and examines the physiologic basis of this imaging procedure in the management of patients with coronary artery disease. Click here to learn more.
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Many heart attack survivors don't get implantable defibrillators, study finds
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that many older heart attack survivors, even patients with very weak and damaged hearts, do not have implantable defibrillators placed. Not all heart attack survivors need the devices, according to researchers, but many without the device would benefit. Researcher Dr. Sean Pokorney said poor post-discharge communication might partially explain the issue. "The health care system needs to continue to focus on improving communication between care providers in the hospital and in the outpatient clinic," he said. HealthDay News (6/23)
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Study: Nearly 68M Americans are obese, 65M overweight
Researchers found that almost 35% of men and 37% of women, or nearly 32 million men and 36 million women, in the U.S. are obese. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, also found that another 40% of men and 30% of women, or over 36 million and almost 29 million men and women, respectively, are classified as overweight. Experts note that obesity, a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, is one of the biggest factors that will contribute to a shorter life expectancy for this generation. HealthDay News (6/22)
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Many providers interested in offering virtual visits, survey says
A QuantiaMD and American Well survey found that 57% of more than 2,000 primary care doctors are interested in having video visits with patients compared with 12% who wouldn't offer the service. A flexible work-life schedule topped the reasons why participants would provide telehealth consultations, followed by additional income and better patient outcomes. (6/22)
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Webinar: Best Practices for Diagnostic Imaging Providers
With a focus on health care reform and its impact on the services, attendees will gain an understanding of the fundamental business decision making required to improve the profitability of their medical imaging practices. Join Wayne Webster, founder of Proactics Consulting, for this webinar on June 25th. Register for the webinar!
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Democrats say they will offer ACA fix if needed
Senate Democrats say they are preparing legislation that would extend Affordable Care Act tax credits to all eligible consumers regardless of whether they enroll in a health plan through a state-run exchange or Reuters (6/23)
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Debate on medical device tax repeal moves to Senate
The debate on whether to repeal the 2.3% medical device tax now shifts to the Senate after it was approved last week by the House in a 280-140 vote. Support for the measure has spanned party lines, but it's not clear how the Senate will respond. MedPage Today (free registration) (6/23)
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How Physicians Can Use Technology To Bring A Mega Group To Life
In an increasingly complex business environment, U.S. Physicians are banding together into mega groups that gain leverage with payers without sacrificing independence. Innovative technology platforms are playing a major role in making it happen. One leading mega-group shares its story in this whitepaper.

6 Self-Assessment Modules now available in the NCKSAP series
We now have six modules available as part of the Nuclear Cardiology Knowledge Self-Assessment Program. Test your knowledge on Physics & Instrumentation, Risk Stratification, Radiopharmaceuticals, General Cardiology as it Relates to Image Interpretation, Nuclear Cardiology Tests & Procedures/Protocols and Ventricular Function. Each module will be approved for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Learn more.
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Enroll in the new ImageGuide, a recognized QCDR
Enroll with the nation's first cardiovascular nuclear imaging data registry: ImageGuide. It has been designed to help nuclear cardiology laboratories and interpreting physicians ensure and improve the quality of nuclear cardiac studies. The new designation as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry ensures that participation allows physicians to meet Physician Quality Reporting System requirements by submitting data to the registry. Learn more and enroll.
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