The top 3 reasons for radiology claim denials
June 20, 2016 -- The goal of a well-managed radiology billing operation is to submit claims for services promptly and receive reimbursement as quickly as possible -- enhancing cash flow and keeping overall billing costs low. All too often, however, payment is delayed because the payor denies the claim.
MedPAC schools Congress on how to implement MACRA
June 17, 2016 -- In its latest report to Congress on June 15, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) shared some feedback -- and some concerns -- about how to put the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) into action.
Family doctors unclear on CT lung cancer screening
June 17, 2016 -- Most family physicians say they discuss CT lung cancer screening with their patients, but actual screening referrals are rare, even for patients at high risk, according to a study published online June 13 in Cancer.
Do patients want to read their radiology reports?
June 16, 2016 -- Radiology reports aren't just for referring physicians anymore. In fact, more than 50% of patients who have online access to their reports read them -- and want to discuss the results with their radiologist, according to a new study published online in Academic Radiology.
USPSTF greenlights CT colonography for screening
June 15, 2016 -- In a decision long-awaited by CT colonography advocates, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has finally deemed the modality to be an acceptable option for colorectal cancer screening. The determination paves the way for Medicare reimbursement and broader coverage by private payors.
Novel PET combination awarded SNMMI Image of the Year
June 15, 2016 -- SAN DIEGO - German researchers have received this year's Image of the Year award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) for the use of three different radiotracers with PET to measure amyloid plaques, tau tangles, and metabolic activity in the brains of living Alzheimer's patients.
SNMMI: FDG-PET predicts breast cancer outcomes
June 15, 2016 -- SAN DIEGO - FDG-PET is a considerably better predictor of treatment response and outcome than fluoride-PET for breast cancer patients with metastatic bone lesions, concluded researchers on Tuesday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) conference.
LDCT could offer a new way to measure breast density
June 15, 2016 -- Low-dose CT (LDCT) may have another benefit in addition to lung cancer screening: breast density assessment, according to a new study published online in Academic Radiology.
New guidelines offer reporting standards for CCTA
June 15, 2016 -- Three medical societies have unveiled new guidelines to standardize reporting for coronary CT angiography (CCTA), culminating a long multidisciplinary effort to bring more consistency to how these exams are reported and followed up.
SNMMI: PET shows tau may be Alzheimer's catalyst
June 14, 2016 -- SAN DIEGO - In a comparison of PET images with three different radiotracers, German researchers found that tau deposits may be more influential in causing Alzheimer's disease than amyloid accumulation, according to results presented on Monday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) meeting.
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