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3 steps imaging providers can take to prepare for ICD-10

With all of the delays, it seems like we've been waiting forever for ICD-10. But it now seems clear: Oct. 1, 2015, will be the day it takes effect. And it's probably not a bad idea for radiologists to again reflect on the impact the coding shift will have on radiology.  

Radiology managers still skeptical about Medicare reimbursements

Medical imaging managers and directors continue to have low confidence that they will be adequately reimbursed by Medicare for diagnostic and interventional imaging services.

Cancer screening still common in elderly patients with limited life expectancy

Older Americans with limited life expectancies continue to undergo routine cancer screenings despite the probability it will not provide them with any net benefit, according to a study in  JAMA Internal Medicine.

VHA project a middle approach toward low dose CT lung cancer screening

Amid the continuing debate over whether there is sufficient evidence to support the widespread use of low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening, the Veteran's Health Administration has launched a demonstration project to assess its initial experience in implementing a screening program.

Should age be a barrier to mammography?

According to Judith A. Malmgren, M.D, affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington's School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Seattle, the problem with determining the effectiveness in this age group is the paucity of available research; elderly women don't make good candidates for clinical trials.

Radiology in 2014: What 5 health leaders have to say

From reimbursement to the use of clinical decision support, several issues have been top of mind for radiologists and other health professionals when it comes to medical imaging in 2014. And they haven't been shy about sharing their opinions with  FierceMedicalImaging. Here are five of our favorite quotes so far in 2014.

Price transparency leads to lower MRI costs, more competition

The initiation of a price transparency program for MRIs resulted in greater price competition and an increased use of less costly providers, according to a study in the journal  Health Affairs

Study confirms recent decline in imaging utilization

A study of emergency department imaging utilization shows that while utilization substantially increased in the period between 1993 and 2007, it fell over the next five years, mostly as a result of the declining use of MRI and CT.

Radiologists running for Congress without backing of medical imaging colleagues

Two radiologists are running for U.S. Senate in Tennessee and Kansas, but are doing so without the support of the political action committee affiliated with the American College of Radiology.

Imaging false positives and patient anxiety: There are solutions

One of the issues that has plagued advocates of low dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening has been the high number of false positives associated with the screening exam. In fact,...