CMS issues final CT lung cancer screening approval
February 5, 2015 -- In a major victory for individuals at high risk for lung cancer, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final decision memo on CT lung cancer screening. The current version contains several changes from last fall's draft decision memo, including an adjustment of screening age.
President's 2016 budget: More of the same for healthcare?
February 5, 2015 -- The Obama administration has released its 2016 budget plan, and with respect to healthcare, it largely features proposals that were included in last year's budget. These include repealing the sustainable growth rate formula and eliminating the sequestration order that mandates cuts in payments to Medicare providers.
Study finds growing use of emergency imaging may be justified
February 4, 2015 -- Policymakers continue to focus on how emergency department imaging use rates keep increasing, implying that the uptick is due to overutilization. But there may be other reasons for the growth, and patients may actually benefit, according to a new study published January 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Report from IRIA 2015: Teleradiology begins at home
February 4, 2015 -- Dr. Saurabh Jha's passage to India continues in this article about teleradiology in the world's most populous democracy. While U.S. radiologists fear the specter of Indian radiologists flooding the market with low-cost interpretations, a chat with Indian teleradiology pioneer Dr. Sumer Sethi reveals that such fears couldn't be further from the truth.
Report from IRIA 2015: A conversation with Dr. Bhavin Jankharia
February 3, 2015 -- KOCHI, INDIA - India's national radiology congress, hosted by the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA), just wrapped up on February 1. AuntMinnie.com contributing writer Dr. Saurabh Jha was on hand in Kochi, where he spoke with many of the luminaries of Indian radiology. In this article, he interviews Dr. Bhavin Jankharia, one of the country's foremost private-practice radiologists.
Bundling of radiology codes into surgical codes continues
January 27, 2015 -- Not surprisingly, many of the 2015 changes to CPT codes made by the American Medical Association include the bundling of codes for imaging guidance -- as well as radiological supervision and interpretation -- into surgical codes, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions explains in a new article.
Primary care docs say imaging improves patient care
January 26, 2015 -- Despite the thrashing that medical imaging has taken over the past 10 years, primary care providers still say that imaging improves clinical decision-making and patient care, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
How to recognize the impaired radiologist -- and what to do
January 23, 2015 -- Radiologists can be affected by the same illnesses as anyone else, from substance abuse to chronic infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis. And just like anyone else, these illnesses can negatively affect their work, according to a paper published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
MICI Q1: Positive trends grow as radiology sentiment improves
January 22, 2015 -- Radiology administrators in the U.S. continue to show a more positive outlook on their future business prospects, if the latest numbers in the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) are any indication. New first-quarter 2015 MICI numbers show improvement in nearly all categories.
Joint Commission releases requirements for imaging services
January 20, 2015 -- The Joint Commission has released updated accreditation requirements for diagnostic imaging service providers in hospitals and ambulatory care centers. Although the new rules emphasize imaging safety in positive ways, more specific guidance is needed, according to safety advocates.