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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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Academic radiology and funds flow models: Where do you fit in?

The advent of value-based reimbursement has tightened the purse strings on the clinical services income that academic medical centers traditionally rely on. It will become increasingly important for academic hospitals to develop a 21st century funds flow model, and radiology departments need to know where they fit into the institutional mission—both now and in the future.

Ohio's Columbus Radiology expands to Toledo

Columbus Radiology announced an expansion to 10 hospitals within the Mercy Health System, with 14 area radiologists joining Columbus Radiology to provide services to hospitals in the Toledo area. Columbus Radiology is a Radiology Partners practice, allowing them to maintain local control while taking advantage of large-scale support programs such as clinical analytics or physician leadership boards.

McKesson, Change Healthcare finalize creation of new company

McKesson Corporation and Change Healthcare Holdings completed their previously-announced agreement to form a new health IT company, named Change Healthcare. The new company combines the majority of McKesson Technology Solutions and “substantially all” of Change Healthcare Holdings in a $6.1 billion deal.

 
Veterans Healthcare system remains committed to efficiency, physician engagement

The Veterans Healthcare System is renewing its commitment to HealthLevel to collaborate on high-efficiency data analytics to improve radiology efficiency and physician engagement.

Patients face misinformation from insurers when seeking coverage

A group hailing from the University of Michigan Medical School found widespread misinformation about Affordable Care Act (ACA)-mandated breast health coverage, using a mystery shopper who spoke with insurance representatives over the phone. Their research was published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

MEDNAX acquires Tennessee-based Radiology Alliance, Infinity Management

National health solutions partner MEDNAX has announced the acquisition of Radiology Alliance and Inifinty Management headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., in an effort to expand radiology strategy to include both on-site and teleradiology services.

We shape our social media—and our social media shapes us

I don’t recall the first time I saw a peer-reviewed study analyzing the use of online social media in medicine, but I certainly remember my initial impression. These so-called “researchers,” I thought, must have needed some busy work. 

Put away the calipers: Pfizer increases stake in MRI body measurements

Pfizer has solidified its commitment to a Swedish firm developing an MRI-based body measurement, investing an additional $9 million into the company. Called AMRA, the technology can produce body composition measurements from a six-minute whole-body MRI.  

National rad consortium hires erstwhile journalist Proval

Strategic Radiology, the Palmetto, Fla.-based consortium of 25 radiology practices across the U.S., has hired Cheryl Proval, a former editor of Radiology Business Journal and imagingBiz.com, to lead its marketing and communications efforts.

Inland Real Estate Acquisitions purchases prominent Alabama radiology clinic

Inland Real Estate Acquisitions headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, has purchased the Radiology Clinic in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 

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