A three-year lifestyle intervention consisting of exercise training and dietary counseling in primary-care settings helped improve quality of life among patients at moderate or high risk for heart disease and proved more cost-effective than standard care, Swedish researchers reported. "Such programs may be a wise use of resources in primary health care for patients with diseases to which inactivity strongly contributes," the researchers said.
A Mayo Clinic study showed that data gleaned from EMR systems could help researchers better understand the genetic bases of peripheral arterial disease and other common illnesses. "Our study demonstrates ... several significant advantages over traditional approaches to genomic medicine research by simplifying logistics, reducing timelines, and overall costs through efficient data acquisition," the study authors said.
Health reform will shift U.S. health care spending, reducing Medicare costs and putting more money in the private sector, government analysts said. The law will likely slightly increase overall spending but will have the biggest effect on payers and providers. A separate study found most American adults remain confused about the health reform changes and when they are to begin.
The FDA is considering whether to regulate mobile applications, including smartphone apps, that enable patients to wirelessly monitor their vital signs, such as heart rhythm monitors and glucose monitoring systems. "Developing and integrating wireless and broadband communications technology with medical devices and applications requires agencies to assure that such devices operate in a safe, reliable and secure manner," said officials from the FDA and the Federal Communications Commission.
Join ASNC on Sept. 23 for a special ASNC2010 session dedicated to government policies and regulations impacting nuclear cardiology. ASNC is pleased to welcome keynote speaker Alice G. Gosfield, Esq., who will present a lecture titled "Avoiding Marriage: Non-Acquisition Hospital-Physician Financial Strategies." This session also includes lectures from ASNC members on Medicare reimbursement, radiation reduction initiatives, health care reform and the ongoing isotope shortage, and is included as part of attendees' ASNC2010 registration.