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Diagnostic Reading #4: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging

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New imaging appropriateness criteria and radiology administration strategies make headlines.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: updated imaging guidelines from ACR; radiology administration strategies for 2020; electronic learning improves imaging education; problems continue with medical image security; and a decrease in CT and MRI reimbursement.

American College of Radiology releases new imaging appropriateness criteria – Radiology Business

The American College of Radiology (ACR) released new and updated guidelines aimed at helping physicians make the most appropriate imaging and treatment decisions. This update to ACR’s Appropriateness Criteria includes one new topic along with seven revisions. The criteria include 190 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics, covering almost 1,700 clinical scenarios.

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3 radiology administration strategies for 2020 – Everything Rad

Radiology administrators have several key objectives, including keeping medical imaging as affordable and secure as possible. This blog outlines 3 strategies to help achieve these goals – and the hardware and software innovations that support them.

‘Gamification’ of imaging education reduces errors, boosts radiologists’ confidence – Health Imaging 

An electronic learning platform that incorporates game elements can help residents become better future radiologists, according to study in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The concept allows young imaging experts to review various cases in one setting, an approach that has proven effective in prior research. The researchers created a platform that combined many of the classic elements of gaming, such as health/experience points and levels, with image interpretation skills central to radiology. Learn about more learning apps in radiology in the blog, Radiology Apps to Watch in 2020.

Medical image security ‘gets worse every day’: report – DOTmed HealthCare Business News 

“Hundreds of hospitals, medical offices and imaging centers are running insecure storage systems, allowing anyone with an internet connection and free-to-download software to access over 1 billion medical images of patients across the world,” according to a recent TechCrunch/Mighty report. At issue is a flaw from the DICOM file format—an industry standard that makes it “easy” for medical providers to store and share images in a PACS. Another big problem is that many doctor offices don’t follow the best security practices.

CT, MRI payments plummet at private practices – AuntMinnie 

Medicare reimbursement for CT and MRI exams performed at private practices has decreased dramatically over the past decade for radiologists, and even more so for physicians of other specialties, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The Deficit Reduction Act and other changes in policy since the mid-2000s have likely prompted substantial reductions in payments to private offices.

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