JACR: Radiologists order CT, MR exams appropriately
July 13, 2015 -- When it comes to abdominal CT and MRI, radiologists are making good use of all available prior imaging before recommending additional exams, and they aren't ordering many unnecessary exams, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Radiology averts cuts in proposed 2016 MPFS
July 9, 2015 -- Radiology has dodged a bullet in the proposed rule for the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) released on July 8 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, receiving no payment increases or decreases.
MICI Q3: No cracks in radiology administrator sentiment
July 6, 2015 -- There appears to be a solid floor undergirding the recent strain of optimism among radiology administrators, according to third-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). Administrator sentiment remains positive across multiple MICI segments.
How your group can keep its hospital contract
July 2, 2015 -- It's a brave new healthcare world out there, and radiology groups can be hard-pressed to prove that they offer significant value to the hospitals they serve. So how can a practice develop and sustain healthy hospital contracts? Dr. Syed Zaidi shared some answers with AuntMinnie.com.
CMS proposal could lead to more code bundling in 2016
July 2, 2015 -- Radiology could be in store for more code bundling next year, if a proposed 2016 rule issued on July 1 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System is any indication. CMS is proposing to continue its restructuring of Medicare codes, and radiology is among its targets.
Breast imaging at highest risk for medicolegal claims
June 30, 2015 -- It may come as no surprise, but a new study indicates that breast imaging has the highest risk of medicolegal claims compared to other medical imaging exams, at least in Australia, according to a study published online this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
ARRT responds to Newsweek article on Kwiatkowski
June 25, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion article, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) responds to a June 18 article in Newsweek on David Kwiatkowski, a former radiologic technologist who infected dozens of people with hepatitis C by diverting drugs for his own use. ARRT believes the article did not paint an accurate picture of the organization's role in RT certification.
What exactly is quality in radiology?
June 25, 2015 -- In the ever-evolving healthcare delivery environment, the discussion is centering on the need to shift from volume to quality. But what does the word "quality" actually mean in the context of radiology? It's imperative that radiologists work to define it, according to a talk at the recent International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
Former RT Kwiatkowski reveals drug diversion secrets
June 24, 2015 -- David Kwiatkowski has finally told his story. The former traveling radiologic technologist (RT) who diverted drugs from multiple hospitals -- and infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C along the way -- has come clean in an article in Newsweek that reveals how shockingly easy it is to steal prescription drugs from medical facilities.
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.