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February 6, 2013
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  • Study: PET/CT with 11C-PIB may identify cardiac amyloidosis
    PET/CT imaging with 11C-PIB detected amyloid accumulation in patients with cardiac amyloidosis, according to a study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Researchers also employed 11C-acetate to determine myocardial blood flow. "This study emphasizes the strength of molecular imaging for detecting an underlying and significant molecular aberration in a disease that presents with unspecific symptoms and signs," said lead researcher Gunnar Antoni from the PET Centre at Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden. Diagnostic Imaging (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Majority of docs unaware of Sunshine Act requirements
    A survey by technology firm MMIS showed more than 50% of responding doctors were not aware that the Sunshine Act requires drug and medical device companies to report physician compensation data each year that will be made available to the public, and 63% expressed deep concern about the provision. Researchers also found physicians were less informed about the Sunshine Act, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, than they were a year ago. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Focus 
  • Study finds disparity in how doctors prescribe heart drugs
    Americans without health coverage are 6% to 12% less likely than those who have insurance to be prescribed drugs for heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Patients treated at clinics where many uninsured patients receive care were the least likely to be prescribed heart drugs. Reuters (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research finds more heart attack, stroke deaths in winter
    The number of fatal heart attacks and strokes was significantly higher in winter than in summer, regardless of climate, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. The study assessed mortality in seven different climate regions across the U.S. including Southern California and Massachusetts, finding no statistical difference between any of the sites. Experts speculated that a number of factors could play a role including weather, seasonal infections and holidays. The Washington Post (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Policy 
  • Medicare payers look more closely at office visit billing
    Medicare payers are taking a closer look at physician claims, according to this report. Palmetto GBA has targeted specialists and primary care physicians for prepayment audits of high-intensity new patient appointments, requiring the practitioners to provide support documentation before they get paid. Other Medicare payers also have instituted such policies, and Palmetto GBA said they will show how common erroneous claims are and allow the organization to offer billing guidance. American Medical News (free content) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS secretary calls for acceptance of new payment models
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called for wider acceptance of new payment models among health care providers, adding that the models can help curb the fast rise of health care costs and spending. Sebelius also praised changes in Medicare and Medicaid coverage, saying, "History shows that innovations in how we pay for care often can begin with Medicare and then spread to the private insurance industry." MedPage Today (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASNC News 
  • ASNC2013 Call for Abstracts & Challenging Cases Now Open!
    The ASNC2013 Program Committee invites physicians, fellows, residents and technologists to submit abstracts and challenging cases now through April 4, 2013. Submit original scientific investigation for presentation at the 18th Annual Scientific Session of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, which will be held Sept. 26-29 in Chicago, Ill. New this year: Fellows Challenging Case submissions! Any physician or scientist who is currently in a residency or fellowship training program, or who is below the age of 35, is eligible to submit a Challenging Case for presentation. Fellows/Residents should submit an interesting case with teaching points written in abstract style. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ICNC 11, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT
    Register today for ICNC 11, which will be held May 5-8, 2013, in Berlin. ICNC 11 is a key international scientific event, which has been organized for more than 20 years. This exciting and diversified scientific program will offer a full spectrum of educational opportunities ranging from continuing education to cutting-edge presentations of new and original scientific research.

    Of special note: Dr. Oliver Gämperli, Zurich University, member of the Working Group on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT, will present "The Changing Face of Cardiovascular Imaging," revealing future prospects for imaging in cardiology.

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