MICI Q4: Political concerns don't roil admins' outlook
November 14, 2017 -- Radiology administrators appear to have put aside previously stated concerns about political turmoil in Washington, DC. Administrator sentiment remained stable for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest figures from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
5 things to consider when evaluating your billing vendor
November 13, 2017 -- If you currently outsource your revenue cycle management, are you getting optimal performance from your vendor? Rebecca Farrington, chief revenue officer at Healthcare Administrative Partners, offers five things to think about when evaluating your billing firm.  Discuss
Machine learning helps predict exam wait times, delays
November 6, 2017 -- Accurately predicting how long patients may have to wait for their imaging exams is key for both practice management and patient satisfaction. Machine learning may be able to help, according to a study published online October 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Mixed results for radiology in final 2018 Hospital OPPS
November 6, 2017 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its final rule for the 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System -- and there's both good and bad news for radiology.  Discuss
No radiology cuts in final 2018 MPFS; CDS pushed back
November 3, 2017 -- On November 2, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) -- and in an unusual twist, there are no cuts to radiology. CMS will also push back the date for starting clinical decision support (CDS) another year, to January 2020.  Discuss
Are radiologists underutilizing social media?
October 26, 2017 -- Are radiologists making the best use of social media -- especially as an educational tool? Perhaps not, according to a study published online October 19 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
5 things you may not know about ultrasound accreditation
October 23, 2017 -- Is accreditation of your echocardiography lab getting you down? Don't let it! In a new article, Judith Buckland of CardioServ interviews Sue Jensen of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission on why accreditation is easier than you think.  Discuss
The true cost of radiology billing
October 20, 2017 -- One of the common questions radiologists have concerning their billing is how much they should be paying. What they typically mean when they say this is "What fee should I pay to a billing company?" Kyle Tucker of Dexios Radiology Billing offers an explanation in this new column.  Discuss
MedPAC considers repeal of MIPS value program
October 17, 2017 -- At a meeting held October 5, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) considered options to repeal and replace the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the centerpiece of the U.S. government's initiative to promote value-based healthcare.  Discuss
One-third of MRI exam time is wasted
October 11, 2017 -- Wasted time represents a third of the total MRI exam process cycle -- and it can also extend a patient's length of stay in the hospital, according to research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss