MICI Q3: Rad administrator sentiment slips -- or does it?
August 9, 2016 -- New numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) hint at a dip in optimism among radiology administrators leading into the third quarter of 2016. But organizers of the index caution that the numbers do not have the statistical significance to state definitively that sentiment is declining.
AHRA: 6 ways to prepare for a Joint Commission visit
August 2, 2016 -- It's been a year since the Joint Commission published new accreditation standards that outlined a higher level of scrutiny for CT, MR, and nuclear medicine/PET imaging. In that time, facilities have gathered experience that can help other sites prepare, according to a presentation given at this week's AHRA 2016 meeting.
AHRA: Building a better breast cancer screening program
August 2, 2016 -- Back in the day, screening for breast cancer mostly consisted of a mammography exam. But with increased understanding of risk factors such as breast density and the advent of new technologies, breast cancer screening isn't a one-size-fits-all endeavor anymore, according to a presentation at the AHRA 2016 meeting in Nashville, TN.
4 ways to avoid denials for radiology claims
July 29, 2016 -- In part 2 of a series on why radiology claims are denied, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners discusses the role that eligibility problems can play in claim denials, and offers four tips for how radiology practices can keep claims from getting rejected.
Patients want imaging results stat -- can portals deliver?
July 27, 2016 -- What do patients want from providers after they've had an imaging exam? They want their results as soon as possible -- and Web-based portals can help meet this demand, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Radiologists' expertise cuts inappropriate imaging
July 25, 2016 -- Radiologists who participate in a radiology benefits management program by consulting with referring physicians can help reduce inappropriate imaging by at least 20%, according to a new study published in the July edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
AMGA: Median radiologist salary nears $500K
July 20, 2016 -- The median annual salary for diagnostic radiologists in the U.S. is $490,399 in 2016, just shy of the half-million mark, continuing a rebound in wage growth that began in 2014, according to a new survey on physician compensation by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA).
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.