2013 Radiology Coding Update: Focus on Head and Neck
In 2013, CMS will dramatically reduce the number of codes used for radiology, as well as how your services are coded.
Proposed Cuts Lead to Radiology Practice Self-Analysis
CMS’s 2013 proposed Medicare payment cuts were met with little surprise, but experts say practices should now assess the potential impact.
The Rise of Mobile X-Ray Technology
Mobile X-ray technology is increasing in popularity as demand grows to get technologists out of fixed X-ray rooms. Here’s a look at its benefits and challenges.
Why Patient Satisfaction Matters for Radiology
CMS plans to use hospital patient satisfaction survey data to determine reimbursement. Here’s how radiology groups can improve their scores.
MRI Advancements Improve Image Quality, Patient Comfort
Upgrade from 1.5T to 3T MRI? Invest in a wide bore machine or new software tools? Here’s what you need to know about the latest MRI advances.
Connecticut's Dense Breast Legislation Three Years Later
Connecticut’s law mandating providers alert women if they have dense breasts has been slow to gain traction, but has resulted in more cancers found.
Optical Mammo Promises Specific Images, More Comfort
Optical mammography captures images without radiation, with greater patient comfort, and potentially fewer false positives, researchers say.
New Factors Driving Hospital Acquisitions
More imaging centers are facing acquisition, fueled by a new set of factors. Here’s how practices and hospitals can make these care partnerships effective.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Rule Offers Radiologists Some Clarity
The Meaningful Use Stage 2 final rule clarifies a few sticking points for radiology, including imaging accessibility, CPOE, and hardship exemptions.
PET/MR Same-Time Scanner: Less Radiation, Clearer Images
New PET/MR technology from researchers at the University of Oslo promises same-time scanning with less radiation.
Vendor-Neutral Archives: The Rapid Shift in Image Archiving
The rapid shift to VNAs for image storage and sharing will affect purchasing decisions and image management. Here’s what you need to know about the impact.
Vendor-Neutral Archive? Or Archive-Neutral Vendor?
The future of image storage will depend upon some type of neutrality. Whether that storage is PACS neutral or archive neutral depends on facility preference.
How Federal Regulations Apply to Radiology Marketing
Think Stark Law doesn’t apply to radiologists? Think again. Consultant Adrienne Dresevic details the federal laws that affect radiology marketing.
VNAs Releasing Radiology Images from ‘PACS Jails’
Chris Tomlinson, of Radiology Associates of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses the benefits of vendor neutral archives for storing and sharing images.
Monitor Referrals, Marketing with Customer Relations Software
Radiology practices are turning to customer relations management (CRM) software to gather data and improve their referrals and marketing efforts.
MRI Safety Still a Concern, But National Guidance Lacking
Last fall, the FDA examined MRI safety concerns and ways to reduce injuries. But the industry hasn’t received national guidance on accomplishing this goal.
Incomplete Documentation Shrinks Your Bottom Line
Poor documentation in your radiology reports may be to blame for your leaving rightfully-earned money unclaimed. Here’s where to look and how to boost revenue.
Radiology Leadership: Proposed Reimbursement Cuts “Arbitrary”
The latest proposed cuts to radiology reimbursement are “arbitrary” and “unfounded,” and will negatively impact practice management and patient care, industry leaders say.
Radiology Job Market: 6 Steps To Greater Employment Success
It’s a tough job market for radiologists with many groups holding back on new hires. Here are six tips for improve your employment chances.
Introducing Optical Ultrasound Tomography
Optical ultrasound tomography holds promise for color imaging brain traumas to breast cancers. The head of one start-up venture explains this new technology.
Is Refurbished Imaging Equipment Right for You?
Acquiring refurbished imaging machines is a growing trend as practices grapple with decreasing reimbursement or consider the possibility of future consolidations.
What to Consider When Purchasing Refurbished Equipment
From selecting a vendor to picking the right machine, here are some points to consider when purchasing refurbished equipment.
JAMA: Imaging Use Up in HMOs; Industry Leaders Disagree
Financial incentives designed to control medical imaging use aren’t working as expected, even in settings without a fee-for-service payment model, researchers found. But industry leaders say the data indicates that utilization has actually decreased.
Podcast: Improving Natural Language Processing Error Rates
C. Matthew Hawkins, MD, discusses challenges of natural language processing and how more standardization can reduce error rates of speech recognition software.
Giving Patients Control in Image Sharing
David Mendelson, MD, of Mount Sinai Hospital shares his experiences with the RSNA Image Share project, which gives patients primary control over their images.
Software Customizes CT Dose Monitoring
The RADIANCE Toolkit, an open-source program developed by Tessa Cook, MD, PhD, and colleagues allows facilities to create customized dosing tables and reports.
Data Mining and Analytics in Radiology
The growing field of advanced analytics is helping radiology groups put their treasure troves of data to use to boost efficiency and improve quality.
Photoacoustics Shows Promise for Identifying Breast Cancer
Researchers are in the first stages of testing a new technology that may allow radiologists to detect breast tumors with improved accuracy without exposing patients to radiation.
Amyloid Imaging: The Next Frontier in Alzheimer’s Care
Questions still exist about how best to use the growing list of radioactive tracers, but industry experts view these developments as significant positives for providers imaging patients with suspected Alzheimer’s.
Lung Association’s Cancer CT Screening Recs a Good Start
Recent recommendations for lung cancer CT screening from the American Lung Association could increase your work flow and change the way insurance providers pay for screenings.
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