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12/9/2019

Ruth Carlos, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, writes in an editorial that value-based imaging is "here to stay" and increasingly becoming the norm and not just an option in the practice of radiology, in line with the Protecting Access to Medicare Act in 2014. She writes that there is still a "need for a sensible system to implement measures of appropriateness and value-based reimbursement that assigns the risk of inappropriate utilization to those who have control over ordering decisions."

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Radiology Business
12/9/2019

The holidays aren't the most wonderful time of year for everybody, particularly those who have lost a loved one, says licensed clinical social worker Kelley Kitley. People should spend time with those who offer support and understand that there's no right way to feel, she says.

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Kelley Kitley
12/9/2019

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., reached an agreement with House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on legislation to address unexpected out-of-network bills that they say would rely on arbitration to resolve disputes. The package also includes drug price transparency provisions, language raising the minimum age for buying tobacco to 21 and a measure extending community health center funding, and supporters of the legislation hope to include it in a government funding deal later this month.

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Politico, The Hill
12/9/2019

A study published in Diabetes Care, based on data from 2,536 Japanese adults with a mean age of 65, found that women with type 2 diabetes who received 81 mg or 100 mg of aspirin had a 42% reduced risk of dementia, compared with women who did not take the drug. The researchers found no difference in dementia development between men who took aspirin and those who did not.

12/9/2019

A small study published in Diabetes Care found that patients with type 2 diabetes who ate three meals daily saw weight loss and better blood glucose levels at two and 12 weeks, compared with no improvements among participants who the usual six meals a day. Using data from 28 participants, the researchers also found that the diet lowered the need for diabetes medications and enhanced the expression of biological clock genes.

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Medical News Today
12/9/2019

Eight health systems in Washington state, representing 40 hospitals and more than 1,000 health care facilities, have formed the Washington Health Care Climate Alliance to advocate for "climate-smart" policies and help protect their communities from the effects of climate change. WA Alliance members also are working to make their facilities more climate-friendly.

12/9/2019

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Senior Director of Applied Innovation Pravin Jadhav said the company manages any overload of new ideas driven by digital integration by avoiding the "shiny-object syndrome" in drug development and tying innovation to the concepts of idea, action and value. Jadhav said the pharmaceutical industry can create value through digital integration, which could lead to improved clinical trial execution and therapeutic improvements.

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Clinical Leader
12/9/2019

Researchers who used PET found that individuals with coronary heart disease who practiced transcendental meditation in addition to cardiac rehabilitation and those who practiced meditation alone had a 20.7% and 12.8% increase in myocardial blood flow, respectively, compared with a 5.8% increase among those who received cardiac rehab alone and a 10.3% decline among those who received standard treatment. The findings in a nuclear cardiology journal suggest that meditation be considered in heart health programs, but more studies are needed, said study co-author Dr. Robert Schneider.

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Health Imaging online
12/9/2019

Researchers found that adults born preterm who were exclusively breastfed had less profound smaller heart chambers between ages 23 to 28, compared with those who were given an exclusive formula-based diet, indicating the protective effect of breast milk against heart diseases. The findings were published in Pediatric Research.

12/9/2019

The CMS indicated officials are inclined to allow Medicare Part D subscribers to change their drug plan after open enrollment closes if they chose a plan that doesn't suit their needs due to changes in the Medicare Plan Finder tool.

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The Associated Press