In this cohort of over 15,000 CT or USG-guided core biopsies (with needle gauges 20+), the incidence of bleeding (requiring transfusion, intervention, or death) was 0.5%. Of note, patients had to have an INR<1.6 and platelets >50,000 for the biopsies, and 38% were kidney and 24% were liver. These estimates can help gauge risk-benefit ratios in patients undergoing radiologically guided core biopsies (abstract).
“Membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders has risen to more than 170,000 today from roughly 70,000 in 2008.” “The AMA owns the copyright to CPT, the code used by doctors. It publishes coding books and dictionaries. It also creates new codes when doctors want to charge for a new procedure. It levies a […]
Yeah, I know the headline drew you in. I sleuthed ya—but I have a reason. A study out in BMJ today, and its timing is uncanny given the immigration ban we are now experiencing. First, to declare my priors. I will take an IMG to work by my side any day of the week. You need […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not updated its rules (“conditions for participation”) for nursing homes in twenty-five years. Late last year they finally did. Many of the changes will have an impact on the daily lives of NH residents but are far removed from hospital medicine. Think a resident’s ability to […]