AHRA: Strategic planning in the era of accountable care
August 6, 2013 -- How medical imaging is conducted and delivered is changing. To be successful under new quality and payment models for healthcare such as accountable care, radiologists need to be prepared, according to a presentation given at last week's AHRA 2013 meeting in Minneapolis.
Back to the future: Can a 'new capitation' save radiology?
August 2, 2013 -- The growth of healthcare costs is driving reform, with policymakers focused on eliminating unnecessary expenditures, ensuring patient safety, and improving clinical outcomes. But what's the best way to accomplish all this? AuntMinnie.com talked to Dr. Michael Brant-Zawadzki about a new approach that echoes capitation efforts of the past.
Kan. radiologist indicted in $7M Army fraud scheme
August 2, 2013 -- A radiologist and former U.S. Army officer from Kansas has been indicted along with two other individuals on charges of running a contracting scheme that allegedly defrauded the Army of more than $7 million for medical imaging products and services.
Exercises can help sonographers scan without pain
July 26, 2013 -- "I was scared and stressed out," explains sonographer Doug Wuebben. Unsure whether he could continue with his career due to chronic shoulder pain, Wuebben improved after performing some basic movement training exercises, which he shares in this article.
ACR's RLI event helps radiologists become better leaders
July 24, 2013 -- Healthcare is transitioning from a volume to a value proposition, and radiologists must learn new skills to navigate this transition, become better leaders, and thrive under new delivery and payment systems, according to presenters at the American College of Radiology's (ACR) annual Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) event to be held this week in Illinois.
Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's can cost big money
July 23, 2013 -- Receiving a misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can result in tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary medical costs for patients who actually have vascular dementia or Parkinson's disease, according to a study presented on July 17 at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Boston.
Cuts on top of cuts: 2014 Medicare rates slash CT, MR payments
July 22, 2013 -- One of the nuggets found in the recently proposed 2014 Medicare payment rates for hospitals is a change that would slash reimbursement for the technical component of CT and MRI scans by as much as 38% and 19%, respectively.
Who should do your radiology billing?
July 12, 2013 -- When it comes to medical billing, there are two options: in-house billing and outsourced billing. The question is which one is right for your specific radiology group. With reimbursement shrinking, radiologists must weigh the pros and cons of both options.
ARA keeps hospitals, radiology groups working together
July 12, 2013 -- The advent of teleradiology has changed the way radiology is practiced, disrupting the exclusive business arrangements between hospitals and their radiology groups and opening the market to competition. A new consulting firm called Accountable Radiology Advisors (ARA) hopes to help groups make the transition to the new reality.
2014 MPFS, HOPPS proposals are a mixed bag
July 10, 2013 -- Proposed new Medicare payment rates for 2014 were released on July 8 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and they're a mixed bag for providers of imaging services. The agency has continued to cut reimbursement for most imaging procedures, but at a lower rate than in the past.