Emergency departments continue to drive CT use
November 11, 2014 -- Bucking an overall downward trend in utilization of advanced imaging services, emergency departments are still seeing growth in imaging, especially in CT use, which has tripled over the past decade, according to a new article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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RBMA: What the midterm election results mean for radiology
November 6, 2014 -- What does the Republican Party's resounding win in Tuesday's midterm elections mean for radiology? The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) and its legislative affairs advisors have been following the election and offer an analysis.
MICI Q4: Rad administrators show acceptance of new reality
November 6, 2014 -- It's been said that acceptance is the fifth and final stage of loss. If that's the case, then radiology administrators appear to have accepted that the golden days of medical imaging are over, and they are moving on into the specialty's new reality, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).
CMS includes DBT payment codes in 2015 Medicare rates
November 4, 2014 -- In a major boost for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) included payment codes for the exam in its final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System, issued last week.
ACR hopes for good news from CMS on CT lung screening
November 3, 2014 -- This November could be the most significant Lung Cancer Awareness Month in history, if Medicare approves full coverage of CT lung cancer screening for seniors 65 years and older, the American College of Radiology (ACR) said in a statement.
Economics trumps clinical issues in 2014 Minnies awards
October 29, 2014 -- It's the economy, stupid. That mantra, attributed to political strategist James Carville, could just as easily apply to radiology in 2014. Concern over economic issues shaped the selections by the Minnies expert panel, with many of the Minnies winners having some kind of connection to fiscal topics.
New codes for DBT: Will providers receive payment in 2015?
October 23, 2014 -- In just a few weeks, radiology providers should know what changes the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services intend to finalize for 2015 related to digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis (DBT), according to a new article by Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Caring for the IT band
October 21, 2014 -- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome is primarily known as one of the most common overuse injuries for runners. But sonographers and other professionals who are on their feet all day also experience problems caused by tight IT bands.
Payment parity in radiation therapy best serves cancer patients
October 17, 2014 -- Freestanding radiation treatment centers play a vital role in ensuring access to state-of-the-art radiation therapy. But a recent article on AuntMinnie.com about reimbursement rates at these centers provided a misleading picture, according to Dr. Paul Wallner, senior vice president of 21st Century Oncology.
Hold the phone: Interruptions harm accuracy of residents
October 16, 2014 -- A single additional interruption in the form of a telephone call within an hour of when an on-call resident creates a preliminary report boosts the chances of a significant error in the report by 12%, according to a new study published online in Academic Radiology.