Women who experienced menopause at age 40 or younger had more than twice the risk of developing angina after a myocardial infarction, with an equally high chance of having it be more severe, compared with those who went through menopause at age 50 or older, a U.S. study found. "Early menopause is a significant predictor of angina at one year after MI, independent of co-morbidities, MI severity and quality of care," researchers concluded.
As part of the health care reform law, doctors who own imaging equipment must disclose their ownership in writing whenever they refer Medicare and Medicaid patients for in-office imaging. The new rule, which is set to be effective next year, also will require doctors to furnish patients with a list of other nearby sites where they can undergo similar imaging services.
The Canadian isotope-producing reactor is back online, but doctors in the U.S. will go on postponing and canceling crucial medical tests until more technetium isotopes are delivered, said Robert Atcher, chairman of SNM's domestic isotope availability workgroup. Some doctors have resorted to using thallium as an alternative to technetium, but they said it exposes patients to more radiation and often yields lower-quality images.
Two hospitals in San Diego are among the 31 clinical sites in the U.S., New Zealand and Europe that are testing the safety and effectiveness of Cameron Health's subcutaneous defibrillator system. The company's device is designed to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in patients with congestive heart failure.
Guidance released by the CMS aims to assist state Medicaid agencies with implementing incentive programs for the meaningful use of electronic health records as well as outline the criteria for receiving the 90% federal financing for administrative expenses. "CMS expects that states will take an incremental approach to the initial implementation of their Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs," the agency said.