Practices can 'recover wisely' from COVID-19
August 13, 2020 -- It's possible for radiology practices to "recover wisely" to pre-COVID-19 imaging volumes, according to a study published August 10 in Academic Radiology. It comes down to close monitoring of data, researchers believe.  Discuss
CMS postpones 'appropriate use' mandate past 2021
August 11, 2020 -- Clinicians ordering advanced imaging scans like CT, MRI, and PET in the Medicare system will no longer have to use appropriate use criteria (AUC) and decision support starting in 2021. On August 10, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it was extending the testing period for AUC through the end of 2021.  Discuss
Staff costs account for much of MRI operational expenses
August 9, 2020 -- The costs involved in staffing an MRI service -- particularly for radiologic technologists -- made up the greatest expense involved in operating an MRI scanner, according to a total-cost-of-ownership analysis presented at this week's International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine meeting.  Discuss
Early pandemic funding sources may require action now
August 7, 2020 -- What's going on with some of the other sources for COVID-19 relief funding that are available? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners reviews some of the options.  Discuss
Radiology practices cut costs in response to COVID-19
August 6, 2020 -- Faced with sharply lower imaging volumes in the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, most radiology practices in the U.S. were forced to adopt cost-cutting measures such as reducing headcount, salaries, and incentive payments, according to research published online August 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
How are radiology organizations using Twitter?
August 6, 2020 -- Professional radiology organizations are using Twitter more than ever -- particularly interventional radiology groups, according to a letter to the editor published August 4 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Radiology payments to be lower under 2021 MPFS, HOPPS
August 5, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released proposed rules for the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) -- and they don't bring good news for radiology.  Discuss
Medical practices with fewer women have bigger wage gaps
July 30, 2020 -- Specialty medical practices that are dominated by men tend to have wider salary gaps between genders compared with practices with more female doctors, according to a study published July 30 in BMJ. The gap is smaller between genders in nonsurgical specialties like radiology.  Discuss
Medicare requires prior authorization for venous ablation
July 30, 2020 -- Radiologists who perform venous ablation in a hospital outpatient department are now required to obtain prior authorization before performing such services on Medicare patients. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains the new requirement.  Discuss
What did radiologists miss while focused on COVID-19?
July 27, 2020 -- Since the end of March, we have been focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but our attention is returning to the other ongoing issues of a radiology practice. Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers an update on other regulatory issues.  Discuss