RADIOLOGY NEWS
4 ways to avoid denials for radiology claims
July 29, 2016 -- In part 2 of a series on why radiology claims are denied, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners discusses the role that eligibility problems can play in claim denials, and offers four tips for how radiology practices can keep claims from getting rejected.
Radiation exposure monitoring needs a personal touch
July 28, 2016 -- Yes, good software can go a long way. But it takes people to really make a radiation dose-monitoring initiative successful, according to a July 27 webinar co-sponsored by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine and the European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics.
COPD severity mirrors lung cancer incidence
July 28, 2016 -- A new analysis of patients who participated in the National Lung Screening Trial shows a clear relationship between the severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer incidence at screening. The findings suggest that COPD patients should be included in CT lung screening programs.
Patients want imaging results stat -- can portals deliver?
July 27, 2016 -- What do patients want from providers after they've had an imaging exam? They want their results as soon as possible -- and Web-based portals can help meet this demand, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Nuclear medicine training helps radiologists
July 27, 2016 -- Radiologists who receive training in nuclear medicine are still able to interpret anatomical imaging studies just as well as general radiologists, according to a new study. The research is good news for efforts to create a unified training program for hybrid imaging.
Survey finds CTA use has surged since 2001
July 26, 2016 -- Driven by dramatic growth in chest exams and the number of studies performed in the emergency department, utilization of CT angiography (CTA) exams in the Medicare population has skyrocketed over the past 13 years, according to new research from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.
Initiative drives PACS use in point-of-care ultrasound
July 26, 2016 -- Want to increase the number of emergency department point-of-care ultrasound studies being archived on PACS at your institution? It may not take that much effort to get emergency room physicians on board, according to a study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Can femoral ultrasound find role in CV risk assessment?
July 26, 2016 -- By spotting atherosclerotic plaques that aren't also present in the carotid artery, femoral ultrasound can predict the risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease in many asymptomatic patients who would be overlooked if they only received carotid ultrasound, according to research from Italy published online in Angiology.
PET with tau agent sheds light on Alzheimer's disease
July 25, 2016 -- PET imaging of tau proteins with a novel radiotracer based on fluorine-18 is showing great promise in differentiating between Alzheimer's patients and cognitively normal individuals and identifying how the disease may develop, according to a study published online July 25 in JAMA Neurology.
Radiologists' expertise cuts inappropriate imaging
July 25, 2016 -- Radiologists who participate in a radiology benefits management program by consulting with referring physicians can help reduce inappropriate imaging by at least 20%, according to a new study published in the July edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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