Congress hustles to address SGR problem before end of year December 13, 2013 -- Legislative action to address the problematic sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula has heated up over the past two days. On Wednesday, the House added a three-month SGR patch to its version of the budget bill, and on Thursday, House and Senate committees advanced bills that would replace the SGR altogether.
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Almost one-third of radiologists' ED services uncompensated December 12, 2013 -- Almost a third of services provided by radiologists to emergency department (ED) patients are uncompensated, according to researchers from the American College of Radiology's Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.
Discrepancies trigger Ontario radiology peer-review program December 11, 2013 -- Formal radiology peer review will be implemented across the province of Ontario after an 18.2% discrepancy rate was uncovered in an external review of images read by Ontario radiologist Dr. Ivo Slezic. The review's findings were released last week by Trillium Health Partners.
SGR fix in the works as CBO again cuts price tag December 10, 2013 -- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced it has again cut its estimate for repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR). The updated forecast may make it easier for Congress to pass SGR repeal legislation before it adjourns for the year on December 13.
Patients must know your name, RSNA president urges December 1, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Patients should be actively encouraged to know the names of their radiologists, and patient-driven care must become a vital part of radiologists' culture, however strange it may seem to them, RSNA 2013 delegates heard during the presidential address at Sunday's opening session.
Not much to be thankful for in final 2014 MPFS, OPPS rules November 29, 2013 -- There's not a lot for medical imaging to be thankful for in the new Medicare payment rates for 2014. On November 27, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed its estimate of next year's physician payment cut under the sustainable growth rate formula.
RSNA, Regenstrief Institute to collaborate November 27, 2013 -- RSNA and the Regenstrief Institute have announced a collaboration to standardize radiology procedure names. Under a contract awarded by the U.S. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the groups will produce a single unified source of names and codes for radiology procedures.
Spreemo matches employers with radiology services November 26, 2013 -- As healthcare becomes increasingly focused on evidence-based medicine and patient satisfaction, new firms are cropping up that help patients shop for medical services online. One of them is Spreemo, a start-up that's taking the idea to the workers' compensation market, specifically for radiology services.
Mary's Musings: Teamwork and proper exposure for radiologists November 18, 2013 -- The theme of the RSNA 2013 meeting is "The Power of Partnership." This has prompted Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz to ponder what the role of partnership means in an era when technology seems to have taken the human element out of much of what radiologists do. Can technology bring the human touch back?
MICI Q4: No hope on the horizon for scanner purchasing November 14, 2013 -- If you were hoping for good news on a comeback in radiology before this year's RSNA meeting, you may have to wait a little longer. Radiology administrators continue to have a pessimistic outlook for the fourth quarter of 2013, according to new data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).