ER imaging rates are up, but is that a bad thing? December 1, 2014 -- CHICAGO - In contrast to Medicare outpatient imaging trends, imaging use in the emergency department has continued to grow. But that may not be a bad thing, according to a presentation given on Sunday at the RSNA 2014 conference.
Innovation, patient-focused care can drive radiology November 30, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Combining radiology's historical strength in research and discovery with a new focus on patient care will position RSNA and radiology for the next 100 years of service to the world, RSNA President Dr. N. Reed Dunnick told attendees at the opening session of the society's 100th annual meeting.
Nonphysician providers order more imaging exams November 24, 2014 -- Nonphysician healthcare staff, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are 30% more likely than primary care physicians to order imaging exams for patients, concludes a new study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Payment cuts drive MRI to hospital outpatient setting November 24, 2014 -- The number of MRI scans performed in hospital outpatient imaging departments has surpassed the amount performed in private offices. The change is due in part to reimbursement cuts that have made private-office MRI considerably less economically viable, according to a study published online November 15 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Tips for coding percutaneous image-guided fluid collection November 24, 2014 -- There has been some confusion lately regarding several recent CPT codes added by the American Medical Association for percutaneous image-guided fluid collection. In his latest column, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions provides guidance for how to code these new procedures.
Emergency departments continue to drive CT use November 11, 2014 -- Bucking an overall downward trend in utilization of advanced imaging services, emergency departments are still seeing growth in imaging, especially in CT use, which has tripled over the past decade, according to a new article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
RBMA: What the midterm election results mean for radiology November 6, 2014 -- What does the Republican Party's resounding win in Tuesday's midterm elections mean for radiology? The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) and its legislative affairs advisors have been following the election and offer an analysis.
MICI Q4: Rad administrators show acceptance of new reality November 6, 2014 -- It's been said that acceptance is the fifth and final stage of loss. If that's the case, then radiology administrators appear to have accepted that the golden days of medical imaging are over, and they are moving on into the specialty's new reality, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).
CMS includes DBT payment codes in 2015 Medicare rates November 4, 2014 -- In a major boost for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) included payment codes for the exam in its final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System, issued last week.
ACR hopes for good news from CMS on CT lung screening November 3, 2014 -- This November could be the most significant Lung Cancer Awareness Month in history, if Medicare approves full coverage of CT lung cancer screening for seniors 65 years and older, the American College of Radiology (ACR) said in a statement.