Practice Management

Those working in healthcare may see a routine surgical procedure or imaging exam as totally unremarkable, just one of many medical tasks to perform or support on any given day. For patients, however, even the most routine procedures may cause unease.

The BrainSuite, an intraoperative imaging suite housed in the Patient Pavilion at Albany Medical Center in New York, is set to become fully operational on Sept. 4. Recently the center hosted members of the media for a tour of the new facility.

The FDA has approved an implantable spinal cord stimulation device designed to block pain that’s safe for patients who need to undergo full-body MRI.

As Congress went to recess last week, one item of business left unfinished was an extension of the Federal Helium Reserve  program, a reservoir of the gas that accounts for 40 percent of the U.S. consumption, according to the Washington Post.

“Discontent.” “Disconnected.” “Dissatisfied.” These are the words that stick out when scanning a report on physician satisfaction from Alpharetta, Ga.-based Jackson Healthcare.

Inappropriately-used medical tests are a product of a myriad of issues within the U.S. healthcare system, but physicians can certainly take steps to better allocate resources.

Bridger Kimball, a Wyoming middle school student, nabbed a spot as a finalist in the National History Day competition with his film Radiology: How it Has Completely Revolutionized the World of Medicine. Read more and check out the video at the link below.

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) accreditation process for advanced diagnostic imaging suppliers found that CMS did not establish adequate minimum national standards.

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) won’t just materialize from thin air. They must be based on collaboration among physicians and hospitals, and supported by a robust infrastructure. This is a challenge that has not yet been resolved, according to Jeff Goldsmith, PhD, President of Health Futures and associate professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

A woman from Chalmette, La., has filed a lawsuit against a New Orleans hospital and imaging provider, claiming she fell on a broken sidewalk that should have been better maintained.

Support groups for patients with chronic conditions have been popular for years. The 21st century version of this phenomenon is moving online, where social media is connecting networks of patients so they can offer support and advice to one another.

It’s often said that the healthcare system in the U.S. is “broken.” But how exactly is it broken?