Are patients fleeing high costs of hospital-based imaging?
November 14, 2018 -- Patients with high-deductible health plans are shopping around before they select an imaging provider -- and many may flee the higher costs of hospital-based departments in favor of independent facilities, according to an article published online November 9 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Site-neutral payments are coming to Medicare in 2019
November 6, 2018 -- The U.S. Medicare system in 2019 will officially move toward a site-neutral payment policy in which healthcare providers will be paid the same by Medicare for clinic visits, regardless of where the service took place, according to a final rule issued November 2. The rule upends longstanding Medicare policy in which healthcare payments varied based on the setting.  Discuss
MICI Q4: Imaging managers hope for strong finish to 2018
November 5, 2018 -- Managers of radiology departments and imaging centers are hoping for a strong finish to 2018, based on data and comments in the fourth quarter of the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI). Still, nagging questions remain about reimbursement from Medicare and private payors.  Discuss
ACR: No news is good news in MPFS 2019
November 2, 2018 -- Radiologists, rejoice: An analysis by the American College of Radiology (ACR) of the final rule implementing the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) found no major surprises for radiology. It's not a bad outcome for the coming year, the ACR said in a statement.  Discuss
2019 MPFS leaves radiology relatively unscathed
November 2, 2018 -- On November 1, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its final 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rule -- and radiology will come through relatively unscathed.  Discuss
What coffee and radiology billing have in common
November 1, 2018 -- Just as a good cup of coffee needs to have the proper ratio of water to coffee, a successful radiology practice needs to keep a mindful eye on the metrics of its business. In a new column, Jill Briggs of HealthPro Medical Billing describes how radiology billing is like coffee and what practices can do to manage their recipe for success.  Discuss
Canadian group tackles MRI waits through scheduling
October 31, 2018 -- Wait times for MRI scans have been a troublesome issue in Canada. But in Ontario, researchers have developed a method that could double the number of patients who receive MRI scans within targeted wait times by using computer technology to give higher priority to patients the longer they have been waiting.  Discuss
Understanding the value of RVUs in radiology
October 30, 2018 -- What exactly are relative value units (RVUs), and how do they affect payment for radiology services? In this new article, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners analyzes RVUs and explains how well they work for measuring physician productivity.  Discuss
How to fix the 'boys' club' in interventional radiology
October 17, 2018 -- Is interventional radiology a "boys' club" dominated by men? That's the suggestion of a new survey that found women make up a small minority of interventional radiologists and often experience various types of harassment, according to a paper in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Calif. imaging center CEO arrested in $284M fraud scheme
October 11, 2018 -- The CEO of a group of Southern California imaging center companies has been arrested on charges that he ran an elaborate kickback scheme, in which doctors were paid for patient referrals within the state workers' compensation system.  Discuss