Diagnostic Reading #44: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: upcoming changes to the ICD-10-CM system; how to reduce image retakes and rejection; volunteer opportunities for radiologists; suggestions on implementing a disaster recovery plan; and news on RSNA’s upcoming Case Collection publication.
The 2020 annual update to the International Classification of Diseases ICD-10-CM system used in medical insurance claim billing became effective on October 1, with 21 codes deleted, 30 codes revised and 273 new codes added. Fortunately for radiologists, relatively few of these changes will affect their work. The annual revision of the current procedural terminology (CPT) system will take effect at the beginning of next year.
Reject analysis: pictures or it didn’t happen – Diagnostic Imaging
Radiologists sometimes find it necessary to retake images—but what happens with the previous discarded image? If it goes to PACS, along with the new examination, it will be considered in the patient radiology history and noted in a hospital’s dose management system. If the image is deleted, patient radiation exposure is still affected, in addition to patient workflow and healthcare resources. This article provides advice on how to reduce image retakes and as well as rejection.
International volunteering opportunities for radiology professionals – Everything Rad
To commemorate International Day of Radiology, Everything Rad did a special interview with radiologists who volunteer through a worldwide agency, RAD-AID International. Read the blog for a “boots-on-the-ground” account of their experiences, and why they feel like they are making a difference.
Facing disaster – Radiology Today
Disasters come in many forms—earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, blizzards, tidal waves, fires—and radiology departments need comprehensive plans to handle them. Since 1996, when HIPAA was enacted, all healthcare providers have been required to plan for emergencies so that they can return to normal operations in the shortest possible time frame. This article offers suggestions on developing and deploying a disaster recovery plan.
The Radiological Society of North America announced that it has selected an editor to guide its creation of the “first-of-its-kind” Case Collection of clinical examples for the profession. Case Collection—which is set to launch in spring 2020—will start accepting submissions in January. Championed by radiology experts, RSNA envisions it as a carefully “curated and trusted resource” that will help radiologists make the most accurate diagnoses, even in the most trying circumstances, the society said.
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