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GAO: Unclear if accreditation requirements led to med imaging decline

The effect that the implementation of the 2012 Medicare accreditation requirement for suppliers of CT, MRI and nuclear medicine services has had on the decline in imaging growth is unclear, according to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office.

PET helps predict improvement capacity for vegetative patients

The use of PET scans can help distinguish between patients that are in vegetative states and those that have some degree of consciousness and have the potential to improve, according to new research published online in The Lancet.

Prostate cancer active surveillance ineffective without follow up

Active surveillance of low-risk prostate cancer becomes ineffective when patients don't return for follow up exams, according to a study presented last week at the European Association of Urology's annual congress.

Swiss Medical Board: Time to abolish mammo screening?

Last year, the Swiss Medical Board was mandated by Swiss health authorities to prepare a review of mammography screening, and based on its findings has recommended that no new systematic screening programs be introduced. What's more, it said, a time limit must be placed on existing programs.

Hospital tech gets prison time for falsely entering mammo results

A former hospital technician in Georgia has been sentenced to up to six months in prison for falsely entering negative results for mammograms.

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Only one-third of veterans are taking advantage of "Blue Button" capabilities to access the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' personal health record portal, My HealtheVet, but those who do so are pleased with it, according to a study published recently in the  Journal of the American Informatics Association.

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The House Appropriations Committee has opted to withhold most of the funds requested by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to upgrade its electronic health record system until the VA and the Department of Defense make progress on a joint EHR.