October 16, 2014
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Patient-centered care in cardiology
Patient-centered care gets a lot of attention today amid increased focus on cost, quality and satisfaction in health care. But in the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging specialty, where imaging zeroes in on how a patient's body is functioning at the molecular level, personalization and a patient-centered approach are nothing new. Imaging societies were early adopters of Choosing Wisely, radiation safety measures and other means of continually boosting the quality of care. This special report from SNMMI SmartBrief highlights best practices for care -- and for your practice -- as these topics shape conversations about medicine, reimbursement and the delivery of care.
Heart disease
Emerging Approaches in CV Imaging 
  • Study lends support to dynamic cardiac SPECT
    Measuring myocardial blood flow and myocardial flow reserve at rest and at stress using multipinhole-dedicated cardiac SPECT with common perfusion imaging agents is feasible, according to data from an animal study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The researchers argue the approach is suitable for human studies, provided its clinical utility is validated. (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pharmacologic stress tests gain ground in SPECT MPI
    Exercise stress SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging utilization dropped at two health systems by about 10% from 1996 to 2012, according to research reported at a nuclear cardiology conference. Meanwhile, utilization of pharmacologic stress agents grew nearly 10% over the same time period. The study also found a drop in abnormal results from SPECT MPI. (free registration) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Patient-Centered Imaging 
  • Choosing Wisely opens dialogue between physicians and patients
    Patient and doctor.  
    (Cultura RM/T2 Images)
    The Choosing Wisely campaign launched in 2012 with the support of nine medical associations, and it has grown to include more than 40 physician groups, including SNMMI. The guidelines were designed to improve communication between doctors and patients, and American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation President and CEO Dr. Richard Baron says a shift has occurred, leading to "conversations about what care is truly necessary." Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Study seeks to refine utilization of MPI for angina in the ED
    Pre-discharge myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with two negative troponin tests should be restricted to those with a TIMI score of at least 3, according to research from the Cleveland Clinic's Heart and Vascular Institute. The study found limited benefit in patients with lower scores, although more data on appropriate follow-up are needed, according to the authors. (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Your Best Practice 
  • Mo-99 supply problems pose cost, scheduling challenges
    Imaging facilities are struggling amid a molybdenum-99 shortage, restricting exam schedules to deal with supply issues and establishing policies to compensate for price increases. Nearly nine in 10 respondents to an SNMMI survey said they could continue to accommodate patients, but 13% said the increased prices mean less revenue and lower compensation for employees. (free registration) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medtech leaders: Payment models could stymie innovation
    Important medical technology innovations could be blocked by the pay-for-performance and risk-based models for reimbursement that are proliferating since the Affordable Care Act became law, AdvaMed officials warned at a recent news conference. An industry-funded white paper found that some insurance companies said they are being more selective in approving new technologies, and all of the companies interviewed said they were looking into new reimbursement models because of rising costs. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/7) , Forbes (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data mining has huge potential to affect care of patients
    Medical researchers are using Big Data to learn more about the effects of drugs, and their work is creating the prospect of a "learning health system," Veronique Greenwood writes. A doctor who used medical records to show that a patient might need anti-clotting drugs said the feeling used to be that research being done now will help patients in future years, but soon it could be common for research to help patients immediately. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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