How Medicare's final rule for 2020 will affect radiologists
November 21, 2019 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the annual changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in its final rule that contains not only adjustments to Medicare reimbursement but also revisions to the Quality Payment Program for 2020 and beyond. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners unpacks the rule.  Discuss
Could cash for call be a cure for burnout?
November 15, 2019 -- In the neurointerventional field, burnout is common, and it negatively affects both physicians and patients, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. But it could be mitigated with one simple solution: cash compensation for additional call.  Discuss
Survey finds high burnout levels among radiology staff
November 6, 2019 -- New research has found that radiologic technologists and imaging directors on average expressed only "moderate" satisfaction with their jobs, while almost all technologists reported some level of burnout. Lack of patient preparation and patient information was one of the top sources of frustration.  Discuss
CMS final rule for MPFS could cost radiology $5B
November 5, 2019 -- Radiologists could lose approximately $5 billion over the next 10 years if the final rule issued November 1 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2020 stands, an American College of Radiology spokesperson said.  Discuss
Do payouts influence mammography guidelines?
November 5, 2019 -- Do financial conflicts of interest influence clinical practice guidelines or society recommendations for screening mammography? Not really, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Pa. law rewrites rules on patient notification
October 30, 2019 -- A Pennsylvania law going into effect in December will rewrite the rules on when patients should be notified about abnormalities detected on their imaging exams. Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners discusses the impact the legislation may have on radiology.  Discuss
What radiologists need to know about upcoming ICD-10 changes
October 29, 2019 -- If you're fond of terms like "probable," "suspected," or "questionable," in your radiology reports, you might want to reconsider. These words are on a list of terms that will be discouraged under the 2020 update to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), according to Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
ASRT: Radiographer vacancy rates on the rise
October 22, 2019 -- Vacancy rates for radiographers are on the rise, according to a new survey commissioned by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). Vacancy rates in some imaging modalities are at the highest rate in 10 years, a sign that the labor market for technologists could be tightening.  Discuss
MICI Q4: Rad admins still confident in business outlook
October 11, 2019 -- Radiology administrators and business managers continue to have a positive outlook on their business prospects for the fourth quarter of 2019, according to the latest numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI).  Discuss
JAMA: 25% of U.S. healthcare spending is waste
October 8, 2019 -- Approximately 25% of annual U.S. healthcare spending -- $760 billion to $935 billion -- can be considered waste, according to a new report published online October 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss