ASTRO: Radiation therapy cost analysis suggests inefficiency September 18, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO - A new analysis of radiation therapy costs presented at this week's American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting has found wide variations that aren't related to patient or disease factors. Costs varied between standalone centers and hospital departments -- a variance that has since been flattened by changes in Medicare reimbursement.
Incomplete documentation jeopardizes radiology payments September 17, 2014 -- Insufficient documentation is behind most improper payments, according to the government agencies responsible for policing Medicare program claims. Those same agencies repeatedly advise healthcare providers that they can avoid errors by complying with documentation requirements, including those in local coverage determinations.
Interstate medical licenses move ahead September 5, 2014 -- Physicians seeking to practice telemedicine in other states may soon find the licensure process much easier to navigate with the release on September 5 of model legislation that individual states can use to enact their own laws.
U.S. health spending eases in 2013, but set to grow again September 3, 2014 -- U.S. healthcare spending grew at a moderate rate of 3.6% in 2013, but spending will likely increase at a faster clip in years to come, outstripping growth in the gross domestic product, according to an analysis released on Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Europeans balance pros and cons of relocating to Middle East September 3, 2014 -- Lucrative financial packages in the Gulf States, along with the prospect of a high-quality lifestyle, continue to attract radiologists to the Middle East, but there are trade-offs to be aware of when working in the region. Radiologists from Austria and Italy share their experiences and know-how.
Is more radiology code bundling in store for 2015? August 29, 2014 -- Is more code bundling in store for radiology in 2015? It just might be as the American Medical Association seeks to correct healthcare services that it perceives to be "misvalued," according to the first in a series of new articles by Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
Exercise equipment in reading room gets radiologists moving August 28, 2014 -- Ever feel like you're on a treadmill? Some radiologists at the University of Washington get that feeling every day, especially after exercise equipment was installed in their reading room. It's all in the name of keeping radiologists healthy by improving their physical activity, according to an article in the September American Journal of Roentgenology.
AMGA survey: Radiologist compensation has increased August 26, 2014 -- Radiologist compensation rose over the three-year period from 2011 to 2014, including an increase from 2013 to 2014, according to a new survey on physician salaries conducted by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA).
JACR: In a flat job market, it pays to be flexible August 25, 2014 -- The U.S. radiology job market in 2014 appears to be flat, with 1,114 new positions compared to last year's 1,069, according to the third annual workforce survey by the ACR's Commission on Human Resources. The survey results were published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Owner of sham Calif. imaging center gets 8 years August 21, 2014 -- The owner of a bogus imaging center in California that billed Medicare for $20 million in prescriptions for antipsychotic medications -- but never performed a single medical imaging exam -- received eight years in prison from a federal judge on August 18.