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February 2015 Blog Posts (9)

Affordable Care Act: Radiologists Need to Define Quality

A lot of people that aren’t in health care think that the Affordable Care Act was put in place to insure the uninsured, but its real goal is to lower the cost of health care from the government’s perspective, according to Brian Baker of Carealytics, in an interview with Diagnostic Imaging…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on February 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Lung-RADS Reduces False Positives, But Also Sensitivity

Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography may substantially reduce the false-positive result rate, but sensitivity is also decreased, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on February 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Preparing Radiology For Alternative Payment Models

On January 26, 2015 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced two ambitious goals that have a significant impact on radiology: One half of all Medicare payment to physicians and hospitals will be made through alternative payment models (ie, medical homes and…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on February 23, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Radiology Analytics: Bright Future, Dim Present



Imagine that you have a referring physician complaining to the chair of the radiology department: they can’t get their patients in for an MR scan. He recommends that your department buy a new MR scanner. Your technologist says they’re really busy all day, which could also mean the…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on February 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

What Radiologists Need To Know About Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

CHICAGO — Thirty-one percent of radiologists in a 2013 study published in Radiology had at least one malpractice claim in their career. At RSNA 2014, Kelly Yousem, a 25-year veteran attorney doing plaintiff’s medical malpractice, educated radiologists about the medical malpractice process.

Source: UBM Partner Site Diagnostic Imaging - For full article, please click…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on February 18, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Eleven Outrageous HIPAA Violations

They did what?! Click to view 11 costly mistakes providers have made when dealing with confidential patient information. 

Source: UBM Partner Site Diagnostic Imaging - For full article, please click here.

Added by Alessandra Simmons on February 16, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FDA Approves 3D Breast CT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Koning Breast CT (KBCT) and KBCT-guided biopsy bracket, Koning Corporation announced. KBCT is the first commercially available 3D breast scanner designed to image the entire breast with a single scan and no compression of the breast tissue, Koning said in a release. The procedure is quick, it takes 10 seconds for the system to acquire hundreds of images, Koning said.

Source: UBM Partner Site Diagnostic Imaging…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on February 13, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Radiology: Choose Between Change or Trouble

CHICAGO — “Some folks might think that I’m just a paranoid old guy who feels that the world is coming to an end and we had a great ride…but there are major disruptive changes in health care on the horizon, and unless we understand them and respond, I think, personally, the future of our profession is in jeopardy,” Paul Berger, MD, chairman, Partners in the Imaging Enterprise, and past founder and former chairman of NightHawk Radiology, said at RSNA…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on February 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Do You Want To Be a Radiology Leader?

With health care reform and payment model changes looming, there is a significant demand for the pioneers that are going to lead radiology into the futureDiagnostic Imaging spoke with James H. Thrall, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital at RSNA 2014 to gain some insight on what it takes to be a leader in…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on February 9, 2015 at 11:38am — No Comments

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