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> New York- area researchers used an algorithmic approach for analyzing data from breast cancer screening to better identify malignant tumors in breast tissue, as opposed to benign growths or calcium deposits, according to a study published in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics. "This could help improve outcomes for patients with malignancy but also reduce the number of false positives that otherwise lead patients to unnecessary therapeutic, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, and surgical interventions," a statement about the research says. Announcement

> An anonymous contributor who works as a healthcare executive in New York writes at Government Health IT that interoperability prices will skyrocket in 2014 for three reasons: health IT vendors increasing prices; a rise in administrative costs for operating health information exchanges; and no savings created from the transition to tax burden. Article

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> A $500,000 California Endowment grant will help television writers and producers incorporate Affordable Care Act information into their scripts, targeting young, healthy Hispanics and other key demographics whose enrollment is crucial to healthcare reform's success. Article

> When red tape threatens to prevent doctors from providing the care they believe their patients need, some physicians admit that they lie to insurance companies, according to a study published in the October issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism. Fifty-one percent of 771 rheumatologists surveyed reported that they experienced ethical dilemmas related to the high cost of treatment for patients. Article

> One in three adults has changed primary care physicians during the past five years, according to a recent survey from the American Osteopathic Association. We've reported previously on the reasons patients leave doctors, but the AOA's research breaks down the factors that draw people to a particular office in the first place. Article

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