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).
Ind. radiology group institutes flat-rate pricing
June 5, 2015 -- A radiology practice in Indiana has come up with a unique response to patient confusion about medical imaging costs: a flat-rate pricing program that offers set rates for various imaging exams, regardless of whether patients have insurance.
VA facility improves patient access to MRI services
May 29, 2015 -- By implementing a new appointment and scheduling process and expanding imaging hours, personnel at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in Virginia have significantly improved patient access to MRI services, according to a study presented at the American College of Radiology's ACR 2015 meeting last week in Washington, DC.
Overcoming 10 barriers to happiness as a radiologist
May 26, 2015 -- Radiology's glory days are in the past, and today's radiologists face a variety of professional and economic pressures. But radiologists are misguided to dwell on issues outside of their control, according to Flounce, one of the more sagacious participants in the AuntMinnie.com Forums, who offers a prescription for overcoming the 10 barriers to happiness in radiology.
ACR 2015: Why aren't more women becoming radiologists?
May 20, 2015 -- The number of female medical students who pick radiology as a specialty remains stubbornly low, nearly a decade after the problem was first recognized, according to a talk at the American College of Radiology's ACR 2015 meeting this week in Washington, DC. Women still make up less than a third of residents in radiology programs.
Sonography students sue college over transvaginal exams
May 19, 2015 -- Two former sonography students have filed a lawsuit against a college in Florida, alleging that the institution and employees in its medical diagnostic sonography program retaliated against them after they protested against having to undergo transvaginal ultrasound procedures as part of their sonography training.