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By: Cheryl Proval
The imaging informaticists, physicists, physicians, and vendors’ representatives who gathered at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine regional meeting, Practical Imaging Informatics, in Long Beach, California, on March 22, 2012, didn’t arrive in covered wagons, but they did have much in common with the state’s pioneer settlers. On September 29, 2010, California’s SB 1237 was signed into law as the Medical Radiation Safety Act,¹ effectively putting all providers of CT exams on notice that beginning July 1, 2012, they would be required to begin reporting technical parameters and radiation dose for each study. Prompted by an outpouring of popular dismay over reported episodes of overradiation in California and elsewhere, the legislation does not mandate how much radiation is...
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By: Julie Ritzer Ross
In recent years, health-care reform (in all its guises) has spurred providers to investigate new methods and models for delivering services to inpatients and outpatients alike. Some do not affect...
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By: by Richard Heller III, MD, MBA
As radiologists, we work in the options trade without even realizing it. Every day, we help clinicians make the best decisions by providing them with opportunities termed real options. These options...
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By: Cat Vasko
A decade ago, the executive team of Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center (VMHMC) in Seattle, Washington, flew to Japan for training in the Toyota Production System (TPS), a continuous–process-...
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By: Cheryl Proval
Radiology practices took a blow when CMS invoked the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) for professional-component services provided to the same patient in the same session by the same...
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By: Matthew Skoufalos
Times of change generally present increased opportunity for those willing to find the right door and open it. With hospitals merging, buying practices, and acquiring imaging centers, there is just...
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By: Greg Thompson
High-tech communication in 2012 is undeniably fast and efficient, but does it build trust? Among referring physicians who rely on radiologists, the question transcends the objective nature of...
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By: Cheryl Proval
One hallmark unites the winning entries in the top five medical-imaging IT projects of 2012, cosponsored by Radiology Business Journal and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM):...
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Radiologists who held medical directors’ positions with hospitals and health systems collected a median of $32,353 annually, and those who took weekend call earned a median of $2,000 in call...
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By: Cheryl Proval
An article by Milliman actuaries¹ in the April 2012 issue of Health Affairs details an interesting accounting exercise that is likely to cause private insurers to take notice. Using a method...
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By: Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle
I have written frequently about the implications of economic turbulence in radiology; we are facing some now, and others will unfold in the months and years ahead. These far-reaching implications...