In the business world, it’s a given that competition is good for consumers. Battles over market share tend to drive quality up, push prices down and spawn new products and services. When it comes to healthcare, however, some see competition as a dirty word. Shouldn’t caring for patients be closer to a public service than a commercial enterprise? On some levels, absolutely—but not on every level, suggests David Partridge.

Texting on top of phoning outpatient MRI patients to remind them of their scan appointments gets them to show up, all right, although it doesn’t help spur them to arrive on time.

Judging by thousands of insurance claims, spinal manipulation does little to tamp down the overall costs of treating low-back pain. Further, the popular therapy is often preceded by costly and unnecessary imaging exams.

It’s not news that Medicare has saved itself a ton of money on spending for medical imaging since the enactment of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. But now there are numbers to quantify the hurting the cuts have laid on radiologists and cardiologists—who’ve taken it on the chin even more.

Siemens Healthineers announced today its intention to acquire Medicalis, a provider of workflow technology and clinical decision support to radiology groups, imaging centers and hospitals in the United States and Canada. Terms of the transaction were not immediately disclosed.

CMS’s Quality Payment Program (QPP), which went live with the 2015 enactment of MACRA, represents the biggest single development in U.S. healthcare since President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law in 1965.

Using the National Cancer Database (NCDB), researchers set out to find the potential cost savings associated with an evidence-based radiation treatment (RT) approach among women in the United States with early-stage breast cancer.

Radiologists are among the specialists least susceptible to lures from industry players angling for an ethically iffy “in” to push more goods and services—a happy fact in this age of Open Payments. But that doesn’t mean rads are immune. With this in mind, three radiologists at the University of Washington in Seattle propose a methodical approach to evaluating new products and managing relationships with vendors.

An exemplary radiology department has demonstrated how to apply the innovative business-management technique called “time-driven activity-based costing,” or TDABC, to fix some common and costly workflow inefficiencies in radiology. 

A new study confirms the lack of an association between increased imaging utilization and monies, gifts or perks given to rads for purposes other than supporting research.

Incomplete radiology reports that lead to inappropriate coding and, thus, hits to reimbursement can be headed off by structured reporting, according to a study conducted at NYU Langone School of Medicine and published online Dec. 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

“He looked across the sea and knew how alone he was now. But he could see the prisms in the deep dark water and the line stretching ahead and the strange undulation of the calm.” So wrote Ernest Hemingway in The Old Man and the Sea. And what does this have to do with medical imaging?