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FierceMedicalImaging: Our final issue

A little more than two years after publishing our first issue, this week's issue of  FierceMedicalImaging  will be the last.

Radiology managers not confident about Medicare reimbursement

Radiology managers and imaging directors still have low expectations about the chance their facilities will receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for diagnostic and interventional imaging services, according to the latest Medical Imaging Confidence Index.

Radiology practices must review data to staff efficiently

Given the pressures faced by radiology practices in the form of rising costs and reimbursement cuts, they must be certain they are operating efficiently--particularly when it comes to staffing--in order to survive, according to consultant Rich Miller.

ACR to CMS: Revise CT lung cancer screening guidelines

The American College of Radiology (ACR), as well as several other medical organizations, are asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise its guidelines for low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening in order to increase the number of persons eligible for reimbursement for the scans under Medicare.

RSNA 2014: Levin urges radiologists to 'champion' Choosing Wisely

Radiologists must champion the use of Choosing Wisely lists, particularly since so many recommendations on the lists pertain to medical imaging, said David Levin, professor and chairman emeritus of the radiology department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, during a session Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.

Time to get the conversation started on price transparency

One concept that we hear much about pertaining to the future of healthcare is the need for cost transparency. And when we see reports about the wide variation of costs associated with medical imaging procedures, its easy to see why.

Crowdsourcing project finds 'starting' variation in imaging test costs

A crowdsourcing project on healthcare costs has found "startling" variations in the prices for procedures such as mammograms and lower back MRIs.

Nurse practitioners, PAs order more imaging exams than primary-care docs

Nonphysicians--such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants--are much more likely to order imaging exams for patients than primary care physicians, according to a new study published online in  JAMA Internal Medicine.

Did CMS go far enough with its CT lung cancer screening decision?

CT lung cancer advocates are breathing easier now that the  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a preliminary decision to cover low-dose CT lung cancer screening for eligible patients. Still, there are some provisions of the decision that have left many observers wondering whether the CMS decision went far enough and whether it will enable everyone who could benefit from screening to actually get screened.

Reimbursement cuts correlate with shift of outpatient MRI exams from private offices to hospitals

Recent imaging reimbursement cuts have correlated with a shift of more outpatient MRI exams being performed in hospital outpatient departments than private offices, according to a study published online in the  Journal of the American College of Radiology.