CMS releases new resource on the MIPS Cost category
July 1, 2019 -- Radiologists are most likely not paying much attention to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Cost category, but that could be a mistake, according to Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
SIIM: New reimbursement codes set to advance 3D printing
June 27, 2019 -- DENVER - In anticipation of the unprecedented launch of reimbursement codes for medical 3D printing in July, a panel of 3D printing experts discussed the implications of this critical landmark and how it may shape future work in the field in a Thursday interactive session at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Discuss
VA: Delay in patient diagnosis leads to suicide
June 27, 2019 -- A patient seen at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital committed suicide after a delayed cancer diagnosis, according to an investigation conducted by the VA Office of Inspector General. The report comes a day after a hearing in the U.S. Congress on delays in patient care in the VA system.  Discuss
Digital radiography may be leading to 'collimation creep'
June 25, 2019 -- Is the desire to produce "prettier" x-ray images leading to "collimation creep" as radiographers crop digital radiography images rather than use more appropriate collimation settings? That's the contention of a paper published in the June edition of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.  Discuss
Office manager in Calif. referral scam gets 5 years
June 20, 2019 -- The office manager of a Southern California imaging center that paid referring physicians for patient referrals has been sentenced to five years in prison. The sentencing marks the end of a state and federal investigation into healthcare fraud dubbed Operation Backlash.  Discuss
Update on interventional radiology coding and billing
June 17, 2019 -- Proper coding of physician services is essential to efficient billing and the optimization of reimbursement from payors, including commercial and governmental entities. The current procedural terminology codes issued by the American Medical Association to describe physician procedures are supposed to be recognized as standards, but in practice they are not accepted equally by all payors.  Discuss
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