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Those of you who attended the FSP annual business luncheon in February in Orlando will recall the theme of my remarks to the membership involved one main topic — relevance in a changing landscape. As each of you receives a dues statement from the Florida Society of Pathologists, it is reasonable for you to ask if you’re getting value for your dollar. Staying with our traditional model of offering two meetings a year with speakers of national reputation, sponsoring business and legal advice from experts at our annual February meeting, and providing a paid lobbyist to look after your specific interests in Tallahassee at the legislative session, with a printed newsletter offered quarterly or semiannually, explaining past progress and anticipated challenges — has all been worthwhile and satisfying.
2014 Summer Anatomic Pathology Conference
Saturday, July 12 - Sunday, July 13
Registration will open shortly for the 2014 Florida Society of Pathologists Summer Anatomic Pathology Conference. The summer conference is always an excellent combination of education, CMEs and family beach fun! Don’t be left out this year. We have an amazing faculty as well as unique networking opportunities. Our vendors will be present showcasing the latest in products and services. Please be sure to go to www.flpath.org and register. The meeting will be held at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. Hotel reservations can be made by calling The Breakers’ Reservations at 866-751-7272 or visit https://resweb.passkey.com/go/FSP14 to make your reservations online. Be sure to ask for the FSP discounted group rate of $205.00 single/double.
- Geza Acs, M.D., Ph.D
Ruffolo, Hooper & Associates, M.D., PA, Tampa, Fla.
- Bruce R. Smoller, M.D.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences,
Department of Pathology, Little Rock, Ark.
- Teri A. Longacre, M.D.
Stanford University Medical Center,
Anatomic Pathology Department, Stanford, Calif.
See you in Palm Beach!
ICD-10 remains high priority despite delay
The transition to the ICD-10 standard for diagnosis and billing codes remains a big factor in the health IT jobs market, despite Congressional action delaying implementation of the program for at least a year. The demand for technical, clinical, and project management skills needed for the conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10 have been in high demand for the past year, and the legislative delay "hasn't seemed to decrease the need a whole lot," says Cherie Lester, senior healthcare IT recruiter with the Holland Square Group.
Early evidence from Medicare's bundled payment pilots show improved quality at reduced cost of care in findings with consequences for medical laboratories
Early evidence indicates that Medicare’s bundled-payment pilot has helped participating providers improve the quality of care while better managing healthcare costs. Should more detailed findings confirm these outcomes, Medicare could decide to expand the range of clinical services it wants covered by a bundled-payment arrangement.
Most doctors miscalculate positive predictive value
When asked to do a simple calculation of positive predictive value, about three out of four physicians and medical students in Boston got it wrong. In 1978, Casscells and associates showed that most physicians, house officers, and students overestimated the positive predictive value of a laboratory test result when provided the prevalence and false positive rate.
Cultured red blood cells: There's nothing artificial about it
By Rosemary Sparacio
Blood transfusions play a critical role in clinical practice. Over 90 million transfusions take place each year. Transfusions are made possible throughout the U.S. by donations from individuals, blood-donor programs, blood banks and the American Red Cross. However, in order to get the supplies they need, all venues must participate.
Researchers use RNA sequencing to look at early- and late-stage development of the heart
Using mouse models, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have now been able to categorize the alternative splicing (the process in which genes code proteins, determining their role) that takes place during these changes and what mechanisms they affect. The findings, which appear in Nature Communications, also helped to identify a protein that regulates some of the alternative splicing and then goes on to change dramatically in its expression during the postnatal period.
Finnish researchers discover gene mutation in ameloblastoma
A Finnish team of researchers was the first in the world to discover a gene mutation in ameloblastoma, which is a tumor of the jaw. Ameloblastoma is an odontogenic tumor with a high tendency to recur after treatment. Ameloblastoma is most often found in the posterior of the lower jaw. Ameloblastomas are treated by surgery, often resulting in tissue deficiencies in the jaws as well as loss of several teeth.
Scientists identify cancer specific cell for potential targeted treatment of gastric cancer
Researchers at the Rey Juan Carlos University and the Alcorcón Hospital in Madrid have compared the volatile substances exhaled by 11 people with cancer of larynx, with those of another 20 healthy people. The results show that the concentrations of certain molecules, mainly ethanol and 2-butanone, are higher in individuals with carcinoma, therefore they act as potential markers of the disease.
Two fast body-language fixes for doctors
For physicians, good body language conveys a lot more than friendliness — it can play a role in whether a doctor gets sued, according to research conducted by a Stanford University professor in 2002. In the experiment described in Forbes, medical students listened to audio tapes from patient encounters with doctors who were sued for malpractice even though the recordings were "content filtered," meaning that the actual words were inaudible.
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