Fla. judge tosses suit over transvaginal US scans
November 2, 2015 -- A lawsuit filed by former students at a college in Florida who claimed they were forced to perform transvaginal ultrasound scans on each other as part of their sonographer training has been thrown out by a federal judge.
Geography may be key to balancing radiologist workforce
October 29, 2015 -- Should the number of radiologist trainees be reduced to address an oversupply in the workforce? Not so fast, say the authors of a new paper in Radiology. They believe that correcting geographic imbalances could be a more effective strategy than a broad-based reduction in resident training spots.
MICI Q4: Radiology administrator confidence builds
October 22, 2015 -- Radiology administrators continue to show growing confidence in their business prospects, according to the latest data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).
Preparing for ICD-10: Documentation for fractures
October 19, 2015 -- In the second article in our series designed to assist radiologists with the transition to ICD-10-CM, Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at how the new codes apply to the documentation of fractures.
No need to panic: Malpractice suit rates remain stable
October 16, 2015 -- The fear of being hit with a malpractice suit is an ongoing source of anxiety for radiologists, especially breast imagers. But the number of radiology malpractice claims has remained relatively stable over the past decade -- and most do not result in payments, says a new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
2016 CPT radiology code changes: More bundling expected
October 15, 2015 -- Code bundling has become a commonly used tool for revising reimbursement levels for medical services believed to be over- or undervalued. Next year will bring a number of changes in CPT codes; in this article, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers guidance on how to navigate the changes.
Hospital slashes response time for stat mobile x-ray
October 13, 2015 -- A Texas hospital was able to cut radiologic technologist response time to 10 minutes for orders for stat mobile x-ray exams from the facility's medical intensive care unit, according to a September 29 article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Choosing Wisely drives down imaging use -- sometimes
October 12, 2015 -- The Choosing Wisely initiative seems to have successfully reduced unnecessary utilization of two imaging exams in the U.S. that appeared on a list of overused medical tests, according to a study published October 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine. But two other questionable imaging tests saw no decline.
Advocates for NaF-PET plan rebound from CMS decision
October 8, 2015 -- In a word, "disappointment" is how members of the nuclear medicine and radiology communities are reacting to last month's rejection by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a proposal to loosen restrictions on reimbursement for sodium fluoride (NaF) PET scans to detect bone metastases.
Preparing for ICD-10: How to document pain
October 7, 2015 -- By this time, most people working in healthcare are aware of the October 1 deadline to begin using ICD-10-CM in place of ICD-9-CM for reporting diagnoses to Medicare. In this article, Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at how the new codes apply to the documentation of pain.