How will MPFS changes affect your radiology practice?
January 27, 2021 -- When the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule was published in December, it looked like radiology was facing a significant cut in Medicare reimbursement for 2021. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners takes a closer look. Read More
How the Consolidated Appropriations Act will impact radiology practices
January 21, 2021 -- The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 is a sweeping piece of legislation that provides relief to individuals and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers an analysis. Read More
Primary docs don't spend much on low-value care
January 20, 2021 -- Primary care physician (PCP) services and referrals account for a small minority of spending on low-value care such as imaging for nonspecific back pain, according to a January 19 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read More
Coding changes that will impact radiology in 2021
January 8, 2021 -- The big news in revisions to Current Procedural Terminology codes for 2021 is the overhaul of the evaluation and management section. Erin Stephens of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains. Read More
Trump signs spending bill with radiology payment changes
December 28, 2020 -- President Donald Trump on December 27 signed a massive federal spending bill that includes a number of changes to reimbursement for radiology and radiation therapy procedures. Trump's move resolves questions about whether the bill would become law after he questioned the size of COVID-19 aid payments. Read More
Congressional spending bill eases 2021 MPFS cuts
December 22, 2020 -- A consolidated spending bill passed by the U.S. Congress on December 21 eases the impact of proposed cuts in Medicare reimbursement that would have occurred due to changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). Radiology groups are lauding the bill's passage. Read More
Washington Post article highlights Atlas role in COVID-19 response
December 22, 2020 -- The role of neuroradiologist Dr. Scott Atlas in directing the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was the focus of a critical article published December 19 in the Washington Post. The story has prompted Atlas to publish a rebuttal defending his approach in the Wall Street Journal. Read More
ASTRO lauds delay of radiation therapy payment reform
December 22, 2020 -- The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is lauding a provision included in the massive U.S. government spending bill passed December 21 that would push to January 2022 implementation of payment reform for radiation therapy procedures. Read More
Lawmakers seek to offset MPFS cuts with $3B injection
December 21, 2020 -- A U.S. Congressional committee has proposed a $3 billion infusion into Medicare that would ease pay cuts demanded by the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). Radiology advocates and their allies have been lobbying for Congressional action to stave off the cuts. Read More
CT lung screening rates plunge during COVID-19 pandemic
December 18, 2020 -- During the COVID-19 pandemic surge in the spring, lung cancer screening rates dropped by almost 75%, while rates of patients with lung cancer malignancies increased by more than 200% compared to before COVID-19 restrictions went into place, according to a December 15 study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Read More