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January 14, 2015
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Study finds more than 10% improperly use daily low-dose aspirin
About 12% of people who were prescribed daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke should not have been using the medication because risks outweighed potential benefits, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Cardiac imaging expert Dr. Frank Tice emphasized that aspirin still is an important tool for many patients, but he said physicians should carefully consider individual risk and circumstances before urging patients to take it. "It's not a free ride. It does have side effects," he said. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/12), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/12), HealthDay News (1/12)
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Study links positive outlook to cardiovascular health
A study in the journal Health Behavior and Policy Review suggested people who have a positive outlook may be more likely to have a healthy heart. University of Illinois researchers said adults with the highest levels of optimism were twice as likely to be in ideal cardiovascular health, compared with people who were more pessimistic. Science World Report (1/9)
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Healthy childhood leads to better outcomes later
Children raised in households that promoted healthy habits and social interaction were less likely to smoke and were more likely to have better cardiovascular health and cholesterol levels in adulthood compared with children not raised with such advantages, a Finnish study in Circulation indicated. Researchers also found those with a healthy childhood were more likely to show better blood glucose levels and body weight. DailyRx.com (1/13)
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Mobile health becoming more mainstream for physicians
The prevalence of smartphones, along with powerful new technologies, has sped the advance of mobile health among physicians, who are turning to health applications to lower the cost of health care, ease caregiving and provide patients with greater control over their treatment, writes cardiologist Dr. Eric Topol. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/9)
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Older patients with diabetes may be overtreated, study shows
Nearly two-thirds of seniors with diabetes and poor health were placed on strict glucose control treatment, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. However, researchers found that the medications put them at greater risk of hypoglycemia and that intensive glucose control did not seem beneficial. HealthDay News (1/12)
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Hatch files Senate bill to repeal medical device tax
The Medical Device Access & Innovation Protection Act, a bipartisan bill to repeal the 2.3% excise tax on medical devices, was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and several other senators. A similar bill with sufficient co-sponsors to guarantee passage was introduced last week in the House of Representatives. MassDevice.com (Boston) (1/13)
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Medicare begins coverage of care coordination
Medicare will pay about $40 per patient per month for doctors to devise a care plan that includes monitoring medications and offering 24-hour-a-day access to someone on the care team. Yahoo/The Associated Press (1/10)
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ASNC announces launch of the ImageGuide Registry
ASNC is pleased to announce the launch of the nation's first cardiovascular nuclear imaging data registry: ImageGuide. The ImageGuide Registry has been designed to assist nuclear cardiology laboratories and interpreting physicians in ensuring and improving the quality of nuclear cardiac studies. It is the first registry developed for non-invasive cardiac imaging. Goals of ImageGuide include improving laboratory efficiency, optimizing patient radiation exposure, minimizing downstream costs and improving patient care. Read the press release.
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Congress accelerates misvalued code initiative
Before the close of the 113th Congress, the House and Senate passed legislation that will accelerate the target dates for Medicare physician fee schedule redistributions, putting all physicians at risk for an across-the-board cut in 2016. Earlier this year, Congress stopped a 24% Medicare cut to physicians due to the flawed sustainable growth rate formula. Included in that "patch" was a provision that sets an annual target of 0.5% in savings (2017-2020) that must be achieved from misvalued Medicare Physician Fee Schedule services. However, recent legislation changes the target dates to 2016-2018 and increases the target to 1% in 2016. Read more.
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