Healthcare Economics & Policy

An article published online first in the journal Health Affairs explores the strategies that institutional healthcare consumers—payors and purchasers—can use to fight price inflation in the face of provider consolidation.

Ten years ago, the overwhelming majority of radiologists were engaged in private practice; today just 41% to 54% of respondents to ACR-sponsored workplace surveys say that they are in private practice, according to a report in the current issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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A segment on National Public Radio's Morning Edition digs into the challenges physicians are experiencing as co-pays and deductibles continue to rise.

The annual mid-March report to Congress of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) often is a good predictor of things to come, many of which have rocked radiology’s boat since 2005.

When the dust settles from all the recent activity and changes in the healthcare environment, it will soon become clear that there has been a major shift in the way healthcare is practiced, measured, and compensated.

In an uncommon demonstration of agreement, 41 medical organizations delivered a consensus document to CMS calling for quick coverage of low-dose CT lung cancer screening for high-risk patients.

On Monday, March 10, the RBMA Quest Marketing Award winners were announced during the organization’s annual Building Better Radiology marketing Programs in Long Beach.

The California Chapter of the RBMA convened Friday on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, with an agenda that addressed a quartet of the most compelling issues in radiology today: quality, the transition to ICD-10, and state and federal legislative and regulatory news.

In a state where Latinos are a percentage point away from the dominant ethnicity, California made some critical mistakes in rolling out its Hispanic marketing campaign for the state’s healthcare exchange, Covered California, according to a report from Kaiser Health News (KHN).

Since the advent of teleradiology and the new phase of increased competition it ushered in, the nature of the radiology practice has been evolving.

After kicking the can down the road on the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for more than a decade, health policymakers appear to be reaching consensus on some of the elements needed in a strategy for the reform of physician payment, health economist Gail R. Wilensky, PhD, writes in Health Affairs.