Anthem Unveils New Policy on Non-Urgent Scans

This summer, Anthem announced a new policy under which non-urgent scans performed in hospitals on an outpatient basis will no longer be covered.

For the last few years, the insurance provider has been trying to cut costs and steer policyholders seeking an MRI or CT scan to less expensive facilities.

Read this Indy Star article in which Northwest Radiology Network’s President and CEO Dr. Kent Hansen weighs in about the new policy and the importance of patient care. Watch the video below for a brief overview of Anthem’s efforts.

IDEAS Study Interim Results Show Clinical Impact of Brain Amyloid PET Scans

In early March, the American College of Radiology Research Center distributed updates in the number of active sites, registered patients, and PET scans completed, plus additional information on the importance of the IDEAS Study.

Listed below are the latest results, which show significant increases in these areas within the past six months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The IDEAS Study is sponsored by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), with funding and direction provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, the ACR and the manufacturers of the FDA-approved radiopharmaceuticals for amyloid imaging. Northwest Radiology Network is proud to play a part in this important study. For more information, click here.

Northwest Radiology Network Welcomes Herman as Breast Imaging Radiologist

Northwest Radiology Network welcomes Carolyn Herman, M.D., as a new breast imaging radiologist.

Dr. Herman focuses on women’s health, particularly mammography and breast imaging. Northwest Radiology Network’s breast imaging services include screenings and diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, MRI and interventional procedure.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, Dr. Herman received her Doctor of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

She was the chief resident during her transitional year residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana, and completed her radiology residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine followed by a breast imaging fellowship at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Herman is a member of the Society for Breast Imaging, American Board of Radiology, American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Indiana Radiological Society, and Radiological Society of North America.

With an extensive background in research, Dr. Herman has contributed to a number of presentations and publications on topics including activity in pulmonary nodules, congenital spinal cord abnormalities, ruptured ovarian dermoids and traumatic arteriovenous fistulas, among others.

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

Northwest Radiology Network Welcomes Fischer as Neuroradiologist

Northwest Radiology Network welcomes William Fischer, M.D., as a new neuroradiologist.

Dr. Fischer is a specialized radiologist who focuses on abnormalities of the brain, central and peripheral nervous system, spine, head and neck. Primary neuroradiology imaging modalities include CT and MRI.

Dr. Fischer received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology and his fellowship in neuroradiology at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.

Dr. Fischer is a member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, American Board of Radiology, American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society and Radiological Society of North America.

As a neuroradiology fellow, Dr. Fischer contributed to four educational exhibits at the national meeting of The American Society of Neuroradiologists. These covered a broad range of topics including the history of brain parcellation and neuroradiologic manifestations of tumor syndromes, dementias and inflammatory spondyloarthropathies.

During his residency, Dr. Fischer developed and implemented an introductory physics course for first year radiology residents. He presented the results of his experience at the national meeting of the Association of University Radiologists.

In addition, he analyzed four years of renal trauma data compiling his findings of overall prevalence and grade, as well as the rate of delayed or missed urinary leak. His results were presented at the national meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society and published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The article was chosen as that month’s Journal Club selection.

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

Northwest Radiology Network is one of the largest physician-owned radiology groups in Indiana and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Northwest Radiology Network Welcomes Graner as Neuroradiologist

Northwest Radiology Network welcomes Brian Graner, M.D., as a new neuroradiologist.

DrGraner is a specialized radiologist who focuses on abnormalities of the brain, central and peripheral nervous system, spine, head and neck. Primary neuroradiology imaging modalities include CT and MRI.

DrGraner received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota.

After his residency in diagnostic radiology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, DrGraner completed a fellowship in diagnostic neuroradiology at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also completed a fellowship in advanced diagnostic neuroradiology at Indiana University.

DrGraner is a member of the American College of Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology.

Along with an extensive background in research, DrGraner has led and contributed to several publications and presentations, including those focusing on Parkinsonism, ASL perfusion imaging, CT radiation dose and digital tomosynthesis, among other topics. DrGraner has taught more than 50 resident and fellow lectures and has an intellectual property patent for a method and apparatus for removal of tissue within the femoral head.

Northwest Radiology Network is one of the largest physician-owned radiology groups in Indiana and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Northwest Radiology Network Welcomes Illing as Neuroradiologist

Northwest Radiology Network welcomes Tony Illing, M.D., as a new neuroradiologist.

Dr. Illing received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and his Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University. He completed his residency at Brookwood Baptist Health in Birmingham, Ala., training at two large private practice hospitals and the Children’s Hospital of Alabama.

