Practice Management

Pairing an informative video with a brochure outlining the possible harms and benefits of low-dose CT lung cancer screening bolstered smoker’s and former smoker’s confidence in their decision to undergo screening, reported authors of a recent study published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

 

Several professional medical societies have now weighed in on a bill introduced to Congress on April 9 which seeks to prevent physicians from self-referring Medicare patients to in-office “ancillary services” including advanced imaging, anatomic pathology, radiation therapy and physical therapy.

More than 80% of stable patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are treated in the intensive care unit despite only 16% of them experiencing complications that require an ICU stay, according to a U.S. registry analysis published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Domestic responsibilities put a damper on career satisfaction for proceduralist mothers more than for physician mothers in nonprocedural specialties, suggests a study published April 10 in JAMA Surgery.

Medicare recently relaxed its rules on the supervision that non-physician radiology providers must have by radiologists for their respective practices to get reimbursed. In the wake of the change, these “midlevel providers” are likely to grow in importance as well as in numbers. 

Radiologists are often part of multispecialty groups that participate in a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO. As a result, many radiologists are in these ACOs often without even realizing it.

A team-based protocol for treating cardiogenic shock helped one center boost its 30-day survival rates for those patients by nearly 20 percentage points over a two-year period, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

A team of Seattle radiologists collected environmental factor data on outpatient radiology visits, analyzing attendance along with daily weather reports and estimated median income from the U.S. Census American Community Survey.

Cardiologists earn the fourth-most money of any medical specialty, according to Medscape’s 2019 physician compensation report, bringing in an average of $430,000 each year.

A new pilot study out of Germany suggests a comic-style graphic supplement can improve the informed consent process before coronary angiography by putting patients at ease and helping them understand the procedure.

In a scientific statement published online April 8, the American Heart Association introduced the concept of cardio-oncology rehabilitation—a spin on cardiac rehab that takes into account cancer-specific considerations.

Wait times for NHS England cancer patients is at a record high, and now experts believe a radiotracer supply issue is causing further delays.