4 ways to avoid denials for radiology claims July 29, 2016 -- In part 2 of a series on why radiology claims are denied, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners discusses the role that eligibility problems can play in claim denials, and offers four tips for how radiology practices can keep claims from getting rejected.
Patients want imaging results stat -- can portals deliver? July 27, 2016 -- What do patients want from providers after they've had an imaging exam? They want their results as soon as possible -- and Web-based portals can help meet this demand, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Radiologists' expertise cuts inappropriate imaging July 25, 2016 -- Radiologists who participate in a radiology benefits management program by consulting with referring physicians can help reduce inappropriate imaging by at least 20%, according to a new study published in the July edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
AMGA: Median radiologist salary nears $500K July 20, 2016 -- The median annual salary for diagnostic radiologists in the U.S. is $490,399 in 2016, just shy of the half-million mark, continuing a rebound in wage growth that began in 2014, according to a new survey on physician compensation by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA).
Could MACRA implementation be delayed? July 14, 2016 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is mulling over various options for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), including potentially pushing back the start date, according to acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt.
Proposed 2017 MPFS is a mixed bag for radiology July 14, 2016 -- When the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services releases its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) each year, the news isn't always good. For 2017, the proposed rule is a typical mishmash, containing some provisions that benefit radiology and some that don't.
Imaging accreditation with quality and ease: Part 3 July 13, 2016 -- In the third installment of this series, Judith Buckland from consulting firm CardioServ offers more tips on how to comply with the latest accreditation requirements for quality improvement from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
JAMA: Pay for women equals men in academic radiology July 12, 2016 -- A survey of two dozen U.S. public medical schools found that female radiologists were paid essentially the same amount as their male counterparts -- the only medical specialty to achieve gender pay equity, according to a new article published July 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
OPPS 2017: More cuts in store for radiology? July 8, 2016 -- Fasten your seat belts: On July 6, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule for the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System -- and if it's finalized, radiology may experience further payment cuts.
CMS releases 2017 OPPS rule for outpatient payments July 7, 2016 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 6 released a proposed rule for the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System, covering payments for outpatient services.