Policy

A greater number of imaging specialists may be able to take advantage of the “non-patient facing” exemption outlined in the final ruling on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), released today by CMS.

Danny Hughes, PhD, Senior Director of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute in Reston, Virginia, spoke to Radiology Business about radiology’s role in shared savings programs (SSPs), as well as future roles for imaging in these new reimbursement models.

Members of the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA), one of the biggest radiology management organizations in the U.S., said it hopes CMS can clarify and possibly change certain x-ray claim modifier, payment classification and appropriate use policies in its 2017 rules. According to the AHRA comments, deadlines certain Appropriate Use Criteria rules might be unrealistic and some claims modifier rules are confusing. 

On Sept. 6, more than 80 patient advocacy groups, health providers and medical associations published a letter that urged CMS not to follow through with the LDCT lung cancer screening reimbursement cuts. Laurie Fenton Ambrose, president and CEO of Lung Cancer Alliance, spoke with Radiology Business about the importance of LDCT screening, the work Lung Cancer Alliance has done to increase screening access and more. 

When mothers return to work after having children, they often face an issue that may never cross the mind of their male coworkers: finding a proper lactation facility. According to a new analysis published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, radiology departments and practices have ethical, legal and financial reasons to provide such facilities for employees.

A recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology confirmed something that most radiologists likely already knew to be true: physician trainees do not have a firm grasp of the costs associated with medical imaging. 

Radiology residents are required to complete a year-long internship before officially beginning their four-year residency—but is this “clinical year” necessary? 

New rules from CMS on payment systems were released July 6, according to a statement from the government agency. 

New Jersey’s breast density legislation was successful in publicizing the potential masking effect of dense breasts, according to a recent study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Supplemental screening ultrasounds and MRI examinations both became more common in the state after the law went into effect in May 2014.

Thanks to improved image quality from more affordable units, point-of-care ultrasound is on the rise. However, according to a recent survey published in Academic Radiology, a majority of radiologists are not offered a point-of-care ultrasound elective in medical school. 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issues recommendations about “clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications,” and its recommendations for breast cancer screening and colorectal cancer screening have both made headlines in 2016.

Reimbursements for I-123 ioflupane (DaTscan), a radiopharmaceutical used in dopamine transporter imaging to differentiate Parkinson’s disease from essential tremor or normalcy, decreased significantly in the years after gaining FDA approval, according to a study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Should practices expect this to be the pattern for other radiopharmaceuticals in the future?