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Michael Walter
Michael joined TriMed in 2015 as the digital editor of He has over a decade of experience working as a writer, copy editor and manager. Michael studied journalism at the University of North Texas. He currently lives in St. Louis with his wife, daughter, and a record collection that never seems to stop growing.
 - Ben Wanamaker

Healthcare is in desperate need of a change, Ben Wanamaker explained during his keynote address Monday morning at RBMA PaRADigm 2017 in Chicago. Consumer costs are on the rise, pricing for basic services is widely inconsistent and the government is spending more and more tax dollars on policies such as social security, Medicare and Medicaid. 

 - Ana P. Lourenco, MD

More and more millennials—most commonly referred to as individuals born between 1980 and 2000—are completing their training and officially entering the radiology workforce. It’s an exciting time for those men and women, proof that their years of dedication and hard work have truly paid off ... but the influx of young workers also has resulted in elevating frustration levels across radiology groups throughout the country. 

 - Michael Walter

Radiology Business Journal’s annual Radiology 100 survey is now officially live. Don’t miss this opportunity to see where your private practice ranks compared to other practices across the country. 

 - j-hamilton

2017 is a year of significant change for RBMA. This year, the association has consolidated its two largest annual meetings—Radiology Summit and the Fall Educational Conference—into one larger meeting: RBMA PaRADigm.

Jim Hamilton, MHA, CMM, is the president of RBMA and the administrator and business manager for Medical Imaging Physicians, an 18-radiologist practice in Dayton, Ohio. Hamilton spoke with Radiology Business Journal about RBMA PaRADigm and also touched on how significant changes in the imaging industry have impacted 

 - the-future-is-now2

Deep learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are gaining more and more momentum in radiology. While some physicians are slow to embrace this vision and trend, fretting over their own job security, others in the industry are inspired by the endless possibilities. The long-term vision positions AI at the center of momentous change in radiology while also pushing the practice of medicine, disease management and physician efficiency forward at a rapid pace. 

 - Michael Walter

As more and more of the healthcare industry focuses on value-based care, providers should be paying more attention to physician reviews and patient satisfaction surveys than ever before. What upsets patients? What makes them want to return to your practice if they need additional care in the future? Knowing the answers to these questions could be the difference between steady growth for your practice and significant losses. 

 - strong-leadership

Scott Hazelbaker, CRA, MS, remembers a time when leaders in the radiology industry were unapologetically firm and new hires were expected to do as they were told, no matter what.

 - Michael Walter

As expected, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was a hot topic at RSNA 2016 in Chicago. There were sessions that explained it, writers who covered it, and attendees throughout McCormick Place were talking about it all week. Heck, I’d say MACRA was the most buzzworthy thing to hit Chicago all year, but the World Series-winning Cubs probably still top that list. 

 - Michael Walter

A look ahead at some of 2017’s most significant policy changes

 - Paul J. Chang, MD

Paul J. Chang, MD, medical director of enterprise imaging at the University of Chicago, began his presentation Monday morning at RSNA 2016 by saying his goal was to upset “everyone in the room” with his opinions on quality and IT. He said this with a smile, of course, but he did go on to speak about quality in different terms than radiologists are used to hearing.