Nuclear cardiology fuels imaging market growth | Analysis finds warfarin sensitivity is tied to genotype | Philips' new CV platform gives imaging practices access to patient history
March 18, 2015
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Nuclear cardiology fuels imaging market growth
An RnR Market Research report forecasts that the global nuclear imaging market will experience compound annual growth of 5.9% from last year to 2019. Rising utilization of nuclear imaging in heart disease and early cancer diagnosis will drive growth along with expanding markets. (free registration) (3/16)
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Analysis finds warfarin sensitivity is tied to genotype
An analysis of data from a randomized, double-blind trial found that bleeding incidents were more likely among patients being treated with warfarin with certain genotypes. Bleeding was decreased when patients with variants of the genes CYP2C9 and VKORC1 were treated with edoxaban, according to findings reported in The Lancet. "These findings demonstrate the power of genetics in personalizing medicine," said senior researcher Dr. Marc Sabatine. (3/11), American City Business Journals/Boston/Health Care Inc. blog (3/11)
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Complimentary CME: 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. Register Here
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Glucose-lowering drugs may raise heart failure risk in diabetes
Type 2 diabetes patients who were treated with new or more intensive glucose-lowering medications or strategies had a 14% increased risk of experiencing heart failure, Canadian researchers found. The risk of heart failure rose by 7% for every kilo of weight gain resulting from the use of glucose-lowering drugs. The findings were presented at an American College of Cardiology meeting and published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. Medical News Today (3/17)
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Early habits influence heart health in adulthood
Approximately 90% of nearly 9,000 children had healthy blood pressure levels, but less than 1% were eating a healthy diet and 40% had poor cholesterol levels, according to a study based on the 2003-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Although children started with good BP levels, poor diet can trigger greater body mass index and cholesterol levels, lead researcher Donald Lloyd-Jones said. The findings appear in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. HealthDay News (3/17), (3/17)
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Study: Treatments help reduce mortality rate for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
A study presented at an American College of Cardiology meeting found that improvements in treatment, including implanted defibrillators and out-of-hospital defibrillation, have contributed to reductions in death rates among patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Researchers examined data on 1,000 people with the condition from 1992 to 2011. HealthDay News (3/16)
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Is outsourcing medical billing and collections right for your practice?
Find out using the quick checklist in our new white paper "Rethinking Your Revenue Cycle: 3 Reasons to Outsource." Keep more of the revenue you earn when you learn the tips that the most profitable practices already know. Download now!

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Budget plans from both parties call for Medicare cuts
A Senate Republican budget proposal includes greater cost reductions for Medicare than a House plan released Tuesday, but would not convert the program into a voucherlike system for future retirees. The Senate plan would cut $431 billion from Medicare over a 10-year period. Yahoo/The Associated Press (3/19)
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Burwell tells physicians HHS is working to addresses challenges in medicine
HHS is working to address regulatory burdens affecting physicians by making improvements to EHR usability and health care delivery, Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said at the American Medical Association National Advocacy Conference. She also emphasized the goal of permanently addressing the sustainable growth rate formula. News (3/13)
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Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

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How to submit your ASNC2015 abstracts
ASNC invites all physicians and technologists to submit their original scientific abstracts for consideration as an oral or poster presentation to be presented at ASNC2015, Sept. 17-20 in Washington, D.C. Abstracts presented at ASNC2015 will be published in the July/August issue of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. The deadline for submission is April 16 at 5 p.m. ET. Learn how to submit.
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Appropriate Use of Nuclear Cardiology Studies: Review and Implementation of Updated Appropriate Use Criteria Guidelines
This online video will teach participants clinical recommendations of Appropriate Use Criteria in asymptomatic patients, clinical recommendations of the updated appropriate use criteria for pre-operative screening and current issues and barriers to effective implementation of AUC in clinical practice. Activity awards half a CME/CE credit to physicians and technologists. Visit our ASNC Learning Center.
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Time and Attendance: The Core of Managing and Measuring Your Workforce
Based on data from Brandon Hall Group's 2014 Workforce Management Study, this paper explores the evolution of time and attendance, the impact of automation and integration, and the key role time and attendance solutions play in managing and measuring today's workforce. Read the Paper and Learn More

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