CMS Releases First ACO Outcomes Data

Accountable care organizations (ACO) have had varied success so far with diabetes and heart disease patients, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of Medicare data.

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Imaging Looms Large On New List Of Low-value Emergency Exams

If one list of unnecessary medical procedures is good, then two lists should be better, right? That could be the thinking behind a new list released this week in JAMA Internal Medicine of unnecessary tests in emergency medicine that are driving up healthcare costs. And the new list takes aim specifically at medical imaging.

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American College of Cardiology Highlights Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging Issues

Noninvasive cardiovascular imaging in U.S. medical practice today raises two policy challenges, according to a statement released on Feb. 17 by the American College of Cardiology and 13 collaborating medical groups: fostering a volume of imaging that balances patient needs with responsible use of societal resources, and continued improvement in the quality of care based on noninvasive cardiovascular imaging. “The purpose of this document is to provide a brief exposition of the issues involved [in usage volume of noninvasive cardiovascular imaging] and the possible ways in which the medical care system can balance responsible use of imaging with patient safety concerns while maintaining or even enhancing quality of care,” wrote the 20-member panel in a health policy statement (J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2014;63:698-721).

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Medical Device Tax Jobs Toll: 33K and Counting, Says AdvaMed

AdvaMed has surveyed its members about the medical device excise tax that Obamacare ushered in last year. The med tech industry trade group found that companies reported job losses, R&D cuts and slackening investment in U.S. manufacturing.

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