MedPAC: Imaging still high on low-value service list
April 21, 2017 -- Despite the slowdown in imaging utilization growth over the past 10 years, not everyone is satisfied. In fact, at a recent meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), imaging figured prominently in a presentation that assessed the number and cost of low-value medical services.  Discuss
6 tips for joining a CT lung cancer screening registry
April 17, 2017 -- Imaging facilities across the U.S. are beginning to provide CT lung cancer screening -- and they are getting Medicare payment for it as well. But to get paid, you have to participate in a CT lung cancer registry. In this article, Judy Burleson of the American College of Radiology offers six tips for getting started.  Discuss
Malpractice claim rate against U.S. physicians drops
April 13, 2017 -- The rate of malpractice claims paid against U.S. physicians has dropped across all medical specialties over the past 20 years, according to an article in JAMA Internal Medicine. Radiologists have also benefited from the trend, although to a lesser extent than other disciplines.  Discuss
What's the radiation risk to RTs from fluoro studies?
April 7, 2017 -- Are radiologic technologists (RTs) who assist with interventional studies at higher risk of death from brain cancer? Maybe, but it's not clear that radiation exposure is the reason why, according to a new study published March 28 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Radiologists rank 6th on Medscape salary survey
April 6, 2017 -- Radiologists ranked sixth on a survey of physician salaries produced by Medscape, with an average annual compensation of $396,000.  Discuss
Study documents decline in imaging use since 2001
April 4, 2017 -- Growth in medical imaging use may have been rapid in the early 2000s, but that trend is definitely over, according to a study led by Dr. David C. Levin of Thomas Jefferson University and published in the April issue of Health Affairs.  Discuss
What's next for U.S. healthcare regulation?
April 3, 2017 -- Now that the first attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act has fallen short, what can we expect next from the U.S. government on healthcare reform? Cynthia Moran of the American College of Radiology offers some thoughts.  Discuss
ACA repeal effort falls short as GOP can't muster votes
March 24, 2017 -- Republicans have shelved legislation that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- known colloquially as Obamacare. In a March 24 press conference, President Donald Trump acknowledged the failure of the repeal effort and said his administration will now move on to other priorities, such as tax reform.  Discuss
Medicare imaging use varies widely at county level
March 20, 2017 -- In the Medicare population, imaging use and costs vary far more at the county level than at the state level, according to a new study published online March 10 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
MedPAC report on imaging volume sees glass half empty
March 15, 2017 -- Despite growth in medical imaging volume per Medicare beneficiary of only 0.5% in 2015, and a decline of 8% in volume since 2009, the latest report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) warns that imaging could still be overused and concludes that Medicare should prioritize reimbursement for primary care over specialties like radiology.  Discuss