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.
MedPAC tells Medicare to favor payments to primary care September 15, 2016 -- If you thought the pressure to reduce radiology reimbursement would ease with the arrival of value-based care, think again. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) believes that Medicare should continue to emphasize payment increases to primary care, even if it means taking money from specialties such as radiology.
Are RTs protected enough during fluoro procedures? September 12, 2016 -- Over the past 60 years, radiologic technologists (RTs) have tended to follow standard radiation protection protocols. But they're still at greater risk of radiation exposure and ensuing disease, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
CMS offers alternatives for MACRA implementation September 9, 2016 -- Shedding some light on its initiative to promote value-based healthcare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will offer physicians four options for implementing provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
What do your patients see when they Google you? September 1, 2016 -- Before the internet, patients who wanted to learn more about their healthcare providers had to rely on word-of-mouth networks. Now, patients can easily search for information about individual physicians -- and radiologists need to know what they're finding.
4 tips for using Facebook for patient outreach August 30, 2016 -- Let's face it: More and more patients are using social media platforms like Facebook to find health information. And no matter how radiologists personally feel about this trend, it's crucial to utilize social tools for patient outreach.
ICD-10-CM changes and challenges for radiology August 29, 2016 -- The October 1 deadline to begin using the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes is looming. Are you ready for the upcoming changes? Donna Richmond of Panacea Healthcare Solutions walks you through them.
Imaging accreditation with quality and ease: Part 4 August 26, 2016 -- In the fourth installment of this series, Judith Buckland from consulting firm CardioServ offers more tips on how to comply with the latest accreditation requirements for quality improvement from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
5 tips to get a grip on your radiology practice's metrics August 24, 2016 -- As a radiologist, how much do you really know about how well your practice is running from a financial perspective? In this article, Don Rodden of HealthPro Medical Billing offers five tips for analyzing your practice's performance and making sure it's achieving its full potential.
Can we talk? Chats with surgeons change treatment plans August 22, 2016 -- In-person consults between radiologists and acute care surgeons led to changes in medical and/or surgical planning in approximately 40% of cases, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.