EQUIP: The FDA's new breast image quality program November 14, 2016 -- In its ongoing efforts to improve breast cancer detection rates, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it plans to use its Mammography Quality Standards Act inspection program to increase mammography image quality through a new venture it's calling Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program (EQUIP).
What does the 2016 election mean for radiology? November 10, 2016 -- With Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election and the Republicans maintaining control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, the country will shift to the right and federal and state healthcare policy could change dramatically. What might this mean for radiology?
Could radiologists be found liable for patient suicide? November 9, 2016 -- If a patient commits suicide after receiving imaging exam results he or she perceives to be bad news, could the radiologist be held responsible? It's a compelling question, and one radiologists need to consider as patients gain increasing access to radiology reports through online portals or even direct mail.
The tax benefits of year-end equipment financing November 7, 2016 -- For many businesses, the fourth quarter is the perfect time to assess their performance and begin planning for the coming year. It's important to keep in mind that factors related to how businesses pay for capital equipment can affect their overall financial health, according to Mark Hoffman from Key Equipment Finance.
CMS releases final OPPS 2017 rule November 4, 2016 -- On November 1, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final 2017 rule for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), confirming proposals outlined in the July version.
MICI Q4: Medicare payment outlook remains at rock bottom October 20, 2016 -- As radiology heads into the finish lap of 2016, radiology administrators remain pessimistic that they will receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for diagnostic and interventional radiology services, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).
Sonographers remain vulnerable to musculoskeletal pain October 18, 2016 -- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders still remain a bane for sonographers, if a recent survey in Sweden is any indication. However, much can be done to improve sonographer working conditions and decrease the prevalence of pain, researchers reported in a study to be published in the January 2017 issue of Applied Ergonomics.
ACR: Site surveys can cause FUD on road to accreditation October 17, 2016 -- If your imaging facility is working toward accreditation, perhaps no event causes more fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) than the validation site survey. Fortunately, Marion Boston of the American College of Radiology offers advice for surviving the survey in this new article.