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
Medicare imaging reimbursements on decline
July 24, 2020 -- Medicare reimbursements for medical imaging have declined since 2007, and whether payment rates are adequate to match increasing demand for imaging is a pressing question, according to a study published July 22 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Optimism snaps back in Q3 edition of MICI poll
July 20, 2020 -- Radiology administrators and business managers reported a sharp rebound in optimism about their business prospects for the third quarter in the latest round of the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). The jump corrects much of the second-quarter decline that occurred at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Discuss
Private radiology practices hit hard by COVID-19
July 17, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has had a particularly dramatic effect on the financial health of private radiology practices. This effect could drive further consolidation in radiology as smaller practices seek a lifeline from bigger players, according to a report published July 17 in Radiology.  Discuss
COVID-19 reduced imaging volume by 55%
July 14, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic reduced imaging volume by 55% at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/Case Western Reserve in Ohio, according to a study published July 12 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Are community rads supported for oncology imaging?
July 10, 2020 -- Although the rate of advanced oncological imaging in specialized, academic cancer centers has increased over the past 15 years, most of these exams continue to be read by radiologists in other practice settings who may not have specific expertise, according to a study published July 5 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
New PPP loan forgiveness application forms available now
July 10, 2020 -- More concrete details are now available about revisions to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established following passage of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA). Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains.  Discuss
Radiology reentry: Part 3 -- Community collaboration and marketing plans
July 8, 2020 -- In the final article of a three-part series, Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners discusses ways to strengthen the return of patient volume to radiology practices through community collaboration and marketing.  Discuss