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January 14, 2013
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  • IAC names research grant recipients
    The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission has named the four recipients for its 2013 Research Award Program. One researcher will focus on determining whether camera age can help indicate the quality of a nuclear cardiology laboratory. Another researcher will explore ways to reduce radiation dose exposure. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Meaningful Use: Why Choosing the Right EHR Matters
Healthcare professionals understand how EHRs can increase patient engagement and the quality of care. What's not clear is how to choose the right EHR vendor or how to transition to a new EHR smoothly and within government guidelines. This guide provides an overview of Meaningful Use, highlights the requirements for 2015, and provides tips for selecting the right EHR to avoid penalties and position your practice for continued success in the future. Read now.

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  • Unhealthy behaviors worsen outcomes for depressed heart patients
    Smoking and being physically inactive put depressed patients with heart disease at an even greater risk of death and heart attack, according to a study of 4,676 patients. Their risk of death and heart attack increased by 36.9% with smoking and 21% with physical inactivity. The findings appeared online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. DailyRx.com (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review ties erectile dysfunction to increased heart, mortality risks
    The odds of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality were 44% and 25% higher, respectively, among individuals with erectile dysfunction compared with those without the condition, an analysis by researchers in Greece found. Men with the condition were more likely to suffer from myocardial infarction and cerebrovascular problems, according to the review of 14 studies. The analysis was published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Medscape (free registration)/TheHeart.org (Montreal) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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  • CMS updates stage 2 MU guidance for radiologists
    CMS on Tuesday issued an updated guidance for radiology specialists who may qualify for a significant hardship exception option under stage 2 of the EHR meaningful use program. The revision aims to shed light on a part of the MU initiative that puts specialists into one Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System specialty code. The change divides radiology under PECOS into interventional radiology, diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. DOTMed.com (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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  • Dr. Leslee Shaw named honoree in Red Dress Awards
    ASNC's past president, Dr. Leslee Shaw, Ph.D., Emory University School of Medicine, has been named as an honoree in the 2013 Woman's Day Red Dress Awards. Each year, Woman's Day honors individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight against heart disease. Dr. Shaw, through her expertise in test accuracy, risk assessment, prognosis and cost efficiency -- with a particular emphasis on the role of how diagnostic tests work differently to assess heart disease risk in various ethnic groups and in women versus men -- is one of four individuals who were honored this year. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MedPAC meeting update
    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held public meetings on Jan. 10 and 11 to vote on recommendations discussed during its December meetings. These policy recommendations will appear in the Commission's March report to Congress. The Commission formally voted on proposed recommendations covering a range of topics including the sustainable growth rate (SGR), payment rates for ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and inpatient and outpatient payment rates. Although the Commission discussed the adequacy of physician payments, the Commission did not issue independent recommendations since a multiyear proposal has been issued. Go to asnc.org to read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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