Is your radiology practice ready for ICD-10?
August 5, 2015 -- While the adoption of ICD-10 on October 1 will dramatically expand the number of billing codes frequently used in radiology claims, the new diagnosis coding system will affect some imaging subspecialties much more than others, according to research published July 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Flood of image data threatens to swamp radiologists
August 4, 2015 -- Today's radiologist has to review 16 cross-sectional images per minute, which works out to an image every three to four seconds. That compares to just three images per minute for the average radiologist in 1999, according to a study published online in Academic Radiology. Could the data avalanche eventually compromise patient care?
Set your breast clinic apart with risk-based resources
August 3, 2015 -- How can your breast center set itself apart in an increasingly competitive environment, one that's turning from a volume-based system into a value-based one that rewards better patient care outcomes? One way is to offer women high-risk assessment resources, according to a presentation given at the recent AHRA 2015 meeting in Las Vegas.
CMS forecasts 'modest' growth in healthcare spending
July 29, 2015 -- The U.S. will see a "modest" increase in healthcare spending through 2024, but the projected 5.8% annual rate of growth is much lower than the rapid pace seen prior to 2008, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Repeat MRI scans due to patient motion mean lost revenue
July 24, 2015 -- Having to retake MRI scans due to patient motion can easily cost a hospital upward of $100,000 in lost annual revenue, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
AHRA: Reducing radiation is simple but not easy
July 23, 2015 -- Managing radiation dose is a hot topic in healthcare among both clinicians and patients. So how can your facility address concerns about excess dose while also improving patient care? The solution is simple -- but not necessarily easy, according to a presentation this week at AHRA 2015 in Las Vegas.
How to avoid Medicare CT scan payment denials
July 22, 2015 -- Are your Medicare claims for CT services at risk of being rejected because they resemble "improper" scans? In this article, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions describes how to avoid submitting billing reports that raise red flags at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
AHRA: Is clinical decision support a blessing or curse?
July 21, 2015 -- Imaging has been under scrutiny, with policymakers touting techniques such as prior authorization and clinical decision support (CDS) as ways to reduce inappropriate exams. But how effective are these techniques, particularly CDS? It's not yet clear, according to a presentation given this week at the AHRA annual meeting in Las Vegas.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Priorities
July 16, 2015 -- As a sonographer, if you are not at 100%, you are doing a disservice to yourself and your patients. It's crucial to prioritize your mental and physical health, explains echocardiographer Doug Wuebben, who, along with coach Mark Roozen, shares some advice and exercises to improve your strength and flexibility.
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.