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ACR Achieves Highest CME Accreditation Status

Reston, Va. (April 16, 2013) — The American College of Radiology (ACR) has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

 

Accreditation with Commendation is awarded to providers that demonstrate compliance in each of the ACCME’s 22 accreditation criteria. This honorable designation is achieved by approximately 21 percent…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on April 16, 2013 at 1:16pm — No Comments

The Radiologist-Tech Relationship: Why You Should Care

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) - When you spend most of your waking hours each week at work, good relationships with colleagues go a long way in helping you improve your performance, and you’d likely feel less stressed. Often in radiology, much attention is paid to improving relations with referring physicians. What about your radiologic technologists?

How can radiologists…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on March 8, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

ACR Dose Index Registry™ Surpasses Five Million Scans

 

Reston, Va. (Feb. 20, 2013) — Since its launch, less than two years ago, over five million computed tomography (CT) scans, and nearly three million exams, have been added to the American College of Radiology (ACR) Dose Index Registry™ (DIR) — bringing the ACR closer to establishing national benchmarks for CT dose indices which will help ensure patients receive safe, quality imaging care.

 

The DIR is a radiology data registry that provides standardized,…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 20, 2013 at 3:13pm — No Comments

ACR Donates Unique Piece of History to Curie Museum in Paris

Reston, Va. (Jan. 9, 2013) — According to an article in the January issue of the ACR Bulletin, the ACR recently donated a one-of-kind film of Marie Curie receiving the ACR Gold Medal in 1931 to the Curie Museum in Paris. Famous for the discovery of polonium and radium, Curie was recognized by the ACR for her significant contributions to the field of radiology.  

 

For 81 years the film…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on January 16, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Inclusion of Virtual Colonoscopy as HEDIS® Screening Modality Could Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Compliance, Study Suggests

Reston, VA (Jan. 10, 2013) — Availability of CT colonography (CTC), commonly known as virtual colonoscopy, is increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates across military medical facilities. Inclusion of CTC as a Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set® (HEDIS®)-compliant colorectal cancer (CRC) screening test can potentially raise overall screening rates, according to a study in the January issue of the Journal of the American…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on January 15, 2013 at 11:12pm — No Comments

How the Election Will Impact Radiologists

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- The rhetoric is off the charts: This is an election that will change everything for radiologists, for the medical profession, for the future of health care. According to this school of thought, the man who takes the White House will have a hand in determining reimbursement, setting health policy, defining quality and even allowing the independent practice of radiology to survive.

But the truth may be more nuanced — health care reform isn’t an…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on November 6, 2012 at 10:22am — No Comments

Special Journal Issue Focuses on Radiology’s Role in Health Care Reform

Special Journal Issue Focuses on Radiology’s Role in Health Care Reform

Reston, Va. (Sept. 27, 2012) — To be published online Monday, Oct. 1, a special issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology will focus on health policy and radiology’s role in health care reform. Topics to be covered include utilization management in radiology, clinical decision support, value-based health care payment systems and patient-centered outcomes in imaging.

“Health care reform will…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 1, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Radiologists Develop Evidence-Based Guidelines to Help Physicians Manage Patients with Acute Low Back Pain

Radiologists Develop Evidence-Based Guidelines to Help Physicians Manage Patients with Acute Low Back Pain

Reston, Va. (Sept. 27, 2012) — According to an article in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, radiologists at Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta, and Georgia Health Sciences University, in Augusta, Ga., have developed evidence-based guidelines to assist physicians with the process of managing patients with acute low back pain. Low back pain…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on October 1, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

6 Ways Radiologists Can Beat Burnout

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Feeling stressed out or lacking motivation when you read studies? If so, you have lots of company.

Radiologists rank among the top five specialties that experience the greatest frequency of burnout, according to a recent Archives of Internal Medicine study. Nearly half of radiologists reported at least one symptom of burnout. Only providers in emergency medicine, general internal medicine, family medicine, and neurology are at equal or greater risk for this…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on September 13, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Ting Huan Tai Arrested for $30 Million in Medicare/Medicaid Fraud (Breaking News)

(NEW YORK, NY) - An owner of a Queens based radiology practice, Ting Huan Tai was arrested by federal authorities for over $30 million in medicare and medicaid fraud. Allegedly, he and conspirators were billing for radiology services that were never actually performed under a former radiologist's name. The federal authorities have seized assets including a Lamborghini and other items. Ting Huan Tai is currently on a $2 million bond as the investigation continues.

