ACR 2015: Drops in Medicare spending vary by state
May 18, 2015 -- There's increasing evidence that Medicare spending on medical imaging is slowing across the U.S. But spending has dropped at different levels in different states, indicating that future spending cuts should be more tailored, according to a study presented at the American College of Radiology's ACR 2015 meeting in Washington, DC.
How to maximize your breast imaging reimbursement
May 18, 2015 -- Medicare has adopted new payment policies for digital breast tomosynthesis and breast ultrasound that go into effect this year. But without the proper documentation, radiologists will lose this added revenue. Carin Carlson from Healthcare Administrative Partners tells you how to get your share.
USPSTF mammo recs would cut coverage for 17M women
May 14, 2015 -- If the most recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening guidelines are finalized, 17 million women between the ages of 40 and 49 could lose insurance coverage for mammography screening exams, according to a new report released by consulting firm Avalere Health.
CMS: Radiologists are buying into PQRS program
May 13, 2015 -- Participation by radiologists in the U.S. government's Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) has been high, according to a report recently issued by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Leading the pack are interventional radiologists, with nearly three-quarters participating.
Prescan review slashes inpatient use of PET/CT
May 12, 2015 -- A New Jersey hospital was able to slash by more than half the number of inpatient pulmonary PET/CT scans being performed by having its nuclear medicine department act as a gatekeeper for exam orders, according to a study presented at the recent American Roentgen Ray Society annual meeting.
Rads are doing fewer double CT scans -- but nonrads aren't
May 8, 2015 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has worked to cut imaging costs across all modalities, and its efforts with "double" CT scans of the abdomen have been effective with radiologists, who have reduced their rates by 35% since 2001. But other physicians haven't followed suit.
Knee MRI prices can vary almost 8-fold across the U.S.
May 6, 2015 -- The price of an outpatient noncontrast MRI scan of the knee can vary across the U.S. by almost eightfold, according to a new study in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The finding sheds light on an increasingly consumer-driven healthcare environment, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, wrote.
Nonradiologists get most of Medicare imaging payments
May 4, 2015 -- More than 50% of Medicare payments for diagnostic imaging services in the U.S. are made to nonradiologists, according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. In fact, Medicare payments to nonradiologists for diagnostic imaging exceed those to radiologists in almost 60% of states.
No cost difference between CTC, colonoscopy in elderly
April 30, 2015 -- A new analysis of Medicare data has found that after adjusting for patient demographic factors, costs are pretty much the same in the year following an initial screening exam for colorectal cancer, regardless of whether CT colonography (CTC) or optical colonoscopy is used, according to a report in Academic Radiology.
ARRS: 6 reasons to be optimistic about radiology
April 27, 2015 -- Radiologists love to complain about the challenges they face, including declining reimbursements, a tight job market, and increased workload. But there are at least six good reasons to be optimistic about the specialty, according to a presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting in Toronto.