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A game-changer for radiology? Exploring the economics behind the 2017 MPPR reduction

When Congress passed a $1.1 trillion Omnibus Spending Bill in December 2015, it included a rollback of the professional component (PC) Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) from 25 percent to 5 percent. The reduction was applauded at the time by organizations such as the American College of Radiology (ACR) and has now been in effect since January 2017. So what kind of impact is this policy shift having on radiologists in the U.S.?

Medical device tax returns after 2-year suspension

A 2.3-percent tax on the sale of medical devices officially returned Jan. 1. The tax had been suspended for two years, but that pause ran out when 2017 ended.

ASRT funds new research of computer-based educational tools at academic medical centers

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced Monday, Dec. 18, that the ASRT Foundation has awarded a research grant of nearly $10,000 to Tanya M. Custer, MS, to study the role of e-modules—computer-based educational tools that typically last 10-15 minutes—in imaging education.

Concerns over concussions contribute to flag football boom

The work of radiologists and other physicians often makes an impact in unexpected ways. For example, the popularity of flag football is booming throughout the United States, and one significant contributor to that trend appears to be cautious parents who want their children to avoid concussions and other safety issues associated with traditional football.

San Diego radiologist found guilty of fraud, bribery

A San Diego federal court ruled that Beverly Hills radiologist Ronald Grusd and his companies, California Imaging Network Medical Group and Willows Consulting Company, are guilty of fraud and bribery in connection with a paid kickback scheme.

Radiology Partners secures $695M from Golub Capital, closes Southwest Diagnostic transaction

California-based Radiology Partners has secured a $695 million credit facility from Golub Capital and has also closed its partnership with Southwest Diagnostic Imaging (SDI).

3 takeaways from exploring 20 years of Medicare Part B medical imaging data

Hoping to gain fresh insight into imaging utilization trends, researchers used the Neiman Imaging Types of Service (NITOS) coding system to study Medicare B Physician Fee Schedule billing data from 1994 to 2013, publishing their results in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Facing looming radiology crisis in UK, Health Secretary plans to hire 500

National Health Service (NHS) Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the United Kingdom plans to hire 500 more NHS cancer experts, including radiographers and clinical endoscopists. His plan is to “speed up” cancer diagnosis to ensure patients begin treatment sooner.

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.

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