JACR: Proposed Medicare cuts threaten radiology training June 14, 2013 -- Just as healthcare reform is increasing the need for new skills to be incorporated into graduate medical education curricula, Medicare budget cuts threaten to undercut the federal support that covers most of the cost of medical residencies, according to a new article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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CMS bends on oncology PET coverage, will pay for 3 scans June 12, 2013 -- In a victory for PET proponents, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday issued a final decision on coverage of oncology FDG-PET scans, agreeing to pay for three follow-up studies rather than just one, as it had proposed three months ago.
Obamacare's effect on radiology: Big, but gradual June 4, 2013 -- Obamacare is expected to have far-reaching effects on radiology and the rest of the healthcare delivery system, but the changes for providers are expected to be gradual, as the traditional fee-for-service structure is retained at most facilities.
New ACR award recognizes excellence in radiology May 31, 2013 -- You've heard all about the need for quality and excellence in radiology, but the concept means different things to different people. The American College of Radiology (ACR) is hoping to clarify what quality means with its Diagnostic Imaging Centers of Excellence award, given for the first time earlier this month to two radiology facilities.
Confusion over radiation risk could lead to inappropriate exams May 29, 2013 -- When radiologists have access to radiation exposure histories for patients, most will take them into consideration when assessing the risk of further exposure in future imaging exams, according to a new study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. But should they?
Imaging groups urge CMS not to adopt FDG-PET scan limitations May 28, 2013 -- Radiology, nuclear medicine, and neuroradiology organizations are anxiously awaiting a decision from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would finalize its proposal to limit FDG-PET coverage to one nationally covered scan.
RBMA: To thrive, imaging groups must dare to be different May 23, 2013 -- Radiology practices face serious challenges in their efforts to be the preferred imaging choice in their markets, especially because the field is so crowded, according to a May 22 presentation at the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) meeting in Colorado Springs, CO. The key to survival? Truly distinguishing your group from other providers.
SalaryScan data reveal gender gap between U.S. radiologists May 22, 2013 -- Male radiologists make an average of 20% more than female radiologists in the U.S., according to new salary data from AuntMinnie.com. While the salary advantage for men is in line with the U.S. average for all professions, it could reinforce the perception that radiology is an unfriendly career choice for women.
RBMA: How to restructure your imaging center May 21, 2013 -- At no other time in history has there been such rapid change in healthcare -- particularly in radiology, according to a May 21 talk at the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) meeting. To thrive in such an environment, imaging centers need to understand the options for restructuring their business.