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September 17, 2012
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  • Direct employment of doctors boosts hospital operating margins
    Reports from Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings revealed increased physician employment helped stabilize the operating margins of nonprofit hospitals as revenue from outpatient care compensates for flat or falling inpatient revenue. An analyst at Credit Suisse also found the number of physician office visits increased 4.8% in the second quarter of this year. American Medical News (free content) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Work stress can increase odds of heart problems Employees in high-stress positions had a 23% higher risk of having a heart attack compared with those with less demanding jobs, European researchers reported in The Lancet. The findings were based on data on almost 200,000 workers without any history of heart problems. HealthDay News (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Estech releases radiofrequency heart ablation device
    Estech said its COBRA Fusion system for epicardial ablation is now available commercially. The device, which recently obtained approval in Europe and the U.S., uses suction to deliver radiofrequency energy to the targeted cardiac tissue, isolating it from the rest of the blood circulating in the heart to allow for more predictable lesions. (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Policy 
  • Where the health law's Medicare payment cuts will be felt
    A study published by the University of Minnesota lays out county-by-county effects of Medicare payment reductions under the Affordable Care Act. The study lists the eight states that will bear the biggest brunt of the cuts: California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More Americans have health coverage
    The number of uninsured Americans declined for the first time in four years in 2011, according to data released by the Census Bureau. In 2011, 15.7% of Americans had no health insurance, compared with 16.3% in 2010. The insurance rate for young adults increased by 2.2 percentage points, but the rate of private insurance dropped among those ages 26 to 64. Reuters (9/12), (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Young Investigator Award Competition Best Abstract Announced
    ASNC is pleased to announce the winners of its Young Investigator Award (YIA) competition, all of whom presented their papers orally at ASNC2012, particularly Venkatesh L. Murthy. Murthy was selected as the winner with the best abstract presentation. The competition was open to any physician or scientist currently in a residency or fellowship training program, or below the age of 35, who submitted an abstract for consideration and was, as always, a highlight at the annual meeting. For the complete list of winners, please visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ASNC Continues Search for New JNC Editor-in-Chief
    ASNC has begun accepting applications for the JNC Editor-in-Chief position and will accept applications through the end of the month. Applications will be reviewed in October, with selected candidates asked to interview in November. We encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity to shape the direction of the Journal – the responsibility for all content in the bimonthly publication rests with the Editor-in-Chief. Visit for more information and the application. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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