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Is bigger better?

Many in healthcare, from health systems to physician practices, are responding to the current uncertainty in healthcare by bulking up, an instinct likely programmed into our neural systems in prehistoric times. The Federal Trade Commission pushed back when it filed suit against Boise, ID-based St. Luke’s Health System’s purchase of the 43-physician Saltzer Medical Group on anticompetitive grounds, and a federal judge agreed, ordering that the merger be dissolved. 

NPR feels physician pain in segment on debt collection

A segment on National Public Radio's Morning Edition digs into the challenges physicians are experiencing as co-pays and deductibles continue to rise.

Beware the Ides of MedPAC

The annual mid-March report to Congress of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) often is a good predictor of things to come, many of which have rocked radiology’s boat since 2005.

Is it time to reassess your revenue cycle management strategy?

When the dust settles from all the recent activity and changes in the healthcare environment, it will soon become clear that there has been a major shift in the way healthcare is practiced, measured, and compensated.

M*Modal enters chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Speech recognition and data analytics vendor M*Modal, Franklin, TN, has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Deadline Looms for “High Risk” Enrollees

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, there is a significant segment of high risk individuals with pre-existing medical conditions currently enrolled in a federal health insurance program that is slated to close on March 31, 2014. This federal program was created shortly after the 2010 health law was passed to offer assistance to those people who couldn’t get coverage from commercial insurers because of their pre-existing medical conditions. There was $5 billion in funding set aside to cover this group’s medical claims through December 31, 2013. 

Feds Seize Records in Zwanger-Pesiri Medicare Probe

According to an article published in NewsDay, Federal agents raided the corporate headquarters of Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology in Lindenhurst on Tuesday, March 11, seizing the records of the business that operates 12 medical offices on Long Island, NY. 

41 Medical Societies Call for Quick Coverage on LDCT for Lung Cancer Screening

In an uncommon demonstration of agreement, 41 medical organizations delivered a consensus document to CMS calling for quick coverage of low-dose CT lung cancer screening for high-risk patients.

A 21 Gun Salute to the RBMA Quest Marketing Award Winners

On Monday, March 10, the RBMA Quest Marketing Award winners were announced during the organization’s annual Building Better Radiology marketing Programs in Long Beach.

California RBMA Chapter Sets Sail on the Queen Mary

The California Chapter of the RBMA convened Friday on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, with an agenda that addressed a quartet of the most compelling issues in radiology today: quality, the transition to ICD-10, and state and federal legislative and regulatory news.

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