Coordinator service bolsters radiologists' efficiency
September 18, 2017 -- Burnout among radiologists is on the rise, with one of the principal contributing factors being workplace inefficiency. What measures are being taken to address this pressing issue? Researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center offer one solution in a paper published online September 9 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Simple interventions reduce outpatient CT wait times
September 12, 2017 -- Many patient visits to the hospital involve imaging, and one of the most important metrics patients use to measure satisfaction with radiology services is exam wait time. So how can wait time be streamlined?  Discuss
Art 101: Studying paintings helps residents spot findings
September 11, 2017 -- To produce better radiologists, try some fine art, concludes a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Researchers from Yale University found that teaching residents how to analyze a painting improved their ability to identify abnormalities on images.  Discuss
Radiologists show resilience during Harvey
September 8, 2017 -- As Tropical Storm Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rainfall in Houston last month, radiology professionals rose to the occasion to continue providing crucial imaging services. They tell tales of riding out the storm by sleeping in scanner suites and reading images from flooded homes, and they say one thing was key to survival: planning.  Discuss
No need for RBMs: In-house efforts cut imaging rates
September 5, 2017 -- Radiology practices can reduce the use of inappropriate high-cost imaging exams such as CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET by establishing an in-house imaging utilization management program, thus avoiding external oversight from a radiology benefits management (RBM) firm, according to a study published in the September issue of Radiology.  Discuss
6 things new dept. chairs should know about capital budgets
September 5, 2017 -- You're a newly minted department chair, and you're about to attend your first capital budget meeting, where a proposal for a new MRI scanner is on the agenda. How should you handle it? Fortunately, we have a few tips from Dr. Geoffrey Rubin from Duke University and the Radiology Leadership Institute.  Discuss
Anthem move shows how payors are 'steering' patients
September 1, 2017 -- In an effort to contain healthcare costs, insurers are resorting to "steering," or pushing patients toward a particular form of imaging service. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the move by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Indianapolis to require physicians to get permission for CT and MRI scans in hospital outpatient settings.  Discuss
MIPS reporting for 2017: What radiologists need to know
August 29, 2017 -- Should radiologists apply for a hardship exemption from the requirements of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the U.S. government's new effort to promote quality in the Medicare system? Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some guidance.  Discuss
Patients want imaging price information
August 25, 2017 -- Patients want to know how much an imaging procedure will cost, but healthcare pricing discussions happen in less than half of patient-physician encounters, according to a review published recently in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Utilization of MSK imaging soars over 2 decades
August 17, 2017 -- Led by a significant increase in the use of advanced imaging modalities, musculoskeletal imaging utilization in Medicare patients rose considerably over the past two decades, according to research published online August 4 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss