Teleradiology prompts shift in use of after-hours ultrasound
April 14, 2015 -- Researchers in France found that concerns over who would perform after-hours emergency ultrasound scans shouldn't be a roadblock for hospitals that want to implement an overnight teleradiology service. They found that all but 14% of scans could either be replaced or postponed.
HIMSS: IT professionals target patient engagement
April 13, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Healthcare IT professionals are prioritizing IT activities geared toward patient engagement, according to the 26th annual HIMSS Leadership Survey released on Monday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting.
CMS provides questionable coding 'advice' for DBT studies
April 13, 2015 -- Revisions to 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payment policies include a surprising billing guideline from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) related to digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). Donna Richmond from Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers some guidance.
Half of positive SPECT patients negative at CCTA
April 13, 2015 -- Nearly half of all patients who test positive on SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging are found to be negative at coronary CT angiography (CCTA), calling into question the routine use of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging, a test that has been a mainstay of the diagnostic workup of patients with a clinical suspicion of coronary artery disease.
Medical quality reporting can affect radiology reimbursement
April 10, 2015 -- The stage is set for a new era of Medicare payment modification based on data that measure the quality of work by physicians. In this article, Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at what can be done now to prepare your radiology practice and maximize Medicare reimbursement for 2017.
Chest pain patients do well after ultralow-dose SPECT
April 10, 2015 -- Patients with chest pain who underwent SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging with an ultralow-radiation-dose gamma camera had no major cardiac events a year later. The research, published in the April issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, indicates that MPI radiation dose can be slashed without adverse clinical impact.
Study finds wild price variations for head CT scans
April 9, 2015 -- The price of a noncontrast head CT scan can vary more than fivefold in academic hospitals and more than tenfold in private practices across the U.S., according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Study advises MRI screening for high-risk pancreatic cancer patients
April 8, 2015 -- Swedish researchers believe that MRI could be the best imaging modality to screen people at high risk of pancreatic cancer, according to an April 8 study in JAMA Surgery. In a small study, they showed how using MRI to screen high-risk individuals found pancreatic lesions in 40% of patients.
3T MRI shows how meniscus tears heal, predicts outcomes
April 8, 2015 -- MRI at 3 tesla can help forecast the healing potential of a meniscus tear based, in part, on decreased meniscus extrusion, according to a study presented March 28 at a meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Mammo false positives, overdiagnosis cost U.S. $4B per year
April 7, 2015 -- False positives and overdiagnosis related to mammography screening cost the U.S. $4 billion per year, a figure that's much higher than previous estimates, according to a study published in Health Affairs. But the study's findings are based on previous research that has already been criticized by advocates of screening.