HHS says fewer than 15K enrollment forms missing; Med imaging near bottom of services adding to growth in Medicare spending;

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> Starting next year, Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield's will pay physician specialists 15 percent less for the same procedures done by non-specialists for patients with health exchange plans, Arkansas Business reported. Article

> Obtaining healthcare reform coverage presents challenges for entertainment workers, whose employment involves constant job turnover, a temporary nature and long hours that can lead to injuries and high levels of stress, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Saturday reported more fixes to back-end problems with HealthCare.gov, noting the number of missing 834 enrollment forms has dropped below 15,000. Blog Post

Medical Imaging News

> While medical imaging was a major contributor to the growth in Medicare spending in the first part of the 21st Century, it now ranks near the bottom of Medicare spending categories, according to a study in the December issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Article

> A brain imaging study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found significant differences in the way that men's and women's brains are wired. Article

And Finally... For those who wouldn't settle for mixed breed unicorns. Article

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