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CMS released its 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule on July 13, and it included two pieces of good news for imaging facilities across the United States.

Positive leadership is the only effective way to lead a radiology department. If you’ve decided to take on a leadership position, then why not create a positive, non-threatening environment that will help increase morale, reduce turnover, increase revenues and make your department a more positive place to work? From a business perspective, it’s the only path that makes sense.

Scientists from the University of Florida in Gainesville have used MRI to quantify the damage of Parkinson’s disease by tracking fluid changes in one area of the brain.

Prioritizing patient comfort and satisfaction may be a hot topic among policy makers in today’s healthcare environment, but it’s nothing new for the healthcare providers who spend most of their time working directly with them. Radiology technologists like me have always known the vital role of a positive patient experience in creating clinical value for patients. In my role supervising MRI technologists at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, I’m made aware every day of the importance of providing a calming, supportive environment for our young patients and their families.

An economic analysis by a group of researchers from New York University School of Medicine found the most cost-effective osteoporosis screening strategy: start at age 55 and use five-year intervals, combining dual energy x-ray absorptiometry and quantitative CT.

 

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5 Tips for Creating a Positive Work Environment in Radiology

Positive leadership is the only effective way to lead a radiology department. If you’ve decided to take on a leadership position, then why not create a positive, non-threatening environment that will help increase morale, reduce turnover, increase revenues and make your department a more positive place to work? From a business perspective, it’s the only path that makes sense.

CMS Delayed the CDS Mandate for Advanced Imaging—Will Providers Take Advantage?

CMS released its 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule on July 13, and it included two pieces of good news for imaging facilities across the United States.

MRI can ID ‘waterlogged’ brain region, help gauge Parkinson’s damage

Scientists from the University of Florida in Gainesville have used MRI to quantify the damage of Parkinson’s disease by tracking fluid changes in one area of the brain.

Happy staff, happy patient: Empowering radiology staff for a better patient experience

Prioritizing patient comfort and satisfaction may be a hot topic among policy makers in today’s healthcare environment, but it’s nothing new for the healthcare providers who spend most of their time working directly with them. Radiology technologists like me have always known the vital role of a positive patient experience in creating clinical value for patients. In my role supervising MRI technologists at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, I’m made aware every day of the importance of providing a calming, supportive environment for our young patients and their families.

NYU develops cost-effective osteoporosis screening

An economic analysis by a group of researchers from New York University School of Medicine found the most cost-effective osteoporosis screening strategy: start at age 55 and use five-year intervals, combining dual energy x-ray absorptiometry and quantitative CT.

Patient-Centered Radiology Strategies: How Radiologists Can Demonstrate Value By Putting Patients First

In the not-too-distant past, patients seldom, if ever, had an opportunity to meet face-to-face with a radiologist or access their own imaging reports. In addition, providers rarely asked for feedback or considered the patient’s perspective when implementing new policies. But in the age of patient satisfaction, times are changing as radiology practices and hospital radiology departments are implementing patient-centered strategies intended to improve patient care and, in turn, support an increased level of patient satisfaction.

Contrast Caution: 5 Things Every Radiologist Should Know About Gadolinium

For nearly 30 years, gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) have been used to aid diagnosis in clinical MRIs and have been considered safe for patients without severe renal insufficiency. Recent studies have shown that traces of gadolinium may be retained in a patient’s brain after use, however, sparking a firestorm of passionate debate.

Connecticut to open first statewide radiation dose repository in U.S.

The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) announced in March 2017 it was helping manage the development of a statewide radiation dose management repository, which will maintain dose data for patients receiving care from any participating hospitals.

4 common errors in pediatric abdominal radiography

Pediatric radiology faces many of the same challenges inherent to pediatric specialties but the varied age and size of patients and lack of patient cooperation are especially problematic for imaging.

Breast MR in community practices meets ACR benchmarks

A study of over 13,000 MR breast screening exams determined the modality was meeting performance benchmarks set by the American College of Radiology, but found room for improvement on false-positive results, according to an article published online in Radiology.

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