Geographic factors influence patient access to radiologists
August 11, 2022 -- The northeastern U.S. has a higher ratio of radiologists to population than other areas of the country, while the South has the lowest, a geographic variation that could negatively impact patient access to imaging, suggests an August 9 study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Read More
Burnout reduction strategies seem to be falling short for radiologists
August 10, 2022 -- Department-level strategies aimed toward reducing burnout among radiologists aren't leading to measurable improvements in their wellbeing, suggests a study published August 5 in Academic Radiology. Read More
Diversity in radiology: One step forward, two steps back
August 10, 2022 -- Women are making slow but steady progress edging into leadership roles in radiology. But overall, the specialty is not attracting many more female radiology residents than it did a decade ago, and its efforts at racial diversity are also lagging, says a study published August 9 in Radiology. Read More
ABAIR aims to educate radiology administrators, techs on AI
August 8, 2022 -- Radiologists aren’t the only ones who have to learn about artificial intelligence (AI); radiology administrators and radiologic technologists also must get comfortable with the technology. A new organization called the American Board of Artificial Intelligence in Radiology (ABAIR) aims to meet their needs. Read More
Radiology student group grows awareness of field for others
August 5, 2022 -- An initiative by a radiology student interest group helped increase awareness of radiology for medical students who would otherwise have minimal exposure to the field, suggests a study published August 3 in Academic Radiology. Read More
Imaging exams land on list of low-value care in VA system
August 5, 2022 -- Two of the most frequently delivered low-value medical services within the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VA) system are back imaging for patients with nonspecific low back pain and preoperative chest x-rays, a new study finds. In addition, imaging for low back pain was one of the costliest low-value services. Read More
Imaging groups push back against proposed 2023 Medicare cuts
August 4, 2022 -- A coalition of groups representing the medical imaging industry are pushing back against proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for 2023, urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives to take action to forestall the cuts. Read More
Midyear radiology coding update and other reminders
August 1, 2022 -- Most updates to procedural and diagnosis coding become effective at the beginning of the year, but there are always a few midyear changes that occur. Erin Stephens of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some guidance on what to look out for. Read More
Insurance type influences adherence to follow-up imaging
July 26, 2022 -- Patients with Medicaid have four times lower odds of completing follow-up imaging compared with patients with commercial insurance, a study published July 25 in Clinical Imaging found. Read More
How can radiologists ensure report recommendations are acted on?
July 25, 2022 -- Recommendations in radiology reports for further imaging follow-up are not always acted on, and systemic improvements are needed to ensure these cases don't slip through the cracks, according to research published July 22 in JAMA Network Open. Read More