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
5 things to consider when hiring a teleradiology service
July 5, 2017 -- Radiologists considering the use of an outside teleradiology service for final reads will have questions that include not only quality and cost but also the impact on the group's relationship with its hospital and referring physician community. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers five things to consider when hiring a service.  Discuss
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