CMS: U.S. health spending to near 20% of GDP by 2025
February 15, 2017 -- The U.S. will see a modest increase in healthcare spending between 2016 and 2025, but that growth means the country will spend nearly 20% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare by 2025, according to a new analysis from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Tips for transitioning your radiology practice to MIPS
February 13, 2017 -- Are you ready for Medicare's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? Providers need to start collecting data this year as the system -- intended to push U.S. healthcare from volume to value -- prepares to go into full effect in 2018. Fortunately, Maria Calamaro of Healthcare Administrative Partners has some tips.
MICI Q1: Radiology takes wait-and-see approach to future
February 10, 2017 -- The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president seems to have prompted many radiology administrators to take a wait-and-see attitude toward their future business operations, if new data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) for the first quarter of 2017 are any indication.
Virtual coaching takes on x-ray training
February 3, 2017 -- A New Zealand start-up called Virtual Medical Coaching aims to reinvent radiographer and radiologic technologist training by making it more virtual, more personalized, more flexible, and above all more relevant for students.
3 ways to boost radiology's role in a value-based economy
February 1, 2017 -- In an increasingly value-based healthcare arena, radiologists must look for ways to expand their role beyond the reading room, according to an article published online January 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
How will 2017 coding changes affect radiology?
February 1, 2017 -- How will changes to current procedural terminology (CPT) codes affect reimbursement for diagnostic and interventional radiology services in 2017? Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners tackles this question in a new column.
Are patients getting the imaging they pay for?
January 30, 2017 -- Patients are becoming increasingly sophisticated about healthcare services, using social media or online searches to get information -- particularly cost -- about imaging exams or procedures. But are they getting what they pay for? Maybe not.
MedPAC sets sights on specialty reimbursement
January 25, 2017 -- The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is setting its sights on raising payments for primary care providers by reducing Medicare reimbursement for specialty physicians -- including radiologists.
Is fake news a problem in radiology, too?
January 24, 2017 -- Much has been written about so-called "fake news" articles circulated via social media during the recent election campaign, and it's certainly a serious issue. But is fake news a problem in reporting on healthcare in general -- and radiology in particular? The Neighborhood Radiologist, Dr. Neal Klitsch, tackles this question in his latest column.
6 tips for working with millennials in radiology
January 19, 2017 -- The millennial generation -- those born between 1980 and 2000 -- is the largest generation since the baby boomers and likely the most educated in history. But when it comes to teaching and working with this group, older radiologists may be baffled as to the best approach, says an article in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.