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Joint Commission posts new diagnostic imaging rules for CT
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The Joint Commission has released new requirements for diagnostic imaging services that are applicable to hospitals and critical access facilities.

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  Medicare to cut analog x-ray payments starting in 2017
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As part of a push to nudge U.S. healthcare providers to adopt digital radiography, the Medicare system will begin reducing payments for exams performed on analog x-ray systems starting in 2017. The year after that, sites using computed radiography equipment will also see payment reductions.

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Transgender identity crisis: Theirs or OURS?
AHEC Blog
The year 2015 was a banner year for advances in transgender visibility. Caitlyn Jenner came out as a woman starring on the cover of the magazine Vanity Fair. TLC premiered a reality show based on following 14-year-old Jazz in her daily life as a Florida trans teen.

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Mammography facilities: Understanding your role in medical device reporting
FDA
Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration conducts post-market surveillance of medical devices, including mammography equipment? The Safe Medical Device Act of 1990 and the final Medical Device Reporting rules published in 1995 imposed reporting requirements on the medical device industry, importers, and medical device user facilities, which includes mammography facilities.

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  Behind venture capitalists' interest in radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
When you think of venture capitalism, your mind likely goes directly to business endeavors, not health care. But the ties between venture capital investment and health care activities are real — and growing, especially in radiology. According to global communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group, LLC, venture capital investments in health care topped $2.2 billion in 2013

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Communication errors in radiology found to be impactful, common and not just connected to results
Health Imaging
Of 380 communication errors occurring in the radiology department of an academic medical center over a 10-year period, 37.9 percent had a direct impact on patient care and 52.6 percent were potentially impactful, according to a study running in the March edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

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  Quality vs. quantity: Article publication and citation rates in radiology journals
Health Imaging
Radiology journals tend to publish more articles in content categories associated with lower citation frequencies, and therefore less potential impact on human health and the advancement of the practice of medicine, according to study results published online in the journal Academic Radiology.

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