Owner of sham Calif. imaging center gets 8 years August 21, 2014 -- The owner of a bogus imaging center in California that billed Medicare for $20 million in prescriptions for antipsychotic medications -- but never performed a single medical imaging exam -- received eight years in prison from a federal judge on August 18.
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CT, MRI use declined in ED after 2007 August 20, 2014 -- After a period of rapid increase from 1993 to 2007, use of medical imaging in the emergency department (ED) declined, mostly because of decreased utilization of CT and MRI, according to a new study published this month in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Who is the better radiologist? August 19, 2014 -- If you were a patient, which radiologist would you rather have reading CT scans: the methodical but thorough plodder who orders lots of follow-up studies or the decisive reader who occasionally misses pathology? Would your answer change if you were an administrator? Or a referring physician? Dr. Saurabh Jha explores these questions.
Study shows combined thoracic CT use has dropped August 14, 2014 -- Combined CT scans of the thorax -- which Medicare has been keeping an eye on -- aren't being overused after all. In fact, use of the combined scans is low and falling over time, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
AHRA: Evidence-based medicine requires evidence-based management August 12, 2014 -- As the U.S. government tries to improve the way healthcare is delivered, the talk is all about evidence-based medicine. But shifting to this framework won't help unless radiology departments are managed the same way, according to a presentation at the AHRA annual meeting in Washington, DC.
AHRA: For patient satisfaction, focus on right-brain skills August 11, 2014 -- As the delivery of healthcare shifts to value-based service, radiologists and their practices can't neglect patient satisfaction. To achieve service excellence, it's wise to highlight right-brain skills, according to a talk at the AHRA annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Canadian policy to improve MRI referrals has mixed results August 7, 2014 -- A campaign by the Ontario Ministry of Health to reduce inappropriate referrals for lumbar MRI resulted in more-appropriate exams, but it did not lower the number of new referrals, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Tennis elbow, part 2 July 30, 2014 -- Repetitive movements on the job, such as the daily work of a sonographer, can trigger tennis elbow. Part 2 of this series presents three exercises sonographers can use to improve stability and strength to alleviate the condition.
MICI Q3: Are radiology administrators getting more optimistic? July 29, 2014 -- Are things looking up for radiology administrators? That's the tantalizing suggestion from third-quarter data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI), a forward-looking barometer of administrator confidence. While the numbers aren't definitive, they do hint at a second consecutive quarter of improving sentiment.
Insurance status affects imaging use for acute stroke July 29, 2014 -- Patients' insurance status and the socioeconomic factors that may be connected to it influence the type of imaging they receive when they present with acute ischemic stroke, according to a new study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.