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High-field MRI exposure linked to techs' depression
March 11, 2013 -- VIENNA - As MRI continues to advance to greater magnet strengths to uncover mysteries in the body, researchers warned on Monday at ECR 2013 that constant exposure to high-field systems could lead to psychological problems such as clinical depression among MRI technologists.
HIMSS: Mobile devices raise thorny legal issues in healthcare
March 7, 2013 -- NEW ORLEANS - The use of mobile devices in healthcare environments offers unique security challenges, and institutions must implement and -- most importantly -- enforce policies regarding their use to mitigate legal risk, according to a Wednesday presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.
JAMA: Physicians do not discuss CT risks with most patients
March 4, 2013 -- Physicians rarely communicated the risks of CT scans to patients before ordering the exams in a population of older male patients at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital, according to survey results published on March 4 in a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Sequestration will translate into 2% cut for Medicare fees
March 1, 2013 -- A 2% cut in Medicare fees to healthcare providers is poised to go into effect tonight if President Barack Obama and Congress fail to broker a deal that will avert $85 billion in automatic budget cuts required under the sequestration deficit reduction law passed in August 2012.
How to get a good deal in payor contract negotiations
February 28, 2013 -- When a radiology group is about to enter negotiations with a commercial insurance payor, what's the first thing it should concentrate on? If the group focuses myopically on rates for imaging services, it might end up getting shortchanged, according to John Stiles of HealthPro Medical Billing, who offers a better approach.
Sonography students level claims against Ill. program
February 27, 2013 -- Five students enrolled in the sonography program at the College of DuPage in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, IL, have publicly charged the program's leaders with unethical conduct, including a claim that the program issued grades for a course that allegedly was never held.
MGH's Thrall reflects on 30 years in radiology
February 26, 2013 -- On February 1, Dr. James Thrall stepped down as chairman of the department of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), ending a 30-year career as one of the leading figures in radiology. In this exclusive article, Dr. Thrall reflects on the changes he's seen over the past 30 years in medical imaging.
ACR takes aim at 'inaccuracies' in Time healthcare article
February 25, 2013 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) has come out swinging in response to an article on healthcare costs published online February 20 in Time magazine that charges ACR with obstructing efforts to discourage overuse of advanced imaging in the Medicare program.
Expert offers tips for efficient cardiac MRI throughput
February 25, 2013 -- Is your cardiac MRI scanner a $2 million patient gurney? It might be if you're not effectively using every available moment to prepare and scan patients, eliminating downtime between exams, according to a presentation at the recent Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance meeting.
Rads have right, duty to report findings directly to patients
February 22, 2013 -- Radiologists have not only the right but a duty to communicate findings directly to patients who are interested in knowing their diagnostic results, according to a clinical perspective published in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Neiman Institute issues guidelines to define repeat imaging
February 20, 2013 -- What does "repeat imaging" mean? While wasteful duplicate exams might be your first thought, some repeat imaging exams might actually be medically necessary, according to a new report from the American College of Radiology's Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute that tries to clarify the concept.
Judge says ARRT could be liable in Kwiatkowski case
February 13, 2013 -- A New Hampshire superior court judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in the case of radiologic technologist David Kwiatkowski, who allegedly infected patients at Exeter Hospital with hepatitis C.
Save On Medical helps patients shop imaging exams
February 8, 2013 -- For decades, healthcare has remained outside of the consumer business model. But as costs shift to patients, consumers are making healthcare decisions the same as they make other purchases in their lives: with price looming large. Save On Medical hopes to facilitate this process by offering price comparisons for imaging services.
How to take action against radiology threats: Part 2
February 7, 2013 -- In this two-part series, Dr. David C. Levin and Dr. Vijay Rao from Thomas Jefferson University outline actions that radiologists can take to address threats to the specialty. In part 2, Levin provides eight steps that radiologists can take to protect themselves.
Mary's Musings: Is the private-practice radiologist extinct?
February 4, 2013 -- Back when I finished training, most really strong residents went out and sought the best private-practice opportunities -- good groups with a sure path to partnership. Sure, money was part of it, but community and a feeling of belonging were also strong drivers. Yet, with larger groups and a changing culture, how are things today?
CMS committee not yet swayed on brain amyloid PET imaging
January 31, 2013 -- A U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) advisory committee said on Wednesday that more studies are needed to confirm the efficacy of Eli Lilly and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals' Amyvid radiopharmaceutical for brain beta-amyloid PET imaging.
How to take action against radiology threats: Part 1
January 31, 2013 -- In this two-part series, Dr. David C. Levin and Dr. Vijay Rao of Thomas Jefferson University outline actions that radiologists can take to address threats to the specialty. In part 1, Rao outlines 12 steps that radiologists can take to protect themselves.
Radiology administrators worried about reimbursement
January 31, 2013 -- Radiology administrators are confident that their internal costs will remain constant and their practices will maintain or increase growth in the coming months, according to first-quarter 2013 data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index. Confidence plummets over Medicare imaging reimbursement, however.
JACR: Cost awareness doesn't slow use of hospital imaging
January 23, 2013 -- Do referring physicians order fewer imaging tests if they know how much the scans cost? No, according to a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University that was published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Mary's Musings: Imaging management and the new paradigm
January 22, 2013 -- I had the nightmare of diagnosing my mother's terminal cancer myself, and she was dead within the week. This was after months of state-of-the-art care rendered by doctors at an esteemed academic medical center. How could this have happened in this millennium?
Take 2: Techs opt to repeat more head scans than radiologists
January 21, 2013 -- Maybe they're perfectionists: A new study from McGill University in Montreal found that radiologic technologists wanted to repeat far more head CT scans than radiologists, who seem more willing to put up with image noise and artifacts.
SGR patch, 2013 edition: What just happened?
January 17, 2013 -- It's become a recurring end-of-year political drama: Congress scrambles to ward off massive cuts to Medicare reimbursement with a temporary patch of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. But this year's SGR theatrics came to a shocking climax: a stab in the back for radiology.
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