The true cost of radiology billing
October 20, 2017 -- One of the common questions radiologists have concerning their billing is how much they should be paying. What they typically mean when they say this is "What fee should I pay to a billing company?" Kyle Tucker of Dexios Radiology Billing offers an explanation in this new column.  Discuss
MedPAC considers repeal of MIPS value program
October 17, 2017 -- At a meeting held October 5, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) considered options to repeal and replace the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the centerpiece of the U.S. government's initiative to promote value-based healthcare.  Discuss
One-third of MRI exam time is wasted
October 11, 2017 -- Wasted time represents a third of the total MRI exam process cycle -- and it can also extend a patient's length of stay in the hospital, according to research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
RBMA Hill Day underscores importance of radiology advocacy
October 9, 2017 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the single largest payor for healthcare in the U.S., and as government moves to cut costs and improve value for the public healthcare dollar, the ripple effects are felt throughout radiology. Advocating for radiology during these times of change is a job for everyone in the field, not just radiologists.  Discuss
It's not too early to prepare for a MIPS audit
October 5, 2017 -- Beginning in 2019, the level of reimbursement from Medicare to many physicians will be determined in part by their performance in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). But that doesn't mean you can't start planning now for a MIPS audit, according to Maria Calamaro of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
Imaging lands high on list of overused medical exams
October 5, 2017 -- Medical imaging exams occupied five of the top 10 spots in a literature review of studies on overused medical procedures published October 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study authors recommended that additional regulation might be necessary to curb practices that increase healthcare costs and do not help patients.  Discuss
Docs with scanners order more low-value imaging
September 25, 2017 -- Physicians with a history of imaging use are more inclined to order low-value imaging -- especially if they own the scanners, according to a September 25 study in JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings could affect the debate over whether prohibitions against physician self-referral should be extended to in-office imaging.  Discuss
Female radiologists make as much as male peers
September 21, 2017 -- Female academic radiologists in the U.S. make as much money as their male colleagues -- a situation that's unusual among many medical specialties, according to a new study to be published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Study questions whether x-rays really need to be repeated
September 19, 2017 -- Current radiology practice gives radiologic technologists significant leeway in deciding whether to retake radiographs that might not be up to snuff. But should the weight of that decision rest on their shoulders alone? Researchers investigated the question in a September 12 study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Right heart quantification awareness: Part 4
September 19, 2017 -- The right heart has jokingly been referred to as the organ's stepchild, with little attention paid to its size, function, and prognostic implications. In this column, Andrea Fields of CardioServ reviews the proper methods to quantify the right heart for both size and function on echocardiography.  Discuss