Fecal blood test screening program cheaper, more effective than colonoscopy?; Starting salaries for radiologists higher than most specialties;

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> Public health authorities could screen more low-income and insured people for colorectal cancer--and save more lives--by using a fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) rather than colonoscopy, according to a new study. The researchers found that an annual FIT screening program could screen nearly eight times as many people and prevent twice as many colorectal cancer cases as a colonoscopy program could. Announcement

> Radiology continues to be one of the more lucrative specialties, even for those radiologists just starting their careers, HealthImaging reports. According to a survey by the recruiting firm Profiles, the median starting salary is $330,000 for diagnostic radiologists and $335,000 for interventional radiologists. Only neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery-spine, and cardiac/thoracic surgery have higher starting salaries. Article

> Low-dose CT screening with increasing intervals can help detect lung cancer among at-risk individuals according to a study in Lancet Oncology. The researchers, in analyzing the results of the NELSON trial, found that low-dose CT screening at increasing intervals is highly specific and sensitive. Study

Health IT News

> Karen DeSalvo will step down from her role as National Coordinator for Health IT, effective immediately, to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at the behest of HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, an ONC spokesperson confirmed to FierceHealthIT last week. Article

Health Finance News

> The confirmation that two nurses were infected with the Ebola virus has had a devastating short-term effect on the bottom line of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Article

And Finally... It's a coin-flip. Article