How to avoid radiology claim denials: Authorization August 15, 2016 -- In part 3 of a series on why radiology claims are denied, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners addresses authorization and its role in denied claims for imaging procedures. Taking care of procedure authorization upfront can help prevent headaches down the road, she advises.
Assigning E&M codes for interventional radiology August 11, 2016 -- Can interventional radiologists (IRs) bill evaluation and management (E&M) codes? What do Medicare's global surgery rules have to say about when and how to assign them? Donna Richmond from Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers advice.
ACR projects 16% job growth for radiologists in 2016 August 10, 2016 -- The number of new jobs available for radiologists in 2016 will be 16% higher than those available in 2015, according to the fifth annual workforce survey by the Commission on Human Resources at the American College of Radiology (ACR). The study was published online August 3 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
MICI Q3: Rad administrator sentiment slips -- or does it? August 9, 2016 -- New numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) hint at a dip in optimism among radiology administrators leading into the third quarter of 2016. But organizers of the index caution that the numbers do not have the statistical significance to state definitively that sentiment is declining.
AHRA: 6 ways to prepare for a Joint Commission visit August 2, 2016 -- It's been a year since the Joint Commission published new accreditation standards that outlined a higher level of scrutiny for CT, MR, and nuclear medicine/PET imaging. In that time, facilities have gathered experience that can help other sites prepare, according to a presentation given at this week's AHRA 2016 meeting.
AHRA: Building a better breast cancer screening program August 2, 2016 -- Back in the day, screening for breast cancer mostly consisted of a mammography exam. But with increased understanding of risk factors such as breast density and the advent of new technologies, breast cancer screening isn't a one-size-fits-all endeavor anymore, according to a presentation at the AHRA 2016 meeting in Nashville, TN.
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).