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Remembering the Guy Who Made Me Look Good

February 1, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Brad Stafford

Just as my family is getting settled back in Charlotte after me being away 35 years, my friend Brad Stafford has died from complications of liver cancer. I never got to see him as his decline was very fast, and I am very, very sad. I wanted to recall some good times long before cancer claimed Brad’s life or disrupted mine.[read more]

Collecting Data Is Imperative for Surgeons: A Talk with Dr. David Fisher

January 29, 2015 by James Dias

Dr. David Fisher is an orthopaedic surgeon from Indianapolis with more than 28 years of experience. Dr. Fisher is devoted to providing the best possible service to his patients and has maintained a massive outcomes data repository throughout his career. We interviewed him on his dedication to data.[read more]

Aging Gracefully, Part 2: Slowing the Aging Process

January 8, 2015 by Stephen Schimpff

aging gracefully / shutterstock

It is never too late to begin a preventive program to slow the aging process. We can slow physical decline with exercise, diet and reducing stress. We can avoid many diseases by not smoking. We can slow cognitive decline with physical activity, intellectual challenges and social engagement.[read more]

The Lessons of Stuart Scott

January 7, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott died January 4 at just age 49, and he is survived by daughters Sidni, 15, and Taelor, 19, who were the lights of his life. In watching and reading more about Stuart, what comes through for me is the story of a unique man who did not let cancer stop him, not once, not twice, not three times from doing what he loved—sportscasting.[read more]

How a VNA Unifies Clinical Data Throughout an Enterprise

January 5, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

VNA

What was once a siloed process for storing and accessing images has now been broken down and unified with the help of a vendor-neutral format, meaning that all of the images, photos, and videos are stored and viewable via a centralized location.[read more]

How Facebook Scares Me

January 5, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Facebook

Like any cancer survivor, I worry about what’s next. After all, I was first diagnosed 18 years ago. I stuff the fears down, but they are there. And that’s why there’s a trend on Facebook that scares me: patients who are not doing well post some of the most gruesome photos. Do we really need to see?[read more]

EHRs Play Critical Role in Radiology Decision-Making

January 4, 2015 by Andy Salmen

EHRs

As the use of electronic medical records (EMRs), now electronic health records (EHRs), becomes more prevalent, users are beginning to really understand their ultimate value and critical use. One of the most illuminating ways EHR data is helping out the healthcare industry is in their aid with decision making.[read more]

Business Analytics for Radiology

January 1, 2015 by Andy Salmen

Radiologists are turning to business analytics for data in order to streamline their workflow and improve processes. Analytics software helps radiologists to use programs to gather data, and combined with graphic visualization, leverages the information to identify workflow issues and make evidence-based changes to their processes.[read more]

What's the Cause of Chronic Abdominal Pain?

January 1, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Some cases defy sleuthing.

The majority of cases of chronic abdominal pain that I – and every gastroenterologist – see will not be explained by a concrete diagnosis. Sure, I’ve seen my share of sick gall bladders, stomach ulcers, diverticulitis, bowel obstructions, appendicitis and abdominal infections, but these represent a minority of my afflicted patients.[read more]

The Essential Cheat Sheet on Radiology Billing

December 30, 2014 by Andy Salmen

billing checklist

When it comes to profitability in healthcare, billing is only one part of the big picture. There are steps any radiology practice must take in order to ensure financial success. Here's a cheat sheet covering steps your practice can take in order to optimize the entire revenue cycle management process and lead to a healthier bottom line.[read more]

Not Ready to Die: Betrayed by Hospice

December 26, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

My mother died December 5th after a few months of declining health. She spent her final three weeks in two hospices. I’m not sure what illness killed her. Or whether she died of a drug overdose. I’ll never know. I am sure her health deteriorated faster because of stunningly poor care.[read more]

New Proposed CMS Rule on Radiology Reimbursement Rates for 2015

December 22, 2014 by Andy Salmen

On July 3rd, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (PFSP). Included are proposed payment system changes initiated by CMS to reflect government mandated reimbursement to medical practices. Radiology billing will be affected by these potential new regulations.[read more]