CMS has tapped Companion Data Services' hosting and data-processing capabilities to support its National Level Repository under a contract worth up to $24 million. The repository is designed to monitor Medicare and Medicaid incentives given to providers who demonstrate EHR meaningful use.
British researchers found that people with chronic angina who received the classic gout drug allopurinol were able to exercise 25% longer before they experienced chest pain compared with those on placebo. "Allopurinol is inexpensive" compared with other anti-anginal drugs and has a favorable "long-term safety record," the lead study author wrote.
Health care providers and medical groups are beginning to understand that more care is not always better and can even carry risks from side effects or complications. Groups such as the American College of Physicians are writing guidelines and working with physicians to reduce unnecessary care and help patients look at the risks and benefits of treatment options.
German researchers said FDG PET/CT helped them differentiate between the patients with congestive heart failure who were responders and nonresponders to cardiac resynchronization therapy. The researchers later this year plan to undertake a trial that will assess patients before therapy to pinpoint those who likely would benefit from implantation, as well as develop a treatment management plan.
Advanced Medical Isotope has received a global license for a technology used for producing radioisotopes, including molybdenum-99. The technology, once operational, could help meet half of the Mo-99 requirement in the U.S., the company said.