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.
Researchers turn to technologists for better clinical histories April 11, 2014 -- Researchers from Ohio were able to dramatically improve the clinical histories submitted with patient images by turning to radiologic technologists, who provided far more detailed -- and useful -- histories than referring physicians. The researchers believe the more complete histories will lead to better image interpretation.
Is there a silver lining to the 2014 SGR patch? April 10, 2014 -- The latest effort to avert cuts to Medicare physician payments mandated by the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula may be another in a long line of temporary fixes, but it also represents a victory for radiology, with language mandating the use of appropriateness criteria, transparency around payment policy, and radiation dose management.
Radiology ranks No. 7 of Medicare highest-paid specialties April 10, 2014 -- Well, it could have been worse. Radiology ranked seventh of the top 10 medical specialties that received the most in Medicare payments in 2012, based on data released April 9 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.