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December 17, 2013

PubMed Commons going public soon
PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s online database of abstracts and full text articles is launching a PubMed Commons version that allows authors to comment on articles. The first public version of the PubMed Commons pilot will be released in the coming weeks. All users of PubMed will be able to see and cite comments. Read more.

This Issue

The Research Seed Funding Grant
AAPM Fellowship for the Training of a Doctoral Candidate in the Field of Medical Physics
Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program
Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program (DREAM)

Essentials and Guidelines for Clinical Medical Physics Residency Training Programs

Electronic Newsletters

NNSA Awards Funding to Accelerate Non-HEU-Based Production of Molybdenum-99 in the United States

Bundled Payments Increasingly Attractive to Hospitals And Medical Groups

Fall 2013 issue of the newsletter of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, the Butterfly Effect

New in 2014: Complimentary manuals to be delivered vie E-dition
Comment on the standards

SGR Repeal Update
Radiologists Praise Appropriateness Criteria In SGR Proposal
2014 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
2014 HOPPS/ASC Final Rule

Radiation Oncology Program Accreditation Meeting : March 14, 2014; Denver, CO - Registration and Housing Open
Spring Clinical Meeting: March 15 - 18, 2014; Denver, CO - Registration/Abstract Submission Open
Chapter Meetings

5th Annual Canadian Winter School-Quality and Safety in Radiation Oncology: January 26 - 30, 2014; Quebec, CANADA
SPIE Medical Imaging Conference 2014: February 15 - 20, 2014; San Diego, CA
Image Gently/ALARA CT Summit: February 21 - 22, 2014; Orlando, FL
ESTRO 33: April 4 - 8, 2014; Vienna, Austria
RSS 2014 SRS/SBRT Scientific Meeting: May 8 – 10, 2014; Minneapolis, MN

Point of Care Technologies for Cancer: January 8-10, 2014; Bethesda, MD (re-scheduled from Oct. 7-9, 2014 due to government shutdown)

Website Editor Report, December 2013 This is a members only link.
Continuing Medical Physics Code Increases by 62% for 2014 This is a members only link.
AAPM Safety Profile Assessment : A Tool for Safety and Quality Improvement in Radiotherapy
Vendor Specific CT Dose Education Slides added to the CT Protocols Page


NNSA Awards Funding to Accelerate Non-HEU-Based Production of Molybdenum-99 in the United States
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today the award of a cooperative agreement that accelerates the dual objectives of eliminating the use of proliferation-sensitive highly enriched uranium (HEU) in the production of medical isotopes and establishing reliable domestic supplies of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) to meet U.S. patient needs. Mo-99 is used frequently in common medical diagnostic procedures.

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Bundled Payments Increasingly Attractive to Hospitals And Medical Groups
According to a recent poll conducted by KPMG, more than 60 percent of healthcare providers believe bundled payment models, which package outpatient and inpatient costs, professional fees and post-discharge costs related to specific conditions into one payment, may improve the quality of health care delivered to patients and create cost-savings.

In the KPMG poll of 190 healthcare providers, largely represented by hospitals and health systems and large scale physician groups, 38 percent said they are "already working with bundled payments," while 24 percent responded, "Not yet, but we plan to." Thirty-six percent remained undecided on developing and only 2 percent stated that they had no intention to offer bundle payment plans.

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SGR Repeal Update
House Ways & Means Committee staff are diving deep into Medicare physician payment reform details, after a private meeting last week where they began reviewing detailed comments from providers.

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Radiologists Praise Appropriateness Criteria In SGR Proposal
Radiologists and imaging equipment makers praised lawmakers’ Medicare physician-pay legislative outline for giving doctors guidelines on when to order imaging procedures instead of merely cutting imaging reimbursement to bring down the cost of replacing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula

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