How will radiology group consolidation affect patients?
April 4, 2019 -- The U.S. radiology workforce has been consolidating over the past number of years, resulting in larger group practices and fewer single-specialty ones, according to a new study published online April 2 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. But how will the consolidation trend affect patients?  Discuss
MIPS reporting and payment adjustments for radiology
April 2, 2019 -- The year 2019 marks the third reporting period under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). What changes are in store for this year? And how will they affect fee schedule adjustments in the future? Richard Morris of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some guidance.  Discuss
CDS reduces inappropriate imaging in the ED
March 29, 2019 -- Inappropriate orders for advanced imaging in the emergency department (ED) decrease when hospitals use clinical decision-support (CDS) tools, according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Female radiation oncologists earn less than men
March 27, 2019 -- Female radiation oncologists submit fewer Medicare charges and collect less revenue than their male counterparts in both private-office and hospital practice settings, according to a study published March 22 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
MICI Q1: Optimism reigns among radiology administrators
March 26, 2019 -- Radiology administrators and business managers were mostly optimistic about their business prospects in the first quarter of 2019, according to the latest numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). But there are some possible storm clouds on the horizon.  Discuss
Interventional radiologists pull down highest salaries
March 19, 2019 -- What's not to like about interventional radiology? It's one of the newest medical specialties, and interventional radiologists in the U.S. pulled down higher salaries in 2018 compared with their colleagues in diagnostic radiology, according to the latest data from AuntMinnie.com's SalaryScan survey of medical imaging compensation.  Discuss
MedPAC: Imaging grows slower than other medical services
March 15, 2019 -- The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) may have published its latest report to the U.S. Congress on March 15, but its findings and recommendations aren't new: The commission continues to focus growth in imaging utilization that occurred more than a decade ago, despite a relatively small volume increase between 2016 and 2017.  Discuss
Healthcare cuts to come in 2020 U.S. budget
March 12, 2019 -- President Donald Trump on March 7 released a budget for 2020 that includes cuts to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as repeal-and-replace measures for the Affordable Care Act of 2010.  Discuss
Understanding changes in 2019 final Medicare fee schedule
March 8, 2019 -- Which radiology procedures were winners and which ones were losers in the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2019? Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners unpacks these changes to the MPFS in this new article.  Discuss
Imaging analytics platform optimizes MRI operations
March 2, 2019 -- VIENNA - The combination of an imaging analytics platform and lean management concepts can deliver substantial improvements in MRI department operational efficiency without affecting the quality of care, researchers reported at ECR 2019.  Discuss