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January 2, 2013
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  • HHS, states prepare for multiple ACA provisions in 2013
    The implementation of health insurance exchanges, a Medicaid pay increase for doctors and the Medicare tax increase are among the Affordable Care Act provisions the federal government and states are enacting in 2013 or preparing for in 2014. This year will be crunch time for the law because each state should have an operating exchange by Jan. 1, 2014. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Focus 
  • Review: Slightly obese patients show lower mortality risk
    Overweight and slightly obese participants showed a 6% lower mortality risk compared with their normal-weight counterparts, according to an analysis of almost 100 studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, morbid obesity was still associated with a nearly 30% increased risk of dying, researchers said. Reuters (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • J&J's tuberculosis drug Sirturo wins FDA approval
    The FDA approved the use of Johnson & Johnson's Sirturo, or bedaquiline, in combination with other drugs, to treat patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Sirturo, developed by J&J's Janssen Therapeutics, is the first new tuberculosis drug to gain approval in 40 years. Because of the possibility of fatal heart problems, Sirturo will carry a boxed warning. Reuters (12/31), MSN/The Associated Press (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Policy 
  • GAO: Medicare should adopt private-sector pay strategies
    CMS should reward doctors for improving performance and meeting quality goals and should adjust payment more quickly in an effort to move Medicare from a fee-for-service system to one based on outcomes, a Government Accountability Office report suggests. The GAO recommends rewarding performance improvement based on nationally recognized standards rather than penalizing low quality. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA is expected to release social media rules by 2014
    The FDA is directed to create social media rules by summer 2014 under a provision in a bill passed last year, said Brian Reid, a director at communications firm WCG. The provision opens up several possibilities: the development of a comprehensive guidance document, congressional hearings if the FDA misses the deadline and small rule changes that integrate rather than separate social media guidance. Blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASNC News 
  • ASNC welcomes Dr. Arrighi as its 20th president
    Dr. James A. Arrighi, director of nuclear cardiology at Rhode Island Hospital and program director of the fellowship in cardiology at Brown Medical School, assumed the presidency of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Jan. 1, 2013. Given that ASNC celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013, Dr. Arrighi plans to reflect upon the society's rich history while crafting the path forward for the field. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free ASNC course for fellows-in-training
    We invite all fellows-in-training to join ASNC in San Francisco on March 8, 2013, for our annual FIT program. Covering such topics as appropriate use criteria implementation, interpretation techniques, protocol evaluation and more, the Nuclear Cardiology for Fellows-in-Training course is a must for FITs attending ACC.13, and all fellows-in-training for cardiology, nuclear medicine and radiology are encouraged to attend. There are no registration fees for this course (member or non-member), but pre-registration is recommended to reserve a space. Register today at This activity is sponsored by Astellas Pharma US, Inc. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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