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Radiology Business

Some observers have commented on the narrow networks associated with many insurance products being offered by the state and federal insurance exchanges mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). A new survey¹ of members of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) suggests why insurers may be having trouble attracting broader physician panels. The MGMA received more than 1,000 responses from practices representing more than 47,500 physicians.

Imagingbiz editors Cheryl Proval and Cat Vasko returned from RBMA last week bursting with news. Here are their thoughts on the conference
Radiology Business
Physician groups figure prominently among 88 new accountable-care organizations (ACOs) added to the Medicare Shared Savings Program’s participants on July 1, 2012. With the latest announcement from CMS,1 154 organizations are now participating in the initiative, covering more than 2.4 million beneficiaries.
Radiology Business
For January through June 2011, one-third of people in the United States were members of families having difficulties paying for medical care, according to a March 2012 report.¹ One in five people was in a family having problems paying medical bills, one in four was in a family paying medical bills over time, and one in 10 was in a family that had
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Cardiovascular Business
Tens of thousands of cardiologists convened in Chicago, March 24-27, for the 61st annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session & expo to learn about the latest research and network with peers.
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Molecular Imaging

While questions about the efficacy of mammography aboundespecially regarding high-risk women with dense breastsresearch is turning to newer PET-based techniques for more specific diagnosis.

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Health Imaging

Being a leader in imaging today is all about providing better patient care via excellent multimodality diagnosis, onsite and virtual collaboration among radiologists and specialists, and sophisticated treatment planning.

Radiology Business
Analytics technology is the number-one IT requirement for implementing an accountable-care organization (ACO), according to 197 providers (at 187 organizations) interviewed by KLAS (Orem, Utah) to get an early picture of what ACOs mean for the health-care IT market (see figure). Health information exchanges, data warehouses, and patient portals
Radiology Business
On June 7, 2011, at the Annual Summit of the RBMA in New Orleans, Louisiana, four CEOs and one senior leader—representing all five radiology benefit management (RBM) companies—participated in a panel discussion during a general session, “Face to Face With RBM CEOs: Shaping the Dialogue for Imaging’s New Realities.” Look for coverage of that session
Clinical Innovation + Technology
BOSTON Health leaders from across the U.S. gathered together at the CMIO Summit Clinical IT Leadership Forum on June 10 to hear and converse with colleagues who have navigated the straits of meaningful use, wrestled health information exchange (HIE) and clinical information systemsand lived to tell the tale of success.