Sequestration will translate into 2% cut for Medicare fees
March 1, 2013 -- A 2% cut in Medicare fees to healthcare providers is poised to go into effect tonight if President Barack Obama and Congress fail to broker a deal that will avert $85 billion in automatic budget cuts required under the sequestration deficit reduction law passed in August 2012.
How to get a good deal in payor contract negotiations
February 28, 2013 -- When a radiology group is about to enter negotiations with a commercial insurance payor, what's the first thing it should concentrate on? If the group focuses myopically on rates for imaging services, it might end up getting shortchanged, according to John Stiles of HealthPro Medical Billing, who offers a better approach.
Sonography students level claims against Ill. program
February 27, 2013 -- Five students enrolled in the sonography program at the College of DuPage in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, IL, have publicly charged the program's leaders with unethical conduct, including a claim that the program issued grades for a course that allegedly was never held.
MGH's Thrall reflects on 30 years in radiology
February 26, 2013 -- On February 1, Dr. James Thrall stepped down as chairman of the department of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), ending a 30-year career as one of the leading figures in radiology. In this exclusive article, Dr. Thrall reflects on the changes he's seen over the past 30 years in medical imaging.
ACR takes aim at 'inaccuracies' in Time healthcare article
February 25, 2013 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) has come out swinging in response to an article on healthcare costs published online February 20 in Time magazine that charges ACR with obstructing efforts to discourage overuse of advanced imaging in the Medicare program.
Expert offers tips for efficient cardiac MRI throughput
February 25, 2013 -- Is your cardiac MRI scanner a $2 million patient gurney? It might be if you're not effectively using every available moment to prepare and scan patients, eliminating downtime between exams, according to a presentation at the recent Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance meeting.
Rads have right, duty to report findings directly to patients
February 22, 2013 -- Radiologists have not only the right but a duty to communicate findings directly to patients who are interested in knowing their diagnostic results, according to a clinical perspective published in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Neiman Institute issues guidelines to define repeat imaging
February 20, 2013 -- What does "repeat imaging" mean? While wasteful duplicate exams might be your first thought, some repeat imaging exams might actually be medically necessary, according to a new report from the American College of Radiology's Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute that tries to clarify the concept.
Judge says ARRT could be liable in Kwiatkowski case
February 13, 2013 -- A New Hampshire superior court judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in the case of radiologic technologist David Kwiatkowski, who allegedly infected patients at Exeter Hospital with hepatitis C.
Save On Medical helps patients shop imaging exams
February 8, 2013 -- For decades, healthcare has remained outside of the consumer business model. But as costs shift to patients, consumers are making healthcare decisions the same as they make other purchases in their lives: with price looming large. Save On Medical hopes to facilitate this process by offering price comparisons for imaging services.