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Rich Smith, JD
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Rich Smith, JD, based in River Pines, Calif, is a contributing writer, covering the fields of healthcare and law.

Call it a classic case of not wanting to be the last kid on the block to own one.

Reston Radiology Consultants (Ashburn, Virginia) is a hospital-based imaging practice in business for over twenty years that includes several outpatient centers, including MRI of Reston, where four systems carry an imaging load that reaches a combined average of 24,000 studies annually. This suggests a fair amount of volume seen at that lone

The number-one reason cited by its radiologists for choosing a non-traditional practice setting is to align with a leading organization, according to a survey of its physicians by Radisphere, Westport, Connecticut. Running a close second and third were lifestyle/schedule flexibility and the backing of a professional support team, the poll reveals.

Tucked within the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009 (intended to jump-start the stalled US economy with an infusion of nearly $1 trillion) was a provision to provide $25.8 billion for modernization of the nation’s health-care information highways and the electronic patient health records traversing them. Toward that end, the US

As the trend of consolidation among imaging centers continues, RadNet, Inc (Los Angeles, California) is at the leading edge, having added 24 freestanding outpatient centers in 2010 alone. The company, founded in 1984, today owns and/or operates a network of more than 200 quality-oriented, cost-effective facilities, and it is poised to continue

There are two major ways that a physician ends up in court, sued for malpractice: first, by providing care in a negligent manner; second, by failing to inform the patient properly. While radiologists are not exempt from the former problem, they have largely been shielded from the latter because the job of communicating findings has, by professional

Recently altered CMS rules governing diagnostic-imaging supervision and interpretation agreements have created what one knowledgeable observer calls a horrible mess. Health-care attorney Tom Greeson, a partner in the law firm Reed Smith LLP of Falls Church, Virginia, expresses concern that regulatory changes that took effect earlier this year might

Attracting referrals is more crucial than ever for imaging-center operators who hope to see their facilities survive, and even thrive, in these difficult times. The task of maintaining or increasing market share, however, is complicated by aggressive competitors, each of which wants to be recognized by the greatest possible number of physicians and

More than two dozen states now have laws mandating transparency in health-care pricing, in some form or another—including everything from pilot programs to full-blown implementations.

Jeff Ronner, CFOOwing to a confluence of market forces, industry innovation, and government action, consumers in more than half of US states now have at least some ability to see procedure charges in advance. The concept is to apprise patients of their out-of-pocket costs before they schedule appointments. Armed with such information, patients