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By: George Wiley

Standardization in radiology can take a dozen different paths, and it is clearly complex—but why is there a need for standardization in the first place? Debra L. Monticciolo, MD, FACR, is vice chair for research at Scott & White Healthcare (Temple, Texas), a nonprofit health system. She is a professor of radiology at the allied Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and is a subspecialist in mammography. Monticciolo is chair of the ACR® Commission on Quality and Safety. Of course, quality and safety are among the primary reasons that standardization is a talking point for so many who hold stakes in radiology’s future. “You have to go back to the way medical practice developed—in this country and elsewhere,” Monticciolo says. “Physicians go out and practice. They...

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By: Cheryl Proval
Fifteen years ago, when I first started to write about radiology, any attempt to manage or standardize the practice of medicine was met with resistance and derision. Notice that when putting...
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By: Julie Ritzer Ross
Two years ago, a friend of Missouri state Rep Caleb Jones (R) sustained a shoulder injury while playing with his child. While a physician suggested that an MRI exam might be in order, the man’s...
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By: Greg Thompson
Some battles are destined to be fought over and over again. The fight to eliminate the IOASE is one such skirmish; it refuses to go away, after more than a decade of debate.
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By: Cheryl Proval
A. Mark Fendrick, MD, is a self-described generalist. His research (as a professor of internal medicine and director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Value-based Insurance Design) has...
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By: Cheryl Proval
As radiology enters the era of quantitative imaging, it is well advised to carry with it an old friend, the DICOM standard, according to David A. Clunie, PhD, CTO of CoreLab Partners. He lays out...
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By: Thomas W. Greeson, JD, Esq, and Paul W. Pitts, JD, Esq
As we previously reported,¹ last fall, CMS published its supposedly final guidance² on place-of-service requirements for the professional and technical components of diagnostic tests. Transmittal...
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By: Cat Vasko
Imaging has been through a long legislative and regulatory grind since the first big blow was struck with the DRA, and there is little to indicate that much will change on that front in 2013,...