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February 4, 2013
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  • SNMMI calls on CMS to cover PET agent Amyvid
    SNMMI and other supporters of the PET imaging agent Amyvid are calling on CMS to provide coverage of the agent for diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. The move follows a Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee hearing where the panel questioned the utility of Amyvid in improving health outcomes. SNMMI said clinical evidence and FDA approval of the agent back "the ability of beta-amyloid imaging to change patient management, leading to better outcomes for patients." (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Clinical News & Research 
  • GE, NFL partner to develop imaging systems to ID head trauma
    The National Football League has entered a four-year, $50 million partnership with General Electric for the creation of imaging technology that would improve diagnosis of concussions. The initiative also aims to promote better protection of the brain for players, and the efforts could result in new technologies within a few years. The first part of the project will devote $30 million over four years to the development of imaging systems to identify head trauma. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • AAA looks to expand position in European markets
    Advanced Accelerator Applications is boosting its presence in the European radiopharma market. AAA has acquired Barnatron, a provider of PET radiopharmaceuticals, and Catalana De DispensaciĆ³n, or Cadisa, a provider of SPECT agents, both based in Barcelona, Spain. AAA and its fully owned Polish unit, Advanced Accelerator Applications Polska, have also entered a deal with a University of Warsaw subsidiary for the development of radiopharmaceuticals. Newswire/News release (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from the Field 
  • Who should discuss imaging results with patients?
    A study published in a radiology journal found 95% of primary care doctors who responded to a survey think ordering physicians should be charged with giving and explaining test results to patients. The study also found 94% of the respondents felt "medico-legally obligated by recommendations by radiologists with their reports." Researchers said radiologists should consider the findings when thinking about making changes in reporting practices. Medical News Today (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • CMS issues plans to expand Medicare competitive bidding
    CMS has announced plans for expanding its competitive bidding programs involving certain durable medical equipment, orthotics, prosthetics and supplies. The initiative was designed for "saving money for taxpayers and beneficiaries while preserving access to quality products from accredited suppliers," officials said, but the program and a 2.3% device tax are reportedly squeezing the industry. The new prices are effective July 1. Clinica (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Agency releases final Sunshine Act rule
    CMS on Friday released the final rule for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, requiring drug and device companies to gather information on gifts, payments and other value transfers provided to doctors and teaching hospitals starting Aug. 1. The rule also requires manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to report ownership and investment interests by physicians. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Health Care 
  • Researchers find EHR use in study saves time, protects privacy
    Massachusetts General Hospital researchers used EHR data in a study that supported FDA warnings regarding risk of arrhythmia in patients using the antidepressant citalopram. Pulling data from EHRs was more efficient than working with patient charts, researchers said, saving time while safeguarding patient privacy. "We only extract the data we need and never see anything that would allow us to identify an individual patient," said Dr. Roy Perlis, co-author of the study. Government Health IT online (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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