States vary in punishment for wayward physicians
March 24, 2016 -- How hard does your state crack down on physicians behaving badly? A new study finds that there's wide variation, with some states punishing wayward doctors more frequently while others seem to turn a blind eye, according to a new study published in BMJ Quality and Safety.
Imaging use continues to drop as cardiac procedures shift
March 17, 2016 -- There was a 1.1% drop in imaging volume per Medicare beneficiary in 2014, according to new figures released by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Much of the change has been fueled by a shift of cardiac imaging from private practices to hospital outpatient departments.
Tips for avoiding coding confusion on radiology claims
March 17, 2016 -- What's the best way to avoid confusion when submitting reimbursement claims for radiology services? For one thing, avoid listing a code number in place of a written diagnostic statement, according to Catherine Huyghe of Panacea Healthcare Solutions, who offers other tips for making sure your claims get paid.
Medicare outlines payment rules for CT lung cancer screening
March 15, 2016 -- The Medicare system has finally provided more detail on the particulars regarding billing and reimbursement for low-dose CT lung cancer screening exams. Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers guidance to imaging facilities on what they'll need to do to secure reimbursement for these exams.
Communication errors weigh heavy in radiology
March 14, 2016 -- Communication errors are the No. 1 reason for adverse events in hospitals, causing an estimated 44,000 to 98,000 deaths each year, the Joint Commission has said. The radiology department is not immune to these errors, and they're not just at the point of results reporting, according to a study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Video from ECR 2016: Dr. Leo Lawler on management
March 4, 2016 -- VIENNA - Keeping up to date in a fast-moving specialty like radiology is a tough task in itself, but radiologists must also give greater thought to management issues, says Dr. Leo Lawler in an interview with at ECR 2016. He also provides an update on radiology in Ireland, where PACS and the use of locum radiologists remain big issues.
Living Pain-Free: Sonographer back pain, part 7
February 25, 2016 -- The choices we make -- or don't make -- can have a huge impact on how the back feels. Coach Mark Roozen and sonographer Doug Wuebben wrap up their seven-part series on sonographer back pain by examining how lifestyle choices can affect our ability to live pain-free.
Md. imaging exec faces life in prison in fraud that led to 2 patient deaths
February 25, 2016 -- The owner of a mobile imaging firm in Maryland has been convicted of healthcare fraud in which at least two patients died because their imaging studies were not read by a qualified radiologist.
MICI Q1: Solid floor under rad administrator sentiment
February 23, 2016 -- A solid footing is undergirding the optimism of radiology administrators regarding their business prospects in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest figures from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).
Living Pain-Free: Sonographer back pain, part 6
February 18, 2016 -- Is your butt the cause of your back pain? It could be. As we near the end of this seven-part series on sonographer back pain, coach Mark Roozen and sonographer Doug Wuebben share some stretches and exercises to address the common problem of a weak or imbalanced backside.