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Researchers turn to technologists for better clinical histories April 11, 2014 -- Researchers from Ohio were able to dramatically improve the clinical histories submitted with patient images by turning to radiologic technologists, who provided far more detailed -- and useful -- histories than referring physicians. The researchers believe the more complete histories will lead to better image interpretation.
Is there a silver lining to the 2014 SGR patch? April 10, 2014 -- The latest effort to avert cuts to Medicare physician payments mandated by the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula may be another in a long line of temporary fixes, but it also represents a victory for radiology, with language mandating the use of appropriateness criteria, transparency around payment policy, and radiation dose management.
Radiology ranks No. 7 of Medicare highest-paid specialties April 10, 2014 -- Well, it could have been worse. Radiology ranked seventh of the top 10 medical specialties that received the most in Medicare payments in 2012, based on data released April 9 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Mary's Musings: Radiologists must rule professional evaluation April 7, 2014 -- Physician performance evaluation is moving from a nice-to-have option to a necessity, thanks to Joint Commission rules being adopted across the U.S. Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz believes this is a good time for radiologists to take control of the evaluation process -- before someone does it for them.
Long-term fix dead, Senate passes 1-year SGR patch April 1, 2014 -- With hopes dashed for a permanent fix, on March 31 the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 64 to 35, cleared legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to implement a 12-month patch to stave off cuts mandated by the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, set to go into effect April 1.
House introduces yet another SGR patch March 26, 2014 -- With bipartisan efforts stalled for a permanent repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, two committees in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced yet another patch that would avert cuts to Medicare reimbursement mandated by the SGR.
JAMA: Nuclear MPI use in Kaiser system falls dramatically March 25, 2014 -- The use of nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) dropped by half from 2006 to 2011 within a Kaiser Permanente healthcare system in California, but researchers can't quite point to specific reasons for the decline, according to a study published in the March 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
NCoBC: Breast cancer screening requires difficult choices March 24, 2014 -- It can be tough to run a breast care center as controversy swirls around the effectiveness of screening mammography. No matter where a facility falls in the debate, putting together a screening program demands hard choices, according to a presentation at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) meeting in Las Vegas.