IV Contrast Shortage – 9 Ways to Conserve

IV Contrast Shortage - 9 Ways to Conserve

    Due to supply chain issues, the nationwide shortage of intravenous iodinated contrast media utilized in CT scans may last for 6-to-8 weeks. GE Healthcare has reported that all formulations and concentrations of Omnipaque (iohexol) will experience limited availability. The contrast material is manufactured in Shanghai, China, where a lockdown occurred due to COVID…

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ACS National Consortium Announces 9 Ways to Increase Cancer Screenings

ACS National Consortium Announces 9 Ways to Increase Cancer Screenings

  The American Cancer Society’s National Consortium for Cancer Screening and Care (ACS National Consortium) announced on February 16, 2022, nine recommendations to increase cancer screening levels back to pre-pandemic levels. Evidence indicates that delayed and missed screenings result in more later-stage cancer diagnoses. Cancer screening rates are still below pre-pandemic levels, and the nation…

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Do Second Opinion Reads Need Different Reimbursement Formula?

Do Second Opinion Reads Need Different Reimbursement Formula

The value of second opinions for patients is undeniable. Second opinions for breast cancer imaging are often referred to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) – designated centers, and these centers receive thousands of second opinion requests annually. A multidisciplinary tumor board (MTB) at an NCI-designed center revealed that the diagnosis changed for 43% of the…

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Looking After Your Own Heart Health

Looking After Your Own Heart Health

By Lori Sedrak, D.O – Texas Radiology Associates February is Heart Awareness month. Let’s take a moment and have a serious talk. Let’s talk about Valentine’s Day and have a heart-to-heart talk about your heart health and how COVID-19 burnout impacts your health. Remember to love your heart before showering others with love on Valentine’s…

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Wide Variation in Imaging Prices

Wide Variation in Imaging Prices article

Revenue — it’s all over the news right now — from the No Surprises Act to the Hospital Price Transparency rule. Pricing for some “shoppable” radiology services varies significantly from one facility to another. The Hospital Price Transparency rule went into effect on January 1, 2021. The rule requires hospitals to provide “clear, accessible pricing…

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