Insurance, socioeconomic status impacts imaging choices for ischemic stroke; U.K. hospitals under the gun for faulty medical equipment;

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> The insurance and socioeconomic status of patients could affect the type of imaging they receive for ischemic stroke, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Private insurance patients in particularly are more likely to undergo head and neck angiography, head MRI and echocardiography compared to the patients who are uninsured or have public insurance. Article

> Hospitals in the United Kingdom must do more to prevent faulty medical equipment issues that last year resulted in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries, according to a report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the U.K. The report charged that these faulty medical equipment issues--such as those involving MRI and CT scanners--last year resulted in 309 deaths and almost 5,000 patients sustaining serious injury, according to the Press Association. Article

> Repeating a colonoscopy within 10 years of an exam that was adequately performed and found no polyps will have little benefit, according to research published in the August issue of Gastroenterology. However, the study did find that there is some benefit to a repeat colonoscopy for patients whose baseline examination was compromised, according to HealthDay News. Article

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> After months of speculation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as expected, finalized Oct. 1, 2015, as the new compliance date for providers and payers to transition to ICD-10. Article

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> More states turn to non-traditional methods to fund the portion of their Medicaid obligation that is not covered by the federal government, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The states financed 26 percent of their Medicaid obligations, or $46 billion, from healthcare providers and local governments in fiscal year 2012, according to the report. Article

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