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February/March 2012

By: George Wiley
Buy a banana, and it will cost you less than a dollar per pound—unless you’re in a hotel, where it might cost you twice the grocery-store price. The prices of many items readily obtainable by the consumer usually fall within a well-defined range, according to supply and demand. This is not so in health care (in general) and in medical imaging (specifically), particularly for advanced imaging such as MRI and CT exams. According to Ana Perez, marketing director for American Imaging Management (AIM®), Deerfield, Illinois, the price variation in imaging can be so dramatic that an MRI exam that costs $300 from one provider might, from a different provider, cost as much as $3,000. This tenfold difference, Perez adds, is “for MRI facilities that are, by all claims, the same for quality.” AIM...
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By: Kris Kyes
Paul J. Chang, MD, FSIIM, says, “Because of the external expectations that we will all do more in radiology with less time and fewer resources, we are now entering a maturation phase that I call...
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By: David Rosenfeld
Attestation for stage 1 meaningful use is underway in radiology, and expectations are rising about the ability of IT to reduce cost and increase quality in health care. In separate interviews with...
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By: Cheryl Proval
By observing the quantity and quality of informatics innovation emerging from a radiology department, it is possible to identify those institutions that are nurturing the next wave of informaticists...
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By: Cat Vasko
Imaging is increasingly pervasive in modern medicine; according to a 2011 study¹ published in Radiology, the use of CT scans in emergency-department visits has risen 16% per year since 1995, and the...
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By: Christie James, MS; Larry Buchwalter, JD; Michael Mabry; Ron Howrigon; and the RBMA’s Payor Relations Committee
Growth in imaging utilization has led prior authorization (a 1980s health-plan strategy) to be applied to advanced imaging services. RBMs have developed increasingly complex programs to reduce...
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By: Greg Thompson
After government officials revised the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to include hospital-based physicians practicing in outpatient settings, radiology...
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By: Cheryl Proval
The upside to Berwick being shown the door in Washington is the pleasure to be had in reading his first major talk¹ since leaving the office of CMS administrator on December 2, 2011. The occasion...
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By: Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle
No matter what one thinks about health-care reforms as they are currently being revealed in their entirety, implicit within any future integrated delivery system (accountable-care organization) is...
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By: Mark F. Weiss, JD
Imagine that your practice has been barreling down the health-care highway for years. Now, though, there’s a T intersection straight ahead, with one route leading to completely commoditized health...