MedPAC: Imaging grows slower than other medical services
March 15, 2019 -- The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) may have published its latest report to the U.S. Congress on March 15, but its findings and recommendations aren't new: The commission continues to focus growth in imaging utilization that occurred more than a decade ago, despite a relatively small volume increase between 2016 and 2017.  Discuss
Healthcare cuts to come in 2020 U.S. budget
March 12, 2019 -- President Donald Trump on March 7 released a budget for 2020 that includes cuts to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as repeal-and-replace measures for the Affordable Care Act of 2010.  Discuss
Understanding changes in 2019 final Medicare fee schedule
March 8, 2019 -- Which radiology procedures were winners and which ones were losers in the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2019? Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners unpacks these changes to the MPFS in this new article.  Discuss
Imaging analytics platform optimizes MRI operations
March 2, 2019 -- VIENNA - The combination of an imaging analytics platform and lean management concepts can deliver substantial improvements in MRI department operational efficiency without affecting the quality of care, researchers reported at ECR 2019.  Discuss
Early recognition can reduce stress and prevent burnout
March 2, 2019 -- Stress at work is an increasingly common phenomenon, but radiologists still may not be recognizing the symptoms of burnout in both colleagues and themselves, according to expert speakers at today's Professional Challenges session at ECR 2019. Like all health problems, identifying issues early and taking appropriate action is key to the cure.  Discuss
Beware the perils of revealing data on social media
March 1, 2019 -- Sharing patient data on Facebook and WhatsApp involves a breach of European data protection regulations and can have serious consequences, according to Dr. Erik Ranschaert, PhD, president of the European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics. At today's Special Focus session at ECR 2019, his goal was to raise awareness of the issue, and he shared some secure alternatives.  Discuss
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