ACA repeal effort falls short as GOP can't muster votes March 24, 2017 -- Republicans have shelved legislation that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- known colloquially as Obamacare. In a March 24 press conference, President Donald Trump acknowledged the failure of the repeal effort and said his administration will now move on to other priorities, such as tax reform.
Medicare imaging use varies widely at county level March 20, 2017 -- In the Medicare population, imaging use and costs vary far more at the county level than at the state level, according to a new study published online March 10 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
MedPAC report on imaging volume sees glass half empty March 15, 2017 -- Despite growth in medical imaging volume per Medicare beneficiary of only 0.5% in 2015, and a decline of 8% in volume since 2009, the latest report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) warns that imaging could still be overused and concludes that Medicare should prioritize reimbursement for primary care over specialties like radiology.
Want to boost Twitter hits? Get help from colleagues March 13, 2017 -- Looking for a way to boost hits from your facility's Twitter account? Try enlisting your colleagues in promoting your tweets. An article published March 3 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that web traffic went up when people promoted journal articles with their personal Twitter accounts.
3 reasons to re-evaluate your prior authorization strategy March 10, 2017 -- As government mandates and payor guidelines grow more complex, it is increasingly important to prevent claim denials by streamlining the prior authorization process so that every dollar due can be collected, explains Peter Nanos from Merge. He describes why now may be the time to switch to an automated system.
8 ways radiology can win turf battles March 8, 2017 -- Turf battles in medicine are nothing new, and radiology is not alone in the struggle to protect territory, as outside specialties such as cardiology and orthopedics eye procedures once reserved for radiologists. So how can radiology ward off turf fights in a proactive, rather than reactive, manner?
No fairy godmothers: Radiologists must raise visibility March 4, 2017 -- VIENNA - Radiologists have long been behind-the-scenes physicians, reading exams in darkened basements. But this paradigm isn't viable anymore in an age of increasingly competitive healthcare delivery, and radiologists must be proactive about boosting their visibility, according to a presentation on Friday at ECR 2017.
Video from ECR 2017: Shane Foley on radiography & radiology March 4, 2017 -- VIENNA - ECR is well-known for its popular radiographers' sessions, but can it ever become the essential congress for Europe's many thousands of radiographers? Shane Foley, PhD, from the University College Dublin School of Medicine and Medical Science, gives his opinion and also outlines how to boost collaboration and teamwork among radiographers and radiologists.
Video from ECR 2017: Dr. Mauricio Castillo on burnout March 3, 2017 -- VIENNA - Burnout, dissatisfaction, and inequality are three major challenges facing radiology today, but simple measures can help overcome them, according to Dr. Mauricio Castillo from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the U.S. An honorary lecturer at ECR 2017, he gives some practical advice on how to avoid problems.
Video from ECR 2017: Dr. Lluís Donoso Bach on radiology's future March 2, 2017 -- VIENNA - Will emerging technology replace the radiologist? Does artificial intelligence pose a serious threat to radiology's survival? Dr. Lluís Donoso Bach, PhD, immediate past president of the European Society of Radiology, answers these and other questions.