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Healthcare Law Upheld
by High Court

The US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act and, as the Wall Street Journal put it, the healthcare industry can start breathing again. But breathe deep because you might have to hold your breath until after the November elections.

Radiation Exposure,
Related Concerns Rise

Due to a new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association detailing just how much imaging use has increased in the past 15 years, The New York Times takes a fresh look at imaging radiation exposure’s risk vs. benefits debate.

First MRI of Live Childbirth
Newly released video, detailed by CBS News, utilizes a cinematical MRI machine to give viewers a glance of what childbirth looks like—from inside a woman’s body.
Editor's E-Note
People tell you all kinds of stuff when you’re an editor. Often it’s the most interesting part of this job. Sometimes those nuggets lead to a big story; more often they’re imaging industry gossip. Sometimes it’s not clear what they are. Those I tend to tuck away until I better see how the nugget might fit into a bigger picture. Some of those nuggets fit together as this month’s E-New Exclusive.

— Jim Knaub, editor
E-News Exclusive
Hitachi Med Systems
Proving Quality and Value
By Jim Knaub

As hospitals feel the pressure, expect them to put some on radiology groups.

Earlier this month, I interviewed Carlos Vasquez, MSM, RT(R), CRA, FAHRA, incoming AHRA president and division director of radiology for St Elizabeth Regional Health in Lafayette, Indiana. He shared his view on many imaging-related topics, including how the US Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) might affect radiology and the challenges of thriving in a technology-driven field while reimbursement keeps declining. (The complete interview will appear in Radiology Today’s August issue.)

I also asked Vasquez what he sees as the key things radiology groups need to focus on to provide good service and maintain a good relationship with their hospitals. The first thing he mentioned was that radiologists can help the hospitals’ quality, customer service, and patient satisfaction efforts by making themselves more available to referring doctors and patients. He said cultivating a good face-to-face relationship with referring physicians is crucial but also mentioned that the same could be said of patients. Vasquez quickly acknowledged that radiologists would be less productive if greeting patients became a regular part of their workflow. We talked about the value that might be added compared with the efficiency that would be lost—and that it doesn’t seem practical.

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Worth Repeating
“Do not delude yourself into thinking that what we have already experienced is the end of our reimbursement pressures. In my opinion, radiology will continue to shoulder more than its share of reimbursement pain.”

Lawrence Muroff, MD, FACR, from a speech during the ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference
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Angioplasty and MS Update
The FDA’s recent alert on adverse events underscores the need for controlled studies on the CCSVI theory’s risks and benefits. Read more »

Technology Update: DR
The first in a series of three, with similar articles on CR and portable systems available in the coming months, this installment focuses on DR products and trends. Read more »

Securing Films and Files
Whether it’s from thieves intent on stealing X-ray films for silver or from other, digital threats, radiology departments must take steps to protect patient information.
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On the Case
Check out our original case study department, edited by radiologist Rahul V. Pawar, MD. Read more »

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