Two opinion papers published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine argue that it's time to start thinking differently about the issues associated with breast cancer and mammography screening, particularly with each side of the breast screening debate bringing up the same arguments based on data from old trials.
Three articles published this week in FierceMedicalImaging demonstrate the need for--and the value of--radiology and medical imaging research.
In one article, we explore the continuing debate concerning the efficacy of screening mammography; one opinion piece published in the Annals of Internal Medicine argues that it's time to initiate a new breast cancer screening trial. In particular, the authors say that the old trials don't reflect the advances in modern breast cancer treatment.
Another article, about the future of proton therapy, looks at the need for trials that will help determine the direction the technology should be taking in order for patients to derive benefits from the technology. One thing that proton therapy providers must do going forward is to move away from its reliance on the treatment of prostate cancer, according to John Frick, chairman of the board of the National Association for Proton Therapy.
What is clear about all three of these disparate radiology issues is that they've all become quite controversial health policy questions. Read more...
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Researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital have demonstrated that using radiologic technologists instead of referring physicians to provide clinical histories of patients results in improved histories and leads to better image interpretation.
The implementation of "lean" principles in the interventional radiology division at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine enabled it to streamline workflow and reduce nurse and technologist overtime, according to an article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
The high cost of building and equipping a proton beam therapy facility--and whether the benefits in terms of patient outcomes is worth those costs--means the future of proton therapy remains uncertain.
Radiology ranked fifth among medical specialties that received the most in Medicare payments in 2012, according to Medicare doc data recently made public by CMS.
In a commentary published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, Susan Molchan, M.D., a private practice psychiatrist from Bethesda, Md., suggested the push to get amyloid PET scans covered by Medicare is part of the "the latest campaign for overdiagnosis."
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With HIPAA audits this fall expected to be more narrow in focus, healthcare organizations and their business associates must ensure that their documentation is meticulous, according to Adam Green, a privacy attorney with Washington, D.C.-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine.
Effective integration with a health information exchange isn't easy, but there are ways to shorten the roadblocks and develop a comprehensive HIE strategy. To that end, Sean Kennedy, director of health information exchange at the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and Nicole Heim, CIO Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center, speaking Wednesday at the Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington, D.C., shared their experiences with HIE integration.