R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, California, has proposed the city ban local employees from being required to wear a necktie. The decision, he said, was made after reading about recent imaging research that found neckties can lead to a reduction in cerebral blood flow.
July 16, 2018 | Policy
Failure-to-communicate lawsuits are on the rise among radiologists, according to an editorial published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology this month, leaving legal lines of the specialization blurry.
July 13, 2018 | Policy
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced Friday, July 13, the publication of a revised standard that provides guidelines for measuring and reporting the performance of PET scanners.
July 13, 2018 | Policy
CMS announced several proposed changes this week—including changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP)—that it says are “historic” and “would fundamentally improve the nation’s healthcare system.”
July 12, 2018 | Policy
Imaging providers should always be cautious when approached by a personal injury attorney about potential business, according to a new blog post on Link, the AHRA newsletter. Pursuing such opportunities could cause the specialist in question significant issues.
July 11, 2018 | Policy
Technologists and patients agree fundamentally on risk communication strategies when it comes to radiation exposure in medical imaging. Actually implementing those beliefs, though, could be a clinical challenge, new research out of Australia suggests.
July 09, 2018 | Policy
The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida, is being investigated for allegedly canceling hundreds of imaging exams without following safety regulations and then attempting to cover it up.
July 05, 2018 | Imaging Informatics
Many imaging providers have not implemented or started implementing clinical decision support (CDS) software, according to a new survey of more than 250 AHRA members.
July 03, 2018 | Policy
Recent research has shown MRIs are safe for patients with implantable cardiac devices such as pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators. However, according to a recent analysis published by Radiology, there’s still a lot of information for radiologists, cardiologists and electrophysiologists to know about this important topic
July 03, 2018 | Policy
The American College of Radiology (ACR) Commission on Breast Imaging has sent a letter to the Physician Data Query (PDQ) Editorial Board objecting to specific language included in the recently updated Breast Cancer Screening PDQ.
July 02, 2018 | Policy
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has submitted written comments to CMS about the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule for Calendar Year 2019.
June 28, 2018 | Policy
A federal jury awarded a patient and her husband $15 million after Carmel, Indiana, physicians reportedly failed to identify a life-threatening tumor during a CT scan, the Indianapolis Business Journal has reported.
June 27, 2018 | Policy
The American Medical Association (AMA)’s updated osteoporosis guidelines, published this week in JAMA, encourage cancer screening in women but ignore recommendations for men, the Chicago Tribune has reported.
June 22, 2018 | Policy
Representatives from the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) briefed members of Congress on June 15 about the regulation of medical device servicers and how the current structure of such regulation can result in improperly serviced equipment being used by healthcare providers.
June 22, 2018 | Policy
More radiology practices reported that one of their radiologists utilized the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in 2016 than 2015, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The authors noted, however, that the bump was not statistically significant.
Jun 22, 2018 | Policy
An Oregon patient who was sent home after he failed to fit in an MRI machine is suing a local hospital for $7 million, citing medical negligence as the reason he was left with permanent paraplegia, the Portland Business Journal reported this week.
Self-identified radiologists made $16.25 million in federal political contributions from 2003 to 2016, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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Jun 21, 2018 | Policy
A radiology nurse at Tartu University Hospital in Tartu, Estonia, was fired after a patient undergoing an MR exam after knee surgery was left inside the machine unattended for more than an hour.
Jun 21, 2018 | Policy
An MRI patient in Long Island, New York, was arrested last month after a firearm in his pocket discharged in the exam room, resulting in injuries to both of his legs, the LI Herald has reported.
Jun 18, 2018 | Policy
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has proposed making payment cuts to numerous specialties, including radiology, to “rebalance” the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule toward ambulatory evaluation and management (E&M) services.
Jun 14, 2018 | Policy
CT dose management is getting more attention than ever before, resulting in awareness campaigns, updated standards and numerous technological advances. According to a new commentary published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, however, the implementation of these changes is “often suboptimal.”