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November 5, 2012
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  • CMS announces plan to cut physician fees for 2013
    CMS has announced it is planning to reduce overall physician payment rates for 2013 by 26.5% as required by the sustainable growth rate formula. If Congress acts to prevent the cut, the 2013 rule will increase fees to primary care providers and reduce those for some specialties such as radiology, the agency said. Radiation oncology providers are expected to face a 7% decrease in fees. (free registration) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Expert cautions against using imaging to diagnose autism
    Imaging techniques such as PET have contributed invaluably to advancing the understanding of autism, but using imaging scans alone in diagnosing the disorder may be insufficient, writes Harvard Medical School biostatistician Nicholas Lange in the journal Nature. There is a need "to carry out large-scale studies that lead us to find reliable, sensitive and specific biological markers of autism with high predictive value that allow clinicians to identify interventions that will improve the lives of people with the disorder," according to Lange. release (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wipes may help reduce radiation contamination
    Researchers at India's Defence Research and Development Organisation have developed body wipes that could eliminate more than 95% of radioactive contamination from nuclear disasters or other radiation exposure. The DRDO's Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences is working on patenting the technology. Yahoo/Indo-Asian News Service (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • FDA: Decisions on some drugs pushed back by Sandy
    Superstorm Sandy postponed for as much as two days regulatory timelines for prescription drugs, biosimilar drugs and medical devices with target dates around Oct. 29 and 30, the FDA said. It is weighing whether a delay is needed for drugs with target dates on or after Oct. 31. Reuters (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • USP publishes Rx label standards
    The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has published new standards for conveying key information on prescription drug labels in an effort to make instructions easier to understand. State pharmacy boards may choose to adopt the standards, which call for clearly expressing and placing at the top of the label the drug's nonproprietary and brand names, strength and dosing directions. The Washington Post/The Checkup blog (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Health Care 
  • HealthTap develops platform to allow users to rate docs
    A two-part doctor rating platform has been created by HealthTap to assist consumers in making more informed decisions. The firm accepts votes from patients on their experiences with physicians on such metrics as personality and bedside conduct. The platform can also be used by physicians to rate their colleagues' knowledge of medicine. (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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