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.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: 100% every time June 10, 2016 -- In our previous contributions for AuntMinnie.com, strength and conditioning coach Mark "Coach Rozy" Roozen and I have focused on helping sonographers live and scan pain-free. In this article, though, I'd like to share a personal story that reminded me once again how important we as sonographers really are.
Imaging accreditation with quality and ease: Part 1 June 6, 2016 -- While vital for high-quality care, accreditation can be challenging and sometimes tedious for imaging departments. To help, this new article series will offer some tips for how to comply with the latest Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Quality Improvement requirements with quality and ease.
VA proposal would let nurses take on imaging duties June 3, 2016 -- Advanced-level nurses would be able to order and interpret some medical imaging exams in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system under a proposal issued late last month. Advocates for radiology are vowing to fight the proposal, saying it would compromise patient care and lead to inappropriate imaging utilization.
Is your RVU strategy leaving money on the table? June 1, 2016 -- Most physician practices are multimillion dollar businesses, but some are leaving millions of dollars on the table because they don't adequately monitor their relative value units (RVUs). In this column, Don Rodden and Jill Briggs from HealthPro Medical Billing explain why you may need a better RVU strategy.