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Incomplete documentation jeopardizes radiology payments
September 17, 2014 -- Insufficient documentation is behind most improper payments, according to the government agencies responsible for policing Medicare program claims. Those same agencies repeatedly advise healthcare providers that they can avoid errors by complying with documentation requirements, including those in local coverage determinations.
Interstate medical licenses move ahead
September 5, 2014 -- Physicians seeking to practice telemedicine in other states may soon find the licensure process much easier to navigate with the release on September 5 of model legislation that individual states can use to enact their own laws.
U.S. health spending eases in 2013, but set to grow again
September 3, 2014 -- U.S. healthcare spending grew at a moderate rate of 3.6% in 2013, but spending will likely increase at a faster clip in years to come, outstripping growth in the gross domestic product, according to an analysis released on Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Europeans balance pros and cons of relocating to Middle East
September 3, 2014 -- Lucrative financial packages in the Gulf States, along with the prospect of a high-quality lifestyle, continue to attract radiologists to the Middle East, but there are trade-offs to be aware of when working in the region. Radiologists from Austria and Italy share their experiences and know-how.
Is more radiology code bundling in store for 2015?
August 29, 2014 -- Is more code bundling in store for radiology in 2015? It just might be as the American Medical Association seeks to correct healthcare services that it perceives to be "misvalued," according to the first in a series of new articles by Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
Exercise equipment in reading room gets radiologists moving
August 28, 2014 -- Ever feel like you're on a treadmill? Some radiologists at the University of Washington get that feeling every day, especially after exercise equipment was installed in their reading room. It's all in the name of keeping radiologists healthy by improving their physical activity, according to an article in the September American Journal of Roentgenology.
AMGA survey: Radiologist compensation has increased
August 26, 2014 -- Radiologist compensation rose over the three-year period from 2011 to 2014, including an increase from 2013 to 2014, according to a new survey on physician salaries conducted by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA).
JACR: In a flat job market, it pays to be flexible
August 25, 2014 -- The U.S. radiology job market in 2014 appears to be flat, with 1,114 new positions compared to last year's 1,069, according to the third annual workforce survey by the ACR's Commission on Human Resources. The survey results were published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Owner of sham Calif. imaging center gets 8 years
August 21, 2014 -- The owner of a bogus imaging center in California that billed Medicare for $20 million in prescriptions for antipsychotic medications -- but never performed a single medical imaging exam -- received eight years in prison from a federal judge on August 18.
CT, MRI use declined in ED after 2007
August 20, 2014 -- After a period of rapid increase from 1993 to 2007, use of medical imaging in the emergency department (ED) declined, mostly because of decreased utilization of CT and MRI, according to a new study published this month in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Who is the better radiologist?
August 19, 2014 -- If you were a patient, which radiologist would you rather have reading CT scans: the methodical but thorough plodder who orders lots of follow-up studies or the decisive reader who occasionally misses pathology? Would your answer change if you were an administrator? Or a referring physician? Dr. Saurabh Jha explores these questions.
Study shows combined thoracic CT use has dropped
August 14, 2014 -- Combined CT scans of the thorax -- which Medicare has been keeping an eye on -- aren't being overused after all. In fact, use of the combined scans is low and falling over time, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
AHRA: Evidence-based medicine requires evidence-based management
August 12, 2014 -- As the U.S. government tries to improve the way healthcare is delivered, the talk is all about evidence-based medicine. But shifting to this framework won't help unless radiology departments are managed the same way, according to a presentation at the AHRA annual meeting in Washington, DC.
AHRA: For patient satisfaction, focus on right-brain skills
August 11, 2014 -- As the delivery of healthcare shifts to value-based service, radiologists and their practices can't neglect patient satisfaction. To achieve service excellence, it's wise to highlight right-brain skills, according to a talk at the AHRA annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Canadian policy to improve MRI referrals has mixed results
August 7, 2014 -- A campaign by the Ontario Ministry of Health to reduce inappropriate referrals for lumbar MRI resulted in more-appropriate exams, but it did not lower the number of new referrals, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Tennis elbow, part 2
July 30, 2014 -- Repetitive movements on the job, such as the daily work of a sonographer, can trigger tennis elbow. Part 2 of this series presents three exercises sonographers can use to improve stability and strength to alleviate the condition.
MICI Q3: Are radiology administrators getting more optimistic?
July 29, 2014 -- Are things looking up for radiology administrators? That's the tantalizing suggestion from third-quarter data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI), a forward-looking barometer of administrator confidence. While the numbers aren't definitive, they do hint at a second consecutive quarter of improving sentiment.
Insurance status affects imaging use for acute stroke
July 29, 2014 -- Patients' insurance status and the socioeconomic factors that may be connected to it influence the type of imaging they receive when they present with acute ischemic stroke, according to a new study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
ACR urges CMS to cover breast tomosynthesis
July 24, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) is urging the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reimburse providers for the extra cost of digital breast tomosynthesis. Women currently have to pay extra for tomosynthesis out of pocket, despite growing evidence of the technology's superiority over conventional digital mammography.
Radiology: A bellwether for healthcare reform?
July 23, 2014 -- In the Affordable Care Act era, can radiology make the shift from contributing to rising healthcare costs to becoming a guardian of appropriate imaging utilization? That's the proposition in a recent opinion article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by radiologists from Brigham and Women's Hospital.
General practitioners order more imaging in Australia
July 22, 2014 -- General practitioners in Australia are placing more orders for medical imaging exams, with total orders for imaging growing 45% from 2005 to 2012, according to a survey released this week from the University of Sydney. The numbers also indicate a shift away from general radiography and toward more advanced modalities such as ultrasound, CT, and MRI.
Study finds rads working longer, postponing retirement
July 22, 2014 -- Radiologists say they're working more hours and expect to retire later than they'd prefer, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology. How they handle their exit from the workforce will have major ramifications for future job prospects for radiologists.
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