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X-Ray Services Closure

As of May 8th 2017 we will no longer provide X-ray services at North State Imaging, 1702 Esplanade. North State Radiology will continue to provide all other services at the following outpatient facilities:

For questions call (530) 898-0504.

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North State Radiology announces new Executive Director James Rodriguez

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North State Radiology is pleased to announce that James Rodriguez has joined the group as its new Executive Director effective August 17th

Jim is a recognized executive with an extensive record of leadership and in-depth knowledge of the business and financial issues facing today’s integrated healthcare delivery systems.  After receiving a BS in Public Administration from the University of Arizona in 1979 and an MBA from the University of Northern Colorado in 1981, he started his career as Director of Business Services at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento followed by a position as the Chief Financial Officer for Woodland Clinic Medical Group, the largest physician group in the Sacramento Valley.  He then moved on to the Bay Area where he was an Administrator with California Pacific Medical Center and managed their outpatient operations on two campuses.  Then he was recruited to be the COO in leading the expansion into Northern California by Mullikin Medical Enterprises, a 500 member physician medical group from Southern California.  From there, he spent the next 11 years as  President and CEO of Physicians Integrated Medical Group (PIMG), a 500 member physician IPA in San Francisco.  In 2010 Jim lead PIMG in the successful merger with the elite Hill Physicians Medical Group a 3,500 physician member IPA.  After the Hill Physicians merger, Jim accepted a position as VP of Product Growth and Development for Brown & Toland Physicians in San Francisco and assisted them in creating an employed medical group for primary care physicians.  In addition, he is also the founder and senior partner of Blackhawk Management Group, which has provided healthcare consulting and management services since 1995. 

Jim has spent much of his life in Northern California where he and his wife Lori enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling, and collecting artwork and antiques.  “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to lead such a renowned and respected organization as North State Radiology,” says Mr. Rodriguez. 

We are truly excited to have someone of Jim’s caliber join our team,” says Kiran Singh, MD, President of North State Radiology.  “His proven ability, experience, and leadership in the complex arena of California healthcare will be a great asset for North State Radiology and the local medical community.” 

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Countdown to ICD 10 | North State Radiology


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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