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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.

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.

How to Help Your Practice Make Objective, Informed Decisions on a Tight Budget  

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

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.

 

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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.

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.

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.

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How to Help Your Practice Make Objective, Informed Decisions on a Tight Budget  

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

UK experiencing ‘desperate’ shortage of radiologists

Figures released by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) point to an ongoing shortage of radiologists in the United Kingdom. Nearly 97 percent of radiology departments in the U.K. were unable to meet diagnostic reporting requirements in 2016. 

JACR seeking new editor-in-chief

The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced Thursday it was seeking a new editor-in-chief for its journal, the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR).

CT angiography helps decision-making in referral hospitals for stroke patients

Researchers examined how vascular imaging at referring hospitals may provide an avenue for better informed decisions by a care team in determining transfers for thrombectomy.

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