Mount Sinai Health System to drop plans; Sebelius left out of HHS budget discussion;

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> New Yorkers worry that Mount Sinai Health System will drop certain plans, reports the New York Times. Those affected by the changes include cancer patients who visit doctors owned by the New York City system. Article

> Thanks to non-user-friendly formatting, published Medicare physician claims data is impossible to use, American Medical Association President Ardis D. Hoven, M.D. wrote at the Huffington Post. Physicians need this information to improve healthcare and manage costs in real time. Article

> Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin (D) will hold a hearing next week to discuss the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' budget, reports The Hill. The list of attendees includes many HHS agency heads but not outgoing Secretary Kahtleen Sebelius. Article

Medical Imaging News

> Low dose CT screening for high-risk individuals received a low-confidence recommendation from the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) Wednesday, calling into question whether Medicare will end up covering these screening exams. Article

> A study published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine has found false-positive mammography results may lead to short-term anxiety for women, but won't affect a woman's overall well-being. Article

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