ACR/RBMA Webinar to Prepare You for Medicare AUC Mandate

Practice Managers: Mark your calendar and register now!

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) will co-host a webinar on Feb. 20 at 7pm ET to help prepare you for the coming Medicare appropriate use criteria (AUC) mandate. Register now!

Medicare has confirmed that providers must consult AUC prior to ordering advanced imaging for beneficiaries starting Jan. 1, 2020.

  • See how and why your practice should work with referring providers now to get ready to meet this mandate
  • Learn steps to implement AUC-based clinical decision support (CDS) in your practice
  • Gain insight on how such CDS systems may work on a daily basis
  • Get answers to your questions by taking part in a robust Q+A session

Register now for this free webinar!

X-rays in Infants and Young Children

Bronchiolitis

  • Viral infection common in young children and infants
  • Leading cause of hospitalization for children in the first year of life in the U.S.
  • Most cases are caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), flu or the common cold
  • Outbreaks peak during the winter season

According to a research letter from the Journal of the American Medical Association, X-rays were used in nearly half the children admitted to a U.S. emergency department for bronchiolitis between 2007-2015.

Excessive imaging leads to:

  • Higher healthcare costs
  • Radiation exposure
  • Antibiotic overuse

     

Northwest Radiology pledges to Image Gently, following guidelines to lower the amount of radiation used in medical imaging and eliminating unnecessary procedures.

Image Gently Alliance:

  • Provides safe, high-quality pediatric imaging
  • Raises awareness of the need to adjust radiation doses when imaging children

Questions to ask

Is this X-ray necessary?

How will it improve my child’s care?

Are there alternatives to the X-ray or scan?

Will you be using a lower dose of radiation?

Be your child’s advocate!

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Northwest Radiology Announces New Imaging Center at MedTech Park in Fishers

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Northwest Radiology Network is excited to announce it will be opening an outpatient imaging center later this year in the new Fishers MedTech Park complex alongside Urology of Indiana and Central Indiana Orthopedics. Urology of Indiana recently announced the groundbreaking for its upcoming Center of Excellence that is being developed and added to 14300 E. 138th St., Building A in Fishers.

Adjacent to Urology of Indiana within the Central Indiana Orthopedics building, Northwest Radiology Network will offer MRI and CT services with transparent flat rate prices for all patients.

“The MedTech Park campus will be a destination for medical services, not only for Fishers but for Central Indiana, and the addition of Urology of Indiana and Northwest Radiology perpetuates that vision,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. “Their mission to invest in cutting-edge technology while providing unmatched patient care is at the heart of what makes Fishers smart, vibrant and entrepreneurial.”

“Northwest Radiology Network is proud to be working alongside Urology of Indiana and Central Indiana Orthopedics as part of the new MedTech Park complex being developed by the City of Fishers, Mayor Scott Fadness and his team,” said Northwest Radiology Executive Director and CFO Linda Wilgus. “We are happy to offer a convenient, outpatient imaging center with affordable radiology services for the residents of Fishers and surrounding communities.”

Both Northwest Radiology and Urology of Indiana anticipate opening to patients in November 2019.

January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

Winter sports are a great way to stay in shape, but can be dangerous.

Likeliness of falls and head injuries increases on snow and ice… and when someone is speeding down a hill.

Examples: skating, sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hockey

Other causes: Scooters, jogging, cycling

Not only outdoor activities, but also indoor sports like basketball, wrestling, cheerleading

Different Types of TBI: Concussion, Contusion, Coup-Contrecoup

Diagnosing TBI:

  • Seek professional medical evaluation from a healthcare provider and to receive an order for CT or MRI as needed
  • Differences between CT Scan (commonly known as CAT scan) or MRI
    • CT uses series of x-ray images to create a detailed view of the brain
    • MRI uses radio waves and magnets to create a detailed view of the patient’s brain
  • Radiologist interprets scans and looks for bleeding, contusions, blood clots, swelling of brain tissue.

Where to go for CT and MRI:

Northwest Radiology offers CT and MRI scans among other imaging services at two outpatient centers located on N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis and Carmel. Once you get an order from a healthcare provider, call 317-XRAY-NOW (317-972-9669) or visit NorthwestRadiology.com to schedule.

