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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. (free registration) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical Focus 
  • 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. (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)/ (Montreal) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Policy 
  • 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. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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 to read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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