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November 21, 2012
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  • Many Medicare beneficiaries undergo repeat diagnostic testing
    Between a third and a half of six common diagnostic tests for Medicare patients, including nuclear imaging stress tests, were repeated on patients from 2004 to 2006, according to a study that examined the records of a sample of patients. Researchers reported their results in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Retesting can be medically appropriate, including as a way to monitor whether treatments are working, but it can be a factor in overdiagnosis and adds to health care costs, experts said. HealthDay News (11/19), MedPage Today (free registration) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Societies update guidelines for stable ischemic heart disease
    An expert panel representing seven health care associations has issued guidelines to update the treatment approach for stable ischemic heart disease. The guidelines include 48 recommendations for diagnosis, risk assessment and treatment. Patients with uninterpretable ECG who can exercise may have an exercise stress with nuclear MPI or echocardiography to address intermediate to high risk of IHD, while patients who can't exercise may have nuclear MPI or echocardiography with pharmacologic stress, according to the guidelines. TCTMD.com (11/19), TheHeart.org (Montreal) (free registration) (11/19), Forbes (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Job loss may increase heart attack risk
    Adults who were unemployed were at a greater risk of developing acute myocardial infarction, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. "Although the risks for AMI were most significant in the first year after job loss, unemployment status, cumulative number of job losses and cumulative time unemployed were each independently associated with increased risk for AMI," the researchers wrote. Nurse.com (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Twitter helps educate public about emergency health info
    Thousands of Twitter users every month are using the social network to post information about responding to cardiac arrest and conducting CPR, turning the platform into a powerful public health resource, according to a study. "Twitter is a really powerful tool, and we're just beginning to understand its abilities," says lead author Dr. Raina Merchant. Reuters (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • FDA modifies timeline for some devices under ID proposal
    The FDA is altering its proposed rule for a unique device identification system to comply with the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. A change in timeline primarily will affect Class II implantable, life-sustaining or life-supporting devices. FDALawBlog.net (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS faces new challenges in running health insurance exchanges
    More states than expected are declining to set up health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, leaving HHS with a larger role than the Obama administration envisioned. HHS must ensure information technology systems work with aging state Medicaid systems, confirm health plans sold on exchanges meet all eligibility requirements and set up appeals processes and call centers. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ICNC 11 abstract results now available
    If you submitted an abstract to ICNC 11, abstract results are now available, so login to your "My Abstracts" page to check your status and confirm presentation for any accepted abstracts. Twenty travel grants are available for people with accepted abstracts who require sponsorship to attend the meeting. More details about the Travel Grant Competition and the application process are available here. We look forward to seeing you in Berlin, May 5-8, 2013, for ICNC 11! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mark your calendars: ASNC2013 comes to Chicago Sept. 26-29, 2013
    ASNC is pleased that Chicago is the convenient location for ASNC2013. Other 2013 meetings require expensive cross-continental or international flights, but Chicago does not, saving you or your practice essential dollars. The best part is that under the direction of Program Chair Prem Soman, MD, PhD, FRCP (UK), FACC, FASNC, it is no question that this will be a dynamic program! Please save the date to join us in Chicago, Sept. 26-29, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for ASNC2013. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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