July 29, 2021
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Clinical Advancements in Sonography
Researchers used hepatic venous and right heart ultrasound parameters to assess the development of acute kidney injury in patients who had cardiac surgery. The study is published in the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.
Full Story: MDLinx (7/28) 
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Ultrasound assists in diagnosis of Olympic injuries
Ultrasound and other imaging methods are being used to diagnose athletes' injuries at the Tokyo Olympics. For example, one New Zealand athlete underwent an ultrasound during a pre-Olympic soccer match.
Full Story: AuntMinnie (free registration) (7/29) 
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Technology Update
Health care professionals and patients are still navigating the ins and outs of telehealth, including how to handle technology glitches, connectivity problems, missed appointments and complicated interfaces. Platform developers say they are adding features and simplifying tasks.
Full Story: Kaiser Health News (7/26) 
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The Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community, a group of health technology companies and providers, announced its first two projects in digital health measurement. One helps to ensure that input from people of all backgrounds will be included in product development cycles, and the other aims to standardize inclusivity evaluation in the creation of digital health measures.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital Review (7/27) 
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Practice News
Fragmentation may impede electronic prior authorization
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found implementation and coordination barriers, such as misfiring and lack of provider education, might prevent electronic prior authorization from improving prescription filling and adherence. Improved pharmacy data integration in the EHR, integrated delivery networks and risk-based insurance contracts, and less fragmentation between insurers and ePA systems could lower the odds of misfiring, researchers wrote.
Full Story: EHR Intelligence (7/23) 
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Patient Care in Medicine
Researchers used the imaging agent PARPi-FL and a handheld confocal fiberoptic microscope to identify cervical cancer on cervical cell biopsies in human and animal models, according to a study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. "PARPi-FL can be used to specifically identify cancer cells in real-time during colposcopy procedures and could serve as a more precise guide for biopsies or even to replace the need to biopsy altogether," said researcher Dr. Paula Demetrio de Souza Franca.
Full Story: Health Imaging (7/27) 
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Bariatric surgery was linked to a 35% reduced risk for cesarean section; a 40% reduced risk for gestational diabetes; a 47% reduced risk for preeclampsia; a 55% reduced risk for infection of the fluid and membranes surrounding the baby in the uterus; and a 76% reduced risk of having a baby much larger than average for gestational age, researchers reported in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. However, the findings, based on data involving over 20,000 women, also showed that bariatric surgery was linked to a 79% increased risk for postpartum hemorrhage and a 146% increased risk for small-for-gestational-age birth.
Full Story: HealthDay News (7/27) 
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Career Development
People who struggle to be understood might be speaking too fast or too quietly, or they might be trying to show off their authority and knowledge of big words, writes Calendar CEO John Rampton. This article offers several possible steps for improving your spoken communication, including writing more, consulting a thesaurus and avoiding jargon.
Full Story: Calendar (7/27) 
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Older adults in the job market can increase their chance of success with an effectively designed resume. For the resume to be properly processed by an Applicant Tracking System, it should be simple, short and free of graphics and not include core competencies or achievements sections but instead emphasize results and skills.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (7/27) 
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
More than 400 health care and technology groups signed a letter urging Congress to act now to make expanded telehealth coverage permanent and eliminate what they say are arbitrary location restrictions before the public health emergency ends. "Without action from Congress, Medicare beneficiaries will abruptly lose access to nearly all recently expanded coverage of telehealth when the COVID-19 PHE ends," the groups wrote.
Full Story: Healthcare IT News (7/27) 
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The RMSKS credentialing program is accredited by ANSI under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17024 Standard. Apply now!
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If you missed the CME Audit deadline of May 31, 2021, you can reinstate your certification(s) by following the CME Audit Reinstatement procedure by the deadline of August 1, 2021.
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