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on September 1, 2012 at 12:29am — No Comments

ACPE Becomes Affiliate of ACR’s Radiology Leadership Institute

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) have announced an agreement making ACPE the newest affiliate organization of the ACR’s Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI). As a result of this affiliation, select ACPE courses will become a part of the RLI curriculum, allowing RLI participants to earn both RLI credits and ACPE credits. RLI participants can also use the credits they earn from other ACPE approved RLI courses toward an advanced…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on August 13, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

ACR: Medical Imaging Study in Health Affairs Incomplete and Potentially Misleading

Reston, Va. (July 25, 2012) — A study (Lee and Levy) published in the August issue of Health Affairs reconfirms results of previous studies that imaging use in Medicare is down significantly over the last several years (Moran Report) and that imaging is among the slowest growing of all physician services among privately insured Americans (Health Care Cost Institute). However, the list of factors cited for this decline is incomplete and the drop in imaging use is not without adverse…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 25, 2012 at 10:56pm — No Comments

Imaging Cuts in Proposed 2013 Medicare Fee Schedule Rule Potentially Dangerous, Unfounded and Unnecessary

Imaging Cuts in Proposed 2013 Medicare Fee Schedule Rule Potentially Dangerous, Unfounded and Unnecessary

Reston, Va. (July 9, 2012) – Extreme cuts to funding for medical imaging scans in the Medicare Fee Schedule Proposed Rule — particularly an expansion of the multiple procedure payment reduction for interpretation of scans performed on the same patient, in the same session on the same day, to all providers in the same practice or hospital — are unnecessary, unfounded and undermine…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 9, 2012 at 9:27am — No Comments

Wanted: Radiology residents for Section Editors for new online review question bank and test review book.

Wanted: Radiology residents for Section Editors for new online review question bank and test review book.

In this exciting opportunity you get to work with faculty from MGH and help write multiple choice boards-style review questions for the new ABR core exam. Section Editors will write questions in breast, body, cardiac, GI/GU, IR, MSK, neuro, nucs, peds, reproductive, thoracic, and US imaging. Questions and associated images can be written at your leisure…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 19, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

RTOG Phase III Trial Shows Radiation Therapy Lowers the Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence for Women Diagnosed with “Good Risk” DCIS

Initial results of the RTOG 9804, the first randomized, multi-center trial evaluating treatment with radiation therapy vs. observation) for women with “good risk” ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), will be presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology 2012 Annual Meeting.

Philadelphia, PA (June 1, 2012) — Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) — the earliest and most curable breast cancer — accounts for approximately 20% of all new diagnoses. Prior studies of participants…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on June 4, 2012 at 9:28am — No Comments

Radiologic Technologist at Mayo Clinic Pleads Guilty to Infecting Patients with Hepatitis C

(JACKSONVILLE, FL) -- Radiologic Technologist at Mayo Clinic Pleads Guilty to Infecting Patients with Hepatitis C.  He has pleaded guilty for at least 10 crimes where he swapped out syringes that were infected with Hepatitis C. He worked at Mayo from 2004 to 2010 and he himself was infected with Hep C. He admitted to contaminating syringes by injecting himself with Fentanyl and refilled empty syringes with saline, ultimately…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on May 11, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Cancer risk from CT scans in medicare population minimal

Researchers Find Little Secondary Cancer Risk from Multi-Detector CT Scans in Medicare Population

Reston, VA (April 2, 2012) — The secondary cancer risk from multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) scans is low among older adults, according to a study from Stanford University in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (www.jacr.org). MDCT is a high-speed imaging technique that is commonly used to diagnose a variety of…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on April 3, 2012 at 9:35am — No Comments

Radiology Business Practice and Health Care Policy Curricula at U.S. Radiology Residency Programs Show Need for Improvement

Reston, VA (March 1, 2012) — Residency training requirements in competencies related to radiology business practice and health care policy have been in place for more than a decade. However, a recent study, published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, suggests curricula addressing these items still seem to be in a stage of acceptance and development.

“The United States has been…

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