Breast density law leads to higher ultrasound costs in NJ
October 1, 2015 -- The number and cost of breast ultrasound exams more than doubled in New Jersey after the state enacted a breast density notification law in 2014, according to a new study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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Ob/gyn doc in Congress urges rads to get involved
October 1, 2015 -- Are you worried that legislators and policymakers are too busy to hear about problems facing radiology practices? Don't get worried, get involved, said congressman and physician Dr. Michael Burgess at this week's Radiology Business Management Association Fall Educational Conference.
Patient consultations boost pediatric US experience
September 30, 2015 -- Do patients really want to get imaging findings directly from radiologists? When it comes to the parents of children receiving ultrasound studies, they almost always do, according to a study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
CTC cheaper than colonoscopy for Medicare patients
September 25, 2015 -- Screening CT colonography (CTC) is almost a third less expensive than colonoscopy in Medicare patients, according to a new report in Abdominal Imaging. The results are promising for what advocates hope is imminent approval of Medicare payment for the CT-based test.
Tips for correct use of the -X{EPSU} modifiers
September 22, 2015 -- Confused about Medicare's new -X{EPSU} modifiers? If so, you're not alone, as many radiology professionals have been puzzled about the new codes. In his latest column, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers advice and tips for using the new modifiers correctly.
AACR's cancer report brings good and bad news
September 18, 2015 -- Although remarkable advances are being made against cancer, the disease continues to take an immense personal and economic toll, both nationally and internationally, according to the American Association for Cancer Research's (AACR) Cancer Progress Report 2015.
Do Medicare quality measures miss the mark in radiology?
September 17, 2015 -- Tracking physician performance in an effort to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes is here to stay. But do Medicare quality measures accurately track radiologist performance? Maybe not, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Pain in the neck
September 8, 2015 -- Everyone seems to be under the constant strain of having to do more -- more appointments, more calls, more meetings, more time at the computer, etc. This can result in debilitating pain and injuries in the area of the head, neck, and shoulders. Fortunately, echocardiographer Doug Wuebben has some tips and exercises that can help.
SaferMD helps radiologists reduce malpractice risk
September 1, 2015 -- If you belong to a forward-thinking radiology practice, chances are you're already using critical test results management (CTRM) software to notify physicians of unexpected findings. But are you really using CTRM right? Fortunately, SaferMD can help you find out.
Job market picks up -- but will you use that fellowship?
August 27, 2015 -- The job market for radiologists in 2015 seems to be improving, according to the fourth annual workforce survey by the Commission on Human Resources at the American College of Radiology, published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. But those jobs won't necessarily utilize one's fellowship skills.