Medicare drives down payments for medical imaging
April 28, 2017 -- Medicare payment policies intended to curb spending for noninvasive diagnostic imaging services have been quite successful over the past decade, reducing costs to the program for these procedures by 33% between 2006 and 2015, according to a study published online April 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Radiologists should ease into their golden years
April 26, 2017 -- What's the best way for a radiologist to retire? A retirement plan that's phased in is likely the best fit for most radiologists -- as well as their practices -- according to a past president of the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR), speaking at CAR's recent annual meeting in Montreal.
How do high-deductible health plans affect radiology?
April 24, 2017 -- The rise of high-deductible health plans is creating new challenges for imaging facilities, according to Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners. Patient collections are once again becoming an important activity, and there are winners and losers under the new structure.
MedPAC: Imaging still high on low-value service list
April 21, 2017 -- Despite the slowdown in imaging utilization growth over the past 10 years, not everyone is satisfied. In fact, at a recent meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), imaging figured prominently in a presentation that assessed the number and cost of low-value medical services.
6 tips for joining a CT lung cancer screening registry
April 17, 2017 -- Imaging facilities across the U.S. are beginning to provide CT lung cancer screening -- and they are getting Medicare payment for it as well. But to get paid, you have to participate in a CT lung cancer registry. In this article, Judy Burleson of the American College of Radiology offers six tips for getting started.
Malpractice claim rate against U.S. physicians drops
April 13, 2017 -- The rate of malpractice claims paid against U.S. physicians has dropped across all medical specialties over the past 20 years, according to an article in JAMA Internal Medicine. Radiologists have also benefited from the trend, although to a lesser extent than other disciplines.
What's the radiation risk to RTs from fluoro studies?
April 7, 2017 -- Are radiologic technologists (RTs) who assist with interventional studies at higher risk of death from brain cancer? Maybe, but it's not clear that radiation exposure is the reason why, according to a new study published March 28 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Radiologists rank 6th on Medscape salary survey
April 6, 2017 -- Radiologists ranked sixth on a survey of physician salaries produced by Medscape, with an average annual compensation of $396,000.
Study documents decline in imaging use since 2001
April 4, 2017 -- Growth in medical imaging use may have been rapid in the early 2000s, but that trend is definitely over, according to a study led by Dr. David C. Levin of Thomas Jefferson University and published in the April issue of Health Affairs.
What's next for U.S. healthcare regulation?
April 3, 2017 -- Now that the first attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act has fallen short, what can we expect next from the U.S. government on healthcare reform? Cynthia Moran of the American College of Radiology offers some thoughts.