Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change.
Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc., a provider of medical imaging systems and healthcare IT, along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement that will accelerate the commercialization of Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR) in the US healthcare market. Konica Minolta, Inc. and Shimadzu Corporation collaborated on the development of DDR incorporating Konica Minolta’s new advanced image processing and Shimadzu’s RADspeed Pro radiographic imaging system.
Healthcare is constantly changing, and part of that morphing has been the ever-shifting conversation about how providers should be paid for their performance, with the biggest push being toward a more value-based payment model. This move puts a growing onus on radiology to demonstrate the value it contributes to patient care.
Stress and burnout are commonplace in today’s healthcare environment, but these phenomena affect more than just the individual provider. The effects can trickle down to the patient, sometimes endangering his or her safety.
Did you know that there are eight CPT codes that could generate potentially millions of dollars of annual revenue for your organization without significantly changing provider workflows — and that would also help you deliver better care? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) remote patient monitoring (RPM) codes are here: however, very few organizations seem to know about them, and even fewer are taking advantage of them.
Medicare fraud is a victimless crime, right? Unfortunately, some folks still see things that way. That attitude may account for why Medicare fraud costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year. Who says? The FBI! Obviously Medicare fraud isn’t a victimless crime since those Medicare dollars come from taxpayers.
I have worked as an advanced practice provider (APP) in pediatric rheumatology for nearly 16 years. My collaborating physicians have allowed me to function to the full extent of my scope of practice while allowing me to develop professionally within the subspecialty. My latest endeavor has been learning how to perform musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) and incorporating it into my daily practice.
Fear and anxiety are widely regarded as major impediments to patients scheduling surgery. They lead to delays that, in many cases, can exacerbate patients’ problems and negatively impact their quality of life. As surgeons, we can offer our skills and training to help our patients realize life-changing outcomes; but despite all our efforts to make our patients comfortable with surgery, fear and anxiety often dominate our patients’ decisions and prevent them from proceeding with surgery.
In today’s healthcare environment, there are several types of medical images captured outside of structured, order-based radiology processes. Consider, for example, an inpatient who must have a bladder ultrasound performed at the bedside to aid in the placement of a catheter, or a photo of a compound fracture taken in the Emergency Room that is meant to accompany an x-ray.