You are here

William Doss
As a Senior Writer for TriMed Media Group, Will covers radiology practice improvement, policy, and finance. He lives in Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree in Life Science Communication and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He previously worked as a media specialist for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Outside of work you might see him at one of the many live music venues in Chicago or walking his dog Holly around Lakeview.
 - medical billing

Radiologists can benefit from participating in episodic payment models—even those that aren’t radiology-focused. Capitalizing on opportunities to provide imaging during care episodes can push radiologists over the threshold for the positive payment adjustments that come with meeting the criteria for Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) participation.

Toshiba Medical introduced the latest iterations in their Aplio line of ultrasound scanners: the Aplio i700, i800 and i900. Increased computing power and updated beam technology expand the systems’ ability to image the musculoskeletal system, providing accurate diagnoses of sprains, strains, tears and other soft tissue conditions.

 - doctor at computer

Ensuring patients receive appropriate follow-up imaging after suspicious findings on mammography or other cancer screening is notoriously difficult: about one-third of US women who are surgically treated for breast cancer never undergo their follow-up, slipping through the cracks. Faculty and researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recognized the need for a reliable monitoring system to guarantee patients receive their clinically-indicated follow-up, creating an automated recommendation-tracking program to identify patients with suspicious lesions on abdominal organs and notify the appropriate care providers.

The American Society of Radiation Technologists (ASRT) has elected three new board members to serve on the 2017-2018 ASRT Board of Directors. The newly elected appointees will begin their one-year terms following the 2017 ASRT Governance and House of Delegates Meeting, held June 23-25 in Orlando.

 - United_States_Map

Imaging utilization in the U.S. varies more at the county level than at the state level, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. In addition, researchers found poor ratings in economic measures, such as income and insurance coverage, independently correlated with higher imaging utilization—the opposite of what they expected.

The use of non-size-dependent reference phantoms to calculate CT dose can lead to errors in calculating the radiation received by a patient, according to an article published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Using data from the National Lung Screening Trial, researchers found using an average height and weight to calculate dose can lead to errors of up to 200 percent when compared with a more accurate estimate using a particular patient’s height and weight. 

The advent of value-based reimbursement has tightened the purse strings on the clinical services income that academic medical centers traditionally rely on. It will become increasingly important for academic hospitals to develop a 21st century funds flow model, and radiology departments need to know where they fit into the institutional mission—both now and in the future.

 - Contrast

The medical regulatory body of the European Union (EU) recommended four gadolinium contrast agents be pulled from the market because of concerns about gadolinium deposition in the brain. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) suspended the marketing authorizations for the four agents after a review by its risk assessment committee.

 - American Health Care Act

The ACA replacement bill appears to leave intact pieces of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) beneficial to radiologists, namely the expansion of preventative cancer screening. While it’s an encouraging sign, the tri-part repeal-and-replace process means radiologists should keep their ears to the ground, according to Chris Sherin, Director of Congressional Affairs at the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The same technology that allows Google Translate to “help” high school students with their Spanish homework may soon put an interventional radiologist in your pocket, according to a March 8 session at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting.