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.
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.
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.
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.
A report published online in Lancet Oncology outlines several areas--including medical imaging--where oncologists can cut costs while maintaining the quality of care.
This past week, two Canadian medical associations--the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR)--issued a joint policy statement in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada opposing the nonmedical use of fetal ultrasound. These associations are particularly concerned about the rise of nonmedical ultrasound centers that provide "entertainment scans," or keepsake images that are provided to expectant parents.
Screening mammography advocates and defenders are responding in force to the recent study published in BMJ questioning the value of mammography.
Reimbursement cuts will continue to challenge the medical imaging industry in 2014 (and beyond) and will impact all imaging centers--both freestanding and hospital-based--though some will be affected more than others depending on a variety of factors, industry insiders say.
Integrating radiology rooms into clinical areas can provide a number of benefits to referring physicians and patients, and even help reduce the number of unnecessary repeat imaging studies, according to an article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a tiny catheter-based device that can be used to provide real-time 3-D imaging from inside the heart and arteries.
Researchers have developed a modified MRI technique that allows patients to be scanned for tumors without exposing them to radiation and the added possibility of developing radiation-associated cancers later in life.
Earlier this year, a European Society of Cardiology position paper--published in the European Heart Journal--urged cardiologists to be more proactive in reducing inappropriate radiation exposure to their patients during cardiology procedures. Now, an article published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology recommends measures physicians can take to enhance the safety and effectiveness of such procedures.
The use of portable ultrasound as a first line imaging study in children with suspected appendicitis can help reduce the emergency room length of stay for these children as well as the need for CT scans, according to a team from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
While ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm is known for reducing aneurysm related mortality, and the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the American Heart Association recommend screening for at-risk groups, the preventive measure has been underutilized.
The MRI equipment market is becoming increasingly competitive, according to a recently published report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.
While the overall use of CT has increased over the last 15 years or so, a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology has found that since 2009 it has slowed among privately insured patients.