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The Role of Ultrasound Guidance in Heart Valve Procedures

August 19, 2014 by Jeffrey Bundy

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Diseases of the aortic and mitral valves are the most common heart valve disease, affecting more than five percent of the population. One way to get a complete view of the structure and function of the heart valves is with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).[read more]

Assuring Safe Patient Health Information (PHI) in Radiology

August 14, 2014 by Andy Salmen

According to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, PHI is short for "protected health information." Keeping this information private and secure is essential in order to avoid negative repercussions for the patient and to avoid civil and criminal penalties that could be incurred if a practice fails to comply with HIPAA Rules.[read more]

AHRA 2014 Keynote Highlights: Lessons for Your Radiology Department from a Fighter Pilot

August 14, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

AHRA keynote speaker

Radiology’s “top guns” are being tested and success in the changing healthcare environment is dependent on your commitment to yourself, the mission and your team. This was the message from AHRA 2014 keynote speaker Lieutenant Colonel Rob “Waldo” Waldman, a decorated fighter pilot and author.[read more]

Orthopedic Revenue Cycle Management: Two Major Concerns (and How to Fix Them)

August 13, 2014 by Andy Salmen

As anybody involved with revenue management will attest to, revenue cycle management is a crucial element for a physician office operation. Ensuring smooth revenue management processes ensures a well-focused, effective, efficient practice. Here are two chief concerns a practice can face and how to fix them.[read more]

Fast-Forward Scanning

August 11, 2014 by Siemens Healthcare

Aarthi Scans

In this video, Dr. P. Vignesh and V. Govindarajan from Aarthi Scans in Chennai, India, share how they managed to reduce MRI scan time by 20 percent. Now they are able to scan more patients per day and provide them quickly with a diagnosis of the health problems they are facing.[read more]

Patient Care Over There: A Talk About Global Radiology Practices

August 10, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Global radiology practices

Todd Minnigh is a familiar face in the AHRA community. As a frequent conference attendee and speaker, he has presented on a variety of topics because he has seen and experienced a great deal throughout his career. He took the time to answer a few questions.[read more]

Using Teleradiology to Become Independent from RIS [VIDEO]

August 7, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

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Innovative Radiology covers a couple of hospitals, and Houston Medical Imaging is its primary medical imaging facility. The organization also provides readings for about 30 other facilities. This video is a case study on how Innovative Radiology uses teleradiology to become independent from specific RIS vendors.[read more]

5 Tips for Preventing Reimbursement Loss in Radiology Billing

August 2, 2014 by Andy Salmen

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Rules and regulations have made the coding and billing for medical services more complex for all segments of the industry, including radiologic groups. Here are five tips for making cost-effective improvements that can enhance your radiology billing and reimbursement process.[read more]

Shared Risk Reimbursement: 5 Challenges and Opportunities for Radiology

August 1, 2014 by Andy Salmen

risk reimbursement

Accurate and efficient radiology billing can prove tricky, especially with so many factors influencing the final outcome. Still, maintaining a healthy revenue stream is possible for any healthcare provider so long as the practice adheres to a handful of best practices.[read more]

2014 Medicare Payment Cuts for Radiology Services

July 29, 2014 by Andy Salmen

Radiology payment changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2014 hospital outpatient prospective payment system updates late last year. Unfortunately for radiology professionals, there was a decrease in many different kinds of imaging procedures that will have an economic impact on the field.[read more]

The Value of Integrative Medicine in Primary Care

July 25, 2014 by Stephen Schimpff

acupuncture

Integrative medicine means, at least, a healing environment, a passion for prevention and wellness and not just diagnosis and treatment; working with the patient and the patient’s family as partners; understanding the deeper causes of illness and symptoms; and providing approaches for self-care.[read more]

How to Communicate with Patients When Words Won't Work

July 14, 2014 by Joan Justice

What if you were a patient with a serious illness, alone in a hospital and you couldn’t communicate verbally with the medical staff? The feeling of loneliness and isolation on top of the emotional burden of being hospitalized with a serious illness would certainly be overwhelming.[read more]