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November 2012 Briefing - Radiology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Radiology for November 2012. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Removal of Consultation Fees Increased Spending on Doc Visits

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The 2010 Medicare elimination of consultation payments (mainly billed by specialists) led to a net increase in spending on physician office visits, according to a study published online Nov. 26 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Political Leaders Face Voter Opposition to Medicare Cuts

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of those who voted for President Obama in the 2012 election favor implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while those who voted for Republican officeholders are likely to oppose parts or all of the implementation of the ACA; both sides oppose cuts to Medicare as a means to balance the budget, according to an analysis of newly released polls published as a Special Report online Nov. 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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State Cost of Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion Modest

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Medicaid expansion will likely result in modest state costs by 2022, but will gain health care coverage for more than 20 million uninsured Americans, according to report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Doc Earnings Growth Lags Behind Other Health Professionals

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with other health professionals, in the last 15 years there has been considerably less growth in the earnings of physicians in the United States, according to a research letter published in the Nov. 28 issue the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Abnormal Default-Mode Network Connectivity Seen in Mild TBI

MONDAY, Nov. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) exhibit abnormal default-mode network (DMN) connectivity, according to a study published in the December issue of Radiology.

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Obama Administration Moving Forward With Health Care Law

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Three rules have been proposed by the Obama administration to further facilitate implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a Nov. 20 press release from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Overdiagnosis Estimated in 31 Percent of Breast Cancer Cases

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of overdiagnosis may be larger than previously recognized for screening mammography, according to research published in the Nov. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Repeat Testing Common Among Medicare Beneficiaries

MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) -- For Medicare beneficiaries, repeat testing within three years is common, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Mental Illness, Job Stress Both Factors in Physician Suicides

FRIDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) -- The presence of mental illness or job problems may make physicians more vulnerable to suicide than non-physicians, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in General Hospital Psychiatry.

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Bone Marrow Biopsy Adds Little to PET/CT Staging of Hodgkin's

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with treatment-naive Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) staged using [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), routine bone marrow biopsy (BMB) has little or no therapeutic consequence, according to research published online Nov. 13 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Migraines in Women Tied to White Matter Hyperintensity

TUESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Migraine headaches are associated with an increased incidence of deep white matter hyperintensities on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to research published in the Nov. 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Social Network Profile May Harm Medical Applicants

MONDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Social networking profiles may harm an applicant's chances of admission to medical school or a residency program, according to a study published online Nov. 8 in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

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Lean Process Methods Expedite Care in Ischemic Stroke

FRIDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Use of lean process improvement methodology can reduce the time to stroke care without compromising patient safety, according to a study published online Nov. 8 in Stroke.

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Mammogram Interpretation Agreement Varies by Finding

THURSDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Agreement between community-based radiologists and an expert radiology panel for interpreting mammograms is high for cancer cases and obvious findings, but is low for subtle and asymmetric lesions, calcifications, asymmetric densities, and architectural distortions, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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