Web-based tool aims to cut mammogram confusion; Beware end-of-year scams;

News from Around the Web

> A new online tool may help patients and physicians decide when screening mammograms for women in their 40s are appropriate, NPR reports. The tool not only calculates risk, but also gives an estimate of the effects of screening and helps women think about their own values. Article

> Being faithful to flu shots may backfire, according to STAT News. A growing body of evidence, which is confounding some researchers, suggests that getting flu shots repeatedly can gradually reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines under some circumstances. Article

> Watch out for end-of-year fraud tactics aimed at medical offices, including several forms of invoice fraud, advises Physicians Practice. Article

Payer News

> Though there are plenty of reports that chronicle how the Affordable Care Act has lowered the overall number of uninsured Americans, a new analysis breaks down the data state-by-state to show how the healthcare reform law has affected regions differently. Article

And Finally… The dog was driving. Article