Baby boomers, wage increases to boost U.S. health spending
February 21, 2019 -- U.S. health spending will continue to increase through 2027, as demographic and economic changes overcome factors that previously kept costs growing more slowly, such as the Great Recession and the Affordable Care Act, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released February 20 in Health Affairs.  Discuss
HIMSS: Radiology workflow orchestration makes sweet music
February 15, 2019 -- ORLANDO, FL - Workflow orchestration can maximize quality, improve service, and reduce costs for multisite radiology practices, while ensuring equitable workload for radiologists and enabling advanced data analysis, according to a presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting.  Discuss
Brachytherapy error halts treatment at Canadian center
February 14, 2019 -- A cancer center in Hamilton, Ontario, has suspended brachytherapy treatment for cervical cancer patients after discovering that guide tubes of the wrong length were being used, meaning radiation may have missed the tumor target. The episode highlights the importance of anonymous error reporting, according to experts.  Discuss
Is radiology ready for the shift to patient consumerism?
February 11, 2019 -- Healthcare is seeing the rise of patient consumerism, and radiology is no exception. But is radiology ready for this new trend of patient refunds, price transparency, and physician-rating websites? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some guidance.  Discuss
Report: Indian radiologist commits suicide after alleged bullying
February 7, 2019 -- A radiologist in India committed suicide due to alleged persistent bullying at the hospital where she worked, according to an article in the Hindustan Times. Several doctors have been arrested in connection with her death, other reports indicate.  Discuss
Row erupts in Canada over radiologists' role in healthcare
February 1, 2019 -- A dispute has erupted in Ontario over the role that radiologists and other medical specialists play in the healthcare system of the Canadian province. The debate was sparked by an article claiming that radiologists have benefited from a "technology windfall" in spending on medical technology that has been funded by taxpayers.  Discuss
Report: ER doctors get subpoenas for ordering wrong scans
February 1, 2019 -- Doctors in the emergency room (ER) at Rhode Island Hospital have been served with subpoenas charging them with medical misconduct for incorrectly ordering medical imaging scans, according to a report published January 30 by Politico.  Discuss
Medicare's AUC/CDS mandate will begin next year
January 30, 2019 -- Starting January 1, 2020, your referring physicians will be required to use appropriate use criteria (AUC) and clinical decision support (CDS) when ordering imaging exams for Medicare patients. And if they don't, guess who doesn't get paid for the images you read? You. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains.  Discuss
4 ways to improve patients' imaging experience
January 28, 2019 -- Although improving patients' imaging experience may seem daunting, there are four relatively simple ways to boost a department's performance ranking and support patient care, according to a study published online January 22 in Radiology.  Discuss
Less jargon makes MRI reports easier to read
January 15, 2019 -- It's time for radiologists to use more common words that patients can understand when they read their lumbar spine MRI and other exam results, concluded a study published online January 8 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss