Radiology payments to edge down in 2020 MPFS
July 31, 2019 -- Radiology and interventional radiology would see slight cuts in reimbursement for imaging exams billed to Medicare in 2020, according to a proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) released on July 29 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Read More
CDS prompts appropriate advanced imaging orders
July 17, 2019 -- Using clinical decision-support (CDS) software in clinical practice improves the appropriateness scores of advanced imaging orders, according to a study published online July 16 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Read More
Female radiologists read fewer advanced imaging studies
July 12, 2019 -- Female radiologists interpret fewer advanced imaging studies than their male counterparts, according to a study published online July 4 in Academic Radiology. Read More
Radiology ranks in top 10 for job searches
July 10, 2019 -- Radiology ranks No. 6 in the top 10 most requested job searches by specialty, and its average salary is $387,000, up 4.3% compared with last year's $371,000, according to a new report published by physician search and recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins. Read More
The case for keeping radiology practices independent
July 9, 2019 -- We are in an era marked by the consolidation of healthcare services into fewer but larger providers, involving not only hospital systems but physician groups as well. Radiology practices are not immune to this trend. But what if a practice wants to remain independent? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers advice. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More