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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.
ACR CEO Harvey Neiman dies
June 6, 2014 -- Longtime American College of Radiology (ACR) CEO Dr. Harvey Neiman has died after a long illness, ACR said. Neiman, 71, dedicated his life to improving medical care, and under his leadership, ACR grew to become one of the world's most powerful medical specialty societies, according to the organization.
Experts outline road map for effective CT lung cancer screening
June 6, 2014 -- The radiology community was shocked on April 30 when a Medicare advisory panel issued a vote of low confidence in CT lung cancer screening. In this article, Teri Yates of Accountable Radiology Advisors describes how some advocates of screening are moving forward in the wake of this setback.
Letter: VA scandal included radiology services in Texas
June 4, 2014 -- The scandal rocking the U.S. Veterans Health Administration has a radiology aspect, according to a letter submitted in May to the VA Office of Inspector General by a retired physician from the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, who claims that the facility hid delays in medical imaging procedures.
New ACR CEO Thorwarth bullish on radiology's future
June 3, 2014 -- In April, Dr. William Thorwarth Jr. began his tenure as CEO of the American College of Radiology (ACR), succeeding Dr. Harvey Neiman. An interventional radiologist by training, Thorwarth has seen firsthand the benefits of day-to-day interaction with patients, and patient-centered imaging will be one of ACR's priorities in the years ahead.
MICI Q2: Rad administrators show signs of 'guarded optimism'
May 28, 2014 -- After multiple quarters of bleak sentiment, radiology administrators appear to be showing signs of "guarded optimism" in their future business prospects, according to new data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) for the second quarter of 2014.
Radiologists lead effort to clear confusion over screening
May 23, 2014 -- A group of radiologists in New York took it upon themselves to clear up confusion about cancer screening tests, holding a series of educational presentations before small lay-public audiences. They found the talks to be well-received, according to results published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
CT lung screening would cost Medicare $10B, study finds
May 23, 2014 -- A new model-based study of National Lung Screening Trial results predicts that implementing CT lung cancer screening in the Medicare population will identify more cancers -- and at earlier, curable stages -- but the costs to Medicare will be substantial.
Top 10 social media tips for radiologists
May 20, 2014 -- More now than ever before, radiologists need to become visible to patients. A strong social media presence is a vital component of a strategy to facilitate patient-centered care, according to Dr. Safwan Halabi of Henry Ford Health System, who provided 10 tips for social media engagement.
Study tracks ebb and flow of imaging use in private sector
May 20, 2014 -- Use of advanced diagnostic imaging fell in 2009, but it rebounded in most modalities in the two years that followed, according to a new analysis of privately insured patients that was published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Echo screening cost-effective after childhood chemo
May 19, 2014 -- Young cancer patients treated with chemotherapy can be screened cost-effectively throughout their adult lives with echocardiography to help them live longer, according to a pair of just-released studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Frequent interruptions bedevil on-call radiologists
May 15, 2014 -- On-call radiologists are constantly interrupted by phone calls and other requests, to such a degree that these interruptions could be distracting them from their primary job of interpreting images, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Outpatient echo code bundling has unintended effects
May 15, 2014 -- When Medicare began code bundling for echocardiography scans in 2009, the move produced a sharp drop in outpatient claims from cardiologists -- which was expected. But the success of code bundling could have unintended effects for both echocardiography and other imaging exams, according to a study in the May Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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