May News DigestPosted on: 05.27.14 by Digirad
The imaging industry (and healthcare in general) is continually evolving. It adjusts to changes in standards, advancements in technology, facilities’ requirements, and healthcare regulations. It’s important to stay informed about the changes in healthcare that may impact the development, operation, maintenance, and growth of your imaging services. Here is a look at some recent news articles.
The healthcare industry is responding to economic changes primarily with cost-cutting tactics. However, in order to stay competitive, hospitals need to do more than cut costs; they need to re-engineer the way they work. The emphasis is on quality and value, and this is being realized by CMS implementing the physician value-based payment modifier (VBM). Continue Reading >
MedAxiom recently launched Heart to Heart, the first public searchable educational video library for cardiology. The videos feature administrative and physician leaders in cardiology, and topics range from leveraging integration to operations and performance management. The library currently contains over 100 videos and can be accessed from MedAxiom’s website. Continue Reading >
During the ACC CV Summit in January, attendees discussed the benefits and value of accreditation. Examples included an increase in referrals, higher reimbursements from Medicare, and increased quality. Continue Reading >
New guidelines published in February changed the blood pressure goals in adults over age 60 from 140/90 to 150/90. This change reduces the proportion of adults eligible for high blood pressure medication from 41 percent to 32 percent. Continue Reading >
New recommendations on radiation exposure from cardiac imaging procedures call for more disclosure between providers and patients about the benefits and risks. Continue Reading >
A recent article published by Third Way, a political think tank, claimed that imaging is overused, which puts patients in danger and wastes money. The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) published a rebuttal, stating that Third Way’s claim was based on fragmented, inaccurate data. Continue Reading >