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.
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.
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.
While in the past the vast majority of radiologists were in private practice, that has changed over the last 10 years or so. Today, approximately half of all radiologists still belong to private practices, while the remainder are taking advantage of a variety of practice options.
Radiology practices can and should follow several strategies to help with the transition from a volume- to value-based imaging environment as envisioned in American College of Radiology's Imaging 3.0 campaign, according to Geraldine McGinty, M.D., chair of ACR's commission on economics.
An aging population, a desire for healthcare cost control and technology improvement all are driving the imaging systems market--and in particular, the global X-ray market--which is predicted to rise from $3.6 billion to $4.23 billion by 2018, according to a recent report from Kalorama Information.
Federal agents last week raided the corporate headquarters of a New York-based radiology company, seizing records associated with an investigation into allegations that the company engaged in fraud by overbilling Medicare for its services.
Radiologists should look within and reevaluate the imaging value chain in order to energize a cohesive healthcare system that can be measured by quality, service and business growth metrics, says Rasu B. Shrestha, vice president, medical information technology, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, in a recent article for Applied Radiology.