NY radiologist arrested on prescription drug charges
April 16, 2015 -- A radiologist in western New York state has been arrested on charges that he allegedly distributed prescription drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone to several acquaintances between 2010 and 2014. Dr. Albert R. Cowie of Diagnostic Imaging Assoc. in Amherst faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
MICI Q2: Radiology administrator sentiment stays strong
April 16, 2015 -- Radiology administrators remain optimistic about their future business prospects, according to second-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). Administrator sentiment was strong in most MICI categories, continuing a trend seen in previous surveys.
Senate passes bill repealing Medicare's SGR formula
April 15, 2015 -- The U.S. Senate on April 14 passed legislation that permanently repeals Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula in a final vote of 92 to 8, just hours before a 21% cut in physician payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule would have been implemented.
CMS provides questionable coding 'advice' for DBT studies
April 13, 2015 -- Revisions to 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payment policies include a surprising billing guideline from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) related to digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). Donna Richmond from Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers some guidance.
Medical quality reporting can affect radiology reimbursement
April 10, 2015 -- The stage is set for a new era of Medicare payment modification based on data that measure the quality of work by physicians. In this article, Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at what can be done now to prepare your radiology practice and maximize Medicare reimbursement for 2017.
Study finds wild price variations for head CT scans
April 9, 2015 -- The price of a noncontrast head CT scan can vary more than fivefold in academic hospitals and more than tenfold in private practices across the U.S., according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Should radiology residency be reduced to 3 years?
April 7, 2015 -- Should the current radiologist training schedule be changed from four years of residency to three and turn the fourth year of education into a fellowship? Such a structure might better reflect recent changes in radiology education and employment, according to an opinion published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Study: It's tough complying with Calif. dose reporting law
April 2, 2015 -- Compliance with California's radiation dose reporting law is difficult because dose reporting processes that rely on manual data entry are unreliable -- at least in the experience of one large institution -- according to a new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Public reporting does not reduce MRI scans for low back pain
March 26, 2015 -- Healthcare regulators looking to reduce overutilization of medical imaging through public reporting of unnecessary procedures may want to find a bigger stick. An analysis in Texas of public reporting of MRI scans for low back pain -- an often unnecessary procedure -- found the initiative to have little effect on procedure growth.
Patients want information about radiation risk
March 24, 2015 -- A new study published online in Radiology shows that patients want more information about medical radiation risks, but most would prefer to get it from the doctor managing their care, rather than a radiologist. This means that radiologists need to be more proactive in arming these physicians with information on radiation's risks and benefits.