The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology said its monitoring supply shortages “more closely than ever” during the pandemic.
Imaging businesses that are having a hard time covering costs amid widespread drops in patient visits may have a lifeline, thanks to recently passed legislation.
The advanced and accelerated payment offering applies to all docs who accept Medicare, and is part of the recently signed CARES Act.
In a statement sent to Radiology Business, the college said it looks forward to “swift regulatory action” that will spell out how imaging practices and hospitals can apply for relief.
The stakes are high in the fight, with estimates that the Bloomfield, Connecticut, practice could rake in upward of $2 million annually with the addition.
The Florida-based company said March 25 that imaging orders are falling short of past historical levels, with much of the reduction tied to nonurgent care.
The investor-owned Florida firm said the centers will offer computed tomography, x-ray, ultrasound and other imaging services to sick patients.
As the debate rages on as to whether women should receive routine breast cancer screenings before 50, researchers have put a price tag to the practice.
The American College of Radiology and 29 other healthcare trade groups implored lawmakers to stop any further financial harm to their members.
Virtual Radiologic has seen a notable uptick in computed tomography utilization in March as the number of U.S. cases of coronavirus has picked up.
While the pandemic has tugged down consumer demand, CT scanner orders have swelled, with dozens rolling in recently.
Providers appear to be heeding that advice at varying degrees, with some practices turning away any coughing patients.