Walmart opens 2nd health clinic with imaging
February 10, 2020 -- Retail giant Walmart has further expanded its efforts to offer local communities a range of basic healthcare services -- including imaging -- with the opening of a second health center attached to another of its Georgia superstores.  Discuss
14 ways AI can improve the business of radiology
February 7, 2020 -- Business analytics based on artificial intelligence (AI) can create value for radiology practices by improving processes, optimizing resources, and enhancing workflow, according to an article published in the current issue of Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology.  Discuss
New study confirms stabilization of imaging use
February 6, 2020 -- The rate of noninvasive diagnostic imaging use among patients with private insurance has stabilized since a peak in 2008, reflecting a comparable trend among Medicare patients, according to a study published in the current issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Radiology mourns passing of Dr. David C. Levin
February 4, 2020 -- One of the pioneers of research on health services in radiology, Dr. David C. Levin, died on January 15. Levin was one of the first researchers to investigate issues related to turf battles and inappropriate utilization of imaging services and laid the academic groundwork for legislation that rolled back physician self-referral. He was 85.  Discuss
What the Medicare AUC, CDS mandate means for radiologists
February 4, 2020 -- After a long wait, Medicare in January finally started to implement its requirement that referring physicians order advanced imaging exams using appropriate use criteria (AUC) and clinical decision support (CDS). Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners unpacks what you need to know in this new article.  Discuss
Coding changes that will impact radiology practices in 2020
January 21, 2020 -- With the new year comes the annual revision of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that practices have to be aware of. Fortunately for diagnostic radiology, the changes for 2020 are relatively few, according to Erin Stephens of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
Survey: Doctors would take pay cut to reduce burnout
January 16, 2020 -- Some 50% of physicians queried in a new survey said they would take a salary reduction of as much as $50,000 annually to reduce burnout. And 46% of radiologists reported feeling burned out, ranking them sixth among all medical specialties, according to a January 15 report from Medscape.  Discuss
CT, MRI payments plummet at private practices
January 9, 2020 -- Medicare reimbursement for CT and MRI exams performed at private practices have decreased dramatically over the past decade for radiologists, and even more so for physicians of other specialties, according to an article published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Personal touch helps with MRI report recommendations
January 8, 2020 -- Direct communication by radiologists with referring clinicians can significantly improve compliance with follow-up recommendations contained in musculoskeletal MRI reports, according to research published online December 30 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
CT bucks trend of flat imaging use rates
January 3, 2020 -- Diagnostic imaging usage rates in the U.S. have begun to decrease or stabilize in recent years for all imaging modalities with the exception of CT, for which the rate has increased in the last few years, according to an article published online December 31 in Radiology.  Discuss