Do Medicare quality measures miss the mark in radiology?
September 17, 2015 -- Tracking physician performance in an effort to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes is here to stay. But do Medicare quality measures accurately track radiologist performance? Maybe not, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Pain in the neck
September 8, 2015 -- Everyone seems to be under the constant strain of having to do more -- more appointments, more calls, more meetings, more time at the computer, etc. This can result in debilitating pain and injuries in the area of the head, neck, and shoulders. Fortunately, echocardiographer Doug Wuebben has some tips and exercises that can help.
SaferMD helps radiologists reduce malpractice risk
September 1, 2015 -- If you belong to a forward-thinking radiology practice, chances are you're already using critical test results management (CTRM) software to notify physicians of unexpected findings. But are you really using CTRM right? Fortunately, SaferMD can help you find out.
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.