Survey finds little change in specialist compensation | Cutting physician pay isn't the answer to health care cost problem | Seniors are having fewer heart attacks, data show
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July 23, 2014
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Survey finds little change in specialist compensation
Invasive cardiologists and orthopedic surgeons were the highest-paid medical specialists with average annual pay of $491,126 and $522,659, respectively, according to the Modern Healthcare Physician Compensation Survey. However, compensation of specialists was generally steady, with changes that generally were not statistically significant. Experts said many physicians are working longer hours for the same level of pay or, in some cases, lower compensation. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (7/19)
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Seniors are having fewer heart attacks, data show
A Yale University study showed stable hospitalization rates for heart attacks among young and middle-aged adults from 2001 to 2010, while heart attack rates for Medicare-age adults dropped by more than 20%. The study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found women ages 30 to 54 who were hospitalized for a heart attack had a higher risk of poorer outcomes than men, and lead author Dr. Aakriti Gupta suggested primary prevention resources should be redirected toward young women. HealthDay News (7/21)
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Tracers distinguish CVD from cognitive impairments, data show
Florbetapir and FDG were found to be useful in distinguishing between cognitive conditions and cardiovascular disease, according to a study presented at an imaging meeting. The study, which involved imaging of 26 patients with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's, could fuel additional work on diagnosis and treatment for the conditions, experts said. (free registration) (7/17)
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Woman with just one ventricle gives birth to healthy baby
A Maryland woman with one ventricle has given birth to a healthy baby boy. The woman, who underwent surgery for the congenital birth defect as an infant, was warned by doctors that pregnancy and labor would put dangerous stress on the only chamber of her heart that is able to pump blood. Her pregnancy was carefully monitored, and the woman was placed on bed rest to minimize stress on her heart. (7/17)
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Regulatory & Policy
Supreme Court likely to hear yet another ACA case
Two federal court panels issued opposing rulings on whether tax credits for health insurance plans bought through the federally run marketplace are legal under the Affordable Care Act. Unless the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturns the three-judge panel's ruling and agrees with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling, the cases are likely to go to the Supreme Court, experts say. Bloomberg (7/23), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/23)
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Docs report issues with Open Payments site
Doctors without financial relationships with drug and device makers who visit the federal Open Payments site are met with an error message once they log in, one of numerous possible issues with the system. A CMS spokesman says the message clearly indicates doctors have no payment records in the system, but physicians expressed confusion and concern over what they say is a lack of clarity. Doctors have also had trouble gaining access to the site, reporting that verifying their identities and logging in is taking more than an hour in some cases. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/21)
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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply for ASNC's Leadership Development Program today!
Today is the last day to apply for ASNC's 2015 Leadership Development Program. The ASNC Leadership Development Program is a three-year mentoring program that was developed by the Society to ensure that the field of nuclear cardiology continues to benefit from the talent and passion of its practitioners. Learn more and download the application.
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ASNC to hold board exam prep course as an ancillary program of ASNC2014
ASNC is pleased to offer its Nuclear Cardiology Board Exam Preparation Course on 
Sept. 17-18 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston as an ancillary program of ASNC2014. This course is designed for physicians preparing for the certification or recertification exam in nuclear cardiology as well as physicians interested in a broad review in nuclear cardiology topics. Plus, if you sign up for both courses, you qualify for special registration rates. Learn more.
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