Radiology managers and imaging directors still have low expectations about the chance their facilities will receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for diagnostic and interventional imaging services, according to the latest Medical Imaging Confidence Index.
Given the pressures faced by radiology practices in the form of rising costs and reimbursement cuts, they must be certain they are operating efficiently--particularly when it comes to staffing--in order to survive, according to consultant Rich Miller.
The American College of Radiology (ACR), as well as several other medical organizations, are asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise its guidelines for low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening in order to increase the number of persons eligible for reimbursement for the scans under Medicare.
Radiologists must champion the use of Choosing Wisely lists, particularly since so many recommendations on the lists pertain to medical imaging, said David Levin, professor and chairman emeritus of the radiology department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, during a session Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.
One concept that we hear much about pertaining to the future of healthcare is the need for cost transparency. And when we see reports about the wide variation of costs associated with medical imaging procedures, its easy to see why.
A crowdsourcing project on healthcare costs has found "startling" variations in the prices for procedures such as mammograms and lower back MRIs.
Nonphysicians--such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants--are much more likely to order imaging exams for patients than primary care physicians, according to a new study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.
CT lung cancer advocates are breathing easier now that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a preliminary decision to cover low-dose CT lung cancer screening for eligible patients. Still, there are some provisions of the decision that have left many observers wondering whether the CMS decision went far enough and whether it will enable everyone who could benefit from screening to actually get screened.
Recent imaging reimbursement cuts have correlated with a shift of more outpatient MRI exams being performed in hospital outpatient departments than private offices, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
While healthcare systems and general practitioners get much of the attention when it comes to undergoing Meaningful Use audits, radiologists should be prepared to come under the same scrutiny, as well.