Practice Management

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?

Actor Alan Alda, famous for his timeless role as Hawkeye Pierce, MD, offered physicians and scientists a bitter pill. Plain language, says the former host of the PBS series "Scientific American Frontiers," will go far in advancing science and medicine. Alda’s latest gig is a founder and visiting professor of journalism at the Stony Brook University Center for Communicating Science, recently renamed it the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

A former radiology resident diagnosed with insomnia is suing Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The suit claims that the medical center violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to accommodate for her condition and requiring her to take overnight call shifts.

Kevin McNamara, Nova Scotia’s deputy health minister, has accused 27 radiologists of “potentially inappropriate billing” over a two-year period. The dispute centers on use of a CT fee code for certain procedures in four provinces.