CCTA usage rate rises sharply, but still eclipsed by MPI
February 23, 2018 -- The use of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) to evaluate chest pain in the emergency department has grown exponentially, but clinicians are still using myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) far more frequently, according to research published online February 15 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Imaging fees are high for privately insured patients
February 23, 2018 -- Patients with private insurance often have to pay high out-of-pocket fees for advanced imaging -- and they can be held accountable for 100% of the cost if the service is performed out of network, according to a study published online February 21 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Fla. radiologist tells of treating school shooting victims
February 22, 2018 -- A Florida radiologist who interpreted the scans of victims of last week's high school shooting has described her experience -- and issued a call to ban the type of assault rifle used in the massacre -- in an article published February 22 in the Atlantic.  Discuss
6 life lessons for radiologists from Roger Federer
February 22, 2018 -- What does Roger Federer have to do with radiology? Lots, according to Dr. Arjun Kalyanpur of Teleradiology Solutions. His analysis of the tennis great's training regimen and lifestyle reveals six life lessons that radiologists should try to emulate if they want to remain productive and continue to enjoy their profession.  Discuss
Radiologists serve sicker patients than other specialties
February 22, 2018 -- Radiologists on average serve Medicare beneficiaries of higher clinical complexity than other physician specialists, according to a study published in the February issue of Academic Radiology. In fact, out of 54 specialty groups, three radiology subspecialties ranked in the top 25 that treat more medically complicated patients.  Discuss
MICI Q1: Payor pressure weighs on radiology managers
February 15, 2018 -- Despite the growing economy, reimbursement pressure from payors -- particularly Medicare -- continues to weigh heavily on the minds of radiology administrators and managers, according to numbers for the first quarter of 2018 in the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
U.S. health spending to approach 20% of GDP by 2026
February 14, 2018 -- U.S. healthcare spending will see a relatively modest increase over the next decade -- but even so, the growth means that the country will spend nearly 20% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare by 2026, according to an analysis from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published online February 14 in Health Affairs.  Discuss
The gig economy and the virtual healthcare executive
February 14, 2018 -- The rise of the gig economy is changing how we consume everything from vacation rentals to transportation. Is healthcare next? Ray Plummer from Skinner and Associates sees rising interest in virtual healthcare executives as an example of how the gig economy could be coming to a hospital near you.  Discuss
Patients want more imaging info -- and before their exams
February 13, 2018 -- How much information do patients want before imaging exams? Certainly more than they're getting, according to a study published online February 13 in Radiology. In fact, more than half seek information about the procedure on their own beforehand, and one in five patients show up for the exam without having received any information about it.  Discuss
Don't delay planning for Medicare decision-support rules
February 12, 2018 -- Radiologists have received another reprieve from the deadline for using appropriate use criteria (AUC) and clinical decision support (CDS) in the Medicare system. But they can't postpone the inevitable and should start planning for AUC and CDS now, according to Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss