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
Technologists improve image quality from urgent care centers
February 8, 2018 -- Radiology departments are facing a conundrum from the growing number of urgent care centers sending them x-rays that may not be of optimal diagnostic quality. A department in Texas offers some tips for improving urgent care pediatric imaging in research published online February 2 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Study tracks radiation dose to NM technologists
February 8, 2018 -- A new study published February 1 in Radiology on occupational radiation exposure for nuclear medicine (NM) technologists is serving up some intriguing findings. While radiation exposure is generally low and within established guidelines, it has been rising in recent years as the field adopts more powerful imaging technologies.  Discuss
To boost job satisfaction, put the pedal to the metal
February 7, 2018 -- Research has found that a sedentary lifestyle negatively affects one's health and life expectancy, leading to everything from cardiovascular disease to cancer. And if sitting is the new smoking, radiologists are prime candidates to get moving. But how?  Discuss
What radiologists should know about 2018 MIPS changes
January 31, 2018 -- What's going on with the latest changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? Radiology practices face a host of new rules in 2018. Rebecca Farrington, chief revenue officer at Healthcare Administrative Partners, helps unpack the changes in this new article.  Discuss