As payment models change, imaging must focus on 4 key priorities
June 28, 2013 -- Radiology has a central role in healthcare: It makes up 7.5% of U.S. healthcare expenditures and 14% of Medicare's Part B spending, with direct costs for radiology totaling $175 billion per year. So as healthcare delivery and payment systems shift, radiologists are challenged to operate within a different framework.
NH report slams Exeter Hospital procedures in hepatitis C outbreak
June 27, 2013 -- In an official report, state health authorities in New Hampshire say that officials and staff at Exeter Hospital had lax procedures and missed multiple warning signs in the case of a cardiac cath lab technologist who infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C as part of an alleged drug diversion scheme.
AJR: Virtual colonoscopy's time has come
June 27, 2013 -- Virtual colonoscopy researchers have served up all the evidence the U.S. government asked for, and as a result they've concluded the time is now for approval of the technique to screen for colorectal cancer, according to an article published in the July American Journal of Roentgenology.
Patient factors, not doctors, affect emergency imaging
June 25, 2013 -- Little of the geographic variations in emergency department imaging use can be attributed to physician characteristics such as experience, training, or gender, according to a new study published online in Radiology. In fact, variations in imaging use have more to do with patients.
JACR: Proposed Medicare cuts threaten radiology training
June 14, 2013 -- Just as healthcare reform is increasing the need for new skills to be incorporated into graduate medical education curricula, Medicare budget cuts threaten to undercut the federal support that covers most of the cost of medical residencies, according to a new article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Mary's Musings: Why the world of radiology still belongs to men
June 13, 2013 -- Some recent articles have suggested the existence of a gender gap in pay for radiologists. In my experience, I've never made as much as my male colleagues -- and that's OK with me. Why? Let me tell you a story of not so long ago.
CMS bends on oncology PET coverage, will pay for 3 scans
June 12, 2013 -- In a victory for PET proponents, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday issued a final decision on coverage of oncology FDG-PET scans, agreeing to pay for three follow-up studies rather than just one, as it had proposed three months ago.
Obamacare's effect on radiology: Big, but gradual
June 4, 2013 -- Obamacare is expected to have far-reaching effects on radiology and the rest of the healthcare delivery system, but the changes for providers are expected to be gradual, as the traditional fee-for-service structure is retained at most facilities.
New ACR award recognizes excellence in radiology
May 31, 2013 -- You've heard all about the need for quality and excellence in radiology, but the concept means different things to different people. The American College of Radiology (ACR) is hoping to clarify what quality means with its Diagnostic Imaging Centers of Excellence award, given for the first time earlier this month to two radiology facilities.
Confusion over radiation risk could lead to inappropriate exams
May 29, 2013 -- When radiologists have access to radiation exposure histories for patients, most will take them into consideration when assessing the risk of further exposure in future imaging exams, according to a new study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. But should they?