ACR says OIG will scrutinize imaging in 2015
January 8, 2015 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG) has included three imaging-related projects in its work plan for the 2015 fiscal year, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Half of Calif. primary care docs unaware of breast density law
January 7, 2015 -- Half of California's primary care physicians are unaware of the state's breast density notification law, which suggests that the legislation has been unsuccessful in promoting discussions between women and their caregivers about breast cancer risk, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
JACR: Radiology can learn from the hospitality industry
December 29, 2014 -- The patient experience has become an increasingly important issue in healthcare, as delivery models shift from volume- to value-based. But what exactly makes a patient's imaging experience positive? The hospitality industry can offer some insights, according to research published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
New 2015 instructions for image-guided breast biopsies
December 22, 2014 -- The American Medical Association has made a few important changes to CPT codes related to image-guided breast biopsies, and providers may not know these updates exist, explains Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions in his new article.
Could reverse auctions boost purchasing power in radiology?
December 19, 2014 -- Two years after introducing the concept of reverse auctions to buy capital medical imaging equipment, Reverse Radiology has launched a website to give radiology departments and imaging centers more purchasing leverage.
RAND study questions whether decision support really works
December 18, 2014 -- Decision support for physicians ordering imaging exams has been touted as an effective way to reduce unnecessary imaging and ensure the appropriateness of studies. However, a new report released by RAND that evaluated a Medicare demonstration project of decision support suggests it may not be as helpful as it's cracked up to be.
Study confirms imaging's shift from offices to hospitals
December 12, 2014 -- As policymakers attempt to curb healthcare costs, the use of advanced imaging -- MR, nuclear medicine, and CT -- has been shifting from private offices to hospital outpatient departments. So how might this trend affect patients?
Radiation protection shielding drops dose for CT patients
December 5, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Although cancers in the U.S. that may be attributable to radiation from CT are low -- estimates range from 1.5% to 2% -- patients still need to be shielded as much as possible, according to a presentation at the RSNA 2014 meeting. And with reusable, lead-free shields, it's not hard to do.
Patients prefer shorter, less-complex radiology reports
December 4, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Patients may be accessing their radiology reports more often through online patient portals, but do they understand what they're reading? Not very well, if research presented on Thursday at RSNA 2014 is any indication.
Video from RSNA 2014: Dr. Cynthia Sherry on the changing role of radiologists
December 3, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Dr. Cynthia Sherry from the Radiology Leadership Institute talks with AuntMinnie.com at RSNA 2014 about the changing role of radiologists and why they need to take more of a leadership role in healthcare.