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Released: 20-May-2020 10:25 AM EDT
New Study Evaluates the COVID-19 Impact on Imaging Volumes
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic many radiology departments have experienced a rapid decline in imaging case volumes. This new study, funded by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute and published online in Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), evaluates the impact of the pandemic on imaging case volumes using real-world data from a large healthcare institution.

Released: 4-May-2020 7:05 PM EDT
New Research Finds Radiology Generalists Work as Multispecialists
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

General radiologists serve an essential role in the national radiologist workforce by offering broad radiological skills that help their practices meet a variety of geographic and after-hour coverage needs. Importantly, generalists have a particular role in ensuring patient access to radiological services for small and rural radiology groups. While subspecialty radiologists practice patterns have been well studied, relatively little is known about practice patterns of general radiologists. This new study, published in Academic Radiology, characterizes the practice patterns of general radiologists, who represent the majority of practicing radiologists in the US.

Released: 6-Mar-2020 10:15 AM EST
The Impact of MSK Ultrasound Code Changes On Imaging Utilization
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

Concerns regarding increasing utilization of non-vascular extremity ultrasound (US) imaging led to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel to separate a singular billing code into distinct comprehensive and focused examination codes with differential reimbursement. This new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study, published online in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology, explores the association of the billing code separation on nonvascular extremity US utilization, with attention to specialty-specific variation.

Released: 31-Jan-2020 3:40 PM EST
New Study Finds Increased Subspecialization in Radiology Workforce
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study quantifies and characterizes recent trends in the generalist vs. subspecialist composition of the national radiologist workforce.

Released: 5-Dec-2019 9:15 AM EST
Radiologist Success in MIPS APM Pathway
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

CMS has implemented a quality payment incentive program, referred to as the Quality Payment Program, which rewards value and outcomes for clinicians participating in Medicare in one of two ways: Merit-based incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

Released: 20-Aug-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Study Finds Growth in Paracentesis and Thoracentesis Procedures
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study assesses temporal and patient-level differences in paracentesis and thoracentesis procedures performed on Medicare beneficiaries by radiologists and non-radiologists with respect to overall procedure volume, day of week, and patient complexity. The study is published online in Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

Released: 19-Jun-2019 10:20 AM EDT
New Research Finds Increased CT Use for Suspected Urolithiasis Patients in ED
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

A new study performed in conjunction with the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute examines changing characteristics of utilization and potential disparities in US emergency department (ED) patients undergoing CT of the abdomen and pelvis (CTAP) for suspected urolithiasis.

Released: 29-May-2019 3:05 PM EDT
New Study Evaluates Transcatheter Dialysis Conduit Procedures Over 15 Years
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

A new research study by Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute found that utilization of invasive procedures on hemodialysis conduits—artificially constructed shuts used by many individuals who require dialysis—increased markedly from 2001 through 2015 for nephrologists and declined for radiologists. The study is published online in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR).

Released: 17-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
New Study Examines Head-CT Examination & Patient Complexity
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

Computed tomography (CT) of the head uses special x-ray equipment to help assess head injuries, dizziness, and other symptoms of the brain. This new study, published online in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology, evaluates the complexity of patients undergoing head-CT examinations.

Released: 4-Apr-2019 10:05 AM EDT
The Decline of State-Level IVC Filter Utilization
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

After a period of prior growth, national inferior vena cava (IVC) filter utilization in the Medicare population has markedly declined over the last decade according to a prior Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study published in 2018. How IVC filter utilization has varied at the state level as well as across different payer populations during the recent decline in utilization is unknown. This new study, published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology, assesses state level IVC filter utilization and expands the population set to include both the Medicare and the privately insured population.

Released: 6-Mar-2019 9:05 AM EST
The Decline of Radiology Trainee Exposure to Invasive Procedures
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

As interventional radiology (IR) evolves as a distinct specialty from diagnostic radiology (DR), the central and ongoing role of diagnostic radiologists in performing certain invasive radiological procedures could have important patient access implications.

Released: 5-Mar-2019 9:05 AM EST
Increased Utilization of ED Chest Imaging from 1994 – 2015
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study assesses national and state-specific changes in emergency department (ED) chest imaging utilization from 1994 to 2015. The new research is published online in the Journal of American College of Radiology (JACR).

Released: 4-Mar-2019 4:00 PM EST
Bundle Payment Model Analysis of Emerging Breast Cancer Screening
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

Bundled payments have been touted as mechanisms to optimize quality and costs. A prior feasibility study evaluating bundled payments for screening mammography episodes predated widespread adoption of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).

Released: 20-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT
New Research Finds Annual Well Visit Increases Likelihood of Preventive Services
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study assesses the effect of receiving an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) between 2011 and 2013 on the annual rate of eight preventive services recommended for the Medicare population following the AWV. The study is published online in Preventive Medicine.

Newswise: Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute and Georgia Institute of Technology to Establish Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL)
Released: 13-Aug-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute and Georgia Institute of Technology to Establish Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL)
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

The American College of Radiology’s Neiman Institute and the Georgia Institute of Technology announced a new five-year, $3 million research partnership to establish the Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL) within Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

Released: 27-Jul-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Dense Breast Notification and Insurance Legislation Analysis
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

Increased awareness of breast tissue density masking cancer and thus decreasing the diagnostic sensitivity of mammography has brought about relevant state-level policies. This new study by Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute examines which characteristics of breast density state-level policies were associated with increased use of downstream breast ultrasound for enhancing earlier detection of breast cancer. The study is published in Medical Care.


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