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Rheumatology Leaders Respond to MACRA Proposed Rule

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) praised the agency for recognizing the important role qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) will play in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) payment pathway, but expressed a number of concerns regarding the complexity and timing of requirements for small and solo practices, the absence of key cost data in the Resource Use category of MIPS, and the formidable barriers that exclude many rheumatologists from participating in the Alternative Payment Model (APM) track.

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Study: Use of Chiropractic in the VA Rising Steeply

The use of chiropractic services in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system has seen a steep rise over more than a decade, according to research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the official scientific journal of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

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Faster Detection of Pathogens in the Lungs

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What used to take several weeks is now possible in two days: thanks to new molecular-based methods, mycobacterial pathogens that cause pulmonary infections or tuberculosis can now be detected much more quickly. Time-consuming bacteria cultures no longer need to be taken from the patient samples, meaning that a suitable therapy can be started quickly.

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Researchers to Discuss Evidence-Based Approaches for Fighting the Opioid Epidemic at Congressional Briefing

In an effort to address the growing opioid epidemic in the United States, nationally recognized experts will discuss research-based strategies for preventing, intervening, and maintaining abstinence from opiate addictions during a congressional briefing June 24.

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Mount Sinai’s Discovery of an Epigenetic Regulator of Tumorigenesis Suggests New Strategies Against Lethal Forms of Breast Cancer

Mount Sinai scientists have identified a previously unknown mechanism by which a protein called CBX8 promotes tumor growth in the most lethal forms of breast cancer. The study, published today in the journal Cell Reports, underscores the need for cancer researchers to pay more attention to “epigenetic” factors, meaning chemical and biological processes that control gene expression without changing the underlying DNA sequence of the cells that are running amok.

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$2.3M Grant Funds App Creation to Diagnose Diseases

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded to Cornell University a four-year, $2.3 million grant to develop FeverPhone, which will diagnose six febrile diseases in the field: dengue, malaria, chikungunya, typhoid fever, leptospirosis and Chagas’ disease. Faculty members David Erickson and Saurabh Mehta will lead the team.

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AACC Commends CMS for Postponing Dramatic Changes to Medical Test Reimbursement Until 2018

On June 17, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule implementing the clinical laboratory provisions of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014, which will make the most significant changes to medical test reimbursement that clinical laboratories have seen in three decades. AACC applauds CMS for delaying full enactment of these reforms until 2018, a delay AACC had encouraged to give labs time to prepare for the new payment system and ensure that patient access to critical tests is not hindered.

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Michel C. Nussenzweig Wins 2016 Robert Koch Award

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Michel C. Nussenzweig has won the 2016 Robert Koch Award, one of Germany’s most prestigious scientific prizes, honoring extraordinary accomplishments in infectious disease research. Nussenzweig will share the €100,000 prize with Alberto Mantovani of Humanitas University for their achievements in immunology.

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Psychiatric Diagnostic Tools May Not Be Valid for African Americans

Depression in African Americans, according to Sirry Alang, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Lehigh University, is expressed in ways that are inconsistent with symptoms of depression laid out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). The DSM-V is the primary source of diagnostic information, relied upon by not only clinicians and researchers, but also psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, the legal system, and policy makers.

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Zika Mosquitoes Differ From West Nile Mosquitoes; First Zika Vaccine to Be Tested in Human Clinical Trial; Potential Drug Target Identified for Zika, and MORE in the Zika Virus News Source

Go here for the latest research, experts and features on Zika in the Zika Virus News Source

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Catherine M. DesRoches, DrPH, Joins OpenNotes as Executive Director

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Prominent health policy and public health researcher, Catherine M. DesRoches, DrPH, is joining the growing OpenNotes team and the Harvard Medical School faculty. As Executive Director, DesRoches will lead the OpenNotes movement toward national adoption of the practice of providing patients with ready and secure access to a fully transparent medical record, including the clinician’s medical notes.

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Orthopaedic Surgeons Announce Involvement in ASA’s Perioperative Surgical Home Care Model

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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the world’s largest association of musculoskeletal specialists, is participating in the development of the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care together with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). The PSH is a patient-centered, team-based model of care that guides patients through the entire surgical experience, from the decision to undergo surgery to discharge and return to function.

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The Wistar Institute Announces the Appointment of Susan B. Dillon, Ph.D., to Its Board of Trustees

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Susan B. Dillon, Ph.D., is appointed to Wistar's Board of Trustees

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Study: One-Third of Hospitals in Developing World Lack Running Water

A study of 430 hospitals in the developing world found that more than one-third lacked running water, a deficiency that can lead to unsanitary conditions for patients in general and dangerous conditions for those who need surgery.

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American Psychological Association's 124th Annual Convention Aug. 4 - 7, 2016, Denver

The American Psychological Association’s 124th annual convention will take place Aug. 4–7, 2016 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

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Mount Sinai Health System Partners with Clinithink, Ltd. to Transform Clinical Trials Recruitment

New System Can Quickly Scan Large Volumes of Patient Records to Identify Promising Candidates for Trials

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In Doctors We Trust – Especially When They Admit to Bias

A doctor’s guidance may reassure us more than we realize –especially if she says she is likely to recommend treatment in her field of expertise, known as “specialty bias.”