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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.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Tennis elbow, part 1
July 17, 2014 -- Just because you don't play tennis or racket sports doesn't mean you can't come down with tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis. A painful condition caused by overuse, tennis elbow can be triggered by repetitive movements on the job, such as the daily work of a sonographer.
Doctor bonuses do not boost screening compliance
July 15, 2014 -- The Canadian province of Ontario spent almost $110 million ($102 million U.S.) on bonuses intended to motivate family physicians to screen more of their patients for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, but the program didn't translate into improved screening rates, according to a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine.
Get to know referring physicians to meet their imaging needs
July 14, 2014 -- If you're a radiologist, you know that referring clinicians are your customers, and it's important to keep them happy. What do your referring physicians really want from their radiology reports and interactions with the radiology department? Just ask them, according to researchers from Duke University.
Reducing CT malpractice risk: Simple, but not easy?
July 11, 2014 -- Malpractice risk is part of practicing medicine, and although radiologists are less likely than most physicians to be hit with malpractice claims, radiologists still have a 50% likelihood of being sued by the time they turn 60.
HOPPS 2015 rule would boost breast biopsy payments
July 10, 2014 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a proposed rule for its 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS), bringing good news to radiology in the form of a 51% increase in payment for breast biopsy procedures.
MRI use linked to patient mortality in Irish study
July 9, 2014 -- A new study of MRI use at a hospital in Ireland paints a complex picture of the modality, with higher in-hospital mortality and longer hospital stays for patients who got MRI scans. However, this could be because the patients were more acutely ill, according to an article in the July Journal of the American College of Radiology.
What kind of after-hours imaging service do ED docs want?
July 9, 2014 -- Emergency department (ED) physicians increasingly want off-hours imaging scans interpreted via final reads from attending radiologists rather than preliminary reads from residents. And more of them are getting their way, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
New CMS payment cuts skip imaging to focus on radiation therapy
July 8, 2014 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released proposed payment rates for 2015. The agency's all-powerful gaze skipped over medical imaging to land once again on radiation oncology, which is being targeted for additional payment cuts.
Radiologist pens medical thriller with genre-bending twist
June 25, 2014 -- Radiology residents having sex in the call room. A drug-addicted chief resident and corrupt administrators. Quenching MRI magnets. It's all in a day's work for Doctored Images, a new novel penned by a North Carolina radiologist that features a shocking twist: a radiologist as a crime-fighting good guy.
Lung cancer screening of seniors: Should CMS regulate?
June 24, 2014 -- A just-published proposal in the Annals of Internal Medicine seeks to balance the benefits and harms of CT lung cancer screening by limiting the screening of Medicare beneficiaries to lung cancer screening centers that would be accredited based on still-evolving society-based guidelines.
USPSTF finalizes AAA screening recommendations
June 24, 2014 -- Adhering mostly to its draft statement published in January, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) included no big surprises in its new recommendations in favor of ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs).
NJ officials: Luxury cars seized after imaging fraud bust
June 23, 2014 -- New Jersey investigators said that Lamborghini and Ferrari sports cars were among the items seized from the 9,000-sq-ft mansion of an individual charged with running a scheme that allegedly paid physicians kickbacks for Medicaid referrals.
Texas technologists oppose licensure removal
June 20, 2014 -- The Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists said it opposes a recent move by a commission appointed by the Texas Legislature to eliminate licensure requirements for radiologic technologists.
Saudi study finds evidence of inappropriate CT referrals
June 19, 2014 -- A new study of CT referrals in a large academic hospital in Saudi Arabia has underlined the need to increase collaboration between clinicians and radiologists in order to follow appropriateness guidelines, attain radiation dose reduction strategies, and avoid misuse of the modality.
MedPAC leaves radiology alone in June report to Congress
June 13, 2014 -- In perhaps a case of "no news is good news," the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) June 2014 report to Congress raises questions about how to revise Medicare payment policies, but it does not contain any new recommendations for imaging.
Revamping your radiation dose policies for the enterprise
June 9, 2014 -- Recent regulatory changes regarding radiation dose management have made it imperative for healthcare providers to revise their imaging policies and procedures. But where should you begin? Neomi Mullens and Neil Singh from Ascendian Healthcare Consulting offer their advice.
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