Guaranteed flat rate pricing saves up to 73% (compared to average competitors)

 Tips to preventing TBI:

  • Purchase a helmet that fits properly over a hat or cap
  • Replace your helmet after a serious fall or impact
  • Know your limits and your surroundings
  • Supervise children

Northwest Radiology Network is pleased to announce seven of its doctors are included in Indianapolis Monthly as 2018 “Indy’s Top Doctors”

Congratulations to the following radiologists from Northwest Radiology who are included on the 2018 Indianapolis Monthly Top Doctors list:

Peter D. Arfken, MD
Peter D. Arfken, MD – Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. Arfken’s interests include body imaging and nuclear/PET imaging. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a residency and fellowship in body imaging at Indiana University Medical Center.
Eric E. Beltz, MD
Eric E. Beltz, MD – Neuroradiology
Dr. Beltz’s expertise is head and neck radiology and neuroradiology. He received his doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and served as Chief Resident at the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Camden. After completing his radiology residency, he completed a neuroradiology fellowship at Emory University.
Richard L. Hallett II, MD
Richard L. Hallett II, MD – Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. Hallett’s special interests include cardiovascular imaging and cardiac CT angiography. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Indiana University School of Medicine-Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He completed a fellowship in cardiovascular imaging at Stanford University Medical Center in California, where he continues to teach as Adjunct Assistant Professor Radiology.
Benjamin B. Kuzma, MD
Benjamin B. Kuzma, MD – Neuroradiology
Dr. Kuzma’s special interests include imaging of the brain, spine, head and neck. He performs vertebral augmentation, myelography and CT-guided biopsy. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship in neuroradiology at The George Washington University Medical Center.
John A. Morton, MD
John A. Morton, MD – Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. Morton’s specialties include nuclear medicine and PET imaging. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Indiana University Medical Center.
Frank J. Pistoia, MD
Frank J. Pistoia, MD – Neuroradiology
Dr. Pistoia’s special interests include imaging diagnosis and therapy of acute stroke as well as kyphoplasty. He is a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology and former President of the Indianapolis Stroke Coalition. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, completed a residency at Hartford Hospital and a neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Lori J. Wells, MD
Lori J. Wells, MD – Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. Wells’ special interests include breast imaging and intervention. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency at Indiana University Medical Center.

3D Mammography Insurance

Linda Wilgus, Executive Director and CFO of Northwest Radiology Network, explains the importance of 3D mammography and why all insurance companies should cover 3D mammograms. Northwest Radiology actively advocates for legislation to mandate insurance companies cover necessary exams. Demand the coverage you deserve.

Northwest Radiology Network Welcomes Dhaemers as Body Imaging Radiologist

Northwest Radiology Network welcomes Ryan Dhaemers, M.D., as a new body imaging radiologist.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Dr. Dhaemers received his Doctor of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

He completed his radiology residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine followed by a body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) fellowship at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Dr. Dhaemers is a member of the American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Indiana Radiological Society, Radiological Society of North America and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is also board eligible with the American Board of Radiology.

Dr. Dhaemers has contributed to a number of publications and citations on topics including progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, calcific tendinitis of pectoralis major, and superior sagittal sinus thrombosis.

His work has been published in Seminars in Neurology and Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Dhaemers joins one of Indiana’s largest and most experienced staff of physicians specializing in quality high-end imaging services.

Congratulations to Linda Wilgus for Global Achievement Award

Northwest Radiology Network Executive Director and CFO Linda Wilgus, CPA, MBA, has received the Global Achievement Award from the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA).

The award recognizes an RBMA member’s outstanding time and talent contributions to the association.

RBMA is an industry-leading organization of more than 2,100 professionals who focus on the business of radiology. It connects members nationwide to valuable information, education and practice-related resources and serves as an authoritative industry voice on behalf of shared member interests.

“Each year, RBMA’s President is afforded the opportunity to bestow an award on a deserving member for his or her service to our organization, our colleagues and our profession,” said Thomas Dickerson, Ed.D, FACHE, RBMA Board of Directors President. “This year, I have selected Linda Wilgus to receive a Global Achievement Award. RBMA and its members are indebted to Linda for her service on leading our Federal Affairs advocacy efforts. This is a valuable service as we connect with legislative and regulatory initiatives.”

The announcement was made at RBMA’s 2018 PaRADigm Annual Meeting, the leading annual conference for radiology business professionals.

RBMA is the leading professional organization for radiology business management, offering high-value knowledge and applied business information for its members and the healthcare community, and helping shape the profession’s future.

For more information about RBMA, visit www.rbma.org.

Northwest Radiology Network Welcomes the Return of Jellison as Neuroradiologist

Northwest Radiology Network is thrilled to welcome back Brian Jellison, M.D.

Dr. Jellison is returning to the group after 10 years of leadership at X-Ray Associates of New Mexico, P.C.

Dr. Jellison received his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Butler University. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Jellison completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Wisconsin, where he was awarded the prestigious RSNA Roentgen Resident Research Award for his work in diffusion tensor imaging. He then completed a fellowship in neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Fourteen years ago, Dr. Jellison authored one of the first comprehensive reviews of brain DTI in the American Journal of Neuroradiology.

Today, along with advanced, physiologic neuroimaging techniques, Dr. Jellison focuses on ENT head and neck imaging. He also performs a wide range of neurointerventional procedures, with specialized experience in spine therapies.

Dr. Jellison is currently a member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology, and Society of Physician Entrepreneurs. He is the founder of PhysicianShares.

Dr. Jellison joins one of Indiana’s largest and most experienced staff of physicians specializing in quality high-end imaging services.