Staff costs account for much of MRI operational expenses
August 8, 2020 -- The costs involved in staffing an MRI service -- particularly for radiologic technologists -- made up the greatest expense involved in operating an MRI scanner, according to a total-cost-of-ownership analysis presented at this week's International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine meeting.  Discuss
Early pandemic funding sources may require action now
August 7, 2020 -- What's going on with some of the other sources for COVID-19 relief funding that are available? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners reviews some of the options.  Discuss
Radiology practices cut costs in response to COVID-19
August 6, 2020 -- Faced with sharply lower imaging volumes in the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, most radiology practices in the U.S. were forced to adopt cost-cutting measures such as reducing headcount, salaries, and incentive payments, according to research published online August 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
How are radiology organizations using Twitter?
August 6, 2020 -- Professional radiology organizations are using Twitter more than ever -- particularly interventional radiology groups, according to a letter to the editor published August 4 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Radiology payments to be lower under 2021 MPFS, HOPPS
August 5, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released proposed rules for the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) -- and they don't bring good news for radiology.  Discuss
Medical practices with fewer women have bigger wage gaps
July 30, 2020 -- Specialty medical practices that are dominated by men tend to have wider salary gaps between genders compared with practices with more female doctors, according to a study published July 30 in BMJ. The gap is smaller between genders in nonsurgical specialties like radiology.  Discuss
Medicare requires prior authorization for venous ablation
July 30, 2020 -- Radiologists who perform venous ablation in a hospital outpatient department are now required to obtain prior authorization before performing such services on Medicare patients. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains the new requirement.  Discuss
What did radiologists miss while focused on COVID-19?
July 27, 2020 -- Since the end of March, we have been focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but our attention is returning to the other ongoing issues of a radiology practice. Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers an update on other regulatory issues.  Discuss
Medicare imaging reimbursements on decline
July 24, 2020 -- Medicare reimbursements for medical imaging have declined since 2007, and whether payment rates are adequate to match increasing demand for imaging is a pressing question, according to a study published July 22 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Optimism snaps back in Q3 edition of MICI poll
July 20, 2020 -- Radiology administrators and business managers reported a sharp rebound in optimism about their business prospects for the third quarter in the latest round of the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). The jump corrects much of the second-quarter decline that occurred at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Discuss