Imaging Not Responsible for Increase in Medicare Spending

Imaging Not Responsible for Increase in Medicare Spending

  Contrary to a commonly-held opinion, advanced imaging is not a significant driver in the ever-rising National Healthcare Expenditure (NHE), according to a recent study published in the Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. By 2019, the National Healthcare Expenditure (NHE) had climbed to $3.8 trillion – almost 20% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product and…

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Echocardiographers Face Higher Radiation Exposure during Certain Cardiac Procedures

Echocardiographers Face Higher Radiation Exposure during Certain Cardiac Procedures

    Researchers recently revealed in a study published in JAMA Network Open that echocardiographers experience significantly higher exposure to radiation than interventional cardiologists. A research team at a Michigan hospital system measured head-level radiation levels for echocardiographers performing particular procedures, which necessitated them to stand near the radiation source and the patient. Echocardiographers assist…

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Proposed CMS 2023 Cuts Threaten Healthcare

Proposed CMS 2023 Cuts Threaten Healthcare

  Once again, proposed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cuts to the Physician Fee Schedule for 2023 threaten healthcare in the United States. The American College of Radiology (ACR) posted the five most likely CMS proposals to impact radiology practices in 2023. The CMS’s proposals became public on July 7. Physicians Fee Schedule…

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Postprocedure Checklist Reduces Adverse Events in IR Procedures

Postprocedure Checklist Reduces Adverse Events in IR Procedures

  A study published July 5 in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology shows that a postprocedure checklist substantially reduces the risk of adverse effects and repeat procedures after interventional radiology procedures. Researchers at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center sought to discover ways to improve patient safety and outcomes during and after interventional…

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Interruptions in the Reading Room

Interruptions in the Reading Room

  A recent study published on June 27th in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology confirms the detrimental impact of interruptions in the reading room. Researchers observed the activities of 13 pediatric radiologists affiliated with Ohio University — working in a large, free-standing pediatric care facility with level 1 trauma. During all shifts, the radiologists’ activities…

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