State court lets Kwiatkowski case move ahead
June 21, 2018 -- A Pennsylvania state court has allowed a lawsuit to move ahead against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, charging that the facility should have done more to prevent radiologic technologist David Kwiatkowski from infecting patients with hepatitis C as he diverted fentanyl for his own use.  Discuss
Beverly Hills radiologist gets 10 years in fraud case
June 19, 2018 -- A radiologist from Beverly Hills, CA, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of 39 felony fraud counts related to charges that he paid referring physicians for imaging services such as MRI and ultrasound scans.  Discuss
Radiology research diversity could use improvement
June 18, 2018 -- Incentives are needed to promote greater diversity and the inclusion of women among radiologist researchers, according to a study published online June 13 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
MedPAC proposes imaging payment cuts in June report
June 15, 2018 -- The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has proposed reimbursement cuts to specialties -- including radiology -- of almost 4%, while increasing payments for services such as clinician and hospital outpatient visits by 10%.  Discuss
Breast pain tends to prompt imaging overuse
June 7, 2018 -- Breast pain is common in women, but although it is not necessarily a sign of cancer, it continues to be a source of imaging referral, according to a study published online May 24 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Will Medicare quality metrics hurt general radiologists?
June 6, 2018 -- Do Medicare quality metrics accurately capture the performance of radiologists? Perhaps not, and this could be a problem not only for general radiologists but also for patients, according to a study in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
SIIM: Patients should have access to imaging studies
June 1, 2018 -- NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - The time is now to provide patients with easy and speedy access to their radiology images and reports, a leading patient advocate told attendees on Thursday at the opening session of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Discuss
How IT innovation can improve healthcare in Canada
May 28, 2018 -- While Canadians fiercely defend their country's healthcare system and its universal access to care, the Canadian model suffers from woes such as long wait times and a shortage of physicians. Laurie Lafleur of Paragon Consulting Partners suggests that innovation in healthcare IT can help address some of these shortcomings.  Discuss
First steps toward APM participation for radiologists
May 25, 2018 -- There's no doubt that Medicare's payment for physician services is moving toward a value-based system, and many other healthcare payors are following that lead. Are you ready for the change? In this article, Richard Morris of Healthcare Administrative Partners helps you prepare for alternative payment models (APMs).  Discuss
Online forums rebound as interest in radiology heats up
May 23, 2018 -- Traffic to online radiology forums that are popular with medical students has rebounded as diagnostic radiology becomes more attractive as a medical specialty. The improving job market seems to be driving the trend, according to an article published in the June edition of Academic Radiology.  Discuss