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By: Cat Vasko

The retirement of the baby boomers will have an unparalleled impact on the delivery of health-care services in the United States. The anticipated explosion of costs, the bulk of which will be shouldered by taxpayers, was a key driver in the development and implementation of health-care reform, and it continues to be an issue of paramount concern to legislators and providers alike.

Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, says, “It’s going to challenge us even further to attract more resources to health care—in this case, health care for the elderly—or to find ways to achieve further reductions in costs and increase the efficiency with which we work.” Gunderman, a bioethicist and vice chair of radiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, is a professor of radiology, pediatrics,...

Features
By: Cheryl Proval
Five pioneers in lung-cancer screening share strategies for setting up a program, managing screening-detected nodules, determining which nodules to biopsy (and how), and managing incidental findings
Departments
By: Paul Pinsky, PhD, MPH
Three years ago, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) reported a 20% reduction in lung-cancer mortality with annual low-dose CT (LDCT) screening.
Features
By: Cynthia Keen
The latest attack on mammography raises a couple of compelling questions for radiology: how to manage the damage and how to improve results
Departments
By: Cheryl Proval
The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or HCAHPS, survey—now driving a portion of hospital revenue—touches radiology only tangentially, so it would be convenient to...
Features
By: Julie Ritzer Ross
Medical imaging is expected to be an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of dementia
Departments
By: Cheryl Proval
Before January 2016, an estimated third of the outpatient installed CT base will need to be replaced, if providers wish to avoid the 5% penalty that Medicare will levy on exams acquired with...
Editorial
By: Cheryl Proval
Bring thick skin and wide support when assuming a leadership role in a public-health initiative
Departments
By: Cheryl Proval
The annual mid-March report to Congress of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) often is a good predictor of things to come, many of which have rocked radiology’s boat since 2005.