He also completed a fellowship in neuroradiology at Indiana University, with specialized training in core neuroradiology topics including brain, head and neck, spine, neuro-interventional, pediatric neuroradiology and advanced imaging techniques.

Dr. Illing has led or contributed to several basic science and clinical research publications and presentations during his career, in addition to several quality improvement projects in residency and fellowship. He has a special interest in head and neck imaging.

Northwest Radiology Network is one of the largest physician-owned radiology groups in Indiana and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Northwest Radiology Network Welcomes Patel as Body Radiologist

Northwest Radiology Network welcomes radiologist Anuj Patel, M.D. Dr. Patel’s specialty is body magnetic resonance imaging.

Dr. Patel earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, graduating Cum Laude. He performed his internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and his residency in diagnostic radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he also completed a mini fellowship in MSK MRI and a fellowship in Body MRI, serving as Chief Fellow.

He is a member of the American Roentgen Ray Society, the Radiology Society of North America, the American College of Radiology, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Dr.  Patel contributed to multiple clinical and radiology research projects at UCSD, the University of Mississippi and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Dr. Patel is also the co-author of several notable medical journal articles and a chapter of the book, “Hepatocellular Carcinoma Diagnosis and Treatment,” as well as numerous academic presentations.

Northwest Radiology Network is one of the largest physician-owned radiology groups in Indiana and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Northwest Radiology Network Welcomes Jennermann as Cardiothoracic Radiologist

Northwest Radiology Network welcomes radiologist Ted Jennermann, M.D. Dr. Jennermann’s area of expertise is cardiothoracic imaging.

Dr. Jennermann earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the Indiana University in Bloomington, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He served his medical internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, his radiology residency at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and his cardiothoracic radiology fellowship at the National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Hospital.

He is a member of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, the Radiological Society of North America and the Colorado Radiological Society, and sat on the Resident Education Technology Committee at UCH.

Dr. Jennermann also has authored and/or presented a number of notable medical journal articles and research symposiums.

Northwest Radiology Network is one of the largest physician-owned radiology groups in Indiana and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

For more information about Northwest Radiology, visit www.northwestradiology.com. To schedule an appointment, call (317) 972-9669.

Meet the NWR Team: Amber

Northwest Radiology would not be successful without the hard work and commitment of our dedicated team! We are proud to have such outstanding team members who not only provide exceptional care to our clients, but who also work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly every day.

We want to thank our team members for their service and show everyone what a wonderful team we have, so we want you to “Meet the NWR Team.”

Please meet … Amber. She joined the team in 2014, making this her three-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Amber.

Q: What is your title and role with NWR?

A: I’m the Riverview and Fayette demo rep. I work the demographics and also return mail.

Q: How did you get started with NWR?

A: My mom worked at Northwest Radiology for years and still does. She knew I was looking for a job, and so I applied straight out of high school.

Q: Describe a memorable moment you have had while working for NWR.

A: My most memorable times are when we have Secret Santa and white elephant gift exchanges during the holidays. It’s a different and fun environment to kind of get away from the regular work day. And who wouldn’t want to sneak around putting gifts on people’s desks?!

Q: Why would you tell someone to work for NWR?

A: I would tell someone to work at NWR because there are a lot of nice people who work here, and they offer very nice benefits.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: In my free time, I like to read, listen to music, go to concerts, and even play some video games from time to time.

Meet the NWR Team: Michelle

Northwest Radiology would not be successful without the hard work and commitment of our dedicated team! We are proud to have such outstanding team members who not only provide exceptional care to our clients, but who also work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly every day.

We want to thank our team members for their service and show everyone what a wonderful team we have, so we want you to “Meet the NWR Team.”

Please meet … Michelle. She joined the team in March 2006, making this her 11-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Michelle.

Q: What is your title and role with NWR?

A: A/R Billing. I work all commercial insurances to make sure claims are going out to the insurance correctly, and to make sure they are being paid in a timely manner. I help answer the phones throughout the day as well to help provide service to our customers.

Q: How did you get started with NWR?

A: Through a mutual friend with a previous employee at NWR

Q: Describe a memorable moment you have had while working for NWR.

A: My mother had been diagnosed with sarcoma cancer, and the radiologist provided the best care possible for her. I was amazed at the compassion and concern my billing manager, supervisor and co-workers showed while I was going through that rough time in my life. We really do have a company that cares for their staff.

Q: What has surprised you most about working for NWR?

A: How much they do for their employees

Q: Why would you tell someone to work for NWR?

A: They are a wonderful group of doctors and staff to work for. They put their employees first and are always striving to make the company bigger and better.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: I just enjoy spending time with my family.