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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.
JAMA IM: Imaging lands high on list of low-value procedures
May 13, 2014 -- A new list of 26 low-value medical procedures published in JAMA Internal Medicine includes a dozen imaging exams. The exams -- defined as procedures that cost a lot of money without yielding significant benefits -- could be costing Medicare as much as $8.5 billion a year, according to the authors.
CT lung screening meeting: A travesty of public health policy
May 8, 2014 -- In retrospect, last week's negative vote by a Medicare panel against CT lung cancer screening is perhaps no surprise given the various conflicts of interest found among many members of the panel, according to Dr. Frederic W. Grannis Jr. Grannis attended the meeting and said he was stunned by the experience.
ARRS: Do patients really want to talk to radiologists?
May 6, 2014 -- SAN DIEGO - As a specialty, radiology is fighting to become more visible, and one solution is for radiologists to communicate exam results directly to patients. But is this really what patients want? That question was explored at this week's American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting.
Medicare panel raises doubts about CT lung cancer screening
May 1, 2014 -- Members of a Medicare advisory panel expressed a range of doubts about the benefits of CT lung cancer screening in a meeting on April 30 in Baltimore, giving screening low confidence scores. The question now becomes how the mostly negative panel meeting will shape the debate about Medicare reimbursement over the next six months.
MEDCAC panel shows low confidence in CT lung screening
April 30, 2014 -- CT lung cancer screening for high-risk individuals in the Medicare program received a vote of low confidence by a panel of medical experts meeting in Baltimore today. The vote seriously weakens the case for establishing Medicare payment for low-dose CT lung cancer screening.
Radiologists hit hard by CT code bundling
April 29, 2014 -- When reimbursement codes for CT of the abdomen and pelvis were bundled in 2011, there was a dramatic 29% reduction in imaging payments for these procedures, according to a study in the May American Journal of Roentgenology. Radiologists were the most affected, concluded Dr. David C. Levin and colleagues from Thomas Jefferson University.
CAR: Canadian radiologists should champion appropriate imaging
April 29, 2014 -- MONTREAL - Championing a cause such as appropriateness in imaging is a way for Canadian radiologists to improve their visibility as a profession, as well as protect their turf, said the immediate past president of the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) at the society's annual meeting last week.
Radiology's top tweeters: Dr. James Rawson
April 25, 2014 -- Our series on the top tweeters in radiology continues with a profile of Dr. James Rawson, also known on Twitter as @Jim_Rawson_MD. With nearly 1,600 followers, Rawson ranks in radiology's top five -- although if you ask him about it, he might not care, as securing a rabid following isn't his goal in the social media world.
GAO releases report on effect of imaging accreditation
April 25, 2014 -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and various congressional committees outlining the impact that Medicare imaging accreditation has had on access to advanced diagnostic imaging. The bottom line? It's not clear.
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