2016 CPT radiology code changes: More bundling expected
October 15, 2015 -- Code bundling has become a commonly used tool for revising reimbursement levels for medical services believed to be over- or undervalued. Next year will bring a number of changes in CPT codes; in this article, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers guidance on how to navigate the changes.
Hospital slashes response time for stat mobile x-ray
October 13, 2015 -- A Texas hospital was able to cut radiologic technologist response time to 10 minutes for orders for stat mobile x-ray exams from the facility's medical intensive care unit, according to a September 29 article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Choosing Wisely drives down imaging use -- sometimes
October 12, 2015 -- The Choosing Wisely initiative seems to have successfully reduced unnecessary utilization of two imaging exams in the U.S. that appeared on a list of overused medical tests, according to a study published October 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine. But two other questionable imaging tests saw no decline.
Advocates for NaF-PET plan rebound from CMS decision
October 8, 2015 -- In a word, "disappointment" is how members of the nuclear medicine and radiology communities are reacting to last month's rejection by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a proposal to loosen restrictions on reimbursement for sodium fluoride (NaF) PET scans to detect bone metastases.
Preparing for ICD-10: How to document pain
October 7, 2015 -- By this time, most people working in healthcare are aware of the October 1 deadline to begin using ICD-10-CM in place of ICD-9-CM for reporting diagnoses to Medicare. In this article, Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a look at how the new codes apply to the documentation of pain.
Breast density law leads to higher ultrasound costs in NJ
October 1, 2015 -- The number and cost of breast ultrasound exams more than doubled in New Jersey after the state enacted a breast density notification law in 2014, according to a new study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Ob/gyn doc in Congress urges rads to get involved
October 1, 2015 -- Are you worried that legislators and policymakers are too busy to hear about problems facing radiology practices? Don't get worried, get involved, said congressman and physician Dr. Michael Burgess at this week's Radiology Business Management Association Fall Educational Conference.
Patient consultations boost pediatric US experience
September 30, 2015 -- Do patients really want to get imaging findings directly from radiologists? When it comes to the parents of children receiving ultrasound studies, they almost always do, according to a study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
CTC cheaper than colonoscopy for Medicare patients
September 25, 2015 -- Screening CT colonography (CTC) is almost a third less expensive than colonoscopy in Medicare patients, according to a new report in Abdominal Imaging. The results are promising for what advocates hope is imminent approval of Medicare payment for the CT-based test.
Tips for correct use of the -X{EPSU} modifiers
September 22, 2015 -- Confused about Medicare's new -X{EPSU} modifiers? If so, you're not alone, as many radiology professionals have been puzzled about the new codes. In his latest column, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers advice and tips for using the new modifiers correctly.