Radiologists show resilience during Harvey
September 8, 2017 -- As Tropical Storm Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rainfall in Houston last month, radiology professionals rose to the occasion to continue providing crucial imaging services. They tell tales of riding out the storm by sleeping in scanner suites and reading images from flooded homes, and they say one thing was key to survival: planning.  Discuss
No need for RBMs: In-house efforts cut imaging rates
September 5, 2017 -- Radiology practices can reduce the use of inappropriate high-cost imaging exams such as CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET by establishing an in-house imaging utilization management program, thus avoiding external oversight from a radiology benefits management (RBM) firm, according to a study published in the September issue of Radiology.  Discuss
6 things new dept. chairs should know about capital budgets
September 5, 2017 -- You're a newly minted department chair, and you're about to attend your first capital budget meeting, where a proposal for a new MRI scanner is on the agenda. How should you handle it? Fortunately, we have a few tips from Dr. Geoffrey Rubin from Duke University and the Radiology Leadership Institute.  Discuss
Anthem move shows how payors are 'steering' patients
September 1, 2017 -- In an effort to contain healthcare costs, insurers are resorting to "steering," or pushing patients toward a particular form of imaging service. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the move by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Indianapolis to require physicians to get permission for CT and MRI scans in hospital outpatient settings.  Discuss
MIPS reporting for 2017: What radiologists need to know
August 29, 2017 -- Should radiologists apply for a hardship exemption from the requirements of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the U.S. government's new effort to promote quality in the Medicare system? Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some guidance.  Discuss
Patients want imaging price information
August 25, 2017 -- Patients want to know how much an imaging procedure will cost, but healthcare pricing discussions happen in less than half of patient-physician encounters, according to a review published recently in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Utilization of MSK imaging soars over 2 decades
August 17, 2017 -- Led by a significant increase in the use of advanced imaging modalities, musculoskeletal imaging utilization in Medicare patients rose considerably over the past two decades, according to research published online August 4 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
MICI Q3: Administrator sentiment remains steady
August 15, 2017 -- Despite concerns expressed in previous surveys about healthcare reform's effects on their operations, sentiment among radiology administrators remained mostly steady in the third quarter of 2017, according to the latest figures from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
Tips for imaging patients at rehabilitation facilities
August 14, 2017 -- Patients in rehabilitation facilities sometimes need imaging services that cannot be provided within the facility itself. Providing these services can be good business for imaging centers, but billing and collections can be challenging if you don't plan ahead. Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some guidance.  Discuss
Help wanted: Openings increase in radiology job market
August 4, 2017 -- It's a good time for a radiologist to find work. There are 14% more new jobs available for radiologists in 2017 compared with 2016, according to the sixth annual workforce survey by the American College of Radiology's Commission on Human Resources.  Discuss