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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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Radiology Partners raises $200 million for scaling support, quality improvement programs

The nation’s largest physician-led radiology practice completed its latest round of growth equity funding, raising $200 million earmarked for evidence-based clinical programs and expansion.

Siemens exploring options in Healthineers carve-out

Despite previous indications of an initial public offering, Siemens is exploring all options in plans to list its healthcare division, Siemens Healthineers.

Help wanted: Open positions have increased for rad techs in 2017

In the latest ASRT Radiologic Sciences Staffing and Workplace Survey 2017, data show that the number of positions that are open and actively being recruited for radiologic technologists increased in 2017.

Regulatory agencies on the lookout for overpayments—and how practices can avoid fate of Zwanger-Pesiri

A Long-Island radiology practice agreed to pay more than $10 million late last year to settle two counts of healthcare fraud related to performing and billing pelvic ultrasounds. This settlement raised regulatory eyebrows, according to a presentation at RBMA’s PaRADigm 2017 meeting, and imaging practices should take steps to ensure they aren’t making the same mistakes.

RBMA announces board of directors, officers for 2017-2018

The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) has announced its newly elected volunteer board members and officers for 2017-2018.

 
The Radiology Job Market Must Change with the Times

All signs indicate that the radiology job market is turning around. The number of available positions in 2016 well exceeded the number of finishing trainees, and this trend is expected to continue as more senior radiologists retire or cut back. A 2013 Health Affairs study projected that as the U.S. population ages, demand for radiology services will grow approximately 18 percent between 2013 and 2025 (Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Nov;32(11):2013-20). 

FDA clears Siemens Healthineers' new CT platform

The SOMATOM go. CT platform designed for high diverse sets of user needs from Siemens Healthineers has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, helping healthcare providers worldwide meet current challenges and thrive in their work environments.

IBA Molecular, Mallinckrodt Nuclear unite under Curium banner

IBA Molecular and Mallinckrodt are launching a new radiopharmaceutical company after IBA Molecular acquired Mallinckrodt’s nuclear imaging division in a $690 million sale announced in August 2016.

Advanced Radiology marketing campaign recognized by RBMA

Connecticut-based Advanced Radiology Consultants was recognized by the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA), winning the 2017 RBMA Quest Award for Physician Marketing. 

Toshiba unveils new ultrasound systems

Toshiba Medical introduced the latest iterations in their Aplio line of ultrasound scanners: the Aplio i700, i800 and i900. Increased computing power and updated beam technology expand the systems’ ability to image the musculoskeletal system, providing accurate diagnoses of sprains, strains, tears and other soft tissue conditions.

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