Why out-of-network balance billing laws are important
October 1, 2018 -- New Jersey is the latest state to pass legislation that will affect the amount a radiology practice can collect from patients whose insurance is not accepted by the practice. In a new column, Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains how these out-of-network balance billing laws can affect radiology practices.  Discuss
Mentoring, work hours affect residency decisions
September 21, 2018 -- Factors such as the influence of a mentor and flexible work hours influence whether medical students decide to pursue an interventional radiology or diagnostic radiology residency, according to a study published online September 19 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Radiology residents less prone to burnout
September 18, 2018 -- Across a range of specialties, radiology residents tend to be less prone to burnout, with just over a third reporting symptoms of the condition, according to a study published in the September 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. But when it comes to regretting their career choice, they're higher on the list.  Discuss
How Medicare fee schedule changes will affect radiology
September 17, 2018 -- How will the 2019 proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule impact radiology practices? In a new column, Richard Morris of Healthcare Administrative Partners unpacks the rule and explains how it may affect your operations.  Discuss
Don't underestimate financial cost of exam no-shows
September 13, 2018 -- Missed imaging appointments are costly for radiology departments, affecting not only a department's bottom line but also patient care, according to a study published in the September issue of Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.  Discuss
Prostate MRI coverage varies greatly -- with many caveats
September 13, 2018 -- Insurance coverage for prostate MRI scans varies widely among private payors, requires certain conditions for reimbursement of major conditions, and does not reflect current clinical practice. Those harsh conclusions are contained in a new study published online September 11 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Physician burnout puts patients at risk
September 5, 2018 -- Physician burnout not only affects physicians but also may put patients at risk, according to a meta-analysis published online on September 4 in JAMA Internal Medicine. U.K. researchers found that patients treated by exhausted physicians were twice as likely to experience safety incidents.  Discuss
Second image interpretations change patient management
September 5, 2018 -- Sometimes it pays to take a second look. A study in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that secondary image interpretations changed patient management almost 20% of the time -- and tended to be more accurate.  Discuss
Success of proton therapy may depend on who pays for it
August 30, 2018 -- The financial success of a proton therapy facility may depend on who pays for the treatment delivered -- specifically, whether it's private payors whose patients require less than 30 minutes of treatment time, according to a study published online August 26 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
HHS audit finds hospitals overbill for IMRT planning
August 22, 2018 -- The Medicare system overpaid U.S. hospitals by nearly $26 million for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) planning services, according to an audit released by the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Discuss