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
Coding changes that will affect radiology practices in 2019
January 15, 2019 -- What coding changes are in store for U.S. radiology practices in 2019? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at revisions in the current procedural terminology (CPT) codes and what they mean for your coding.  Discuss
MRI jargon draws fire in Vox series on health costs
January 15, 2019 -- Online news portal Vox continues find radiology in its sights as it takes aim at runaway healthcare costs. In a January 14 article, the site criticized jargon that hospitals use to describe radiology services -- in particular MRI -- as an example of why healthcare charges are so hard to understand.  Discuss
Should radiologists become gatekeepers against overuse?
January 8, 2019 -- Should the primary duty of radiologists shift from interpreting images to preventing unnecessary orders for medical imaging? That's just one of several novel suggestions for reducing radiology overuse in a Viewpoint article published online January 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Use of emergency chest imaging on the rise
January 8, 2019 -- Led by significant growth in the use of CT, the utilization of noncardiac chest imaging increased markedly in the emergency department during the past few decades, according to research from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute published online January 2 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss