Weekly Readings: Imaging payments to non-radiologists, gadolinium retention & ICD-10 implementation

This week has brought up some interesting points about Medicare payments to radiologists, gadolinium traces in the brain, med school debt and even ICD-10 implementation. Read on for some bite-sized updates.

And don’t forget that SIIM is taking place in Washington DC at the end of the month!

1. Majority of imaging-related Medicare payments made to nonradiologists – HealthImaging

According to study results from the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology, more than half of all Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) payments for imaging services in the U.S. are made to non-radiologists. Read this article for the surprising numbers.

2. Cyberattacks are top cause of data breaches, report finds – iHealthBeat

According to a recent survey of 90 healthcare organizations and 88 business associates, cyber attacks are the leading cause of healthcare data breaches at 45 percent. Forty-three percent of respondents stated employee negligence or lost devices as the top cause of data breaches.

3.  Are med schools responsible for teaching students about debt? – Diagnostic Imaging

With students taking on ever-increasing school debt, what should a medical school and residency program’s responsibilities be in teaching students how to manage that debt? Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Drexel University College of Medicine both hired Certified Financial Planners in 2012 to help students, and so far, these programs have showed success.

4. Editorial: Gadolinium retention should spur reevaluation of contrast use – HealthImaging

Over the past few months, studies have indicated that gadolinium-based contrast agents can remain in the brain for years after a contrast MRI. Read about those studies and the implications this news has here.

5. House bill proposes halt to ICD-10 implementation – Healthcare Informatics

A bill recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives proposes legislation that would prevent ICD-9 from being replaced with ICD-10.

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