Probe shows promise for finding blood clots in a single whole-body PET scan | UND releases calculator that tallies nuclear stress test cost | Heart group says apps, wearable sensors can be useful tools
August 19, 2015
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Probe shows promise for finding blood clots in a single whole-body PET scan
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a fibrin-binding PET probe that they used to detect blood clots by imaging the entire body of a rat in one scan. The probe known as FBP8 includes copper-64 for detection with PET, and testing in humans could begin this fall, said researcher Peter Caravan. The results will be presented at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. ScienceDaily/News release (8/17)
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UND releases calculator that tallies nuclear stress test cost
A free online tool developed by University Nuclear & Diagnostics can calculate the baseline cost of a nuclear stress test based on five pieces of information provided by the user, UND said. (free registration) (8/17)
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Heart group says apps, wearable sensors can be useful tools
An American Heart Association scientific statement said evidence showing that mobile applications and wearable sensors help reduce cardiovascular risk factors is limited, but the technology still can be useful. The report in the journal Circulation, which analyzed peer-reviewed study data, found apps and mobile technology were linked to greater short-term weight loss, increases in physical activity and a better chance people would stop smoking. HealthDay News (8/13)
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Control of CV risk factors increases survival in diabetes patients
Researchers found that diabetes patients with coronary heart disease who had two or fewer cardiovascular risk factors under control had twice the mortality risk and a 70% higher risk of cardiovascular events, compared with those who had all six risk factors under control. The findings, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, also revealed an inverse association between control of risk factors through protocol-guided intensive medical therapy and a composite end point of mortality, myocardial infarction and stroke. Medscape (free registration) (8/14)
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Hospitals struggle with best practices in cases of medical errors
Few hospitals have implemented best practices for responding to questions or complaints from family members and caregivers whose loved ones have died in hospital care. However, communication-and-resolution models backed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that call for apologies, investigations and prompt offers of financial compensation in cases of medical mistakes have been shown to reduce both the frequency of malpractice claims and the amount spent on patient compensation. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (8/15)
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2,100 providers enter Medicare bundled-care agreements
Increased health care costs
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About 2,100 of the nearly 7,000 health care providers that initially enrolled in the Medicare Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative have agreed to accept bundled reimbursement for treating any of 48 conditions including heart attack, heart failure, joint replacement, stroke and pacemaker replacement. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (8/13)
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CMS delays enforcement of 2-midnight rule
The CMS said it will delay until the beginning of next year enforcement of the two-midnight rule that determines when a patient's hospital stay is classified as outpatient or inpatient. Critics have said the benchmark in the rule is too strict. Healthcare Finance News (8/13)
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Make your voice heard: ASNC 2015 Capitol Hill Lobby Day
While you are in Washington, D.C., for ASNC's Annual Scientific Session, join your colleagues for a half-day Advocacy Program on Sept. 17 that will include meetings on Capitol Hill. The program will kick off with lunch on Capitol Hill and a guest speaker, followed by pre-arranged meetings with members of Congress and staff. Registration for this program is only open to ASNC2015 registrants. Register for both ASNC2015 and Capitol Hill Lobby Day.
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Enroll in the ImageGuide Registry for free as an ASNC member
Sign up now for ASNC's ImageGuide Registry for free as a current ASNC member (charges apply for non-members). Access FAQs, complete the online application and execute contracts electronically. Plus, attend the ImageGuide Information Session at ASNC2015, Friday, Sept. 18, at 10:30 a.m. Learn more and view the informational webinar.
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