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Imagingbiz editors Cheryl Proval and Cat Vasko returned from RBMA last week bursting with news. Here are their thoughts on the conference

A disturbing trend is clearly visible in the marketplace: too many new imaging facilities are out-of-date by the time they are initially operational. Two key factors can make the best intentions go awry. First, despite the proliferation of PACS, very few health care facility planners have experience with building a new filmless facility once, let

The typical 10-physician practice will spend $285,240 to comply the new federal mandate to adopt the ICD-10 code set by 2011. The controversial proposal from HHS would significantly increase costs for physician practices and clinical laboratories, according to a new cost study initiated by a broad group of provider organizations and conducted by

Increasingly, radiology-practice CIOs and their hospital counterparts are being called on to interact with leadership across the organization to help drive strategic initiatives. This new level of responsibility requires CIOs to be precise and prepared for conversations with their peers across all of the organization’s business functions.

No sooner did CMS call for an October 1, 2011, compliance date for the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes than a hue and cry arose from the health care industry, claiming that the change comes too soon.

In a world where a radiologist in Bombay can interpret an x-ray from Buffalo, the Mayo Clinic’s Stephen Swensen, MD, maintains that quality is the only way to distinguish a radiology service. In the February issue of Imaging Economics, Swensen makes the business case for quality and describes the Mayo Clinic approach. Why does a continuous quality

Diversified Radiology of Colorado, PC, has cast a long shadow in Denver since radiologist Kenneth Allen, MD, founded the practice in 1927. The group underwent a major growth period in the 1990s, when it merged with Metropolitan Radiology and Western Radiology, and today, the 60-radiologist practice serves 11 hospitals and has an ownership stake in

CML HealthCare Income Fund, Mississauga, Ontario, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Baltimore-based American Radiology Services (ARS) for $151 million.

Increased imaging center transactional activity, changes in health care regulatory law, increased scrutiny of self referral, and a full year under the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) conspired for a lively roundtable discussion at the 2007 Medical Imaging Symposium, sponsored by the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emory on November 27 in Chicago.

While McCormick Place hummed with science and commerce across town, an unusual gathering of top outpatient imaging center executives met for breakfast on the sixth floor of Chicago’s University Club on Tuesday, November 20. Adding to the unparalleled nature of the event were the invited guest speakers for the morning, two top executives from rival