The Reading Room

Our latest update on all things imaging

Your guide to radiology accreditation

by Miriam Sznycer-Taub and Emily Snow February 23, 2018

Historically, accreditation has been a powerful tool to distinguish leading imaging programs. Given the cost of participating in these programs, imaging leaders must make thoughtful decisions about which accreditations will best set their programs apart from the rest.

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Leveraging the algorithm: How imaging leaders can benefit from early AI adoption

by Lea Halim and Ty Aderhold February 12, 2018

Despite a limited number of current applications, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken the radiology world by storm. Every week, there's another news article on AI's potential to change radiology. What forces are driving this focus?

Learn the latest imaging market trends for 2018

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Digital mammography isn't perfect. Here are the top alternative approaches to breast cancer screening.

by Miriam Sznycer-Taub and Elena Price January 29, 2018

Mammography has long been the gold standard for breast cancer detection. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 75% of all U.S. women over age 40 report they have had a mammogram in the past two years.

Despite its high profile in the imaging world, there are some concerns about mammography's effectiveness. According to the American Cancer Society, screening mammograms miss about one in five cancers. Meanwhile, false-positive results bring unwarranted stress and lead to unnecessary tests. Another concern is the increased likelihood of erroneous results among the one-third to one-half of women who have dense breast tissue.

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Year in review: Our top 6 imaging quick reads from 2017

by Lea Halim and Erin Lane January 16, 2018

It's undeniable that 2017 was a big year for health care overall—and for imaging especially.

Many of you turned to "The Reading Room" to understand how major policy changes impact your imaging program. 'We' also shared best practices and innovative strategies to overcome some of imaging's top challenges. 

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Is artificial intelligence the future of radiology? 3 key takeaways from RSNA 2017

by Miriam Sznycer-Taub December 19, 2017

The Radiological Society of North America held its annual conference last month, showcasing the latest advancements and innovations in the field. Here are three key takeaways our team identified from the six-day event that featured 600-plus technical exhibitors. 

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Your top 10 site-neutral payment questions for imaging, answered

by The Imaging Performance Partnership December 4, 2017

This blog post reflects site-neutral payments changes presented in the 2018 MPFS and HOPPS final rules, released in November 2017. We wrote about the final rules here.

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What Medicare's 2018 rules mean for imaging CDS

by Lea Halim and Ty Aderhold November 21, 2017

CMS's recently released Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rules for calendar year 2018 include new details about the imaging clinical decision support (CDS) mandate, also known as the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program. Most significantly, Medicare delayed the CDS provider deadline to Jan. 1, 2020. For more details on this delay and other CDS updates, read on to get our four major takeaways from this year's rulemaking.  

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What Medicare's 2018 final rules mean for radiology

by The Imaging Performance Partnership November 9, 2017

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released final rules governing hospital outpatient facility and provider payments for calendar year (CY) 2018. Included in the rules are payment and regulatory updates that are important for imaging programs to understand as they consider their strategy and financial outlook for 2018 and beyond.

To help you prepare for changes and ensure future success, we read through the more than 2,500 pages and identified four key takeaways below for imaging leaders and radiologists. For more on how the 2018 Medicare Final Rules affect your imaging strategy, join us for a webconference on December 7.

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