Dr. Mikkael Sekeres, director of the Cleveland Clinic's leukemia program, relates his personal struggle after receiving worrisome results following stress echocardiography. Emotion clouds reason when dealing with health matters, even for physicians, he says, and it's difficult to keep perspective. In Sekeres' case, further exploration revealed he had nothing to worry about, but he highlights a valuable lesson in how patients experience receiving potentially devastating health news.
A proposal by the Obama administration to remove Medicare critical access designations for hospitals within 10 miles of each other drew criticism from Republican and Democratic senators who said the measure was arbitrary and cuts would reduce the quality of care and damage rural economies. A dozen Democrats in the Senate, including Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Al Franken of Minnesota and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, signed a letter to the Senate Finance Committee leadership opposing the cuts.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has granted $14.4 million for the study of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in an effort to identify the highest-risk patients. The University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of Oxford will lead the effort, which will examine imaging, genetic and other predictive tools as well as demographics and clinical variables.
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.
Starting Sept. 1, the government of Texas will implement a law requiring health insurers to cover the cost of carotid ultrasound and CT coronary artery calcium scans for the screening of atherosclerosis. The Texas Heart Attack Prevention Bill also will provide coverage for diabetic patients and those who are at risk for coronary artery disease.