ASTRO advocates for end to in-office ancillary services exception to self-referral restrictions; Radiologist workloads increase in ED;

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> More than 100 members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) have met with 300 members of Congress to advocate for the end the in-office ancillary services exception to self-referral restrictions. The effort was part of ASTRO's 10th annual Advocacy Day, according to ImagingBiz. Article

> A study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology has determined that from 2000 to 2006, radiologist workloads increased in hospital and inpatient facilities, as well as in private offices, but has ceased growing since then. However that growth has continued in emergence departments. Article

> Researchers at the University of Rochester have found that multispectral acoustic imaging, which combines laser optics with ultrasound, can reliably distinguish between benign and malignant prostate tissue, BioOptics World reports. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society in Washington, D.C. Article

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> The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA medical Center in Columbia, S.C., faces a federal lawsuit following a breach that impacted more than 7,400 veterans, The State reports. On Feb. 11, a laptop containing personal information--including names, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers--was stolen from the facility. Article

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> Time is money, goes the saying, and a new study by Brown University researchers strongly suggests that by factoring it in, the actual cost of hospital emergency department services may be as much as triple traditional estimates. Article

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