VA proposal would let nurses take on imaging duties June 3, 2016 -- Advanced-level nurses would be able to order and interpret some medical imaging exams in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system under a proposal issued late last month. Advocates for radiology are vowing to fight the proposal, saying it would compromise patient care and lead to inappropriate imaging utilization.
Is your RVU strategy leaving money on the table? June 1, 2016 -- Most physician practices are multimillion dollar businesses, but some are leaving millions of dollars on the table because they don't adequately monitor their relative value units (RVUs). In this column, Don Rodden and Jill Briggs from HealthPro Medical Billing explain why you may need a better RVU strategy.
3 ways radiologists can prepare for MACRA May 26, 2016 -- Like it or not, the shift from fee-for-service to quality-based Medicare payments is on the horizon, sparked by the passage last year of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). So how can radiologists best navigate the new model?
ASNR 2016: Race and sex affect who gets brain imaging May 25, 2016 -- Patient factors such as race and sex influence the use of neuroimaging for stroke, according to research presented at the American Society of Neuroradiology annual meeting (ASNR 2016) in Washington, DC.
5 ways to create a culture of safety in radiology May 24, 2016 -- What must radiology do to create a culture of safety that reduces medical errors and improves radiologist performance? In this article, Dr. Nicolas Argy offers five simple steps that radiology departments can take to create an environment in which discrepant readings are identified, reported, and used as learning opportunities.
A new strategy to profit from interventional radiology May 23, 2016 -- A confluence of trends has created a new business opportunity for interventional radiologists: profiting from the ownership of interventional radiology ambulatory surgery centers. In this article, Mark Weiss and Cecilia Kronawitter discuss this evolving new trend.
ABR to eliminate 10-year MOC recertification exam May 20, 2016 -- The American Board of Radiology (ABR) has announced plans to eliminate the maintenance of certification (MOC) exam, its controversial requirement that board-certified radiologists undergo testing every 10 years to remain credentialed.
ACR 2016: Radiation warning reduces portable x-ray use May 20, 2016 -- Requiring referring physicians to view a warning about radiation dose before ordering exams helped reduce the use of portable radiography studies at a New York City hospital, according to a study presented this week at the American College of Radiology annual meeting (ACR 2016) in Washington, DC.
Living Pain-Free: Sonographer neck/shoulder pain, part 1 May 18, 2016 -- After focusing on back problems in the previous Living Pain-Free series for sonographers, it's now time to focus on the shoulders and neck. This new four-part series will explore the causes of pain in these common problem areas, as well as share some practical strategies that can help you get back to living pain-free.