Practice Management

Healthcare jobs will take a hit as reimbursement shifts, according to a Boston Business Journal report. The transformation in how care is paid for will create new jobs while eliminating others, placing many in danger of losing their employment. If the position increases quality and reduces costs, it will most likely be kept, according to the report.

Transmission issues, faulty alternators and failed catalytic converters are not the type of diagnoses radiologists are used to making; then again, mechanics aren’t used to putting cars through CT scanners, either.

As the dust settles following the official shutdown of a number of federal services, the effect on medical research is becoming clearer. Organizations like the National Institutes of Health that would normally be conducting clinical trials have had to furlough thousands of employees and turn away patient volunteers.

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.