The utility of MRI in the emergency department

The utility of MRI in the emergency department

It is important that providers make the correct choice for imaging when dealing with emergent conditions. MRI is a costly choice, but sometimes the most appropriate to evaluate for specific pathology. It is imperative to weigh the risk and benefits of MRI as compared to other imaging modalities. Also, in many facilities, MRI is only available during...


Who should read point-of-care ED ultrasound exams?

When radiologists interpret initial ultrasound studies in the emergency department, fewer follow-up imaging studies are needed, according to research presented this week at the American College of Radiology meeting in Washington, DC. After reviewing more than 200,000 ED ultrasound events in Medicare data files, researchers from the ACR's Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute found that ED patients with ultrasound studies interpreted by nonradiologists had an average of 1.34 additional imaging...

Cybersecurity Alert — WannaCry Ransomware

FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc. is aware of the recent global attack of the WannaCry ransomware worm and has diligently evaluated the potential impact on its ultrasound systems and operating software. After a thorough investigation, SonoSite has determined that its ultrasound systems are NOT affected by this worm.

HIMSS 2017: Q&A with CEO of Physicians for Fair Coverage on why doctors favor limiting 'surprise' bills

At the state level, one of the hottest policy topics discussed at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando was legislation on so-called "surprise" medical bills incurred when a patient unexpectedly receives care from an out-of-network physician. These aren’t isolated incidents, according to recent studies. Of all emergency department visits, 22 percent have included care from an out-of-network physicians, and some specialists could charge up to four times the Medicare rate to those patients.


Summary of Texas Continuing Medical Education for MDs and Dos
Texas Medical Board

Completion of CME requirements is often inconvenient and something that we procrastinate about fulfilling. This is a good time to stop and review the requirement implemented by the TMB in January, 2016. Advanced Health Education Center is accredited by the ACCME to approve and offer Category 1 CME and is assisting physicians to meet their requirements in a convenient and cost conscious way. Review requirements and then join us for a webinar or access our online self study materials.

A doctor ponders the dangers of bird poop, and more
Texas Medical Center (commentary)

Gulchin A. Ergun, M.D., writes: "Disgusting is what he said. Then my darling husband delivered an out-loud, tonsil-bragging, uvula-flagging howl and continued his march to get charcoal."

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