Weekly Readings: Patients want, expect more information about radiation

Everything from radiation dose reduction and patient awareness to ethics in radiology has been popular this week in the health world, and this week’s edition of articles will provide you with some important knowledge in case you haven’t seen it yet.

Radiation dose is an upcoming hot topic, especially with the controversial article that Consumer Reports recently published about the dangers of CT scans and X-rays. Many medical professionals have refuted many aspects of the article, including what may be out-of-date facts intended to overshadow the benefits of controlled radiation. You be the judge.

1. Patients want, expect more information about radiation – Radiology Business

A recent study in the journal Radiology found that providers rarely initiate benefit or risk discussions when it comes advising patients. Many patients are unfamiliar with what types of tests use ionizing radiation, and what the potential cost to benefit trade-off is for certain procedures. The research determined that patients are eager to have more information about radiation dose, and they prefer to hear it from their providers.

2. $100M effort to boost health data collection in developing countries – iHealthBeat

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Australian government have pooled resources to create a new data collection initiative, called Data for Health. The initiative will last for four years and is intended to help those in 20 African, Southeast Asian and Latin American countries live healthier and longer lives.

3. The most bizarre ICD-10 codes – CureMD

There’s an ICD-10 code for that one day you casually decided to get hurt at the swimming pool of a nearby prison. There’s also one for the moment you are struck by a macaw. Just read on–it gets better.

4. The good, the bad and the ugly of Stage 3 MU – Healthcare IT News

CMS released the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Stage 3 on Friday, March 20–one week ago. It is “expected to be the final stage.” Get a brief synopsis of the 700 plus page document here.

5. Senate to Take Up Medicare ‘Doc Fix’ Bill After Recess – The Wall Street Journal

Just one day after the House voted to pass the Medicare ‘Doc Fix’ bill, the Senate adjourned for a two-week spring recess. The bill, if passed before the recess, would have prevented a 21 percent cut in payments on April 1 to doctors who treat Medicare patients.


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