MICI Q2: Few signs of erosion in rad admin sentiment
May 5, 2016 -- Radiology administrators are showing few signs of pessimism, if the most recent numbers in the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) are any indication. New MICI numbers for the second quarter of 2016 reflect continued optimism from administrators regarding their future business prospects.
Can the reading room go from sedentary to svelte?
April 26, 2016 -- Stand up. Stroll. Fidget. These actions might seem small, but even minor steps can help radiologists counter the major health risks from so many hours spent sitting in front of screens. And it can be done without sabotaging performance, according to a recent article in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
RBMA to consolidate annual meetings in 2017
April 25, 2016 -- Less is more for the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA), which plans to consolidate its two yearly meetings into one annual event -- called RBMA Paradigm -- starting in 2017.
Rads must use YouTube to spread accurate radiation info
April 25, 2016 -- More and more patients are turning to social media outlets like YouTube to find health information, especially about topics such as the radiation dose risk from CT. But this information may not be accurate, according to a presentation given at the American Roentgen Ray Society meeting in Los Angeles.
Ignoring radiology recommendations puts patients at risk
April 22, 2016 -- Referring physicians who ignore recommendations by radiologists for follow-up studies could be jeopardizing the health of their patients, according to research presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society meeting in Los Angeles.
ARRS: CT has replaced radiography for abdominal imaging
April 20, 2016 -- LOS ANGELES - Over the past 20 years, the use of abdominal imaging among Medicare beneficiaries has changed significantly, with dramatic increases in CT and MR and dramatic decreases in gastrointestinal fluoroscopic and urologic radiographic imaging, according to research presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting.
Interventional technologists have higher cancer risk
March 25, 2016 -- Radiologic technologists who perform fluoroscopically guided interventional procedures appear to be at increased risk for a variety of cancers -- specifically, more than twofold for brain cancer -- according to a new study published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
States vary in punishment for wayward physicians
March 24, 2016 -- How hard does your state crack down on physicians behaving badly? A new study finds that there's wide variation, with some states punishing wayward doctors more frequently while others seem to turn a blind eye, according to a new study published in BMJ Quality and Safety.
Imaging use continues to drop as cardiac procedures shift
March 17, 2016 -- There was a 1.1% drop in imaging volume per Medicare beneficiary in 2014, according to new figures released by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Much of the change has been fueled by a shift of cardiac imaging from private practices to hospital outpatient departments.
Tips for avoiding coding confusion on radiology claims
March 17, 2016 -- What's the best way to avoid confusion when submitting reimbursement claims for radiology services? For one thing, avoid listing a code number in place of a written diagnostic statement, according to Catherine Huyghe of Panacea Healthcare Solutions, who offers other tips for making sure your claims get paid.