Utilization of MSK imaging soars over 2 decades
August 17, 2017 -- Led by a significant increase in the use of advanced imaging modalities, musculoskeletal imaging utilization in Medicare patients rose considerably over the past two decades, according to research published online August 4 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
MICI Q3: Administrator sentiment remains steady
August 15, 2017 -- Despite concerns expressed in previous surveys about healthcare reform's effects on their operations, sentiment among radiology administrators remained mostly steady in the third quarter of 2017, according to the latest figures from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
Tips for imaging patients at rehabilitation facilities
August 14, 2017 -- Patients in rehabilitation facilities sometimes need imaging services that cannot be provided within the facility itself. Providing these services can be good business for imaging centers, but billing and collections can be challenging if you don't plan ahead. Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some guidance.  Discuss
Help wanted: Openings increase in radiology job market
August 4, 2017 -- It's a good time for a radiologist to find work. There are 14% more new jobs available for radiologists in 2017 compared with 2016, according to the sixth annual workforce survey by the American College of Radiology's Commission on Human Resources.  Discuss
CMS sheds light on plans for clinical decision support
August 1, 2017 -- In recently proposed rules, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it would delay clinical decision-support requirements for advanced imaging studies until 2019. But early adopters may benefit from a direct tie between the program and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, according to Carin Carlson from Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
Median salary for radiologists tops $500K
July 20, 2017 -- The median annual salary in 2017 for U.S. radiologists has topped $500,000 for the first time, according to a new survey on physician compensation by the American Medical Group Association. The growth continues a recovery in radiologist salaries that began in 2014.  Discuss
ACR finds favorable signs in 2018 MPFS proposed rule
July 17, 2017 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) has found several things to like in the proposed rule for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has backed down on a threatened mammography payment cut, while giving radiology a breather on using clinical decision support.  Discuss
Proposed 2018 OPPS offers some positives for radiology
July 17, 2017 -- On July 13, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a proposed rule for the 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System that includes some positive changes for radiology -- the most important being a delay in changing how CT and MRI costs are calculated.  Discuss
CMS releases 2018 MPFS with 1% radiology pay cut
July 14, 2017 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 13 released a proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2018 that includes a 1% cut in payments for radiology services.  Discuss
Burnout among New England rads tied to residency year
July 10, 2017 -- In a new survey, more than one-third of New England radiology residents said they have a high degree of burnout and feel that the condition increases with each postgraduate year of training, according to a study in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss