By Matt Hawkins, M.D.
How do we get paid? Taboo question for a doctor to ask, right? When I think about reimbursement, my head spins into a wild vortex of bewilderment and non-cohesive mush. Summarizing the problems, complaints and processes associated with medical reimbursement in a brief column is akin to teaching my 5 year-old the theory of relativity. But I know you only have three-and-a-half more minutes to read this column, so I'll stop procrastinating.
Are our services valued fairly? Are we rewarded for cutting costs and improving efficiency? Is a country that has been sheltered from medical costs/prices/charges for so long able to place a value on the healthcare they receive--in dollars? Read more...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have to reconsider a warning it issued in 2008 that CT imaging tests could interfere with internal electronic devices, according to a recently published study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
According to research published this month in the American Journal of Roentgenology, the vast majority of patient education articles that make their way onto RadiologyInfo.org--a jointly sponsored website of the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America--are written at a 10th grade level.
That may not seem like too much of an intellectual burden to overcome for radiologists who are, by definition, highly educated. But, when one looks at the American population as a whole, it's a problem. Read more...
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German scientists have come up with a way to use high-energy X-rays to study living cells at a molecular level. Until now, researchers have had to immerse cells in preservation chemicals in order to look at them close up.
The opening of Michigan's first proton therapy center has been delayed pending approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
A low-dose CT lung screening program can be put into place pretty quickly in a community hospital setting, according to an article published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
A New York radiology practice has agreed to a $15.5 million settlement to resolve allegations that it billed Medicaid and Medicare for unnecessary imaging services.
Is a Kansas radiologist running for U.S. senate more interested in profits than caring for his patients? That's what his competitor--incumbent GOP Sen. Pat Roberts suggests.
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