Living Pain-Free: Sonographer back pain, part 2
December 16, 2015 -- In the second part of their series on back pain in sonographers, coach Mark Roozen and echocardiographer Doug Wuebben examine the link between back pain and posture and offer some exercises to relieve your pain.
Socioeconomic factors affect patient care in radiology
December 11, 2015 -- Racial, social, and economic disparities can negatively affect patient access to radiology -- and that's bad news not only for clinical outcomes, but also for a department's bottom line, according to research presented at the RSNA 2015 meeting.
How to optimize your reimbursement for image guidance
December 11, 2015 -- In this article that continues our series by Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners on how to optimize radiology documentation for maximum reimbursement potential, we address the two most important questions specific to imaging guidance in interventional radiology.
CMS shuffles the deck in 2016 hospital OPPS rules
December 9, 2015 -- New Medicare payment rules for 2016 are chock full of changes for medical billing and coding specialists. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to tweak codes in its hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS), according to Catherine Huyghe of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
Overall imaging use has slowed -- but ED rates still high
December 8, 2015 -- Despite an overall slowdown in the rate of noninvasive diagnostic imaging in other settings, imaging use rates have continued to increase in the emergency department (ED), according to a study presented at the RSNA 2015 meeting by researchers from Thomas Jefferson University.
Looking for a job? Focus on the interview
December 7, 2015 -- Do you want to land your first job out of residency in an academic setting? Focus on the interview, clean up your social media profile, and pack some extra subspecialty training into your fourth year, according to a study published in Academic Radiology.
Is imaging use poised for expansion or contraction?
December 3, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Is the rate of imaging utilization poised to expand -- or contract? It depends on who you ask, according to a presentation given at the RSNA annual meeting on Tuesday.
Online patient prescreening keeps MRI exams on track
December 2, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Online check-in for flights has been a real time-saver for travelers; a similar concept for MRI exams could improve patient satisfaction and save thousands of dollars for radiology departments, according to research presented at the 2015 RSNA meeting.
Do breast density laws affect radiologists' reporting?
December 2, 2015 -- CHICAGO - Since 2009, almost half of U.S. states have adopted breast density notification laws, and there has been much discussion about how these laws have affected the use of supplemental imaging, such as ultrasound. But have they also affected how radiologists report breast density on mammography?
Imaging for coronary artery disease on the decline
December 2, 2015 -- CHICAGO - The utilization rates of noninvasive imaging in patients with suspected coronary artery disease show a precipitous decline, with coronary CT angiography greatly underused, according to a study presented on Wednesday at RSNA 2015.