Bundling of radiology codes into surgical codes continues
January 27, 2015 -- Not surprisingly, many of the 2015 changes to CPT codes made by the American Medical Association include the bundling of codes for imaging guidance -- as well as radiological supervision and interpretation -- into surgical codes, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions explains in a new article.
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Primary care docs say imaging improves patient care
January 26, 2015 -- Despite the thrashing that medical imaging has taken over the past 10 years, primary care providers still say that imaging improves clinical decision-making and patient care, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
How to recognize the impaired radiologist -- and what to do
January 23, 2015 -- Radiologists can be affected by the same illnesses as anyone else, from substance abuse to chronic infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis. And just like anyone else, these illnesses can negatively affect their work, according to a paper published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
MICI Q1: Positive trends grow as radiology sentiment improves
January 22, 2015 -- Radiology administrators in the U.S. continue to show a more positive outlook on their future business prospects, if the latest numbers in the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) are any indication. New first-quarter 2015 MICI numbers show improvement in nearly all categories.
Joint Commission releases requirements for imaging services
January 20, 2015 -- The Joint Commission has released updated accreditation requirements for diagnostic imaging service providers in hospitals and ambulatory care centers. Although the new rules emphasize imaging safety in positive ways, more specific guidance is needed, according to safety advocates.
What do patients really know about radiation and radiologists?
January 16, 2015 -- While it's all well and good for radiologists to spend more time interacting with patients, it's important to understand what patients actually know about radiation and radiologists to do this effectively. Two studies presented at the recent RSNA meeting explored these questions and came to some surprising conclusions.
Annual DBT screening could slash health costs, study finds
January 14, 2015 -- By reducing recalls and catching breast cancer earlier, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) could yield hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. healthcare cost savings if it were added to mammography for annual breast cancer screening, according to a new study conducted by Truven Health Analytics.
Twitter posts highlight patient fears over CT radiation risk
January 14, 2015 -- If tweets are any indication, many patients are concerned about the issue of CT radiation dose risk, and radiologists need to get more involved on Twitter to alleviate these concerns, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Avoiding Occupational Hazards: Tips for radiologists to stay healthy
January 12, 2015 -- If sitting is the new smoking, then the typical radiologist today faces significant occupational hazards. Radiologist and health and wellness coach Dr. Stacey Funt offers some exercise and stress management advice to improve everyone's health.
ACR says OIG will scrutinize imaging in 2015
January 8, 2015 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG) has included three imaging-related projects in its work plan for the 2015 fiscal year, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR).