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GAO: Unclear if accreditation requirements led to med imaging decline

The effect that the implementation of the 2012 Medicare accreditation requirement for suppliers of CT, MRI and nuclear medicine services has had on the decline in imaging growth is unclear, according to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office.

Big data in medical imaging: How radiologists are taking advantage

By Mike Bassett The use of business analytics may be a relatively new phenomenon in medicine, but it has been used to great effect in other industries for quite some time. For example, such tools...

Have we dropped the ball on radiation safety?

Over the last several years, radiation dose and patient safety have been of particular concern among healthcare providers, particularly with the publication of studies showing that patients were exposed to enough radiation to potentially lead to tens of thousands of future cancer cases. Still, concerns continue to linger.

 

PET helps predict improvement capacity for vegetative patients

The use of PET scans can help distinguish between patients that are in vegetative states and those that have some degree of consciousness and have the potential to improve, according to new research published online in The Lancet.

Prostate cancer active surveillance ineffective without follow up

Active surveillance of low-risk prostate cancer becomes ineffective when patients don't return for follow up exams, according to a study presented last week at the European Association of Urology's annual congress.

Swiss Medical Board: Time to abolish mammo screening?

Last year, the Swiss Medical Board was mandated by Swiss health authorities to prepare a review of mammography screening, and based on its findings has recommended that no new systematic screening programs be introduced. What's more, it said, a time limit must be placed on existing programs.

Hospital tech gets prison time for falsely entering mammo results

A former hospital technician in Georgia has been sentenced to up to six months in prison for falsely entering negative results for mammograms.

Despite compensation drop, radiology earnings still high among specialties

Radiology pay may have declined last year, but it remains the fifth-highest compensated medical specialty according to a new survey.

Medical residents lack radiation safety knowledge

While radiology residents score higher when it comes to understanding radiation safety, residents across all specialties still demonstrate a limited amount of radiation safety knowledge, according to a study out of the Emory University School of Medicine.

Health policy and the value of imaging research

A look at three articles published in this week's issue of FierceMedicalImaging demonstrates the need for--and the value of--radiology and medical imaging research.

Use of techs to provide clinical histories results in better image interpretation

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.

Lean principles help interventional radiology department reduce nurse, tech OT

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.

Proton therapy's future: Uncertainty lingers

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 ranks high as a recipient of Medicare dollars

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.

Amyloid PET scans 'latest campaign for overdiagnosis'

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."

Mammo debate: Is it time to push the reset button?

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.

H.R. 4302: Duct tape, delays and decision support

By Matt Hawkins, M.D.

 

A permanent fix to the sustainable growth rate formula eluded Congress again--stunning, I know. Another year of SGR duct tape. And ICD-10 was laughably delayed for yet another year. (How many ICD-11 jokes have you heard over the last couple of weeks?)  This kind of partisan-driven politicking escalates the apathy that many physicians already have for Washington. But maybe that's their objective.

SGR fix good for imaging, but a bad way to make policy

While the passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act--which includes a 12-month Sustainable Growth Rate patch and a delay in the implementation of ICD-10--appears to be a good news/bad news proposition for many healthcare organizations, the imaging community is giving it full its full support. While it's easy to see why, that doesn't mean it's a good way to make public policy.

Failure to meet new dose reduction standards could jeopardize Medicare dollars

A provision of the sustainable growth rate patch legislation will penalize radiology professionals using CT equipment that doesn't comply with new dose management standards.

Brain imaging testimony in criminal cases creates controversy

The PET Brain Imaging Center at the University of California, Irvine--and in particular, staff member Joseph Wu, M.D.--are receiving some unfavorable media coverage because of the way Wu is using brain imaging technology for forensic diagnoses in criminal court cases.