Medicare delays recoupment of advances
September 22, 2020 -- One of the fastest sources of emergency funding available to practices at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic was the Medicare Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program. But Medicare has not yet provided details on recoupment of the funds -- Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains. Read More
Radiology Partners sees scale as benefit of Mednax deal
September 16, 2020 -- When Radiology Partners (RP) completes its acquisition of Mednax's radiology services division, it will put hundreds more U.S. radiologists under the RP banner. And RP executives see that scale as a major benefit, from raising new investment funds to rolling out new technology across its growing network. Read More
AI reduces no-shows for MRI exams
September 11, 2020 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) can help reduce the no-show rate for MRI exams, according to a study published September 10 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Read More
Radiology Partners to buy Mednax imaging unit for $885M
September 10, 2020 -- In a major consolidation of the imaging services segment, Radiology Partners has agreed to acquire the radiology services business of Mednax in a deal valued at $885 million. The acquisition will expand by over 50% the number of radiologists in the Radiology Partners network. Read More
No need to defer cancer treatment for fear of COVID-19
August 27, 2020 -- Patients shouldn't postpone their cancer treatment for fear of SARS-CoV-2 infection by visiting healthcare facilities, according to a research letter published online August 27 in JAMA Oncology. Researchers found little risk of infection if appropriate disinfection protocols are followed. Read More
Radiology's declining reimbursement spans over a decade
August 25, 2020 -- The average cut of 11% in radiology reimbursement that is proposed by the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2021 is the continuation of a trend that spans more than a decade. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains. Read More
Patient tweets show little concern for GBCA retention
August 20, 2020 -- Patients use Twitter to post feedback about their MRI experiences, and although more than 60% of those tweets mention gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), less than 10% specifically address gadolinium retention, according to a case study published August 18 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Read More
CT interpretation errors more common after hours
August 19, 2020 -- Body CT interpretation errors are more common during evening and night shifts -- and not only among residents but also radiology attending physicians, according to a study published August 18 in Radiology. Read More
Medicare proposes major cut to radiology for 2021
August 18, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its annual proposal for changes to the Medicare payment system for the coming year. The changes include cuts to radiology payments, according to Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners. Read More