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New Blood Test for Prostate Cancer Improves Diagnostic Accuracy
Fox News
A new blood test for prostate cancer is improving the accuracy of diagnoses and may even reduce the frequency of false positives and unnecessary biopsies. The Prostate Health Index test could fill the diagnostic gap clinicians currently have when screening for prostate cancer. By using three different prostate-specific markers, the test is more accurate in detecting prostate cancer than the current prostate specific antigen test.
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Interventions Prevent Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury
Renal & Urology News
A quality improvement program helps prevent contrast-induced acute kidney injury in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, according to research published online in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Jeremiah R. Brown, Ph.D., of the Geisel School of Medicine in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and colleagues compared the rates of CI-AKI after nonemergent percutaneous coronary intervention among 21,067 patients. Patients were receiving care in six hospitals participating in the quality improvement intervention and two hospitals not participating in the intervention.
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Epigenetic Test May Cut Unneeded Repeat PCa Biopsies
Urology Times
Two independent published trials have validated the performance of an epigenetic test that could provide physicians with a better tool to help eliminate unnecessary repeat prostate biopsies. In the previously reported independent MATLOC (Methylation Analysis To Locate Occult Cancer) trial, a multiplex epigenetic assay profiling the APC, GSTP1 and RASSF1 genes demonstrated a negative predictive value of 90 percent. GSTP1 methylation is a specific biomarker for prostate cancer, and APC and RASSF1 are important field effect markers and increase the diagnostic sensitivity of the assay.
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California Asks: Should Doctors Face Drug Tests? (Subscription Required)
New York Times
At a time when random drug testing is part of the job for pilots, train operators, police officers and firefighters — to name a few — one high-profile line of work has managed to remain exempt: Doctors. That may be about to change. California would become the first state to require doctors to submit to random drug and alcohol tests under a measure to appear on the ballot this November.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


CMS Confirms ICD-10 Deadline
HealthLeaders Media
HHS will release the final rule, Administrative Simplification: Change to the Compliance Date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD–10–CM and ICD-10-PCS) Medical Data Code Sets, in the Federal Register Aug. 4. The one-year delay will allow U.S. healthcare providers to reap the benefits of ICD-10 as soon as possible and is also the least expensive option, HHS stated in the final rule.
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Report: Doctors Struggling With Low Obamacare Reimbursements
Newsmax
Obamacare is low-balling private doctors caring for the newly insured, paying close to Medicare rates – and forcing some physicians to stop accepting certain Affordable Care Act-covered patients at all, a joint report by Kaiser Health News and National Public Radio says. "I cannot accept a plan [in which] potentially commercial-type reimbursement rates were now going to be reimbursed at Medicare rates," Hartford, Conneticut, Dr. Doug Gerard tells NPR. "You have to maintain a certain mix in private practice between the low reimbursers and the high reimbursers to be able to keep the lights on."
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Medicare Advantage Carriers See 'No Choice' But to Accept Cuts
HealthLeaders Media
Among the lawmakers in attendance, the recent House Ways and Means healthcare panel hearing on Medicare Advantage featured partisan fireworks over reimbursement rate cuts to the value-based healthcare insurance program. The testimony of a key witness, Chris Wing, CEO of Long Beach, CA-based SCAN Health Plan, displayed some of the economic responses insurers are making to adjust MA drug and health insurance policies in response to the federal cutbacks.
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Report Touches Off Fight Over Future Of Doctor Training Program
Kaiser Health News
A high-level report recommending sweeping changes in how the government distributes $15 billion annually to subsidize the training of doctors has brought out the sharp scalpels of those who would be most immediately affected. The reaction also raises questions about the sensitive politics involved in redistributing a large pot of money that now goes disproportionately to teaching hospitals in the Northeast U.S. All of the changes recommended would have to be made by Congress.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Twitter Increasingly Used to Share Urological Meeting Info
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
Twitter is utilized as a significant communication platform at urological meetings, according to a study published in the August issue of The Journal of Urology. The researchers found that, of the 5,402 tweets during the combined 18 meeting days, 4,098 were original and 1,304 were rebroadcast prior tweets.
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