CMS turns attention to billing for off-campus services August 24, 2015 -- Hospitals are expanding their control of off-campus medical services, and the growing trend has drawn the attention of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency is implementing new billing requirements to collect data on these activities, according to Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
Current AAA screening strategies may miss the mark August 21, 2015 -- Ultrasound screening programs for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) that focus on a single round of screening for 65-year-old men will miss most acute AAAs, which occur in older men, according to a large prospective U.K. study published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Radiology takes aim at MedPAC data on imaging growth August 20, 2015 -- Advocates for radiology are criticizing new data from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) that show growth in medical imaging from 2000 to 2012. In fact, the data indicate that imaging utilization has been declining since 2009.
IBM's bid for Merge shows allure of imaging big data August 20, 2015 -- It doesn't take IBM's Watson artificial intelligence software to discern that the computing giant has big plans for its planned acquisition of PACS and imaging software firm Merge Healthcare. Indeed, IBM views medical imaging as a key element of its vision to transform healthcare with cognitive computing and analytics.
IDEAS study to explore amyloid PET and Alzheimer's August 20, 2015 -- Over the next five to six years, researchers, clinicians, patients, and a host of nonprofit organizations from across the U.S. will collaborate to tackle a few of the nation's most vexing and complex health issues via the Imaging Dementia -- Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) study of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and cognitive impairment.
Feedback helps docs adhere to CT imaging guidelines August 19, 2015 -- For reducing inappropriate CT scans, clinical decision-support software is a good place to start. But the software alone isn't enough to get doctors to comply, according to a study in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The researchers found that letting doctors know their ordering patterns are being watched can help.
MRI finds brain changes in boys who faced adversity August 19, 2015 -- MRI scans have found that boys who faced challenges during the first six years of their lives had less cortical gray brain matter and altered brain structure by the time they reached their late teens or early 20s, according to a study published online August 17 in JAMA Pediatrics.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Is PACS dead? August 18, 2015 -- Is PACS dead? That controversial -- and somewhat loaded -- question has popped up several times this year. In a new column, the PACSMan -- PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo -- discusses why he believes that rumors of PACS' demise are premature.
MRI shows side sleeping may prevent neurological disease August 18, 2015 -- Research conducted using dynamic contrast MRI has found sleeping on one's side more effectively removes brain waste, thus reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other neurological diseases, according to an animal study published this month in the Journal of Neuroscience.
MRI shows benefits of exercise for kids with MS August 17, 2015 -- MR images are providing encouraging evidence that children with multiple sclerosis (MS) who exercise regularly are more likely to have smaller brain lesions, according to a Canadian study published online August 12 in Neurology.