Imaging decision support mandate on hold for now | Senate committee members weigh Califf's FDA nomination | AHA study calls for greater emphasis on LDL reductions
November 18, 2015
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Imaging decision support mandate on hold for now
The CMS won't be ready to enforce a requirement that imaging be ordered using clinical decision support systems by January 2017, so the deadline is on hold, according to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule released last month. The mandate, established last year, will require outpatient clinicians to use CDS tools to consult appropriate use criteria when ordering MRI, CT and nuclear imaging exams. The mandate does not apply to ultrasound, X-ray or fluoroscopy. (free registration) (11/11)
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Senate committee members weigh Califf's FDA nomination
Confirmation Hearing Held For FDA Commissioner Nominee Robert Califf
Robert Califf (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Robert Califf, the White House's choice to lead the FDA, faced pointed questions from members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee on Tuesday about his connections to drug companies. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., expressed doubt that Califf could serve as an impartial regulator of pharmaceutical companies because of his past ties to them. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the committee chairman, and other Republican members have voiced support for Califf's nomination. Reuters (11/17), The Hill (11/17)
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CDC: 47% of people with hypertension don't have it controlled
A CDC report said about 47% of people with high blood pressure did not have it under control through use of medication or lifestyle changes, raising their risk of heart attack and heart disease. Data showed almost 56% of whites had their hypertension under control, compared with 48% of blacks, 43% of Asians and 47% of Hispanics. HealthDay News (11/12)
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Study compares apixaban, warfarin among patients taking multiple medications
An analysis of data on 18,201 patients with atrial fibrillation found that the safety benefit of taking apixaban compared with warfarin declined as the number of overall medications taken by patients increased. The median number of drugs taken by study participants was six. The findings were presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association. (11/14)
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Groups say better quality measures needed for new Medicare payment system
The American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and other groups told the CMS that better quality measures are needed before implementation of a value-based payment program to replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula. The American Medical Informatics Association said that the current system of electronically specified quality measures is not adequately complete or accurate. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (11/16)
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Physician group calls for ban on DTC drug, device ads
The American Medical Association said direct-to-consumer prescription drug and medical device ads should be banned because they increase the demand for expensive new treatments and drive increases in drug prices. A pharmaceutical industry group said the advertising raises consumer awareness of available treatments. Reuters (11/17)
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Open access articles available in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology
The Journal of Nuclear Cardiology is the only journal in the world devoted to the dynamic and growing subspecialty of nuclear cardiology. Physicians and technologists value the Journal not only for its peer-reviewed articles, but also for its timely discussions about the current and future role of nuclear cardiology. Original articles address all aspects of nuclear cardiology, including interpretation, diagnosis, imaging equipment and use of radiopharmaceuticals. As the official publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Journal also brings readers the latest information from the Society's task forces and publishes guidelines and position papers as they are adopted. Receive full Journal access with an ASNC membership.
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