Update on Medicare requirements for staff performing bone densitometry

Update on Medicare requirements for staff performing bone densitometry

Many questions have been raised over the past several weeks about the training and qualifications of personnel performing bone densitometry after several facilities received letters of denial upon submission of Medicare Enrollment application CMS-855B.

INDUSTRY NEWS

Radiology Fact of the Month: North American Hiroshima Maiden Syndrome

Radiology Fact of the Month: North American Hiroshima Maiden Syndrome

Tricho Systems — In the early 1920's the Tricho System used x-rays to remove superfluous facial hair. By 1925 there were over 75 installations of the Tricho machines in beauty shops across the country including Minneapolis and Duluth. A woman would sit for four minutes with her chin in a holder while X-rays...

New Research Shows Benefits Of Beginning Annual Screening Mammography At 40
HealthImaging

Starting annual screening mammography for breast cancer at age 40 helps detect a significant number of cancers, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Imaging Lands High On the List Of Overused Medical Exams
AuntMinnie.com

Medical imaging exams occupied five of the top 10 spots in a literature review of studies on overused medical procedures published October 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study authors recommended that additional regulation might be necessary to curb practices that increase healthcare costs and do not help patients.

ADDITIONAL UPDATES

Sentinel Event Alert 58: Inadequate Hand-Off Communication
The Joint Commission

Health care professionals typically take great pride and exert painstaking effort to meet patient needs and provide the best possible care. Unfortunately, too often, this diligence and attentiveness falters when the patient is handed off, or transitioned, to another health care provider for continuing care, treatment or services.

Hospital Staffers Took Photos Of A Patient's Genitals — And The Foreign Object Lodged There
The Washington Post

It seemed like the whole hospital was in the operating room. The crowd had gathered with smartphones in hand, snapping photos and recording video, the object of their fascination a patient's genitals with a foreign object protrusion.

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