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.
Bundling for value is goal for 2017 radiology CPT codes
July 6, 2016 -- The phrase "potentially misvalued services" will play a key role in the changes that will be made by the American Medical Association to the 2017 current procedural terminology (CPT) codes. In this article, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers a look at what's coming.
SIIM: 7 steps to deliver patient-centered care
June 29, 2016 -- PORTLAND, OR - As healthcare moves toward an emphasis on value over volume, it's time to rethink imaging and reinvent processes to facilitate patient-centric care, according to the opening general session at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.
What does the Joint Commission really want with CT?
June 28, 2016 -- Radiology departments may think complying with the Joint Commission's 2015 accreditation standards for CT is an overwhelming undertaking, but it's not as hard as it seems, according to a presentation given at the recent International Society for Computed Tomography 2016 Symposium in San Francisco.
How do breast density laws affect radiology practice?
June 27, 2016 -- Since 2009, 28 states have enacted breast density notification legislation -- a victory, say women's health advocates. So how are radiologists reacting, particularly in regard to assessing breast cancer risk and offering supplemental imaging? With caution, according to a new study published in The Breast Journal.
Imaging accreditation with quality and ease: Part 2
June 21, 2016 -- This series will offer tips for how to comply with the latest Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Quality Improvement requirements with quality and ease. Part 2 covers two more key measures for all imaging modalities to follow: interpretive quality and report completeness.
The top 3 reasons for radiology claim denials
June 20, 2016 -- The goal of a well-managed radiology billing operation is to submit claims for services promptly and receive reimbursement as quickly as possible -- enhancing cash flow and keeping overall billing costs low. All too often, however, payment is delayed because the payor denies the claim.
MedPAC schools Congress on how to implement MACRA
June 17, 2016 -- In its latest report to Congress on June 15, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) shared some feedback -- and some concerns -- about how to put the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) into action.
Do patients want to read their radiology reports?
June 16, 2016 -- Radiology reports aren't just for referring physicians anymore. In fact, more than 50% of patients who have online access to their reports read them -- and want to discuss the results with their radiologist, according to a new study published online in Academic Radiology.