CMS changes to RO Model draw ASTRO's ire
July 21, 2021 -- A proposal by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to make changes to its proposed Radiation Oncology (RO) Model for radiation therapy services is drawing criticism from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). Read More
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected CT CAC testing?
July 20, 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant dip in heart disease screening with CT coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring, particularly between March and May of last year, according to a poster presentation at the virtual 2021 Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography meeting. Read More
New CPT code for radiology AI brings hope, but patience is needed
July 19, 2021 -- The recent approval of a Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code for radiology artificial intelligence (AI) by the American Medical Association was an important milestone. But actual reimbursement will likely take some time. Read More
COVID-19 pandemic caused stress among radiology staff
July 15, 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has caused anxiety and workplace-related stress among radiologic technologists (RTs), according to a study conducted by U.K. researchers and published July 12 in Radiography. Read More
Proposed 2022 MPFS includes radiology payment cuts
July 14, 2021 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on July 13 released a proposed rule for the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) that includes some cuts to radiology reimbursement -- although much less severe than the 10% initially slated for 2021. Read More
Imaging admins report barriers to CT lung screening
July 14, 2021 -- Despite enthusiasm for CT lung cancer screening, many imaging administrators in a new survey reported feeling hindered by barriers to support and resources that keep them from running more effective programs. The findings were published July 9 in Chest. Read More
Medical imaging center CEO found guilty of healthcare fraud
July 6, 2021 -- The CEO of several Southern California-based medical imaging companies was found guilty on July 2 by a federal jury of running massive healthcare fraud through the state workers' compensation system. Read More
Adding decision support to spine imaging decreases opioid prescribing
July 6, 2021 -- Does adding epidemiological information regarding back conditions to spine imaging reports result in reduced opioid prescribing? It's possible, and the approach could be a relatively easy way to tackle the problem of opioid overuse, according to a study published June 30 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Read More
Provider Relief Fund reporting rules are released
July 6, 2021 -- The long-awaited guidance Provider Relief Fund reporting rules from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was just released. Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners explains what it means. Read More
Public interest in mammograms decreased during COVID pandemic
June 28, 2021 -- While many medical societies recommend annual mammography screenings for women ages 40 and older, public interest in mammograms and breast cancer varies by geography and has been affected by COVID-19, according to two recent studies. Read More