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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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In the Wake of the Merger: Addressing Billing MSO Issues

If properly addressed, the myriad issues that arise when merging the back offices of two or more practices can result in greater efficiencies and profitability

Charting A Clearer Course to Imaging Price Transparency

Market forces and outpatient imaging providers are conspiring to bring increased transparency to the prices of medical imaging examinations

RSNA: Ready or not, here comes MACRA

The 2,400-page Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015—“MACRA”—was only just finalized on October 14. But the law didn’t catch the American College of Radiology off guard. 

Wachter at RSNA: Radiologists, tear down this paradox

The technological “productivity paradox”—the lag between a given technology’s implementation and its delivery of anything of real value—is a problem in all industries but may be worst of all in healthcare. 

Siemens plans public listing for its $15 billion healthcare division

In a move it claims to strengthen its brand, Siemens AG announced its plan to publicly list its $15 billion healthcare division, Siemens Healthineers.

Argus Teleradiology bringing remote reads to Arkansas

Argus Radiology will offer teleradiology services in Arkansas, bringing its business model centered on familiarity between client staff and radiologists.

Wash U professor receives $2.5 million grant for new x-ray concept

A professor at Washington University in St. Louis’ School of Engineering & Applied Science has been given two grants by the National Institutes of Health to create a new biomedical imaging approach.

CompuGroup mulling takeover of Agfa

German health IT provider CompuGroup Medical SE has approached Belgian company Agfa-Gevaert about a potential acquisition by way of a public takeover.

Growth in contrast media driven by microbubbles

The global market for contrast media is expected to reach $5.44 billion by 2021, according to a Markets and Markets report. The growth is largely driven by the increase in microbubble usage, the fastest growing segment of contrast.

Imaging informatics market to top $5 million by 2021

The medical informatics market is expected to eclipse $5 million by 2021, according to a report published by Allied Market Research.

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