Job market picks up -- but will you use that fellowship? August 27, 2015 -- The job market for radiologists in 2015 seems to be improving, according to the fourth annual workforce survey by the Commission on Human Resources at the American College of Radiology, published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. But those jobs won't necessarily utilize one's fellowship skills.
Appendix CT scans predict resource utilization August 26, 2015 -- Initial CT findings in patients suspected of having appendicitis are a largely untapped source for predicting hospital costs and resource utilization down the line, according to a new study in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
CMS turns attention to billing for off-campus services August 24, 2015 -- Hospitals are expanding their control of off-campus medical services, and the growing trend has drawn the attention of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency is implementing new billing requirements to collect data on these activities, according to Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
Radiology takes aim at MedPAC data on imaging growth August 20, 2015 -- Advocates for radiology are criticizing new data from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) that show growth in medical imaging from 2000 to 2012. In fact, the data indicate that imaging utilization has been declining since 2009.
Radiologists are underrepresented on physician-rating sites August 13, 2015 -- Despite efforts to increase the visibility of radiologists among patients, the majority still remain in the background -- at least in terms of popular physician-rating websites, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Proper documentation can maximize 3D reimbursement August 12, 2015 -- Medicare's recovery audit contractors are on the lookout for 3D reconstruction billing that does not meet the standards to support medical necessity. So it pays to know the rules of documentation and to follow them. Find out how in this article by Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners.
Is your radiology practice ready for ICD-10? August 5, 2015 -- While the adoption of ICD-10 on October 1 will dramatically expand the number of billing codes frequently used in radiology claims, the new diagnosis coding system will affect some imaging subspecialties much more than others, according to research published July 23 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Flood of image data threatens to swamp radiologists August 4, 2015 -- Today's radiologist has to review 16 cross-sectional images per minute, which works out to an image every three to four seconds. That compares to just three images per minute for the average radiologist in 1999, according to a study published online in Academic Radiology. Could the data avalanche eventually compromise patient care?
Set your breast clinic apart with risk-based resources August 3, 2015 -- How can your breast center set itself apart in an increasingly competitive environment, one that's turning from a volume-based system into a value-based one that rewards better patient care outcomes? One way is to offer women high-risk assessment resources, according to a presentation given at the recent AHRA 2015 meeting in Las Vegas.
CMS forecasts 'modest' growth in healthcare spending July 29, 2015 -- The U.S. will see a "modest" increase in healthcare spending through 2024, but the projected 5.8% annual rate of growth is much lower than the rapid pace seen prior to 2008, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).