Do patients really value interaction with radiologists?
June 24, 2015 -- How do you define value? This has become an important question as radiology and radiologists struggle to define their place in a changing healthcare paradigm. Dr. Sam Friedman, also known as Doctor Dalai, tackles this question as he addresses the issue of whether radiologists should interact more with patients.
Panacea on new coding changes: Medically unlikely edits
June 23, 2015 -- Are you prepared for new additions to Medicare's National Correct Coding Initiative? Recent changes cover medically unlikely edits, according to Donna Richmond of Panacea Healthcare Solutions, who offers some guidance on how to handle these additions.
Are imaging sites ready for new Joint Commission rules?
June 22, 2015 -- On July 1, a new era of intense scrutiny and documentation will arrive for CT and other imaging modalities, thanks to new Joint Commission accreditation requirements that become effective on that date. Unfortunately, most radiology departments aren't remotely ready to fulfill the requirements, according to a talk at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
Hygiene education prompts rads to clean up their act
June 18, 2015 -- Giving radiologists information about the importance of disinfection and sanitization practices at the workstation prompted them to clean their work areas more often, according to the results of a Canadian study. The researchers believe the findings offer hope for reducing bacterial contamination in the workplace.
Is your practice invisible? Social media can help
June 17, 2015 -- Radiology has an image problem: Many patients still don't understand who radiologists are and what they do, and referring physicians may believe that radiology provides a commodity rather than physician skill. But social media can help, according to a talk at the recent International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
No news for imaging is good news in June MedPAC report
June 16, 2015 -- Recommendations for medical imaging are noticeably absent in the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) June report to Congress -- a welcome break from the usual scrutiny that radiology receives from policymakers.
Sorry, rads: Patients want results from referring docs
June 12, 2015 -- Radiology leaders have been urging their colleagues to come out of the reading room and deal more directly with patients. But it turns out that when it comes to getting the results of their imaging exams, patients want to hear from the doctor who ordered the study, according to research in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Are you a competitor, a valued partner, or invisible?
June 12, 2015 -- Healthcare as an industry is under pressure. In this new paradigm, independent radiology practices need to understand how their hospital and health system partners really view them in order to remain viable. Executives at the recent Radiology Business Management Association summit see three types: competitors, valued partners, and those who are invisible.
MDCT: Is Uber in radiology's future?
June 10, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Is the ride-sharing service Uber a viable model for radiology to emulate as it seeks ways to evolve with the changing healthcare environment? What exactly is patient-centered radiology -- and why is it important? Presenters at the annual International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT) addressed these questions and more in a lively Tuesday session.
MDCT: Hopes high for CTC screening reimbursement
June 9, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The talented but long-suffering colon cancer screening exam known as CT colonography (CTC) may finally be on the cusp of screening reimbursement, though nothing is certain, according to a Monday presentation at the annual International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT).