NY radiology firm to pay $8M in fraud settlement November 18, 2016 -- New York radiology group Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology pleaded guilty on November 16 to Medicare and Medicaid fraud, agreeing to pay more than $8 million to settle an investigation that began more than two years ago with an FBI raid on the firm's offices in March 2014.
Primary care doctors want help with incidental findings November 18, 2016 -- Incidental findings on imaging exams are common, and often primary care physicians aren't clear which ones need follow-up and which do not. The expertise of radiologists can go a long way toward clarifying the clinical situation, according to a new study published in the November issue of Radiology.
EQUIP: The FDA's new breast image quality program November 14, 2016 -- In its ongoing efforts to improve breast cancer detection rates, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it plans to use its Mammography Quality Standards Act inspection program to increase mammography image quality through a new venture it's calling Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program (EQUIP).
What does the 2016 election mean for radiology? November 10, 2016 -- With Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election and the Republicans maintaining control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, the country will shift to the right and federal and state healthcare policy could change dramatically. What might this mean for radiology?
Could radiologists be found liable for patient suicide? November 9, 2016 -- If a patient commits suicide after receiving imaging exam results he or she perceives to be bad news, could the radiologist be held responsible? It's a compelling question, and one radiologists need to consider as patients gain increasing access to radiology reports through online portals or even direct mail.
The tax benefits of year-end equipment financing November 7, 2016 -- For many businesses, the fourth quarter is the perfect time to assess their performance and begin planning for the coming year. It's important to keep in mind that factors related to how businesses pay for capital equipment can affect their overall financial health, according to Mark Hoffman from Key Equipment Finance.
CMS releases final OPPS 2017 rule November 4, 2016 -- On November 1, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final 2017 rule for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), confirming proposals outlined in the July version.
MICI Q4: Medicare payment outlook remains at rock bottom October 20, 2016 -- As radiology heads into the finish lap of 2016, radiology administrators remain pessimistic that they will receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for diagnostic and interventional radiology services, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).