CT contrast shortage seen as amplification, continuation of deep-set dynamics
The shortage of iodinated contrast media that has rattled U.S. radiology since early May didn't come from nowhere. It's of a piece with widespread disruption challenging healthcare supply chains everywhere since COVID-19 descended in 2020.
CMS has added four FAQ's about the NO SUPRISE ACT for practices to make available to their patients
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Big private payer reverses course on cardiac PET/CT coverage One of the largest private health insurers in the U.S. has gone from considering hybrid PET/CT for cardiac indications “experimental/investigational”—and thus not coverable—to displaying willingness to pay for the modality, evidently at the urging of two imaging associations.
Image interpretation vs workflow interruption: Quantified, analyzed, strategized
Upon commissioning a business process improvement team to meticulously track interpretative uptime, a 13-radiologist group learned its members had been spending nearly as many hours navigating interruptions as reading images.
Radiology contributes less than thought to the national healthcare spend
An analysis of CMS data has shown radiology had little to do with increases in Medicare costs over a 10-year period ending in 2019.
VIDEO: Radiology takeaways from the 2022 AMA Meeting
The biggest medical imaging-related news was a resolution that directs the AMA to lobby Congress to change the language and implementation of the current Medicare mandate that all advanced medical imaging exams (CT, MRI, nuclear) needs documentation that the order included consulting of clinician decision support (CDS) software. This is to ensure all imaging exams ordered fall under appropriate use criteria (AUC) set by various medical societies.