No Sweeping Pronouncements Needed, Just Value-Based Imaging

Imaging Utilization for CTOne size does not fit all when it comes to imaging use, so it makes sense that it’s not a fit for utilization optimization, either. Indeed, a recent study suggests a targeted approach to managing imaging utilization could be more effective than a national intervention.

In “Use of Public Data to Target Variation in Providers’ Use of CT and MR Imaging among Medicare Beneficiaries” (February 5, Radiology), a team of authors led by Dr. Ivan Ip examined geographic trends in imaging referrals. They found a wide variation in use, ranging from 330 studies per 1,000 beneficiaries to 684 per 1,000. The research team used a pair of public CMS databases to assess 124 million diagnostic imaging services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in 2012.


Making Use of Dark Matter: Radiology and Big Data

Physician Leveraging Big Data for ImagingHow can we improve the relationship between computers and radiologists? How can we make use of dark matter (all the information currently not being mined from our images)? How can we combine data sets to calculate critical conditions like malignancy?

The answer to all of these questions is big data. And if it sounds a bit futuristic, that’s because it is.


ACC.15 and Today’s Hot Topics in Cardiology

Physicians discussing cardiology trendsScientific breakthroughs, interactive learning, innovative technology – cardiology professionals around the world are traveling to ACC.15 to hear and see the latest advancements in cardiovascular health. The event, held March 14 to 16 in San Diego, will cover certain cardiology trends that are getting extra buzz. Here are a few of cardiology’s pressing topics and the related sessions on the agenda at ACC.15.

Buzzed About Topic # 1:  Integrated Imaging


Are you ready for ICD-10? Part II – Cardiology Documentation

Cardiac Catheterization ICD-10 CodingIn an earlier post on ICD-10 readiness, I discussed the move to ICD-10 and why it will be a better system once we get used to it. As I mentioned in that post, there are certain requirements for documentation during cardiology procedures in order for the appropriate codes to be applied, and as a result, the appropriate reimbursement to occur.

Here are some guidelines and recommendations for documentation that should occur in the cardiac catheterization lab. These guidelines include the necessary information required. This post includes the required documentation for cardiac catheterization and PCI, as well as some of the new ICD-10 PC codes.


Cardiology in a Time of Change: A Viewpoint from the Front Lines

Dr. Matthew T. Bramlet Physicians are some of the most “burned out” professionals in the country, with 46 percent of cardiologists reporting that they suffer from burnout. Changes in reimbursement, physician shortages and other changes in healthcare are affecting cardiology departments around the country.

In this Q&A, Matthew T. Bramlet, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, shares his viewpoint from the front lines of cardiology. He discusses cardiology trends, challenges and changes he’d like to see that support care improvements in this era of change.



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