3 targeted biopsies needed for prostate cancer detection | Concierge service may boost radiologist workflows | Twitter use among radiology groups examined
August 6, 2020
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Clinical Advancements in Sonography
A study by published in The Journal of Rheumatology found that lung ultrasound can assist in the diagnosis of interstitial lung disease in patients with systemic sclerosis. Researchers conducted a retrospective review of studies published between 1997 and 2017 but said more validation is needed.
Full Story: Rheumatology Advisor (8/5) 
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Three targeted biopsy cores per lesion are needed to detect prostate cancer using transperineal MRI/US fusion TB cores, according to a study published in The Journal of Urology. The study focused on 101 patients who had at least on lesion.
Full Story: Urology (8/2020) 
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Technology Update
Adopting a concierge service may help radiology providers improve productivity by 5% to 10%, while increasing patient and referring provider satisfaction ratings, said Reed Humphrey of Canopy Partners at the Radiology Business Management Association's virtual annual meeting. Humphrey and co-presenter Laurie Shoaf said that designating professional radiology assistants and deploying instant messaging, scheduling software, communication tracking, streamlined phone systems and smart worklists are crucial for the success of concierge strategies.
Full Story: Diagnostic Imaging (8/5) 
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Practice News
A study in Academic Radiology showed that professional radiology organizations, especially interventional radiology groups, have increased their Twitter usage Twitter for self-promotion and information dissemination, particularly during the workweek. "Engagement of diagnostic and interventional radiology societies is essential to increase the awareness of the fields by engaging with the general public, patient advocacy groups, other specialties, and government health authorities," researchers wrote.
Full Story: AuntMinnie (free registration) (8/6) 
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Radiology providers can prepare for appropriate use criteria and clinical decision support implementation by testing commercial payer claims, said Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies President Melody Mulaik at the Radiology Business Management Association's virtual annual meeting. They can also check AUC compliance by assessing pre- and post-implementation provider and practice use and reviewing provider CDS mechanism scores, Mulaik said.
Full Story: Diagnostic Imaging (8/4) 
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The COVID-19 pandemic prompted nearly 70% of over 200 US radiology practices to seek financial relief, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Researchers also found that imaging volumes declined between 56.4% and 63.7% in April, and 52.3% of practices had personal protective equipment supply issues.
Full Story: Health Imaging online (8/4) 
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Patient Care in Medicine
People with tinnitus had 1.54 times and 1.56 times increased odds of developing Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, respectively, after adjusting for head injuries, diabetes and income, compared with those who didn't have tinnitus, according to a study in Scientific Reports. The findings prompted researchers to suggest that underlying processes linked to Alzheimer's and/or Parkinson's progression may be driving tinnitus clinical features.
Full Story: Parkinson's News Today (8/4) 
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The average weekly number of newly diagnosed cancers declined by 46.4% across six cancer types between March 1 and April 18 of this year when compared to January 2019 to February 2020 with breast cancer and pancreatic cancer having the largest and smallest drops in diagnoses, respectively, according to a research letter in JAMA Network Open. The drop could be attributed to fewer physician visits for routine screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researcher Harvey Kaufman.
Full Story: STAT (tiered subscription model) (8/4) 
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
Missouri voters on Tuesday approved a ballot measure to expand the state's Medicaid program, making Missouri the 38th state to do so under the Affordable Care Act. The measure will expand eligibility for the MO HealthNet program to people earning less than 133% of the poverty level, and is slated to take effect July 2021.
Full Story: The Hill (8/5) 
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The CMS has unveiled its draft Medicare physician fee schedule and quality payment program rule for 2021, and it includes proposals to broaden the list of telehealth services Medicare can cover, simplify billing and coding requirements for office-based and outpatient evaluation and management visits, and boost payment cuts for certain specialty care providers. The agency also recommends changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program's quality reporting requirements and quality performance standards, raising the Merit-based Incentive Payment System's performance threshold and postponing implementation of the MIPS value pathways program until 2022.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital CFO Report (8/4),  FierceHealthcare (8/4),  Healthcare Finance (8/4) 
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