Nonphysician providers order more imaging exams
November 24, 2014 -- Nonphysician healthcare staff, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are 30% more likely than primary care physicians to order imaging exams for patients, concludes a new study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
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Payment cuts drive MRI to hospital outpatient setting
November 24, 2014 -- The number of MRI scans performed in hospital outpatient imaging departments has surpassed the amount performed in private offices. The change is due in part to reimbursement cuts that have made private-office MRI considerably less economically viable, according to a study published online November 15 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Tips for coding percutaneous image-guided fluid collection
November 24, 2014 -- There has been some confusion lately regarding several recent CPT codes added by the American Medical Association for percutaneous image-guided fluid collection. In his latest column, Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions provides guidance for how to code these new procedures.
Emergency departments continue to drive CT use
November 11, 2014 -- Bucking an overall downward trend in utilization of advanced imaging services, emergency departments are still seeing growth in imaging, especially in CT use, which has tripled over the past decade, according to a new article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
RBMA: What the midterm election results mean for radiology
November 6, 2014 -- What does the Republican Party's resounding win in Tuesday's midterm elections mean for radiology? The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) and its legislative affairs advisors have been following the election and offer an analysis.
MICI Q4: Rad administrators show acceptance of new reality
November 6, 2014 -- It's been said that acceptance is the fifth and final stage of loss. If that's the case, then radiology administrators appear to have accepted that the golden days of medical imaging are over, and they are moving on into the specialty's new reality, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).
CMS includes DBT payment codes in 2015 Medicare rates
November 4, 2014 -- In a major boost for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) included payment codes for the exam in its final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System, issued last week.
ACR hopes for good news from CMS on CT lung screening
November 3, 2014 -- This November could be the most significant Lung Cancer Awareness Month in history, if Medicare approves full coverage of CT lung cancer screening for seniors 65 years and older, the American College of Radiology (ACR) said in a statement.
Economics trumps clinical issues in 2014 Minnies awards
October 29, 2014 -- It's the economy, stupid. That mantra, attributed to political strategist James Carville, could just as easily apply to radiology in 2014. Concern over economic issues shaped the selections by the Minnies expert panel, with many of the Minnies winners having some kind of connection to fiscal topics.
New codes for DBT: Will providers receive payment in 2015?
October 23, 2014 -- In just a few weeks, radiology providers should know what changes the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services intend to finalize for 2015 related to digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis (DBT), according to a new article by Jeff Majchrzak of Panacea Healthcare Solutions.