Use of skeletal radiography shows modest growth
March 28, 2018 -- The use of skeletal radiography has grown at a modest rate in the U.S. Medicare population over the past 12 years, researchers reported in a March 24 paper in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. But shifts have occurred in the use of radiography that may indicate some physician self-referral of x-ray studies.  Discuss
What states are best for practicing medicine?
March 28, 2018 -- What states in the U.S. are the best for practicing medicine? Survey results published March 27 on rank states in the midsection of the country as being the most friendly to doctors, while those on the coasts are less accommodating.  Discuss
Is your reading room a pain in your neck?
March 22, 2018 -- Is the radiology reading room a fundamentally unhealthy environment for radiologists? A study published March 20 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology suggests that the rise of PACS and the digital reading room is contributing to an epidemic of work-related musculoskeletal injuries among radiologists.  Discuss
New algorithm helps identify negative report findings
March 21, 2018 -- A new open-source algorithm developed at the U.S. National Institutes of Health can identify negative and uncertain findings in radiology reports -- and could eventually help guide radiologists as they interpret images, according to a March 15 presentation at the American Medical Informatics Association meeting in San Francisco.  Discuss
How important is the MIPS cost category to radiology?
March 19, 2018 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services threw a surprise into the Quality Payment Program final rule for 2018 when it included the cost category as 10% of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) final score for 2018 reporting. In this new article, Richard Morris of Healthcare Administrative Partners helps you prepare for the change.  Discuss
New data from Match 2018 underscore radiology's rebound
March 16, 2018 -- Radiology has completed its rebound as a specialty that's desirable to medical students, if data from the 2018 Main Residency Match are any indication. U.S. diagnostic radiology programs reported in as 100% filled, with no programs posting any unfilled first-year radiology residency positions.  Discuss
Broken record? MedPAC still frets about imaging use
March 15, 2018 -- Is the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) starting to sound like a broken record? The group's latest report to Congress continues to sound the alarm that imaging is overused, despite the fact that growth in imaging utilization has actually declined since 2009.  Discuss
JAMA report on U.S. healthcare spending calls out imaging
March 13, 2018 -- Why are U.S. healthcare costs so much higher than those in comparable developed countries while clinical outcomes are worse? When a study published online March 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association sought to answer that question, heavy utilization of imaging technology in the U.S. landed squarely in its crosshairs.  Discuss
Are you ready for Medicare's value modifier adjustment for 2018?
March 13, 2018 -- The results are in from a survey of U.S. healthcare practices and their degree of readiness for the Medicare Value-Based Payment Modifier. The change could result in reimbursement penalties for practices that aren't ready. Where do you stand? Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains.  Discuss
MPPR rollbacks could restore up to $64M to radiology
March 5, 2018 -- Mitigated multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) cuts in 2017 could restore up to $64 million in Medicare professional payments to radiologists each year, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss