Patients want radiologists reading their exams October 10, 2016 -- Despite suggestions that other medical professionals should be able to order and interpret imaging exams, patients would prefer that radiologists interpret their studies, according to research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
How to avoid radiology claim denials: Medical necessity October 7, 2016 -- What's the best way to avoid payor denials for radiology services? In the next article in a series on claim denials, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers tips on how your staff can avoid denials through better documentation of medical necessity.
How to prepare for radiology coding changes in 2017 October 4, 2016 -- Even though the deadline has passed for submitting comments to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the proposed rules for the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, it's never too late to review the changes that may occur, according to Catherine Huyghe of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
The 3 biggest threats to radiology October 3, 2016 -- Radiology has long been an attractive field for physicians-in-training, with its generous salaries, (relatively) low rates of malpractice claims, and the consistent challenge of technological advances. But the field faces at least three threats going forward, according to an article published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
ACOs boost use of screening mammography September 20, 2016 -- Healthcare reforms such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) appear to boost utilization rates for screening mammography -- for some demographic groups by as much as 42%. This suggests that incentive-based programs like ACOs could boost quality and cut costs, according to a new study published online September 20 in Radiology.
MedPAC tells Medicare to favor payments to primary care September 15, 2016 -- If you thought the pressure to reduce radiology reimbursement would ease with the arrival of value-based care, think again. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) believes that Medicare should continue to emphasize payment increases to primary care, even if it means taking money from specialties such as radiology.
Are RTs protected enough during fluoro procedures? September 12, 2016 -- Over the past 60 years, radiologic technologists (RTs) have tended to follow standard radiation protection protocols. But they're still at greater risk of radiation exposure and ensuing disease, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
CMS offers alternatives for MACRA implementation September 9, 2016 -- Shedding some light on its initiative to promote value-based healthcare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will offer physicians four options for implementing provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
What do your patients see when they Google you? September 1, 2016 -- Before the internet, patients who wanted to learn more about their healthcare providers had to rely on word-of-mouth networks. Now, patients can easily search for information about individual physicians -- and radiologists need to know what they're finding.
4 tips for using Facebook for patient outreach August 30, 2016 -- Let's face it: More and more patients are using social media platforms like Facebook to find health information. And no matter how radiologists personally feel about this trend, it's crucial to utilize social tools for patient outreach.