The ASCA annual conference is nearly upon us! This year it is being held in Boston from April 17-20, and we at Bluestone Diagnostics could not be happier to be exhibiting our diagnostic imaging equipment products and services! Find us at booth #2323 where we will be raffling off an iPad with Retina display to those who visit us and submit their details.
The ASCA Conference is held every year and offers many informative workshops and seminars, as well as hundreds of exhibitors, to help you learn about the latest and greatest news, products and innovations for your ASC. Continue reading
Last year, we shared some information on the Section 179 Tax Deduction and how it applies to your diagnostic imaging equipment purchases. Well, 2013 is a new year and there are some important changes to this deduction that you need to know about.
Before we get into the specifics of what has changed, we should begin with an overview of the Section 179 Deduction. The deduction is, quite simply, a tax code put in place from the IRS allowing businesses to deduct the full purchase price of equipment purchased within the tax year for which they’re filing. The deduction is valid for new or used equipment, and can be applied to equipment that was purchased or leased (as long as the Lessee retains ownership of the equipment at the end of the lease). The idea behind this deduction is that instead of writing off a piece of equipment that you purchased for your business over time (as in depreciation), businesses are able to write off the full purchase price of that piece of equipment. What this means for your practice is that it allows you to acquire additional pieces of diagnostic imaging equipment sooner than you would be able to if you could only write off a small amount at a time. Continue reading
January brings us the beginning of a new year. For many practice managers, this is the time to set goals and objectives for the year to come. As your facility moves forward into 2013, what steps can you take to help your team provide better patient care, contain costs, and increase overall practice profitability?
Let’s answer that question in terms of equipment acquisition. Choosing the right diagnostic imaging equipment for your practice can help your clinical staff assess patient conditions more quickly and accurately. This contributes directly to better patient outcomes and higher patient satisfaction scores – important considerations when reimbursement rates are being increasingly tied to how pleased your patients are with their treatment! Continue reading
As the calendar year comes to an end, practice managers and department heads find themselves looking at their annual equipment budget. Careful shepherding of resources throughout the year may leave you with a surplus that must be spent or otherwise will be lost to the budgetary process. What’s the best way to make the most of that money? Continue reading
One of the most profound advances in diagnostic imaging technology over the years is the development of mobile units. The use of portable x-ray systems, mobile ultrasounds, c-arms and mini c-arms has revolutionized the way we provide patient care.
Here are the benefits of choosing mobile diagnostic imaging equipment:
Versatility Creates Freedom
When you have portable diagnostic imaging equipment, you can position that equipment throughout your facility in the fashion that best suits your needs. This flexibility allows you to maximize your space. You don’t have to commit a room exclusively to a single function. Rather than have a designated ultrasound space, for example, practices that use mobile ultrasound units can perform testing in any appropriate space within the facility. This is an important consideration for the practice with limited space! Continue reading
There may be a change in the way clinicians use diagnostic imaging equipment to search for signs of breast cancer in younger women. Breast ultrasound is superior to mammography for initial evaluation in women aged 30 to 39 and should be the primary imaging modality, according to a study in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
The use of breast ultrasound as the primary diagnostic imaging tool for this patient population has long been the norm in Europe. However, in America, breast ultrasound has only been recommended as a primary imaging modality for patients under the age of 30. It is uncertain how quickly we’ll see the American guidelines changing, but given the strength of the clinical research, the cost savings inherent in a shift to ultrasound detection rather than traditional mammography, and patient preference for the less invasive testing procedure, it may not be long until we see the relevant recommendations change. Continue reading
As health care providers and practice managers, you have a unique perspective on the toll illness and injury takes on our society. New research confirms what the health care world has long suspected. The costs of chronic pain treatment are stratospherically high – and they’re expected to go even higher. According to a recent study John Hopkins University researchers published in The Journal of Pain, the cost of chronic pain is higher than the cost for diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Chronic Pain: What’s Your Cost Containment Strategy?
Obviously, cost containment needs to be a top priority. As practice managers and administrators, there is a continual pressure to provide a high level of service to guarantee patient satisfaction while simultaneously adhering to tight budgets. There are a limited number of ways we can contain the costs associated with chronic pain treatment. One cost containment strategy is to purchase or lease used diagnostic imaging equipment, rather than choosing new. Continue reading