MAy/june 2012 • VoluMe 34:3
Planning for ICD- 10 Implementation
By Kathy C. Trawick, EdD, RHIA
and Jerene Newcomb, RHIT
ICD- 10 will allow for a broader range of codes for each medical discipline including radiology. This article breaks down the transition process from ICD- 9 into three smaller phases:
planning, implementation, and go-live.
Utilizing AIDET and Other Tools
to Increase Patient Satisfaction Scores
By Jason Scott, MBA, CRA
Beginning in 2014, CMS will initiate payments based upon regulations such as Value-Based
Purchasing and HCAHPS scores. It is important to understand that the quality of care
received in all departments will influence the patient’s overall perception of care.
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Management:
By Amy Newell
Increasingly, imaging administrators are gaining oversight for the cardiac cath lab as
part of imaging services. Significant daily challenges include physician and staff demands,
as well as patients who in many cases require higher acuity care.
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Bismuth Shielding During CT Exams: A Literature
By Kyle Morford, ARRT, RT(R)(CT)
and Lynette K. Watts, PhD, RT(R)
Dose-reducing techniques and patients’ radiation protection are a concern today with the
increased dose used in MDCT compared to single detector scanners. This article describes
the uses, benefits, and some concerns of in-plane bismuth shielding.