Johns Hopkins tackles problem of unnecessary scans
June 29, 2017 -- It's estimated that 20% to 50% of imaging scans in the U.S. may be unnecessary, and radiology exams accounted for more than 100 overutilization targets in the Choosing Wisely campaign. With these facts in mind, radiologists and clinicians at Johns Hopkins Hospital are collaborating to develop an ambitious plan to solve the problem.  Discuss
Is there a fox in your billing henhouse?
June 29, 2017 -- "Don't let the fox guard the henhouse" is an idiom used to point out to somebody that his or her action could invite disaster. In this column, John Stiles of HealthPro Medical Billing offers some advice for medical practices on making sure they don't end up with a fox in their billing henhouse.  Discuss
Senate ACA repeal vote delayed as support wavers
June 27, 2017 -- U.S. Senate Republicans have delayed a vote on their bill to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). It's believed that the GOP postponed the vote on the bill until after the July 4 recess as it was unable to muster the 50 votes needed to begin debate, according to a Politico report.  Discuss
Radiology billing must adapt to patient consumerism
June 26, 2017 -- The rise of patient consumerism in healthcare is creating challenges for radiology practices. Practices may need to change their billing procedures to meet the new patient demands and expectations, according to a new column by Carin Carlson of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
Do radiologists call clinicians too often? Yes and no
June 22, 2017 -- Do you feel like you spend too much time on the phone talking to referring physicians? If so, think again: Clinicians actually value phone time with radiologists, according to a new study that found diverging opinions between radiologists who think their calls are excessive and referring physicians who appreciate the direct communication.  Discuss
CMS proposes revisions to simplify MACRA
June 20, 2017 -- Changes could be imminent to the U.S. government's program for shifting healthcare practices toward value-based care and away from volume. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 20 announced a proposed rule that aims to simplify reporting requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.  Discuss
Why radiologists find it hard to face patients
June 20, 2017 -- Radiologists are being told they need to spend more time with patients, but is this a realistic expectation? A new survey published June 20 in Radiology found that while most radiologists would like more patient-facing time, the realities of their jobs -- such as reimbursement for their time -- get in the way.  Discuss
Take care managing radiologists of different generations
June 20, 2017 -- From adapting to a PACS upgrade to managing salary and vacation requirements, radiologists of different generations should be handled in different ways. In a new column, Dr. Barry Julius, founder of the website RadsResident.com, offers advice based on his experiences with baby boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials.  Discuss
New survey finds radiologists are back in demand
June 8, 2017 -- For the first time in a decade, radiologists have landed back in the top 10 of search assignments for U.S. physicians by recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins, as employment conditions in the specialty continue to improve.  Discuss
ISCT: Who's responsible for radiology's value chain?
June 8, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - In a healthcare environment characterized by tight resources -- and, at least until recently, a shift from volume- to value-based care payment models -- who should be responsible for radiology's value chain: the department or the hospital?  Discuss