Could MACRA implementation be delayed? July 14, 2016 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is mulling over various options for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), including potentially pushing back the start date, according to acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt.
Proposed 2017 MPFS is a mixed bag for radiology July 14, 2016 -- When the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services releases its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) each year, the news isn't always good. For 2017, the proposed rule is a typical mishmash, containing some provisions that benefit radiology and some that don't.
Imaging accreditation with quality and ease: Part 3 July 13, 2016 -- In the third installment of this series, Judith Buckland from consulting firm CardioServ offers more tips on how to comply with the latest accreditation requirements for quality improvement from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
JAMA: Pay for women equals men in academic radiology July 12, 2016 -- A survey of two dozen U.S. public medical schools found that female radiologists were paid essentially the same amount as their male counterparts -- the only medical specialty to achieve gender pay equity, according to a new article published July 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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.