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March 11, 2013
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  • Study finds decline in abnormal cardiac stress tests
    The rate of abnormal stress-rest SPECT-MPI tests has declined from 40.9% in 1991 to 8.7% in 2009, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The researchers also observed a similar trend concerning ischemic results and moderately to severely abnormal findings. The study reviewed data on 39,515 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The results "may be reflecting a broader temporal change toward milder clinical presentations of coronary artery disease (CAD)," according to the researchers. They said the report "suggests a need to refine the future diagnostic workup of patients with suspected CAD." MedPage Today (free registration) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Many add-on cholesterol drugs are ineffective, research finds
    Niaspan, Lovaza, Zetia and Vytorin are often prescribed along with a statin to further reduce patients' risk of stroke or heart attack, but the drugs have not proven to do so, and new research finds prescription niacin may increase bleeding, infection and diabetes risks. "So at least $4.5 billion was spent on drugs with uncertain benefit and known risks," said Dr. James Stein of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Meaningful Use: Why Choosing the Right EHR Matters
Healthcare professionals understand how EHRs can increase patient engagement and the quality of care. What's not clear is how to choose the right EHR vendor or how to transition to a new EHR smoothly and within government guidelines. This guide provides an overview of Meaningful Use, highlights the requirements for 2015, and provides tips for selecting the right EHR to avoid penalties and position your practice for continued success in the future. Read now.

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  • Researchers, vendors work to improve imaging of obese patients
    There are numerous challenges involved with molecular imaging of obese patients, including issues with radioisotope dosing and image acquisition and interpretation, according to Dr. Abdelhamid H. Elgazzar of Kuwait University. "It's crucial to take safety precautions and devise a strategy for preparation and interpretation of studies for this population," Elgazzar said. While researchers work to improve image quality, vendors are working to address logistical challenges with imaging cameras and tables that are more suited for such patients. MolecularImaging.net (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ICD-10 transition to move forward, CMS says
    CMS announced that the shift to ICD-10 codes will continue without additional delays, meaning providers must begin using the new codes Oct. 1, 2014. "Many in the health industry are under way with the necessary system changes to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Halting this progress midstream would be costly, burdensome, and would eliminate the impending benefits of these investments," said acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. American Medical News (free content) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The registration window for 2013 CBCCT exam opens on March 15
    CBCCT offers physicians certification in cardiovascular CT to document their skills and knowledge in the field with the goal of improving patient care. The CBCCT certification is a two-step process. First, physicians must meet established eligibility criteria, and second, physicians must successfully pass a practice-based exam developed with the input of professionals in the field. The Examination Testing Window is Tuesday, Sept. 17, or Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Applications will be accepted beginning March 15, 2013. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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