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Countdown to ICD 10

 

North State Radiology is among the providers and hospitals across the nation working to prepare for the upcoming shift from ICD 9 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes to the new ICD 10 CPT codes effective October of this year.  You can check out the current countdown to ICD 10 on the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) website. 

How will ICD 10 affect patients? While patients might not directly see any immediate changes, there is expected to be a great improvement on patient outcome and public health tracking.  It is also thought that ICD 10 will aid in decreasing errors in physician orders by adding much more detail, leaving less to be misinterpreted down the line.

Examples of the enhancements made to the ICD-10-CM code set:
  • It enables reporting of laterality (right vs. left designations), reflecting the importance of which side of the body or limb (e.g., left arm, left kidney, left eye) is the subject of the evaluation.
  • It restructures reporting of obstetric diagnoses. In ICD-9-CM, the patient is classified by diagnosis in relation to the episode of care. In ICD-10-CM, the patient is classified by diagnosis in relation to the patient’s trimester of pregnancy.

Transitioning from ICD 9 to ICD 10 comes with many challenges and a wide learning curve. To help ease the impact on local physicians and medical offices, we will be hosting a an educational session for coders, office staff and providers.  The sessions will be held from August 19th to the 23rd in Chico.  Local offices can contact us to learn more about registering for the event, or use the code on their invitation to register via Eventbrite

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Introducing Chico Breast Care Center| 3D Mammography

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North State Radiology is pleased to announce the opening of the Chico Breast Care Center and the addition of new 3D Mammography technology! 

Although Chico Breast Care Center is new, its roots in the community are not.  As the most recent addition to the North State Radiology family of services, Chico Breast Care Center is owned and operated by the physicians of North State Radiology, a long-established and trusted partner in the local medical community.  The group has previously provided breast care services at North State Imaging and its affiliate, Breast Care Center of Northern California.

But unlike the past, coming to Chico Breast Care Center will be an entirely new experience.  “There was a growing vision among our breast care physicians to create a truly comprehensive, integrated center of services designed around every need a breast care patient could have,” says Dr. Jim Schlund, Medical Director of the new center.  The center offers comprehensive breast care services, including the newest 3D Mammography, a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool that has been shown to detect breast cancer earlier and smaller than traditional film or 2D digital mammography. 

“Our goal was to combine breast imaging with other equally important components of breast care in a single brand new state-of-the-art facility,” says Dr. Schlund.  In addition to screening and diagnostic imaging with 3D Mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI, the center will also offer risk assessment, breast biopsy, nurse navigation, and if needed, referral to high risk clinic or surgical consultation, conveniently located upstairs.  It is the only outpatient center in California that offers this full sprectrum of coordinated care all under one roof. 

“Chico Breast Care Center is staffed by people selected to work in an environment senstive to the needs of breast care patients and is unique in its depth of integration and comprehensive approach to patient care,” says Tracie Fox, Public Relations Coordinator for North State Radiology.  Additionally, the center is one of only six in California, and 50 in the U.S., to be designated as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC).  “This designation represents our ongoing commitment to quality breast care,” says Ms. Fox. “Women in the North State can now look forward to a completely new continuum of care that is changing the way breast cancer is screened, diagnosed, and treated.”

 

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Joining the Fight | 2015 Chico Relay for Life

Seeking a CureWe are proud to have been a sponsor of the 2015 Chico Relay for Life, raising over $8K to benefit the American Cancer Society.  Our team chose a theme of “Seeking a Cure, Somewhere Over the Rainbow” collecting donations for gold coins for the pot of gold and as well as honorary luminaria bags.   Team-members donated items for a raffle which included a new microwave, wine cooler, gift certificates for local restaurants, movie theater and more.  We appreciated all of the hard work from our team and the support of our community for another successful year of participation for this great cause. It was a warm day, but that didn’t stop anyone from getting their laps in on the track! Relay for Life Chico 2015 Event

It is always fun to see the different booth themes, team colors and t-shirt designs showing all of the creative energy put into the event.  Here is a shot of our booth and some of the great raffle prizes!

North State Radiology Relay for LifeChico Relay For Life Ribbon BoardCheck out this awesome sign that was handmade by one of our employees, featuring a ribbon in support of the many different types of cancers.  For more photos the event and other local community events, make sure to like North State Radiology on Facebook!

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Welcome to a Kinder, Gentler MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, uses magnetic fields and radio waves, instead of ionizing radiation, to form detailed images of internal structures of the body.

Stronger magnets produce better images. The field strength of the magnet is measured in Tesla (T) and the majority of high resolution or high field scanners in use today operate at 1.5T – much stronger than an “open” MRI system. Thus, high field MRI is usually preferred when at all feasible.

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