Diagnostic Reading #21: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: RSNA 2020 moves to virtual format; radiology should adopt value-based imaging; MITA send recommendations to CMS; radiologists rank among highest paid and happiest specialists; and a new imaging technique to detect early-stage Alzheimer’s.
Another COVID conference casualty: RSNA 2020 is going virtual – Radiology Business
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is canceling its annual meeting slated for later this year and moving the event to a web format, following numerous other imaging trade groups that have opted for virtual gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. RSNA 2020 was previously scheduled to run November 29 – December 4, but will now conclude one day later, on December 5; registration for the 2020 meeting is set to open on July 22. RSNA is working to enhance the virtual experience for attendees and exhibitors.
As the healthcare system transitions from fee-for-service to value-based care, medical imaging (radiology) continues to be explored as an area for providers to make operational efficiency and patient care quality improvements. The global COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the need for optimization, collaboration and connectivity, and it will likely accelerate the volume-to-value transition. According to one expert, COVID-19 has heightened the need for cloud-based models across all industries, and in healthcare these implementations drive a more efficient practice and better patient care.
The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outlining recommendations the agency should take to ensure continued access to essential medical imaging services both during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Noting recent developments—including a drop of 50% or more in medical imaging procedures—the letter highlighted the need for policies supporting infection control measures, the reduction of prior authorization requirements and communication initiatives to ensure patients understand the importance of rescheduling missed exams.
Radiologists rank among highest paid and happiest specialists – Diagnostic Imaging
Radiologists rank among the top-five highest paid specialties in healthcare, according to a new salary report published by Medscape. Survey results showed that the average annual salary of $427,000 is a 2-percent increase over last year. Overall, according to the report, radiologists are happy with their career decision. The report authors did note that the survey responses were gathered before February 10, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, directly impacting physician workflow and workforce.
New MRI technique for early detection of Alzheimer’s – Healthcare-in-Europe
A research team has discovered a new, non-invasive way to detect early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, helping patients get the necessary treatments around 10 years before any symptoms appear, according to a study published in Science Advances. This MRI approach dynamically measures changes in the levels of glucose in the brain’s lymphatic system, which could provide early clues about the disease.
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