Private radiology practices hit hard by COVID-19
July 17, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has had a particularly dramatic effect on the financial health of private radiology practices. This effect could drive further consolidation in radiology as smaller practices seek a lifeline from bigger players, according to a report published July 17 in Radiology.  Discuss
COVID-19 reduced imaging volume by 55%
July 14, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic reduced imaging volume by 55% at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/Case Western Reserve in Ohio, according to a study published July 12 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Are community rads supported for oncology imaging?
July 10, 2020 -- Although the rate of advanced oncological imaging in specialized, academic cancer centers has increased over the past 15 years, most of these exams continue to be read by radiologists in other practice settings who may not have specific expertise, according to a study published July 5 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
New PPP loan forgiveness application forms available now
July 10, 2020 -- More concrete details are now available about revisions to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established following passage of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA). Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains.  Discuss
Radiology reentry: Part 3 -- Community collaboration and marketing plans
July 8, 2020 -- In the final article of a three-part series, Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners discusses ways to strengthen the return of patient volume to radiology practices through community collaboration and marketing.  Discuss
Radiology reentry: Part 2 -- HR and patient scheduling
July 2, 2020 -- As radiology practices begin to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they have many important variables to consider. In the second of a three-part article series, Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners discusses human resource management and addresses patient scheduling.  Discuss
Radiology reentry: Part 1 -- Workplace safety and workflow process
June 29, 2020 -- As radiology practices begin to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they have many important variables to consider. In the first of a three-part article series, Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers guidance on workplace safety policies and workflow processes.  Discuss
Inpatient volume fell 17% during depths of COVID-19
June 19, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a decline in inpatient imaging volume at a health system in the northeastern U.S. that hit a low of 17% at the worst point of the outbreak, according to a June 18 study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. But volume rebounded afterward to finish down just 4% compared with 2019.  Discuss
Is the x-ray market set for a post-COVID bounceback?
June 19, 2020 -- In the wake of COVID-19, the market for general radiography and fluoroscopy systems has experienced a significant shift, with chest x-ray examinations identified as a key tool to diagnose and track the progression of late-stage COVID-19. Imogen Fitt of Signify Research explains why a bounceback in equipment sales could be coming.  Discuss
MedPAC mostly silent on medical imaging in June report
June 15, 2020 -- The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) June 15 report to the U.S. Congress is mostly silent on imaging, focusing instead on improvements to the structure and function of accountable care organizations and the Medicare Advantage program.  Discuss