Coding changes that will impact radiology practices in 2020
January 21, 2020 -- With the new year comes the annual revision of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that practices have to be aware of. Fortunately for diagnostic radiology, the changes for 2020 are relatively few, according to Erin Stephens of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
Survey: Doctors would take pay cut to reduce burnout
January 16, 2020 -- Some 50% of physicians queried in a new survey said they would take a salary reduction of as much as $50,000 annually to reduce burnout. And 46% of radiologists reported feeling burned out, ranking them sixth among all medical specialties, according to a January 15 report from Medscape.  Discuss
CT, MRI payments plummet at private practices
January 9, 2020 -- Medicare reimbursement for CT and MRI exams performed at private practices have decreased dramatically over the past decade for radiologists, and even more so for physicians of other specialties, according to an article published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Personal touch helps with MRI report recommendations
January 8, 2020 -- Direct communication by radiologists with referring clinicians can significantly improve compliance with follow-up recommendations contained in musculoskeletal MRI reports, according to research published online December 30 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
CT bucks trend of flat imaging use rates
January 3, 2020 -- Diagnostic imaging usage rates in the U.S. have begun to decrease or stabilize in recent years for all imaging modalities with the exception of CT, for which the rate has increased in the last few years, according to an article published online December 31 in Radiology.  Discuss
Update on 'surprise billing' legislation across the U.S.
December 24, 2019 -- In the absence of federal regulation, U.S. states are adopting laws intended to protect patients from high out-of-pocket costs when they unexpectedly receive services from out-of-network providers. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners advises radiology practices on what they need to know about this emerging trend.  Discuss
Massive VHA audit explores reasons for imaging delays
December 10, 2019 -- A massive review of outpatient radiology and nuclear medicine services in the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) found that 17% of routine requests and 25% of urgent orders for outpatient imaging were not performed in a timely fashion.  Discuss
Video from RSNA 2019: Survey finds high levels of burnout
December 5, 2019 -- CHICAGO - The results of a recent survey of radiology practice leaders paint a disturbing picture of the pervasiveness of burnout in radiology, with 77% of survey respondents saying burnout was either a significant or very significant problem. Dr. Jay Parikh of MD Anderson Cancer Center discusses the survey in this video interview.  Discuss
Video from RSNA 2019: Impostor syndrome in radiology
December 5, 2019 -- CHICAGO - What is impostor syndrome, and how common is it in radiology? Dr. Geraldine McGinty, board chair of the American College of Radiology, discusses the phenomenon and what can be done to address it.  Discuss
Video from RSNA 2019: Get ready for changes to radiology billing in 2020
December 4, 2019 -- CHICAGO - A host of changes in radiology billing and coding are coming in 2020 -- is your imaging facility prepared? Find out about some of the more important changes -- such as the arrival of clinical decision support -- in this video interview with Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss