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2015 CPT Coding Changes and Your Radiology Practice

March 24, 2015 by Andy Salmen

The majority of the changes in codes is more about bundling multiple codes into one, or creating new codes that clarify the usage of bundles. There are also some new Medicare approved items for 2105 that will be add-on codes for digital and diagnostic mammography. Here are some specific changes affecting radiology practices.[read more]

On Grief, Choices and Being Mortal

March 24, 2015 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

The stories shared during this year’s Patient Safety Awareness Week (#PSAW2015) were inspiring! In ETY’s Why Patient Safety Week Matters, Carole Hemmelgarn, Patient Advocate, shared for one of the first times her feelings of grief related to a series of medical harm events that took her only daughter, Alyssa.[read more]

Lucky Us! How New Medicines Are Cheating Death

March 20, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Patient Power lung cancer town meeting

I am meeting people who have the good fortune to be sick at a time when there are truly breakthroughs to give them back better health. When you meet scores of people like this, you feel grateful to the often unseen researchers who made this happen.[read more]

Celebrating Partnerships in Cancer

March 9, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Powerful Patients at Moffitt Cancer Center

I have written many times here about my frustration when groups that are supposed to have a devotion to cancer patients as their top priority get sidetracked by egos, distrust of one another, bureaucratic procedures and turf wars. But I am happy to report some instances now when groups are working together as true partners.[read more]

Rare Disease: Where Precision Medicine Was Born

March 5, 2015 by Wendy White

As the mother of a child with a rare disorder, I’ve watched with interest and admiration as this community has broken one barrier after another—innovating, advocating, collaborating, fundraising, organizing—all with one unwavering goal, to stop or reverse the suffering inflicted by a rare disease on someone they love.[read more]

The Uncertainty of Cancer

February 24, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

The author, with Dick and Carole Crew

Just two weeks ago, I wrote of losing an old television colleague to liver cancer. From diagnosis to death was less than two months. Today I am writing about the death this past weekend of another old friend and mentor, Dick Crew, who fought diffuse large B-cell lymphoma for about a year.[read more]

Imaging Portals Drive Patient Engagement and Satisfaction

February 18, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

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A survey of 1,000 U.S.-based patients revealed that 83% believed that there is value in being able to access their medical images via a secure portal. This may not come as a huge surprise as patient portal adoption continues to grow in the U.S. and throughout the world, but medical images are often left out of the portal mix.[read more]

Innovating Technology to Drive Collaborative Care [VIDEO]

February 13, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

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Listen in on a discussion about fragmentation of the healthcare delivery system, how collaborative care can combat this fragmentation and lead to better efficiency, and the need for radiologists to be an integral part of patient portals as more patients use and rely on them.[read more]

Immuno-oncology: The Challenging Road Ahead

February 5, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Dr. Oliver Press

Experts say there is tremendous promise in stimulating a patient’s own immune system to fight their cancer. A few new drugs are already on the market in this area for conditions like advanced melanoma and some subtypes of lung cancer. But there’s a caution just now: even when experts say they are “excited,” it can be a rough go for patients.[read more]

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

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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]