What radiologists need to know about upcoming ICD-10 changes
October 29, 2019 -- If you're fond of terms like "probable," "suspected," or "questionable," in your radiology reports, you might want to reconsider. These words are on a list of terms that will be discouraged under the 2020 update to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), according to Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
ASRT: Radiographer vacancy rates on the rise
October 22, 2019 -- Vacancy rates for radiographers are on the rise, according to a new survey commissioned by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). Vacancy rates in some imaging modalities are at the highest rate in 10 years, a sign that the labor market for technologists could be tightening.  Discuss
MICI Q4: Rad admins still confident in business outlook
October 11, 2019 -- Radiology administrators and business managers continue to have a positive outlook on their business prospects for the fourth quarter of 2019, according to the latest numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
JAMA: 25% of U.S. healthcare spending is waste
October 8, 2019 -- Approximately 25% of annual U.S. healthcare spending -- $760 billion to $935 billion -- can be considered waste, according to a new report published online October 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Can imaging informatics professionals help with legal cases?
October 7, 2019 -- Imaging informatics professionals are increasingly playing a significant role in medicolegal cases. In this article, Luke Bideaux explores this trend and discusses the qualifications needed to serve as a special adviser or expert witness, as well as the legal situations that would benefit from their involvement.  Discuss
How to protect your practice from missed follow-ups
October 7, 2019 -- How can you protect your practice against a medical malpractice lawsuit from a missed communication with a patient or primary care physician? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some advice.  Discuss
Imaging for substance use disorder increasing in ED
October 2, 2019 -- The use of imaging in the emergency department (ED) to diagnose conditions related to substance use disorder is increasing -- particularly for MRI, according to a study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
How to keep your radiology practice independent
September 25, 2019 -- In the face of widespread consolidation among radiology practices, what's the best way for a group to survive if it wants to remain independent? In a new article, Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some tips.  Discuss
ProScan accused of submitting fraudulent MRI claims
September 17, 2019 -- A whistleblower lawsuit has alleged that Cincinnati-based imaging services provider ProScan submitted thousands of reimbursement claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare for MRI interpretations that were performed by physician assistants instead of radiologists.  Discuss
Nonphysicians rarely interpret imaging -- except x-ray
September 13, 2019 -- Nonphysician providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants are playing a bigger role in providing imaging-guided procedures across the U.S. But they seldom interpret diagnostic images, according to a study published online September 11 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss