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December 5, 2012
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  • Poll explores physicians' use of mobile devices, websites
    According to a comScore study evaluating physicians' Web and device use, EMRs saw the greatest number of visits per site and the longest duration of use compared with other websites for health care professionals. Researchers also found tablet computers are gaining prominence, with 44% of physicians using the devices and a majority saying they prefer using tablets over mobile phones. EHR Intelligence (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Focus 
  • Heart association: Social media could help fight childhood obesity
    The American Heart Association has issued a scientific statement that says social media may become an important tool for fighting childhood obesity, but it noted that evidence from intervention studies to date is inconclusive. Jennifer Li, chairwoman of the group that wrote the statement, said studies do show parental involvement and more interaction with counselors and peers are linked to greater success for children who participated in online programs. Forbes (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Heart-healthy diet reduces risk of cardiac events, study says
    A study in the journal Circulation said eating a heart-healthy diet can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke, as well as death from cardiovascular disease, for people with heart disease. Samantha Heller, clinical nutrition coordinator at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Connecticut, said many people with heart disease mistakenly believe medications will solve their problems and have a "false sense of protection and security." HealthDay News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Policy 
  • FDA creates collaborative partnership with medical device makers
    The FDA and medical device makers formed a nonprofit organization, the Medical Device Innovation Consortium, to work with one another and with patient advocacy groups, CMS, foundations and academia to speed device approvals while protecting patients. "I know there will be real advances and new approaches that will emerge from it," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Becton Dickinson, Abiomed and Cyberonics are among the medical device companies participating in the consortium. Reuters (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS urged to release final rule on sunshine law this month
    Medtronic and the Pew Charitable Trusts have asked CMS to issue a final rule this month governing the sunshine law, which mandates that medtech firms and other health care companies report payments made to hospitals and doctors. "Many companies have already invested significant resources in preparing to comply with the sunshine provision," representatives wrote in a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. (Boston) (12/3), Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 nuclear medicine coding, policy & reimbursement online training – ASNC discount code available
    On Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, Denise Merlino, MBA, CNMT, CPC, FSNMTS, presents an online training seminar from 1 to 2 p.m. EST to discuss 2013 nuclear medicine coding, policy and reimbursement. Each new calendar year brings new and updated Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) coding, coverage and payment policy changes, as well as other Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy changes and clarifications that may affect you. Don't be caught unprepared for the changes that will become effective on Jan. 1, 2013. Merlino, a nationally recognized nuclear medicine coding and policy expert, will provide you with a clear understanding of what lies ahead and how it will impact your practice, your staff and most importantly, your patients. Use the code ASNC13 to receive a discount off the $99 program, which offers CME credit. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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