MedPAC June report focuses on site of service
June 14, 2019 -- In some good news for radiology, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) June report to the U.S. Congress does not propose any cuts in physician payments beyond statutory updates mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.  Discuss
How radiologists can avoid appropriate use penalties
June 10, 2019 -- Is your radiology practice ready for new Medicare requirements on appropriate use and clinical decision support? Or more accurately, are your referring physicians ready? Well they better be, or else your practice could be paying the price. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains.  Discuss
MICI Q2: Cautious optimism prevails in radiology
June 7, 2019 -- Radiology administrators are cautiously optimistic about their prospects for the second quarter of 2019. But concerns about pre-authorization for imaging studies and the growing migration of imaging exams to outpatient facilities is causing concern, according to the latest numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
Physician burnout has serious economic implications
May 30, 2019 -- Physician turnover and reduced clinical hours due to burnout cost the U.S. approximately $4.6 billion per year, according to a study published online May 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Benchmarking can help radiology practices evaluate productivity
May 28, 2019 -- It's natural to want to compare one's performance against others, but some comparisons are inherently problematic -- especially when using relative value units. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners explores the issues and benefits of measuring and monitoring radiologist productivity.  Discuss
Walmart charts new course by steering workers to high-quality imaging centers
May 16, 2019 -- Walmart, the nation's largest private employer, is worried that too many of its workers are having health conditions misdiagnosed, leading to unnecessary surgery and wasted health spending.  Discuss
Art can shift student attitudes toward radiology
May 14, 2019 -- Analyzing paintings that depict radiology encounters with patients can positively shift attitudes medical students have about radiology, according to a study published online May 9 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Older radiologists remain productive
May 13, 2019 -- A new study has found a sharp drop-off in the number of radiologists still practicing 30 years after completing residency. But older radiologists are still productive, and by continuing to practice they could help address the field's ever-increasing workload, according to a study published May 8 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Why radiologists must manage their online presence
May 2, 2019 -- Word of mouth from friends and family was once enough to inform our decisions. But today, advice from the internet has taken precedence over recommendations from those we know personally -- and this is especially true in healthcare. How does this apply to radiologists? Rebecca Farrington from Healthcare Administrative Partners explains.  Discuss
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