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Q&A: What the 2018 MPFS Final Rule means for radiologists

CMS published the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule in November, leaving healthcare providers with a lot to think about before the holiday season. Tom Greeson, a healthcare lawyer and partner with the firm of Reed Smith, spoke with Radiology Business about what radiologists and radiology practices need to know about the final rule as they make plans for 2018 and beyond.

UK’s NHS radiology services under review after 20,000 X-rays go unread

The National Health Service’s Care Quality Commission has launched a national review of its radiology services after indications that more than 20,000 chest x-rays and 2,000 abdomen X-rays of patients were not interpreted by trained personnel.

Mednax reportedly fielding interest from private equity firms

Mednax, the Terrace Sunrise, Fla.-based healthcare provider, is “fielding acquisition interest” from numerous private equity firms, according to a story reported Friday by Reuters. Mednax acquired teleradiology giant vRad in 2015 for $500 million.

$1B lawsuit against eClinicalWorks alleges negligence with EHR, but are similar cases to follow?

In a $1 billion lawsuit against Massachusetts-based electronic health records (EHR) vendor eClinicalWorks, plaintiffs allege the company failed to provide reliable health information for millions of patients, violating certification requirements set by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).

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AHRA: 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule will minimally impact radiologists

The Centers or Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on Nov. 2, which will address changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule and other Medicare policies, has good news for radiology practitioners and providers. 

Could ending the student loan interest deduction reduce interest in radiology?

The Republican plan to overhaul the tax code included one proposal that would impact medical school graduates who leave school with outstanding student loans. The GOP plan calls for the elimination of the student loan interest deduction, which helped 12 million Americans reduce their tax bills in 2015.

FDA: Thermography not on par with mammography for breast cancer screening

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Oct. 27 reminder that thermography is not an acceptable substitute for mammography.

MACRA ‘wake-up call’ rung for radiology

If the past predicts the future, then radiology isn’t going to fare especially well in the MACRA era. Under Medicare’s last pay-for-reporting program, the Physician Quality and Reporting System (PQRS), most radiologists only minimally showed their work, researchers have found. Those who deal the same way with MACRA—the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act—are setting themselves up for punitive payment adjustments.

More women over 70 are obtaining mammography screening

More older women undergoing mammography due to increasing incidences of breast cancer. Screening is also more prevalent in older populations because of the National Health System’s Breast Screening Program (NHSBSP) extension in England, according to a new study published in the November issue of Radiography