NY radiology firm to pay $8M in fraud settlement
November 18, 2016 -- New York radiology group Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology pleaded guilty on November 16 to Medicare and Medicaid fraud, agreeing to pay more than $8 million to settle an investigation that began more than two years ago with an FBI raid on the firm's offices in March 2014.
Primary care doctors want help with incidental findings
November 18, 2016 -- Incidental findings on imaging exams are common, and often primary care physicians aren't clear which ones need follow-up and which do not. The expertise of radiologists can go a long way toward clarifying the clinical situation, according to a new study published in the November issue of Radiology.
EQUIP: The FDA's new breast image quality program
November 14, 2016 -- In its ongoing efforts to improve breast cancer detection rates, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it plans to use its Mammography Quality Standards Act inspection program to increase mammography image quality through a new venture it's calling Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program (EQUIP).
What does the 2016 election mean for radiology?
November 10, 2016 -- With Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election and the Republicans maintaining control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, the country will shift to the right and federal and state healthcare policy could change dramatically. What might this mean for radiology?
Could radiologists be found liable for patient suicide?
November 9, 2016 -- If a patient commits suicide after receiving imaging exam results he or she perceives to be bad news, could the radiologist be held responsible? It's a compelling question, and one radiologists need to consider as patients gain increasing access to radiology reports through online portals or even direct mail.
The tax benefits of year-end equipment financing
November 7, 2016 -- For many businesses, the fourth quarter is the perfect time to assess their performance and begin planning for the coming year. It's important to keep in mind that factors related to how businesses pay for capital equipment can affect their overall financial health, according to Mark Hoffman from Key Equipment Finance.
Final 2017 MPFS rule has some good news for radiology
November 4, 2016 -- On November 2, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its final 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rule -- and for once there's some good news for radiology.
CMS releases final OPPS 2017 rule
November 4, 2016 -- On November 1, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final 2017 rule for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), confirming proposals outlined in the July version.
Article suggests digital technology has ruined radiology
October 27, 2016 -- Has digital technology -- specifically PACS -- ruined radiology as a medical specialty? That's the provocative suggestion of a new article published on October 25.
MICI Q4: Medicare payment outlook remains at rock bottom
October 20, 2016 -- As radiology heads into the finish lap of 2016, radiology administrators remain pessimistic that they will receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for diagnostic and interventional radiology services, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).