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).
Sonographers remain vulnerable to musculoskeletal pain October 18, 2016 -- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders still remain a bane for sonographers, if a recent survey in Sweden is any indication. However, much can be done to improve sonographer working conditions and decrease the prevalence of pain, researchers reported in a study to be published in the January 2017 issue of Applied Ergonomics.
ACR: Site surveys can cause FUD on road to accreditation October 17, 2016 -- If your imaging facility is working toward accreditation, perhaps no event causes more fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) than the validation site survey. Fortunately, Marion Boston of the American College of Radiology offers advice for surviving the survey in this new article.
CMS releases final rule on MACRA October 14, 2016 -- Healthcare providers in the U.S. are finally getting a definitive road map on how to implement provisions on value-based care in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) after the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule.
The Healthy Radiologist: Am I burned-out? October 13, 2016 -- Are you feeling tired and cynical, as if your job is sucking the life out of you? If you answered yes, you're not alone! Radiologist and health and wellness coach Dr. Stacey Funt describes rising burnout among radiologists, how to differentiate burnout from job-related stress, and what to do if you're feeling burned-out.
Patients want radiologists reading their exams October 10, 2016 -- Despite suggestions that other medical professionals should be able to order and interpret imaging exams, patients would prefer that radiologists interpret their studies, according to research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
How to avoid radiology claim denials: Medical necessity October 7, 2016 -- What's the best way to avoid payor denials for radiology services? In the next article in a series on claim denials, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers tips on how your staff can avoid denials through better documentation of medical necessity.
How to prepare for radiology coding changes in 2017 October 4, 2016 -- Even though the deadline has passed for submitting comments to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the proposed rules for the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, it's never too late to review the changes that may occur, according to Catherine Huyghe of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
The 3 biggest threats to radiology October 3, 2016 -- Radiology has long been an attractive field for physicians-in-training, with its generous salaries, (relatively) low rates of malpractice claims, and the consistent challenge of technological advances. But the field faces at least three threats going forward, according to an article published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
ACOs boost use of screening mammography September 20, 2016 -- Healthcare reforms such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) appear to boost utilization rates for screening mammography -- for some demographic groups by as much as 42%. This suggests that incentive-based programs like ACOs could boost quality and cut costs, according to a new study published online September 20 in Radiology.