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ACR’s Peters weighs in on multitude of docs facing MU penalties
Jan 07, 2015 - Last week CMS announced that more than 257,000 physicians—that’s more than half of all docs treating Medicare patients—will be docked 1 percent in 2015 for failing to meet their 2013 Meaningful Use goals. The fallout from the federal program’s critics was swift and pointed. This...
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Brain PET shows how smoking affects men and women differently
Jan 07, 2015 - It’s well established that smoking affects the male brain one way and the female brain another. New research at Yale using movies produced by PET shows some of the key differences in action.
 - Candy and Soda
Overweight children’s brains literally light up over sugar
Jan 07, 2015 - Obese children tend to have an exceptionally responsive sweet tooth—and it shows up as a visible signal in their brains.
Healthcare getting its head in the cloud, cautiously
Jan 07, 2015 - Nearly all mid-size healthcare organizations are using cloud computing or considering it, but almost two-thirds continue to have doubts about security.
 - Gail Rodriguez
Tucking into 2015 to-do list, MITA hires new policy director and takes aim at tax repeal—for starters
Jan 07, 2015 - “The repeal of the medical device tax is our number one priority for 2015. We are really hoping this is the year we see it repealed.”
 - Patient Privacy
Many patients prefer to hide sensitive clinical info from care teams: study
Jan 07, 2015 - When given control of their own health records in electronic format, patients are ready and willing to share their info with their own doctor or nurse. But they stubbornly resist letting other, equally critical members of the care team in on the conversation. 
 - Big Data
Big data raises big questions for healthcare providers: NPR
Jan 07, 2015 - Often lost amid the hurrahs over the promise and potential of big data to transform healthcare is how unwieldy it can be to apply in real-world settings—and how wary clinical decision-makers can be when they’re presented with it. 
 - compliance
Looking ahead: Compliance with regulations on CT equipment and dose monitoring
Jan 07, 2015 - One of the topics weighing heavily on the minds of those providers who perused all the new CT imaging equipment on display at RSNA 2014 was the new legislation dedicated to medical imaging as it relates to making provisions to more strictly control CT dosage requirements under NEMA...
 - interoperability
Interoperability top focus of ONC strategic plan
Jan 07, 2015 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information technology (ONC) on Monday released the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 with a definitive focus on interoperability. 
 - Questionable Money
Kentucky hospital study finds mounting losses on physician ownership
Jan 07, 2015 - While the integration of physician groups into hospital operations is expected to achieve more efficiency and quality of care, doing so effectively remains a top challenge and strategic imperative for hospitals and health systems, according to a recent report from the accounting and...
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FDA approves Gadavist for patients younger than 2
Jan 07, 2015 - The FDA has approved Bayer’s Gadavist (gadobutrol) injection as the first MRI contrast agent for pediatric patients younger than two years of age, including term neonates.
 - ACO
89 new ACOs added to Medicare Shared Savings Program
Jan 07, 2015 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that Eighty-nine new accountable care organizations (ACOs) have joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) effective January 1. 
 - ACR asks CMS for lung cancer guideline revisions
ACR asks CMS to revise proposed guidelines for LDCT lung cancer screening
Jan 07, 2015 - ACR has asked CMS to revise its guidelines for low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening for the Medicare population.
 - Capitol
World Health Care Congress & Exhibition 3/22/15 - 3/25/15
Jan 07, 2015 - The 12th Annual World Health Care Congress convenes decision makers from all sectors of health care to catalyze change.
 - New Orleans
RBMA 2015-Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs 3/15/15 - 3/17/15
Jan 07, 2015 - Registration is open for RBMA 2015 Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs. The meeting will be held in New Orleans, LA, from March 15-17, 2015. 
 - Claudette Lew
The Big Picture
Jan 07, 2015 - Already a week into the new year, the healthcare industry is buzzing with energy and focused on the road ahead.