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.
Panacea on new coding changes: Medically unlikely edits
June 23, 2015 -- Are you prepared for new additions to Medicare's National Correct Coding Initiative? Recent changes cover medically unlikely edits, according to Donna Richmond of Panacea Healthcare Solutions, who offers some guidance on how to handle these additions.
Are imaging sites ready for new Joint Commission rules?
June 22, 2015 -- On July 1, a new era of intense scrutiny and documentation will arrive for CT and other imaging modalities, thanks to new Joint Commission accreditation requirements that become effective on that date. Unfortunately, most radiology departments aren't remotely ready to fulfill the requirements, according to a talk at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
Hygiene education prompts rads to clean up their act
June 18, 2015 -- Giving radiologists information about the importance of disinfection and sanitization practices at the workstation prompted them to clean their work areas more often, according to the results of a Canadian study. The researchers believe the findings offer hope for reducing bacterial contamination in the workplace.
Is your practice invisible? Social media can help
June 17, 2015 -- Radiology has an image problem: Many patients still don't understand who radiologists are and what they do, and referring physicians may believe that radiology provides a commodity rather than physician skill. But social media can help, according to a talk at the recent International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.